Tuesday, April 22, 2014

27 THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR Giveaway and YA Pick and Mix 4/22 Edition


I heard a new term from two different people this week, and then in the inimitable way of the universe, it appeared in my newsfeed as a Buzzfeed post. (Hear that, Wendy Higgins, Buzzfeed is monitoring your Facebook page!) Have you ever heard of a book hangover?

Apparently a book hangover is when you read a book and you miss it when it's over. I head a couple of people say it about Compulsion, and I honestly don't know whether to be delighted or to apologize. (I've opted to do both.) But I instantly recognized the feeling. 

I've felt that way about each book of THE DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE SERIES after I read them. And now I'm reading the third book and dragging my feet. Partly, yes, that's because I'm working frantically on Book 2 of the Heirs of Watson Island I suspect that's partly because I'm DREADING having my beloved series come to an end. 

What about you? What are you reading? Do you ever consciously or subconsciously slow down because you don't want a book or series to end? Have you experienced a book hangover? And in case you haven't, here's a list of books that are apparently notorious for providing them. 

I also have to confess that I'm changing my mind about posting reviews or blurbs here each week. I'm putting them up on my website instead, so if you're interested in reading them early, or if you might be interested in finding out more about being on the Compulsion street team, please go here.


The Mirk and Midnight Hour
by Jane Nickerson
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 3/11/2014

A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest.
All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother.
       When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion.
       Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.
       From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.”

  What is your favorite thing about THE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR?

  The basic plot of a Southern girl meeting a wounded Union soldier is one I have played around with for ages. Through the years, I’ve made up tons of stories in my head as I’m falling asleep, and this is one of them. It’s so fun that I could take this old favorite, adapt it to loosely fit “The Ballad of Tam Lin”—a story I love—and create a book I would love to read myself. It’s kind of like having a dream come to life.

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The Here and Now
by Anne Brashares
Delacorte Press
Released 4/8/2014

Winner - Markella Whetzel

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take on an impossible romance. Ann Brashares’ first novel for teens since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan Jarves. 

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  1. Having a book hangover is one of the best compliments ever! I've had book hangovers with Twilight, Harry Potter, Where She Went, Vampire Academy :)

    Thank you :)

    1. Where She Went is one of my favorite books of all time. Could not stop thinking about it. Of course, If I Stay was beautiful. And I adore, adore Vampire Academy and Harry Potter (of course)! Just wish the VA movie could have been half as good as HP. Now I'm holding my breath and crossing my fingers for If I Stay!

  2. A book hangover is a good thing. To me, it's a book that stays in my thoughts long after I've read it.

    1. So this is a thing? Well, in that case, I've had book hangovers with all my favorite books. I wonder if it's a world-building thing?

  3. Book hangover is something very good :D
    It means that the book is simply amazing! :)

  4. Book hangovers are something I crave!!!!

    1. I am starting to wonder, as I'm reading these comments and thinking about it, whether I've gotten to the point where I am looking for imminent book hangover? There's that feeling I get when i'm swept away in a book and swept along by it to the point that I don't want to put it down. There are plenty of books I love each year, but there's only a handful that make me surrender everything else to finish reading!

  5. Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  6. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  7. ooh, this sounds like a delicious book, full of atmosphere. And I've had a few book hangovers in my day. I let the last HP book sit on my shelf for a very long time before I finally picked it up, knowing that when I was done, it was over. Very sad.

  8. I had a book hangover after reading "Prisoner of Night and Fog." Had to write to Anne and ask her when the next one would be out!

  9. Great JK Rowling quote!! :D

  10. I can't wait to read Prisoner of Night and Fog - I preordered it but it won't be here til Friday :( But I actually get to go to Anne Blankman's book launch because it's about 20 miles from my house. I am SO excited!!!

  11. I've absolutely suffered from book hangover. TFiOS is the title that comes first to mind. I've postponed reading ALLEGIANT because I don't really want the Divergent series to end (and have done this with other series in the past). Has anyone tried a little hair of the dog as a cure? Or do you prefer to wait until the feeling has passed before picking up a new book?

  12. This looks like a great book!

  13. thanks for the chance,the book sounds very interesting

  14. I love the story of Tam Lin so I'm excited about this one.

  15. I've never heard of Tam Lin so I am totally excited to learn about this tale!

  16. I'm very excited to read the book. Thank you! <3

  17. harry potter always gives me book hangovers ;/ esp. deathly hallows & half-blood prince.

  18. This sounds really good. I would love to read it.


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