I often read two books at the same time – one for myself and the other for my almost 12-year-old son.

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer and Haunted Hospital by Marty Chan ($10.95, Orca Book Publishing) have two things in common – we read both exceptionally fast and both held our interest from start to finish.

Midnight Sun

Not everyone likes the Twilight Series, or perhaps I should suggest many people don’t admit they like the Twilight series. I read the first one when said almost 12 year old was just born, and I remember thinking I had read better vampire books: in my younger days (hee, hee), I was on a vampire craze, reading everything I could about these mythical creatures. But by the time the fourth book in the series rolled around, I owned a copy of every book in the series and had read it more than once.

When Midnight Sun came out recently, and I finally went into a book store, I decided I needed to read it. I am glad I did.

Midnight Sun is massive – 658 pages. Yet from the first page it held my interest, and kept it right up until the end, which really is impressive since I knew how the book would end.

I can see why Meyer has suggested she is unlikely to get back into Edward’s brain any time soon – Edward is a complex character. However, as a reader it was interesting to see the world from his perspective. I also loved that we got to learn more about his family – helpful that Edward can read minds so we saw their inner workings – making me love those characters even more than I did. Jacob’s thoughts were pretty neat, too.

I hope the next books on Meyer’s to-write list include books from each of Edward’s family member’s point of view. Midnight Sun left me wanting to get back into this world so perhaps another re-read will be in order.

Haunted Hospital is by Marty Chan
and is for kids nine to 12.

Haunted Hospital

Four teenaged friends meet at the abandoned George Wickerman Hospital for the role-playing game Spirits and Spectres, where “players go on ‘missions’ to find evidence of paranormal activities.” Xander, who is the crypt keeper, goes in early to set the stage – planting speakers with creepy voices and writing chalk messages. When his friends arrive and the game begins, weird things start happening.

“Xander and his friends soon suspect that they are not alone. Is this place actually haunted by ghosts? Or something even more terrifying?”

My son called the book moderately frightening. I would have to agree, although it was not only bedtime that stopped me from continuing reading on the first night – I personally was getting a bit freaked out – I don’t do fear well – and stopped in case the book got scarier.

We read the last half on the second night and it was less frightening, but still interesting. My son and I agreed with what what we thought happened at the end. Great ending.

A copy of Haunted Hospital was provided by Orca Book Publishers
for an honest review. The opinions are my own.