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Mia James

Mia JamesMia James is a pseudonym used by Tasmina Perry who left a career in law for the more glamorous world of women’s magazine journalism. She has written on celebrity and style for many national magazines including Marie-Claire‚ Glamour and Heat and was most recently Deputy Editor of InStyle magazine. She has also found time to launch her own travel and fashion magazine Jaunt. She lives in Surrey, UK with her husband and son. Here’s her website.

Ravenwood

Ravenwood — (2010-2013) Young adult. Publisher: April Dunne is not impressed. She’s had to move from Edinburgh to Highgate, London, with her parents. She’s left her friends — and her entire life — behind. She has to start at a new school and, worst of all, now she’s stuck in a creepy old dump of a house which doesn’t even have proper mobile phone reception. Ravenwood, her new school, is a prestigious academy for gifted (financially or academically) students — and the only place her parents could find her a place, in the middle of term, in the middle of London, on incredibly short notice. So she’s stuck with the super-rich, and the super-smart… and trying to fit in is when the rest of the students seem to be more glamorous, smarter, or more talented than she is, is more than tough. It’s intimidating and isolating, even when she finds a friend in the conspiracy-theorist Caro Jackson — and perhaps finds something more than friendship in the gorgeous, mysterious Gabriel Swift. But there’s more going on at Ravenwood than meets the eye. Practical jokes on new students are normal, but when Gabriel saves her from… something… in the Highgate Cemetery, and then she discovers that a murder took place, just yards away from where she had been standing, April has to wonder if something more sinister is going on… and whether or not she’s going to live through it…

YA fantasy book reviews Mia James Ravenwood 1. By Midnight 2. Darkness FallsYA fantasy book reviews Mia James Ravenwood 1. By Midnight 2. Darkness Fallsfantasy and science fiction book reviews

By Midnight: Dull and unimaginative

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By Midnight by Mia James

April is deeply upset when her father takes a job at a small paper in London, and moves his wife and daughter from Edinburgh to do so. At first she is just miserable because she misses her friends and has to start a new school, Ravenwood, where many of the students are either stunningly beautiful or frighteningly clever. But then the deaths start, and April realises that she might be in danger as well. Suddenly there is no one she can trust — not even the beautiful and mysterious Gabriel, who April is drawn towards. Set against the backdrop of Highgate in London, By Midnight tells a tale of love, loss and quiet horror.

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