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What books keep you up late at night?

The Midnight Garden covers upcoming or recently released young adult literature from an adult’s point of view, as well as occasional middle grade and adult crossover titles. We love chatting with our readers, so don’t be shy!

If you’re interested in submitting a book for review or feature consideration, please check out our review policies and contact info here. Generally speaking, all pitches should be sent to Wendy Darling, although if you’d like to request a specific reviewer, just let her know.

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Wendy Darling, Los Angeles, California
Blog Owner and Founder
Editorial Content, Features, Tours, Promotions, and Reviews

Wendy never really stopped reading children’s and young adult books and thinks you shouldn’t, either. A spark of interest in recently-published books was renewed, however, when Wendy rediscovered her love of YA because of a little book called The Hunger Games. Since that time, she’s been astounded by the quality of young adult literature that’s currently on the market. This blog was founded because of her burning desire to share her love of books with fellow readers who know what it’s like to read feverishly late into the night.

Wendy is a recovering film publicist, former Publishers Weekly reviewer, and an occasional freelance writer/editor who makes her home in sunny Los Angeles, CA. Her favorite books are the ones that make her feel intensely or surprise her in unexpected ways. Writers whose books have changed her life include: Carol Rifka Brunt, Cassandra Clare, Beverly Cleary, Mira Grant, Cynthia Hand, Sarah J. Maas, L.M. Montgomery, Philip Pullman, Maggie Stiefvater, Sarah Waters,  and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

You can find her on GoodReads, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest, as well as her old children’s books & crafts blog.


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kim framedKim, Philadelphia, PA
Contributing Writer
Reviews and Features

“‘…Amazing,” says New York Times #1 Bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.

Kim spends a disproportionate amount of time daydreaming about her future warrior queen status once the dystopian apocalypse is finally upon us. Watching an inordinate amount of television, cross stitching, playing the baritone horn, and what can only be described as “the ability to eat cheeseburgers inhumanly fast” are among her other passions. She is absurdly pleased to share a birthplace with the oldest public library in the US.

An avowed “science enthusiast”, she is determined to see a Bortle scale Class 1 sky before leaving this fair planet. She spent a semester in London and has been in love with all things English from a young age. Her favorite books are those that leave her either achingly happy or achingly sad. There is rarely an in between. She has a real weakness for under-appreciated female characters. She also has a special passion for supporting and promoting diversity in YA.

Her career so far has been spent in the Philly startup scene but she is looking forward to leaving that all behind in pursuit of solely bookish vocations. She currently resides by a mystical lake at the edge of an enchanted forest.

You may find Kim online on Twitter, Tumblr, GoodReads, and Instagram.

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Layla, Durham, NC
Contributing Writer
Reviews and Features

Layla comes from a long line of bookworms and has loved reading for as long as she can remember (thanks, mom!). She devoured YA as a teen (and has particularly fond memories of reading Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley like woah) but lost interest in the genre until a friend recommended The Hunger Games to her in 2009. She hasn’t looked back since then. She will read almost anything, YA or not, with some combination of the following elements: an interesting female protagonist, queer relationships, a post-apocalyptic setting, weird science, and/or early modern England. Her desert island book is probably The Faerie Queene but Mrs. Dalloway is a close second and she hopes to never have to choose, anyway.

Layla lives in Durham, NC, one of her favorite places in the world so far, where she teaches and writes. (If you are ever in Durham, you should let her know, and she will take you out to eat all the things, ever.) She wishes she had more time to read, swim, play with her cats, and finally finish all of the quilting and knitting projects she’s accumulated over the past few years, but she is trying to cultivate patience.

You can find her on Goodreads and Twitter.



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Independent Book Blogger Awards Finalist in the Young Adult & Children’s category, May 2012.

Feature: Top 25 Reviewers on GoodReads from Forbes Magazine, October 2012. GoodReads has 30 million users and counting.


IBBA Independent Book Blogger Awards




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