Posts By: Kate Bond

Fierce Reads Summer Tour: Interview and Giveaway

Fierce Reads Summer Tour: Interview and Giveaway

The day before Comic-Con last month, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Ann Aguirre, and Anna Banks went to the Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles for a panel, and I got to interview them (in the employee break room) before the panel started. It had been a crazy week for me–I had a lot of work to get done for a project I’ve been working on for over a year, I was leaving the following morning for the convention, I had a bronchial infection (I wasn’t contagious, but I was taking antibiotics, steroids, and that awesome cough syrup with codeine in it)… and Obama was in town.   If you don’t live somewhere where presidents visit for fund raising, it’s hard to understand how badly having them in town can completely destroy the traffic system, but it’s really something. Major streets along his route are completely shut down,… Read more »

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Heaven’s Queen: Review

Heaven’s Queen: Review

So here’s the deal: Heaven’s Queen is fine. If you enjoyed where the series seemed to be heading in book two, if you think Rupert and Devi are interesting together, if you don’t particularly care for the parts of the story where Devi fights in her robot suit… You’ll like this book. It will seem fitting and appropriate, you will be warm and happy, and you’ll agree with the majority of readers on Goodreads, where it currently has a rating over four stars. What follows will contain minor spoilers for the previous books in this series. If you started this series because you were interested in a story about a badass female mercenary who unapologetically sleeps around (you know, a man in every port and all that), and who fights in an awesome robot suit, you may come out of it feeling a little bit betrayed. Devi’s not a character… Read more »

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Open Road Summer: Review

Open Road Summer: Review

When Crossroads came out, I was in high school, and I saw it with my friends opening night. I knew I would hate it. I knew it would be terrible. I was right. But I LOVE stories about teenage friendships. The friendships are my favorite part of any coming-of-age story. Something that adults frequently get wrong when writing about teenage romance is that in real life, girls’ friends are significantly more important to them than their romantic partners. Once you get older and start thinking about marriage and maybe starting a family, suddenly the person you date/marry/whatever becomes the center of your life, but in most healthy teenage relationships (those without co-dependency issues) this isn’t actually the case. Teenage girls rely on their female friends for most of their emotional needs. The friendship between Reagan and Dee is the backbone of this story, and they fit together like one of… Read more »

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Kim and Kate’s Adventures in Philadelphia

Kim and Kate’s Adventures in Philadelphia

It can be kind of weird to share a blog with a bunch of people you’ve never met in person, but that’s the situation here at The Midnight Garden. We are scattered all across North America, and several of us have never even met each other in person. It’s kind of like an odd combination of having a pen pal and dating someone long distance. So we were really excited last week when Kate had the opportunity to visit Kim in Philadelphia for a day. Here’s what happened.     Kate: I was nervous about missing my train (I’ve never taken Amtrak, but I’m always really confused when I try to take trains long distances in Europe, and I (correctly) assumed this had less to do with the language barrier than with general incompetence on my part), so I arrived half an hour early. And then waited by the wrong… Read more »

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Honor’s Knight: review

Honor’s Knight: review

Wendy gave me Fortune’s Pawn for Christmas, and I put off reading it for months and months–until a week ago. I have a tendency to do this; being given or loaned a book makes me feel like there’s a lot of pressure on me to enjoy it, and that perceived pressure pretty quickly turns into a weird resentment of the book in question. I’m such an idiot. Once I finally sat down with the darned thing, I devoured it in one sitting, and as soon as I finished it around 2 am, I proceeded to read Honor’s Knight right then and there in a blurry haze of bloodshot eyes and coffee breath. Because these books are really, really good, you guys. What follows will contain spoilers for Fortune’s Pawn, the previous book in the Paradox series. Honor’s Knight opens with an intense, heartbreaking prologue in which we learn why so… Read more »

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Dress the Part: Panic

Dress the Part: Panic

Dress the Part is a monthly feature in which I use my past life as a costume designer and personal stylist to help the ladies of YA express themselves visually. This month we’re looking at Heather from Lauren Oliver’s Panic, a book about a young woman whose life falls apart the summer after she graduates from high school, leading her to behave recklessly and enter a weird contest that… I’m actually not sure how to finish that sentence, guys. It’s like this crazy daredevil game they play in her shitty little town. It totally sounds like something my friends and I would have participated in (the kids do some stupid, stupid, scary things), but the winner somehow wins tens of thousands of dollars, and I just can’t wrap my mind around where the money comes from. I kept flipping back through, trying to make sense of it, but I just couldn’t…. Read more »

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Introducing: Stray with Elissa Sussman + Giveaway

Introducing: Stray with Elissa Sussman + Giveaway

There’s something so exciting about seeing a friend realize a lifelong dream. I’ve known my friend Elissa for five years, and she has always been passionate about smart entertainment for young people (she worked on Tangled and The Princess and the Frog, you guys!), so when I heard that her first YA novel, Stray, was going to be published by HarperCollins (it hits stores October 7), I lost my freaking mind. As one does. I’ve been able to see the fascinating process of what a first-time novelist goes through unfold in front of me at our weekly coffee dates, and one of the things Elissa was most excited about was the cover, because that’s the part that’s completely out of the writer’s hands. Every week I’d ask her if she’d seen the design, and every week the answer was no. Until last week. And you guys, it was worth the… Read more »

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