By: Melanie | December 7, 2014 | (50) Comments

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Latest Happenings


 I feel like I’m on holidays right now because now that the teachers have finished writing reports, there’s no homework. I spent the last week at school either watching bad comedies and movies or having pizza parties. T’was the life. I’m all caught up on The 100, WHICH IS THE BEST SHOW EVER. Everyone needs to go and watch it, it’s absolutely fantastic (unlike the book). I’ve managed to drag Celine into our cult, and ALL OF YOU ARE MY NEXT VICTIMS. The show may start off real shitty, but after a few episodes, it’s the best TV show you’ll ever watch in your life. For serious.

I’m also binging Veronica Mars at the moment, and it’s pretty good so far! I don’t see how this Logan/Veronica thing could work because Logan IS SUCH AN ASS, but we’ll see. I’m only up to season 1 episode 10.

Furthermore, I am trying to finish my GR challenge on time. I am currently 19 books behind and the plan is to read 2 books a day (and that’s evidently failing so far). Fingers crossed I can reach my 200 books goal.


*waves* Hi everyone! I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve shown my face around the blogosphere *coughs*. I’ve been especially horrible lately when it comes to commenting, but I promise you guys I’ll try to remedy that soon. Otherwise, not a whole lot has happened in my life.

I’ve started watching The 100 after a lot of flailage from pretty much everyone on Twitter. After Mel said she shipped Bellarke almost as much as she shipped Percabeth I knew I had to watch this, because I’m pretty sure Percabeth is Mel’s #1 ship for eternity. In the first few episodes basically everyone is being a jerk, but I have a feeling I’ll end up really liking, if not loving, this show.

I’ve also seen Mockingjay Part I in the cinema recently and LET ME TELL YOU. It was awesome. I loved how the beginning of the rebellion was portrayed and I love, love, loved the “Hanging Tree” song. SO MUCH LOVE. It was a bit of a slow film because this one was all about building up the rebellion and some more backstory and not a lot of action, but I still loved and I’m so excited for Part II. I have a feeling that’s going to be pretty much constant action and I’m most certainly going to watch that immediately when it comes out.

Recently Read

99 Days

Read by: Mel Rating: DNF | Read by: Celine Rating: 3.5… I think

Posts on the Blog

Wow, this week has been a seriously good week with all 4 starred reviews.

Around the Blogosphere

– Cait became Paper Fury and the blog is so prettiful guys.
Mel @ The Daily Prophecy is hosting the Retelling Reading Challenge!
Joy @ The Bookish Intruder shares her holiday reading list with us
Nick @ Nick’s Book Blog celebrated her 3 year blogversary!
Kara @ Diary of a Teen Writer shared a second excerpt from her NaNoWriMo story. Awesome sheep are involved.
Bec @ Readers Wonderland tells us about the hardest decision you’ll ever make in your life. I wholeheartedly agree.

New on the Shelves


74MMNThese Broken Stars: LOOK AT IT! I have the Australian covers but the hardcover was too gorgeous to not own

Stitching Snow: Pretty much the same reason as TBS. I adored the cover, but I barely know much of what it’s about. I did hear it’s a bit like Cinder, though.

A Thousand Pieces of You: It’s gorgeous. Also, Claudia Gray was the reason why I got into read two years ago, so I have to read everything she writes.

Open Road Summer: I read this one a while back and it was such a cute read.

The Young Elites: Marie Lu! The author that everyone loves. I need to try something by her.

Anna, Lola and Isla: I love my contemporaries 😀

Ashes to Ashes: I cannot wait to see how everything wraps up in this last instalment.

Flipped: Only the cutest movie ever. I read the book ages back, and it was really cheap on TBD, so why not?


Girl Online: Hm…I’m not sure about this one. *bites nails*

~Thank you Penguin Australia and Simon and Schuster Australia!~


99 Days  Crimson Bound  Things We Know by Heart  Illusionarium

99 Days: I’ve already read this one and whoa. This is going to be such a polarizing read. Can’t wait till it comes out so I can see everyone’s reactions to it!

Crimson Bound: So, I am pretty much the only person in the world who didn’t like Hodge’s Cruel Beauty. I loved her writing and intricate plot, though, so I am definitely willing to give Hodge a second chance and I’m actually quite excited for this one!

Things We Know by Heart: Jessi Kirby!! I loved her book Golden and I can’t wait to see what else she’s got in store for us.

Illusionarium: Heather Dixon’s Entwined is absolutely awesome and possibly the cutest, fluffiest book I’ve read. I really hope this will live up to expectations 🙂

Thank you Balzer + Bray, HarperTeen and Greenwillow Books!

Current Giveaways

2014 Debut Author Giveaway Hop

And that’s it from us for this week. Link us to your wrap-ups and hauls for us to check out!

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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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50 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (74)

  1. Thanks for the shout out! 🙂

    You’ve both got a pretty epic pile of books here. I’m really interested to see what you think of Stitching Snow, Melanie. I too have heard it compared to Cinder quite a bit, but it still looks fantastic. Celine, I haven’t yet read Cruel Beauty, though I am hoping I’ll love it. The cover is just so, so gorgeous. I hope you enjoy Crimson Bound better. 🙂
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  2. OMG YOU ALREADY HAVE CRIMSON BOUND. x) I did really like Cruel Beauty, but not, like a hundred precent. I was a little confused. XD Hehe. Story of my life. *coughs*
    I want to see The 100 now. OH WOW. AS MUCH AS PERCABETH? I must check this out. o.o I’m behind on Supernatural right now, aahhhhh, need to get back on top! And also Leverage. Oh. I have a freakish obsession with that show.
    I only just heard of Girl Online. Apparently it’s going around the internet like wildfire, but how come I only am just hearing of it?!! Curious though. xD
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    • Melanie says:

      Hehe, it’s on Edelweiss! I got it as well as Celine, and am itching to dig into it. YOU NEEED TO WATCH THE 100, CAIT! I’VE STARTED SUPERNATURAL (WHICH IS GETTING AWESOMER AND AWESOMER, DEAN IS THE BEST) SO NOW YOU NEED TO WATCH THE 100. Yeah, apparently the author is some famous lifestyle youtuber from the UK ._.

  3. I wish you luck, Mel on your Goodreads Reading Challenge. You’ve got plenty of time, and with school being over, I’m rooting for ya. 🙂

    You ladies make me want to check out that show now, too.

    Have a great week!
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  4. YOU’RE ON HOLIDAYS, MEL??? HELLO LATE NIGHTS HAHAHA (Where I hope you’ll be doing productive things like binging veronica mars. Yes, priorities). Yes Logan is currently an ass. Yes we do learn more 😀 AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU. I’M SO EXCITED!

    I started The 100 this week as well but I’ve yet to pass the 3rd episode mark when everything suddenly turns good. I WANT TO BE HOOKED AS WELL. SOOOOON!

    AND WHAT A HAUL OK. THE YOUNG ELITES. GO DEVOUR IT. I LOVED THAT ONE. And the pretty Anna covers 😀 I had the first two in those ugly covers but I had to repurchase the set for these!

    YAY WELCOME BACK CELINE! Now I feel even more pressured to finish (or truly begin) The 100. SOOON I TELL YOU! I WANT TO SHIP THIS CLARKE BELLAMY THING AS WELL! Enjoy Crimson Bound! That one has caught my eye much more than the first book (lol that grammar in this sentence. I can’t. I need to sleep more).

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    • Melanie says:

      Yep, hell yes I am! I’m currently binging VMars right now as I type! I’m having a break as I wait for the next episode to finish loading, hehe. BELLARKE IS BOOOTIFUL YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE, JESS ^.^

  5. Lucky you, I remember those last weeks of school where you don’t have to do anything and it’s just movies all day every day. That was the life! So many wonderful books girls! I LOVED Stitching Snow omfg <3 <3 I wasn't expecting much from it but it was absolutely amazing! I still also need to start Cruel Beauty, I've heard nothing by praise for that book. Enjoy your week girls, and of course your books xx
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    • Melanie says:

      Right? This the best time. And when you’re in Primary School, you basically dedicate all your December days to making xmas cards lol. I’m really glad to hear that you loved Stitching Snow! Looks like I’ll need to bump it up the TBR

  6. Oh my gosh you two got so many awesome reads! I am in love with those hardbacks, Mel! I have a copy of These Broken Stars but it’s the paperback and now I really regret it because I want a hardback! Celine, I’m really looking forward to your review of 99 Days, the cover is pretty cute but I don’t know what to expect from it, because How to Love was pretty meh for me.
    Great haul girls!

  7. I was so disappointed by Illusionarium *looks sad* I can’t waaaaaait to read Crimson Bound 😀 Stitching Snow! Another book I’m very excited for, it sounds so good.

    Happy reading & thanks for the link to the reading challenge 😀
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  8. Christy says:

    YAY for The 100!!!! The latest episode killed me, I won’t say why just in case you haven’t seen it yet, but *cries*

    I’m really excited to read Stitching Snow and A Thousand Pieces of You 🙂

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books!
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  9. Great haul! And okay, I’ll give The 100 another chance. I’ll watch it all soon. 😛
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  10. Stephanie B says:

    I loved Entwined as well! It was so cute and light! *sighs contentedly* I still haven’t read These Broken Stars but I’m slowly coming to the fact that I need to rectify this. Yay for holidays! I’m working full time so that basically means there are no such thing as extended holidays. 😛
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  11. Ooh yay for holidays!! Enjoy it Mel 🙂 YESSSS, you’ve joined the 100 cult 😀 Isn’t it so good?? I’m waiting for Bellarke to happen. It MUST. Ooh you added some lovely books to your shelves! I haven’t read Anna yet. Everyone seems to have read it but me! I hear a Thousand Pieces of You is really good. I can’t wait to see what you think of it 🙂

    I’m so glad you liked Mockingjay Part 1 too, Celine!! Some people claimed it was really boring, I thought it was interesting and great! Lets hope Part 2 is just as great. I hope you enjoy The 100!! It’s one of my favorites 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      BELLARKE NEEDS TO HAPPEN ON THE SHOW ASAP. IT’S ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE, I’M TELLING YOU RACHEL. Yeah, I’ve been hearing great things for ATPOF as well, I hope I like it just as much ^.^

  12. OMG, The 100! I watched all season one and caught up on season 2 in only a few days and OMG it’s so good! It sucks that the first few shows are meh because people give up on it. I love Clarke and Bellamy and want them to happen too! I like Finn alright (especially now that he’s on a rage rampage, is it bad that I thought he was boring until this???) but I love the chemistry and all the little moments between Bellamy. I love how they won’t back down when they think they are right. And call me crazy but I kind of like the idea of Raven and Murphy. Poor Finn. I actually have no idea where any of these pairings are going and it drives me crazy!

    I thought Mockingjay was awesome, if you’ve read the book. If not, I think it’s a little boring. My boyfriends has never read the books and thought the first two movies were awesome, this one not so much. I still think they should have just done one damn long movie but oh well…

    I’ve heard the Theories book is a little silly. Bummer 🙁

    Enjoy your books ladies, I’m s excited for Things We Know by Heart!
    Have a great week!
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    • Melanie says:

      yes, it’s such a shame! Which is why us fans must work together and convince more people to watch this fantastic show. eeeeh Finn. He is more interesting, but he’s a total ass and I cannot deal with him right now. WHAT?! RAVEN AND MURPHY. *shudders* Alas, I cannot agree with you there, girl. BUT WHAT ABOUT RAVEN AND WICK, EH? 😀

      • I hate Murphy, have always hated him since the first episode… but that one episode where they were both together before they got rescued was the only moment that he seemed…human. I’m a sucker for redemption stories 🙂

        But yes, I like Raven and Wick too, just haven’t seen much of them yet. Raven is awesome btw. I can’t help but picture Cinder when I think of her.

        Poor Finn needs a girl. I like Finn better now than before when he was all goody-goody. He’s still not my favorite though. I WANT BELLAMY AND CLARKE!
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  13. I really loved Mockingjay Part 1 too, and the “Hanging Tree” song was just gorgeous. Seriously. 🙂
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  14. Valerie says:

    MELANIE YOU GOT A TON OF BEAUTIFUL BOOKS I WANT THEM ALL! Also, I’ve started the 100 because I’ve been forced too, but you are so right the first few episodes are just ehh. I need to get past them after finals are over. ALSO I want to watch Veronica Mars! So that will happen one day too right? Yep.
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  15. I’m so jealous of you, Mel, getting to watch movies in class. I’m still in full-on year twelve mode and it is crazzzzyyyyyy. Absolutely intense. But soon…it will be holidays…and I’ll have major works to start. Fun.

    SO MANY AWESOME BOOKS. OH MY GOODNESS. That edition of Little Women IS beautiful, and I’m loving all the hardbacks.

    Crimson Bound also looks excellent. Although I still haven’t read Cruel Beauty…
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    • Melanie says:

      Oh but isn’t Year 12 finished? I thought those huge exams happened these two months (meaning no more school) and your ATARS come soon? Maybe it’s different in Syndey lel.

  16. Christy says:

    I contemplated reading The 100 before I binge watched it, but I decided to jump into the show. I guess I didn’t miss out on much, huh? 🙂

    Ohhh there are so many pretty books in your hauls!
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  17. Melliane says:

    that’s nice! many books for you! Happy reading!
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  19. Laura says:

    The 100 is AMAZING!!!! I’m three episodes behind which I feel terrible about so I’m trying to avoid the internet until I can watch them… I tend to gravitate toward looking up interviews and such instead of say… writing reviews. Oops? Also, Mockingjay Part 1 was so amazing! Thank goodness they stuck to the book. Part 2 should be interesting how they do the booby traps in the Capitol.

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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  20. My sister LOVES the 100 show and actually just bought the book out of curiosity. I know it has bad reviews on goodreads, but is the book anything like the TV show?

    I’m interested in reading Stitching Snow too. I just hope it’s not too much like Cinder :/ Crimson Bound and Illusionarium are on my tbr list. Hope you enjoy them! 🙂
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    • Celine says:

      I actually haven’t read the book, but from what I hear you can’t really compare the book and the show. Apparently the show is WAY better!

      Thanks! I really hope I’ll love them too 😀

  21. Thanks for mentioning me, girls! <3

    I loved Mockingjay, too, Celine! Peeta was so good in it and I'm super excited for the next movie. 😀

    Mel, your haul brings tears to my eyes. It's literally BEAUTIFUL!
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  22. OMGGGG Celine you got Crimson Bound! I loved Cruel Beauty and even though you didn’t love that one, I hope you enjoy that one.

    Mel you got SO MANY BEAUTIFUL HARD COVERS. The Young Elites, Stitching Snow, and the whole Anna series, you are a super lucky girl! I hope you enjoy all of your reads! I’m so glad you’re finally watching Veronica Mars and enjoying it, I love Logan <3 now you know what all the fuss is about!
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