By: Melanie | September 28, 2014 | (39) Comments

midnight madness newsletter

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Latest Happenings


While Celine and Larissa are suffering I am here wasting my life away on YouTube because that’s all there really is to do on the holidays. Well, and sleep. And eat. And do my holiday homework. And try to get ahead on my maths exercises. And play piano. And exercise because my mum is always at my throat about that. Oh and read. And blog. And plot world domination by myself while Celine suffers.

I’m also going to be watching The Maze Runner this Tuesday. I’m so very excited because everyone seems to be loving the movie. I read the book a while ago during my blog hiatus and I gave it two stars, which is sad. But I think I’ll love the movie much more, perhaps it’s because I kept imagining it as a movie while I read the book, lol.

I’m currently in the midst of trying to get on top of my review copies, and it is seriously the toughest job. The way I plan to do this is to READ READ READ and REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW all these holidays and then I’ll finally have some time to read books that I have been aching to read for a year now.


Hello everyone! This week has been extremely stressful, because SCHOOL. Seriously, I have way too much to  do right now. *wails* This weekend, I have to finish an extremely boring book, write a presentation, write an essay, etc etc. Aaaah! This also means VERY little blogging has happened, and pretty much NO commenting, which I feel really guilty about. Sorry guys!! I promise I do read your posts, but I just don’t have the time to comment right now. You have my sincere apologies *offers food*

Reading this week has mostly been boring due to le boring required reading. However, I DID read Red Queen, which was pretty intense! Also, I may have sneaked in Ashes to Ashes, but shh, don’t tell anyone. I may have read it while I was supposed to do my required reading. It may be the reason I’m a tad behind right now. But no one will ever know about that, of course. *whistles innocently*


This week has been pretty busy in terms of life.  Got a lot of school going on, university early applications, my part time job and homework. Oh, and some social interaction shoved in casually.  I joined the journalism club at school now which is pretty interesting. I do love writing and supporting my own beliefs, so doing the editorial section has been quite fun.

I had these really yummy chocolate cupcakes today. Wow, is it kinda sad that this is included in our weekly recap?? LOL sorry guys.

Not so much reading unfortunately /: I haven’t actually read a single book this week other than Hamlet for English. And of course that’s actually a play.

Recently Read

MasqueradeRed Queen (Red Queen, #1)

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

Celine’s Book of the Week

The Vanishing Throne (The Falconer, #2)

because this is the sequel to the Falconer which had an evil evil cliffhanger and also have you seen that cover because really

Do you have a Halloween story/experience that you want to share?

As you know, Halloween is coming up! And this Halloween, we decided to do a week long event which is happening towards the end of October and we are currently asking for your help! So basically, we are planning to compile some really short stories or experiences of your past Halloweens. They don’t necessarily have to be those spooky ones where you saw something or something happened to you, but it can be something that you do for Halloween. It doesn’t even have to be special, I mean, I think many countries don’t really celebrate Halloween so we don’t really know what Halloween truly is like (well I don’t at least, lol.) If you have something to contribute email us at

Posts on the Blog

 Around the Blogosphere

Dre @ Sporadic Reads is looking for some awesome new co-bloggers. She’s super friendly and a lot of fun, so you should sign up!
Kristen @ My Friends are Fiction discusses the feeling of low blog esteem.
Jess @ My Reading Dress talks about reading slumps and how we can cure them.
Ebony @ Daring Damsels is hosting a read along for The Sky is Everywhere! Check it out for more details.
Bieke @ Istyria Book Blog shares her favourite TV shows!

New on the Shelves



Belzhar: I requested this one a while back–I’m a little nervous because I haven’t exactly read the most glowing reviews but I love the concept so hopefully I will enjoy it.

Catch 22: I used my gift voucher at the book store the other day on this one because my English teacher says it’s his favourite book to turn to when he needs a laugh. And well, I need more humorous books on my shelves

The Infinite Sea: SQUEEE! I am so excited about this one, The 5th Wave was all kinds of fabulous and I need to know what happens next

Cooper Bartholomew is Dead: I didn’t love James’ Sweet Damage but I heard many good things about Cooper so I thought I would give it a go.

~Thank you Allen & Unwin Australia, Penguin Australia and Simon & Schuster Australia!~

Current Giveaways

– Mel is celebrating 1,000 followers on Twitter with an international book giveaway! There are 10 books to choose from. Click here to RT and follow to enter.

That’s all for this week! Anything interesting happening in your lives lately?

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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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39 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (67)

  1. Thanks for the link-up! 😀 Red Queen was awesome! 🙂
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  2. I’m in LOVE with the cover from The vanishing throne. It’s just as kick-ass as the first one 😀 Enjoy your vacation Mel! I hope you like The maze runner, I also need to see it. Happy reading!
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  3. I just adore the Red Queen’s cover. I won Masquerade, but I’m not very enthused to read it atm. Hopefully that’ll change soon! XD It does sound epic at least. Ohhh, but it’ll be cool to hear everyone’s Halloween stories! I have never celebrated it and really? Australia just doesn’t much. I think we had 1 trick-or-treater last year, but our driveaway is like a hike down Mt. Everest, so I think people take one look at our front door and decide it’s not worth hike back up again. 😉
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  4. Melliane says:

    I’m curious about Red Queen and I really want the sequel of The Falconer too! Happy reading!
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    • Melanie says:

      The Red Queen has such a beautiful cover, right? And I def need to start The Falconer, so many people are in love with it and I feel totally out of the loop 😛

  5. Tanja says:

    YES MEL Youtube! My worst enemy sometimes cause you cannot really watch just one video! I mean who does that. So yes girl I know how it is. But I’m glad that you’re finally enjoying some time off and I hope you’ll read some amazing books. Larissa and Celine I’m sad to hear that life is giving you some hard times. But I have no doubts you’ll do great. Great haul, Mel!
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  6. Sorry about the stressful school girls. Except for Mel 🙂 I can’t wait for the review of red Queen.
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  7. I wasn’t too keen on the actual Maze Runner book but I’m hoping I can catch the movie because everyone has been raving on about it! I hope you enjoy it x (And good luck on the read/review marathon)

    And Larissa and Celine–school is killer, right? But good luck, you’ll find a balance! I can’t wait to see this Red Queen review. I’ve been so curious 😀

    I’m super interested to hear what you think of Belzhar, Mel! I just finished it and can’t even gather the proper words for a review because…I’m so mixed :S The concept was great though. I hope you enjoy it! x Thanks for the linkup <33
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  8. I can’t decide about the Red Queen. Should I read it??? Ooh, I see that you just reviewed The Fall, which I just finished. Off to see what you thought about that.
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics
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  9. Jasprit says:

    Ahh Celine, Ashes to Ashes has been sitting on my shelf for a week now, I am dying to pick it up, I think I shall have to try and squeeze it in somehow. I hope things get less busier for you and Larissa. Mel I so need to catch up on my review books, I am so far behind! I hope you enjoy your books, they sound pretty amazing! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Ah I never knew Ashes to Ashes was already out! I have to go and snag a copy now. So curious to see how everything ties up in the end 🙂 Best of luck to you too, Jasprit! I hope you get on top of those review books

    • Celine says:

      Ooh, I’m very curious what you’ll think of it! I really liked it, save for a few things 🙂 Thanks! <33

  10. LOL Larissa chocolate cupcakes definitely need a mention 😛 Mel, I’m curious to see what you think of Cooper Bartholomew because I really want to read it!! I do actually own Sweet Damage so maybe I’ll try that one first?

    Enjoy the start to October, laaaadies 😛
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  11. Mary Claire says:

    I’ve been dying to read Red Queen! I’ve heard it’s amazing and that it already has a movie deal. I’ve been looking for it on Edelweiss, but I don’t think it’s available anymore. Did HarperCollinss send you it or is there an ARC tour?

    Thank you for answering my questions this week. I’m very new to the world of blogging, but so far, I’m loving it!
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  12. Oh I do love Halloween. It’s interesting to see how different people and places celebrate it.
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  13. Bennari H. says:

    I’m really curious to see what you think of Belzhar, Mel! Also, I love Catch 22, it’s one of my favourite classics and your english teacher is right, it always can make you laugh. Poor Larissa and Celine! I hope you two get some more free time on your hands.

  14. Seems like Celine and Larissa are really busy with school work! But don’t worry, so am I so we can be in the same boat together 😛 Mel, I hope you enjoy your holidays, definitely make the most of them by catching up on rest, you definitely need it. Have a great week, girls!

  15. Amelia K says:

    Oh you read Masquerade! I’m going to go and read your review for that right after this. I really cannot wait for The Vanishing Throne either–The Falconer was soooo good and cannot wait to see what May has ready for us this time. Enjoy your books, Melanie 🙂

  16. I love YouTube! I spend so much time on there. I have no desire to rea The Maze Runne rbut I want to watch the movie. Chocolate cupcakes sound so yummy right now!
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