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Magan: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

Just One Year (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman Other Books Reviewed in This Series: Just One Day Publication Date: October 10, 2013 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: Falling in Love, Traveling the World, Lost Love, Theater and Acting Format Read: ARC borrowed from Lena at Addicted 2 Novels Summary: After a […]

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January 13, 2015 - 9:46 am

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October 24, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I loved this book A LOT. I thought Willem’s journey was beautiful in its own way, just like Allyson’s was for her. I was also a little worried on what his year was like but I was not disappointed on all the feels. It was perfect. 😀 Great review, Magan!

October 2, 2013 - 8:22 pm

Ellice - I haven’t read any Gayle Forman books yet. I own If I Stay, Where She Went, AND Just One Day, so you can tell that I’m pretty confident that I will like her books 🙂 This review makes me even more excited to experience her writing!!

September 22, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oh this book! You already know how much I loved it (and you, for passing it along to me). I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Willem, and I decided to re-read Just One Day before diving into this one. I’m so glad I did that because it was wonderful to read the two back-to-back! I loved the way the stories complemented each other so well. Gosh! I can’t wait to write my review. Either way, you did a lovely job of highlighting just what’s so special about this book!

September 21, 2013 - 9:59 pm

VeganYANerds - I cannot wait for this, I’m glad it’s just as good as JOD!

September 18, 2013 - 11:37 pm

Bookworm1858 - I was really frustrated with Allyson in JOD because of her infatuation with Willem, who I thought was unworthy of her. I am curious if I will reconsider my impression of that book by reading JOY.

September 18, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Magan - Hey Tiff! Thanks so much! I don’t think I’ve ruined anything by sharing that Willem’s father has passed away. It’s mentioned in Just One Day, briefly, and it’s not a pivotal point of Just One Year. Moreso, the focus is on reconnecting with his mother after his father’s death separates them. I hope you do, indeed, love JOY when you read it! Thanks for the comments everyone!

September 18, 2013 - 4:24 pm

Marathon @ Paranormal Indulgence - I’ve been so reluctant to give this series a go. Mainly because I was unsure if our happy couple was actually going to have a happy ending. But what has me convinced to start it is the obvious growth BOTH characters experience, and yes, the idea of reading their reunion has me excited as well.

September 18, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Wonderful review – I’m so glad to hear everyone talking about the journey that Willem takes more than just the romance.

I do wish I hadn’t found out that Willem’s father died in your review, but I’m guessing we find that out pretty quickly and it’s not a big spoiler?

I’m so excited about this book – I’m basically salivating every time anyone talks about it. I had a very personal relationship with Just One Day, really hoping that Just One Year provides that to me, too.

September 18, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Yay so glad you loved this one! Like you, I was feeling iffy about Willem after Just One Day but it was so satisfying to get to know his story in this book. And yes, these 2 books do give me a travel itch.
I want more of Willem and Allyson’s story but I know that’s not Forman’s style 🙂 Fab review!

Magan: Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott

Jumped In by Patrick Flores-Scott (website | facebook) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: gangs, disappearing teenager, abandonment, poetry, male POV Format Read: ARC received at TLA from publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Sam and Luis are two very unlikely friends. They don’t speak or look one […]

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July 9, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Dj2018 - Y did this guy write this book with that ending! Lol this was a very good book, made u feel for the characters. There are few books that can relate to actual problems, but still be interesting, and this is one of those books that u just can’t put down. Wonderful. Patrick Flores-Scott, you are a wonderful author, keep up the good work.

September 18, 2013 - 3:19 am

Alexa Y. - I hadn’t heard of this one before, but it sounds really interesting. I love that it features a friendship between two boys, and the poetry aspect sounds really cool too.

September 15, 2013 - 11:56 am

Shelve It: September 15, 2013, Estelle - […] thoughts on Jumped In by Patrick Flores Scott Estelle’s review of Cherry Money Baby by John Cusick Joint discussion […]

September 14, 2013 - 12:07 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m glad you’re bringing this to our attention as it’s one I hadn’t heard of at all though it sounds like something I’d definitely enjoy. Male POV, the power of teachers and literature to improve lives? What’s not to like?

Magan: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Warning: This review may contain spoilers for Throne of Glass. Proceed with caution. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Series: Throne of Glass (My review.) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 432 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: female assassin, magic, young adult fantasy, high fantasy Format read: ARC received via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: After […]

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September 5, 2013 - 12:01 am

Book Review | Crown of Midnight | Sarah J. Maas | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “The beauty of Crown of Midnight is how so many aspects felt like they were clicking into pl… […]

September 1, 2013 - 7:35 am

April Books & Wine - I liked how emotional Crown Of Midnight was, and omg omg the big tragedy! I definitely got all teary eyed.

I was also really happy with the direction of the romance, but then you know things happened and goodness I am so ready for book three!

I think we all swoon for Chaol <3333

August 29, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m SO glad to hear that this series just keeps getting better. I’ve had Throne of Glass on my TBR since you loved it so much, and actually ordered a copy a few months ago. I think I’m going to save it ’til the whole series is out (if I can wait that long!) since it seems like one that would be great to binge read from beginning to end =)

August 29, 2013 - 12:59 am

Jen - EEEK yes yes yes! I loved Crown of Midnight more than ToG, and omg Chaol (yes to the HUBBA, HUBBA). I loved their romance and it sure didn’t feel like a love triangle to me anymore! Dorian’s secrets also surprised me the most as well. I did get frustrated with Celaena and Chaol’s egos at the end, too. *pulls hair* I’m glad you loved it so much though, Magan! Wonderful review. 🙂

August 28, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Bookworm1858 - I have seen so many raves for this sequel but I just wasn’t that impressed with the first book so I can’t work up much enthusiasm for the second book. It just didn’t wow me and I’m not sure it would be worth it to check this out.

August 28, 2013 - 7:10 pm

elena - BASICALLY ALL OF THIS! I admire how you always have such thoughtful reviews and I so agree on how Sarah toned it down a bit to see more of Celaena. Cannot wait for the next one!!

August 28, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m sure you already know that I loved this one too! Sarah did a wonderful job developing her story and her characters, keeping me glued to the book when I read it. I loved the way things have ended up in her story, though that ending has left me dying for book 3 already! I also really like the influx of Chaol in this book, because he’s just so swoony and always has been.

August 28, 2013 - 11:51 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Ahh, I absolutely loved Throne of Glass when it came out last year, Celaena was such an amazing character, so strong and lovely! I can’t wait to read this one especially knowing there is more Celaena and Chaol (because I am all about Chaol!!) Great review, I definitely need this one ASAP!

Magan: 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 Summary: Five years after the death of her […]

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September 1, 2013 - 12:30 am

Melissa - I really loved this book. I could not date my brother in law’s myself, but I did love this book!!

August 28, 2013 - 11:52 am

Alexa Y. - This sounds like a pretty awesome, if slightly fluffy, romance novel! I do adore a good romance novel every now and then to break up my reading, and this one seems like it’s pretty good. I do like the whole little twist to the story, what with her dating and sleeping with the brother (although that would kind of gross me out too).

August 21, 2013 - 10:22 am

Christine @ Oh, Chrys! - I must admit that I am not sure I could get over the whole dating my dead husband’s brother aspect of this book. I would probably give up at the 40% because of the droning backstory as well. It certainly sounds light though!

Magan: Just Like Fate by Suzanne Young and Cat Patrick

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick (website | twitter) + Suzanne Young (website | twitter) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target Audience:  Young Adult Keywords: different life scenarios, death of a grandparent, divorced parents Format Read: ARC received at TLA from the publisher. (Thank you!) Other Books I’ve Reviewed by These Authors: […]

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August 28, 2013 - 11:22 am

Alexa Y. - For some reason, I wasn’t particularly keen on this book when I first heard of it. HOWEVER. After reading your review, I think I might actually have to read it! I love how this book tries to show what would happen if Caroline lived out BOTH scenarios. It would be interesting to see what would change and what would stay the same! I’ve had plenty of situations where I think of what-ifs in my own life, so this book really intrigues me for that aspect alone.

August 26, 2013 - 11:48 am

Rachelia (Bookish Comforts) - This sounds like such an interesting book! I think there are definitely decisions in life that we think about how our lives would be different if we took a different path. Adding this to my TBR list now, great review!

August 15, 2013 - 4:04 pm

katy - I’ve been wondering about this one! It sounds really interesting and I like Patrick and Young separately, too. It kind of sounds sad, but I think I might like the “what if” and I can relate a bit to being a runner. Chris sounds nice, too! I might put this one on my TBR!

August 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - “Despite how we react to a situation, do we arrive at different conclusions?” –> This message is probably what resonated with me the most as I read. But I felt like the book was trying to say that it’s the different journey that shapes you (regardless of what the outcome is). And I really really liked that. Actually I liked a lot about what the book had to say about life and choices. Plus I kind of adored Chris <3 haha. Anyway, great review! I def plan to buy this one.

August 14, 2013 - 11:19 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I didn’t realize that this was what the book was about. It sounds amazing and I love how these two authors come together to explore two different paths and how strongly it could affect Caroline’s life. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!

August 14, 2013 - 11:02 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - What a fantastic explanation and review of this book! I wasn’t totally ‘wowed’ by it, but I really, really enjoyed it and I also really loved how the ending was done.
I LIKED that Caroline had some serious flaws. It didn’t make me hate her — it actually kind of made me like her more because you could see her changes and I really felt like I grew to like her even more by the time the book ended.
I also love that this was split time lines without really making it sci-fi/paranormal.
Awesome review! 🙂 So beautifully said!

August 14, 2013 - 9:01 am

Bookworm1858 - I love the way you captured the plot of this book-I think I kind of just rambled in my post but yours is so orderly and I feel like it gives a great impression of the book. Though this book wasn’t a favorite, I enjoyed the way it explored this question you asked: “Could she become a stronger woman if she had to confront life instead of always fleeing?”

Magan: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King [website | twitter] Publication Date: October 12, 2010 Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 336 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: death of a friend, friendships coming to an end, childhood friendship Format read: Hardback borrowed from my library. Summary: Vera’s best friend, Charlie, died. He was […]

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April 8, 2014 - 11:56 pm

Andrew - I just started reading YA last year, but A.S. King is already my favorite author, and Vera Dietz probably my favorite book (I gotta re-read Everybody Sees the Ants before I officially decide). Thanks for an enjoyable review.

August 11, 2013 - 11:35 am

Alexa Y. - I’ve never read a book by this author, but this one just jumped out at me because of your wonderful review. I love that it is a book about friendship, and the ups and downs that go with it. It also appears to be a book about grief and dealing with death. It’s a good combination and sounds like a great story! I’ll definitely have to remember to check it out.

August 8, 2013 - 9:39 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I loved it too. It was my first AS King. I look forward to reading & listening to many more. It had great balance. Just a regular girl, going through typical things plus a twist.

August 8, 2013 - 7:23 am

Kimmy - I thought this book was so good. Great review!

August 8, 2013 - 12:00 am

Bookworm1858 - I had so much trouble reading this book-it was just too dark and intense when I actually wanted a more comedic story. I don’t think I fully appreciated its power.

August 7, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - Wonderful review! I actually haven’t read any A.S. King yet, but I’m hoping to soon. This sounds like a pretty dark book, so perhaps I’ll wait to read it for a little bit, until I’m in a certain mood to handle it. But I have heard the most praise of this one, so I think this will be the one that I start with!

August 7, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - love. this. book.

treehouse. pagoda pizza. underwear – wait what?

my favorite pov is definitely the pagoda. GAHHH. *fangirl squeal*