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Magan: Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams

Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books Target Audience: Young Adult Pages: 352 Format read: ARC received from ALA (Thank you!) Summary: London’s best friend is her brother Zach; it has always been the two of them as their family has moved across the world as missionaries. When […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:06 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Books like this one are right up my alley. Plus, it sounds amazing. I tend to love stories that deal with families and heartbreak, and this one has that element to it (or so it seems from your review!)

May 20, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Magan - Thanks, Katie! I plan to sit here and read as much as I can today. I NEED this whole day to just dive into these author’s worlds. I hope I finish my current read (Timepiece) so I can dive into one of the three you listed. I don’t know how I’ll decide which to read next. 🙂

May 20, 2012 - 11:17 am

Katie @ BlookGirl - Revived is definitely on my TBR List! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it 🙂 I saw Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour at Barnes & Noble yesterday and thought it sounded really fun! This Lullaby is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen novels. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

My book haul: http://www.BlookGirl.com/book-blog/mission-acquired/158-may-19-2012

May 19, 2012 - 6:29 am

Lori - I’ve read two books by Carol Lynch Williams and really enjoyed them. Now I’m even more anxious to read this one. I love emotional stories and verse novels so this sounds perfect for me! Fantastic review.

May 18, 2012 - 5:59 pm

elena - I’m not really the biggest fan of verse novels but you’ve convinced me with the comparison to The Sky Is Everywhere! LOVE that book and if this book is anything like it, it will be amazing. 😀

May 18, 2012 - 5:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Fantastic review, Mags! Being written in verse about something emotional definitely doesn’t put me off this book, in fact I want to read it even more! It went on my to-read list when you recommended it to me on twitter but now I can really understand why you suggested it.

May 18, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Aneeqah - I’ve been kind of back and forth about whether I should read this book. I think I’ll at least add it to my TBR, so I can get around it sometime. Sometimes, a deep emotional read is perfect on occasion. I’m not usually a huge fan of these types of books though, but I think that I’ll like this one, even though it seems like there’s a love triangle in this book [which I am definitely NOT a fan of]. Fabulous review, Magan! =)

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

May 18, 2012 - 9:50 am

Eva, The Book Stoner - The free verse thing didn’t work for me. It was also too dramatic for my taste, but I’m glad you like it. I don’t know why but I just really like reading good reviews of those books I didn’t like or finish. Weird. 🙂

Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi at Book People: Austin, TX

  For months, I was so excited to see Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi at Book People. If I had one of those big desk calendars (instead of being all technological with my online gmail calendar), I would have circled April 26th with big, happy hearts. These two ladies are extraordinary authors. Tahereh is the […]

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February 27, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Britney @ I Eat Words - I’m apparently creeping but the recommends note for Shatter Me was written/drawn by my best friend! She was working the event that day and told me how crazy/awesome the event was! Great post. 🙂

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is ah-mazing. I couldn’t even put my thoughts into words to write a review for this one. Every time I tried, I failed. I did meet her this year and that was the icing on the cake!  […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love this post because the event sounds amazing, the pictures are beautiful (as well as the people in them of course *winks*) and because it sounds absolutely inspiring. I love that it felt like I was up close and personal with the authors while I was reading it!

May 20, 2012 - 9:52 am

Shelve It: May 20, 2012 - […] shared highlights of Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi’s Into the Future tour stop in Austin, TX. (I look like I’m trying to bit Tahereh in a […]

May 18, 2012 - 6:18 pm

VeganYANerds - Magan, this looks like it was such a fun event! I absolutely love the silly photos of you and Tahereh and Veronica, so cute! Also the detail you went into while recapping, it’s great to read as I doubt those ladies will ever visit us in Aus!

May 18, 2012 - 5:21 pm

Jennifer - Such pretty pictures!!! And me! Haha!

May 18, 2012 - 7:17 am

Alex - Also, yay animated GIFs!

May 18, 2012 - 7:16 am

Alex - I know that girl! (The one in grey) Well, I know her face. She’s a regular at B&N.

May 17, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Awww — it looks like you had SO MUCH FUN! I’ve just started reading Shatter Me (I know, I know … so behind with all the bestest books!) and I am LOVING it. She has such a way with words that I want to copy down every second sentence into my book of favourite book quotes!!

May 17, 2012 - 6:31 pm

Lia Keyes - Oh, this was so infectiously fun to read and terrific photos, too! Everyone looks so relaxed and happy!

May 17, 2012 - 3:44 pm

elena - LOVE this post, Magan! It looks like such a blast and your photos are so crisp & clear. Augh, I hope they come near me one day. The last photo is my favourite, I think it sums up the event nicely. Thanks for sharing!

May 17, 2012 - 3:29 pm

Anna - Those last few pictures! OH MY WORD! Pure hilarity!

May 17, 2012 - 3:27 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - I have SO MUCH LOVE for the people in these pictures! What a great time y’all had 🙂 Aren’t Tahereh and Veronica just completely gorgeous and gracious? I adore them.

The GIFs… made my day 🙂

Estelle: You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis

You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis (website | twitter) Publication Date: 9/13/2011 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 304 Pages Target Audience: Young adult Keywords: Death of a parent, mystery, art, family, first love Format read: Hardcover from library. Summary: A year after her mother’s death, Luna visits her old studio and finds her […]

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November 4, 2013 - 9:01 am

The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis (YA Review) - […] year, I sat curled up at a hotel pool reading You Have Seven Messages. I fell hard for Stewart Lewis’ lyrical prose. So it was with great anticipation that I […]

May 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - […] lives. Sometimes uncovering these mysteries is great for us, and other times… not so much. You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis is written so beautifully, about a girl who listens to voicemails left on her […]

February 21, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> 2/21/2013 - […] Before You by Jojo Moyes — from Rachel @ Hello Chelly You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis — from Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein — […]

June 18, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds absolutely AMAZING. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

May 30, 2012 - 11:54 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis […]

May 20, 2012 - 9:50 am

Shelve It: May 20, 2012 - […] reviewed You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis – a book she had a hard time putting […]

May 16, 2012 - 9:59 pm

Estelle - Morgan, super bizarre because the same weekend I finished Seven Messages… I went to the bookstore and saw there was ANOTHER book with the same picture called “Some Girls” and I added it to my list. Pretty hilarious and weird? Don’t they keep a tally of that somewhere. Hope you read Seven Messages! Thanks for stopping in!

May 16, 2012 - 9:52 pm

Estelle - Glad to hear it Liz! Can’t wait to hear what you think!

May 16, 2012 - 8:24 pm

Liz - Conveniently I have this one out from the library right now. Great review, you have convinced me it should move to the top of the pile!

May 16, 2012 - 10:19 am

Morgan - Sounds like a great book! Your review drew me in because I have read a book with the same cover before. (Miracle Girls by Anne Dayton). So, it caught my attention!

Magan: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle [website | twitter] Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Target Audience: Young adult Keywords: Heart break, classic re-telling, debut novel Pages: 334 Format read: Paperback from ALA (thanks!) Summary: Rosaline was Rob’s (Romeo’s) first love and best friend. Everything was working out perfectly for their senior year […]

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June 18, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m a big fan of Romeo and Juliet, so the moment I heard about this book, I HAD to have it. Luckily, I was able to get it at a signing and meet Rebecca – who is so pretty and so nice in person! I can’t wait to read it this summer 🙂

May 15, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - “I wasn’t ready for Rosaline’s story to be over when I closed the book.” = I must read this now. Stop reading & reviewing so many awesome books! My wallet can’t take it anymore 🙂

May 15, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Jamie - OMG I NEED THIS!!! I’m definitely getting this on my Nook for the honeymoon!!

May 14, 2012 - 5:23 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so looking forward to this book and even more so after reading your review, Magan! I have a copy and I want to start it this week so I’m glad you found this a book you couldn’t put down!

May 14, 2012 - 3:53 pm

Anna - Basically I want to read this right now.

May 14, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Magan - Daisy, I definitely didn’t like Rob after Juliet arrived either. He just make a complete 180. I didn’t understand how his feelings could transition so fast, but I think mine *probably* really did in high school…just like that. :-/ Ha! It’s okay to be all exclamation-mark-ish about a book! Love your enthusiasm for it! 🙂

Katie: THANK YOU SO MUCH. That was so incredibly sweet of you to say. You’ve made my gloomy day a little brighter. 🙂 xoxo

Rowena: definitely pick it up soon. It’s a great one to lose yourself in and just see how the story unfolds. I’m a sucker just like you!

May 14, 2012 - 12:42 pm

Daisy - YES! Perfect beach/pool/backyard/balcony read!! 🙂 I SO loved this book and though I didn’t fall all that hard for Rob (GAH, what a douche! Well, after he meets Juliet), I am completely in love with Len! Seriously, that boy! *le sigh* I loved the developing friendship between him and Rose as well, it was wonderful! I feel all exclamation-mark-ish over this novel 🙂
Glad you liked it so much!!

May 14, 2012 - 11:56 am

Katie @ Blook Girl - Magan, you and Estelle write the very best reviews! Upon finishing this particular one, I immediately added When You Were Mine to my Wish List and will definitely be stopping by the bookstore this week to pick up a copy for myself.

Thanks for the heads-up on what sounds like a really fabulous read! 🙂 <3

May 14, 2012 - 11:45 am

Rowena - Fabulous review, thanks so much. I’ve been antsy for this book to release so I must pick this up. I am a total sucker for heartbreaking, best friends falling in love with each other storylines and this one sounds like such a good one.

Estelle: Shelve It (5/13/2012)

Ah! I’m so late! Hope you all had a great weekend! I have a special guest star in this video! Netgalley Friendship Bread by Darien Gee (5/1/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor (5/11/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon Summer Nights by Susan Mallery (6/19/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon Starring Me […]

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May 14, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - I also have Kissing Shakespeare and Intentions and hope they turn out to be as good as they look/sound! Can’t wait to get to them 🙂

I’ve been convinced, yet again, by Magan’s review for Second Chance Summer, and hope to have that on my own shelf this week!

Enjoy all the lovelies! <3

May 13, 2012 - 11:40 pm

elena - Your cat is qt! Casual hanging, I like it. Starring Me sounded like something I would read until the religion part. I’m not a religious person either and it makes me uncomfortable. Hooray for Second Chance Summer. Also I am so glad you liked Divergent! 😀 😀 I think I should give Lovestruck Summer a chance before Unbreak My Heart, which I’m excited for.

May 13, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Estelle - Annette, so glad to hear that about Friendship Bread! Perhaps it will get me out of my baking rut! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

May 13, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Annette - I really enjoyed Friendship bread, and did go on a bread-making kick after reading it! Enjoy your books!

May 13, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Estelle - M, so glad you noticed my nails. I was hoping you would. The color is a lot like guacamole and Kermit the Frog (which my dad commented on today). So glad you added a few of the books to your list! I can’t wait to hear what you think. I’ve been lucky to read some great stuff lately! xo

May 13, 2012 - 9:21 pm

VeganYANerds - I was wondering when your vlog would be up, it’s great to see you and Candy, what a cutie! And, I love your green nails, LOVE!

You got some great books on NG, I added a couple to my list and I can’t wait to read Second Chance Summer and Lovestruck Summer, the both sound great!

Estelle: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Release Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pages: 305 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Fantasy, fairy tales, princes & princesses, family drama Format read: ARC received from HMH! (Thanks!) Summary: With hopes of leading an interesting life, Sunday never would have known that befriending a frog in the forest […]

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June 18, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m a fan of fairy tales so it does seem like I’d like this novel, should I get the chance to read it. HOWEVER, I do have issues with slow pacing sometimes, unless it’s well done, so we’ll see how that works out!

June 5, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Brian Burton - Great, thoughtful review! I love Kontis’ work!

May 26, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Enchanted Alethea Kontis Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “Kontis is a beautiful writer” […]

May 13, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Estelle - Mands, definitely worth reading a retelling. The writing is the best feature and there are some funny moments. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts if you get your hands on it!

May 13, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Shelve It Meme: 5/13/2012 - […] I enchanted by Enchanted by Alethea Kontis? Some adult fiction books that caught my eye! I don’t think you can tell just how much Magan […]

May 13, 2012 - 8:43 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m glad you ended up enjoying this, Estelle, I know it dragged a bit but it does sound like a very sweet story and I don’t read many fairy tale re-tellings, but this appeals to me!

May 12, 2012 - 12:33 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - Isn’t it amazing how differently others can perceive a book!? I absolutely adored this book, it’s everything that I thought it would be, for me it flowed beautifully and was magical 🙂 I couldn’t put it down and read it all in one night!
I don’t read enough contemp, I am going to have to take a look at your recs and add a few more to my list, thanks!

May 12, 2012 - 12:39 am

elena - I realllly want to read this book so I got excited when you started it read it! Even though this book wasn’t exactly your cup of tea and had uneven pacing, I loved reading this review! I still want to read this book and see how I feel about it. I’m glad Kontis is a beautiful writer. 🙂

May 11, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Aneeqah - I’ve seen this book a few times before, but I don’t think I’ve read a really in-depth review about it before. The synopsis of the book sounds really interesting, but I’m sad that it wasn’t as amazing as it sounds. I’m not a fan of slower type books, I like lots of action and dialogue and stuff like that in my books [I’m more of a fantasy fan, unlike you. =)]. This book also seems like it’s super confusing, with all those plot lines and other fairy tales mixed in. I still may give this book a shot, but like you suggested, I think this will be a library read for me. Thank you for the helpful review, Estelle!

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life