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Literary Swoon: Jessica Spotswood + Box of Romance giveaway

Literary Swoon: Jessica Spotswood + Box of Romance giveaway

Greetings, friends! As we head into Valentine’s Day, we’re tickled to be bringing you the 2013 edition of our popular Literary Swoon series, in which we invite some of our favorite young adult authors to share books that have made them positively faint with pleasure. We asked two questions: What is your favorite romantic quote or scene? Why has it stayed with you? We’re kicking off the feature today with Jessica Spotswood, author of the popular Cahill Witch Chronicles. She told us she got so into this idea that she even skimmed through the book she chose all over again..although we all know that was probably just an excuse for a re-read. ;) Fair warning that some spoilers may follow! ———————————————– Jessica Spotswood’s Favorite Romantic Book I love Briony and Eldric from Franny Billingsley’s Chime, which is one of my all-time favorite books ever. Actually, it would be assumed that… Read more »

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Dualed: review & giveaway

Dualed: review & giveaway

Title: Dualed (#1)Author: Elsie ChapmanRating: 3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date:February 26th, 2013Publisher:Random HouseAge Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher Every person in the city of Kersh has a genetic Alternate–but only one will survive! Dun dun dun. At the age of fifteen, West Grayer has just been notified of her Alt’s location, and it’s a race against the clock to find and eliminate her…before she herself is killed. I really enjoy YA science fiction, so Dualed by Elsie Chapman is right up my alley. Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a concept like that? The blurb sold it to me, and I’m guessing it will hook a lot of other readers, too. I thought this was a pretty entertaining story, though I did have a few reservations. What I liked: — West. Instead of being a more typical butt-kicking heroine, she’s just an ordinary girl–albeit one well-trained to fight–who… Read more »

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Q & A with Midwinterblood Author Marcus Sedgwick

Q & A with Midwinterblood Author Marcus Sedgwick

We’re very pleased to be kicking off the official blog tour today for Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick! From our rave review, you already know that the book is full of dark romance, mystery, and beauty, as well as moments that may send a quiet chill up your spine. As we were poking around doing research, however, we were somewhat surprised to find that Marcus actually does NOT write in a grim, dark cave with a single burning candle and he actually does NOT roam the English countryside wrapped up in long black cloaks. (I know, our jaws dropped, too.) Read on for a delightful conversation with one of the most fascinating guests we’ve ever had at The Midnight Garden. Many of your books are so dark, and the relationships so intense, yet your online personacomes across as very humorous and sunny. Do you need to put yourself in a certain… 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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The Archived: review & giveaway

The Archived: review & giveaway

Title: The Archived #1 Author: Victoria SchwabRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: January 22, 2013 Publisher: HyperionAge Group: YASource: ARC from ALA  I have to admit, it wasn’t until the second half of the book that The Archived by Victoria Schwab really started clicking together for me. I‘ve heard that some people who read the extended preview online were unsure if they wanted to continue, and I can see why–but something about the writing was really appealing to me and I ended up having a great experience with it. Here’s what I liked about the book: * Dead people who are kept on shelves like books? Sign me on! Awesome premise.  * I loved the eerie, something‘s-not-quite-right atmosphere. All this drama happening in the hushed hallways of a library setting somehow felt pretty creepy. * The narrative voice felt comfortable and real. * This isn’t written in a fast-paced sci-fi thriller… Read more »

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Scarlet: review & giveaway

Scarlet: review & giveaway

I read the first in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder, just last week, and was enamored with Marissa Meyer’s imaginative and wholly original take on the Cinderella fairy tale (seriously, who gets sci-fi/fantasy with cyborgs and aliens and magic powers from that? SOMEONE AWESOME, obviously), and very much enjoyed the depth and humor she infused into the characters. But, there was still something missing for me. Some indefinable piece that could bump it up from, “wow, this is really great” to, “TELL ME MORE. IMMEDIATELY.” I’m pleased to tell you, my friends, Scarlet is that missing piece . With its higher stakes, intense action, and one hell of a big, (so hot it might be) bad (for your heart) Wolf, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. The sequel picks up right where Cinder left off, but from Scarlet’s point of view. She, as you might have imagined, is a red-headed,… Read more »

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January 2013 Prize Pack!

January 2013 Prize Pack!

There are a ton of great books releasing in January! We thought we’d give our readers a chance to win some of the titles that are creating a lot of buzz. There’s a nice mix of ARCs and pretty finished copies in this bundle for the lucky winner. Return to Me by Justina Chen – And there it was again, the troubling notion that I barely knew the people I loved. That’s the quote from the back of this book by the much-praised author of North of Beautiful, and it’s another contemporary novel that unravels complicated family ties. Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder – Abusive relationships are always tough to read, but judging from my friend Penny’s reaction, this one has some uplifting moments as well. I just started reading this, and I think fans of the author’s previous novels (and maybe Simone Elkeles) will enjoy. The Different Girl… Read more »

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