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Why in 5: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan (twitter | website) Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friends growing apart, life of an actress, filming a TV series Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Emma loves acting and knows there’s nothing else she’d rather do, but she wishes that people could look […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really looking forward to reading Not in the Script! It sounds like it’s going to be such a treat, especially since Emma sounds like an amazing main character. I love that she comes across as a genuinely GOOD character, one who’s mature and smart and talented. Can’t wait to read it!

October 6, 2014 - 7:57 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I really like the sound of this from your review. I haven’t read any books in the If Only series (although I know they are not a series in the traditional sense) and I think I’ll start with this one. I want to read more books with college-aged MCs and I like the acting plotline (among other things) Great review 🙂

October 2, 2014 - 9:23 am

Kim - I couldn’t I agree with you more! I loved this book so much!

October 1, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Valerie Pennington - I absolutely adored this novel and I think that you captured all the reasons that I loved it. Great review.

October 1, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Amy Finnegan - So . . . I’m just gonna pull up a chair and spend my day reading this review over and over again. You good with that? Excellent 🙂

THANK YOU!!! xoxo

Magan: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: boarding school, Nantucket, family death, unlikely friendship Format Read: ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss. (Thank you!) Summary: When Julia and Charlotte meet, they become instant friends, always by each other’s side. Though they’re opposites in most every way, Julia […]

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April 14, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Even in Paradise. Charlotte’s dad remarried and she has two stepbrothers. For many reasons, Julia’s family is attractive to Charlotte. She loves their closeness and how protective they are of one another. Charlotte comes to love and appreciate her own family more as the illusion of perfectionism fades for Julia’s family. I really felt like this was a solid example of envying what we don’t have. […]

October 29, 2014 - 8:01 am

On a Personal Note: Un-boxing Friendship - […] hello! It’s been a while since I wrote something just to write. I read a book, Even in Paradise, several weeks ago and there’s a quote that’s been running through my mind. I’ve […]

October 8, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Alexa S. - Even in Paradise is pretty magical, if you ask me. There’s something about the story that just draws you in immediately, and the characters – all of them – draw you in close too. I really liked it!

October 6, 2014 - 8:27 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I thought this one read a little too familiarly but I enjoyed it all the same. I really liked the Buchanans and was drawn to the mystery of Gus’s death that was weaved into the storyline. Lovely review!

September 29, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Your New Favorite Hobby in Three Simple Steps | Books & Prejudice - […] put my shopping habits to good use and buy books I heard about from a book review website (my next purchase). As a result, my bookshelf is now lined with classic novels and bestsellers. I am slowly reading […]

September 24, 2014 - 9:43 pm

Magan - Oh, that’s awesome, Elena! Thanks for that tidbit of info. 🙂 a) I hope you read this soon. b) I hope you love it. c) especially the ending. I’m not saying a word til you read it. tee-hee!

September 24, 2014 - 2:24 pm

elena - it’s actually a retelling of brideshead revisited sooo i’m kind of curious how it ends, haha. your review is lovely and made me more keen to pick up the book.

September 24, 2014 - 11:38 am

Magan - Hi Brianna! So I haven’t read The Great Gatsby, but it’s mentioned in Even in Paradise by Charlotte. I have read Looking for Alaska. You know how there’s this pivotal moment in that book that sort of changes the tone? I felt so shocked by it when I read it, but in Even in Paradise, when things came about, I didn’t really feel shocked. It made sense. In many ways, I enjoyed EiP more than LfA. There’s that same addictive friendship and this feeling of being swept away by someone you’re so enamored with, but I’d say that’s where the similarities end. Even in Paradise felt much more comprehensive. Hope that helps! 🙂

September 24, 2014 - 10:30 am

Brianna - The description on Amazon compares it to The Great Gatsby and Looking for Alaska. Would you say that’s true? Either way, I love boarding school books, so this one definitely went on the list.

Magan: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley Publication date: September 9, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 416 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: Military Academy, sexism, hazing and bullying Format read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Dared by her older brother, Amos, to join the military academy when they agree to accept females, Sam accepts. Life […]

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December 17, 2014 - 9:45 am

Reading Challenge: Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up - […] Girls Club | Everything Leads to You | Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel Even in Paradise | Rites of Passage | Say What You Will | The Tragedy […]

October 8, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Alexa S. - Rites of Passage was a surprise hit for me as well! I honestly didn’t expect to fall for it as hard as I did. I really loved Sam – she was so strong, and brave, and smart, and just a wonderful, kick-ass gal. Plus, all the subtle plot points and relationships you’ve mentioned? Definitely A+ in my book!

October 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Obsessed With the Library, Estelle - […] of Passage by Joy Hensley (Magan’s review) Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt Wildlife by Fiona Wood If You Could Be Mine by Sara […]

September 30, 2014 - 12:01 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Rites of Passage — bullying, sexism, hazing […]

September 12, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - I’ve been hearing SO many amazing things about this one! It sounds really unique and I just love strong female MCs! I can’t wait to read but I’ve also heard about the abrupt ending from everyone as well. I have a feeling that will bug me, haha.

September 11, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - This sounds like something totally unlike anything I’ve read – which makes me VERY happy! Awesome review (per usual).

September 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I’ve heard NOTHING but positive about this one. Glowing, raving positive! This is awesome because I’m not too sure I’d have picked it up if not for some of my reading friends gushing about it. Thanks, gal, for adding to that number!

September 10, 2014 - 10:58 am

Magan - Brianna! YAY! That makes me so, so incredibly happy! I really hope you love it. The rave reviews are so very deserved!

September 10, 2014 - 10:57 am

Magan - Kelley, I was so, so happily surprised by Rites of Passage. I was pretty blown away and texted Estelle nonstop. The rave reviews are definitely well-deserved and I don’t feel like anyone’s over-exaggerating about it. I definitely hope you decide to give it a try. The writing is too good to pass up.

September 10, 2014 - 10:24 am

Brianna - I’ve read a couple reviews of this one this week and it’s quickly working its way closer to the top of the list.

September 10, 2014 - 9:40 am

Kelley (@KelleyBBTS) - I’ve seen nothing but positive reviews for this, but for some reason I am still not absolutely sold on reading it. The summary just isn’t grabbing me. I’m glad you and many others have enjoyed it so much though! It always nice to hear others thoughts on a book.

Thirteen Days of Ash and Fire: Heir of Fire (Arrows + Decor)

Shhh. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I haven’t always, always been a wedding photographer. I technically went to college for Interior Design. Though I’m not working in that industry anymore, I still have a strong pull to good design and my heart sure does pitter patter pretty rapidly when I’m inspired […]

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September 8, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Saniya S. - WOW…:D Loving the arrows xD

September 7, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Denise - I LOVE the hand painted arrows and the vase of arrows. I definitely would love to have those two in my house. Great post! 🙂

September 7, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Kari - I have read the first two books and have been dying for the third so I would really love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

September 5, 2014 - 11:49 am

Alexa S. - I basically just want all of the arrow decorations you put in this post, M! They’re SO PRETTY. And they’re something I would consider including as part of my living room or library decorations one day. THANK YOU for being a part of the tour, and for the awesome bullet points. (And for being all CHAOL with me!)

September 4, 2014 - 10:51 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YESSSS. I just finished yesterday and IT WAS SO AMAZING!
I really like arrows for décor and LOVE your choices! I always want to decorate my house like this but of course… we just have zero decorations at the moment (a year later LOL)

September 4, 2014 - 10:14 am

Brianna - I don’t normally read fantasy, but I’m trying to branch out and since this series has gotten nothing but rave reviews from everyone, it seemed like a good place to start.

September 4, 2014 - 8:50 am

Hana - I am dying to read this book! Thanks for sharing your review and design ideas.

September 4, 2014 - 8:24 am

Amanda Troyer - Because the cover is GORGEOUS!

Magan: What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick Publication Date: April 15th 2014 Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target Audience: (Maturer) Young Adult Keywords: summer job, divorced parents, opposites attract, sexually driven female Format Read: Purchased e-book for my kindle. Summary: Gwen wants to get away from Seashell after she graduates high school, but she’s got this overwhelming […]

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September 5, 2014 - 11:26 am

Alexa S. - Going into What I Thought Was True, I was admittedly a little worried because it had been getting such a mixed reaction. But, like with My Life Next Door, I was easily drawn into this story and these characters and just kept turning the pages. While there are quite a few big dramatic moments that made me hesitate in giving this a full 5 stars, I wound up really liking it a lot!

Magan: The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen [website] Publication Date: January 11, 2011 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: track runner, prosthetic leg, dreams that change Format Read: Purchased hardcover copy. Summary: Jessica’s dreams of attending college on a track scholarship are shattered after she loses part of her leg in a bus accident on […]

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August 29, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Alexa S. - I remember seeing you mention this novel on Twitter when you were reading it, and that intrigued me already. But reading your review makes me definitely want to check it out for myself! The premise seems simple, but I love that you feel it was portrayed in a way that felt poignant and real.