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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!

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan | Magan’s Mini Review

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Previously reviewed on RBR: This Summer Publication Date: November 18, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: ebook novella Target Audience: Mature Young Adult / New Adult Keywords: Christmas in the woods, Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: After their first semester together in New York, Hadley and Will need some time together to reconnect. […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:58 pm

Alexa S. - Ah, novellas. I don’t normally read them, but I do make exceptions! I haven’t read This Summer yet, but I’m intrigued by This Christmas. It’s always interesting for me to read about a couple facing REAL struggles, and that’s what this sounds like!

December 11, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Brianna - I’m not a huge fan of novellas, but it seems like so many of the Christmas stories are. I wonder why that is?

December 10, 2014 - 11:20 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I do like novellas, especially around Christmas time (no idea why that is), but they can be tricky to pull off, I think. I’m glad you enjoyed this.

December 10, 2014 - 9:47 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I love novellas for that same reason! And they help me catch up on my GR challenge goal. 😀 This sounds really cute and I may just have to buy it. Thanks, Magan!

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas | Magan Reviews

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas (website | twitter) Publication Date: December 9, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: grocery store, Christmas Eve, theft, teenage diabetic Format Read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Chloe’s Christmas Eve is spent as a cashier in GoodFoods, the supermarket where she works, trying to […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:50 pm

Alexa S. - I seriously thought Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless was a fun, adorable read! Czukas nails it with her characters, particularly with Chloe, who I identified with so very much. Definitely a read I’d recommend to others!

December 14, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I am really excited to read this one. I don’t know if I will get to it before Christmas Eve but I may try to read it close to then! I think I will actually like this one more than Ask Again Later – which I found to be cute but didn’t LOVE. I think I will really relate to Chloe and I love that there is some diversity in this book!

December 5, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Lori - This sounds so great! I adore books that take place over one day. I’m adding this to my wish list now. 🙂

December 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

December Author Potluck | Big Kids' Table, Estelle - […] Liz Czukas on the web + on twitter | Magan’s review of TOP 10 CLUES […]

December 3, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Mawa Mahima - It takes place over only a day? Hmm. Consider me intrigued.

December 3, 2014 - 11:39 am

Erin @ The Hardcover Lover - I can’t wait to read this book! I tried to get an ARC, but it didn’t work out, but I’ll probably buy it as soon as it’s out.

I’m glad you liked it. It does seem to have a lot of positive reviews.

December 3, 2014 - 10:14 am

Brianna - This one sounds good. It’s nice to see there’s some diversity in it.

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown | Magan Reviews

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown (website | twitter) Publication Date: December 9, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: growing up in a small town, auditioning for an art school, family drama Format Read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Amber’s dreams are bigger than her small town; as she slowly […]

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November 19, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Alexa S. - I just recently read No Place To Fall. Growing up in a small town, I kind of had a similar experience as Amber did (though not with all those tough issues she had to face) in terms of people talking about me and unable to mind their business. This helped me really relate to her, and once I understood that this was a no judgment, “truthful” account of what happened to her (complete without 100% happy endings), No Place to Fall was a worthwhile reading experience.

November 17, 2014 - 6:10 am

Janelle Fila - Wow, this sounds like a really interesting read. I love YA stories that hit on “heavy” topics, especially if they can have an open conversation without coming across as preachy. And man, coming from a small town, I found myself relating to this character already! I wish I’d had a book like this to read when I was growing up, contemplating chasing after the dreams I really didn’t feel that I was “good enough” to accomplish. Thanks for sharing this story, definitely going on my to read list!

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray | Magan Reviews

  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray (website | twitter) Publication Date: November 4, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: parallel universes, time travel, death of a parent Format Read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Marguerite seeks answers about her father’s death and travels between parallel universes using the Firebird, […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:59 am

Alexa S. - Though it started off a little slow for me, I really wound up loving A Thousand Pieces of You. I enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded, and found myself surprised by a few things (even though I’d guessed at a couple)! I loved seeing them travel into different universes, loved seeing the relationship dynamics laid out and just really, really enjoyed the wild ride Gray took readers on.

November 19, 2014 - 8:01 am

Quotables, Magan - […] Add A Thousand Pieces of You to Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | My Review […]

November 5, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Brianna - Sometimes I feel like I live in a parallel universe. But really, A Thousand Pieces of You sounds good.

November 5, 2014 - 10:34 am

Annette - Great review. I was really intrigued by this one. Especially the parallel universe plot. I found it to be pretty unique, which is always a good thing.

November 5, 2014 - 10:04 am

Sue Holmes - I have had my eye on this book ever since I saw the cover on Goodreads. So glad it’s going to live up to its cover! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy 🙂

November 5, 2014 - 9:27 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I have been seeing many positive reviews for this book and each one is making me more and more excited to read it! I love that it offers so much more than a simple parallel universe story. Great review!

Magan: Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner

Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner See Also: Skinny by Donna Cooner Publication Date: August 26, 2014 Publisher: Point Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: beauty and fashion vlogger, loss of a sibling, moving to a new state Format Read: Arc received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Torrey, popular fashion and beauty vlogger, doesn’t […]

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October 22, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m always a little fascinated with books about bloggers and youtuber, but I’m not sure if this book is for me. I think I would have a hard time with Torrey, although I certianly understand about wanting to push our grief into a corner and not think about it.

October 22, 2014 - 11:22 am

Magan - Briana, I completely agree with you. In this book’s case, the parent’s grief was so apparent, that it felt a little odd that they weren’t all given the same amount of closure at the end. Don’t get me wrong, there were mentions, but I would really have liked for it not to be so “I can do this on my own.”

October 22, 2014 - 11:16 am

Brianna - I feel like peripheral parents is a thing in YA. It’s almost as if the authors are saying: look at these cool kids figuring it out without parents. There should be more parents in YA, especially in books with heavier subjects, like death or bullying.