Halloween Thrills & Chills: box of horror giveaway + Jonathan Stroud interview

Halloween Thrills & Chills: box of horror giveaway + Jonathan Stroud interview

Fall is in the air, and we’re celebrating by hosting a Halloween Thrills and Chills event! Some of our favorite blog friends will present fantastic guest posts and interviews by three Disney Hyperion authors with books releasing this year, including Mary: The Summoning‘s Hillary Monahan, Welcome to the Dark House‘s Laurie Faria Stolarz, and The Whispering Skull‘s Jonathan Stroud. Check out the full tour schedule below, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the very end for a box of horror books that will be delivered to you in time for Halloween reading! We’re kicking off the event tour with Jonathan Stroud, author of the The Bartimaeus Sequence and many other novels. His second book in his Lockwood and Co. series just came out, and if you like the idea of coolly competent young British ghosthunters with a Sherlock-type vibe, you’ll certainly enjoy this series. I love how the… Read more »

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What’s On Your Nightstand? with Ameriie!

What’s On Your Nightstand? with Ameriie!

Ever wondered if celebrities read YA? I’ve always suspected there are fans lurking everywhere, but I was still tickled when I suddenly realized that the Ameriie I’d been chatting with on GoodReads for months was the Ameriie–you know, superstar recording artist and actress. No big deal. I enjoy peeking in to see what she’s reading from time to time–she’s got eclectic taste, ladies and gents–and I love that she actively uses it as a reader and as a fan. I also discovered that she’s got some very exciting bookish projects in the works, so I thought it’d be fun to invite her to tell us a little more about what she’s planning, as well as to give us a peek at her bookshelves and favorite reading spots in her house. Ready to peer over her shoulder? I know I am! Where the Magic Happens by Ameriie The Reading Chair I… Read more »

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Classic MG Discussion: Harriet the Spy

Classic MG Discussion: Harriet the Spy

Hello, dear readers! It’s time for our discussion of Harriet the Spy, which is perfect since it’s the book’s 50th anniversary this year. We’re so pleased that so many of you have been participating in our classics challenge, though we have to apologize again for being so behind on answering comments and visiting your review posts. Once summer was over we’d hoped things would slow down, but it’s still pretty busy around here, though we’re doing our best to get back on track. In any case, we’re very excited about this month’s book–we hope you enjoyed this read/re-read as much as we did! Wendy: Harriet M. Welsch is a perfectly dreadful child and I love her to pieces! This is one of my favorite books of all time, and she is a child so dear to my heart. She is so terribly suspicious and thinks awful things about the people… Read more »

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The Perilous Sea: Review

The Perilous Sea: Review

The Perilous Sea is one of those rare creatures: a sequel that is better than its (already pretty great) predecessor.  Where The Burning Sky sometimes dragged in places and was a little fuzzy on the magic and the rules of this fantasy world, everything in this installment is much improved. The plot zips along with breathless tension, more action, and a larger scope to the world of the story that never becomes daunting or confusing. The elemental magic is more present in the story and there’s none of the confusion of the first book. There are zigs and zags that I never saw coming and guarantees almost certain heartbreak. I devoured this book even more eagerly than the first and I loved every minute of it. The characterization is superbly done overall. Brave and stolid Iolanthe with her quick wit and easy bravado. Sweet Titus with his seriousness and sense… Read more »

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Winterspell with Claire Legrand + Giveaway

Winterspell with Claire Legrand + Giveaway

There’s nothing better than a retelling that manages to take a fairytale we all think we know and completely turn it on its head. Winterspell is completely original, while still staying true to its Nutcracker roots. It is a very dark, and very beautiful story. There were a lot of things I loved about this story, but probably my favorite is that author Claire Legrand is very good at capturing the shades of grey in every character. There is no character who is all good or all bad. Everyone has nuance. Everyone does great and terrible things. There are just too many great things I can say about this book. This is a must read for anyone who likes dark fantasy and the grittier side of fairytales. And, it’s a stand-alone, so no terrible cliffhangers! We’re happy to have Claire Legrand at The Midnight Garden today as part of the official… Read more »

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I’ll Give You the Sun: guest post + giveaway

I’ll Give You the Sun: guest post + giveaway

When you read a Jandy Nelson novel, it’s an experience unlike any other. There’s unbridled joy and passion and despair in her characters, and their lives are messy and imperfect and full of yearning.  Her writing feels almost impressionistic to me in its vibrancy, ability to invoke emotion, and painterly observations of human nature, with the kind of unfettered freedom of expression you might find in great contemporary Aussie YA novels, or the seriousness of purpose of a Gayle Forman one. With I’ll Give You the Sun releasing in stores this month, and with the book recently optioned for a film by Warner Bros., the author’s with us today as part of the official blog tour to tell us about how how a teacher inspired her to look at her writing in a whole new way. The very best stories are the ones that feel emotionally true, and this anecdote… Read more »

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Echoes of Us: guest post + giveaway

Echoes of Us: guest post + giveaway

Last year, Kat Zhang shared her journey to publication story with us, speaking to her experiences as a young author juggling school, writing, and the publishing industry. It seems fitting that with Echoes of Us, the last book in her dystopian Hybrid Chronicles releasing this month, Kat is back with us to talk about the series coming to an end, and how her life has changed because of it. After all, we as fans get emotional when favorite series come to an end, so it’s only natural that authors get sentimental, too! If you haven’t tried this series yet and you enjoy science fiction with a more introspective bent, you must pick this one up sometime. I’d recommend it to fans of thoughtful, character-driven books like The Lost Girl. Saying Goodbye to a Series by Kat Zhang It’s a cool thing to have books that release almost exactly one year… Read more »

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