The Captain’s Log – wink poppy midnight (April Genevieve Tucholke)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Now I am not a big YA contemporary fan.  When I read YA, I tend to read sci-fi or fantasy books.  Occasionally I will read some historical fiction.  But I have to admit that the title and the cover for this one is what drew me in:

Even the blurb sounds beguiling and ambiguous and interesting.  So how did it turn out?  Ultimately underwhelming and annoying.

This is a major shame because the book was amazing up until the reveal.  The three main characters were distinct and fascinating and well-written.  I loved how each chapter was short, advanced the story, and switched points of view.  The story is about three teens.  Poppy is domineering and cruel.  Midnight was obsessed with Poppy but with a new move comes a new determination to be rid of her once and for all.  Wink is the new quirky next door neighbor who might be the key to helping Midnight get out from under Poppy’s thumb.  I adored Wink.  I even liked readin’ Poppy’s crazy thought patterns.  Midnight was fun but the girls certainly stole the show.

This book was suspenseful and engaging.  There was this otherworldly feel to the story that made me have to know what happened next.  What was the truth?  What were the lies?  With the three perspectives I was kept guessing. Are there ghosts?  Do the tarot cards work?  How do the fantasy elements work?  How does the mystery turn out?

Not well.  All the delightful set-up, great secondary characters, and creepy plot with a rather infuriating conclusion.  Basically I ended up hating all three characters and what happens to them.  Argh!  So very grumpy.  I am still super impressed with the author’s style and voice for each of her characters.  The writing was excellent.  The solution not so much.  I would be interested in reading another work by the author but have to admit that the negative ending has me wary.

Any of the crew read this one or one of her other books?  I would love to have some crew feedback.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

To visit the author’s website go to:

April Genevieve Tucholke – Author

To buy the novel go to:

wink poppy midnight – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

24 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – wink poppy midnight (April Genevieve Tucholke)

  1. Hmmmmm, interesting. This one has been on my radar as a possible book to borrow from the library. And maybe I still will, for the magical realism elements. But I’ll keep in mind that the ending might irk me. 😉

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    1. Oh goodness! Three not so great books in a row where ye read me posts! I do hope I am not bringing bad juju to all yer hopeful books from the library. I still be very glad I read this one even if I hated the ending. The writing style just tickled me fancy. I will be readin’ something else by her to see what else her words can do. Ye be a writer so ye may find it fun for craft alone. I don’t write so I can’t say what writers read for. I just know having worked in the arts that I can’t watch a theatre production without analyzing the style of production and elements. So I assume writers do that too when readin?
      x The Captain


      1. LOL! Nah, hopefully that won’t happen. 😉 My next library book will likely be THE WOLF IN THE WHALE by Jordanna Max Brodsky, and I’m SO STOKED for it after reading Mogsy’s review at Bibliosanctum. As for books I own, tonight I should be able to finish THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood. It’s good, but holy $#%& Gilead scares me.

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      2. I wanted to read wolf in the whale from the moment I heard about it and then Mogsy’s review made me so excited as well. Her taste is similar to mine in a lot of ways and so her praise was awesome. And ye likely have finished the handmaid’s tale by now. I adore that one. I hope ye write a review for it! Arrr!
        x The Captain

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      3. Almost forgot your question at the end there. I can’t speak for writers in general; some of them might approach their reading differently. But even though I always read for enjoyment, my critical eye always creeps in. It might be because I’m a copy editor in my day job, on top of being an “eternal student” of the craft of novel writing. So I pay attention to everything: plot, characters, prose, worldbuilding, etc. Does that make sense?

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      4. Aye, makes perfect sense matey. What do ye copy edit during the day? I also read for enjoyment but everything does creep in. I think that comes from analyzing plays for production. Thank ye kindly for answering me question. I find answers to such questions to be fascinating. Arrr!
        x The Captain

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      5. You’re welcome! Right now I’m a technical editor at an engineering firm. I say “right now” because… well, let’s just say you should stay tuned to tomorrow’s announcement regarding the Big Secret Project. 😉

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      6. Thank you! I’m going to try to moonlight with Heart of the Story for the time being (still in the full-time job atm). If things become too demanding… well, I’ll make that decision when the time comes. 😉

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  2. I remember this one leaving me underwhelmed as well. But I’m going to try her latest book, The Boneless Mercies, as it sounds really interesting!

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    1. Weirdly I liked reading about Poppy because she knew she was obnoxious. I mean aye, she sucked and could have not been such a jerk. But somehow the author gave her a voice and speech pattern that I liked reading. Unusual foe me. Thanks for reading!
      x The Captain

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    1. Actually ye like quirky books so this might work for ye. I have no real regrets because the up until the reveal I was mesmerized. And the writing is beautiful. I think I will try something else by her. I just need to read reviews by those crew members with similar tastes so I can pick accordingly. Thanks for readin’. Arrr!
      x The Captain


    1. This seems like a polarizing book. Ye either love or hate it. While I do wish the ending would have been written to suit me, I am not sad about reading this title. I just wish that the book would have really had magic and not turned into a contemporary. Thanks for visiting.
      x The Captain


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