By: Melanie | April 20, 2014 | (30) Comments

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

Latest Happenings


So I (finally) made Midnight Madness work for all three of us! YAY! Now you get to stalk Celine and Larissa’s lives as well. Isn’t that wonderful?

I’m starting school this week *sobbing* so things will slowly get back on track (like less of me, because I totally hogged these two weeks while I have been on holidays). *bats eyelashes at Celine and Larissa*I find it silly that I have to start this week though. I start on the Wednesday but school only goes till 1:35pm on a Wednesday and I have Friday off because it’s ANZAC day in Australia and New Zealand. But school will be school. *shakes head unapprovingly*

Also, I’m here but I’m not here, if that makes any sense. Right now, I’m actually freezing my ass off at Phillip Island for my sister’s birthday. So that’s great and just wonderful.


So this week I let Mel know that I’m going to Rome with school, leaving her extremely jealous. Seriously though, all Mel’s cobloggers are going to Italy, haha. (Well, except for Blythe, but you never know!) I’m already looking forward to it! I mean: sun, pizza, gelato… What’s not to like?

I have a long weekend this week because of Easter, which is bliss. Unfortunately, I have to spend all my free time doing school work because they decided to let us do ALL the presentations, papers and tests next week. No me gusta. Anyway, I’ll be eating my weight in easter eggs to compensate for all the schoolwork. It’s totally allowed! So, like Mel, I’ll be around, but not much.


This past week has been a joyful routine of school followed by my part time job at Toys R Us. Which has basically become a full time job as I worked every day this week minus Monday.  At least tomorrow is Easter! Which I definitely don’t work and will enjoy a lovely brunch with my whole family (: And devor copious amounts of chocolate.  I’ll also start to catch up on blog commenting the first chance I get.

I also get Monday off school which is nice. That day I’m going to the Zoo with my best friend (: I’m very excited, I literally haven’t been there in years. I used to go allllll of the time of a child, so it’ll be great to go again and relive some fun memories.  Plus, THE TIGERS. Haha who doesn’t love Tigers? They’re definitely my favorite animal. The zoo also makes for some great photo opportunities.

I wish everybody reading this a very happy Easter and if you don’t celebrate it, than just a lovely long weekend.

 Recently Read

Read by: Mel  Rating: 4.5 | Read by: Celine  Rating: 3 | Read by: Larissa  Rating: 4.5

Mel’s Book of the Week

TeaseI didn’t rate this one really high but I really enjoyed it. Contrary to popular opinion, I didn’t mind the slut-shaming. I don’t like it when it’s used unnecessarily but in Tease, it’s necessary. Tease is about the effects of bullying and carelessness, and it a highly important novel for all readers–especially teens.

Coming Up this Week

– Review of The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel | Mel

– Review of The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik | Celine

– Review of Camp Boyfriend by J. K. Rock | Mel

– Review of After the End by Amy Plum | Celine

– Discussing Through Midnight (30) | Celine

– Review of The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz | Larissa

– Review of Boys Like You by Julianna Stone | Mel

Posts on the Blog

New on the Shelves


The Truth About Alice: It’s so pretteh! I love a good emotional contemporary every now and again and this looks like the one!

Popular: A Memoir: Received at PTALive. It’s a non-fiction title so not sure if I’ll read it any time soon.

My Life Next Door: Bought this baby. Can’t wait!

Fire and Flood: Was meant to get this a few weeks ago but some random crap happened with the mail and it never got to be. Thanks to the publisher for re-sending this!

Far From You: AHHHH! Looks amazing.

What Goes Around: You might remember from last year when I had this week dedicated to Courtney Summers’ novels. I am such a fan I just must own her books. This title includes Cracked Up To Be and Some Girls Are.

~Thank you Hardie Grant Egmont Australia, Penguin Australia and Scholastic Australia!~

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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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30 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (48)

  1. YAY we get to be all stalkerish for all of your weeks!! Also: WHY ARE YOU ALL GETTING TO GO TO ITALY?!! That’s not fair. I want to go to Italy. Because…food. But also, I hear the scenery is nice. 😉

    I’m reading TWC this week! Ohhh, yay! SO excited! So far everyone’s rating it 4+ stars, which makes me very happy (I’m in love with the cover, honestly, I am). You’ve nearly convinced me to read Tease, too. 😉
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  2. Melliane says:

    have a wonderful weekend girls and Happy reading!
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  3. Kelly says:

    Ooh, great selection this week. I really enjoyed My Life Next Door, until around 80% through, so can’t wait to see what you think of it. But Fire & Flood, my goodness I loved it. It seems it’s one of those where you either love it or loathe it, can’t wait to see which side of that fence you fall on 🙂 Awesome new reads Mel, I hope you enjoy them (and I love the cover for The Truth About Alice as well).

    And what’s the deal with everyone going to Italy? Is there some sort of gelato festival going on?
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    • Melanie says:

      i’m hoping i love it because it sounds brilliant! oh, curious about what happens at 80% that made your opinion of it turn direction.

      I think so! Blythe told me on twitter she nearly had to chaperone for her school on a trip to Italy but she didn’t go. CREEEEPY

  4. I loved My Life Next Door! 😀
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  5. Hooray for long weekends! Boo to school! Yay for books! I hope you’ve all had a great weekend 🙂

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

  6. Yay, I really enjoyed reading about your daily lives *creepy smile* HAHA KIDDING GIRLS, KIDDING! Enjoy your new reads, and looking forward to the upcoming reviews x
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  7. Ooh jealous about Italy. I’d totally love to try some real gelato. Nice to see you all included this week!
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  8. Juhina says:

    Far From You has a gorgeous spine! also, my sister really enjoyed Tease!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf
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  9. Oh yay! All the girls together! 😀
    Mel, I’m sorry it’s cold in Phillip Island, but I hope you have fun none the less, and you’ve got yourself some fantastic books, I got My Life Next Door lately too!
    Celine, I hope you have a fantastic time in Italy! It sounds like a lovely place!
    Larissa, I’m definitely sharing your love of Easter and eating all the eggs, absolutely love Easter, however, I’m sorry you’ve to got to do school work though, boooo.
    It’s love to have you all together, and there’s some good reviews coming next week!
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  10. Zoe N. says:

    Happy Easter Mel, Celine, and Larissa! <3 Hope all your days are filled with lots of chocolate and fun with your families! 😀

    So glad you found a way to get this newsletter to incorporate all 3 of you! So cool! 😀 Mel – aww…that stinks you have to go back to school; hopefully your transition goes easily! Celine – wishing you a great time in Italy! Can't wait to hear all about your adventures when you get back! Larissa – wishing you a great Easter! And your tip to the zoo sounds awesome – it's so cool that you get to go with your best friend! That's always the best. 😉 Can't wait to hear about all the awesome animals you see!

    Thanks for sharing girls! <3

    P.S. Mel – I got Tease from the library and am really excited to start it soon! 😀
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    • Melanie says:

      YES A LOT OF CHOCOLATE. OM NOM. Trust me, the transition will not go smoothly. I have to get up at 6 and these days I’ve been sleeping at 2-3am. WHOOP. EE.


  11. Henrietta says:

    It’s lovely to see all three of you in one post! 🙂

    My Life Next Door – YAY!!! Hope you’ll enjoy it, Mel!

    Have a beautiful week.
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  12. I don’t mind slut shaming either, it’s something that happens in real life sadly. Not talking about it will not make it go away. I can’t wait for Tease, especially after reading your review. I just got the audio today.
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  13. OMG Celine I can’t believe you are going to Italy!! I am super jealous! Mel it sounds like it’s your turn soon! Some awesome books, I really want to read Dorothy Must Die omg. Far From You looks really good, I think I’ll have to go look that one up!
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    • Melanie says:

      Well, it BETTER BE my turn.

      Same here, I found out it’s a Full Fathom Five book which made me back away a little bit but after Larissa gave it a 4.5, I feel like I cannot resist the temptation any longer

  14. Far from you looks really good! Happy reading 😀
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  15. Tanja says:

    Mel don’t worry we’ll go to Italy one day! 🙂 Well I was there already, but I’ll show you around 😉 Celine, ragazza have fun in Italy. Too bad the weather won’t be perfect, but I’ll throw as much sun your way as I can! 🙂 Larissa have I loooove going to Zoo!!!! That’s amazing. Also I need to read The Winner’s Curse and Dorothy Must Die! Great hauls 😉
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