Posts By: Wendy Darling

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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A Tour of Haze’s Setting: guest post by Paula Weston

A Tour of Haze’s Setting: guest post by Paula Weston

Last year, we invited author Paula Weston to give us a tour of the Australian setting for her paranormal romance book Shadows, the first book in her Rephaim series. With the North American publication of its sequel Haze, we thought it’d be fun to have her back to show us some of the places that inspired the new book! A Tour of the Settings in Haze by Paula Weston Like many writers, I have a collection of images that help inspire me or put me in the right frame of mind to write a particular scene. For the Rephaim series, I’ve created an eclectic (private) Pinterest board crammed with all sorts of weird and wonderful bits and pieces. More than a few of those images relate to locations. Some are mine, some are images I found online. I love Google images when it comes to research. In fact, the images… Read more »

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Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

It was sweltering in Los Angeles today, but that didn’t stop Melissa de la Cruz’s book party for Vampires of Manhattan from being fun! I think the swanky vampires themselves would have approved of the gathering, which was attended by local LA authors, librarians, entertainment veterans, and a whole bunch kids who were very excited to be there. The garden party was hosted by Beautiful Creatures author Margaret Stohl, whose lovely home provided the perfect setting for this relaxed event. At The Ring and the Crown Tea I attended a few months ago, I was struck by how supportive all these LA authors are of each other, and it was really nice to see Allen Zadoff, Pseudonymous Bosch, Alyson Noel, Robyn Schneider, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Gretchen McNeil, Morgan Matson, and many others turn out in celebration of Melissa’s book. Sharp-eyed fans will notice that Vampires of Manhattan is actually… Read more »

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Unteachable: review + giveaway

Unteachable: review + giveaway

Sometimes when you take a chance on an indie book, you discover something incredibly special. I felt that way with Angelfall and And All the Stars, and I feel that way again with Unteachable by Leah Raeder. It’s a book I had no intention of reviewing, but when I finished it, the words just came pouring out! I’ve included my updated 2 am review below. But before that, you should know: This is not a YA book. It’s a new adult novel with a seriously messed up romance, in which high school senior Maisie enters into a relationship with  one of her teachers. This isn’t the kind of relationship that is ever okay in real life, which is why I initially hesitated about covering it here at the blog. While all of us read across a wide variety of genres, I am mindful of the responsibility we have to our… Read more »

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

I’ve waxed poetic about Marcus Sedgwick many times before. He scared the crap out of me with White Crow, made me think in She is Not Invisible, and moved me impossibly with the dark, moody, brilliant Midwinterblood. I therefore didn’t even ask what the story was about when Macmillan asked if The Midnight Garden would host the U.S. cover reveal for Marcus’ new book, The Ghosts of Heaven. Seriously, his name is on the cover and that’s all I needed to know–I only just read the synopsis as I was formatting this post! I also flew to answer Ksenia‘s email right away, the whole deal was done in 10 minutes flat. Such is my love for him and his stories. He writes such intelligent, beautiful books that I’m excited every time a new one is announced, because I know each Marcus Sedgwick book holds the promise of a transformative reading… Read more »

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Trial by Fire: guest post + giveaway

Trial by Fire: guest post + giveaway

I love paranormal romances, but it’s rare to find one that hits all the right spots in combining fantastic magic-wielding, fun action scenes, nuanced characters with agency, and swoony romance. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini arrowed right into the bulls-eye, however, and Lily Proctor’s development from an allergy-ridden, insecure klutz into a young woman who embraces incredible power in an alternate universe is handled with just the right touch. Lily is so painfully awkward in the beginning–and so obviously in love with a guy who doesn’t appreciate her–that I was nervous about whether the transition would feel right, but I loved the way she comes into her own. This book also hit on two of my GoodReads shelves that don’t see nearly enough action: the hilarious books shelf and the crush-worthy boys shelf! That’s right, a guy you wanna make out with AND a story that keeps you laughing…. Read more »

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Classic YA Discussion: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Classic YA Discussion: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Greetings, dear readers! We had a long book this month, so I’m not sure how many participants got through it, but we thoroughly enjoyed this one! We also have a long discussion, so we’ll get right to it. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for next month’s book info, plus a teaser for the exciting prize we’ll be giving away to for one of our readers who completes our classics readalong challenge! Layla: So, this has been on my to-read list for a few years, and I’m really excited that it’s the focus of our discussion this month. Things that I really liked: the incredible amount of detail that went into building Francie’s Brooklyn (the pickles and the coffee and the sugar buns! her trips to the public library! all of the various descriptions of clothing and the way each house and building was laid out!). A Tree Grows… Read more »

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