Posts Categorized: 2012

Amelia Anne Tour Stop & Giveaway

Amelia Anne Tour Stop & Giveaway

This has been amazing year for young adult literature for mature audiences. From The Miseducation of Cameron Post to the upcoming Monstrous Beauty, it’s been incredibly exciting to find books that aren’t afraid to push boundaries, ask questions, and immerse their readers in unusual literary styles. Is this in recognition that more and more adults are reading YA? Perhaps. I just hope the trend continues. One of my favorite books this year is definitely Kat Rosenfeld’s Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone. It’s the story of Amelia Anne Richardson, a girl found brutally murdered on the side of a dirt road–but it’s also the story of Becca, who is spending a last summer at home in her small town. It’s a mystery without easy answers, it’s a snapshot of a girl’s coming into her own, and it’s a sad, painful testament to the trauma that envelopes the end of a… Read more »

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Necromancing the Stone: Review & Giveaway!

Necromancing the Stone: Review & Giveaway!

Necromancing the Stoneby Lish McBride At long last, it’s here! This review contains some spoilers from the first book, so proceed at your own risk. After killing the evil necromancer Douglas Montgomery in last year’s hilarious Hold Me Closer Necromancer, Sam LaCroix has not only inherited Douglas’ seat on their town’s supernatural Council, but he’s inherited his huge house, his shapeshifting cat butler James, and a small army of angry jam-loving gnomes as well. Just as he’s settling into his new position as head of a very unusual household, however, his sister gets a nasty threat delivered to her door, and a sudden death changes everything. One thing a necromancer should always keep in mind, after all, is that just because someone’s dead doesn’t mean they stay that way. It feels like we’ve been waiting for this sequel forever, and I’m so pleased to report that catching up with Sam… Read more »

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Moving On…and Thank You

Moving On…and Thank You

I’ve started a half a dozen blog posts over the past month or so, but nothing ever seemed right.  I even had one that was going to post this morning, before more events unfolded and things got waylaid yet again. I’m tired of talking about delusional fantasies and idiotic accusations, however. This is all getting in the way of my life and damn it, it’s getting in the way of my posting reviews and posting a gazillion book giveaways. I’ve been remiss in allowing myself to think that I needed to write anything about this before I could get back to reviewing, and I’m going to do my best to get back to that with some semblance of clarity soon. For now, very briefly, I want to confirm that: Yes, I’ve seen the latest attempt to create scandal and seek attention by the infamous Vanity Author. I’ve seen HuffPost Books’… Read more »

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Breaking the Silence: The Selection Debacle

Breaking the Silence: The Selection Debacle

There’s a reason why I haven’t been around as much online, and it can summed up in two words: The Selection. I don’t blame anyone at all for skipping right over this post, because it’s going to be extremely long since there are a lot of issues to address, and it may not be entirely coherent since it’s late and I will have to come back later to clarify certain points. I have never blogged about this until now because I try to keep The Midnight Garden a happy place, and I’m not a fan of unnecessary drama. But when blatant lies and gross exaggerations are published in attempt to curry favor and to seek attention, I think it’s time to break the silence and explain what happened so that the facts of the matter are very clear. As you may or may not know, there have been a lot… Read more »

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Win a copy of The Last Princess or Revived!

Win a copy of The Last Princess or Revived!

Things have been a little quiet around here lately, but we haven’t forgotten you! We have a couple of extra finished copies of buzzed-about books we’d love to share with our readers.  The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze and Revived by Cat Patrick were just released this month, and thanks to our friends at Little Brown, we’re giving you a chance to win a finished hardback copy of one of these books! You can find synopses through the links, which take you to GoodReads. If you’re a fan of paranormal mysteries or dystopian fantasies, these are titles that are probably already on your list. Enter to Win! To enter the contest, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below and leave us a comment to let us know which book you’d prefer if you win. As usual, you can earn extra entries for sharing the contest… Read more »

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Blackout (Newsflesh #3): review

Blackout (Newsflesh #3): review

Blackout (Newsflesh #3)by Mira Grant This review is spoiler-free, and safe even for those who haven’t read the first two books in the series. Forget everything you ever assumed about science fiction novels or zombie thrillers: the Newsflesh trilogy defies all expectations. The story that began with a turbulent political campaign in a post-apocalyptic Feed escalates here as the blogger journalists from After the End of Times continue their quest to uncover the truth behind the deadly Kellis-Amberlee virus that has decimated civilization–one that is now mutating and spreading faster than ever before. The breakneck action and intrigue in Blackout is intense as a dangerous rescue mission, disease-carrying mosquitoes, zombie bears, tangled family drama, and a mysterious patient known as Subject 7B all complicate what is already hell on earth. It’s funny that my favorite zombie series actually has the least amount of zombie action in it, but Newsflesh hasn’t… Read more »

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One Moment: review

One Moment: review

One Momentby Kristina McBride One Moment by Kristina McBride is a story of the unfairness of life; how things are cut short, how things are not what they seem, how things are stolen, changed, a path diverted in a blink. Maggie and her friends are at the gorge. Maggie and her boyfriend Joey are at the top of the cliff, about to jump off — then everything goes blank. Maggie opens her eyes and Adam is urging her out from the bush she’s hidden herself behind. There is screaming, sirens, and blood. Joey is dead. The story goes on as Maggie and her friends deal with their loss, as Maggie attempts to piece together her final moments with Joey in the hopes of figuring out what, why, and how it all happened. But it’s not all it seems. Along the way, Maggie discovers secrets that threaten to sever the friendships,… Read more »

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