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Crooked Kingdom: Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway

Crooked Kingdom: Blog Tour Stop + Giveaway

Today, I’m delighted to be hosting the final blog tour stop for Crooked Kingdom, the feverishly anticipated sequel to last year’s stunning Six of Crows. Leigh Bardugo is here to tell us how Kaz Brekker came to be, and then I’ll be telling you why I think he’s fantastic. We’re also giving away an amazing prize pack at the end, so stick around! Leigh Bardugo on Kaz Brekker’s Origin “When I first conceived of a character known as Dirtyhands, I thought I might put him in a folktale—this guy who would travel from town to town, doing terrible deeds and messing with dark magic for a price. He’d be a legend, but also reviled for what he was willing to do. I never wrote that story, but the character stuck with me, and eventually he became Kaz Brekker, the Bastard of the Barrel, the boy you never want to owe… Read more »

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Six of Crows: blog tour + giveaway

Six of Crows: blog tour + giveaway

When I heard that Leigh Bardugo was writing a spinoff duology set in the Grishaverse, I was hopping with excitement. Every reviewer at The Midnight Garden is a huge fan of the Grisha trilogy, but there’s always a fear that accompanies such news as well. The story of six outcasts trying to pull off a dangerous heist sounded fantastic–but could anything live up to the original stories? I’m so relieved–and thrilled–and astonished to find that Six of Crows surpasses its venerable origins. This book is superbly crafted from start to finish; its plotting deliberate, its world-building immersive, and its characterizations complex. From snow-covered fields to salty docks to the grandeur of the ice court, this world feels richly detailed , and I love the thrilling use of magic as well as the crazily inventive action sequences. Not to mention a fully diverse set of people and smart, witty dialogue! It’s… 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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YA Authors Read Snarky Reviews

YA Authors Read Snarky Reviews

Ever read a review that made you cringe because you loved the book so much? Well, imagine how the author feels! As bloggers, we can’t constantly be thinking about how an author will receive critical observation, or we’d be so crippled by the thought that we’d never say anything at all–which is entirely contrary to the spirit of citizen reviewing. BUT. There are times when things get so snarky that you do feel bad for the undoubtedly lovely person who put pen to paper, especially if you’ve gotten to know the author online. While many writers choose not to read their negative reviews (or just aren’t admitting it), the savvy ones who do, learn to put this stuff into context and try not to take it too much to heart. But never let it be said that The Midnight Garden allows its guests to rest upon their laurels! We invited… Read more »

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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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A Conversation with Leigh Bardugo + Siege and Storm Giveaway!

A Conversation with Leigh Bardugo + Siege and Storm Giveaway!

Our readers know all three of us are big fans of the Grisha trilogy here at The Midnight Garden. If you read K’s Siege and Storm review yesterday, you know you’re in for a thrill of a ride when the book is released next month!     We had the opportunity to sit down with author Leigh Bardugo recently to chat about her novels. Since the books are influenced by Russian culture, we thought it’d be fun to meet up for drinks at a vodka bar here in Los Angeles!  Here’s a recounting and paraphrased transcript of the highly giggly conversation below.  ~ Wendy and Tonya     A Conversation with Leigh Bardugo Wendy: Peeps, I just want you to know that when Leigh breezed through the doorway, I nearly didn’t recognize her because she did NOT show up in a fur hat with a jeweled walking stick.    … Read more »

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Siege and Storm: review

Siege and Storm: review

Title: Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2)Author: Leigh BardugoRating: 5 out of 5 starsRelease Date:June 4, 2013Publisher:Henry Holt and Co.Age Group: YASource: ARC provided by the publisher “The boy and the girl…”  A beautiful beginning. Simple, intimate, yet with so much promise. I feel like this encapsulates the very vein of the book: a quiet story of the heart framed in blazing adventure. Leigh Bardugo’s Siege and Storm has been garnering praise, and when you read it, you will understand why. Bardugo is a storyteller. She moves words across the page effortlessly as if they have been her friends all her life. She creates imagery appealing to our senses; builds tension and fervor, panic and wonder. She knows how to express a scene, as though she has planted herself right in the middle of it and shows us exactly where and how to look. She does more than tell us,… Read more »

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