This Week At Midnight (45)


This Week At Midnight is pretty self explanatory, but I decided my weekly wrap up needed some sprucing up, so this is new! It’ll still be basically the same thing, Stacking the Shelves and Weekly Shenanigans, just with a shorter title and a new graphic, because I paid for PicMonkey, so I might as well take advantage of it.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It gives us a chance to share with readers what we bought, borrowed, swapped, won or got for review each week.

The Books


My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga Thanks to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and Author Jasmine Warga 

The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn

Zodiac by Romina Russell Thanks to Asheley @ Into the Hall of Books and Penguin 



  For Review

via Netgalley, thanks to Egmont: 22082091

I almost don’t know how to classify this, since it won’t be published by Egmont, which is so, so sad. I had literally gone to check Goodreads to see which other books I wanted to request, and that quickly, news of their shutdown flooded Twitter and the books were gone. I am hoping that all the authors and other industry personnel affected by this will be able to find new homes very, very soon.

Weekly Shenanigans 

I read 20911450unnamed (1), and 22535481. We all know how things went with Seeker by now I assume (spoiler: not great). I really, really enjoyed Salt & Stone, I think it was even better than Fire & Flood (thanks again Kaitlin!). A Wicked Thing was actually pretty good! Despite my fairy tale weirdness, I am 2-for-2 in liking them, so maybe I do like retellings after all! The review for A Wicked Thing will post with the blog tour on February 20th!

Guys, something insanely exciting happened tonight: I was looking at Twitter, and apparently, I have 904 Twitterites. Um, how!? And of course, thank you! I am thinking that a big old giveaway will kind of be necessary if I ever reach 1,000.

Moving along! On the Blog: 

The Discussion Giveaway for January is still going on, so don’t forget to link up!

There’s still a week left to enter to win a January New Release too!

Up Next:

Come on, like I know? Your guess is as good as mine. I swear, we could make bets and my odds would be no better than yours. Actually, I do have a few books I want to review soon, so any number of those could be reviewed. Then I have another fun tag, and then probably a discussion or something.

How was your week? Any fun new arrivals to your shelves? Any fun weekend plans? Do share! 

Posted January 24, 2015 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 44 Comments

44 responses to “This Week At Midnight (45)

    • Well, it wasn’t my favorite, and there were definitely flaws, but I liked it more than I didn’t. So that’s good 😉 I wasn’t sure at all really, until I knew there was a second book. And thanks 🙂

  1. Yay! I’m happy you received My Heart and Other Black Holes, I need to read that soon. The Way We Bared Our Souls sounds really interesting. One exciting arc I got this week was Denton Little’s Death Date. My only plans for the weekend are to go to Barnes and Noble tomorrow and catch up on writing my reviews and reading.

    • OHHH you will LOVE Denton Little’s Deathdate! SO, so good. I may even re read it before I do my review 🙂

      I am so excited to read these books, I really wish I could spend a day doing that. I am jealous of your Barnes & Noble day! 🙂

  2. You have My Heart and Other Black Holes! I’m really looking forward to Feb. 10 to come just so I can have this book in my hands too. Plans? I do not have any. I guess worrying for the week to come while sitting on the couch counts. And maybe, MAYBE, read and decide to finish Burial Rites by Hannah Kent which I’ve been trying to for the past month. Not that it’s a bad book, but the pacing was a little bit slow.

    • I won it! I was so excited because I have heard nothing but amazing things about it. Can’t wait to read it 🙂 Slow paced books are HARD. I have such trouble myself. And why are you worrying? I feel bad! 🙁 I hope you had a decent weekend after all!

  3. AWESOME haul! My Heart and Other Black Holes looks like a hilarious read. I’m in love with the title if that’s possible. Well, it is to me. Loved your review for Soul Print. I’ve just finished my copy and I totally agree with how surprising it was. I never knew how much I would enjoy it!

    • I know, the title is fantastic! Clever, catchy, and intriguing! I like the new cover a little better, but I am kind of glad to have the old cover, because it seems special 😉 And thanks! It was such a fun surprise, wasn’t it?

  4. The whole Egemont thing is so sad. I know quite a few people who are affected by it, and it just sucks. I hope the Egemont authors find a place to go and figure out what they’re going to do with their books.

    Enjoy your new books, happy reading and have a great weekend!

    Michelle @ Michelle’s Minions

    • Thanks! I know, I am really sad for all those people involved. It really sucks, hard. Some of those books sounded SO good, and those poor authors who poured their time into the books, thinking they’d finally be published. And the employees of Egmont too, I feel so bad for them 🙁 Fingers crossed that everyone involved can move on to bigger and better things!

    • I agree, there are some books from Egmont that I adored 🙁 And I loved Salt & Stone too! A Wicked Thing was decent. Not fabulous, but not bad. I did not like Seeker haha. Hope you have a great week 🙂

  5. Omg, I feel like I’ve missed ALL YOUR POSTS FOR THIS WEEK. >.> um probably because I have. *sigh* It’s been a crazy weird week. bUT ANYWAY! Binge-reading your blog now. *nods* Ohhh, pretty header, btw. And it’s so exciting seeing everyone reading these 2015 release I’m SO EXCITED FOR! Yay for Salt & Stone! I didn’t love Fire & Flood, but I didn’t hate it and I definitely want to continue. I only just heard about Egmont. Omg, they’re just shutting?! I’m going to researchf or some articles after this because I’m confused and sad. I wonder if this affects the Australian branch??
    Also YAY that you liked Soulprint! I have that to read and I’ve been feeling uninspired to pick it up but now I want to . xD

    • Aw, I understand those weeks! And thank you! I am still going to try to fix it juuuust a little. Because I cannot leave the darned blog alone. I have to be “fixing”, constantly fixing.

      Oh dear, I didn’t even think of the other branches 🙁 I think the article just said Egmont USA, but I could be wrong? Fingers crossed that it doesn’t affect the Australian branch or any others!

  6. Ha, I just got a fairytale retelling today! 😀 Well, sort of, it’s about the story of Sleeping Beauty’s daughter, but I say it counts.

    Soulprint is all over the place today! I think I’ll check it out the next time I’m in the mood for dystopian. 🙂 Enjoy your books and have a great week!

    • Definite counts! This one was of Sleeping Beauty too, but more like the aftermath. It was fun! Not a home run, but fun 🙂 And I agree, Soulprint is seriously on every blog I visit it seems! But I am glad people are enjoying it, it was a good one! Hope you have a great week too 🙂

  7. YAY FOR YOUR AWESOME WEEK. And Salt and Stone (I still need to read the first) and ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES, and HOW DID YOU GET THE WAY WE BARED OUR SOULS? I can’t wait to read your thoughts on that because I still don’t know what it’s about but I want it 🙂

    • I bought The Way We Bared Our Souls! Actually, I pre ordered it. Because I am a bad, bad budgeter. You should read Fire & Flood! I almost DNFed it but ended up loving it! And I liked Salt & Stone even better 🙂

  8. Yay, on the over 900 twitter followers! Also, I’m glad you enjoyed A Wicked Thing because I am so excited for it! Hope this means you’ll be reading more retellings! Can’t wait to see what you think lf My Heart and the really long book title that would have been shorter than this…. =)

    • BWAHAH I am just calling it “My Heart and…” from now on. Or maybe MHaOBH? Nope, just as bad 😉

      A Wicked Thing was good. Not terrific, but good. Definitely entertaining, if nothing else. And I liked Aurora. So that was good. I will definitely not be resistant to retellings anymore 😉

  9. Loving the new title and header image for your weekly wrap ups, Shannon! <33 It sounds as though your week went off rather well. Hearing you say you really enjoyed Salt & Stone, makes me want to read Fire & Flood even more! Though not keen on the cover changes…why publishers thing big ol' face closeups will attract more interest, I do not know.

    Also looking forward to your thoughts on Zodiac and My Life and Other Black Holes when you read them. 🙂

    • Aw thank you! I am not keen on the cover change either, especially because I have a beautiful signed copy of the OLD cover. Plus, enough with the “one random eye” thing already! It’s been done!

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