Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Blog Tour: Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky / Review + Giveaway

Hey everyone! ^__^

Today is my 2nd stop on the Middle Ground blog tour. The first one I posted can be found here and is a This or That interview with Justin (from the book). I will be doing a review today for the book, Middle Ground and I must say I think I loved this one even more than Awaken. So before I begin here is some info on this amazing series.

Middle Ground (Awaken #2)
Hardcover: 336 pages
Expected publication: November 20th 2012

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.

Want to know more about the first book, Awaken?

Middle Ground start off right where Awaken left us. For those who have not read the first book Awaken here a simple run down of what happened. Awaken takes place in the world almost 50 years into the future. Everything, from eating, reading, socializing and even school takes place online. Barely anyone has the need to leave the safety of their homes and not many do. Maddie lives in this world and has never known anything but. He Father runs the online school program and believes the world is now a safer place to live with everything being totally digital. Although Maddie does not necessarily agree with this way of life she enjoys living as so. When she meets a boy named Justin through an online study group one day at a local hangout she comes to find that Justin doesn't agree with these rules but wants to change everything. Justin is not alone in these views and has many followers who also don't agree with this digital life.  Maddie soon comes to trust Justin even though his views are different. He shows her the world through a different set of eyes. Justin fights for what's right and what's real. To make everyone slow down and enjoy the simple things that life can hold. Maddie must now make a decision of who to trust and who is right....even if it lands her up in a whole lot of trouble....

Middle ground begins right after something BIG happens to Maddie and Justin in the end of Awaken.  She is now living with her brother in L.A and is trying to adjust to this new unplugged life as well as her feeling for Justin. When everything seems to be falling into place for Maddie she is shocked to find out that she has been caught and is taken to live in a detention center. Now locked away she must find away to get out and find Justin. But when things go from bad to worse Maddie must now rely on the help of her friends before she loses her mind. Will she be able to stay strong while fighting for what is right and who she loves? 

You will have to read and find out!

Middle Ground in two words was:

Phenomenal. Unique.

The world author Katie Kacvinsky was so different and thought provoking. I keep wondering how life would be if we all never left our houses and did anything online. I loved Maddie, she was a dream to read about. The way she never gave up even when she thought that all was lost. She remained strong and determined to fight for her life and the lives of others. Justin is such a rare gem. The way he views life and tried to help Maddie see and understand the views really gave the books so much meaning. The more they worked together the more they feel in love. Their emotions were so raw and heartfelt. Katie did a beautiful job making the reader feel exactly what Justin and Maddie were feeling. Her words just flowed so gracefully over the pages. Awaken and Middle Ground really give us the readers such an exciting and unique story to be totally engrossed in. 

If I could say the one thing I did not like or would choose to change in Middle Ground was the lack of background history. Like how the world ended up the way it did, and how these changes happen or where brought about. Other than thing I totally loved Middle Ground and can't wait to see what happens next for Justin and Maddie.

Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.

Find Katie Kacvinsky @

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Katie Kacvinsky was born in Wisconsin. She worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, has lived in Phoenix, AZ, Redding, CA, Milwaukee, WI and currently Oregon. She taught high school English and worked for a young adult magazine before writing full time. She owes most of her writing inspiration to traveling.

Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt & Katie Kacvinsky they are giving away 1 print copy of Awaken, a print ARC of Middle Ground and a print copy of First Comes Love. ONE of my readers will win all three! Be sure to enter below using the rafflecopter form below. 

Giveaway closed: Nov 2nd (and can also be found on my first MG blog post)
Open: US ONLY / Bittersweet Enchantment readers

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  1. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    Haven't read the first one, but just the sound of exploring the digital life is awesome:)

    From an awesome author too;)

  2. One thing I liked: Justin. But seriously the way he pushed Maddie out of her comfort zone.

  3. I like the idea of having to adapt to a digital only world and the changes that would entail:)

  4. I love the idea of these books - that everything is done on the computer and nobody leaves their house! In today's world of Facebook and Twitter, it could be a realistic future! I look forward to reading this series to see what the author does with this idea! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    Suz Reads


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