By: Melanie | June 7, 2015 | (66) 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


My life has been pretty crazy lately, leaving no time for blogging or commenting. Which as I did a bit of yesterday, made me realize how much I miss talking to y’all. With school being basically done and just three exams to go I can practically taste summer. I’m super excited and hopefully it’ll give me time to spend doing what I love (talking to fellow bloggers and blogging) before University sweeps me off my feet to a world of pain.

So why was I so busy??? A big part of that was the fact I GRADUATED AND WENT TO PROM. See below for the inevitable pic spam. Today was pretty fun as went to the lake with my best friend, which consisted of us attempting to tan, read and paddle board. We then ended up at Peter’s, which is on the other side of the city but so worth it because oh my god. Best burgers ever. Tonight I’m going out with my boyfriend (!!! being able to now say that still is so exciting hah) for dinner so that should be fun.

Inevitable grad/prom pic spam:




Okay so clearly my life hasn’t been as interesting as Larissa’s, haha! I have pretty much finished with all of my assessment tasks for the semester so this means the blog will definitely be getting more content back, and hopefully we’ll fix this post schedule once and for all xD But in other awesome news, I found out just last week that YA Midnight Reads was quoted on the front cover of Burn by Paula Weston! THIS IS TOTAL MADNESS. Being in the inside of a novel is exciting enough, and now excuse me as I go flail because WE MADE IT TO THE FREAKING FRONT COVER.

Burn Paula Weston


I also attended a session of Writing Matters at the State Library of Victoria, last weekend! I got to meet the lovely Sara Farizan (author of If You Could Be Mine and Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel) and Laurie Halse Anderson (author of Speak, The Impossible Knife of Memory etc), who both probably think I am some crazy lunatic because I honestly couldn’t stop fangirling while I was getting my books signed.


It was basically a session hosted by Adele Walsh on YA contemporary with the two lovely aforementioned authors, and they both spoke so insightfully. Among several other things, they discussed what kinds of labels Laurie and Sara’s books get that they really dislike, so I was particularly interested to hear what their responses were seeing as I do use ‘labels’ when reviewing books. Laurie said that the label she disliked for her novel, Speak, was ‘gritty’ whereas she loves hearing it being labelled as ‘honest’ because that’s exactly what she aimed to do. To tell an honest story about a girl’s emotional journey from the repercussions being raped. As for Sara, she hates her novels being dubbed as ‘controversial’. Also, I loved Laurie’s immediate “Oh hell no” response when asked if writers should ‘just write what they know’ and I must agree! In all, it was just a truly entertaining and thoughtful discussion, and I’m so glad that the Centre of Youth Lit organised this. Kudos to them!


Also, can we talk about how IT IS ALREADY JUNE?! I’ve only just come to terms that it’s 2015 but nooooo, the universe is mocking me and telling me that we’re already halfway finished 2015. This is insane. INSANE, I TELL YOU. Before I know it, VCE will be well and truly here. *cries*

Posts on the Blog

Newest Arrivals




Juniors by Maui Hart Hemmings: This is the most perfect beach read ever, considering it does take place in Hawaii ahhh. Took it to the lake today and read a bit.

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett: BEYOND excited to read this one. It seems like it’s going to be such a haunting and impactful read.

Tangled Webs by Lee Bross: Requested this one because the premise really called out to me. However, having a lot of trouble getting into it…

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: This one seemed like another quite beachy and light read so I requested it. I also just want to read about the love interest having green hair okay

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan: Bought this one for myself because lksdjfdklsjf. It was pretty enjoyable overall! Gave it 3.5 stars

P.S. I love You by Jenny Han: Another one I bought and read right away. So cute guys oh my god, and I related so much. Waffling between 3.5 and 4 stars.

~Thank you Penguin Canada, Harlequin Teen and Disney Hyperion~



So yes, I received A LOT of books over the recent weeks. In which half of them I bought. Because I clearly cannot grasp the meaning of self control. *nods sagely* ANYWAY, I’d be here forever if I were to talk about every single one of these books but in general, the books on the left are all the books I got off Book Outlet last month that (finally) arrived last week! Don’t they just look so gorgeous with they’re beauteous hardcoverness? As for Wintergirls and If You Could Be Mine that are hiding in that stack, I bought those two while I was at the Writing Matters event so I could get them signed. On the right are all the review copies (plus The Program which I traded for with the lovely Chiara @ Delicate Eternity. Thanks, gal!)

~Thank you Hachette Australia, Simon and Schuster Australia, Scholastic Australia and Hardie Grant Egmont Australia!~

Current Giveaways

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Can you believe we’re already halfway through the year already? IT IS COMPLETE MADNESS. Aaaaanyway, how has your week been?

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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 (84)

  1. Larissa: Happy graduation, lovely!! Ahh you look gorgeous in your photos. 🙂 And a boyfriend? Eek, when can we meet him? 😛

    AHH BLOOD AND SALT. I am dying with want over here! I got Never Always Sometimes this week too… I sense another buddy read invite, girl. 😉 I’m reading Daughter of Deep Silence right now though and I’m kind of not getting into it???

    Mel: Again, congratulations on the blurb! That’s SO awesome, especially since it’s a favorite read of yours! And I LOVED that the authors talked about how their books were labelled. That would’ve been awesome to witness.

    I’m seeing some awesome books in your haul! Seraphina is AMAZING. And so is The Program. 🙂 I didn’t like Trouble, but I hope you have better luck with it!
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    • Larissa says:

      Aww thank you girl <33 You're making me blush haha. And yes a boyfriend hehe [; he makes me happy and right now things are going good.

      Yes Blood and Salt! So excited to read that one (: And yasssss girl. I'm so up for a buddy read with you. [; Yeah tbh I was kinda underwhelmed by Daughter of Deep Silence considering my major excitement.

    • Melanie says:

      Thank you, Aimee! Right? I am so overjoyed, and it totally made my day when I found out. Heck, I still don’t think I’m over it xD Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for Trouble so I have my fingers crossed that I’m one of those people who like it!

  2. I KNOW RIGHT. HOW IS IT ALREADY HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR? And congrats so much on getting on the BURN cover!! GAHH. HOW EXCITING!!

    Larissa — Ahhh, congrats on graduating!! That’s exciting!! Any idea on what you want to do next? Also great to hear that Daughter of Deep Silence was good — I’m really looking forward to reading that one.

    Mel — Ooh, I was reading about YA Matters. It looked really, really awesome. Enjoy your new books! Trial by Fire was pretty good. And I’ve heard really good things about jackaby, too. I’m curious to see what you think of The Novice. I haven’t heard all that much about it yet.
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    • Larissa says:

      RIGHT!??! What is this craziness??? Can’t believe it’s June and I’m almost done my school year. And omg that cover is such an honor <33

      Thank you chicka! I'm currently enrolled to begin my first semester of uni (law & society major) in September. It'll be a huge change but I'm excited.

    • Melanie says:

      It truly was! I wanted to go to the official conference that was happening over the week but that was $540 so no thanks, hahah! Just went to the free teen event instead xD

  3. Larissa: keep spamming us with pictures, you looked gorgeous 😀 and a boyfriend, woop woop!
    Mel: CONGRATS. On the cover, that is so cool.

    Happy reading!
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  4. Aaah I wish we had awesome bookish events here. 🙁

    I’ve been working on my book a lot this week. I just now reached 40.000 words. 😀
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  5. Jasprit says:

    Congratulations on graduating Larissa, you look gorgeous in your photos! And I wish I had more time to just relax and chill, I am just about catching on commenting too :/

    Mel that is like the best haul ever! I don’t think I’ve been on that big of a book splurge in a while, I hope you enjoy all your books! 🙂
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  6. It looks like you guys had awesome weeks!! Gorgeous prom pictures! And I love the pics from the event! 🙂
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  7. Larissa’s pictures are full of so much cuteness I’m dead *_*

    And look at all those shiny signed books Mel! Wintergirls is one of my favorite Laurie Halse Anderson books and that’s a hard decision because all her books are fabulous.

    I still can’t believe it’s 2015 yet (my mind is still frozen in 2012 tbh) and everybody else is already accustomed to the fact that half the year has passed 0_0

  8. I understand Mell. I have zero self control too when it comes to buying books :/ I got back from BEA and preordered 5 books right in a row…There are some books that just came out too and I’m itching to buy.
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    • Melanie says:

      Haha right? I have so many books on my *want to buy now* list but I must hold back! There’s legit no room on my shelves so I’ll have to weight until we buy more shelves first.

  9. Hannah says:

    Front cover? WOOOOOOOOOT! That’s so awesome. 😀

    And what a fabulous pile of books, both of you. Many hours of delightful (we hope!) reading ahead!
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  10. Congratulations, Larissa! Also, I’ve never heard of Juniors before, but i’m definitely going to check it out now that I know it’s set in Hawaii!
    Wow, Melanie. That’s a lot of books. I love Book Outlet though!
    Can’t believe YA Midnight reads is a blurb on the FRONT COVER of a book! Congrats!
    Olivia @ Fluttering Pages
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  11. Heidi says:

    I know I can’t believe half of 2015 as sneaked by, and if you think the first half went fast, just wait the second half with summer and all its sunshine and fun will breeze right by. You ladies have been busy. Congrats on graduating!
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  12. EEEEK MUCH EXCITE. I’m so happy for you, Larissa – graduation and prom, that’s awesome! It’ll be me in a few months O_O That’s terrifying. OOOH and lots of pretty books, too. Wintergirls is amaaaazing, Mel <3
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  13. Laura W says:

    You look gorgeous Larissa! I’m glad you had fun!

    WHAT?! That is so exciting!! And it’s just you on the front cover too! Not compiled with other people!! Congratulations!! I just got my first mention in a print book a little while ago (inside the front cover in the advance praise section) and I know exactly how you feel! Well, maybe on a little lesser scale… 😀

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks
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    • Larissa says:

      Awww thank you Laura <33

      And yes omg! The front cover mention is amazing and such an honor. Just to think our blog will be what people see right away is amazing.

  14. I miss talking to you too Larissa! You look totally gorgeous at prom! Awesome haul, I really want to read PS. I STill Love You!

    OMG MEL THAT IS FREAKING AMAZING! YOU MUST BE SCREAMING AND CONGRATS! Looks like we received many of the similar review copies, YAY you got Trial by Fire and Seraphina!
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    • Melanie says:

      Oh yes, I found out while I was having a private study session in the library and I made some inhuman sounding squeal and the people around me gave me a weird look whoops haha.

  15. It’s so weird that it’s June. I don’t want it to go by too quick, but there is quite a bit happening this month and that makes things move fast sometimes.

    That author event sounds awesome – yay for signed books and fangirling over authors. 🙂
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  16. Time has well and truly flown this year – I can’t believe it either!

    You look stunning Larissa, congratulations on graduating! It must be amazing to have the Summer to look forward to, I wish it was warmer over here in the southern hemisphere.

    And a big congratulations to you Mel for being quoted on a book, that’s a fantastic achievement (I think that classifies you as officially famous now). Awesome haul as well, hope you enjoy all your new reads.

    Hope you all have a wonderful week 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      I never knew time could go past so quickly! Thanks, Eugenia! Hahaha sure sure 😉 Stop the paparazzi, please! xD

      You too, girl! LONG WEEKEND WHOOP

  17. Wow..halfway through the year! crayzayyyy ! Larissa It looks like u had an amazing time at prom and graduating i mean that is awesome! congrats!!
    Mel, WOW MAKING THE COVER. psh! You’re famous girls! haha that is so so so amazing, awesome, brilliant! I love it!!!! <3
    Your book haul is amazing. I haven't read Trial of Fire yet..or Seraphina and really wanna read them. I have trial of fire just have to get to it haha. I know the sequel is going to be out soonish so i will probly wait until it comes out bc i like to read the whole / as much of the series as possible lol 😉
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    • Melanie says:

      Hahaha thank you, Dee! I am so so HAPPY. Yeah I’ve heard excellent things for Trial by Fire and Seraphina. Well, all of them TBH! I hope they live up to the hype and my expectations.

  18. First, congratulations on graduating, Larissa! And you looked absolutely lovely at prom! I am so happy that things have been going so well for you lately 🙂

    And then… HOLY CRAP A COVER??!?! Ladies, that is amazing. I mean…. AMAAAAZING. I didn’t even know that COULD happen, and yet.. omg. I want to buy this book just to be like “Hey, I KNOW THEM!”. I mean, I would be giddy to be quoted on the inside of a book, or you know.. anywhere 😉 But a cover!? I am so very excited for you!!!

    Congrats on the fabulous weeks all around, and I hope this one is just as wonderful 😀
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    • Melanie says:

      Thank you, Shannon! Hahah that is literally what all my my school friends said too. 😛 I hope you have a wonderful week as well, girl 🙂

  19. Johanna Richards says:

    Wow congrats on graduating Larissa! And you look lovely in those prom pictures! Much excitement!!!

    And woahhhh you guys congrats on being quoted on the front cover! That is some serious feat. I cannot wait to buy myself a copy of the book and show it to everyone I know and be like: “I KNOW THE CHICK WHO WROTE THIS” haha

    Have a wonderful week ladies :*

  20. Melliane says:

    Oh some great pics there! Red suits you! Too bad we don’t have things like that in France.

    So many books for you too, that’s exciting, I hope you’ll like them all. Happy reading!!!

    • Melanie says:

      Thanks, Melliane! I cannot wait to crack them open. Right? Red is like Larissa’s colour. NO ONE ELSE CAN OWN IT LIKE SHE DOES. *nods*

  21. Christy says:

    Awww what great prom pictures. And congrats to graduating!! Oh, that’s flippin cool about the quote on the cover. Great job!
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    Congrats on your prom, Larissa!! You look gorgeous, obviously. xD
    And those bookstacks, Mel, omg. So much beautifulness. Self control? Pfft. What is it. Why is it useful.
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    • Melanie says:

      AHH THANK YOU CAIT <33 Yeah honestly there's no such thing as self control. For example, you should just take a break from life and just keep reading all the Rick Riordan because self control isn't a thing at all.

  23. Wow so many exciting things!! Larissa congrats on graduation and prom – the pictures are lovely!! Mel – wow the cover is awesome!! Plus you both had amazing book hauls!
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  24. Congrats on the cover quote ladies..that is awesome! Larissa, congrats on prom and graduation!
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  25. Olivia Roach says:

    Larissa – congratulations on graduating! You look gorgeous at the prom! And Mel – Writing Matters sounds like such a cool thing to attend and it seems like the kind of thing I could enjoy as well.

    Lots of great books here. I really did like Seraphina so I hope you love it ^.^
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  26. OH MY GOODNESS!!! GUUUUYYYYS!!! ON THE COVERRRR!! AND THAT SERIES IS SO AWESOME!!! I cannot wait to read burn and now I can say that I know the ladies quoted on the cover!! 😉

    Congratulations on the graduation Larissa!!
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  27. Valerie says:

    LARISSA YOU LOOK SO CUTE AND *GASP* WHAT? A BOY? A BOYYYY? DO TELL. You commented on my blog recently so I’m forgiving you.

    MEL YES IT IS 2015. AND CONGRATS ON BEING QUOTED. I AM SO PROUD. I’m so glad that it’s summer here right now. And I’m glad it’s June. Kind of. Well, it’s not what I expected, but at least it’s warm. 🙂
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  28. Well it looks like both your lives has been hectic lately! Larissa looks great in her prom photos and I’m guessing she had a blast! Mel, that event looks like so much fun! Your books look great with the pretty signatures. You both hauled so many great this books these few weeks and I am so jelly! 😉 Thanks for the recap.

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  29. Cynthia says:

    Love those pictures. Congrats on graduation and prom! Those are excellent reasons to be busy. 🙂
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  30. Lyn Kaye says:

    PROMMMMMM – you all look so happy!!
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  31. Ksenia says:

    Larissa, congratulations with graduation! You look beautiful!

    Melanie, wow, the front cover of Burn!
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