The Body Electric: Beth Revis guest post + giveaway

The Body Electric: Beth Revis guest post + giveaway

When a series ends, sometimes we just aren’t ready to let go of the characters we’ve come to love. Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy is a favorite of many YA scifi readers, so everyone was understandably excited when the author announced that she would be releasing a follow-up story this year entitled The Body Electric! I was intrigued to hear that the author is self-publishing this new novel, which to me speaks to the degree of her love for her characters and for her fans. The author told me that only 350 copies of a very special edition will be printed, which will be available exclusively at her local bookshop Malaprops and at booksignings until they sell out. You can learn more about this fascinating experiment and the various… Read more »

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A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway

A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway

This book had me grinning like a fool within the first several pages (Buffy references?? Yes, please!) and kept the good feels coming all the way through. This is a very sweet story about two really good people who deserve to be together. It should be simple, right? They like each other, they have mutual interests and classes, and many friends/others are rooting for them. And yet it’s not simple at all. We are often our own worst enemy and this story proves that more than most. At its best this book is a funny, sweet and heartwarming examination of how our own perceived troubles and insecurities can get in the way of actual happiness. And what we can do about it. There are fourteen POV characters, none of whom… Read more »

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If You Could Be Mine: Review

If You Could Be Mine: Review

I should start by saying that I’m glad that this book exists. There aren’t enough young adult novels that deal with LGBTQ subjects, and there certainly aren’t enough that deal with those subjects in the Middle East (or anywhere that isn’t contemporary America, to be honest). Sara Farizan’s If You Could Be Mine – about a same-sex relationship between two Iranian teenagers – goes a long way towards filling the gap. I wish books like this had existed while I was growing up. That said, however, I really wanted more from this novel. Here’s the premise: Sahar and her best friend, Nasrin, have been in love since they were children. In addition to this, Nasrin’s family functions as Sahar’s adoptive family: Sahar’s mother died when she was young, and her… Read more »

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Discussion: Favorite Fictional Couples

Discussion: Favorite Fictional Couples

Ahh, what better way to cap off summer than with our favorite bookish couples. We’re all suckers for some swoon here at TMG (I mean, is there anyone who isn’t? Show yourselves; I want answers.), but we all have definite–and differing–opinions on just which YA couples work and which make us want to take a very long shower. So, who gives us the swoons, and who gives us the shivers?   Peyton’s Favorite Couple Karou and Akiva from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. It’s the star-crossed lovers story, but it’s also about two broken people trying to make their love for each other thrive in a world that knows nothing but war. I loved both these characters individually and as a couple. Every scene with them just made… Read more »

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Patrick Ness giveaway

Patrick Ness giveaway

Sometimes you can read a single book by an author and it has such an impact that you know you’ll always check out the rest of his work, regardless of subject or style. That’s how I felt after sobbing my way through the poignant book A Monster Calls, and after reading his weirdly dreamy scifi novel More Than This, that feeling has only intensified. The latter is a terrific blend of I Am Legend + Twilight Zone + The Matrix, but tinged with a thoughtful, still moodiness that I really liked. It’s a bit of a cautionary tale re: technology, and I loved the story structure, characters, and writing. Young Thomasz has particularly great speech patterns and dialogue, and the story never feels cliche or boring–no small feat when the… Read more »

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The Giver: film review

The Giver: film review

Here’s the deal: if you’re an extreme purist who will cry foul at the changes that were made to adapt Lois Lowry’s book, it’s probably best if you skip the film adaptation of The Giver, which is in theaters tomorrow. But if you’re willing to keep an open mind, this is a solidly entertaining film, and one that made some bold, and dare I say it, smart choices in translating story to screen. The book is about a boy living in a dystopian society in which vocations are assigned, feelings are carefully controlled, and no one questions authority. Lowry’s middle grade novel is short but powerful, with a style that is impressively spare and unusually somber for this age group. The film made a number of significant changes, which may… Read more »

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Introducing Layla and Peyton! + celebration giveaway

Introducing Layla and Peyton! + celebration giveaway

Are you may have heard, I put out a call for applicants for Midnight Garden reviewers last month. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send us a note of interest! We’re very excited to have two new writers starting soon, which means that hopefully the barren wasteland that you occasionally wandered into on the blog this summer won’t be happening again. There are so many books that deserve attention, and additional reviewers means that we’ll not only be able to review more books, but I will also have more time to devote to features, side projects, and tours. Without further ado–please say hello to Layla and Peyton! We’ve gotten to know Layla this year because she’s a frequent visitor to our blog, and it quickly… Read more »

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