Posts Categorized: 4.5 star books

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Tour Stop

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Tour Stop

If the idea of Tennessee Williams writing a supernatural gothic novel intrigues you, you will not want to miss the gorgeous, wretched beauty of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke. Who is the mysterious stranger who’s renting the guest house behind Violet White’s manor? River has the sly  charm of a  fox, but he also has secrets he’s not telling–ones that could be Violet’s undoing. The story is strange and wild and romantic and crazy all at once, and the simmering tension beneath the languor of hot summer nights grows and grows until it becomes shrieking, wild-eyed, descent-into-madness horror. I LOVED IT. I hope you will, too.We’re very pleased to welcome the author to The Midnight Garden today as part of the official Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea blog tour. What better way to ring in the end of summer than this truly… Read more »

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Sea of Tranquility: review

Sea of Tranquility: review

I’ve been in a book rut. I’d started no less than five books, and finished exactly zero of them. Nothing grabbed me. Nothing excited me, or made me feel anything but vague annoyance, boredom, or mild confusion. So, I did what anyone would do in such dire straits: I took my plight to the twitters, who told me almost in unison to read Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. I was skeptical. New adult, you say? High on the angst, is it? Originally self-published? Hmm. But I remembered Wendy recommending it during our conversation with Leigh Bardugo, so I picked it up. And I didn’t put it down until I lay in bed with an aching chest and bittersweet tears rolling down my cheeks at two in the morning. I went to sleep with a shaky smile and a satisfied sigh because yes, THAT was what I had been looking… Read more »

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Another Little Piece: review + EPIC giveaway!

Another Little Piece: review + EPIC giveaway!

Title: Another Little PieceAuthor: Kate Karyus QuinnRating: 4.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: June 11, 2013Publisher: Harper TeenAge Group: YASource: ARC from publisher Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn is a deliciously dark and savage debut. Please don’t mistake this for a typical YA paranormal story: it does not feature any screeching heroines, cliched scenarios, or last-minute romantic rescues. Instead, this is a strange, startlingly original horror novel that is beautifully written, thoughtfully considered, and yet somehow leaves you longing for more. Its fractured structure and ambiguous nature mean that it’s not a story that will work for everyone–but holy hell, did it work for me. Annaliese Gordon is not who you think she is. A year ago, she was found on the side of the road, screaming and covered in blood, before she disappeared. Now she’s mysteriously come back, and can’t remember what happened to her–but one thing… Read more »

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Coda: review

Coda: review

There are some people in the world to whom music is as vital as oxygen. To those–me, and certainly Emma Trevayne, the author of Coda–music has the ability to heighten emotions, to heal, to soothe, to enrige, and excite. To us, music is as potent as any drug, and almost as addicting. To Anthem, and the rest of the citizens in The Web, there is no almost. Music is quite literally a drug, one as addicting as any narcotic. And just as dangerous. In Anthem’s post-war world on the island of Manhattan, the Corp–the nameless, faceless, despotic government–controls everyone through music specially encoded to be as addicting, and mood-altering as possible. It keeps the citizens passive, keeps them dependent–and ensures they don’t live long enough to have time to do anything but survive. But Anthem has a secret. He and four others meet secretly once a week to play music… Read more »

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Eleanor & Park: review + giveaway

Eleanor & Park: review + giveaway

Part of me wants to quote the entirety of John Green’s NYT review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and just call it a day, because he said everything I’m thinking anyway. (And much more eloquently than I ever could.) But I’ll just echo this: you’ve read this book before. You’ve read the Misfit Boy meets the New Girl With Issues story before. You know the Big Girl Finds Love book by heart. You’ve read all about The Struggles of the Minority Boy in Middle America. But you’ve never read it quite like this before. Set during one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is a revelation of what YA contemporary can be. It’s gritty. It’s foul-mouthed. It’s awkward. It’s real. There are no great philosophical speeches showcasing their elevated vocabularies. Neither of them do anything particularly special. Except love each other in such an ordinary way it… Read more »

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If You Find Me: review

If You Find Me: review

Title: If You Find MeAuthor:Emily MurdochRating: 4.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: March 26, 2013Publisher:St. Martins GriffinAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher My sister don’t talk much. When she does, it’s only to me, in moth-winged whispers, and only when we’re alone. There are few things more contrary to nature than abandoning your children. Basic instinct assures that most animals protect their young, so the idea of thinking, reasoning human parents neglecting or abusing their children is a violently offensive one. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch is a stunning debut that explores the consequences of child  neglect. 15-year-old Carey’s mother is mentally ill, and a drug user who comes and goes without any accountability. She’s hidden Carey and her younger sister away in a national forest in Tennessee for over ten years, and the girls know nothing of the outside world until she finally disappears for… Read more »

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Written in Red: review

Written in Red: review

Title: Written in Red(The Others #1)Author: Anne BishopRating: 4.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: March 5, 2013Publisher: NALAge Group:  AdultSource: Finished copy from publisher It takes a lot to interest me in starting an adult urban fantasy series these days, so I was a bit hesitant when Written in Red by Anne Bishop landed on my doorstep. It turned out to be a happy surprise, however, because it ended up being a fantastic read. Meg Corbyn is on the run. As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, she is able to see the future when cuts are made on her skin. This is a painful process in many ways, and she’s desperate to free herself from those who have been profiting from her gift her whole life.  She soon encounters Simon Wolfgard, a snarly, suspicious shapeshifter who takes her under his wing despite his better judgment. What I loved: I… Read more »

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