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The Ghosts of Heaven: visual tour + giveaway

The Ghosts of Heaven: visual tour + giveaway

There are a handful of authors who have an open invitation to come do anything they like here at The Midnight Garden, and today’s guest is one of them. I don’t think of the word “genius” much in conjunction with novelists, but it pops into my head often when I read Marcus Sedgwick’s books. He is the 2014 Printz-winning author of the glorious, bloody Midwinterblood and a favorite guest of ours. His newest book features 4 stories, which can be read in order or not, as the reader chooses. All are linked by spirals that appear again and again. What does it all mean? We’re pleased to be kicking off the official The Ghosts of Heaven blog tour with a visual tour of places that inspired portions of his newest book! Though really, don’t be surprised if you drop in one of these days  and Marcus is just casually strumming… 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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A Photographic Tour of She Is Not Invisible + giveaway

A Photographic Tour of She Is Not Invisible + giveaway

Traveling a long distance can be confusing and stressful. Now imagine you’re a teenager trying to find someone in a strange city, with only your young brother to help you. Think that’s hard? Now imagine that you are blind. That’s the idea behind She is Not Invisible, the new book from the brilliant Marcus Sedgwick. He’s one of my favorite authors, and one whose books I wish I could buy for everyone because each one takes me to a place I’ve never been before. I’ve certainly never read a book from the POV of a blind person before.While it’s a marked departure from his usual dark, gothic style, it’s still feels like a Sedgwick novel because of its careful puzzle-piece plotting, fascinating characters, and sheer ingenuity. I also enjoyed seeing the author’s thoughtful, quirky side in the narrative voice–he’s a humorous, pleasant interview, and upon reading any of his guest… Read more »

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Q & A with Midwinterblood Author Marcus Sedgwick

Q & A with Midwinterblood Author Marcus Sedgwick

We’re very pleased to be kicking off the official blog tour today for Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick! From our rave review, you already know that the book is full of dark romance, mystery, and beauty, as well as moments that may send a quiet chill up your spine. As we were poking around doing research, however, we were somewhat surprised to find that Marcus actually does NOT write in a grim, dark cave with a single burning candle and he actually does NOT roam the English countryside wrapped up in long black cloaks. (I know, our jaws dropped, too.) Read on for a delightful conversation with one of the most fascinating guests we’ve ever had at The Midnight Garden. Many of your books are so dark, and the relationships so intense, yet your online personacomes across as very humorous and sunny. Do you need to put yourself in a certain… Read more »

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Midwinterblood: review

Midwinterblood: review

Title: Midwinterblood Author: Marcus Sedgwick Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Release Date: February 5th, 2013 Publisher: Roaring Brook Age Group: YA Source: ARC from publisher Blood-soaked nightmares. Of another time. Of another place. Of another life. The unusual story of Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick begins in the future, in the year 2073. A young journalist named Eric arrives on a remote island, where it is rumored that the people live forever. He is immediately drawn to a woman named Merle, but soon begins to notice that the locals are behaving strangely…very strangely. Little does he know that his story is but one chapter in a piercingly poignant, savage saga that stretches across time and transcends the boundaries of life and death. I love fiction that is unsettling, particularly when it comes to the YA genre. Eric and Merle’s story has elements of the shrieking madness of the film The… Read more »

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