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Rooms by Lauren Oliver: interview + giveaway

Rooms by Lauren Oliver: interview + giveaway

I was sold on this book by two things: the words “Lauren Oliver” and the idea of ghost POVs. Rooms by Lauren Oliver is a slow, secretive book that intertwines the lives of the dead and the living, and yet its tone is, in turns, contemplative, chilling, and in the end, nearly unbearably sad. If you’ve read the author’s previous young adult or middle grade novels, you probably know that a supernatural book by this author is not going to be your typical ghost story, and it’s a pleasure to find that her first adult novel is sure-footed and clear-eyed. Not all transitions from YA to adult (and vice versa) feel as natural as this, but the author handles adult themes and language and structure with ease. It also has surprising moments of lightness and humor–although Rooms is certainly about death and its aftermath, it is also about life and the… Read more »

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Halloween Thrills & Chills: box of horror giveaway + Jonathan Stroud interview

Halloween Thrills & Chills: box of horror giveaway + Jonathan Stroud interview

Fall is in the air, and we’re celebrating by hosting a Halloween Thrills and Chills event! Some of our favorite blog friends will present fantastic guest posts and interviews by three Disney Hyperion authors with books releasing this year, including Mary: The Summoning‘s Hillary Monahan, Welcome to the Dark House‘s Laurie Faria Stolarz, and The Whispering Skull‘s Jonathan Stroud. Check out the full tour schedule below, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the very end for a box of horror books that will be delivered to you in time for Halloween reading! We’re kicking off the event tour with Jonathan Stroud, author of the The Bartimaeus Sequence and many other novels. His second book in his Lockwood and Co. series just came out, and if you like the idea of coolly competent young British ghosthunters with a Sherlock-type vibe, you’ll certainly enjoy this series. I love how the… Read more »

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I’ll Give You the Sun: guest post + giveaway

I’ll Give You the Sun: guest post + giveaway

When you read a Jandy Nelson novel, it’s an experience unlike any other. There’s unbridled joy and passion and despair in her characters, and their lives are messy and imperfect and full of yearning.  Her writing feels almost impressionistic to me in its vibrancy, ability to invoke emotion, and painterly observations of human nature, with the kind of unfettered freedom of expression you might find in great contemporary Aussie YA novels, or the seriousness of purpose of a Gayle Forman one. With I’ll Give You the Sun releasing in stores this month, and with the book recently optioned for a film by Warner Bros., the author’s with us today as part of the official blog tour to tell us about how how a teacher inspired her to look at her writing in a whole new way. The very best stories are the ones that feel emotionally true, and this anecdote… Read more »

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Echoes of Us: guest post + giveaway

Echoes of Us: guest post + giveaway

Last year, Kat Zhang shared her journey to publication story with us, speaking to her experiences as a young author juggling school, writing, and the publishing industry. It seems fitting that with Echoes of Us, the last book in her dystopian Hybrid Chronicles releasing this month, Kat is back with us to talk about the series coming to an end, and how her life has changed because of it. After all, we as fans get emotional when favorite series come to an end, so it’s only natural that authors get sentimental, too! If you haven’t tried this series yet and you enjoy science fiction with a more introspective bent, you must pick this one up sometime. I’d recommend it to fans of thoughtful, character-driven books like The Lost Girl. Saying Goodbye to a Series by Kat Zhang It’s a cool thing to have books that release almost exactly one year… Read more »

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Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

It was sweltering in Los Angeles today, but that didn’t stop Melissa de la Cruz’s book party for Vampires of Manhattan from being fun! I think the swanky vampires themselves would have approved of the gathering, which was attended by local LA authors, librarians, entertainment veterans, and a whole bunch kids who were very excited to be there. The garden party was hosted by Beautiful Creatures author Margaret Stohl, whose lovely home provided the perfect setting for this relaxed event. At The Ring and the Crown Tea I attended a few months ago, I was struck by how supportive all these LA authors are of each other, and it was really nice to see Allen Zadoff, Pseudonymous Bosch, Alyson Noel, Robyn Schneider, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Gretchen McNeil, Morgan Matson, and many others turn out in celebration of Melissa’s book. Sharp-eyed fans will notice that Vampires of Manhattan is actually… Read more »

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Unteachable: review + giveaway

Unteachable: review + giveaway

Sometimes when you take a chance on an indie book, you discover something incredibly special. I felt that way with Angelfall and And All the Stars, and I feel that way again with Unteachable by Leah Raeder. It’s a book I had no intention of reviewing, but when I finished it, the words just came pouring out! I’ve included my updated 2 am review below. But before that, you should know: This is not a YA book. It’s a new adult novel with a seriously messed up romance, in which high school senior Maisie enters into a relationship with  one of her teachers. This isn’t the kind of relationship that is ever okay in real life, which is why I initially hesitated about covering it here at the blog. While all of us read across a wide variety of genres, I am mindful of the responsibility we have to our… Read more »

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The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

I’ve waxed poetic about Marcus Sedgwick many times before. He scared the crap out of me with White Crow, made me think in She is Not Invisible, and moved me impossibly with the dark, moody, brilliant Midwinterblood. I therefore didn’t even ask what the story was about when Macmillan asked if The Midnight Garden would host the U.S. cover reveal for Marcus’ new book, The Ghosts of Heaven. Seriously, his name is on the cover and that’s all I needed to know–I only just read the synopsis as I was formatting this post! I also flew to answer Ksenia‘s email right away, the whole deal was done in 10 minutes flat. Such is my love for him and his stories. He writes such intelligent, beautiful books that I’m excited every time a new one is announced, because I know each Marcus Sedgwick book holds the promise of a transformative reading… Read more »

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