Friday, March 17, 2023

[Book Tour & Review] Midnight Strikes by Zeba Shahnaz


Hi! This is my first book tour, and I'm both thrilled and nervous to be a part of the Midnight Strikes tour. See the rest of the tours here!

📕; Midnight Strikes ⠀
✍️; Zeba Shahnaz⠀
💫; 3.5⭐

In this explosive fantasy debut with a time-loop twist, a provincial girl must work with a roguish prince to stop an attack on the royal family and escape a nightmarish curse that forces them to relive the same night again and again.⠀
Seventeen-year-old Anaïs just wants tonight to end. As an outsider at the kingdom’s glittering anniversary ball, she has no desire to rub shoulders with the nation’s most eligible (and pompous) bachelors—especially not the notoriously roguish Prince Leo. But at the stroke of midnight, an explosion rips through the palace, killing everyone in its path. Including her.⠀
The last thing Anaïs sees is fire, smoke, chaos . . . and then she wakes up in her bedroom, hours before the ball. No one else remembers the deadly attack or believes her warnings of disaster.⠀
Not even when it happens again. And again. And again.⠀
If she’s going to escape this nightmarish time loop, Anaïs must take control of her own fate and stop the attack before it happens. But the court’s gilded surface belies a rotten core, full of restless nobles grabbing at power, discontented commoners itching for revolution, and even royals who secretly dream of taking the throne. It’s up to Anaïs to untangle these knots of deadly deceptions . . . if she can survive past midnight.⠀

Midnight Strike has an intriguing premise and contains everything I look for in fantasy books, such as the enemies to lovers trope and time loops, so I had high hopes for it. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it, despite the fact that several characters undermined Anaïs goals and dragged the plot down. 

With an impressive world building and addictive writing, I only wish this had a slightly different and surprising ending. Midnight Strikes is actually quite good for a debut, and I give it 3.5 stars; I hope the author continues to write better works, and I will read them!


Zeba Shahnaz writes fantasy full of political intrigue, twisted romance, and a healthy dosen of existential angst. A proud Pakistani-American, she translated her love of storytelling into a graduate degree analyzing national identity, culture, and cinema ini South Asia. She green up in New Jersey, which she has yet to fully escape (though not because of a time loop). MIDNIGHT STRIKES is her debut novel. 



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