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Magan: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Warning: There will be Divergent spoilers in this review, so please DO NOT proceed if you haven’t read this book yet! Insurgent by Veronica Roth Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 525 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC received from TLA Why I read it: It’s the sequel to one of my favorite […]

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April 22, 2015 - 8:01 am

Allegiant by Veronica Roth • Magan Reviews, Magan - […] Magan: Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

September 10, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Lucia - I just saw the movie yesterday. And accidentally found this blog and hey there is a book, yay:)I found it just for $11.99 incl shipping http://www.librarist.com/us/book/9780007442928/. Thanks for the review, it looks much more exciting than the movie;)

January 9, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Aryana - love this book she is like my life loved divergent too cant wait for the movie!!!

May 8, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Sophia - Okay, to be honest, I haven’t read Insurgent yet. However, I read(and loved!) Divergent, so it’s on my reading list. My friends who have read it are such slow readers!! 🙁 So this review is so-ooo helpful. I’m going to try to get it ASAP!!!

December 18, 2012 - 7:02 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Chance Summer by Morgan Matson The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Insurgent by Veronica […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I finished Insurgent fairly recently (and my review is up today!) but I LOVED it. I actually saw a lot of romance in it though, despite the unromantic moments that would appear too. I still swooned a lot over Four. But, most of all, that twist in the end – incredible. Love Veronica’s writing and can’t wait for the next book!

May 29, 2012 - 7:02 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

May 14, 2012 - 7:01 am

Young Adult Book Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle - […] I finished Insurgent, I wanted something 180 degrees different. What better to pick up than a modern-day Romeo and […]

May 6, 2012 - 7:09 am

Shelve It: May 6, 2012 - […] reviewed Insurgent by Veronica […]

May 5, 2012 - 7:02 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] #2) by Veronica Roth Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: May 1, 2012 Magan’s Review Goodreads | Amazon One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has […]

May 4, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Brittani - I had so many of the feelings you had when I read this! And I definitely agree with not knowing what else to say other than WOW! I mentioned that word a couple of times in my own review! I definitely agree with you, Insurgent was pretty intense!

My Review if you wanna check it out!

May 4, 2012 - 9:09 am

Anna - “I feel as if my hands are hovering over the keyboard, not quite sure where to start and what to say other than WOW.” YES. THIS. In fact, this entire post makes me happy.

Magan: World Book Night Recap

  WHO: Last Monday, I had the chance to volunteer for World Book Night with a few of my favorite bookish people: Jen, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Megan. WHAT & WHEN: You may be wondering what this event was. If you want to learn it in more detail, you can visit the official World Book Night website. In […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds like it was one amazing event! I’d definitely want to be a part of it next year, if I can. Sharing books with people is always an amazing thing to me – especially when you can share them with people who don’t have the same access that you do.

May 3, 2012 - 11:10 pm

elena - aw love the way you formatted this post! It sounds like a lot of fun and spreading the love of reading is always great. 😀

May 3, 2012 - 5:44 pm

VeganYANerds - You are so awesome and what a fantastic event! I love that you were able to hand out so many books, well done, Magan!

May 3, 2012 - 8:29 am

I Read Banned Books - Jen Bigheart - Great wrap-up post! I need to write mine today. Lol! So much fun and can’t wait for next year!


Estelle: Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins Release Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: HQN Books Target Audience: Adult Genre: Romance Pages: 424 Format read: ARC sent to me by Katie @ Little Bird Publicity! (Thanks!) Summary: Parker’s life changes drastically when she finds out her father’s investment schemes have left her and her son without a […]

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November 8, 2013 - 8:01 am

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins (Blog Tour) - […] The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet ) Part of the Blue Heron series. Publication Date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 448 Target audience: Adult/romance Keywords: winery, marriage of convenience, family Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other books by Kristan reviewed on RBR: Somebody to Love […]

August 21, 2013 - 8:00 am

Rather Be Reading Book Review: The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins - […] The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 400 Target Audience: Adult Fiction Keywords: loss of a spouse, dating and remarrying, family curses Format Read: ARC from Pub Other Books Reviewed by KH: Somebody to Love […]

September 20, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Harbison ( Amazon | B&N ) A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley ( Amazon | B&N ) Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins ( Amazon | B&N ) Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally ( Amazon | B&N ) […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds incredibly adorable. I think I may need it in my life! It sounds like something I need to take along with me when I go to the beach 🙂

May 16, 2012 - 10:03 pm

Estelle - Casee, Kristan definitely made me want to read more romances. I haven’t in SO long. I can’t wait to read another one of her books soon. I hope you enjoy Somebody to Love. I think you will. Some of the characters are just so quirky. And the lines are pretty hysterical. Enjoy!

May 16, 2012 - 7:05 pm

Casee Marie - Ahh, loved reading this! I just got this one for my birthday (or, you know, I picked it up when I was letting people buy me presents because they always say “Casee, you have such weird, obsessive taste in books so will you just pick something out so I don’t have to buy you another gift card?”) and I can’t wait to read it over the summer. I’ve never read Kristan Higgins, and I’m always a little nervous with an author I’ve never read. I thought from the synopsis that I stood a good chance of enjoying it, but reading such a nice review definitely helps to be sure!

May 5, 2012 - 8:27 am

Jamie - One of my IRL friends LOVES this author and always tries to get me to read her but I always thought I wouldn’t dig it. I will be reconsidering that after this rave review!

May 4, 2012 - 11:02 am

Estelle - Sharon, I need a book attached to me at all times plus a backup. It’s ridiculous. I wish I had a picture of the bag full of BSC & Sweet Valley books I brought with one on vacations. I also liked the Thing One nickname. It was cute and sort of catchy. haha. Thx for commenting!

May 4, 2012 - 10:55 am

Estelle - Mands, can you get a copy of this book? Let me know! I have the ARC and I can send it to you! I think you would love it!

May 3, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - The idea of going on a road trip and not bringing a book along is completely foreign to me, even now.

I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, too! It really was a great read. Such great characters, and I always love a good swoon-inducing romance. Also, I had a strange liking for the “Thing One” nickname. Not sure why, but I adored it. It was so perfect.

I definitely agree about your casting for James – yes, please!

May 3, 2012 - 6:05 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve never read any of Kristin Higgins’ books but you have me wanting to read this, Estelle! It sounds like a fun read and perfect for a holiday trip!

May 2, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - First it was Lizzie McGuire, and today it’s Justin Bieber. I mean, my goodness Estelle, I want to be your friend. I was totally singing the Biebs song in my head when I clicked to open the review from my reader. AHHH! And then I started reading your post and laughed when you wrote that you thought of that song, too. I was anti-Bieber until I saw his movie (on opening night no less) and then I finally got what all the commotion was about. So anywayyyyy….. I totally saw this book in the library the other day and thought about getting it. Now I’m definitely going to pick it up! Can’t wait to read this – it sounds so cute! Plus, I’m also a sucker for books about home makeovers (and anything on HGTV dealing with said topic). Like really though. Glad I’m not the only one who loves a good home makeover 🙂

May 2, 2012 - 8:30 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’m so happy you enjoyed it!! I totally loved this one too 🙂 Also, I wish I was one of those people who could read in a car..but I get carsick 🙁 But it’s ok because instead I listen to audiobooks! Great review, Estelle!

PS – Joshua Bowman would be fantastic! 😀

BOOK REPORT: The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti Release Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Target Audience: Young adult Keywords: First love, remarriages, breakups Pages: 400 Format read: Paperback from ALA (thanks!) Summary: Cricket is on a break from her longtime boyfriend, just as everything in her life is changing. Her mom is set to […]

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January 25, 2013 - 9:59 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Hmm, okay, I thought you guys really didn’t like this from Estelle’s comment on my review of the Caletti omnibus. I can totally see where you’re coming from, though obviously I haven’t read this one. I did have a similar feeling (like more back story was needed) in Wild Roses. There just wasn’t a real sense of what things were like before the crazy step-father, and since her relationship with him was a focus of the story, it felt rather untethered.

I almost want to read this now just so I can see what’s going on, since I’m a bit confused about whether there’s romance or not.

June 22, 2012 - 1:04 am

Emma - This was definitely not one of Caletti’s best books. However, I highly recommend The Secret Life of Prince Charming. While many of Caletti’s books are slower reads, Secret Life of Prince Charming is exactly like the title–charming and sweet and engrossing. It is also extremely hilarious. I’d try it out if I were you.

June 18, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’ve never read a book from Deb Caletti, but I would like to. I feel like her books might make a fun read for me, since she’s an author who’s stories sound like they’re similar to Sarah Dessen’s. We’ll see if I ever pick one up!

May 9, 2012 - 7:00 am

Young Adult Book Review: Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson - […] I was reading Second Chance Summer, I found myself making many comparisons to The Story of Us by Deb Caletti. The stories are similar in that Taylor and Cricket both made decisions in their past that affected […]

May 4, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Karen - I’m glad I read your review before I start this one. I tend to get frustrated by lack of movement in a storyline but at least I’ll be prepared.

I also like to get to the point so a plot involving a lot of secrecy does annoy me but I will give it a try. I remember enjoying another Deb Caletti book a few years ago.

May 1, 2012 - 4:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Great book report, girls! I find that with all of the Deb Caletti books I’ve read, they’re quite slow and they always, always, always feature divorced parents.

I agree with them being library books, while I enjoy her books, they don’t inspire me enough to want to buy them. But I do of course want to read this book, such a pretty cover!

May 1, 2012 - 4:00 pm

elena - My interest was piqued as soon as This Lullaby was mentioned but then slowly waned as I read more of your book report, ha. Cricket sounds really frustrating, I really hate it when people don’t GET TO THE POINT and hearing that it took Estelle around 200 pages to really get into makes me wary of picking it up. I mean, I understand slow starts but I don’t think I have the patience for this kind of slow pacing. Love reading what you both thought of the book though!

May 1, 2012 - 2:31 pm

Anna - Eep, yes, I couldn’t finish this one.

Top 10 Tuesday: Books That Should Be Movies

A movie made from a book is, at times, a blessing and a curse. You get all excited about seeing your favorite book translated to the big screen, and then the casting decisions start to leak and other little details, and you start to feel protective. Because when you are reading an author’s descriptions and […]

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June 18, 2012 - 11:47 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I did a little crazy dance when I read the very last item on the list (Divergent/Insurgent) because YES. TOTALLY. This series needs to be made into a film.

I love most of the suggestions for this Tuesday, you guys! They’re making me so excited 🙂

May 6, 2012 - 7:08 am

Shelve It: May 6, 2012 - […] We each picked five books we wish would be made into movies. […]

May 5, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - The only ones I’ve read off of that list are Divergent and Shatter Me, but I agree about those whole-heartedly. The thought of actually seeing the shower scenes has me swooning already!

Also. May I address the epically awesome fact that YOU REFERENCED THE LIZZIE MCGUIRE MOVIE? Because, really. That kind of just made my night. I still love that movie and watch it/listen to the soundtrack on a semi-regular basis.

May 4, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Jasmine Rose - Shatter Me and Divergent would definitely be awesome. There need to be more dystopian movies out there. Have you seen In Time? It was dystopian and super good so I know Hollywood could do well with it :]

May 1, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I already liked your blog, but my love just grew exponentially with The Lizzie McGuire Movie reference. I mean, honestly. I may or may not have Youtubed the final song scene recently… shh! Also, can we just talk about the fact that Hilary Duff is married and has a baby now. LIKE WHAT?! This cannot be real. I refuse to believe that Lizzie is a mommy.

I should be embarrassed that my comment is solely dedicated to Lizzie McGuire, but I have no shame. I loved that show back in the day. And I love you so much more for mentioning that movie.

May 1, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Melissa Long - Great site and list! I would have had Divergent/Insurgent on my list, but I haven’t read it yet. I know head hanging down in shame.

May 1, 2012 - 4:13 pm

Jessie - Walk Two Moons used to be one of my favorite books. I think that that would be a great movie.

May 1, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - Oh, yes to Wanderlove! The traveling and all of the characters would be great!

May 1, 2012 - 9:47 am

Magan - Ugh, Melissa. YES, YES, YES. It would break my heart if the botched Divergent. (Or any of these.)

May 1, 2012 - 9:46 am

Magan - Ashley, hahaha to the Take a Bow bit. It’s okay that you haven’t read it yet. (READ IT SOON!) It would be a great, great movie, I’m sure!

May 1, 2012 - 9:44 am

Magan - Tanya, even though you’ve only read Divergent, I wholeheartedly think it’s one of the best books. Maybe read Shatter Me? It’s ah-mazingggg.

May 1, 2012 - 9:44 am

Magan - Ginger, it would be awesome, yeah? I’d want to curl up inside that movie with all the beautiful places they go.

May 1, 2012 - 9:42 am

Magan - Thanks, Lori! 🙂

May 1, 2012 - 9:42 am

Magan - Hahah, Anna. Seriously. Tahereh wrote some of the most amazing scenes in Shatter Me. I might have a heart attack if I see them on the big screen though. 😉

May 1, 2012 - 9:32 am

Anna - You had my attention at shower scenes, let’s just start there. Plus: Wanderlove movie? YES, PLEASE!

May 1, 2012 - 8:27 am

Lori - 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Wanderlove are excellent choices! I would love to see those. Great list!

My Top Ten Tuesday

May 1, 2012 - 8:20 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh heck yes to Wanderlove!!! Man that would make an AMAZING movie. And Estelle, I love soundtracks too! They are pretty much awesome 🙂 (when done right)

May 1, 2012 - 6:18 am

Tanya Patrice - I’ve only read Divergent from this list – and 100% agree, I think it would make an excellent movie.

May 1, 2012 - 4:49 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Oh my god I about died when I saw 13 Little Blue Envelopes + Lizzie McGuire Movie in the same sentence…but oddly, I could TOTALLY see that, too! It would be a great summer movie if they were to make that book into a movie, all the traveling would be tons of fun. I included Take A Bow on my list (which is a bit of cheating since I haven’t actually read it yet), I think the premise of it could be great and all the artsy aspects would lend the potential of unique casting. I considered Wanderlove for my list too, but I had to nix it because I adore that book SO much that I can’t imagine I’d ever be able to reconcile a movie version of it haha.

My Top Ten

May 1, 2012 - 2:09 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great list! I haven’t read most of these, but agree with those choices that I have read! Divergent would make a great movie but, as you pointed out in your intro, only if it’s done RIGHT. There’s nothing more tragic than having a treasured book butchered in the big screen rendition =(

May 1, 2012 - 12:50 am

Magan - Laura, yes to dystopians and traveling tales. 🙂 I’d be a movie addict if they made these come to life!

May 1, 2012 - 12:44 am

marissa - Shatter Me would be fun. I so hope that the Divergent movies end up happening. I NEED them…like bad. Happy Insurgent release day!


May 1, 2012 - 12:40 am

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - I love that you mentioned the Lizzie Maguire movie. I haven’t thought about that in ages, but must admit that I saw it when it came out.

Beyond that, great choices! Really love the theme of dystopians (Shatter Me and Divergent would be awesome!) as well as the road tripping tales, like Wanderlust and 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

Laura @ The Traveling Owl

May 1, 2012 - 12:31 am

TeacherMotherReader - 13 Little Blue Envelopes was on my list too. I have to admit though, I wasn’t really thinking about Lizzie McGuire! Couldn’t you just imagine all those crazy characters and places that Ginny visited? It was a good book, but seeing all of the European sites would really enhance the book for me! Thanks for sharing your lists.

May 1, 2012 - 12:04 am

Magan - Hahahahaha, Alexandra! I love your comment. And yes, most definitely love dance movies despite their cheesiness. 🙂

May 1, 2012 - 12:02 am

Alexandra - Dystopians and roadtrips for the win! And those shower scenes *fans self rapidly*
I love dance movies – despite an abundance of lame plots and terrible acting. They’re like the candyfloss of the film world.