By: Melanie | May 17, 2015 | (63) Comments

midnight madness newsletter

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads to showcase our latest hauls and what’s been going on in our lives.

Latest Happenings


I’ve spent about 80% of my week in bed being incredibly sick, so you could say I’ve had a crappy week. I’ve come down with some kind of virus which I also passed onto my mum (sorry, mum!) and man, it is just so bad. I’ve got a blocked and runny nose, hella sore throat, fever and throbbing headache. On the plus side, I watched a bunch of chick flicks on Netflix and finished another season of Suits while lounging around in bed. CAN I JUST SAY THAT I SHIP DONNA/HARVEY AND RACHEL/MIKE REALLY, REALLY HARD? I’m starting to like the show more and more and I cannot wait to see what Season 3 brings.

Of course, later today I am going to start freaking out about all the work I’ve missed over the past week and am going to wonder how on earth I’m going to get my life back on track. But let’s do stress about that later, right? RIGHT?! *panics slightly at the thought of all the work*

Also, I’ve started decided to start using my Goodreads account a little more again. I’ve been a bit lazy over the past two months and didn’t update it so if you’re my friend/follower on there, expect a whole slew of reviews from me on there, heh.


Wooooo! It’s the long weekend right now for me and that’s just giving me time to actually have a social life again. And just plan my life really. Today I spent the day registering for university courses, both my fall and winter semesters. I’m taking my required Law & Society courses, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Mircoecomics, Political Science, English, Greek Mythology and Geology. Ahhhh. Gonna be so much work but I’m beyond excited.

Tomorrow (Saturday) I’m heading to a Trampoline Park! I think it’s just not my city that has this?? But basically think of an huge gym that just has a bunch of trampolines connected together. Activities at this place include dodgeball, vertical vollyeball, basketball…etc. Now this place offers these activities in the normal lighting but also in the dark complete with glow in the dark paint.  So excited. On Sunday I’m going out with my best friend. Wine & cheese night while crying over boys. Fun stuff.

Monday, I’m seeing yet another movie. Pitch Perfect 2. Ehhh, I know I should be excited as I loved the first one but right now I’m just not. It seems like a complete re-hash of the first movie. Who knows though, Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson are awesome so maybe I’ll be surprised. Other movies I’ve seen recently are Age of Ultron and The Age of Adaline. I actually quite enjoyed Age of Ultron (a lot more than anticipated) and am so excited for Civil War. BUT OH MY GOD AGE OF ADALINE GUYS. I cried. It was so cute and well done in my opinion. I’d give it all of the stars.

ALSO. I’m graduating on May 28th. Oh my god, I can’t believe I’m going to be done highschool. It’s also the date of my prom. I’m so excited to wear my red dress and just dance the night away. It’s going to be so much fun. And after the prom me and my friends are definitely going to hit up this milkshake place next to the school. Naturally.

Recently Read


Read by: Mel Rating: 4 | Read by: Larissa Rating: 1 

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Newest Book Arrivals




The Start of Me and You: ASDFGHJKL; DOESN’T THE COVER LOOK GORGEOUS?! And it was totally not the reason why I bought it… 

The Conspiracy of Us: Another one of my impulse buys. I’ve seen this one a lot on Goodreads and it seems like something I would enjoy!

I’ll Meet You There: Pretty much everyone has given this either 4 or 5 stars so this was a MUST BUY.

Under a Painted Sky: Larissa read this one a while back and I remember her loving it so I couldn’t resist!

An Ember in the Ashes: The hype got to me, guys *sobs*

Saint Anything: YAY for another Sarah Dessen book! I cannot wait to see what she has in store this time.

Bomb: I’ve never heard of this one before but the author does ring a bell so I am definitely planning on reading this one one day.

Pieces of Sky: HOLY GORGEOUS COVER ALERT. The excitement to read this one is real.

Cherry Blossom Dreams: I hadn’t heard of this one until now – I do believe it’s a middle grade novel? Looks hella fluffy.

Shards of Hope: Ooookay… I have a feeling this is an adult novel that’s the 14th of a series or something?? *slow blink*

Those Girls: Back stabbing girls… this could go very well!

The Witch Hunter: Once again, I blame ze hype.

A Step Toward Falling: I saw this one up on Edelweiss along with all of Harper’s other eARCs and I decided to download this one because I really liked her debut novel, Say What You Will. 

~Thank you HarperTeen, Poppy, Little, Brown Books for Readers, Machete Australia, Allen & Unwin Australia, Penguin Australia and Bloomsbury Australia!~


Everything, Everything: So much hype surrounding this one! Ahhhh, I’m super excited to read this one.

Silver in the Blood: I’m like 70 percent into this one already and loving it. It’s a little different than anticipated and certainly more historical than anything else but I adore it so far.

Vengeance Road: !!!! This is one of my most anticipated novels of the year. I totally adore the cover and the Wild West? Yes.

~Thank you Random House Children’s, Bloomsbury USA and HMH books for Young Readers!~

Current Giveaways

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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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63 Responses to Midnight Madness Newsletter (83)

  1. So jealous of Everything, Everything! Wasn’t approved for it but I really really really want to read it!
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    • Larissa says:

      I’ll let you know how Everything, Everything is! I’m beyond excited for it and honestly surprised I got approved for it myself. LOL my netgalley ratio is so bad.

  2. Hope you get well soon, Mel! It seems like you got a lot of books this past week. I’ve started Bomb and I’m almost 200 pages in. It’s so emotional and I really recommend reading it already.

    Congratulations on almost graduating, Larissa! It’s the same for me this month. I’m so done with high school. Vengeance Road has such a beautiful cover. I’d buy it for that aspect alone. Ugh, I judge books on cover so much. Hahaha.
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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you Celeste! Congrats to you too, it’s the first of many milestones [: I agree with you that I’m ready to leave high school behind. And oh my god, right!? I’m definitely buying a hard copy of Vengeance Road when it comes out.

  3. Oh man. It seems a lot of us have been sick lately. I do hope you’ll feel better soon, Mel.

    Have a great week, ladies, and enjoy your reads. 😉
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    • Melanie says:

      Right? About 7 people in my class of 25 are sick, it’s crazy! Must be all the horrible weather we’re getting lately. Thank you, girl <33

  4. Ah lucky Larissa for getting Everything, Everything and Vengeance Road! They denied both my requests for these ARCs. I am curious what you will think about these two books 🙂

    I’ll Meet You There was a 5 stars read for me as well so I hope you will love it, Mel!
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    • Larissa says:

      Awwww that sucks /: I’m surprised I got accepted for them, usually I get declined too LOL. I’ll definitely do reviews for those books and let you know what I think of them.

  5. Ohmygoodness! It’s been a long time since I’ve stopped by…I’ve been MIA for a while now because I was held up. My blog has been neglected huhu so I haven’t seen your new layout. I love it btw!!! It’s just gorgeous and clean! I hope you enjoy your new haul! I hope you feel better soon Mel <3
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  6. I got both rejected and approved for Everything, Everything at NetGalley, so that was confusing!

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve been sick all week Mel, there seems to be a virus Down Under because Jeann has also been sick as a dog! At least you caught up with your shows!

    And Larissa! What an exciting time! University! Choosing subjects! And graduation and prom!! Have a BLAST!
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    • Larissa says:

      LOL. I want to hear that story. Something similar happened for me and Dead to Me, I was declined on my original request but then I joined a blog tour so they had to accept me HAHAHA.

      It’s definitely super exciting, and honestly feels so surreal?! Ahhh. I definitely will have a blast (:

  7. I know it’s a bit cheesy but I recently got The Heir. What can I say, it’s a guilty pleasure read for me! I’ve had I’ll Meet You There on my shelf for so long now and it definitely was one of my most anticipated 2015 reads, so I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet… But congrats on graduating Larissa and I hope you feel better Mel!
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    • Larissa says:

      I haven’t really read the series at all, but I did read the Selection and despite being annoyed the pages flew by. So I guess I understand what you mean by guilty pleasure read [;

      Thanks Katie! <33

  8. Annie says:

    Awww Mel, feel better. That sounds AWFUL. It might be the spring allergies or the change in weather because everyone I know is sick too! And while being sick always sucks, it sucks even more when school is wrapping up and you have to worry about finals. So I hope you feel better although watching chick flicks on Netflix does sound pretty fun!

    And Larissa, I would be excited that it’s the long weekend except I have FINALS and it’s all the stress. Your university courses sound so much fun! Except for Microeconomics and Geology as those aren’t really my thing but Philosophy and everything else sounds really awesome.

    Have a good week you guys!
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    • Larissa says:

      Ahhhh! Finals would definitely make the long weekend less appealing. I’m so nervous for uni finals actually lol. And yeah, I’m with you. Microeconomics isn’t my thing but I need one business course for my degree. I also need one science course, hence Geology.

      Thanks Annie <33

  9. Wow. You ladies are busy busy as you head into adulthood. Hope you feel better, Mel. Good Luck Larissa.
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  10. Awk, good luck with Everything Everything, Larissa! I DIED IN THAT ONE. It was just so…illogical. But I’m like the only person who hated it, so, hehe, hopefully you’ll adore it. xD And Vengeance Road! AFJDKLSAFD THAT COVER IS SO PRETTIFUL.
    Ahh! I hope you like Ember in the Ashes, Mel. Like REALLY hope because I want that one so bad. xD
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah, I recently checked out the Goodreads page for it and your review is the only negative one 😮 I do hope I’ll have better luck with it. AND OH MY GOD RIGHT!? I’m so getting a hard copy when it comes out.

  11. Laura W says:

    I hope you feel better soon Mel! I was sick so so much this winter – I’m glad it’s finally spring where I live (it’s terrible for the people with allergies though!).

    I just went to see Pitch Perfect 2 actually and it is really similar to the first movie but it’s got such great vocals and arrangements so I think you’ll at least like the music Larissa if nothing else! I hope you have an awesome graduation! Congratulations!!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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  12. Ksenia says:

    I hope you will feel better soon, Mel.
    Congratulations on almost graduating, Larissa!
    As for the books I’m really looking forward to Everything, Everything.
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  13. Aw, I’m sorry you are sick, Mel. I just hate that!

    And congrats on graduating, Larissa. I hope your prom is great and omg you have a milkshake place by your school?! I’m so jealous right now!

    I really liked Age of Adaline, and I thought Pitch Perfect was really fun and amusing- so I hope you like it. I still need to see Avengers 2! Agh, I need more time!

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    • Larissa says:

      Thank you girl! And yes we do(: Haha it’s such a great place to go during lunch, I feel like going there in our prom dresses and suits will be like the final goodbye ahhh. I’m so nostalgic already.

      Age of Adaline was so good! I’m actually going to be leaving soon for Pitch Perfect 2, hopefully I will enjoy it like you. I really do feel you on needing more time.

  14. Valerie says:

    HOW DID I MISS YOUR ONE STAR REVIEW LARISSA? I need to go read that now. AND CONGRATS (early) ON YOUR GRADUATION (which you will be graduating soon) and FINISHING HIGH SCHOOL (soon). HOW DOES IT FEEL (How will it feel?).

    POOR MEL! I’M SORRY, I HOPE YOU GET BETTER. But think of the work you didn’t have to do for that week! Hahahah. I see both of you got tons of books. HAPPY READING/WATCHING NETFLIX
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    • Larissa says:

      I DON’T KNOW??? Hahaha. Hope it was worth the read. And thank you Val~~~~ IT FEELS/WILL EXTREMELY AWESOME BUT OVERWHELMING LIKE OH MY GOD I’M GROWING UP.

  15. ooh Larissa, I got Silver in the Blood too!! You’re the only other person I’ve seen have it. Then again, I haven’t been to that many wrap up posts lately :O And .. it’s majorly historical?! I had NO idea of that based on the cover and what I remember of the blurb. But I usually wait at least a month after getting a review book since I have such a backlog and I try to go as close to the review date as possible because it’s an excuse to keep procrastinating lol.
    I’m excited for you that you’re taking Political Science! *geeks out* that was my major in college. I hope you like it 🙂 That’s great you’re all registered.
    Mel, that sucks you were sick. I honestly JUST TONIGHT feel that tickle in my throat and it’s been so cold here I think I caught a cold but hopefully a good nights sleep will nip that baby in the bud before it goes full force. Although, a week in bed watching cartoons and reading sounds promising, if only the shitty feeling of being sick didn’t accompany it 😉
    Hope you girls have an excellent week and congrats on graduating and have a great prom larissa!
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    • Larissa says:

      I ended up giving it three stars (: Can’t wait to hear what you think of it. And yeah, it felt mainly historical with paranormal elements that honestly didn’t come into play well into the novel. Lol I’m so bad with reading books/posting a review close to the release date. I always end up getting to excited and then read them well before therefore leading to early reviews.

      Yeah that’s awesome about Political Science (: I’m going for a law degree, and that one course is tied into it. I personally have an interest in it so I’m excited for it.

      Thank you girl! <33

  16. MEL: Aww…poor Mel! I’m sorry to hear you’ve been sick this week! 🙁 I hope you feel better soon! ♥ And I’m curious to see what you think of The Conspiracy of Us, Under a Painted Sky & I’ll Meet You There as I really enjoyed all of them. And ooh! So much hype for An Ember in Ashes! Crossing my fingers it lives up! xx

    LARISSA: 10 more days!! You can do it! Haha. I can’t wait to see a bunch of pictures of you at prom (*coughs*) – I’m sure you’re going to look stunning and with that milkshake hangout afterward it sounds like you’re going to have an amazing time! ♥ And ahh! University! Looks like you have a lot of work ahead of you, but I’m sure you’ll be able to manage. <3

    Thanks for sharing girls and, as always, fabulous recap!
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    • Larissa says:

      Yes girl! Lol at this point I’m just pushing through, like each day is a day closer and tbh I’m kinda like “COME ON LET ME GRADUATE ALREADY.” I will likely have a boatload of pictures spamming you on every social network so you’ll definitely see me in my dress haha. Thanks Zoe <33

  17. Mel! I hope you and your mom are both feeling better now. <3 Missing school work is just THE WORST, seriously. 🙁 And my dad is OBSESSED with Suits. 😉 On the other hand, LOOK AT ALL THOSE PRETTIES. I'm curious about your thoughts on them, especially The Witch Hunter since I hated it. *coughs*

    Larissa! My dad actually wants to have a Trampoline Park franchise here in our country, but the rest of my family's pretty against the idea, so that's not happening. 🙁 And have fun during prom and graduation! <3 We should totally buddy read Everything, Everything and Vengeance Road! <3
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    • Larissa says:

      Awwwww! Lol I’d so support your Dad, Trampoline Park is so much fun omg. I had a blast. Thanks girl, I’m almost certain I will have a blast. Oh my god, I’m so bad :p I shouldn’t have started Vengeance Road but couldn’t help it and now I’m already at 63 percent and in love <33 I'm predicting at 4-5 star read AHHHHHHH. But yes, buddy read for Everything, Everything is a must.

  18. Mel: I hope you are feeling better now! It sucks to feel sick, but the positive side is definitely free time to do things like Netflix-binge-watches!
    Larissa: I’m always so jealous of that school system. It’s so awesome you get to pick your own courses 🙂 Greek mythology sounds so cool.

    SILVER IN THE BLOOD. So excited for that one. I am also reading A step toward falling, because I loved Say what you will.

    Happy reading girls :)!
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    • Larissa says:

      Ahhh yeah, I never really though of other school systems but now I definitely think getting to choose is so awesome. Greek mythology is an option course for me (: I’ve always been interested in to so I had to go for it.

      I quite enjoyed it! Just took a bit to get going and felt a pit uneven in some places. 3 stars overall (:

      Thanks Mel <33 I miss you.

  19. Rebecca says:

    Mel, sorry to hear you’ve been in bed this week sick! I hope you’re feeling better soon! And yes, when your under the weather, movies and tv are the way to go. Also, my goodness, your book haul is INCREDIBLE. The Start of Me and You, The Conspiracy of Us, I’ll Meet You There, Under a Painted Sky, Pieces of Sky. *stares at pretties*

    Larissa: a cheese and wine night sound like the best thing ever. Especially the cheese part.
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  20. Mel: Awwww, I hope you feel better soon! My grandmother has the flu right now, too, and she feels really awful and miserable and it makes me sad to see her go through it. I hope you drink lots of liquids and that you won’t find it hard to get back to work!

    Larissa: I can’t believe you’re going to start uni soon! I can already feel the enthusiasm in your words! I really, really hope that you’ll have fun and meet lots of great people and learn many new things! And have fun in that park! <3

  21. Age of Adaline was such an amazing movie! I didn’t think it would be that good, but it was such a pleasant surprise. Oh and can I just OMG how incredible was Ellis!? I loved his character so much and just… such a good movie!
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  22. Sara says:

    Hope you feel better Melanie, get well soon 🙂

  23. @Mel Feel better, my dear !! ooh I really want to watch Suits. Ahhh you had an amazing haul. Under A Painted Sky is AMAZING as is I’ll Meet You There. Ember is good although try not to let the hype get to you…. I can’t wait to read Witch Hunter.

    @Larissa Yay for graduation soon!! We have a trampoline gym near me called Skyzone. It’s pretty fun 🙂 Enjoy and BE CAREFUL. I hear Everything, Everything is stunning. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it.
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  25. benish says:

    Aww, I hope you feel better Mel! I hate getting sick as well. I was sick for three months straight once, take meds on time 🙂 Your book haul looks awesome though! I’m reading Saint Anything right now, it’s very fast paced so far xD I Loved I’ll Meet You There was awesome, The Witch Hunter and An Ember in the Ashes were just blah, hated them.

    Congratulations on graduation soon, Larissa 🙂 Silver in The Blood sounds awesome though, I DNF The Night We Said Yes lol it was kind of .. boring. I look forward to reading both of your reviews soon.
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  27. Wow! Finally! You know what, we share the same sentiments!
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  28. I am also same and we do the same type of activities with my friends.. and we call it every day madness…
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  29. Michelle says:

    Melaine, you are really young but your thoughts are so so mature. I am really glad I stumbled upon you.
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  30. Monerath says:

    Oh man. It seems a lot of us have been sick lately. I do hope you’ll feel better soon, Mel.

    Have a great week, ladies, and enjoy your reads.

  31. Eva Mali says:

    I hope you will be better soon, Mel.
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