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Trial by Fire: guest post + giveaway

Trial by Fire: guest post + giveaway

I love paranormal romances, but it’s rare to find one that hits all the right spots in combining fantastic magic-wielding, fun action scenes, nuanced characters with agency, and swoony romance. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini arrowed right into the bulls-eye, however, and Lily Proctor’s development from an allergy-ridden, insecure klutz into a young woman who embraces incredible power in an alternate universe is handled with just the right touch. Lily is so painfully awkward in the beginning–and so obviously in love with a guy who doesn’t appreciate her–that I was nervous about whether the transition would feel right, but I loved the way she comes into her own. This book also hit on two of my GoodReads shelves that don’t see nearly enough action: the hilarious books shelf and the crush-worthy boys shelf! That’s right, a guy you wanna make out with AND a story that keeps you laughing…. Read more »

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The Body Electric: Beth Revis guest post + giveaway

The Body Electric: Beth Revis guest post + giveaway

When a series ends, sometimes we just aren’t ready to let go of the characters we’ve come to love. Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy is a favorite of many YA scifi readers, so everyone was understandably excited when the author announced that she would be releasing a follow-up story this year entitled The Body Electric! I was intrigued to hear that the author is self-publishing this new novel, which to me speaks to the degree of her love for her characters and for her fans. The author told me that only 350 copies of a very special edition will be printed, which will be available exclusively at her local bookshop Malaprops and at booksignings until they sell out. You can learn more about this fascinating experiment and the various other formats available in yesterday’s Publishers Weekly article on out-of-the box promotions. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, I think it’s… Read more »

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A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway

A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway

This book had me grinning like a fool within the first several pages (Buffy references?? Yes, please!) and kept the good feels coming all the way through. This is a very sweet story about two really good people who deserve to be together. It should be simple, right? They like each other, they have mutual interests and classes, and many friends/others are rooting for them. And yet it’s not simple at all. We are often our own worst enemy and this story proves that more than most. At its best this book is a funny, sweet and heartwarming examination of how our own perceived troubles and insecurities can get in the way of actual happiness. And what we can do about it. There are fourteen POV characters, none of whom are the couple in question. Each brings their own personalities and perspectives to the relationship. Not all are cheerleaders but… Read more »

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Patrick Ness giveaway

Patrick Ness giveaway

Sometimes you can read a single book by an author and it has such an impact that you know you’ll always check out the rest of his work, regardless of subject or style. That’s how I felt after sobbing my way through the poignant book A Monster Calls, and after reading his weirdly dreamy scifi novel More Than This, that feeling has only intensified. The latter is a terrific blend of I Am Legend + Twilight Zone + The Matrix, but tinged with a thoughtful, still moodiness that I really liked. It’s a bit of a cautionary tale re: technology, and I loved the story structure, characters, and writing. Young Thomasz has particularly great speech patterns and dialogue, and the story never feels cliche or boring–no small feat when the first 30% consists almost entirely of Seth on his own. It asks more questions than it answers, but then again,… Read more »

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Introducing Layla and Peyton! + celebration giveaway

Introducing Layla and Peyton! + celebration giveaway

Are you may have heard, I put out a call for applicants for Midnight Garden reviewers last month. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to send us a note of interest! We’re very excited to have two new writers starting soon, which means that hopefully the barren wasteland that you occasionally wandered into on the blog this summer won’t be happening again. There are so many books that deserve attention, and additional reviewers means that we’ll not only be able to review more books, but I will also have more time to devote to features, side projects, and tours. Without further ado–please say hello to Layla and Peyton! We’ve gotten to know Layla this year because she’s a frequent visitor to our blog, and it quickly became apparent that she’s definitely a kindred spirit. We’ve loved her thoughtful observations, open-mindedness, and eclectic reading tastes through many… Read more »

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If I Stay film review + book giveaway

If I Stay film review + book giveaway

Earlier this week, I attended an If I Stay screening at at The Silent Movie Theater in West Hollywood. Since Gayle Forman’s book is the first contemporary YA novel I loved since I rediscovered young adult literature, it was a pretty big deal to me that the film adaptation is a good one. And friends, you’re going to love this film. You’re going to love it so much. I’ve been a fan of director R.J. Cutler’s since his documentary The September Issue so I knew the film would be in good hands, but I was still overcome by how intensely true to the spirit of the book this adaptation was. It captures so many of the things I love about the source material: characters with strong identities, warm relationships with family and friends, emotional depth, complex themes, serious consideration over what you’re supposed to do with your future, and an… Read more »

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Fierce Reads Summer Tour: Interview and Giveaway

Fierce Reads Summer Tour: Interview and Giveaway

The day before Comic-Con last month, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Ann Aguirre, and Anna Banks went to the Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles for a panel, and I got to interview them (in the employee break room) before the panel started. It had been a crazy week for me–I had a lot of work to get done for a project I’ve been working on for over a year, I was leaving the following morning for the convention, I had a bronchial infection (I wasn’t contagious, but I was taking antibiotics, steroids, and that awesome cough syrup with codeine in it)… and Obama was in town.   If you don’t live somewhere where presidents visit for fund raising, it’s hard to understand how badly having them in town can completely destroy the traffic system, but it’s really something. Major streets along his route are completely shut down,… Read more »

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