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Ruin & Rising Tour: Grisha Food Chat with Leigh Bardugo + series giveaway!

Ruin & Rising Tour: Grisha Food Chat with Leigh Bardugo + series giveaway!

The Grisha series is beloved by every single reviewer at The Midnight Garden, so we’re tremendously excited for the release of Ruin and Rising on June 17th, 2014.  Can you believe it’s almost here? As part of the official blog tour for the book, I sat down with author Leigh Bardugo for lunch at Mari Vanna, a beautiful, relaxed restaurant in West Hollywood named after a Slavic fairytale grandmother who welcomed hungry travelers for a home-cooked meal. Since the trilogy is set in Ravka, a world inspired by Russia, the setting could not have been more perfect for this interview. We were seated outside in the lovely garden patio, with birdhouses hanging from the trees and a samovar fountain right next to our table! At one point, a bird flew in and drank from it, and we were thoroughly charmed. Originally we’d talked about meeting up after the book was… Read more »

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The Enemy Series: mini review + giveaway

The Enemy Series: mini review + giveaway

I’ve been meaning to read Charlie Higson The Enemy series for ages because so many of my friends rave about it, so when the opportunity came up to review the books and offer up a giveaway to our readers, I jumped at the opportunity. With the latest book The Fallen out next week, now is the perfect time to check out the series! This post-apocalyptic zombie series is based around the unusual idea that adults that have turned into flesh-eaters, so the kids are left to fend for themselves. I really enjoyed the action sequences in the first book, and there are a lot of scenes that would look great on screen. The gore is handled well; it gets kind of squicky in parts, as you’d expect, but it’s not too over the top or gross. There are some chilling scenes involving a creepy couple, and the story is engaging… Read more »

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Kim’s BEA 2014 Adventure: Event Recap + Giveaway!

Kim’s BEA 2014 Adventure: Event Recap + Giveaway!

Oh man, you guys, I am back from BEA and am here to regale with you my adventures! This has been such a crazy couple of weeks for me. My nephew was born the week before BEA so if I wasn’t already sleep deprived, BEA was sure to oblige! :p Luckily, I live in the Philly suburbs so it didn’t take too much time for me to hop on a train to NY Tuesday evening and make my way! Wednesday morning was the NOVL Bloggers Brunch at Hachette headquarters. It was too funny–when I stepped onto my subway train I just happened to be in the same car as Jamie and April. Serendipitous, I think! NOVL had a great brunch spread for us–including mimosas! I don’t know about you but I never say no to a mimosa. ;) We were treated to an awesome look at some very intriguing titles… Read more »

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Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Deep Blue: Mini Review + Giveaway

Hello, my lovelies! Well, I’m off being a very busy bee at BEA currently (Are you also here? Do say hello!). But I have an exciting international (!!!) giveaway today for one of the most hyped Spring 2014 releases! Let’s take a look at my thoughts: This book was such a surprisingly light read. I was expecting a dark, fantasy epic based on the cover and description, but this one reads much more like MG, and a very light MG at that. For instance, there were a fair amount of puns and lingo that I thought veered toward the very silly. Currency is “currensea” and  a girlfriend is a “merlfriend.” Candies are “bing-bangs” and “zee-zees.” I think your mileage on this book will definitely depend a good amount on your tolerance for this. Mine was not very high. I do appreciate the obvious thought and depth that Donnelly put into the worldbuilding, but it read… Read more »

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Scan: Review + Giveaway

Scan: Review + Giveaway

So one way to succinctly summarize Scan is “Junior MacGyver vs. the Aliens.” Okay, there is more to it than that, but that is the basic gist. We follow the adventures of Tate Archer as he unwittingly unleashes a secret and powerful alien horde on his family. Kids these days! For me, the strongest point of the book was the characterization. For being a MacGyver-level, 11 language speaking, hacker, chemistry genius, Tate comes off as a normal teenage boy. He makes some really dumb (but understandable) mistakes. Sometimes he says the wrong things to his girlfriend, Christina. Perhaps he was even too normal in some ways. At the very beginning of the book Tate’s POV is just so obnoxiously male. He berates himself for being “a pussy.” His thoughts and the way he looks at Christina occasionally rove toward “leer” territory, but is balanced by how much you can tell that Tate really loves… Read more »

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TMG Updates + summer giveaway

TMG Updates + summer giveaway

Hello friends! We have to apologize for being a bit quiet around here recently. Between trips and jobs and such, we’ve been a little busy offline, but we haven’t forgotten you! We have a box of summer-themed books to give away, but first, some Midnight Garden news and updates. Here’s what’s been keeping us busy: Kate and I did a fun podcast with Matt Debenham from What Are You Reading? We chat about balancing our responsibilities as bloggers, sex in YA, middle grade books and movies, and sooo much more. Matt owns a gorgeous house (that used to be a church) on Prince Edward Island as well, so Anne fans can listen to my trying to be cool while internally jumping up and down with excitement. I just got back from Portland, and I can’t wait to share some of the bookish adventures I experienced. Kim has started working in… Read more »

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On Strong Female Friendships: The Art of Lainey guest post + giveaway

On Strong Female Friendships: The Art of Lainey guest post + giveaway

I love finding authors who write great stories with humorous dialogue, so The Art of Lainey was such a treat to read! Featuring memorable characters and just the right lighthearted tone, the book is a bit like Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s Dairy Queen series (one of my all time contemporary favorites), or like a funnier Sarah Dessen. My favorite thing about this book is the friendship between Lainey and her best friend–it was particularly enjoyable because the book is ostensibly about Lainey trying to get her ex-boyfriend back. The fabulously frank and funny Bianca is one of the best BFFs I’ve ever read, and I really enjoyed how familiar and comfortable and honest these girls are with each other. It’s our pleasure to welcome author Paula Stokes (aka Fiona Paul!) to The Midnight Garden to talk about why she thinks seeing these kinds of relationships in YA literature is so important…. Read more »

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