By: Melanie | January 18, 2015 | (66) Comments

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Latest Happenings


So I totally spammed you guys this week with review after review. SORRY! I’m trying to churn out all the reviews these days before I get back to school because maaaaan I am so behind schedule <.< Anyway, I promise there won’t be so many reviews after like, this week or something.

In other news, I am headed off to Tasmania this Saturday! I’ll be away for like 4 days but I’ll forever be on Twitter and I will have posts schedule so it’s like I was always here. I am INCREDIBLY excited–I heard the seafood is amazing down there and well, WHO DOESN’T LOVE SEAFOOD?

I’m currently trudging through Winterspell by Claire Legrand which is being a total pain, for some reason. I LOVED The Year of Shadows by her so I was hoping that this one would be just as fantastic *sad sigh*

I’ve also discovered recently that I have a huge load of review copies that I read but NEVER reviewed and I’m kinda freaking over that because there’s so many of them and I am still struggling to find a reason as to how in the world I forgot about reviewing them. I’ll probably compile a post with a whole wagon of mini reviews this week (and an INTL giveaway) so stay tuned, people.


*wipes forehead* *catches breath* So, that was another exam week. I didn’t even have a lot of tests but they were all pretty big, so I’m basically exhausted now. I’m afraid I also don’t have anything to tell you guys about this week, because studying for exams = no life WHATSOEVER. Seriously, I don’t think there’s anything I’ve done this week besides study, eat and sleep.

However, I’m done with the whole exam thing for a little while now, so I’m just going to enjoy the fact I don’t have to do anything right now (well… except that pile of homework but let’s ignore that for the moment). I also haven’t got any reading done because hahahahha I did NOT have the time. On Saturday I did finish my reread of A Mad, Wicked Folly which is glorious and everyone should read it. Then I promptly got into one of those moods where you look at your 200+ unread books and you’re just like “but I’ve got nothing to read!”.

I hope everyone had a lovely week, though 😀


Exam week one is over! And I only had one exam for it, but there was technical issues (it was for English, had to write two essays) with the computers which we were writing on. Since it’s worth 50 percent of my grade that was clearly super stressful. Ahhh. But at least it’s now over, and I only have two exams left. Gotta keep strong haha!

Besides that I been actually working a lot recently, which is odd because I went through a bit of cool off period after Christmas. Things are pretty much the same at the good old toys store haha. I’m super excited for Saturday though, one of the few days I won’t be working and my brithday.  as I’ll be 18 and since I’m the oldest out of all of my friends, my work friends have agreed to take me clubbing. That should be an…. new experience. To say the least [;

I actually have been reading a bit more (yes, apparently I consider one and a half books more) this week which has been a nice way to relax.

Recently Read

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Read by: Mel Rating: 3.5 | Read by: Celine Rating: 4 – 4.5 | Read by: Larissa Rating: 4

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Bookish News

So a while ago I found out that Rainbow Rowell, author of Fangirl is writing a story about our two favourite characters, Simon and Baz. Yes, it’s a love story and yes, it is a fantasy. Isn’t that amazing?! RAINBOW ROWELL. WRITING FANTASY. GLBT+ THEMES. SIMON AND BAZ. More info here, peeps. Excuse me as I go and do my happy dance.

Marie Rutkoski also revealed the title to the last book of The Winner’s Curse trilogy:

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New on the Shelves


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Mr. Kiss and Tell: Why yes, this is the second book to the Veronica Mars book series, and I am so freakishly excited about starting this! I am a murder mystery junkie, and you can always trust Rob Thomas to deliver, whether it be in motion picture form, or book form.

The Flywheel: I’ve never heard of this one before but it looks adorable and yay for diversity (LGBTQ themes)

The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves: I maaaaaay have broke my book buying ban JUST THIS ONCE for these babies. TSR was only $2.50 on the Scholastic website so how could I resist?

~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia and Hardie Grant Australia!~


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The Exiled Queen: With many, many thanks to Ellis <33



Dead to Me:  Ahhhh, this one is super exciting. As a great lover of all things historical fiction and film noir, this one appears to be made for me. I received this for the official Dead to Me Tour, so many thanks for that.

Current Giveaways

Two people can win a YA prize pack (AUS/NZ)
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (AUS)

And that was our week! Anything interesting in the mail for you guys?

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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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66 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (78)

  1. Hilary says:


    Ha ha, Mel. Book buying bans never work. Because there will always be something where you say “But it was super cheap and the books looked so preeeeeeetty”.

    You should most definitely take a break Celine! Exam week is harsh on everyone!

    Is it sad to admit that I’ve never been clubbing before even though I’m past 18? How embarrassing. I hope it goes…interestingly, Larissa!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yes right? My first thoughts were: GOD that’s awful cheesy but then again, does that mean that there’s lots of kissing and swooning?

      Shhhh Hilary, I will pretend book buying bans work DON’T TELL ME OTHERWISE

  2. I ADMIRE ALL YOUR CHURNS (what lol) MEL. I’m struggling to pop three posts up a week, tbh. OVERWHELMING ME WHAT IS HAPPENING. HAVE FUN IN TASSIE, MEL! AND SCORPIO RACES YAY! A friend gave that to me the other day. I’ll have to read it asap. I’ve been hesitant because…horses. Which I don’t like LOL

    CONGRATS ON THE END OF EXAMS CELINE! *confetti!* PS. I need to read Wicked Folly asap!

    UM exam worth 50% of your grade?? WHAT IS THIS INSANITY! Good luck with the rest of those exams, love! You’ll ace them <3 THIS 18TH SOUNDS SO EXCITING. First clubbing experience? Do spill after hahaha Mine was… yeah LOL Somebody's twinning this week. I read one and a half books as well! That's the best I can do right now, tbh. I've also been meaning to reply to your email and THEN WTF work and life and urgh, somebody's robbed me off time. I need to reflect on life first or something and then catch up ASAP!

    Have a lovely week, you three! <3
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    • Melanie says:

      Hahah aw thanks, girl 🙂 I’m just trying to get everything out before school and then things will be less hectic hah. ooh are you scared of them? My best friend is TERRIFIED of horses heh.

  3. Renu says:

    Eeeep, have fun in Tasmania, Mel! <3
    Larissa & Celine: Yay for no more exams for a while! I absolutely hated them, give me coursework anytime! xD

    Umm, is is bad that I had no idea that Veronica Mars books existed?! I need to watch the tv series again and then get onto the books!
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  4. The Winner’s Curse OMG I need to get started on this series ASAP. But there’s also Throne of Glass, and This Shattered World, and OMG I need to go read. Aaaa, Celine, I know exactly what you mean by having 200+ books but NOTHING TO READ. Glad you’re exams are finally over, hope you ace them 😛 You too, Larissa. Mel, I hear Tasmania is an amazing get-away place, so congratulations!

    And I know what you mean by having read so many books but not reviewing them. I still need to get a move on it and type down two more reviews by the end of this week. :O
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  5. Alyssa says:

    So many books. And more The Winner’s Trilogy! I just got Curse and read, like, two pages, but AAAAH. Such pretty covers. I want to read so much of the stuff here – still haven’t gotten round to anything of Stiefvater’s though, regrettably. And the Exiled Queen has such an enticing cover!
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  6. The Winner’s Kiss huh? Sounds good! I need to read the first book.
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  7. OMG I WANT TO READ THE FLYWHEEL SO BAD. I mean, it’s coming out so soon but it seems impossible to find anywhere I can pre-order the book from the UK. Why is it always so hard to buy Australian titles? *pouts* I’m jealous you got a review copy, Mel! I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!


    Ugh, exams. ): ): They suck!

    I’ve never been clubbing but it just doesn’t seem like my kind of thing at all, haha. I hope you enjoy it though, Larissa!

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  8. Tanja says:

    Tasmania?! Ah, man I wanna go there too! Please take photos, a lot of them! I wanna see. That’s one of those lands I want to visit one day. Have an amazing time there, Mel! 🙂 About post, yeaah I know how it is. I’m having a week of and I should be studying but I predict I’ll be reading A LOT! Anyhow girls good luck with exams! I know how it is *le sigh* Great post 🙂
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  9. Mel – I’m super excited about the Veronica Mars book as well! I loved the first one and I know the 2nd one will be just as good. Oh Mel, I can totally relate when it comes to the review reads, I am no where close to getting through them but it’s so hard with so many books to read! Good luck with getting back to school too. Have fun in Tassy!

    Larissa, good luck with all of the exams, that 50% sounds like a whopping one! And yesss 18th birthday is so much fun although you can’t celebrate clubbing or anything like that if you’re the oldest out of your friends.

    Celine, glad to hear you loved Mad and Wicked Folly, I’ve only heard good things about that book!
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  10. Larissa and Celine, I completely understand your pain. Midterm exams start this coming week for me, and I am super stressed. I’ve been trying to study without getting completely overwhelmed at the sheer amount of material that we’ve learned in the first half of the year. Mel, AHHH, I need to read The Raven Cycle series.
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  11. The Winner’s Kiss? Hmm…not sure how I feel about this. The book is bound to be good though! Good luck with exams!
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  12. Missie says:

    Great haul! I am reading the Dream Thieves right now! I am hoping to finish it today!
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  13. Good luck with all the exams! I just started some new classes, so I’m a bit stressed trying to adjust and figure out when to do projects, etc. haha

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  14. Amber Elise says:

    MEL ENJOY YOUR TRIP! Don’t worry about social media, go and have yourself a blast! 🙂

    I totally hear you about getting all the reviews out. I just wrote 6 reviews this morning. Two more and I’m no longer behind!

    AND HERE HERE To The Winner Kiss. That sounds like a perfect title for a perfect ending (I’m assuming that it will be perfect, well no…I’m like confident that it will be perfect!)

    Have a great week ladies!
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  15. I have been obsessed with your blog lately. I absolutely love everything about it. I love all of your guys’ reviews.
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  16. Erk! SO MUCH AWESOME. I am really excited for Rainbow Rowell’s new book and, pfft, I’m totally shallow, but I just want to see the cover for The Winner’s Kiss. xD I LOVE ALL THOSE COVERS SO FAR.

    Have a good time in Tas, Mel!! And I hear ya with Winterspell. >.> I did not do well with that at all.
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    • Melanie says:

      AHHHH right? I need Rowell’s book RIGHT NOW. Yes, I am so excited to see the cover as well. Thanks, Cait! I’ve given up with Winterpsell for now, I’ll probably pick it up in a day or two.

  17. I am so so unbelievably excited for the Simion and Baz book, it’s like FINALLY I’ve been waiting for this since the day I read Fangirl.

    Good luck with all your exams and I hope you all find time to read and relax soon! =)
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  18. Love the bookish news you shared, Mel. I’ve yet to read The Winner’s Curse but now I’m already looking forward to the third book. I wonder what the cover will look like, haha! And don’t fret about flooding us with reviews- your reviews are fab and we adore them! So glad to hear Celine loved A Mad, Wicked Folly! And I hope Larissa enjoys going clubbing. 😉
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  19. Melliane says:

    AAAAh the winner’s kiss! I want it so bad! I liked the second veronica mars but I haven’t read the first one, I would be curious to see your thoughts about it. Happy reading!
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  20. Mel, it’s perfectly fine to break your book buying ban when books are on sale! I mean, don’t let that chance just pass by! I’m on a book buying ban too but Book Outlet has a freakin $5 coupon. I guess it’s time to buy a sequel so I can finish one of my series.

    Celine, you should jump into that tbr pile now that your exam’s over! I just started school so less reading time for me 🙁

    Larissa, yay no more finals! Damn, the essays are 50% of your grade!? That’s crazy. At least make it like 30% of the grade. But 50!? That’s too much imo.

    Wow I’m curious about Rowell’s fantasy book. I haven’t read her contemporary books though but I’ll get to it soon (I have Fangirl!). And LOL I can’t believe The Winner’s trilogy is almost over and I still haven’t read any of the books :'( I think I’ll read it next year b/c I need to finish my other series first.
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha, my thoughts exactly! I MUST GET WITH ALL THE SALES. Omg yeah I ALMOST bought a book with that $5 coupon but didn’t PHEW!

      You’ll definitely want to read Fangirl before her new book 😀

  21. Diamond says:

    ooh how was A Mad, Wicked, Folly? and Darkest Part of the Forest? I want to read both of those! Great haul this week, have you read The Raven Boys before? That’s one I need to read !! everyone says its so good.
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  22. OOOooooh Tasmania, how exciting (although to answer your question, I don’t like seafood). I hope you’re doing well with your exams, Celine and Larissa!! I don’t want to go back to school O_O

    Lovely new additions on the shelves. I can’t wait to get back to Australia and see the ones waiting for me 😀
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  23. Cynthia says:

    Oh man Rowell is doing a book on Simon and Baz?!? That is amazing!!! I will be fangirling about that one. And I can’t wait to read The darkest part of the forest.
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  24. Wattle says:

    Enjoy your time in Tasmania Mel, it’s a beautiful part of the country (from memory!) 🙂

    Good luck with your exams Celine and Larissa!

    Sooo looking forward to that particular Rainbow Rowell novel *sigh* I hope it’s as awesome as it is in my head (I don’t doubt it will be!)
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  25. You ladies are super busy with your exams and your travel! I don’t know how you find time to read and review, but I’m so very glad you do:)

    And I couldn’t be more excited for Simon & Baz’s story. I loved the excerpts we got in Fangirl!
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  26. Oooh Tassie! Have heaps of fun Mel, and eat lots of seafood for me! I will eat and live vicariously through you this week hehe. I hope your exams went well Larissa and Celine! I’m sure you girls did wonderfully. 🙂

    I heard about Simon & Baz’s story! Unfortunately I’m one of those black sheeps that didn’t like Fangirl and Simon & Baz even less so I was not all that excited for that announcement lol.

    Have a wonderful week girls xx
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    • Melanie says:

      Oh yes, that’ll be my excuse when I get double of everything: “but joy told me to eat on her behalf!”

      Aw that’s a shame. But I guess Fangirl wasn’t everyone’s book, just like E&P wasn’t mine.

      You too, lovely!

  27. Love Winner’s Kiss as a title — I was so excited when I saw that on Twitter. And *sigh* Winterspell was not for me either. I look forward to reading her next book, but I struggled with that one.
    Mr Kiss and Tell! I am so sad that Kristen Bell is not reading the audiobook but I will try to get over it.
    Have a great week, ladies!
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  28. Alise says:

    Ugh, I remember the days of papers worth half of your grade. I don’t get why they would make everything rely on just one thing :/ On a happier note, I also loved A Mad, Wicked Folly! 🙂 Glad your exams are over for the time being! And Tasmania? SO COOL. Have fun!
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  29. The Winner’s Kiss! That sounds so perfect! The Flywheel sounds really good, I added it to my Goodreads shelf ages ago (when 2015 still seemed really far away, in fact!) and I am in love with the cover of Dead to Me! Hope you all enjoy your new books!

    And good luck with the school and exam stuff, so stressful! And Mel, Tasmania sounds AMAZING! Hope you have a wonderful time (and YES to seafood 😉 )
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  30. Hope you have a great time in Tasmania, Mel. I haven’t been there before but I’d really love to go there one day. Good luck with the rest of your exams Celine and Larissa. I hope you have a great birthday Larissa 🙂
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  31. Katie says:

    My copy of Mr. Kiss and Tell just shipped!! I am so freakin excited for this book! Ahhh! 😀

  32. Celine says:

    I’m not sure you still want me to be your coblogger after this, but… *whispers* I don’t like seafood. *hides*

    But have loads of fun in Tasmania anyway, and eat all the seafood I won’t eat!

  33. Valerie says:

    HAHAHAH LARISSA GOES CLUBBING. I want to know about this experience so you better post all the details or at least chat with me on gchat. AND MEL WHAT TASMANIA. Where is that? Oh well. I also had problems with Winterspell, so I will be looking forward to your review hahah! I’m such a bad person. And Celine, I hope you did well on all your exams. At least they’re over right!

    Have an awesome reading week guys! And awesome haul!
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  34. Tasmania???? That sounds SO COOL! Is it just a vacation or for school or something?

    I hope the exams all went well and time for more reading, yey! 😉
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