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Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor • Magan Reviews

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: college preparation, Harvard, parent in rehab, cheating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Juliet’s picture-perfect life goes downhill when her parents split, her dad moves out, her mom tries to pop pills and drink away her depression, and Juliet […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill Dove Arising by Karen Bao […]

March 25, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Alexa S. - I felt for Juliet in this one, since she was forced to deal with so many different things in her life! But I didn’t quite click as well with this novel as I wanted to. Still, it was worth a read, if only because I could identify with some of Juliet’s struggles 🙂

Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark • Estelle Reviews

Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Publisher: Henry Holt & Co./Macmillan Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Two high schoolers — connected by the poor decisions of their parents — meet up at CVS and begin a […]

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April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Damages by Beth Kephart Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson The Winner’s Trilogy In Some Other World, […]

March 26, 2015 - 5:13 pm

Rachel - Well, this sounds like a me book. Like, it could be my life (minus the death part). And also, I feel like if you love it, I’ll love it. Beautiful review, as always.

March 24, 2015 - 10:04 am

Alexa S. - Really enjoyed seeing your thoughts on Finding Mr. Brightside, E! While I didn’t wind up enjoying it as much as you, the quirky details were the parts that really got my attention when I was reading it 🙂

March 24, 2015 - 7:38 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I tried to read this back when I first got the ARC and I just wasn’t into the story or the writing. I’ve been meaning to revisit it and now you’ve made me want to give it a try even more 🙂

March 23, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Alisa @ Papercuttts - Aw this seems like a really solid read. I love CVS too, more than Walgreens. I always thought that in case of nuclear meltdown, a CVS is the best place to hang out. They have a little of everything you would need!

March 23, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great review Estelle. I had problems with some of the background parts of this book (especially Juliette to be honest) but this review really makes me a appreciate it as a book I *can* suggest to others.

March 23, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Ahhh, I’m so excited to read this one. I’m totally picking up a copy tomorrow (as of now my library system doesn’t have it preordered). I’m so looking forward to this and I’m so glad you love it, Estelle.

March 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

Brianna - I’m so glad I stumbled on this blog late last year. I’ve found some great reads because of it.

March 23, 2015 - 9:42 am

Meg - Sounds like a winner to me!

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson • Estelle Reviews

Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson ( web | tweet | facebook ) Publication Date: 3/17/2015 Publisher: Intermix Pages: 222 Target audience: New adult Keywords: Post-graduation, coming out, best friends, road trip, parents Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Last reviewed: Make It Last by Megan Erickson Summary: Lan and Justin are best friends, bound for the open […]

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March 22, 2015 - 2:55 pm

Brianna - This is the first I’ve heard of Megan Erickson, but Trust the Focus sounds great. Thanks for sharing your review.

March 19, 2015 - 1:51 pm

Alexa S. - I really enjoyed Trust the Focus as well! I thought she handled Justin and Lan’s relationship really well, and I love that there was more to the story than just the romance 🙂

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes • Magan Reviews

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: teenager disappearance, thriller, Internet dating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Max, Preston, and Parvati form a small underground business developing lies for their classmates to get what they want at school; business is going great until Preston asks Max […]

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April 7, 2015 - 8:02 am

Getting to Know Paula Stokes, Author of LIARS, INC. - […] don’t forget to add LIARS, INC. to your Goodreads, or read my review if you need a bit more convincing. […]

April 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Megan - I have seen this cover a few times and was curious. I didn’t know anyone who had read it, so in light of wanting to spend my money on something I knew I would likely enjoy I passed it up. After reading this though I’m really interested and might just pick it up in my next shop!

April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Start of Me and You by Emery Lord Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz One Wish by Robyn […]

March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Thanks, Sophie! It’s such a fantastic one! Hope you enjoy it!

March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Maggie, I wonder if you’d still have issues with the changes she’s made. You read an ARC, correct? I think things are going to feel really tight and put together in the final copy!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Emma, I think you’d have a lot of fun analyzing LIARS, INC. for sure! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Alexa, it’s a great read! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Magan - You’re welcome, Brianna! Thanks for reading! 🙂

March 22, 2015 - 11:16 pm

Brianna - This sounds like another great read. Thanks for sharing your review.

March 19, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Alexa S. - I honestly wasn’t certain if I wanted to read Liars Inc. initially. But after reading your review? Heck yes, I’ll consider giving it a shot. It sounds like a really intense story with lots of twists, and I think those can be great fun sometimes!

March 18, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I was intrigued by the cover and jacket copy for this one but it never really grabbed my attention to read it. But gosh this review shows I am very wrong. It sounds fantastic. Thanks also for mentioning the changes from ARC to finished copy as I find that sort of thing fascinating.

March 18, 2015 - 7:39 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I didn’t like this as much as you did, but I do agree about all of the great diversity in the story. Even though I had a few issues with the story I really enjoyed all of those things. I expected the whole Liars Inc. business to be a much bigger part of the story, too, and I also liked that it wasn’t, but it kind of drove me crazy how Max kept mentioning it. Great review!

March 18, 2015 - 6:31 am

Sophie @ Seamless Reader - I simply can’t wait for this book to come out!

Great review! 🙂

Why in 5: Wins for The Winner’s Trilogy (So Far)

The Winner’s Trilogy is the best example I can think of when it comes to books I wouldn’t normally pick up but I was completely convinced by the lovely people in this community that I needed to. I’m addicted to contemporary fiction but even I couldn’t deny my intrigue when I saw all the 5-star […]

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March 22, 2015 - 8:55 am

Bruna - I have to read this! The Winner’s Curse has been sitting on my kindle for a while now, but I’ll pick it up soon. Everyone makes it sound so awesome. All your reasons are just the kind of thing I would pick up a book over.

March 19, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Alexa S. - I think you did a brilliant job of describing the best things about The Winner’s Trilogy’s first two novels! These are the parts of this series I like best too 🙂

March 16, 2015 - 10:41 am

Ann - I’m about ~66% through the book and I am loving every minute of it! I keep wanting to book to expand in my hands. I don’t want it to be over just yet!

March 16, 2015 - 9:33 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love all of these points. I think Marie Rutkowski is brilliant and you did a great job explaining why she’s so great. I feel like we’re on the same page about fantasy, but, like you said, there’s just so much in this book that relateable. And as painful as it is to read such a dark book where she’s not afraid to kill and hurt people, I kind of love that she goes there. I read The Winner’s Crime a while ago and never wrote a review and I think I definitely need to go back and re-read it.

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill • Estelle Reviews

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Ballantine Pages: 368 Target audience: If you like contemporary romance… Keywords: post-college, college friends, friends with benefits Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Joss meets Matt during her first year at college, and after […]

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March 15, 2015 - 10:47 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I really love all of your points about this one. I think I liked this more than you do, I just really appreciated a story about relatively average college students/early 20s people. BUT I didn’t love the format either (present-day Joss kind of bothered me) and there wasn’t a ton of suspense. I agree with you about Joss’s friends, too, they definitely all blended together and I never got a good idea about anyone besides her and Matt and the people they dated.

March 13, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Daisy - I felt the same way you did about Joss’ relationships in the flashbacks, it felt like filler till we could get to the part where she’s going to tell Matt about how she feels and not really anything meaningfull at all.
And yeah, it would probably make an entertaining movie! But maybe without the knowing at the beginning that Joss develops feelings for Matt (as if you couldn’t have seen this coming without the flashing back and forward).

March 12, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is a great post, Estelle. I really just can’t decide if I want to read this one.

March 12, 2015 - 11:23 am

Alexa S. - I’m intrigued by When Joss Met Matt. The story does sound like it would translate well into a film! Your review has made me cautiously curious about this one. Not sure if I’ll be reading it, but I’ll definitely be keeping your thoughts in mind!

March 12, 2015 - 9:32 am

Meg - I’m a little confused by what makes a book new adult versus a contemporary romance, too, but maybe that’s because the genre as a whole is still developing? I don’t know. Still, this sounds like a quick summertime read!