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Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook • Magan Reviews

Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 288 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: sexual assault, small town setting, accident, football Summary: Kayla has never wanted to leave her home town; it’s always been her favorite place, her source of comfort. When something awful happens and she’s sent away for the […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Magan - Totally uncomfortable, Alexa, but very necessary! 🙂

May 5, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Magan - Lucy, it’s intense. Be warned! But very worth it! Can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

April 30, 2015 - 5:45 pm

Lucy - I just got this one in the mail and you do make it sound like a worthwhile read. A FNL reference in your opening paragraph doesn’t hurt either 🙂

April 29, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Alexa S. - Every Last Promise definitely sounds like it would be a “hard” read, in the sense that I would definitely feel uncomfortable. But sometimes, those books are necessary in order to coax us into a new understanding or perspective. Glad you think this one is worth it!

Allegiant by Veronica Roth • Magan Reviews

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth [twitter • website] Previously Reviewed Insurgent (Divergent #2) Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 526 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, trilogy, books to movies Format Read: Hard cover purchased. Summary: (borrowed from Goodreads) Dual narration by Tris Prior and her beloved Tobias. Their faction-based dystopian society is broken by violence and power struggles, scarred by loss and […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Magan - Andi. The hurt. My heart just hurt so badly. It was soooo sad. Thanks for letting me know you were right there with me. Man, so painful. And I think you’re brave for wanting to re-read. I don’t know that I could take it!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - ROSIE! SO FRUSTRATING! I felt like banging my head against a wall. (Not really, but I did feel like I would burst!) I absolutely love your comment. I would love if she talked about it a bit more too. I’d buy the collector’s edition JUST for that. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Annette, your comment perfectly sums up how I felt. Life isn’t always perfect, and I think that’s what Allegiant proved. There’s not always a happily ever after.

May 5, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Hollie! So, so glad you and I were on the same page here. We should’ve known. You’re absolutely right. I applaud Roth for being authentic, but darn if I didn’t cry a lot! 😉

May 5, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Divergent was one of the series I started before blogging, Alexa! I think that’s why it was so sentimental for me too. Though it wasn’t my perfect, happily ever ever…I understand it all. <3

April 23, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - While I honestly didn’t want some of the things that happened in this final novel to happen, I was actually able to accept that they would. I didn’t get spoiled (thankfully!), but I knew that something big must have happened to get everyone in a tizzy. I feel you about it being the end of an era though; Divergent was one of the first YA trilogies I read the year I started blogging and that series will always be special to me for that reason.

April 22, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Hollie - You’ve absolutely summed up my entire feelings on Allegiant. I can’t say I’m happy with how it ended, but I honestly feel that there couldn’t be a more fitting ending. Looking back, and thinking about the first two books in the series, we should’ve known it was never going to be a perfect HEA, and I really love Veronica Roth more for giving us this gut-wrenching ending instead of something completely different that would feel inauthentic to the series.

April 22, 2015 - 11:58 am

Annette - No one really wanted things to turn out that way, but I, too, applaud Roth for making the difficult choices. I love it when authors are gutsy, even though they know it’s going to tick a lot of people off. Great review.

April 22, 2015 - 8:07 am

Rosie - its so frustrating when you have no one to talk to about a book isn’t it? You can talk to me though!

I completely agree with you that Veronica made the right choice to do something shocking. It made sense, and I believe that’s what Tris would have done. I think if she’d avoided that, it wouldn’t have done the series justice.

I think there’s an Allegiant Collector’s Edition coming out in the autumn, so I hope Veronica will talk about having to make hard decisions. It’s always interesting to hear why authors do things.

April 22, 2015 - 8:04 am

Andi - So. Much. Yes.

Magan, I felt what you felt. I hurt how you hurt. I cried like you cried. I mean I was a straight up sobby mess when I was done for like an hour, probably for 2 because I think I cried the last hour of the book. It was just so powerful an ending and it hurt my heart and my soul. I want to reread it again before the movie but I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready.

Excellent review!

Little Kids: Bedtime Stories

One of my favorite times of day to read with my daughter, Everett, is before bedtime. It’s the only time during the day that her Daddy and I are both there to snuggle and read with her. One of us snuggles, the other reads, and we alternate every evening. We don’t always choose bedtime stories to […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Magan - Alexa, “literary diet” — hahahah! I love that phrase! So clever! 😉

May 5, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Magan - Lori, thank you for the new book suggestion! We don’t have that one, but I’m looking it up because I don’t want to *just* have girly books on hand for E. She’s obsessed with trucks with they pass by so I think this will be a hit for her!

April 21, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Lori - We’re big fans of Little Owl’s Night and Llama Llama as well. Finn’s current favorite bedtime book is Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. I love it too!

April 21, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Alexa S. - Definitely enjoyed seeing some new titles for little ones in this post, M! I grew up on a literary diet of Goodnight Moon, as well as fairy tales, so I won’t be much help with suggestions. Just wanted to say that I appreciated this post and will bookmark for future reference one day 😉

The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman • Magan Reviews

The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Pages: 250 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: artist colony, RISD, art school, cheating, message in a bottle Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Dakota’s best friend and boyfriend graduated a year earlier than she did, and while away at close colleges, they begin hooking […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Magan - I haven’t read a *ton* of Entangled books, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I like hot topics and difficult subjects. Sometimes it’s SO nice to step away and have something that just lets me escape. This book was perfect for that.

May 5, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Magan - Alexa, TTAJ is so, so great! If you’re looking for a quick, entertaining read, pick it up!

April 30, 2015 - 2:01 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] by Veronica Roth The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman All the Rage by Courtney Summers Every Last Promise by Kristin […]

April 21, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Alexa S. - The Truth About Jack sounds like a great read, M! The premise is both different and similar from others that I’ve read, but I can’t help but be intrigued. Glad you enjoyed it, and it’s gone on my TBR now 😉

April 17, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I’ve been coming across a lot of Entangled Publishing titles lately. This one sounds delightful. Thanks for bringing it to my attention with this thoughtful review!

April 15, 2015 - 9:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is the first I’ve heard of this book, but oh my gosh I totally want to read it. It looks so sweet, and I would just love to meet Jack. Thanks for the review. I’m off to add this to my TBR right now.

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies

We’re continuing to delve into what exactly diversity is and I’ve really decided to hone in on family. Not everyone has a traditional family. The APA says that 40-50% of marriages will end in divorce. My mom’s first marriage did. It was just my mom and I for a little while until my dad (what […]

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July 14, 2015 - 8:00 am

Cousins Siblings Friends | Dive Into Diversity - […] Plus it fits in perfectly with Magan’s closer look at family varieties (reminder to check out her stepfamily post!). Feel free to leave comments below, and let us know what diverse reads you’ve been loving […]

May 1, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Stacking the Shelves & Wrappin’ It Up April 2015 | - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading delves into Diversity with books about step-families and reading recommendations! […]

May 1, 2015 - 3:30 am

Julia Anne @ Peach Print - I just joined in on the Dive Into Diversity reading challenge fun today, but I was happy to realize I had already recently reviewed a book in the “diverse book” category, and it was one of the books you mentioned in your post, too. 🙂

Julia

April 30, 2015 - 10:44 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Kids: Bedtime Stories Dive Into Diversity: Magan explores step-families Pub Date: First and […]

April 21, 2015 - 11:56 am

Alexa S. - I love that you’re focusing on non-traditional families for Dive Into Diversity, M! It’s a fantastic idea. My family is pretty traditional for the most part, but I love reading novels that celebrate ALL kinds of families. Great suggestions for the stepfamily reads! I think If You Find Me should be another on your list 🙂

April 20, 2015 - 10:01 pm

Crystal - It took me a while to think of books with step-families. Outside Beauty by Kadohata is one. I will have to think about it some more.

April 15, 2015 - 8:24 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Love your post, Magan. I think it’s really important to showcase stepfamilies in books, especially since they’re so present and a part of life for a lot of YA readers. While of course I want to read and see authentic representation on the page, it’s nice to come across a book without the evil dynamics, like someone mentioned above. Great to hear The Wrong Side of Right showcases stepfamilies in a positive light. Now I have even more reason to want to read it!

April 15, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Rachel - Gahhh, thank you so so much for this post. I have never had a traditional family and I have a REALLY hard time connecting with books that are heavily focused on the nuclear family because that’s just so far from my personal experience. I’ve read a lot of these, but I definitely have some new ones to add to my TBR!

April 14, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Ellie @ Ellie Reads Fiction - I just shared my review of Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson – a sweet MM romance of two childhood friends on a road trip finally coming together.
The issue of complex family relations was strongly present in the story – one boy was the child of divorced parents and the other was adopted. There were interesting family dynamics involved which influenced their romance.
Overall, as a fan of contemporary romance, I very much appreciate it when the stories reflect the present world in all its complexity, including the family relations. Thank you for highlighting this aspect!

April 14, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Magan - Natalie, thank you so much for checking out the post. I’m so glad you could connect and find some books to add to your to-read list. Thank you for your thoughtful comment! <3

April 14, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Natalie @ Flowers in my Books - This was a great post! It was nice to hear about your family, as someone who has grown up with a bio dad who is a step-dad to my brother and sister and then having my parents separate I know how important it can be to read books about non-traditional families (especially ones that bring it into a positive light). Thanks for the recommendations, I will definitely be adding some of these to my reading list 🙂

All the Rage by Courtney Summers • Magan Reviews

All the Rage by Courtney Summers [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 304 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: rape, growing up in a small town, missing person Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Romy can’t wait to escape her small town, where she’s ridiculed for “claiming to be raped”. (That’s what they say; the […]

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October 13, 2015 - 8:01 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families - […] What I Thought Was True • We Were Liars • All the Rage […]

May 5, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Magan - It was soooo tough, but I think it would be such a great book club book. Pick it up, Alexa! READ IT!

April 21, 2015 - 11:14 am

Alexa S. - All the Rage sounds like such a powerful book! It sounds like it would provoke readers into discussion (which I love!), even though it sounds like it would also be really hard to read with all the emotional punches it will pull. I definitely have an eye on this one!

April 14, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Magan - Worthwhile is a great way to describe it, Meg. Summers’ work was some of the first I start reading and reviewing when we began RBR so I have a special place in my heart for her too!

April 14, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Magan - THANK YOU, BRE! It’s a really great read and I hope you enjoy it (as much as one can enjoy those books that take you to really uncomfortable places).

April 10, 2015 - 11:59 am

Bre @ Booky Berries - This was an awesome review! I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this book when it releases. 🙂

April 8, 2015 - 10:05 am

Meg - Sounds like a tough but very worthwhile read. Summers’ first novel was actually what got me back into reading YA as an adult, so I’ve always followed her work with interest! Will look for this one.