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Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby • Magan Reviews

Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby [ twitter | website ] Previously Reviewed by This Author: Shooting Stars Publication Date: November 1, 2014 Publisher: Self-Published Pages: 211 Target Audience: New Adult Keywords: modern art, self-discovery, artist’s muse, NYC, Paris Format Read: ARC from the Author (Thank you!) Summary: Cassie agrees to sit for modern artist, Cameron, so that he may study her and create a sculpture inspired by her. Cameron […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Alexa S. - I love the initial concept of Beneath Beautiful. The idea of finding out who she is and overcoming personal boundaries/limits as she identifies herself – a great plot for a main character. I’m not overly fond of the fact that it dissolves into romance though.

January 14, 2015 - 6:26 pm

Brianna - I snagged this from NetGalley a while back and I think it’s still on my Kindle. Maybe I’ll give it a go.

January 14, 2015 - 4:34 pm

Betty - Hmmmm….. this sounds interesting…. definitely different from the usual NA theme! I like the art angle! 🙂

Real Life Friendship & Real Life Diversity | Dive Into Diversity

I’ve had two of my best friends in my life since we were in Mrs. Grader’s kindergarten class — 25 years ago this year. Over the years, we were never consistantly inseparable (it’s difficult when you all go to different colleges and move to new cities) but for whatever cosmic reason, we take on the […]

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May 29, 2015 - 8:00 am

Phone a (Meant to Be) Friend | Pub Date: Beer & Book - […] known since kindergarten. (In fact, she’s no stranger to the blog. She helped out for this Dive Into Diversity Q&A from earlier in the […]

February 7, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Crystal - I am excited that there are so many people interested in diversifying their reading and encouraging more diversity in the publishing world. Thanks for hosting this great reading challenge!

January 26, 2015 - 9:09 am

Ann - I’ve been reading books that reflect diversity in spirituality for the past three weeks. Many of the ideas resonated with me, and I hope to be able to live a life as full and diverse as reflected in what I’ve read.

Having two daughters who were adopted from China makes me acutely aware of cultural diversity; and the importance of introducing and accepting a variety of beliefs and practices into our lives.

January 23, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Alexa S. - I loved reading this post, E! And your friends are totally good sports. It’s great to see that, for all of you, you easily embrace PEOPLE (as opposed to limiting yourselves because they’re “different”). Even though when I was in high school, I was mostly surrounded by fellow Filipinos, I’d like to think we were encouraged to be open-minded with all the different cultural projects (nationwide and worldwide) that we were givn to do. YAY FOR DIVERSITY!

January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

Real Life Diversity (Or a Lack Thereof) | The Reading Shelf - […] This post was written for the first month of the Dive Into Diversity challenge – check out Estelle’s own post and other links! […]

January 13, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Brianna - I’m Jewish, but I don’t think my friendships are so diverse now that I’m an adult. My two closest friends are also Jewish and we have similar backgrounds. I tend to gravitate toward other Jewish people and I’m very strong in my faith. I do think we need more books with diverse characters, though, because the generation of kids growing up now probably don’t have friendships like you have. I know my former camp kids certainly don’t. They go to private Jewish schools and Jewish summer camp. That’s their bubble.

January 13, 2015 - 7:50 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - You are wonderful 🙂 I loved this post so much, and I love the focus on friendship. I grew up in the Midwest, and there was not a ton of diversity in my schools (any of them) at all. In fact, it was a big deal when a few black students showed up in our high school. But everyone was so friendly and embracing. It was like all the kids finally were so excited to accept the diversity, and our area just hadn’t seen it yet. My brother became good friends with one of the kids his age, and to this day still goes to visit him even though they go to different colleges. I think that’s the cool thing about young people and kids, too. They’re genuine, and they don’t care about backgrounds or social status or anything like that. They just have friendships. I’m so excited to be in a city with so many different people now! I’m loving it!

January 13, 2015 - 11:23 am

Nisha - I love it! You did such a great job! 🙂

January 13, 2015 - 8:29 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Also, I forget to mention in my tiredness: I love that you interviewed your friends and we got the hear from them! So great.

January 13, 2015 - 8:28 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I LOVE this post. I’m half Portuguese and my childhood friend is half Russian/half Italian and looking back at all the books I’ve read, I can’t remember seeing a friendship like ours represented. Until you mentioned it though, I didn’t notice the hole there was. It’s like, you become accustomed to it? I hope your list grows, too!

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols | Magan Reviews

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 13, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 336 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: opposites attract, yearbook superlatives, sexual high school relationships Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Brody and Harper are chosen by their classmates as the “Perfect Couple That Never Was” for their high school yearbook superlative photo. Several failed attempts […]

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January 10, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Hmm. I was interested in these Superlatives books but mostly because I heard they were fun, but this is the most detailed review I’ve read and now I’m not so sure. I don’t think I will like these characters or the jerky pace and flip flopping. Thanks for sharing, I have things to think about now!

January 8, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Magan - Lori, I’m so glad to see you agree. I haven’t always felt that way, but I think as they’re released SO quickly and back-to-back, maybe there’s just not enough attention to detail and for me, that’s really important. I like for the books I read to be extremely polished and hers really feel like so much is slipping through the cracks in order to meet deadlines.

January 8, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Lori - I’ve found that Echol’s books are either a huge hit or a huge miss for me. I have the first book in this series, but I haven’t had the urge to read it.Now I might just skip it altogether.

January 7, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Brianna, which book of hers did you read? I’m super curious to know now. I wasn’t wowed by Perfect Couple, no. I think it has a lot to do with not seeing much growth in Echols’ writing as much as there just being gaping holes in the storyline.

January 7, 2015 - 10:08 am

Brianna - I read one of her books last year and while I enjoyed it, I’ve never gone back to read anything else she’s written. It didn’t wow me, and it sounds like Perfect Couple didn’t wow you, either. I’m not a fan of high school students being put in adult situations.

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass | Magan Reviews

Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass [twitter | website] Publication Date: December 30, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 384 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: girls’ rules for dating, girl code, sex and teenagers, senior year of H.S. Format Read: ARC from Publisher (A BIG thank you!) Summary: Aubrey and her girlfriends think they have dating, relationships, and guys all figured out. There […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:50 pm

Alexa S. - Though I personally was too frustrated to finish this one, I do think Love and Other Theories is the type of read that will provoke a reaction and subsequent reflection. The concept itself is interesting and challenging, and I like that it had you posing questions in your review.

January 10, 2015 - 9:07 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I don’t think this one is for me but I like how you mention that there are some women who could probably benefit from this story. But I think I’ll just be frustrated…

January 7, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Rebecca, I think it could be an eye-opener. Definitely. It’s always difficult to have characters who need to grow up a whole lot. And especially more difficult when they just don’t get as far as you’d like them to.

January 7, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Emma, with your focus on feminism, I would be SO curious to see what you have to say about this one. Read it, please?

January 6, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Hmm. This sounds like an interesting read but also maybe a frustrating one. It also completely slipped under the radar for me so thanks for reviewing it and bringing it to my attention!

January 6, 2015 - 9:30 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - This sounds like an interesting book (although kinda frustrating?) and it sounds like some girls might really benefit from it and open their eyes. I haven’t read many reviews for this, so thanks for sharing your thoughts!

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven | Review + Giveaway

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 6, 2015 Publisher: Knopf Pages: 384 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: depression, opposites attract, senior year, death of a sibling Format Read: ARC from Publisher (A BIG thank you!) Summary: After meeting on the top of the school’s bell tower, both contemplating the horror of jumping off, Finch bursts […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Alexa S. - Your review is making me lean heavily towards wanting to read All the Bright Places, M! I’m still not sure when or if I’ll be getting to it, but I do love that your enthusiasm for the story + characters shines through so clearly in this review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, and for encouraging readers to pick it up!

January 6, 2015 - 11:00 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OOOOO, I haven’t heard of this book, but now I want to read it. Roller coaster emotions + relationship progression = my cup of tea.

*adds to Goodreads*

My new years resolution, which is completely cliche but whatever, is to lose weight and get back in shape. I gained an embarrassingly amount of weight in the past three months. Time to lose it and get toned!

January 4, 2015 - 10:53 pm

Carmel - My New Year’s Resolution is to be brave. I still have a lot apprehensions in general. Hopefully I could just let things be and just trust in the magic of new beginnings. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Jaime Lester - One of my resolutions is to start eating healthier, and drinking more water, less Dr. Pepper!!! UGH!I am not looking forward to it, but it must be done. I work out all of the time, now I just need to get the eating part down!

January 2, 2015 - 5:35 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - (M, I just went to Goodreads to mark it rec’d by you and saw that I’d already done just that. I SO love how much you love this one, that it made me excited twice.)

January 2, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - MAGAN! I have to admit that I haven’t paid much attention to this book because it seems to me that so many people are reading it right now, at the same time, but your words are BRILLIANT and make me want my hands on it NOW. I love that I can tell how much you love it and WOW, I just want to read it NOW. That is why I love reading friends with enthusiasm. Happy New Year friend and thanks so much for this recommendation! xo

January 2, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Jessica @ Strung Out On Books - I loved this book just as much as you did! Definitely a fav of 2015 for me too! I haven’t ordered a finished copy yet, but I plan ASAP! Finch and Violet will be with me for a long, long time! Lovely review! 😀

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Natalie - My New Year’s Resolution is still a work in progress. But it’s something along the lines of finding a good balance between still reading a lot of books but not forsaking my homework. Thank you for the giveaway!

January 2, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Amy Deatherage - im excited for this one.

I plan to keep with the “don’t worry, be happy”.

January 2, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Barbara - Hi!

My 2015 resolution is to be more active in my blogging, Twitter accounts, and Goodreads. I’ve heard so many great things about this book, I can’t wait to read it!

January 2, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Ashley C - My new years resolution is to stress less! Don’t worry about the small things! 🙂
Thanks for the chance!
-Ashley

January 2, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Chloe @ YA Booklover Blog - I’ve seen this book around but haven’t heard much. Your love for this book is so clear and really makes me want to read it! The concept sounds so interesting and I’m intrigued by Finch’s different personas.

January 2, 2015 - 11:55 am

Cassie - I have this book on hold at the library, and I am so excited to get my hands on it as soon as possible!

January 2, 2015 - 10:33 am

Brianna - I am getting excited to read this one!

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan

Hello, friends! Happy last day of 2014! I wish you the happiest New Years Eve and hope you have incredible plans tonight. Dustyn and I will be staying in, playing games, and ringing in the new year in a very low key way. 2014 was full of amazing new firsts, lots of incredible books, less […]

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January 23, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Alexa S. - Loved reading your survey, M! As always, we have very similar book picks for the year, which I LOVE. I’ve read most of the ones you’ve highlighted (and loved them), and for the ones I haven’t, I’m definitely taking notes and looking them up at the library 😉 Here’s to hoping 2015 is an amazing year, for reading + blogging + life!

January 22, 2015 - 12:00 am

When You Relate to a Character You Don't Like, Magan - […] vowed to get caught up on Miranda Kinneally’s work in my 2014 End of Year Book Survey. It’s something Estelle’s been asking me to do (and that I also really want to do). I […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:30 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I loved a lot of these, too–Open Road Summer, All the Boys and 17 First Kisses! I still need to get round to I’ll Give You the Sun and Isla and actually can’t believe I haven’t read them yet, considering how much I was anticipating them. Long story. Good news, Sun is ordered and on it’s way!

I think I remember your review of Head of the Review, but I’m off to give it another read to refresh. I totally get not being a big re-reader. There’s always so many new books to discover (+ other reasons). Oh, and I LOVED your post on friendship.

January 2, 2015 - 4:40 pm

L.C. Spoering - I love surveys! You’re far more insightful than I can be, though, nice work!

Have to agree most on Nick and Amy in Gone Girl. I still find myself stopping and thinking HOLY CRAP WHAT WAS THAT.

December 31, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - Well, you’ve convinced me to move All the Bright Places up on my list. I just started Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches, but I’ll read All the Bright Places after that.

December 31, 2014 - 9:01 am

Emma @ Miss Print - *clap* I am always super excited to see To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before getting lots of love (and reading the rest of the answers in surveys like this). Here’s to another great year!

December 31, 2014 - 8:07 am

Tawney Bland - Wonderful post! I have to agree that Heir of Fire and We We’re Liars. I do love your post Lola’s bedroom decor. It was so unique and fun. I can’t wait to see what you bring next year!