By: Melanie | April 27, 2014 | (23) Comments

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Latest Happenings


Heyas! I had a pretty boring week back at school. I got a surprise test on the first day back, which is the best welcome back gift I’ve ever gotten. (I kid, I kid.) But how are all of you? I didn’t have much in the mail this week either because of so many public holidays this week (still waiting on my books from The Book Depo -.-) but the ones I did were pretty exciting.

Remember the Italy situation and how all my co-bloggers have gone/are going? Blythe told me that she nearly went a while ago with her school to chaperon as she can speak Italian. LIKE WHAT IS THIS. WHEN IS IT MY TURN. *sobs quietly*

In other news, I have recently finished We Were Liars. 12 hours later, I am still reeling and have re-read the last part of the novel about 5 times. YES. It’s that good. Everyonegoandbuynoooooow. Celine and I are doing a discussion review but it won’t be up until much later.


School tried to kill me this week. It’s a conspiracy, I swear! They made us turn in everything on Friday and added a nice little bonus of several presentations and tests. Hurray! There were not enough hours in this week to get it all done, yet I miraculously managed to turn everything in O.o Don’t ask me how I did it, because I have no idea. Next week’s looking a lot brighter, thankfully: vacation! I’m really looking forward to a week of reading and also horse riding on the beach, which is seriously awesome. I mean, horse riding is awesome in general, but the beach just adds that little extra. I also have a feeling that I’ll be reading A LOT of books, which is always good 😀 Also, time for Rome preparations. *freaks out* Also, I don’t know what it is with Mel’s cobloggers and Italy, but this is getting creepy!


This week has been another busy one. Lots of work and school. We are doing poetry in Creative Writing which is always interesting. My own poetry tends not to be my favorite, though I’ve actually wrote a thought provoking and emotional poem, according to my teacher anyway. It’s a miracle! We have also started Macbeth in English which should be interesting. Have any of you read that play? Let me know what you thought about it (:

Other than work and school, one of my favorite things this week was having a bonfire with my best friend. It was after work, so around 10:00 and the night was lovely. We easily saw the stars and roasted some amazing s’mores and hot dogs (: We always both almost died. Lol, guess I should explain that. We were on a porch swing which was situated nice during the fire. I was leaning back a little when a spark landed near us. My best friend screamed and we actually ended up flipping the swing over. It was so hilarious yet sad at the same time haha.

Seriously, Mel’s Italy problem is severe. She needs to go, it’s not an if but rather and when. I also need to go to Australia. Make it happen travel gods!

 Recently Read

Read by: Mel  Rating: 5 | Read by: Celine  Rating: 5 | Read by: Larissa  Rating: 3

Celine’s Book of the Week


Oh, it’s no big deal, just the first book of the series that ripped my freaking heart out. Read this, they said. It will be fun, they said. Well, I agree. That is, if your definition of “fun” is hour-long bittersweet torture, pain, little smiles and enormous tears. In case it wasn’t clear yet: READ THIS if you haven’t already.

Coming Up this Week

– Review of Boys Like You by Juliana Stone | Mel

– Review of Royally Lost by Angie Stanton | Celine

– Review of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige | Larissa

– Review of How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark | Celine

– Discussing Through Midnight (31) | Larissa

– Review of The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer | Mel

Posts on the Blog

 Around the Blogosphere

Siiri @ Little Pieces of Imagination talks about villain’s point of view
Kara, Lyn and Bekka @ Great Imaginations share advice about going to the BEA
Emily @ Contellation Chronicles is tired of playing it safe
Kimba @ Caffeinated Reviewer gets a new blog design!
Cait and Mime @ Notebook Sisters also gets a new blog design!

New on the Shelves


Don’t Look Back: I got this one off NetGalley. I prefer the US cover, and I’ve heard decent things about this author.

Through The Ever Night: WHEEEE! I did a read-along last year for this series and because I enjoyed them so much, I’m buying the series.  Still need to grab Into the Still Blue.

Poison Study: My friend lent this to me. I lost my copy to a friend last year and a dif. friend was nice enough to lend me this until I manage to read it. ILY! <33

~Thank you Hodder Books and friend!~


Dreams of Gods and Monsters: Oh, no big deal, just my most anticipated release of the year. Cue freakout: AHHHHHH OMG IT’S FINALLY HERE!! And look at the SIZE of that thing. Glorious!

To Kill A Mockingbird: A classic I’ve been meaning to read for a long time now! I had to read a book for school (you got to choose which one, thankfully!) so I obviously chose this one. I hope it’s as beautiful as I expect it to be!

Scorch: I didn’t add a picture of this one, but it’s from the Croak series by Gina Damico. It’s also totally awesome, heart-wrenching, extremely painful, and some kind of delicious torture.

Rogue: See Scorch. Just finished this and oh, my SOUL. Sob. Currently in fetal position and crying.

No One Needs to Know: Really excited about this one! I’ve had some bad experiences with Flux books, but I just couldn’t pass up that synopsis. LBGT love triangle in which a boy’s sister gets involved with said boy’s girlfriend? Yes please!

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel: Looks like I’ve had an LGBT themed ebook haul this week! Again, I just couldn’t resist after reading the synopsis. Can’t wait to start this!

~Thank you Flux and Algonquin!~


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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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23 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (49)


    Mel, you HAVE to read Poison Study. Like immediately. ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER WRITTEN. Yelena come be my my best friend ^___^

    Great post, chicadees!
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  2. Don’t worry, Mel. I’ve never been to Italy either, and probably won’t until I’m like fifty. :/ And Poison Study! I hope you loooove it. 🙂

    Celine, have fun in Rome! So jealous, really. x_x

    Larissa–I’ve never read anything by Shakespeare. :O I have a copy of Romeo & Juliet but never read it, haha! And that bonfire sounded awesome.
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  3. So many awesome books guys! Have fun in Italy Celine, I am seriously jealous! Mel the stars have aligned it means Italy is in your future!

    I’ve heard so many awesome things about We Were Liars, although I hear it isn’t released in Australia until August o.O so a long wait. Yay for Dreams of Gods & Monsters!

  4. I’ve heard so many mixed things about We Were Liars. It’s one of those books you either love or hate I think.

    And Celine, No One Needs To Know is amazing! It’s a love triangle, but not very obvious and it never felt like one to me. I really loved it!
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  5. Melliane says:

    Poison Study was a really nice discovery and I have Croak to read somewhere. Happy reading ladies!
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  6. Such good things this past week girls! Mel, I feel your pain, everyone’s going to Italy and leaving you, but I’m not, so it’s all good! I’m actually finally starting Under the never Sky this month, so I’ll be able to see what you love about it, and I really hadn’t considered We Were Liars, but if you loved it, it’s worth looking out for more. Also, Don’t Look Back is fantastic! Celine, I hope you enjoy your holiday, everyone needs a break and happy reading while you’re away, and I think I’m definitely going to look into Croak after I’ve commented, I’ve never seen it around. Larissa, I used to love poetry, used to have a folder full of my writings, congratulations on writing a great one, I’m sure it’s fantastic 🙂
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  7. Wonderful recap girls, sucks that school is getting so hectic! Boo! To Kill a Mockingbird was a wonderful read, and a huge eye-opener. I read it back in high school and still remember it clearly. Hope you enjoy it Celine.

    Yay for public holidays, but it’s really affected my mail too! Haha, but I don’t really care, more sleep-ins for me. 😀
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  8. I have only heard ONLY good things about We Were Liars. I am so so curious now!! (Plus all the reviews I’ve read are super vague, too…gah. It’s torturous. I just need to read it already!) N’aww, I feel for you Mel. I want to go to Italy too. And I’m part Italian, sooo I figure I have REASON to go, you know. 😉
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  9. I haven’t heard much about We We Liars, but I’m going to be reading it soon so I’m excited you loved it so much!

    I have read Macbeth; I thought it was pretty good. It’s an interesting look at psychology too I think.

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  10. Hahahaha Mellybean you’ll make it to Italy don’t worry! Also yay for loving the Croak series! I met the author and she was SO funny and I absolutely loved her books so much like it’s absolutely ridiculous how hilarious and well-written they are. Also No One Needs To Know sounds sooo cool even though I agree about Flux not having great books. Hopefully this one will break the trend! Yay Mellybean for getting the next book in the UtNS series because I absolutely love them. Thanks for sharing girlies! <33
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  11. Jasprit says:

    Oh I am so glad to see 5 star ratings for both We Were Liars and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, as I have both books coming up pretty soon! Also I love reading recaps at the beginning of this post from all of you! And now you guys make me want to go to Italy too!
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  12. I’m pretty sure you’ll visit Italy soon, Mel! Not that I’ve ever gone there yet… I would love to go in the future, too. It sounds like a surreal country full of surprises and l’amour! Onto other news, I really need to read Croak. It sounds so cool 🙁 I promise to get to it ASAP!
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  13. I have we were liars and all the boys ive loved before on audio and im so freaking excited for them. And Tease! Enjoy!
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  14. I absolutely loved Creative Writing in school!
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  15. Croak was hilarious, and ooh Mel I have We Were Liars, so I cannot wait for your review. Have a most excellent week ladies!
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  16. Sounds like school hasn’t been great for any of you! I go back tomorrow, and am not looking forward to getting all my exam results. EEK. Now I want to read We Were Liars. I read another of E Lockhart’s and didn’t like it, but hey, if Mel gave it 5 stars it has to be pretty amazing 🙂

    Looking forward to this week’s posts! I missed you guys while I was away.
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  17. All this talk of Italy has me desperate to go there now. And I wouldn’t mind a trip to Australia either. 😀 I had some mixed feelings on Don’t Look Back, though I’ve enjoyed JLA’s books in the past. I hope it works for you, Mel! And CELINE. I so want to read Dreams of Gods and Monsters all over again. I really hope you will love it as much as I did. 🙂
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  18. Well, Mel, you got me excited for We Are Liars. lol

    I got Croak a long time ago but never read it, I know, I am so bad.
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  19. Kelly says:

    I think we need to start a ‘send Mel to Italy fund’. It might take nearly 10 years of donations, but we’ll get you there eventually 🙂 Nice hauls, just curious how you all go with balancing homework, reading and blogging time. I can’t imagine how I would have managed when I was at school.
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  20. lily says:

    Oh i’m intersted in hearing what your thoughts are going to be on We Were Liars, i actually already read a copy and have to admit i’m in the miniority and say that i was not really a fan but i know tons of people LOVE that book and like you gave it five stars!
    Have fun in Italy! I know you’re going to love it! I’ve visited tons of times ans have loved it every time when i’ve visited family.
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