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My Lunch with Marie Lu + Champion Giveaway

My Lunch with Marie Lu + Champion Giveaway

This past weekend I got to do something really cool.  Like, really, really, really cool.  I was invited by Penguin Teen, along with the lovely Gillian of Writer of Wrongs, to have lunch with Marie Lu before her signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.  The Legend Trilogy is one of my favorite YA series from the past few years, so I was really excited, but also kind of nervous and intimidated. We braved the freezing weather (55 degrees) and perilous driving conditions (some rain) to meet up in Redondo Beach and chat over catfish and shrimp.  I was, as I said, nervous, so I arrived over half an hour early (if I hadn’t spilled coffee on myself I’d have been even earlier) and sat in my car texting my sisters.  Gillian was there early, too, so we were standing together talking about how freakishly cold our hands were when Marie strolled… Read more »

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Champion prize pack giveaway!

Champion prize pack giveaway!

Are you excited for Champion, the final book in Marie Lu’s Legend series? After the surprising cliffies in the last book, I know I am! The author has been teasing us mercilessly with cryptic tidbits for months, and while I’m a little worried about some of the things I’ve read, I also hear here will be “other things” just as swoon-worthy as Prodigy’s infamous bathtub scene. Be still my heart.   Aside from finding out what happens with Day and June, I’m also looking forward to finding out about this plague that’s going to strike, as well as how our heroine fares working within the dangerous Republic. (With Anden! Whom I have to admit is rather upsettingly attractive. Shhhh.) Check out the action-packed trailer for the book below. It features some of the best special effects and production values I’ve ever seen, and now I’m totally ready for these movie… Read more »

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Quotable YA: Marie Lu’s Prodigy

Quotable YA: Marie Lu’s Prodigy

I don’t know about you, but I love a good book quote! I enjoy seeing which moments have resonated with other people, especially since there’s such great writing in so many young adult titles. With social media, it’s also really easy to share your quote love with friends. This year, I thought it’d be fun to do a monthly button/badge featuring one book quote from a 2013 YA book that’s being published that month! We’re calling this Quotable YA, and this would function as both a teaser for an upcoming book that we’ll likely by reviewing or giving away, as well as a little visual keepsake you can grab for your own blog, pin on Pinterest, share on Facebook, etc. To kick off the series, here’s a quote I like from Marie Lu’s Prodigy, which comes out on January 29th. This sentence is spoken during an important moment during the… Read more »

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event recap: LA Times Festival of Books 2012 and giveaway!

event recap: LA Times Festival of Books 2012 and giveaway!

Every time the lovely ♥ Rachel ♥ stops by the blog, she always has fantastic bits of author news that I haven’t heard elsewhere, so I was thrilled to hear she wanted to cover the Los Angeles Times Festival Books for us.  As if that weren’t exciting enough, Rachel is such a sweetie that she also has an autographed copy of Deb Caletti’s new book to give away! Read on to see how you can win. ~ Wendy I just like to say thanks again to Wendy inviting me to share my experience! Aaron Karo, Abby McDonald, Tristan Bancks Attending the Event: This was my first year attending the Festival, so I was pretty excited to go. So armed with sun block, a camera, and my husband’s muscles (books are heavy!) I was ready to tackle this large event. I had read schedules, knew which panels I wanted to attend and… Read more »

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event recap: Harper Teen Spring Into the Future Signing!

event recap: Harper Teen Spring Into the Future Signing!

One of my favorite people on GoodReads is my friend ♥ Rachel ♥, whose enthusiasm for YA is positively infectious. I love when she gets excited about a book, so I was really happy when she agreed to do a series of guest posts about the various author events she attends around the Los Angeles area. Without further ado, please welcome the lovely Rachel to The Midnight Garden! ~ Wendy Rachel’s Night at the HarperTeen Author Event First of all, I’d like to thank Wendy for inviting me on her blog to share my night! I was giddy with excitement to attend this event at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, because let’s face it: these women you see on the poster are the rock-star equivalent in the YA book world! The event was very crowded and with five authors and so much to tell, it was a little crazy. Anna Carey… Read more »

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Legend: review

Legend: review

Legendby Marie Lu I like an action-packed adventure, don’t you? Legend is a lot of fun to read, and follows two teens who are born into opposite sides in a futuristic Los Angeles in the Republic of America. 15-year-old June is an exceptionally gifted prodigy who is being groomed to become a military star. But when her brother is senselessly murdered, she embarks upon a mission to find his killer–and discovers that all signs point towards Day, a notorious criminal who is already wanted by the Republic. This is a cocktail of dystopian YA, Romeo and Juliet, and various wronged imprisonment stories all blended together with liberal dashes of adventure and intrigue. I liked both June and Day, and I was eager to learn more about the big mystery behind why the government is so interested in Day’s brother. The best thing about Legend, however, is the terrific action sequences… Read more »

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