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Hook’s Revenge: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway!

Hook’s Revenge: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway!

It’s a well-documented fact that I am fond of all things Peter Pan. As an adult who never stopped reading children’s books or YA, it makes me both happy and wistful to think about never having to grow up. So it’s only natural that I was instantly smitten upon hearing about Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz, which is the story of Hook’s daughter! As I’ve gotten to know the author on Twitter over the last few months, I discovered a kindred spirit as a reader, chicken lover, and all-around fabulous and funny human being. It doesn’t hurt that she’s represented by one of the nicest people in the business, either. We’re pleased as punch to be hosting the exclusive cover reveal for Heidi’s swashbuckling middle grade adventure. Are you ready for the awesome? I know I am! Without further ado, here’s your very first look at Hook’s Revenge!    … Read more »

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Retelling Fairy Tales: guest post + The Glass Casket giveaway

Retelling Fairy Tales: guest post + The Glass Casket giveaway

I am always drawn to reimaginings of classic fairy tales, but I’ve found that the ones I’ve enjoyed best seem to be very dark or sad, and more closely aligned to the Grimm or Andersen versions of the stories than the happy cartoon versions. In The Glass Casket, McCormick Templeman serves up an atmospheric fantasy full of mystery, romance, and bloodshed, and it’s a great stormy night read if you like your fairy tales with a little bit of bite. We’re very pleased to be part of the official blog tour for this book, and invite you to read about the author’s process for researching and shaping her story. ~ Wendy On Retelling Fairy Tales by McCormick Templeman I have memories of my grandmother reading me fairy tales when I was pre-literate. The book we had was beautiful, but the versions were too sanitized for my grandmother’s taste, so she… Read more »

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Forbidden Love in The Winner’s Curse: guest post + giveaway

Forbidden Love in The Winner’s Curse: guest post + giveaway

  When we invite an author to do a guest post for The Midnight Garden, the truth is that we never know what we’re going to get. I was thrilled when Marie Rutkoski’s piece came through for the official blog tour, however–I asked if she would talk to us about forbidden love, since Kestrel and Arin have to overcome a great many obstacles in The Winner’s Curse. This turned into something of an impromptu Q & A from the prompts I sent, and the thoughtfulness of her answers reaffirmed absolutely everything I loved about the book. It doesn’t hurt that she also mentions several of my favorite books in this post, too! If you’re a romantic, I daresay you’ll want a copy of this book straight away after reading this post. ~ Wendy   Why do we find forbidden love appealing? Marie Rutkoski: You must choose: 1. Your very favorite… Read more »

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Alienated: Review Discussion + Giveaway

Alienated: Review Discussion + Giveaway

Hi all! Since Kate and Wendy had so much fun with the discussion review for Secret, we’re doing it again with Alienated! Unlike Secret, though, our feelings turned out rather mixed. A surprise to all three of us since almost everyone we know seems to love it. Come along as we discuss! ~ Kim Kim: Oh man, I was so sure I was going to love this. I’d been eagerly anticipating this book for months. I’m a huge fan of the “emotionally closed off/stoic partner gently breaks down through love” thing, as well as paranormal romance. Unfortunately, there was a lot that was just…off with Alienated. Wendy: Baa baa black sheep. I’m gently butting the two of you in our pen. Kate: Yeah… It wasn’t what I’d expected, based on the blurb. Kim: To start off with, I really didn’t care for either main character. I actually like that Cara… Read more »

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Sexual Identity in Grasshopper Jungle: guest post + giveaway

Sexual Identity in Grasshopper Jungle: guest post + giveaway

Grasshopper Jungle is described as a “sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition,” and that fits this bizarre, fascinating book to perfection. The end of the world is nearing thanks to gigantic praying mantises, and while Austin is trying to figure out how the hell he’s supposed to stop them, he’s also wrestling with his feelings for both his girlfriend Shann and for his best friend Robby. The book is extremely well-written and crafted, and while the narration or content may be jarring to some readers with its frank fixation on male horniness that both serves and sometimes threatens to consume the plot, it definitely kept me interested and I think it’s a book that’s going to spark a lot of conversation. Certainly most of the early reactions have been extremely enthusiastic, and I am always in favor of YA books that explore topics… Read more »

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An Evening with David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell: Event Recap + Giveaway!

An Evening with David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell: Event Recap + Giveaway!

Last Sunday, I weathered the frigid winds and freezing roads to arrive at the lovely and charming Children’s Book World in Haverford, Pennsylvania. All for the love of books, my friends. I was truly beyond thrilled to attend this incredible author event: David Levithan, Lucy Christopher, and Rainbow Rowell all in one room, reading to us from their works. This is the very first author event I have ever attended (yes, in my life! what??) and it could not have been more fun! It was an absolutely packed house. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement and I soon understand why.  All three authors were absolute delights. David Levithan was hilarious and had us laughing all night (seriously!). Lucy Christopher was endearingly gracious and lovely. And Rainbow Rowell was so fun, and down to earth, and just plain cool. We began with David Levithan talking about and reading from Two Boys… Read more »

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The Science Behind THE LOST PLANET: guest post + giveaway

The Science Behind THE LOST PLANET: guest post + giveaway

  The Lost Planet by Rachel Searles is a such fun middle grade sci-fi adventure! This story is action-packed, with great world-building and interesting characters, and I sped through the book in a matter of hours. I appreciated that the novel is age-appropriate, but the language isn’t dumbed down at all, and it’s a book that’s easily enjoyed by adults and older readers as well. The science and action are also awesome. The author is married to a rocket scientist, so when the opportunity for a guest post came up, I immediately asked if she would share her science research for the book with us. I knew that this must have informed the story and YOU-ARE-THERE feeling in a major way, so I’m very excited to hear what she has to say. Please join us in welcoming the author to the blog! ~ Wendy   Science fiction spans a wide… Read more »

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