By: Melanie | May 4, 2014 | (24) Comments

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Latest Happenings

Mel

Hello blogglings! This week has been a week of ups and downs for the blogging world; I’ve been having some self-esteem issues with school work lately–which started off when I got my creative essay response back and was not happy with my result. Mainly because I KNOW I could do better than that, and I was not expecting the score I got after putting in so much effort into it. So yeah, had a moody Monday but the love you guys gave me on Twitter really lightened up my day. I don’t kid when I say I was in tears so thank you for all the support and helped me realise it wasn’t the end of the world (oh god, I am just realising how dramatic I am -.-). Love you all!

Tuesday at school was so much better. Yet when I come home, I get a tweet saying I’ve been plagiarised. What do I do? RAGERAGERAGE. But after a sleep on it, the next day I couldn’t have cared less. Plagiarism happens every day. And like my mum used to say when someone copied my design of a hat in Grade 4: they’re copying you because they like what you’re doing. The person behind the incident is human and it’s totally okay to make mistakes. I’m not saying I forgive her for her actions but I am certainly not getting out of my way to bully her or be rude. I made some sarcastic comments that night, and I take those back wholeheartedly.

In other news, Harlequin was sold to HarperCollins. What are your thoughts on that? I’m not big on changes, but this could be very awesome.

Celine

Well, I certainly enjoyed my holiday! We went to Ameland, which is one of the Waddeneilanden. Which I’m sure will still mean nothing to you 😛 De Waddeneilanden are a group of tiny islands above the Netherlands (“eilanden” means “islands” in Dutch). We had pretty great weather and we went horse riding on the beach multiple times, which is completely freaking awesome. I also read a lot of books, which is also super fun 😀 I finally read Dreams of Gods and Monsters, and it was so beautiful! I’ve also been freaking out because OMG NEXT WEEK I’M GOING TO ROME. Which means you won’t really see a lot of me next week, seeing as I’m busy eating gelato. And looking at Important Places, probably. I’m leaving on Tuesday, and we’re going for a whole week, so you won’t see me again until the Tuesday after that!

Larissa

Nothing much is new with me this week. It’s just felt like quite a long one and I’m so glad it’s the weekend so I can rest. I’ve been feeling pretty sick lately so hopefully the rest will help me feel better. To add to my rest is the fact that it’s been snowing all day. Welcome to Canada, where it snows in May 🙂 Adding to that hilarity is the fact that it was warm enough for me to wear shorts on Thursday and now it’s snowing. The weather truly is crazy here.

I’m going to Las Vegas on Saturday for a roadtrip with my friends 🙂 It’s gonna be super fun! And a very long car ride. I should be able to get a lot of reading done, hopefully. I said that about Italy too though and ended up only reading three books. Hopefully I have better luck this time. The weather in Vegas should be a bit better than the snow here, I’m guessing anyway [; Have any of you been to Vegas before? Got anything to recommend for me?

 Recently Read


Read by: Mel  Rating: 3.5 | Read by: Celine  Rating: 3 | Read by: Larissa  Rating: 4

Larissa’s Book of the Week

I wish I could magically have this novel like yesterday. It’s about  dragons, it really doesn’t get more epic then that. It’s also by Julie Kagawa so I’m basically guaranteed to adore it. World building has always been her strength so I’m beyond excited to see what world these amazingly awesome dragon creatures live in.

Coming Up this Week

– Torn Away Blog Tour | Mel

– Review of  To all of the Boys I’ve Ever Loved by Jenny Han | Larissa

– Discussing Through Midnight (32) | Mel

– Review of Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott | Mel

Posts on the Blog

 Around the Blogosphere

Emily @ Constellation Chronicles talks about her reactions to drama
Cait @ Notebook Sisters is sick and tired of comparisons to The Hunger Games
Aimee and Dylan @ Deadly Darlings celebrate their first blogversary!
Emily @ Loony Teen Writer discusses about how the way she rates book has changed

New on the Shelves

Mel

I also received the same books as Celine of Edelweiss which are showed below in her haul.

My Little Pony: The Magic of Friendship: THANK YOU CHIARA! We’ve barely talked, and it’s like you know me already 😉

Into The Still Blue: I adore this series and had the get them all in paperback

Spark: Already read this but since I had the last two in the series, I needed the first two as well

Storm: Likewise

The Peculiars: Haven’t seen this one before but it looks absolutely brilliant!

Me Since You: Ahh! I HAD to get this as a hardcopy after crying so much after reading it

Pivot Point: Also have already read. Now I own all the Kasie West books!

Unravel Me: I’ve read this one too but needed to own it. Thanks again Chiara, my bunny! <33

The Help: LOVED. Needed in hardcopy even though I have it as an audiobook

~Thank you Algonquin Books, Little Brown Books For Young Readers, Chiara @ Eternal Delicacy and Thames and Hudson Australia!~

Celine

50 MMN 50 MMN1
~Thank you HarperTeen, Katherine Tegen, Greenwillow and Balzer & Bray!~

Larissa

The Warrior: I’ve already tried reading this already and sadly it’s just not working for me. I’ve read the other two in the series and gave them 3 stars.

#scandal: I’ve had this one for awhile but sort of forgot about it, ooops. I’ve recently re-discovered it though and I’m so excited to read it. I’ve loved Sarah’s other works

Prisoner of Night and Fog: So excited to read this one! My friend bought it for me and I totally adore historical fiction. I’ve heard some great things about this one, hopefully I’ll love it.

~Thank you Entangled Teen, Simon Pulse and my lovely friend~

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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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24 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (50)

  1. Yay for Pivot Point! 😀 Loved that book. I picked up Snow Like Ashes, Get Even and Beware The Wild too!

    Yeah, a couple of other reviewers have been plagiarized by someone. Now that blog is set to private. I feel bad for not making print screens lolz.
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  2. HarperCollins + Harlequin sounds promising. They talked about branching out internationally, so I love the sound of that as int. blogger 😀 I can’t wait for Talon! I love Kagawa and dragons, awesome combination.

    Prisoner of night and fog is gorgeous! I also see some books from Edelweiss I downloaded. Happy reading.
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  3. Sounds like an interesting week for you all! Mel, I hope this week is better, Celine/Larissa enjoy your hols!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist
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  4. Awesome new haul Mel, how cute you got that My Little Pony book! There really was a lot of drama on Twitter which made me sad but at least it’s kind of blown over now (although ironically, for the girl in question it would have been traumatising). It’s ok to let off some steam but once it becomes bullying then it can get out of hand. And you are right Mel – people copy because they envy you!

    Great book haul this week girls, enjoy and have a lovely week!
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  5. My mum used to say exactly the same thing about copying. Sad that this has happened, but good that it hasn’t worried you too much.

    It seems like everyone is receiving The Peculiars – it looks so great! I’m really excited to read it. I really have to read Pivot Point and Split Second – unfortunately they’re overdue at my local library and have been since February D:
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  6. Melliane says:

    That’s nice! So many books! I really really want Talon!!!!!! Happy reading ladies!
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  7. Some great posts on the blog this week and some great books added to you guys’s shelves. Prisoner of Night and Fog and Snow Like Ashes are two that look so awesome.
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  8. Good for you and your positive attitude once you cooled down Melliane. Larissa, enjoy your road trip and remember, “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” Such an awesome haul for all of you. I am hoping to pick of Prisoner of Fog on audio this month. Happy reading and have a wonderful week 🙂
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  9. I’m sorry you got plagiarised Mel, it sucks, but its a compliment too I guess. Have fun on your travels Celine, enjoy Rome too, I hear its wonderful there, and Larissa, I hope you feel better soon and VEGAS! Wow, have lots of fun there, it always sounds amazing! That Talon cover looks beautiful even though its so simple, so I have to agree, going to keep an eye out for that soon, and I started Under the Never Sky series this week and loved it, so wish I had the covers you do though, but wonderful editions to the shelves too Mel! 🙂
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  10. Jasprit says:

    Lovely haul ladies! I was super busy this week so didn’t see all the books on Edelweiss until about half an hour ago and just about died, there were so many pretties! I’m glad that we have so many amazing books to look forward to! I hope you have a fab time in Rome and Vegas Celine and Larissa! 🙂
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  11. Mel, I’m so sorry to hear that you were plagiarized. But the way you handled it was very mature and I respect you even more as a blogger now. It sucks about school. I know how disappointing it can be when you put in a ton of effort into something only to end up with a disappointing grade, but you learn from your mistakes. 🙂

    You guys got some pretty epic books this week. Harper always gets me excited with their books, but I’m a little worried about the quality of their books sometimes though especially since a lot of their previous books seem to be going downhill.

    Have a lovely week you guys and happy reading!
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  12. Kelly says:

    It was probably shocking to hear how you had been plagiarised, the whole scenario was horrid really. I seen your response on Twitter and you’ve got nothing to apologise for. I would have been angry too in your shoes and you handled it with more class and care than girls much older than yourself who chose to go on a witch hunt after this girl.

    I hope this week is alot better at school for you, I can relate how stressed it makes you. When I was a few years older than you and doing my VCE (do they still call it that?) During my exams, I was so violently ill. I had worried myself sick and had to be sedated by a doctor. I kid you not. It’s hard when you work your behind off and don’t get the result you’re after, but in the grand scheme of schooling, one mark won’t bring down all the hard work you do 🙂 You’re a super bright girl Mel, don’t let it upset you 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Aw thank you Kelly!

      Yep, they still call it VCE. Thank you for your kind words! I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if I got sedated as well because I’m freak out about the tiniest of things no matter how much I try not to. It’s just an instinct, y’know?

  13. Look at all those lovely books! I want Talon as well. Mel, sorry about the plaguerizing, I have never paid attention as to whether it has happened to me, likely. You are so right. I am not going to make a fuss over it, not worth my time. Like your attitude. The weather here in Oregon is just as crazy we went from almost ninety degrees on Thursday to 60s and rain all weekend. I hate this unsettled weather.
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  14. Larissa: I have the weirdest weather here too. I live in Kentucky, but close to Ohio. We will have all sorts of different weather in the same week, so I know what it’s like! Enjoy Las Vegas; my mom and sister have both been. I want to go and see a good show!

    Mel: Sorry about your grade! I understand feeling upset about that kind of thing, especially when the assignment is creative. It feels a bit personal, I think.

    Celine: Enjoy Rome. I’m so insanely jealous! i’ve never even been to Europe; I really hope to go sometime in the near future!
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  15. Ahh I don’t even know what to say to all this fun stuff that’s going on in this post, but I’m gonna start off with the little intros you guys got there. I heard that SOMEONE was plagiarized in a weekly recap post but I was all like, “Wow again I wonder who it is!” but I can’t believe it was you Mellybean!! *gets out my field hockey and lacrosse sticks* *runs to beat them up* Jk haha but it definitely sucks that it happened to you, and I’m glad that you’re able to to move on from it and hopefully this next week will be even more wonderful! <33 At least you girlies all got a TON of amazing books that I can't even begin to comment on, but #scandal and Torn Away look so wonderful I hope you enjoy all your pretties! <33
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  16. Jaz says:

    @Mel: I’m not sure how I feel about Harlequin being bought by HarperCollins – they’re each known for publishing specific kinds of books and these kinds of books are different. We’ll see how it goes.
    Great haul, I love the UtNS series, I want those covers in hardback! Unravel Me <3 and I love Brigid Kemmerer's so I know what you mean by needing to own them (and Kasie West's books too).

    @Celine: my goodness you travel a lot! Horse riding sounds so fun, I've never done it before but horse riding on the beach sounds like something out of a movie 😀 have fun in Rome! So jealous. I've seen a lot of people get Blackbird, Kiss Kill Vanish, Stray and Get Even – been hearing mixed reviews about Blackbird in particular so I'm looking forward to your review as well.

    @Larissa: yay Vegas! I hope you feel better in time for the book. Eeep The Warrior, I still need to finish The Liberator but I do love the trilogy. I've heard great things about Prisoner of Night and Fog so I hope you enjoy it (I think my copy arrives soon). And Scandal looks really good as well, that cover 😀

    Happy reading girls.
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    • Celine says:

      Haha, I DO love travelling! Ameland wasn’t that far though, as I live in the Netherlands myself 😉 And yep, totally something out of a movie! Only thing missing was the sunset, haha. Thank you <33

  17. I have Prisoner of Night and Fog too!!! Eeeep! Excited and kind of worried, because I’ve heard wonderful and meh things about it. I’ve got a few reads to eat before I dive in, but, ohhhh. It’s going to be awesome. And gosh, dang, Mel, so sorry you got plagiarised. :/ That really, really sucks. Totally would wreck my day, too. And I know there’s that whole “they copy you because they admire you”, but whatever. Copying is so not okay, especially when it’s for creative things. It’s stealing . Haha! Excuse my little rant about it. x) Okay, okay, I’m going! XD Happy reading, you three!
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  18. Stephanie B says:

    Oh man, I love STRAY’s cover and the story sounds fantastic! I hope you guys like it!

  19. Oh man, I’m sorry to hear you were plagiarized, Mel! That SUCKS so bad. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help, you have my email. Don’t worry about the school thing, either–we all go through those ups and downs. <3

    And my goodness, you Midnighters and your trips to Italy! Have a wonderful time, Celine, and Larissa–try to stay cool and dry in Vegas, eh? 😉
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  20. Rachel says:

    Oh, Melanie, sorry you were disappointed with your essay grade. One thing I hear at just about every author signing is to keep writing and you’ll keep improving so you can look at is as one more step to awesome!

    Celine, your vacations sound lovely! Rome?!! I’m so jealous! And I love horses so riding them on the beach sounds amazing.

    Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling sick, Larissa. Snowing one week and shorts the next does sound like crazy weather! It’s hotter than heck out here in Southern California and I wouldn’t mind a cool down or even rain, but it never snows here. Las Vegas will be very hot as well. Too bad you can’t delay your trip there until the end of June because they are holding the ALA there and you’d have access to hundreds of ARCs! I’ll be there with some blogger friends.
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