By: Melanie | March 16, 2014 | (29) Comments

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This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads to showcase upcoming posts and hauls from over the past week.

What’s Been Happening Lately

Hey! This week was pretty exciting for YA Midnight Reads because we got a REDESIGN! We went for a lighter look, but tried to be true to its name simultaneously. I am in love with the colour scheme–it’s similar to the old one (purples and silvers) but much lighter and has a watercolour type of theme. I was a little sad to say goodbye to my boats but changes are always good. I made a post about the redesign here.

Talking about redesign, my bloggy friend, Emily @ Constellation Chronicles also got a redesign! In fact, it was her blog’s birthday! You all should go check out the new and fabulous look and wish her blog a happy first blogverse here πŸ˜€

I am no longer ill, but I think I passed my cold onto some other of my bloggy friends #sorrynotsorry *bats eyelashes innocently*

I am am hoping to attend 2 events over the school holidays! One is the PTALive Melbourne event. If you are participating, tell me and maybe we can meet up! This is where to RSVP.Β The other event is a Jessica Shirvington signing at Dymocks for her latest novel, Disruption. I think the details are somewhere on the HarperCollinsAUS Facebook page–but I don’t have a link. Sorry!

Also: Larissa won’t be around much for a few days because she’s going to Italy! Celine and I will be here, screaming in jealousy. She might do a recap though…so there’s that.

Updates for Finding Bliss in Books? None apart from old news. E.g: Ellis and I bullying each other and Blythe doing nothing about it. Ah…good times. Please note sarcasm.

Just Finished Reading

The Summer I Wasn't MeFantastic idea, executed to an okay standard–however it seemed to glaze over a lot of the issues that were written about.

Book of the Week:

Half BadI chose this book because I was squealing non-stop for a few mins when it arrived on my doorstep. One of my most highly anticipated books, actually.

Coming Up this Week:

– Review of Half Bad by Sally Green

– Review of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

-Review of Sea of Shadows by Kelly Armstrong

– Discussing Through Midnight (26)

Reviews on the Blog:

Received Books:

For Review:
43MMNTraded:43 MMN

Received from a book trade with Amy. I have heard a lot about the author’s latest, so thought TIIS one would by really good.

The Assassin’s Blade:
This is a pretty thick book for 5 novellas. Can’t wait to start this pretteh.

The Secret Diamond Sisters:
So Larissa did not like this one all too much and the other reviews I’ve seen aren’t convincing at all. Will probably pass on this.

~Thank you Harlequin Australia, Bloomsbury Australia, Amy @ The Reading Realm and Penguin Australia!~

Current Giveaways:

– None at the moment πŸ™


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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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29 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (43)

  1. Oooh, you read The Summer I Wasn’t Me? Shameless plug but would you be willing to join LGBT Month? I’m hosting it in April with Fighting Dreamer and you can find the details on my blog. I’m so excited about Half Bad now! I’m planning to either read it next or after the next book I’m reading. Don’t you just love the Aussie cover so much?!
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  2. I really like this new theme, Mel! I gave you a shoutout on my latest post. I also have Half Bad and am looking forward to read that. Have a fab week, Mel! Glad your not ill anymore πŸ™‚
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  3. People have been getting really excited for Half Bad lately, but from what I’ve heard, it’s not too good, but I ma however excited to see what you think, it might encourage me to give it a go; I’ve kind of avoiding it at the moment.. I’m also very jealous of Larissa, I want a holiday! I also have The Secret Diamond Sisters and like you, I’m thinking of avoiding it, but I have to say, that cover is much prettier than the one I’ve seen around, so that’s a nice little thing. An exciting week ahead; congratulations on the redesign again girls! πŸ™‚
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  4. Jasprit says:

    Melanie I’m loving your new blog redesign, its so pretty! I adored your last blog design, but I am a huge fan of the light colour theme! I have heard so many awesome things about Half Bad, so I really hope you end up loving it. I really must get a copy of The Assassin’s Blade asap too! Happy reading! πŸ™‚
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  5. Melliane says:

    I really need to read the Maas books,mainly as Ihave them. Happy reading!

  6. Glass says:

    New design looks great.
    Can’t wait to read your review for Half Bad.
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  7. Believe me, after finishing you think that The assassin’s blade isn’t nearly thick enough πŸ˜€ I loved the novella’s, so happy reading!
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  8. Kelly says:

    I’m hoping to get to PTA Melbourne as well. Have to double check that I’ve got nothing on first. Have you decided to go along yet? I absolutely love the new look, I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating. I may just move over here and pretend it’s my blog now too πŸ˜€
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  9. Rachel says:

    I really love your new lighter blog design Melanie, Larissa and Celine! I’m totally jealous of Larissa going off to Italy, too! I hope you do a recap with lots of pictures so I can live vicariously through you, Larissa! Have a fun and safe trip.

    Melanie, I hope you enjoy Origin. I haven’t read it but I met the author at a book signing and she was so very nice! So very young, too.
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  10. Emily says:

    Awww, thank you Mel for the sweet shout-out!! ^^ we be REDESIGN TWINZIES!! xD I hope you enjoy all your lovely reads up there!! πŸ™‚ I’ve been hearing great things about the Throne Of Glass novellas too! πŸ˜€ have a great week ahead, Mel!! <33
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  11. I’m really curious about Half Bad, so I guess I’ll have to wait to see your review to learn what you thought. πŸ˜‰

    Love the new design!!
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  12. Woohoo for Assassin’s Blade. I love the redesign! So pretty.

    I hope you have fun at your events.
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  13. Again, the new design is wonderful! And SO JEALOUS of a certain someone going to Italy, haha! And yay to all your new books (especially Half Bad)! Happy reading, Melanie! <33
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  14. I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about Half Bad. Considering how much it’s been hyped on Twitter, I’ve seen a LOT of negative reviews. Interested to hear your thoughts on it πŸ™‚
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  15. Sara says:

    Love The NEW MAKEOVER! Its even more dreamy then before! Superb work!

  16. YAY you got Half Bad, I hope you enjoy it! We’ll be twinning again on that one hehe. So lucky of Larissa to go to Italy, that sounds totally aMAZING! I just got Secret Diamond Sisters today, I’m always up for contemporary reads I think. Have an awesome reading week ladies!
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  17. Stephanie B says:

    Italy? Lucky! I have yet to get my hands on Half Bad but I WILL. I’m almost done with The Assassin’s Blade but oh the pain. It’s so good but… I don’t want it to happen, okay? It makes me cry just thinking about what’s about to happen to my beloved characters.
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  18. Italy?! Larissa, you lucky lucky girl. Don’t forget to take pictures please! πŸ™‚

    With that said, I hope you enjoy Half-Bad. I think I only gave it 3 stars (but I’m a nitpicky motherfracker sooo), but I really really hope you love it more than I did. I’ll be on the look-out for your review!
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  19. Henrietta says:

    I really liked the new look here! πŸ™‚

    I bought Assassin’s Blade because I LOVE Throne of Glass!!!

    Hope you’re enjoying a better week.
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  20. Larissa BETTER do a recap. I’ve already told her.
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