By: Melanie | November 2, 2014 | (21) Comments

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Latest Happenings


HELLOO GUYS. We haven’t had a Midnight Madness in a while, so yes. *waves awkwardly through computer screen*

Us Melbournians get a long weekend so I’ll be around to pester all of you on Twitter this Monday and Tuesday. We can all have ice-cream and chocolate together and read books, yes?

As I write this post, I’m about to go and redo my bookshelves. I AM SO VERRAH EXCITED. Right now, my books are organised by colour and a shelf for favourites, but now I’m thinking of doing a shelf of favourites, a shelf of unread ARCs, read ARCs, and the rest can just be in colour code. I might post pictures on Twitter if I remember to take pictures, so make sure you check there if you want to see how it went!

AUSSIES: Bloomsbury Australia’s site is 50% off all books. This offer ends today, SO GET YOUR BUTTS MOVING. I know many people who decided to snag a boxed set of the new Harry Potter covers, and it’s so so worth it. Buy now, thank me later.


I have to say that not a whole lot has happened, especially since Halloween isn’t a thing here. But the last couple of weeks have both been fun and stressfull. Because our first exam week is coming up *screams* It is, in fact, next week, and I am nervous and stressed and ahhhhhhhhhhh. I mean, they’re not actually all that different from previous years, but this time it feels like it’s for real because they’re exams. I don’t know. It stresses me out. So coming week and the week after that I won’t be around a whole lot, because I’ll be too busy studying and studying some more.

In other news, I have finally started my job and though so far I suck at it, it’s fun 😀 For those who didn’t know, I’m a waitress at a local restaurant now. Last week was my first time working there, and it was nice. (Also, people drink A LOT of coffee.) Here’s to hoping that at some point I actually learn how to do this stuff and that in the meantime it remains fun, haha.

Oh and also, though this already a while ago, I went to London!! It was amazing and I’d like to live in the bookstores there, yes and thank you please.


I went to another open house today, and I think I found my first choice university ahhh. It offers the perfect program which would set me up for law and the campus is quite beautiful. My Dad also went there so it has that sentimental value. Other than the non-stop snow, the tour there was quite enjoyable.

Other than planning my future, I’ve been working and going to school. I actually worked on Halloween which for some would have sucked. Really didn’t bother me though, I actually quite liked it. Some kids came to the store in their cute little costumes and I handed out candy c: It was too adorable. School on the other hand really is becoming quite tough, I literally have zero time to read or blog anymore which is quite sad.

Recent Reads

Red RisingA Wicked Thing

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

Celine’s Book of the Week

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

Because I just read this and it hurt me in all the best ways. *cries*

Posts on the Blog

New on the Shelves




Waterfall: I honestly don’t know how I ended up getting a copy this after not even being able to get past page 1 of Teardrop. Does any Aussie wanna do tradies?

Corruption: MY LOVE. I adored Disruption, and am itching to start this one.

Dreams, Tide, Spirit: A publisher contacted us Midnightians about this series, and I am rather curious, so we’ll see how this goes.

Dissonance: Not a huge fan of the pub saying “Perfect for fans of Veronica Roth and Cassandra Clare” because seriously? But hey, I’ll bite.

Fiendish: ALL THE CREEPINESS. Also, I love the AUS/UK cover so much more than the US one, even though both a pweeety.

Jellicoe Road: Read it and loved it. I was just a mess in the end.

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods: Cookie to anyone who can guess my reaction to this book. Hint: ASDFGHJKL;

Gone Girl, Sharp Objects, Dark Places: I finally have a set of these books! I am really excited about reading Gone Girl, and the box set was on sale so, why not?

The Blood of Olympus SIGNED poster: I’M IN LOVE. I pet the signature every time I walk past the poster. I just. POSTING MY FACE TO THE WORLD WAS SO WORTH IT. I won this in a Instagram competition that Penguin Australia hosted, FYI.


The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)  The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

The Assassin’s Blade: My lovely lovely parents got this for me in London, after they’d seen how I stared at it for a good five minutes when I found it in a bookstore. *cough* And yeah, it was just as amazing and painful as I thought it would be.

The Winner’s Curse: And because my parents are the best people in the world, they also got this for me. I’d heard loads of great things about this book and I can say that they were pretty much true. I really did love this one – it was just very clever and full of strategy.

The Body Electric  Challenger Deep  99 Days  Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #2)

The Body Electric: Though I haven’t actually read any of Beth Revis’ novels, I’ve heard some good things about her Across the Universe series, and this one sounded really intruiging. Also that cover is just really pretty.

Challenger Deep: Hello, you intruiging synopsis. And again, hello pretty cover. I have no idea what this is actually about but I want to read it anyway. Also the cover reminds me of another book and I have no idea which one it is. Does any of you have any idea!?

99 Days: Again, I haven’t actually read Cotugno’s other work, How to Love, (I’m sensing a theme here), but I have heard good things about it. So I’m curious about this one! We’ll see how it turns out 😛

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke: So I actually didn’t even like Prisoner of Night and Fog all that much (cue gasp from the audience), mainly because, as it turns out, historical fiction just really isn’t my thing. However, I did think Prisoner was just incredibly well done and well-researched, and I’m curious what the author will do with these characters and this setting next.

~Thank you Scripturient Books, HarperCollins and  Balzer + Bray!~

Current Giveaways

Signed swag of The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco (INT)
Hardcover of Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine (US)
ARC of Liars Inc. by Paula Stokes (INT)
– A Halloween-y read of your choice! (INT)

That’s it from us! We’d love to read your recaps, link them in the comments!

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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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21 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (70)

  1. Good luck with your exams Celine, I bet you will do great! And that sounds exciting Larissa 😀

    The assassin’s blade <3 I have so much love for that series and that book is beautiful. The winner's curse is good! I can't wait for Conspiracy of blood and smoke.

    Happy reading 🙂
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  2. Melliane says:

    Oh great books! I have the second Rutkoski book and I can’t wait to get into it. And I really need to read the Maas series. Happy reading!
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  3. Nara says:

    Oh my god, that HP boxset is so tempting…must. resist. urge to buy… D:
    It’s my exam week too Celine! Good luck to you, and I hope we both do well 🙂
    Dissonance is pretty good! To be honest, it’s nothing like Divergent or TMI/TID- but the world building is great! Probably why I like it haha
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  4. MEL I WAS ORGANISING THE SHELVES TODAY AS WELL! And I’m drained. No energy. I think I gave up after the first one was done. And mind you, I did this with pretty much no system-ish. Some had structure like “white books”, “adult lit”, “tall books” hahaha but none of it made sense together =_= HAVE FUN FOR THE LONG WEEKEND!

    Aaah! New job? CONGRATS, CELINE! And dig into those exams! You’ll be amazing 🙂 3 stars for A Wicked Thing? Oooohh…I have to get to that one soon (or get back to it because, to be honest, I read about 25% and got bored out of my mind =_=)

    Open days are equally amazing and frightening, aren’t they, Larissa? I’m glad you found “the one”, if you know what I mean! I had that moment toooo and now I just want them to accept me!

    Have a good upcoming week, girls! Happy reading x
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    • Celine says:

      Thank you!! And thank you! And yes, A Wicked Thign was kind of a mixed bag. I’m not really sire what to think yet 😛 I hope that if you do pick it up again, you’ll like it 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to see what your shelves look like, Mel. I know it’s a chore, but it’s a labour of love as well. Also, Jellicoe Road destroys me every time. I’ve read and re-read that book a thousand times and still, it’s a punch right in the sternum. Love. Love.

    Good luck on your exams, Celine! And London?! Jealous. Jealous. Jealous.

    I hope you’ll enjoy your uni life, Larissa!

    Enjoy your week, ladies!
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  6. It’s really not fair that they keep releasing prettier covers for HP. I want all of them! O.O

  7. Oh no! A 3 Stars for A Wicked Thing? I was looking forward to that one. I absolutely loved Assassin’s Blade. Oh my gosh all the feels!!

    @Melanie Have fun reorganizing the shelves and colour coding! That’s always so much fun 🙂

    @Celine Congrats on the new job! Wow, London?! So jealous!! My parents decided to be mean and go there without me this summer. I shall get there EVENTUALLY though.

    @Larissa Congrats on finding a great university. I’m sure you’ll love it there 🙂
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  8. Amber Elise says:

    OMG I need to reorganize my shelves too, but it causes me anxiety just thinking about it. Mostly because I need to buy another bookshelf. >.> I hope you like Winner’s Curse Celine, it was one of my faves this year!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  9. Awww, I want a set of the new HP cover. Just sayin’… 🙂

    Good luck with exams, Celine! 🙂

    Good luck with your first choice school, Larissa! 🙂
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  10. I look forward to seeing your redone bookshelves Mel. Good luck with your exams Celine, I’m jealous of your trip to London! I hate that it’s snowing already. I hope you get into that collage Larissa! 🙂

    Yeah Red Rising is a strange book. The beginning is the best, but it has it’s moments later on. I love your signed Blood of Olympus! I haven’t read Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods yet, but it sounds like fun. Another book with Blood and Smoke in the title, I just know I’m going to get confused.
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  11. Sydney says:

    THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE *cries* The Throne of Glass series is the series that I see in a bookstore and want to buy EVERY COPY of, even though I already own the entire series in DUPLICATES (hardcovers, paperbacks, foreign editions, and ARCs). So yeah…it’s THAT series for me, lol.

    I can’t wait to see your redone shelves, Mel! I’m actually thinking of redoing mine today because they shelves needed dusting and the books some reorganizing. 😛 I never know exactly how I want them and it frustrates me to NO end. *sigh* I think I’ll have to figure something out and soon.

    Here’s to more wonderful weeks and a wonderful November! Happy reading, girls. <3
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  12. Laura says:

    Oh WHY can’t I live in Australia?!?!? I want that box set!!

    I’m sure you’ll do amazing Celine!

    That’s great Larissa!

    The Assassin’s Blade has been sitting on my bedside table for so long now! I bought it with Heir of Fire but I’ve been saving it so I have something to tide me over until the next book comes out. I don’t know how long that will last xD

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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  13. Hello ladies! Nice to see you back on Sunday. I totally want that Gillian Flynn box set. I’ve been a fan of hers for years, but I STILL don’t own Sharp Objects…and i like books that match. 🙂
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  14. The Assassin’s Blade is just downright cruel on the feels. IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNFAIR. My sister just finished it and she stormed into my room and basically threw it at me, so I suspect she had the same teary feelings as me. Gosh. Why do we even let Sarah J Maas hurt us like this? We need help. We are sad little bookworms.

    Hehe, I hear ya with Waterfall, Melanie. I will NOT be touching that and I actually got through Teardrop, but nope nope nope. CORRUPTION THOUGH. aFJDSKLADS I am so in love with Disruption my entire brain was crying. Congrats for winning the poster, though!!
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    • Celine says:

      The Assassin’s Blade is CRUEL AND MEAN AND WHY MUST YOU HURT ME SO. I DIDN’T ASK FOR THESE FEELINGS. I’m starting to believe bookworms are all secretly masochists ;_;

  15. Mel, you have a SIGNED Blood of Olympus poster? Oh my god, can we be friends???!!!
    And I’m curious, why didn’t you finish Red Rising?
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  16. Lawl, you comment about Teardrop highly entertains me because I’m horrible ;-). Also omg I am once again reminded how much I need to get to Assassin’s Blade gaaaaaaah!
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  17. OMG WHAT YOU DNF’D RED RISING! Nooooo Mel that is terrible, so sad to hear you didn’t enjoy it. Glad you guys in Melb got a public holiday! How exciting you got Gone Girl and it’s sequels, I’ll have to pick up Sharp Objects and stuff soon. Hope you enjoy them!

    Celine, congrats on starting your new job! Ah yes where would cafes be without coffee drinkers hehe? You got some pretty amazing books, Asassin’s Blade is freaking amazing as is Winner’s Curse!

    Larissa, really glad to hear you think you’ve found the ‘one’ university! Hope it all goes well.
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