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October 09, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky!

Middle Ground
By Katie Kacvinsky
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: November 20th 2012
By Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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In this provocative cautionary tale for teens, the sequel to Awaken, seventeen-year-old Maddie’s rebellion against the digital-only life grows dangerous. Maddie is in Los Angeles, trying to stay out of trouble. But one night, a seemingly small act of defiance lands her in the place she fears the most: a detention center. Here, patients are reprogrammed to accept a digital existence. Maddie is now fighting for her mind, her soul, and her very life. Once again, Katie Kacvinsky paints a disturbing picture of our increasingly technology-based society.


Gosh, what do I say other than I love this series? So far everything I’ve read by Katie Kacvinsky has been WOW to me. I absolutely love her writing and the characters she creates.

In Awaken we were introduced to Maddie and her world. Maddie lives in a world where everything is done digitally. Walks on the beach, dates with other people, school, clubbing, everything. There is always a program for something. Maddie meets Justin, who happens to be the leader of a rebel group who are trying to bring the system down. They want things to go back to the way they were. I just want to say that Justin is one yummy character. Everything he does is just sexy. He is fearless and really good at what he does. Only those he allows to get close and know his true identity know who he is. The one person who can basically destroy him and everything he’s worked so hard for, is the one person he ends up falling in love with. Yes, that would be Maddie. 

I love how intense this series is, but yet Kacvinsky manages to throw in a pinch of romance. I thought Awaken was amazing, but Middle Ground blew me away. Maddie and Justin come closer to bringing the system down, their romance gets stronger, and Maddie and her father find themselves somewhat on the same page. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times while reading I wanted to just pull my hair because I was so nervous that things would fall apart for Maddie and her plans would crumble. She made new friends and every time I kept wondering, friend or foe? This series is unpredictable and raw. I absolutely love it!

Katie Kacvinsky knows just how to suck you into her world and into her characters. I hate that I have to wait so long for the next book, but at the same time that would mean the series is coming to an end, and I don’t want it to end. Not sure if it’s just three books or more to be honest, but I am hoping it’s more than three. This is one series that deserves about twenty books. Some deserve to end, but this one, please no!

I love it!

5 out of 5 Stars!





Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we have a copy of Awaken, Middle Ground, and Katie's contemporary YA, First Comes Love to giveaway. Woohoo!


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37 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great review! You never know if the sequel is going to be as good as the first book was, so I love to hear that this one is just as good : ) I am even more excited to read it now!!

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  2. I really loved Awaken when I read it last year. I absolutely love Katie's writing style. I cannot wait to read this one, sounds like an excellent read!

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  3. Great news! I still need to read Awaken because I hear it is fabulous. Stellar review.

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  4. that was an awesome review! I'm soo excited for it to come out!! And that summary was also well written!

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  5. Thanks for the awesome review! you made me excited for it all over again! and that was a awesomely written summery of Awaken!!

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  6. Great review. I've been contemplating reading this series for a while and you just tossed me into the "Must Read" section.

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  7. I can NOT wait for this book ! sooo excited :D

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  8. Great review! It sounds like this will be a great read!

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  9. Loved Awaken. I can't wait to see how the next book is! I may be an older woman but I can't get enough of YA reads if they are good. And Katie's amazeballs!

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  10. I can't wait to dig into this next book. As an avid reader I enjoy many book genres. Katie is amazeballs!

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  11. Wonderful review, and high praise indeed *this is one series that deserves about twenty books*!! Don't you just LOVE discovering a series that's so darn good it should never end? Ah, I've got to read this ... *intense with a pinch of romance* sounds just about perfect!! <3
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  12. Wow! I've read "First Comes Love" and hope I can read Awaken and Middle Ground.

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  13. The idea of this book really sounds a bit worrying. The digital age could get so out of hand.

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  14. I love your review! You have me on pins and needles wondering what happens. I must get soon!! Thank you!!

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  15. I would love to read this series. Your review was excellent. The book sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. Hi,
    This looks really good! Thanks,
    Jenn

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  17. Loved the review! This book sounds amazing and so true to life in the way that things could get out of hand. Can't wait to get started on this series!!

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  18. I wouldn't have checked out this story except when I read your review... totally sold!

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  19. Fantastic review and thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  20. Thanks for the review. The concept sounds fascinating, everything done digitally. I'd be really interested in how this is portrayed. Thanks for bringing this author and this series to my attention.

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  21. After reading your review I'm SO psyched to read this series! I've heard such great things about it, and after reading your awesome review, I'm even more excited!!

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  22. Love the review!!! Never heard of the book until now. Totally want to read it!!

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  23. Would love to read this book haven't heard of it before the review but would love to!!!

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  24. OMG!!!!!! MIDDLE GROUND!!!! I didn't even know there would be a second book after AWAKEN!!! That makes me so excited!!!! I loved Awaken. I love how the feel of this dystopia is different from the others that I have read. And FIRST COMES LOVE (not in the same series) is really good too! I'm going to read Second Chance soon, since it's on Kindle. Thanks for the fab review, and giveaway!!!!

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  25. Great review! I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  26. I want to read this book. I have First Comes Love on my to-read list!!

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  27. Great review! I cannot wait to read this one, sounds like an excellent read!

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  28. Thanks for the review and giveaway! It's great to hear that the sequel is just as good as the first book - I hate it when series don't live up to the expectations set by #1.

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  29. Thanks for the review and giveaway! It's great to hear that the second book is as good as the first one - I hate it when series don't live up to the expectations set by #1.

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  30. Great review! This book sounds great. I haven't read Awaken yet but want to now. Thanks for letting me know about this great series!. I'm putting it on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.;)

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  31. This is not a book I would have even considered but reading your review has me intrigued... guess what I will be catching up on this weekend :)

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  32. Thanks for the helpful review :D! I totally understand how you feel about waiting a year for the next book in a series to be released. But at the end it is worth the wait :D

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  33. This series is new to me, and sounds great. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  34. It's rare that the second book is better than the first, but I'm glad this is the case here.

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  35. I like the way this cover pairs with the cover for Awaken. Not sure if I want to read the sequel as I didn't LOVE the first book but I'll keep an eye out for reviews.

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  36. I am so excited about reading this next book from Katie. Awaken blew me away last year. Totally agree with you Damaris about how Katie knows how to suck you in her world and the characters! Great review, definitely got me pumped!

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  37. I just finished Awaken and have Middle Ground on hold at the public library. I was over-the-moon for Awaken! I love how Maddie is such a strong, smart female protagonist. And Justin is just...wow.

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