Posts Categorized: angels

End of Days: Review + Giveaway

End of Days: Review + Giveaway

Well, it’s the end of an era isn’t it? I wasn’t even a little bit nervous that this book would fail to deliver on all the promise of its predecessors and I am so happy to tell you that I was right in my confidence. If you are looking for heart pounding action, a fierce but all too human heroine, the swooniest of swoons and, of course, intense creepiness you will find it, and more, in End of Days. Like World After, End of Days picks up almost immediately where its predecessor left off. Penryn is reunited with both Raffe and Paige, but they are still plagued with problems. The world is still a mess, overrun with angels, humans, and other monsters. Raffe still needs his wings back and Paige needs help steering back to humanity. As is to be expected this book is super creepy. You thought you’ve seen… 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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A Tour of Shadows’ Australian Setting with Paula Weston + giveaway!

A Tour of Shadows’ Australian Setting with Paula Weston + giveaway!

Don’t you love a book that gives you a very certain sense of time and place? A strong setting always makes me feel as if I’m right there in the middle of the action along with the characters, and in Paula Weston’s Shadows, we’re thrust into a paranormal romance set in Australia…with angels. This was absolutely perfect, as I bought the book while I was in Sydney last summer after reading rave reviews from overseas friends, and as I read it I got to relive a little bit of my trip through reading the story.  As we kick off the official Shadows blog tour today, we asked Paula if she’d take us on a guided photographic tour of the book’s gorgeous setting. We’re so pleased that she agreed to share her pictures and writing process with us, and invite you to join us as we explore Gaby and Rafa’s world… Read more »

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Shadows: review

Shadows: review

Title: Shadows (The Rephaim #1)Author: Paula WestonRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 10, 2013 Age Group: YASource: Tundra BooksShadows by Paula Weston is the first installment in her Rephaim series. This Aussie YA title has had a lot of buzz  since its release a year ago, and at long last it’s arrived here in North America. It’s certain that most fans of readers of paranormal romance who try out this series will clawing for the next. Shadows is based on angel lore. So yes, you’ve read the same story, the same myth, the same names, only, as in all other angel books, there are little tweaks here and there to differentiate it from the crop. But, as I’ve always said, whatever the material, if the writing is good then the book is good. It’s only been a year since the death of her twin brother, Jude, and Gaby has run away… Read more »

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Boundless Tour Stop: Cynthia Hand Interview & Giveaway!

Boundless Tour Stop: Cynthia Hand Interview & Giveaway!

Our readers know that The Midnight Garden reviewers are adults, and yet some authors are so amazing, they reduce us to a pile of giggling fangirls. One of our favorites is with us again today to talk about her new release Boundless, the final volume in her beautiful Unearthly series, as part of the official Mundie Moms Blog Tour for the book. Without further ado, please say hello to Cynthia Hand! Q & A with Cynthia Hand Welcome back to the blog! What’s life like now as a New York Times Bestselling author? Tell the truth–do you muscle in line at the Barnes & Noble? Ha! I wish! Seriously, the biggest thing that changed with me hitting the Times list is that I get asked for a lot more blurbs these days. Which means more free books. Which is a very good thing. Clara’s friendship with Angela is tested in… Read more »

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Boundless (Unearthly #3): review

Boundless (Unearthly #3): review

Title: Boundless (Unearthly #3)Author: Cynthia HandRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: January 22, 2013 Publisher: Harper TeenAge Group: YASource: ARC This review is spoiler-free, and safe even if you haven’t read the first two books in the series. (But if you haven’t–sheesh, what are you waiting for?!) After waiting for Boundless for so long, I was strangely nervous about reading it. When the package arrived, I literally hugged it for a full minute because I knew what was inside! All day long, I was scared to even peek at the first page, so it wasn’t until after midnight that I started the book. But my burning need to know how this incredible story ended kept me up through the night until I finally finished it at 4 in the morning. This final installment in the Unearthly series picks up shortly after the novella Radiant, as Clara begins her freshman year… Read more »

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Days of Blood and Starlight; review

Days of Blood and Starlight; review

Days of Blood and Starlight may well have been my most anticipated release this year. I was captivated by the lush and layered world Laini Taylor built in its predecessor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and rendered absolutely in love with both Karou and Akiva. The thrill of the tension in their discovery of one another, the sweet ache of their romance as it unfolded, and the crush of sorrow for them both at the end stayed with me the many months I waited for the release of its sequel. So, to say I had high hopes is an understatement. I couldn’t wait to dive back into Karou and Akiva’s world, and see just how they would mend the rift between them–BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO MEND IT, RIGHT?–and save their world together. What I got was nothing close to what I expected, but everything the sequel to Daughter of Smoke… Read more »

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