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Getting to Know Paula Stokes, Author of LIARS, INC.

Author Paula Stokes reached out to me via social media when she saw I had read a review copy of LIARS, INC. Several changes went into the final edits of LIARS, and she created a document so her readers could be aware of them before reviewing. (I’d like to add that reading the document only allowed me to love […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Magan - Bre, isn’t she?! I absolutely adore her! I’m so thankful she stopped by the blog. And you. Thanks for your great comment — I LOL’d. 😉

April 30, 2015 - 2:02 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Part of It: My Budget-Friendly NYC Day Magan chats with author Paula Stokes Baseball and Book pairings Estelle chats with author Juliana […]

April 19, 2015 - 10:31 pm

Bre @ Booky Berries - This interview is so cute. Paula Stokes is so cute. You are so cute.

Sometimes I say a word so much it doesn’t even feel like a word anymore. Guess what the word I killed this time was.

April 14, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Magan - Definitely do, Meg! She’s SO great and I have a fond adoration for her. I was so glad to learn of the changes that were made. Some were very subtle, of course, but I loved that I got to know and didn’t harp on a detail that later would have been so insignificant or nonexistent.

April 14, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Magan - Alexa, I need to read Lainey too. E and I have each read one! Thank you for reading the interview! <3

April 14, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great interview! I’m even more excited to read Liars, Inc. now. I tracked down a copy last month so hopefully I’ll be reading it in between some obligation reading soon.

April 7, 2015 - 4:59 pm

Alexa S. - Loved reading your interview with Paula, M! I’ve loved connecting with her on Twitter, though I have yet to read any of her books. Definitely going to have to remedy that after seeing this post though!

April 7, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Meg - Very fun interview! Stokes is a new-to-me author, but I’m sold. I’ve never heard of an author contacting reviewers about changes to ARCs, and that is awesome! I know I’ve read early copies of books that were drastically altered in final form, and it made them tough to discuss. Will be looking for her work!

It’s a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March!

Well, another month bites the dust. Who’s prepared for April and taxes? (UGH.) Ahem, sorry – that’s what I’ve been focused on a lot the last two weeks. April is going to be full of sunshine and reading outside and lots and lots of vitamin D. (We hope.) Here are a few highlights of our March: […]

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April 7, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Alexa S. - It seems like y’all had a happy March! I loved the #15beautifuldays challenge too, and definitely enjoyed perusing all of the photos that were shared 🙂

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby • Magan Reviews

  Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: death of a boyfriend, transplant donor recipients, moving forward Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Quinn feels unable to move on until she has closure about Trent’s last donor recipient, Colton, who received a heart transplant. […]

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April 14, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Magan - I did, I did, Melissa! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Was this your first Kirby book? If so, I’m SHOCKED! You definitely need to read the others! Get on it, lady! 🙂

April 14, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Magan - I agree with you on both accounts, Alexa! The family was SO great and the scenery was just magnificent. I wanted to live in some of those scenes!

April 7, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Alexa S. - My favorite thing about Things We Know By Heart is a toss-up between the incredible details of the setting, and the amazing people in Quinn’s family. Both elements were such standouts to me! Glad you enjoyed Things We Know By Heart.

April 6, 2015 - 1:33 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oh, I’m so glad that you liked this one too! I hadn’t thought about her friends, but you do make a good point. I loved how her character evolved throughout the book, and it would have been nice to see some of that transformation rewarded! I am definitely going to check out more of Jessi Kirby’s books; I really liked her writing style =)

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor • Magan Reviews

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: college preparation, Harvard, parent in rehab, cheating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Juliet’s picture-perfect life goes downhill when her parents split, her dad moves out, her mom tries to pop pills and drink away her depression, and Juliet […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Dove Arising by Karen Bao […]

March 25, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Alexa S. - I felt for Juliet in this one, since she was forced to deal with so many different things in her life! But I didn’t quite click as well with this novel as I wanted to. Still, it was worth a read, if only because I could identify with some of Juliet’s struggles 🙂

The Beginning of Our Attachment

Estelle and I met at a wedding in Texas. We had this brief serendipitous moment where we connected over books, but that was short lived as we went home at the end of the night. Estelle returned home to New York, married James, and somewhere along the way we connected on Twitter (and then Facebook, […]

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March 27, 2015 - 7:33 am

Leah - ♥ this post is seriously the greatest ever! (hee, after reading Attachments – which I loooved – I told Rainbow she needed to write me the author’s version of a doctor’s note because I stayed up WAY too late to finish it and was basically a zombie at work the following morning!)

March 21, 2015 - 5:05 pm

Brianna - This is such a great story. I love it.

March 21, 2015 - 12:17 am

Kailia Sage - Oh man I absolutely loved this post! It’s nice to see how y’all became friends and how RBR started. I’m always intrigued by background stories.

March 20, 2015 - 6:56 pm

Rachel - Awwwww your friendship is seriously the cutest. I’ve loved watching you guys grow together throughout these last couple of years, and seeing a snippet of how everything began is so cool.

March 20, 2015 - 11:54 am

Meg - This is so sweet — especially because I just read (and loved!) Attachments a few months ago! Honestly, I’m a little envious of your awesome girl friendship. I’ve always had a tough time making and keeping female friends, and this gives me hope that someday an awesome buddy could come into my life rather serendipitously!

March 20, 2015 - 10:57 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Is it creepy if I tell you guys that your friendship is one of my favourites in the YA community? I love your blog, I love how much you share with each other and of yourselves. Thank you for sharing this.

*going to run and say I love you to my best book buddy, Sarah of You Should Read This! now*

March 20, 2015 - 10:22 am

Lauren @ Bookmark Lit - This is so cute! <3

March 20, 2015 - 10:12 am

Alexa S. - Reading this post was the perfect way to kick off my Friday morning in the office! I seriously loved getting the chance to see how you guys became friends, and how RBR really started. It’s really cool, and I’m so glad you shared and made Friday that much more wonderful and happy <3

March 20, 2015 - 10:12 am

Alisa @ Papercuttts - D’awwww! And this corner of the internet is happy that you met!

March 20, 2015 - 9:35 am

Andi - This post is the cutest of the cute! I for one am happy you met at this wedding and are friends. I wouldn’t know either of you without it! ♥

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes • Magan Reviews

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: teenager disappearance, thriller, Internet dating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Max, Preston, and Parvati form a small underground business developing lies for their classmates to get what they want at school; business is going great until Preston asks Max […]

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April 7, 2015 - 8:02 am

Getting to Know Paula Stokes, Author of LIARS, INC. - […] don’t forget to add LIARS, INC. to your Goodreads, or read my review if you need a bit more convincing. […]

April 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Megan - I have seen this cover a few times and was curious. I didn’t know anyone who had read it, so in light of wanting to spend my money on something I knew I would likely enjoy I passed it up. After reading this though I’m really interested and might just pick it up in my next shop!

April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Start of Me and You by Emery Lord Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz One Wish by Robyn […]

March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Thanks, Sophie! It’s such a fantastic one! Hope you enjoy it!

March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Maggie, I wonder if you’d still have issues with the changes she’s made. You read an ARC, correct? I think things are going to feel really tight and put together in the final copy!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Emma, I think you’d have a lot of fun analyzing LIARS, INC. for sure! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Alexa, it’s a great read! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Magan - You’re welcome, Brianna! Thanks for reading! 🙂

March 22, 2015 - 11:16 pm

Brianna - This sounds like another great read. Thanks for sharing your review.

March 19, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Alexa S. - I honestly wasn’t certain if I wanted to read Liars Inc. initially. But after reading your review? Heck yes, I’ll consider giving it a shot. It sounds like a really intense story with lots of twists, and I think those can be great fun sometimes!

March 18, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I was intrigued by the cover and jacket copy for this one but it never really grabbed my attention to read it. But gosh this review shows I am very wrong. It sounds fantastic. Thanks also for mentioning the changes from ARC to finished copy as I find that sort of thing fascinating.

March 18, 2015 - 7:39 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I didn’t like this as much as you did, but I do agree about all of the great diversity in the story. Even though I had a few issues with the story I really enjoyed all of those things. I expected the whole Liars Inc. business to be a much bigger part of the story, too, and I also liked that it wasn’t, but it kind of drove me crazy how Max kept mentioning it. Great review!

March 18, 2015 - 6:31 am

Sophie @ Seamless Reader - I simply can’t wait for this book to come out!

Great review! 🙂