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The Program by Suzanne Young • Magan Reviews

The Program by Suzanne Young [website • twitter] Published April 30, 2013 by Simon Pulse Pages: 405 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, suicide, losing memories, destiny, soul mates Summary: Life for Sloane isn’t perfect. Her brother committed suicide, her best friend was taken into The Program because she was showing signs of suicidal tendencies, and her boyfriend seems to […]

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June 8, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Alexa S. - How intriguing! I’ve heard of The Program before, and your review has definitely made me more inclined to want to check it out. It’s interesting that the author chose to write her story in a world where suicidal tendencies can be “fixed”; that’s definitely fodder for a great discussion of suicide, its characteristics and what can be done about it.

June 3, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I loved your take on this book Magan! I read it more as a sci-fi type story (or maybe dystopian? I don’t even know what I’d call it) and I was totally disappointed in terms of the world building and the complete lack of explanations about WHY The Program happened. From a character standpoint I feel like I have a new appreciation for this book (though still not a personal favorite because man I did not like James!). Thanks for giving me a new perspective!

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb • Magan Reviews

KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb [web | tweet] Published by Harper Teen on May 26, 2015 Pages: 400 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: first love, parental loss, airplane crash, detached mothers Summary: Not many things have gone right for Eva, but when she meets Will and they connect over personal losses they’ve both suffered through, she feels like she’s […]

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June 3, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - My excitement for this book grows exponentially as more bloggers I trust talk about how much they loved it. Great review Magan!

June 2, 2015 - 10:37 am

Alexa S. - Kissing in America sounds FABULOUS, M! I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it, but your review has completely changed my mind. I’m definitely going to be trying to snag a copy soon, since it also sounds like a perfect summer read!

May 27, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things - I saw this the other day and it looks so good. I am a complete sucker for romances..<3

May 27, 2015 - 10:31 am

Ashley - I am so, so, so, so glad I’m not alone in my love of this book. I went into it knowing nothing also and adored it so much!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas • Magan Reviews

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas [twitter • website] First Book in the Series Publication Date: May 5, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Pages: 416 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: Faeries, Magic, Fantasy, Beauty and the Beast Retelling Reading Challenge: Flights of Fantasy with Alexa + Rachel Summary: After Feyre unknowingly breaks the treaty between humans and Faeries, […]

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May 8, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Magan - Me too, Alexa! I was so pleasantly surprised that it was another HUGE hit for me. It’s got me in a fantasy mood now, craving SO MUCH MORE!

May 8, 2015 - 11:55 am

Alexa S. - I’m seriously SO thrilled that you enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, M. Isn’t it so, so lovely? I think Sarah has done a brilliant job writing something different from her Throne of Glass series, and I certainly need MORE.

May 7, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES! So excited to read your thoughts. I just loved this one too. I was so scared it wouldn’t live up to my expectations having recently fallen in love with ToG.
I loved how it really was its own story but you could easily spot BatB too!

May 6, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Faith - So glad you liked it! Can’t wait to read it because its more Sarah J Maas :)

May 6, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Julia Anne @ Peach Print - I’m so happy to hear this book doesn’t disappoint!! I actually have yet to read Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series (I know, I’m terrible), but once I do, I’m definitely going to get cracking on this newest release. A grownup Beauty and the Beast retelling? Count me in!

May 6, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Magan - Yani! It was released yesterday! RUN TO YOUR BOOKSTORES TO BUY IT! RUN! 😉 I hope you enjoy!

May 6, 2015 - 10:16 am

Yani - I cannot wait for this to be in our local bookstore’s shelves. I want to read it now. I can’t bear the hype anymore. It’s torture.

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!

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

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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.