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Love, Lucy by April Lindner • Magan Reviews

Love, Lucy by April Lindner [google+ • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: European travel, college, becoming your own person Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Lucy is on the vacation of her dreams, traveling around Europe. But it comes with a steep price. In exchange for her trip, her father […]

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January 31, 2015 - 8:35 pm

It's a Wrap | January @ Rather Be Reading - […] Picks: Love, Lucy by April Linder | All The Bright Places by Jennifer […]

January 23, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, M, comparing it to Just One Day/Just One Year is a major draw for me because I loved that duo so very much. I haven’t heard all that much about Love, Lucy, but you can consider me intrigued after reading your review! I’m always partial to books that feature European countries, first of all, so that’s a big part of it. And then there’s the comp titles, which is another big draw. All in all, it sounds pretty cute. Might just have to check it out!

January 23, 2015 - 12:24 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I think I can help explain the Charlene part! This book is a riff on/retelling of A Room with a View which was set at a time when young unmarried women were expected to travel with chaperones (not friends) which I think in the original was an older aunt.

I love the idea of this one but I have to admit the more I see about it, the more I just want to re-read A Room With a View. If you haven’t read it yet I’d say you should definitely check it out!

January 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Magan - Kim: Even if you didn’t enjoy JOD, I think you should give Love, Lucy a chance. It’s a different story with *similarities,* but I have to say the ending gave me a lot more peace than JOD did. They aren’t the same book, but I think readers could be fans of both books. 🙂

January 21, 2015 - 10:40 pm

Magan - Meg: “armchair traveling” — that is the best phrase EVER. Committing that to memory. I definitely hope you enjoy it! The more I think about it, the more I like it! <3

January 21, 2015 - 11:27 am

Meg - Oh, this sounds like so much fun! And I’m all for armchair traveling, especially in the dead of winter. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for it!

January 21, 2015 - 9:00 am

Kim - But, but.. I hated Just One Day! :'(
But anyway, great review! I’m a little hesitant to pick this up, but it’s definitely one of the interesting ones. 🙂
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Twisted Fate by Norah Olson | Magan Reviews

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson [twitter] Publication Date: January 20, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: YA mystery, boy next door, sisters, online privacy Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: When a new boy, Graham, moves in next door, sisters Ally and Syd both develop crushes on him. But things don’t add up: Why did Graham […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Alexa S. - I think, were I to read Twisted Fate, it would be the mystery that would draw me in most. Sometimes, a good whodunnit is a fun thing to read! I’m curious about what you had to say about how it all wrapped up.

January 23, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Way to make us all curious Magan! I haven’t seen a lot of things compared to We Were Liars so it’s also interesting to see that connection here.

January 21, 2015 - 10:41 pm

Magan - Bruna, do it! I was like OMG OMG OMG NO NO NO a whole lot while reading. O.O

January 21, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Bruna - Now I’m intrigued to read this one! I love whodunits!

Love on the Lifts by Jill Santopolo • Magan’s Mini Review

Love on the Lifts by Jill Santopolo [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 22, 2015 Publisher: Speak Pages: 208 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: create your own story, ski resort, recovering from a breakup Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: In this create-your-own-story, you’ve just broken up with your boyfriend and have traveled to a ski resort where your sister encourages you […]

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January 23, 2015 - 3:49 pm

Alexa S. - I used to be obsessed with Choose Your Own Adventure novels as a kid! I especially liked the ones with dramatic, life-changing scenarios because I wanted to see if I could survive to the end. I’ll admit that I wouldn’t know how it’d work for a love story, but Love on the Lifts sounds cute in theory!

January 18, 2015 - 5:27 pm

Bruna - This sounds so fun! I used to read RPG books when I was a kid (you had to roll the dice to see which way to go and all that) and all other types of interactive books. But I haven’t see one in a while. Think I might try this one out!

January 17, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Hannah @ Broc's Bookcase - I’ve never read a book like this before, sounds like so much fun! I don’t think I would be able to stop myself from reading every single scenario though, I’m really nosey like that! 🙂

January 17, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Brianna - These kinds of books are so fun. You should read the Choose Your Own Adventure Books – they were a staple in my childhood reading diet.

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! 🙂

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!