By: Melanie | August 31, 2014 | (22) Comments

midnight madness newsletter

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Latest Happenings


Last night I got the opportunity to watch Vampire Academy. Aaaaaand…no. I wasn’t expecting much from what I heard from all of you guys but ugh *shudders* it just didn’t work out. They tried to make it funny but it just turned out not funny at all because it was so corny and the acting just wasn’t convincing enough for me. I’d say it’s just as bad as the Percy Jackson adaptations. And you know exactly how I feel about those. *screams internally*

Other than that, my eyes have been really crappy lately because I cannot look at a computer for 10 minutes straight without having to close my eyes for 10 minutes. I’m not sure whether it was because I’ve been reading too many sad depressing books lately that have made me cry for eons or just because my eyes are getting exhausted. Either way, I’ll be a little absent on the Internets this week so I can rest my poor eyes and get crackin’ with my English essay on Romeo and Juliet. Ugh. The terror.

Also, on an important note, I know the blog is being a bit of a pain in terms of loading with a white screen. I am talking to my web host and they are saying that it’s got something to do with my plugins so I will try to fix that ASAP. But for the time being, if you ever get the white screen, refreshing the page should fix it. 😀


My week was rather uneventful, except the cold I talked about last week has only gotten worse and worse so now I feel pretty miserable. I really hope this goes away soon because I do NOT feel like doing this for another week. I can’t breathe through my nose and I’ve hardly slept the past two weeks. The only good thing is that I can use this as an excuse to lie on the couch all day and read – so I just finished the eagerly-awaited Isla and the Happily Ever After. And also loved it. And it also got me a book hangover.

Otherwise, school is extremely busy (which is ridiculous – it only started two weeks ago O.o) so I’m very behind on commenting, reviewing and all that jazz 😛 I promise I do read all of your lovely blogs, but I just can’t find the time to really sit down and go around commenting. Soon, I promise!


I really don’t know what to say. I feel like I should have something to say though, given I keep disappearing on you guys over and over again. I wish I could say that during the times I’ve been MIA on this blog and not writing lovely long comments I’ve been really up to something cool. I haven’t though :s No sky diving, no internships, no amazing romantic pursuits. I’ve been working and driving (my last lesson is on Tuesday and the road test the next day) and when I’m not doing that I’ve been stressing about both. And school! Eeeee that begins on September 2nd for me. It’s my final year in highschool so it’s a pretty big deal for myself. There’s going to be a lot of new things to experience, such as applying for university 😮

Something that should have been included in last week’s Midnight Madness (but I was MIA haha) was that I saw If I Stay c: I enjoyed the movie quite a bit though I surprisingly didn’t cry. My friend cried buckets though so maybe it’s just me haha.

I really do miss you all a lot </3 I swear I sometimes go on your blogs and get overwhelmed from how many posts I miss and I just want to leave long comments on each one. Usually I just end up giving up though which is sad because all of your posts rock and deserve all of the comments.

I hope I’m out of this strange funk soon. #teenageangst

Writing that hashtag made me smile 🙂

Recently Read


Rites of Passage

Read by: Mel Rating: 4 | Read by: Celine Rating: 4.5 | Read by: Larissa Rating: 3

Celine’s Book of the Week

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

I recently read this one and absolutely loved it. The way Cynthia Hand handles the topic of a loved one’s death and grief is absolutely beautiful, and so I thought The Last Time We Say Goodbye deserves to be in the spotlight 🙂

Posts on the Blog

Around the Blogosphere

Alise @ Reader’s Wonderland asks us what it takes to remove a book off our TBR
Heidi @ Rainyday Ramblings asks whether or not you go ahead and read books even if they’ve been receiving poor feedback
Jasprit @ The Reader’s Den recaps her movie premier experience for If I Stay
Jenni @ Xpresso Reads talks about swearing in books
Nikki @ Fiction Freak recaps her GYDO event!

New on the Shelves



The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) Playlist for the Dead Love and Other Theories Polaris Better than Perfect

I want to give a huge hug to Emily @ Reverie Rhapsody for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Book of Broken Hearts! I absolutely love them, so thanks for the early b’day prezzie <333


The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) Playlist for the Dead Love and Other Theories Solitaire My Heart and Other Black Holes

The Orphan Queen:  Though I never got the chance to finish the series, I really liked Jodi’s Incarnate and I’m very curious about this one!

Playlist for the Dead: This sounds like it has all the potential to be beautiful and heartbreaking, which means I HAD to have it. I love stories that ruin me.

Love and Other Theories: This one, on the other hand, sounds ridiculously cute, which I also love. Bring on the ships!

Solitaire: Really curious about this one! I hope it’s good 🙂

My Heart and Other Black Holes: Is it obvious I love dark contemporaries? Because I do. Another book about suicide that I hope will wow me.

~Thank you Katherine Tegen Books and HarperTeen!~

Current Giveaways

Paperbacks of Dangerous Boys and Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (INT) (Go enter because trust us, YOU WANT THIS.)

That’s it from us this week! Which pretties did you snag?

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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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22 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (64)

  1. Oh Celine, I feel your pain! I’ve come down with a serious virus (temperature, swollen glands, sore throat, the works) and it really does swamp you and stop you doing things, but I’m trying to push through and check out blogs (even if I am going at 1mph.) Good luck with your road test Larissa, I’m sure you’ll do really well and the last year of high school is always difficult, so all the best! You’re not alone though Mel, I haven’t seen Vampire Academy, but I’ve seen images and I can’t even handle that they look nothing like I imagined, so I won’t even watch it based on that, although, I confess, I liked the first PJ film.. *runs and hides* I hope things work out for all you, and wonderful books! 😀
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha, I have a friend who is a PJ fanatic and loves the movies so it’s okay, I won’t hunt you down for that because at least you listened to me and read the books 🙂

  2. Haha, the Vampire Academy movie.. so horrible, it was funny. Feel better soon Celine <3
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  3. I got a lot of those ARC’s too! 🙂 And yeah, I haven’t even watched VA yet and I’m not planning on doing that anytime soon!

  4. Melliane says:

    Ah yes everyone is reading the Han book and it’s quite intriguing. We also have a French relrease for this one soon. Happy reading!
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  5. Mel- Totally agree with you about Vampire Academy and Percy Jackson. Darn it! The crappy adaptations are totally ruining the reputation of such awesome series. Why can’t filmmakers just stick to the plot when they’re making the movies? And oh, good luck to your Romeo and Juliet essay. And maybe, it’s time for you to visit an ophthalmologist.

    Celine- Do not worry about about behind on commenting. What’s important is that you take some rest and have a speedy recovery. 😀

    Larissa- Hahaha. You are not alone, Larissa. I also tend to disappear and appear again whenever my schedule gets extremely busy. So don’t you worry, girl! And I am so excited for you. IMO, Uni may not be as fun as high school but it has its own brand of fun. Hahaha. Good luck to all the applications and of course, to your driving lessons.

    And awesome haul, ladies. Have fun reading all your new loots!
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  6. YES those books definitely look familiar, I went on an Edelweiss downloading frenzy (oops, I probably shouldn’t have). I hope you enjoy To All the Boys I’ve Loved Mel, It seems to be totally up your alley.

    Oh Larissa, don’t stress too much about the funk, I’ve been feeling much the same as well. It’s good you’ve got Mel and Celine to pick up the slack! When I come home after work, i open up all the blogs to comment on and I just…can’t sometimes. I can totally relate, it’s because our brain is so tired we can’t think of anything.

    Celine, I hope you get better from your cold soon, that doesn’t sound like too much fun! xoxo

    TAke care ladies <3
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  7. Playlist for the Dead sounds amazing!! I need that one. lol

    I saw If I Stay and I cried when her grandpa was talking to her…ugh, heart wrenching right there.

    I also bought Isla and hope to start that one next.

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  8. Kelly says:

    I get that too Mel, where my eyes ache and I end up squinting because they hurt so much. I think we might both need glasses. If you’re using your computer in a dark room, try turning the brightness down to a low glow, I found that helps for me, especially because It’s really early mornings when I do my blogging. Poor Celine, you sound like you’re having a horrid time of that cold. Sometimes rest is the only thing that really helps, and a good excuse to take a few days off as well 😀

    At the risk of sounding like I’m a mother hen and trying to coddle you three, Larrisa, there’s nothing wrong with taking a break and getting away from blogging, you need time off every now and then to save your own sanity.’m long over due for a hiatus too (waiting until Christmas and I’ll take a few weeks). It gets a bit much when you have other stuff going on. Just make sure you take care of yourself and if you ever need to talk, hit me up on Hangouts.

    Have a lovely week girls <3
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  9. I love The Book of Broken Hearts! PS, The Orphan Queen is just a sampler. Sucks that they don’t mention it anywhere but I just wanted to let you girls know. Enjoy your books!
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  10. Missie says:

    I got Isla from the library! Cannot wait to get into it!
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  11. Zoe N. says:

    Mel – As bad as the Percy Jackson movies? *shudders* That bad, huh? 🙁 Good luck with your essay too! And I’m really interested in seeing what you think of Playlist for the Dead. It sounds so intriguing!

    Celine – Aww…I’m sorry the teachers are bombarding you with work! 🙁 And I am so glad to hear you enjoyed The Last Time We Said Goodbye because that is one of my most anticipated reads for the upcoming mounts. And wonderful haul too – My Hear and Other Black Holes and Playlists for the Dead sound especially intriguing. 🙂

    Larissa – YEAH! YOU’RE BACK! I hope you get out of your strange funk soon and that you return ready to read, read, and read! 😉 And good luck with starting school – what a scary but exciting feeling to be in your final year of high school!

    Thanks for sharing, and yeah for another great edition of Midnight Madness! 🙂
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  12. Jillian says:

    These books look so interesting! I’m so jealous of all the books you have haha! Happy reading okay? And I’m sorry that Mel’s eyes have been hurting; that happened to me too! I stayed off the computer for 2 or 3 days, and it actually worked 🙂 I hope all goes well x
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  13. Rashika says:

    Mel… I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. My eyes have become weird after spending the last 3 point something months in front of a computer. I am crying internally for you though because writing and essay on Romeo and Juliet does not sound like fun.

    GET WELL SOON, CELINE! The bad cold will go away.. eventually. It’s the stupid weather ya know? It cannot make up it’s bloody mind and we become the victims *sigh* I am sorry school’s so busy though! It sucks that you’re only two weeks in and things are already all over the place!

    Larsss *hugs* Stress is not good. At all. And it sucks you’re feeling so much of it. Especially since you’re going to be starting the last year of school and then things are going to become worse (I am SORRY) but you’ll pull through and things will sort themselves out so long as you don’t let them overwhelm you! I survived. YOU WILL TOO.

    All that said, I am very sad to see the 3 star rating to Sacrifice. But not surprised.. it seems like a lot of people are being let down by it and it sucks because Michael is my fav bro and I’ve been awaiting his story for a long time.. Ah well.

    I am glad you liked, Rites of Passage, Mel! I am reading that one soon so I hope I’ll like it just as much!

    Anywaayyy, I hope you ladies have a great week!
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  14. Tanja says:

    Girl I truly hope that your teachers will give you a break. It’s not cool to have that much to do on your second week. That should be forbidden by law. And Mel yeah my eyes do that to me when I cry buckets over books. So get some rest, hon. Larissa I totally know how you’re feeling. I didn’t have that much time last week so I wasn’t around and I missed so much. We do have some catching up to do.
    You’ve got amazing books ladies. I truly hope you’ll enjoy them. Great post! 🙂
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  15. I got The Orphan Queen as well 😀 I also just read The Iron Trial (and loved it). I hope your eyes feel better soon Mel..
    And Larissa, the last year of HS is super intense, good luck I wish you well! It’s an exciting time 😉
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  16. I feel your pain about the eye thing, Mel. I’ve had a horrible headache for the past 5 days, and as a result my blogging / reading has seriously suffered. Today’s the first time I’ve felt somewhat normal. I hope you feel better, Celine! Summer colds are the worst. 🙁 Thanks for the recap post ladies. It makes getting caught up after being MIA for so long WAY easier!
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  17. Valerie says:

    Mel – I’m sorry Vampire Academy didn’t turn out so great! I personally did not read it yet, because I’m a little iffy on vampires. But if enough people convince me to do it, then I will!


    Larissa – DO NOT CRASH INTO ANY TREES. Or moose (HAHAHAHHAHA). So here’s the thing. Running over a snake = 5 points. A squirrel = 10 points. A bird = 20 (because they fly). Deer = 35 points. And then lastly, a moose IS the jackpot, but will also result in death, so I highly do not recommend. I’m just giving you the layout though. And STOP being MIA! COME BACK TO US. Though I have to say, school will suck out your soul! BUT MAKE TIME 😀
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  18. Laura says:

    Adding The Last Time We Say Goodbye to my TBR!
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