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Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this isa tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice.

An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novelall take place on the remote Scandinavian isl
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 5th 2013 by Roaring Brook Press (first published October 1st 2011)
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Penelope It certainly didn't stop me sleeping, and a big woss when it comes to horror. It's the sort of book that deals in eternal themes, certainly in death;…moreIt certainly didn't stop me sleeping, and a big woss when it comes to horror. It's the sort of book that deals in eternal themes, certainly in death; it's thoughtful and haunting, but it didn't frighten or disgust me.(less)
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Wendy Darling
Why are readers drawn to horror? Read our Q & A with Marcus Sedgwick, the Printz honor author of Midwinterblood. Plus win a finished copy of this fantastic book!

4.5 stars Blood-soaked nightmares. Of another time. Of another place. Of another life.

The unusual story of Midwinterblood begins in the future, in the year 2073. A young journalist named Eric arrives on a remote island, where it is rumored that the people live forever. He is immediately drawn to a woman named Merle, but soon begins
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Emily May


What a pleasant surprise this book was. It's the first one I've read by Marcus Sedgwick, I've been putting off reading his other works after hearing them repeatedly described as "weird". And I get that, this was extremely weird and the kind of book that makes very little sense until the end. But it was a great story, the writing was brilliant and I really liked the whole concept.

This is a very difficult review to write beyond using rather empty adjectives like "amazing" and "great", mostly beca
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Monica!
Well, my friends, I wasn’t thrilled with a couple of the other Printz nominees for 2014, and… I am not thrilled with the winner.

I know! I’m sorry! But I’ve felt for the past few years that Printz books—NOT ALL OF THEM OMG PLEASE DON’T ATTACK ME—but that the majority of the Printz books have started to fall into a certain dreaded category.

You know the category I’m talking about, right?

Books that I liked okay, and that I can appreciate for their literary merit, and that are enjoyed by a bunch of a
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Ferdy
Spoilers

This was a bit of an unusual YA novel, there was nothing really YA about it (except maybe the insta-love).
The premise and the mystery of sorts was quite engrossing until the actual 'reveal' at the end, which was a let down. The characters, the relationships, the worldbuilding and the ending weren't that great either.

-What's what: The seven lives of Eric, Merle and their so called love. Each reincarnation has a different short story of sorts and are all set on the mysterious Blessed isla
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Elena
I read this for a book club, and the other book club attendees loved it. They loved it because it was new and different and fresh, because it compelled you to continue reading because you just had to know what was going on, and because it was beautifully written.

I concede all of the above points. It is new and different and fresh, it's beautifully written, and this isn't a book you can really bring yourself to DNF. But when I reached the end, my reaction was, "Huh. Well, that was...weird." I spe
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Megan (Book Brats)
I had not heard much about MIDWINTERBLOOD before I picked it up one day on a whim. I had heard good things from a few of my favorite bloggers, and I thought, “Why not?” It’s a story combining the past, the present, and the future, intricately linked in mysterious ways by an island with a very mysterious history. My first reaction was to think of CLOUD ATLAS, but the more I read this story, the more I found myself racing through the pages, I began to realize it was something else entirely.

REINCAR
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Beth
After telling people all week that I don't understand how Newbery and Printz criteria actually lead to objectivity, I'm going to try to review this book objectively as an exercise.

1. Is there a plot arc? No. There is no plot. This is a character-focused work.

2. Is there a character arc? Surprisingly, no. (view spoiler)
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Regan
4.5

THIS WAS REALLY REALLY COOL! The story telling in this story is A+. I am an absolute sucker for novels with multiple story threads that eventually tie together!
Monica Edinger
From this blog review:

I’m a far-ranging reader, happily reading a picture book one minute and a book for adults the next. Professionally, being a 4th grade teacher and reviewer, not a librarian, I tend to read only YA that really intrigues me for one reason or another and I have to shamefully admit that until now what I’d heard about Marcus Sedgwick’s books — that they were dark and creepy — did not make me want to read them. But recently, I saw something interesting about his latest, Midwinterb
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Kirsty (overflowing library)
Midwinterblood is everything I have come to expect from a Marcus Sedgwick book. It's creepy, clever and keeps with you long after you finish reading it. Oh and you need to read every page before the whole thing finally clicks into place and fully makes sense.

The book is told in sections, each section going back in time from the one before it. I found this way of story telling to be really unusual and a clever way of telling a story. Getting the little snippets throughout time meant you started t
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Valentina

I’ll be honest, when I picked this book up, I wasn’t expecting much from it. The cover made it look like just another in the long line of teen fiction (which it is definitely not), so I was reluctant to start reading it.



Whatever my expectations were, they disappeared within a few pages. Not only is this book not for teens, but it has a beauty of prose that really took me by complete surprise. The story arch is beautifully crafted. We come into the novel with no real idea of what’s going on. We
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the golden witch.
There's something so gorgeously unsettling about this book, yet I couldn't put it down. I just knew that I had to find out what happened at the end, through this journey across time, going backward with each short story linked therein. If you want something new, dark, and luminously beautiful with sensory imagery and language that will make your skin crawl, "Midwinterblood" is most definitely your book.

I think the largest issue I had with this book was its sparseness - it was both the best and t
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TheBookSmugglers
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Thea’s Take:

I have heard good things about Marcus Sedgwick, so when we were offered the chance to review Midwinterblood, I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t sure what to expect with Midwinterblood, but I certainly had no idea that I would love this book so much. Beautifully composed in seven parts, traveling backwards in time to the origin of Eric and Merle’s tragic story, Midwinterblood is a reverse-palimpsest of sorts – wholly unexpected, haunting, and
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Rachel
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The storytelling is amazing and the idea is unique. This is not your typical YA cliche love story. I read it so quickly and was never once bored. Beautiful writing. So much to think about.

I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. This is a story that will stay with me for a long time...so it is.
Rachel
*4.5 stars*
I liked this a lot ! Wow it was definitely unlike anything I've ever read before, and it had a lot of interesting themes / symbolism going on. This book was just an experience unlike anything I've ever read before and I want to keep this review kind of short, because I think half the fun of this book is finding out what's going on along the way.

Plot- This is definitely a plot centered book. It's composed of many short stories, but they're all related and connected to one another. The
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Jennifer
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Celine
3.5 Stars

Our first glimpse into the story of Midwinterblood is in 2073, when main character Eric is on a plane to the mysterious island of Blessed. It seems as if the people living on Blessed don't get old - and as a journalist, Eric is looking for the next big scoop. However, the longer he is at the island, the more he starts to forget what he has come intended to do.

This is the second book I've read by Marcus Sedgwick, and I recognised some of the imaginary he uses in Midwinterblood from Wh
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Wanda
The publisher's description:

Have you ever had the feeling that you've lived another life? Been somewhere that has felt totally familiar even when you've never been there before, or felt that you've known someone even though you are meeting them for the first time? In a novel comprising seven short stories each of them influenced by a moon - flower moon, harvest moon, hunter's moon, blood moon - and travelling from 2073 back in time to the dark of the moon and the days of Viking saga, this is the
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Jean
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Ofilia
This story is strangely fascinating and really gets your attention right away. There are actually seven different stories that are all tied together in the end. I love that Sedgwick doesn't spell it out for you and you really have to think on the stories to make the connections. It's definitely one of those books that would be great for a book group discussion. I seem to be reading a lot of titles that are considered young adult novels, but I feel they truly are not. This falls into that categor ...more
Heidi
I love a book that resists being pinned down into one thing or another. Midwinterblood could have been a Salute Your Shorts post–it is a series of seven short stories after all. It could be categorized as science fiction, fantasy, or horror, futuristic or historical; it has elements of all these things. At the end of the day, Marcus Sedgwick’s Midwinterblood is a book that will defy easy categorization, but more than anything it is a love story–if only we can remember that love does not equate t ...more
ExLibris_Kate
Midwinterblood was different from anything I have read lately, and I found that to be extremely refreshing. As the description tells you, there are multiple stories in this book that start in the future and work their way back, almost like an excavation in story form. Each story features two central characters that have a relationship in each life, but not in the way that you might imagine. Yes, they are sometimes romantically involved, but in other lives they are connected in different ways. So ...more
Lottie Eve
Midwinterblood is a haunting and unsettling book. This book made me feel out of place, even in my own house. It made me feel as if I could open the front door of my house and find a hare sitting on my doorway, staring at me. I know this sounds like I am over exaggerating how I feel about this book. I am not. Midwinterblood is extremely dark and creepy, and it is an unusual and original addition to the Young Adult genre.

Midwinterblood is a story about a love so strong that it slips through the cr
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Stacie Dellmar
I read the book titled Midwinterblood written by Marcus Sedgwick. Let me start off saying this book is a bore. I mean truly, positively, no way around it, a total bore. This book draws a potential reader in with its mysterious title and enticing synopsis and after reading both these things, I was very excited to read it. I thought that this book would tell a story like the synopsis had so vividly described, that synopsis being a love story so passionate and powerful that it breaks the bonds of ...more
Ann
When I found out that this book was inspired by the Carl Larsson painting Midvinterblot, I chewed out my Printz book club for their failure to alert me to this very important information (since, of course, it was their responsibility :) ). I thought that maybe I loved it so much because I was familiar with the painting, but everyone else adored it too so it has appeal beyond the Scandinavian-obsessed. The stories in the book are individually interesting, but what makes it magical is finding the ...more
Heather
I'm not...entirely sure what to feel about this book. I was definitely captivated. However as reading and after finishing it I go back and forth in-between utter fascination and complete indifference. I loved it...and yet I don't. I'm not sure how else to explain it. Strange little book...
Some more thoughts...I feel strangely disturbed or discombobulated after finishing it? Eh, I really don't know how to feel about this book and that's very unusual for me. I don't like this in between feeling. D
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Brianna ☯
" They are no longer in love, they have become love itself"

This novel was completely breathtaking and beautifully crafted. I highly recommend going into this blind, which is why I won't be discussing the plot.

Sedgwick's writing is crafted to where it is told backwards and twisted all together that way it comes back full circle and makes the story that much more intriguing. What really impressed me were the running symbols and themes throughout the book. I won't say what, but he included eac
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Gill
Read this in one sitting. What a beautifully crafted book. Loved the interweaving stories - shades of Cloud Atlas, although the opening put me in mind of The Prisoner. Early on Sedgwick uses a line from Nick Drake's Pink Moon (unfortunately not acknowledged) and I had this song going through my head as I read.
Zemira Warner
Whoa. The prose! So beautiful! I had so much fun connecting these short stories. I've never read something like this. Beautiful!
Melliott
What a fascinating, mesmerizing book. A strange island, a dragonflower orchid with life-giving properties, a story of reincarnation, of lovers finding one another in various, unmatching guises…I was enthralled. I have to say that I have no idea why they would promote this specifically as a young adult book, though. It reminded me a bit of Meg Rosoff's book The Bride's Farewell, or of Far Far Away by Tom McNeal, not so much for the specific story as for the feel of it--old, legendary, fey. I look ...more
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Marcus Sedgwick was born in Kent, England. Marcus is a British author and illustrator as well as a musician. He is the author of several books, including Witch Hill and The Book of Dead Days, both of which were nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Hea ...more
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“If a life can be ruined in a single moment, a moment of betrayal, or violence, or ill luck, then why can a life not also be saved, be worth living, be made, by just a few pure moments of perfection?” 46 likes
“Eric Seven does not believe in love at first sight.

He corrects himself.

Even in that moment, the moment that it happens, he fees his journalist’s brain make a correction, rubbing out a long-held belief, writing a new one in its place.

He did not believe in love at first sight. He thinks he might do so now.”
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