Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review: Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger & ARC giveaway!

Title: Midsummer's Nightmare
Author: Kody Keplinger
ISBN: 9780316084222
Publisher: Poppy

Pages: 304
Rating: 4
Synopsis: Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorced dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great. Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.



Hello! This is one of the wonderful books I snagged at TXLA. I had wonderful time at TXLA and met so many great bloggers and authors. I have wanted this book for so long. I was estatic when I picked up the ARC.

I love Kody's writing. I love, love, love it! Her character's voices are incredibly real and genuine. I liked Whitely from the first line. Kody's dialogue is original, funny, and real. It never feels forced. I never think "people wouldn't actually say that." She has such a good grip on reality. She always shows the truth. I can't get enough of it. I adored The Duff. Shut Out was a tiny bit disappointing to me. I didn't fall in love with it like I did The Duff, but A Midsummer's Nightmare- I fell in love with her writing all over again. 

Whitley is a little rough around the edges, but she's so likeable. She tries her hardest not to be liked, but really you can't help but want to be her friend. She's strong, sensitive, and a little lost. I cheered for her through every step of her journey. My heart broke for hers when she tried not to feel her emotions. I loved how caring she was even though she tried not to be. Whitley continually made me smirk throughout the novel with her actions and words. She's so familiar to me. I know people just like her in real life.

Nathan. Nate. Oh my, you gorgeous boy. I have a delictable image of him in my mind. He's kind, sweet, and surprising. I didn't expect some of the things he would say. Sometimes his emotions surprised me- but all in good ways. He's a fabulous love interest to lust after.

All of the surrounding characters are brilliant. Whitley's best friend is HILARIOUS. Her new stepsister has to be the sweetest girl. I want to slap and shake her dad until he woke up. Her stepmom's words melted me and made me pull for her.

This is an excellent novel and will be a fun summer read.

As for the giveaway....

I happen to have TWO ARCS. I will be giving ONE of them away! This book comes out on my birthday (June 5th) which is a month from today. I originally planned to leave to contest open until then, but I want one of you to have it before the release date. So, the contest will end on SUNDAY MAY 20 at MIDNIGHT.

What do you have to do? It's simple!
1) Leave a comment recommending a YA book. (I'm in need of something delicously good.)
2) This is not required, but if you would like extra entries- follow my blog. (leave your name please & a link to your blog- if you have one.)
3) Also, not required, but gets you extra entries- tweet about this contest. (leave me a link the comments. You can do this as many times as you desire. Each one will count as an entry.)
4) LEAVE YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDY so I can contact you if you are the winner!

I will select the winner at random. Good luck! Thank you so much for stopping by!

49 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great read!! I recommend Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard. LOVE!

    tweet:
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    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  2. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is amazing and very addictive! :)

    Jana
    thebookgoddess(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I adore Kody's books and writing! Everything always feels so realistic and truthful to the teenage years.

    I think I will recommend The Fault in Our Stars. One of my all-time favorites!

    I tweeted the giveaway! https://twitter.com/#!/Forever17Books/status/199299076779552768

    I followed your blog: sarabara081 And the link to my blog is here: http://forever17books.blogspot.com/

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! :)

    Sara
    sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. A really great YA contemp read is Saving June by Hannah Harrington. Its one of my favorites!

    GFC Follower: Kristan @ Lost Amongst the Shelves

    email: lostamongstshelves(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  5. Ooh I can't wait to read this. I love Kody's books. I just finished reading Black Heart by Holly Black and would highly recommend it (along with the rest of the Curseworkers series).

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/Dani_Nguyen/status/199539028104712192

    email: daniellesaunders1984(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. I recommend A match made in high school and 7 clues to winning you by Kristin walker. Great and funny stories.

    tweet:
    https://twitter.com/#!/Lena_Reve/status/199544721318752256
    e-mail: ladyinblack20@gmail.com

    GFC:Lea Krnjeta

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  7. I literally cannot WAIT for this book! I am obsessed with all of Kody's books.

    I would recommend "When You Were Mine" a great modern twist on Romeo and Juliet, from Rosalie's point of view. I loved it.

    GFC - Colette lettersie17

    Colette - lettersie17(at)gmail(dot)com

    Tweet link: https://twitter.com/#!/ColetteK683/status/197362797473050625

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  8. I tweeted the giveaway again today for an extra entry!

    Link: https://twitter.com/#!/Forever17Books/status/199860141816946688

    sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. I highly, highly recommend The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson and Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard - as well as Saving June by Hannah Harrington, which someone mentioned above!

    I'm a new follower :) GFC: Ashley; and my Blog is: Ashley Loves Books
    I also tweeted! https://twitter.com/#!/italylove19/status/200131400089870336

    Ashley - ashleylovesbooksblog [at] gmail[dot]com

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    1. woooow I have no idea how I did that formatting haha. Apologies!

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  10. Hello! I tweeted the contest again today if that is okay! :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/Forever17Books/status/200233264408043520

    sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I would say you've got to read Masque of the Red Death if you haven't yet. It is my favorite of the year for sure!
    i'm a new follower gfc: alicia marie ezell

    ame1184 at gmail dot com

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  12. OMG I'm dying to read this book!!!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!!!
    A book I'd recommend... Wishing For Someday Soon by Tiffany King!! It's amazing :)
    Followed your blog: Pao Mtz Parente
    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/PaoMtzP/status/200386059442462721
    My email is guguberis@hotmail.com

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  13. I tweeted again today :)
    https://twitter.com/#!/italylove19/status/200527579093008385

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  14. Another day, another tweet! :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/Forever17Books/status/200592286613118976

    Have a great day!

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  15. I recommend everything by John Green. Oh, and I Don't Want To Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz.

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/laurenme0w/status/200599836293214208

    I hope this giveaway is international....
    e-mail: lauren.hoeve(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. Hope you have a great day!

    Another tweet link:
    https://twitter.com/#!/Forever17Books/status/200946239326535680

    sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

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  17. Tweeted again :)
    https://twitter.com/#!/italylove19/status/201218181015150592

    ashleylovesbooksblog [at] gmail[dot]com

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  18. Hello! I have another tweet for the day! :)

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  19. I hope you have a great day! Here is another tweet! :)

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  20. Another tweet for the day :)

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  21. Back again! :)

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  22. Pick me! Brandi Peel..brandiablr@gmail.com
    www.abook-loversreview.com

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  23. Self Published YA Reads..really good..Book 1, Stained, Book 2 Stolen..by Ella James. Good stuff!!

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  24. Check out awesome contest for Kody K's new book at http://just-read-books.blogspot.com/2012/05/review-midsummers-nightmare-by-kody.html?showComment=1337030417315#c4795351515775108377

    Posted by @BrandiPeel

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  25. Another day, another tweet! :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/Forever17Books/status/202396118347300865

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  26. Another tweet :)

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  27. Happy Wednesday! :)

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  28. Another tweet! :)

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  29. Hello! Happy Friday! :)

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  30. Another tweet! :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/Forever17Books/status/203973352161947648

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  31. One last tweet! Thanks again or doing the contest :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/italylove19/status/204153479130906624

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  32. My last entry! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

    https://twitter.com/#!/Forever17Books/status/204223501761134592

    sarabara081(at)aol(dot)com

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  33. Miranda. You were completely and totally correct in saying that this is an AWESOME read. Keplinger really outdid herself. I love it as much as I do The Duff!

    Also, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award!~ :)

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