This Week at Midnight, it is TWO weeks at Midnight!

With the holidays and such, and an after Christmas book and posting lull, I figured “why bother?” last week. But… that means lots of stuff this week- especially posts in the blogosphere. Everyone has some amazing things to say this week!

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. Because I love books, and you love books, so let’s see the books!

The Books


For Review

Thanks to Penguin Teen:

Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (I am seriously giddy about this one!)

Thanks to Merit Press: 

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright

Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr



Via Edelweiss, thanks to HarperTeen!


The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine


South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf thanks to YABC!

Weekly Shenanigans

December 26- January 1


1st-place The Girl From Everywhere. Holy crap, I loved this book. Talk about the best possible way to start the new year!

Posts this Week:

January 2-8

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1st-place Banished. But these books are all good. I am honestly scared at how good my start to the year is. Is it a jinx?


Posts this Week:

Blogosphere Bulletin: The One with ALL the Posts

Random Musings:

::Shrugs:: I am tired. This has been a long week. All the time I had planned to devote to blog hopping and scheduling and commenting and just anything related was derailed by the catfishing, and the fact that I spent a ton of time playing around on Twitter. Damn you, Twitter. But also I love you.

Things we need to talk about this week:

        • The 5th Wave movie comes out this month! Do you plan on seeing it? Did you read the book? I bought my mom the book for Christmas so she can be prepared. 
        • Are you kiiind of jealous of all the people at ALA right now? Are you one of the people at ALA right now? 
        • What is one fun thing you are looking forward to in 2016? 

Have a fabulous week, loves!

Posted January 9, 2016 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Recaps / 34 Comments


34 responses to “This Week At Midnight (94-95)

  1. I’ve been seeing The Girl from Everywhere but haven’t read it. Idk why it hasn’t really motivated me to read it. I’m glad you loved it though! I guess we both had fantastic starts to this year in terms of reading 🙂
    South of Sunshine is a book I saw on either NG or EW and I want to request it but I’m trying not to request too many ARCs this year. I’ll wait for your review 🙂
    I see you liked Reign of Shadows. Are you reviewing it? I want to know more about this one from you.
    I am very jelly to all those going to ALA. I hope everyone has fun while I sulk in my room haha
    One fun thing to look forward to: GRADUATING!! But that means real life will start happening and I’m not ready! *cries in a corner*

  2. I STILL NEED READ THE 5TH WAVE. ERMAGERD I THOUGHT I HAD MORE TIME. XD although I won’t go see the movie in cinemas, but I don’t want to accidentally see spoilers!! So yeah. That is HIGH on my list of need-to-read-right-now-Cait-omg-get-a-crack-on-this. *nods* It’ll happen.
    And omg I want to read The Girl from Everywhere 9384938 times more now.
    And that post about the 2016 predictions is TOTALLY CLASSY AND WISE BECAUSE YOU ARE THERE. LEGIT TRUTH, SHANNON. 100% TRUTH.

  3. I really wish I was one of the people at ALA, but I am in the UK and would never have the money to attend that. I am excited for The 5th Wave film, as I liked book one, but I wasn’t a fan of book two. I struggle with it as everyone else seems to find Ethan/Evan?!? (w/e his name is) a really romantic/sweet character and I just found him super creepy. I hope the movie does a better job with his character than the book. It’s not out here till the end of the month, so I am very excited. Looks like you have had an amazing start to the reading year and hopefully that just continues for you 😉

  4. Lots of books, lots of pretty books!! I hadn’t heard of South of Sunshine but I will have to check it out. Looks like your first batch of books for 2016 were pretty good. I hope it stays that way for you!!! Have a great week!!

  5. Lots of awesome books here^^ I’ve heard wonderful things about The Impostor Queen so I hope you’ll love it too! LOVE the cover for The Forbidden Wish <3 The Girl From Everywhere sounds amazing too, I'm happy it delivered for you 😀 Oh and I still need to read The Fifth Wave, especially with the movie coming out! Awesome post!!

  6. AHHH! SO many good books! I’m super excited about The Heir and the Spare and The Forbidden Wish. The others I didn’t know much about but they look good too. 2016 is going to be such a great reading year! I really need to read the 5th wave. Hopefully I will be able to read it before the movie comes out (on the 22nd?) Thank you so much for including me in the bulletin this week. I’m really glad you enjoyed my discussion! Thanks for another great weekly wrap up 🙂

  7. So many good books! I can’t wait to read Reign of Shadows and The Heir and the Spare! I’m glad your year is starting of so well. My first read of 2016 was amazing as well, Gold Fame and Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

    Thank you for joining in my first discussion post and including it here! I truly appreciate it!!

  8. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE 5TH WAVE MOVIE!!! It’s one of my favorite books and the trailer looks amazing, so I really hope it lives up to the book! And squee, your books look amazing. I really want to read The Forbidden Wish and The Heir and the Spare! Enjoy! <33

  9. That cover of The Heir and the Spare – swoon! And the same goes for Identity Crisis. Some serious cover love happening this week. All 3 of my new additions this week have been of the Kindle variety for review. The one I’m most excited about: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker. I didn’t think there was a chance is H. E. Double Hockeysticks that I would get approved but apparently my friends at Inkslinger love me as much as I love them. I adore K.A. Tucker and am seriously excited for this one. I’ll definitely go see The 5th Wave. The husband won’t even mind going with me since I got him to read it, too. 🙂

  10. I’m definitely stalking everyone at ALA, so many amazing books and shenanigans! I’m reading 5th Wave at the moment and it’s so horrendously boring. I think the movie should be better though! Lots of exciting books this week Shannon! Hope you enjoy them, particularly Imposter Queen and Forbidden Wish!

  11. AHH. THE FORBIDDEN WISH. So excited for that one! The concept sounds incredible, so I am so excited to see what you think of it Shannon! And SO glad to hear you liked The Girl From Everywhere as I’m really looking forward to that one as well. 😉 Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous recap! <3

  12. YES THE FORBIDDEN WISH – ENJOY IT! I won a giveaway for it and DEVOURED that book so fast. I’m so glad your 2016 is starting so well Shannon! <3 (Also isn't TGFE just heart eyes?) I need to pick up the Imposter Queen soon, because all I've heard are amazing things about that one!
    I'm stalking pics on ALAMW, but let's be real, who isn't? 😀

  13. I’ve been getting lax in the last two weeks as well. I am looking forward to the possibility of a major romantic trip with the man. Those Sandals commercials have gotten to him, I think. And I *might* just be moving and changing school districts, so new job! We’ll see…Happy 2016!

  14. That damn twitter, once you get on there, you can never escape. it’s the bane of my existence too.

    What a fabulous fortnight you’ve had in books Shannon, The Forbidden Wish sounds so lovely and whimsical, I can’t wait to grab a copy too. I’ve read Origin and didn’t mind that one, she’s an awesome author. Looking forward to seeing what you think of that one <3 Thanks for sharing.

  15. You need to make The Impostor Queen a priority on your TBR! I can’t wait for you to read it and experience the awesomeness!
    I’m looking forward to your thoughts on The Forbidden Wish. I’m not sure about it yet, but if you like it, I’ll get myself a copy. Also I’m so pleased you enjoyed The Girl From Everywhere and Banished!
    Hope you have a lovely week, Shannon and happy reading!

  16. Oh gosh, I would SO love to be at ALA right now. Definitely a little jealous. hahah I have owned The 5th Wave since it came out and yet I still haven’t read it. I really need to do that though if I decide to see the movie.


    p.s. Thanks for joining in with the Unique Format Reading Challenge!!

  17. I’ve also only read good books since the start of the year! I’m hoping this is a 2016 trend. 😀 Also what is it with time travel books right now!? I keep seeing them everywhere. I don’t know what ALA is, but I’m assuming it’s a bookish event I would love to be at. I feel like I should just give up and move to North America. xD The only bookish event I ever went to was the book fair in Frankfurt and it’s super well-known, but it was also really…boring? I think it’s more for business transactions than readers and you couldn’t even get any books there. Aaaaanyways, I will just have to live vicariously through you and your BEA posts!

  18. Don’t jinx yourself! I loved Banished, The Impostor Queen, Reign of Shadows. THE FORBIDDEN WISH OMG! I have the eARC but I reaaaally want a print ARC – especially the old ARC with the original cover. I liked that cover better, sadly. :/ I hope you enjoy all of your amazing new books, Shannon!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a lovely week. 🙂

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  19. 5th wave movie! I wasn’t sure about reading the book, but then seeing the movie preview made me go AHHH I NEED TO READ THIS ASAP. But I don’t think my boyfriend is going to wait until I read the book, heh. I’ll probably end up seeing the movie first, then reading it.

    And yes…VERY jealous about ALA. *sigh*

  20. Ooh, I can’t wait to see what you think of The Forbidden Wish! OMG THE SOUTH OF SUNSHINE. The cover is so pretty tho. I’ve been crazy excited for The Girl From Everywhere, and hearing the praise, makes me MORE EXCITE. AND YES I AM JELLS OF ALL THE PEEPS AT ALAMW. (They had a blast, though, so that’s nice. :D) Have a great week, darling! <3

  21. Everyone is already so excited/amazed by The Girl from Everywhere, I’ll have to read it for sure when it’s out. Right after I read the other things on my quickly growing TBR list. I wasn’t jealous of ALA until Victoria Aveyard said there would be Glass Sword ARCs, then I died.

    And thank you for including my post on your link list!

  22. Okay… so part of me wants to see The 5th Wave, but part of me doesn’t because CGM is such a bitch about YA! I was really upset with her after her interview around the time of If I Stay, and part of me just can’t put it in the past. But the other part of me really wants to go see it because that book really helped establish the fact that I can read science fiction and enjoy it. I’m so conflicted. Help me!

  23. You have several books on your list that I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to read your reviews. I especially can’t wait to read Banished. I loved Forbidden, which is on my list of books of 2015.

  24. I just got South of Sunshine as well and I may have requested solely based on it being set in the South, among judgmental bigots. I may or may not be able to relate to that. Ahem. How did you like Marked? I did get approved for that one (yay!) and I was curious what your thoughts were. Oh, and I am a little scared about how good this year’s books have been to. Illuminate was my first read of the ear and I was afraid nothing would hold up. But so far, I have read a LOT of amazing books. I have only read one or two duds. There are a couple of ARCs I DNF’d but will probably go back to. It’s just hard to follow Illuminae, Accident Season and Emmy & Oliver, you know?

  25. So excited for Banished! And I enjoyed The Heir and the Spare. Will be interested to see what you think. Jealous of The Forbidden Wish! You can check out my Sunday Post in the link below!

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