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Magan: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass [website | twitter] Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 327 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC borrowed from Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader Challenge: Debut Author 2012 Challenge Summary: America Singer is chosen as one of the thirty-five women vying to win the […]

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April 12, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Selection | Kiera Cass | Book Review - […] that way it really was like watching The Bachelor!” Rather Be Reading – “I never felt fully invested in the story” Pure Imagination – “The Selection and I….we have a odd […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:02 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] I needed to raise a warning flag with that one. The Disenchantments, What’s Left of Me, and The Selection also didn’t live up to my […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:09 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Though I do still want to read this one, I knocked it down a few notches on the reading list after you told me how you felt about it. I definitely trust your opinion and think we have similar tastes so we may feel the same way about it!

April 17, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great review! I remember hearing so much about this book prior to its release, but there haven’t been too many positive reviews. I’m on the fence on whether or not to read this one. Personally, I just can’t get past the fact that the girl on the cover looks like she’s smelling her own armpit =P

April 17, 2012 - 6:22 am

Daisy - I’m a bit sad you didn’t love it, cause I pre-ordered it, but well, you can’t love them all right? 🙂
I also usually find myself rooting for the underdog as well, though I must say golden boys also definitely have their appeal 😉 And I’m secretly a sucker for drama like on shows such as the Bachelor (I still watch America’s Next Top Model…).
Thanks for the review!

April 17, 2012 - 4:37 am

Lori - I couldn’t agree more with your review! The names were laughable and really pulled me out of the story. I also didn’t connect to Aspen, but I did like America. Great review and thanks for the link 🙂

April 16, 2012 - 8:01 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Magan, I was wondering what you’d think of this, I’ve read some pretty negative reviews, mainly listing the same issues you had and I really don’t think I would bother to read this, unless I found it at the library!

April 16, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Jayla | LadyBlueJay - I am not a huge fan of reality tv, so I am not sure that this book would appeal to me. I have a lot of mixed reviews on this one.

However, I do understand where you are coming from. There are books I feel iffy about, but I read the next book in the series just because I want to see if things improve. It some cases things do get better.

April 16, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives - We have already talked about this a little bit, but I will talk about it again. 🙂

Yep, the world building…totally lacking.

I didn’t notice the exclamation points…how did I miss this, lol?!

Even though I just thought it was alright, I will read the rest of the series as well…stupid cliffhangers, lol.

April 16, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Anna - I totally see all your points, but…I DONT CARE I LOVE IT ANYWAY 🙂

April 16, 2012 - 10:47 am

elena - I’ve heard such mixed things about these books! The people I trust tend to lend on the “meh” side so I’m not really expecting much from The Selection at this point. Maybe it will surprise me, who knows. I like details too so it’s a shame that it seems like there isn’t much here. I’ve heard that the world-building wasn’t that great and left a lot of questions unanswered. omg I really love the point about Maxon uses excessive exclamation points as an abuser of exclamation points myself. Except I am not a character in a dystopian novel so! I find it hilarious. Fantastic review, Magan. 😀

The Big Kids’ Table: 5 Adult Fiction Picks (April)

Is it strange that March sped by faster than February when it is a longer month? I can’t believe we are already four months into the year. It doesn’t mean I’m not thrilled because I am! Warmer weather will be here in New York very soon, and life seems a bit more joyous when that […]

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June 16, 2012 - 11:10 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The Jane Austen Marriage Manual sounds absolutely fantastic! Definitely want to read that one for sure.

April 8, 2012 - 12:08 am

Young Adult Blog: In My Mailbox: 14 - […] Estelle’s Big Kids’ Table Adult Fiction Picks […]

April 5, 2012 - 11:55 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Great list! Added The Jane Austen Marriage Manual to my TBR list! I love all things Jane Austen, and this book looks like a good one.

Book Report: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney

Happy April, you guys! Can you believe it’s April!? Did any of you get pranked for April Fool’s yesterday? Today we are diving into another BOOK REPORT, a feature that we share every month. We both read the same book, chat about it, and post it here. With minor spoilers, we introduce The Mockingbirds by […]

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June 12, 2013 - 8:05 am

Young Adult Book Review: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney - […] When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: loss of a parent, grief, Tokyo, relationships that don’t end well Format read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Other Books Read by the Author: The Mockingbirds (a joint review) […]

June 16, 2012 - 9:59 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’ve been curious about this one for a long time, but I’ve never really gotten around to reading it. It does sound pretty darn good though, based on your book report.

April 7, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Young Adult Blog: In My Mailbox: 14 - […] Estelle and Magan: The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney […]

April 2, 2012 - 4:59 pm

VeganYANerds - As always I enjoyed your book report review, girls! This book sticks in my mind because the cover really stands out and like you guys, I keep seeing the sequel on blogs/goodreads. Definitely a series I want to read!

April 2, 2012 - 10:32 am

elena - Love love the phrase “intricate machine”! I balked at the date rape thing at first because it makes me supremely uncomfortable but once I read more, I find myself really wanting to read this book. I especially like that music is such an important part to this book. I’m very curious about how the trial went but I really hate how being drunk can be used to place blame on the victim, no means no. 😐

April 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

There are so many awesome books coming out in the next couple of months. I wanted to take some time to spotlight some of the April 2012 Young Adult book releases that Estelle and I have on our TBR lists! If one (or both) of us has read it, I linked our reviews, too, so […]

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April 12, 2012 - 2:15 am

Summer - Thanks for the April list! You actually listed a couple that I hadn’t checked out yet to add to my (now ridiculously huge) April list!

Below is a short list that you should look into! (Also: If you’ve reviewed these in any previous posts then my apologies!)

Teen and YA April Books of Awesome:

Grave Mercy :: R.L. LaFevers
Storm (Elementals, Bk 1) :: Brigid Kemmerer
Magic Under Stone :: Jaclyn Dolamore
Unraveling :: Elizabeth Norris
Above :: Leah Bobet
The Calling :: Kelly Armstrong
Taken at Dusk :: C.C. Hunter
Masque of the Red Death :: Bethany Griffin
The Immortal Rules :: Julie Kagawa
The Book of Blood and Shadow :: Robin Wasserman
Black Heart :: Holly Black
The Last Echo :: Kimberly Derting
Social Suicide :: Gemma Halliday
Immortal City :: Scott Speer
Glimmer :: Phoebe Kitanidis

Seriously, for 2012 titles alone, it will take yeeears to get through all of the releases! Books are absolutely worth it and I’m thrilled that there are so many authors debuting! If only I could literally__only__read for hours and hours on end and be paid for it. Ha!

Anyway, my asinine babbling aside: Enjoy! 🙂

April 1, 2012 - 9:35 pm

Jasmine Rose - The Selection and Thumped are both high on my want list 😀

April 1, 2012 - 6:41 pm

Karen - Thanks for the reminder about Zero. I loved Party Down by Tom Leveen so I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

April 1, 2012 - 2:11 pm

In My Mailbox Meme: Rather Be Reading Blog (Estelle) - […] April 2102 Book Releases Estelle:  The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith Magan: A Book Blogger Video Magan: The List by […]

March 31, 2012 - 5:57 pm

VeganYANerds - Ah! You guys have listed so many books that I want to read, how will I ever find the time? Lexapros and Cons looks fun and I just got a copy of Dying to Know You so I’ll have to read that soon, too.

March 31, 2012 - 8:43 am

Estelle - This list makes me really anxious. haha. And excited. Yes, I commented on our own blog.

Magan: Cracked by K.M. Walton

Cracked by K.M Walton [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 3, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 311 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC received from the Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour Why I requested it: Loved the idea of two unlikely characters being roommates. Summary: Victor and Bull are sworn enemies. Bull terrorizes Victor, […]

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January 21, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading Review of Empty by K.M. Walton - […] Empty by K.M. Walton Publication Date: January 1, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, obesity, divorce, bullying Format read: ARC from S&S via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Previously read book by K.M. Walton: Cracked […]

June 16, 2012 - 9:25 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This isn’t normally the kind of book that I’d go for, but the way you’ve reviewed it has made me rethink that decision!

March 15, 2012 - 7:01 am

Author Interview with K.M. Walton, Author of Cracked - […] are so excited to bring you an author interview with K.M. Walton, mastermind behind Cracked.  Magan’s review, in which she gushed over the fine line K.M. balances between serious topics and humorous […]

March 14, 2012 - 4:20 pm

VeganYANerds - You’ve sold me, Magan! I like books that can balance serious issues with some funny bits thrown in!

March 14, 2012 - 10:20 am

April Books & Wine - I’m glad Cracked is good. I randomly got it in the mail from S&S, so I figure I will read it at the end of the month if I get through my pre-picked March TBR.

Also, I am a big fan of first person books, I think that it adds on a special layer when you can really get into the character’s head.

The Big Kids’ Table: 5 Adult Fiction Picks (March)

Good morning everyone! (It’s not really morning when I’m writing this, I’ll admit. I’m about a week early and listening to the Jessica Darling mix in my bathrobe.) Three months into the new year, and it’s time for another round of new adult fiction books you may or may not be interested in checking out. […]

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June 16, 2012 - 9:20 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - These all sound fantastic, but i’m especially excited to check out The Singles and Where We Belong. They have the summaries that stood out the most to me! Thanks for the post 🙂

March 18, 2012 - 6:31 pm

In My Mailbox Meme: Rather Be Reading Blog (Estelle) - […] Paper Towns by John Green Estelle: The Big Kids’ Table (March) — Adult Fiction Picks Magan: Cracked by K.M. Walton Magan: Interview with Cracked’s K.M Walton Estelle: Don’t […]