Welcome to The Midnight Garden’s March Favorites! This is a monthly feature where we bloggers talk a little bit about our favorites in any given topic that might tickle our fancy. We figure it would be a fun way for all of us to get to know each other! This month we’re talking about some of the first books we’ve ever read; books that have, over the years, lingered. Do you remember the book that started it all? The book that made you see that reading is important, that words have power? Do you remember the moment you became a reader? For us, the following are some of the first books to truly affect us…some of the first to open our eyes, our ears, and our hearts to stories. And beware, there are spoilers ahead! —————————————- K.’s Book I read Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia in 5th grade. It wasn’t… Read more »
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Title: The DivinersAuthor: Libba BrayRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: September 18, 2012Publisher: Little Brown BooksAge Group: YASource: ARC from publisher Let’s begin because there’s a lot to cover here, folks. The Diviners is another supernatural period piece by Libba Bray. This time her story is set in the Roaring Twenties; smack dab in the middle of a social, cultural and economic transformation for the city that never sleeps. The narrative follows multiple plots that weave together a tapestry of mystery, magic, murder, and religion. This book is beastly in its size, but it is unabashedly readable. Bottom line: this is another Bray success. Let’s start with the setting because it is a character unto itself. New York City during the Jazz Age must’ve been a sight to behold. The glamour, the attitude, the metamorphosis, all daring and dazzling. What little I know of that era, it all seems… Read more »
Title: AdorkableAuthor: Sarra ManningRating: 4 out of 5 starsRelease Date: May 24, 2012Publisher: AtomAge Group: YASource: borrowed Okay, there isn’t anything really original about this book — not the characters, not the plot, not the themes or big ideas: dorky girl and hot jock; hipster-hating, card-carrying feminist outcast using hardcore persona to mask lonely heart; the impassioned, heated, honest-to-goodness desire to save the world (one dork fashion statement at a time). So we’ve seen it before but it is refreshing. Adorkable is exactly what you’d expect from a book with such a cover, but Manning adds a bit of extra — and that bit of extra is what ultimately glues your feelings to these characters, perhaps without even knowing it. I say that because Jeane is, for so much of the time, insufferable. She is loud, hate-y and obnoxious and she is so good at it, we want to give… Read more »
Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers! We would like to thank you all for celebrating with us this year’s Literary Swoon series. It’s been a pleasure reading some of our favorite YA authors’ favorite romantic scenes and discussing them with you. Today, we end with our very own personal picks of romantic scenes. We hope they make your hearts beat as fast as they have obviously made ours. Please beware that there will be spoilers. Now sit back, read, sigh, and enjoy… —————————————— K.’s Favorite Romantic Scene The final paragraphs of Libba Bray’s The Sweet Far Thing is one of the most poignant moments I think I’ve ever read. This series is about growing up, accepting change, claiming your rights and your dreams. It is about self-worth, courage, and love. I could write an entire post about why reading the closing passage of this book makes me want to move… Read more »
Welcome to Day Three of our 2013 Literary Swoon series! We are celebrating Valentine’s Day here at The Midnight Garden by asking our favorite YA authors what they consider to be their most romantic scene. Today, we welcome Sarah Rees Brennan, author of the paranormal romance/gothic mystery Unspoken. Being the writer of one of the most refreshing and charming romances to come in YA in the past year (or ever), we are more than excited to share with you Sarah’s own personal picks. Yes, picks! Sarah chose not just one, but two romantic scenes. We understand the dilemma. So, without further ado… Beware: spoilers ahead. —————————————— Sarah’s Favorite Romantic Scenes LOVE IS A MANY WEIRDOS THING I could not pick just one romance. So I picked two. Things always go in twos, right?This is the third book in a series, The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. I do… Read more »
Title: Out of the Easy Author: Ruta SepetysRating: 2.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: February 12, 2013 Publisher: Philomel Age Group: YA Source: ARC My first Midnight Garden review was on Ruta Sepetys’ debut Between Shades of Gray. So naturally, I thought it fitting for my first review of this year to be on her second novel Out of the Easy. Sadly, the experience was as far and distinct as the setting in the two books. I was disappointed to say the least. Out of the Easy missed nearly every mark and lacked all the heartbreaking finesse we found in her first novel. Not that there isn’t an emotional hook — the subject matter, while not as ambitious as Between Shades of Gray, is one that could lift the spirit, offer all the grandiose hope we look for in art of all venues. Out of the Easy is about Josie. She is the… Read more »
Happy Holidays! We, The Midnight Garden, would like to wish our friends a very Merry, a very Happy Christmas! We hope you are all having a lovely holiday filled with cheer and good reading.We thought it would be nice to share with you some of our holiday favorites. Those beloved books we enjoy during this time of year. These are stories we cherish, stories that fill us with the holiday spirit…and we hope they will do the same for you.My holiday favorites: For me, Christmas is a time of comfort and familiarity. It’s a time to enjoy home and family and I find myself reading books that give me the same feeling. These are books I come back to time and time again because they are stories that always welcome me and nestle me. And I don’t think there is a sweeter feeling than reading in soft light, cozied under… Read more »