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Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz • Magan Reviews

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: eating disorders, theater school, Nebraska, LGBTQ, black MC Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Etta is all of these things: black, bisexual, a former ballerina, lonely, recovering from an eating disorder, and anxious to get out of […]

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October 13, 2015 - 8:00 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families - […] Not Otherwise Specified • Since You’ve Been Gone • The Last Time We Say Goodbye • I’ll Meet You There […]

March 12, 2015 - 9:31 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - So glad you loved this, especially as I’m planning to read this next! I’ve never read a book by this author before, but I’ve heard fantastic things. I’m interested to meet Etta and will be aware that her character may take a bit of getting used to. Lovely review, Magan!

March 11, 2015 - 11:11 am

Magan - Brianna, I agree that it was very different than my typical reads, but I think that’s why it stood out so much. I hope you give it a try! 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 11:10 am

Magan - Yay, Alexa! That makes me really happy. Etta is SUCH a different character. She’s very in-your-face, but I think her journey is important. Plus, I just can’t neglect to acknowledge how well Moskowitz wrote the friendship aspect between Etta and Bianca. It blew my mind!

March 11, 2015 - 10:57 am

Alexa S. - I’d seen Not Otherwise Specified mentioned a couple of times, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. But judging from your review, it’s an important sort of read because there’s nothing quite like it out there! I think I might pick it up just out of sheer curiosity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, M 🙂

March 11, 2015 - 10:07 am

Brianna - This isn’t something I’d normally pick up, but it sounds really good. Etta sounds like a great character.

In Some Other World, Maybe by S. Goldhagen | E Reviews

In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 13, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 288 Target Audience: Adult Keywords: Pop culture, missed connections, growing up, 90s Format read: Copy from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: It all starts with a movie based on a popular comic. That’s the […]

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March 7, 2017 - 9:01 am

Hot cocoa + s'more books in February, Estelle - […] by Shari Goldhagan / Goodreads | B&N | Amazon / I was a big fan of Shari Goldhagan’s IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE and I totally forgot that she came out with a YA book until Miss Print reminded me. Molly has a […]

April 3, 2015 - 9:15 am

Leah - oh hi, month-old review that’s been sitting in an open tab since I first saw it D:
I loved this one so much and completely agree with everything you have to say about it, right down to immediately wanting to dive into it again. I’m seriously in awe of how Shari was able to BELIEVABLY (!) weaves these characters’ lives together. The scene at the airport was what really made me gasp and realize just how far ahead she had to have planned everything.
Such a lovely book ♥

March 10, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Bridget @ Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged - I’m excited to read this one, and the cover is just SO PRETTY. Glad you liked it!

March 10, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Alexa S. - Your review of In Some Other World, Maybe is lovely, E! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, but I definitely want it even more after seeing what you thought of it. It’s definitely interesting to ponder all of the “what ifs” in life, and I like that it’s a part of the novel in a big way.

Dove Arising by Karen Bao • Estelle Reviews

Dove Arising by Karen Bao ( web | tweet ) Part of Dove Chronicles. Publication Date: 2/24/2015 Publisher: Viking (Penguin) Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: science fiction, Moon, family, bravery Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Phaet does her best to remain incognito as she lives her life on the Moon with […]

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March 7, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Brianna - This sounds like an interested read. I’m always curious about books that are set somewhere in space, whether it’s the moon or another planet.

March 4, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Alexa S. - Honestly, it’s your comparison of the main character to Mulan that kind of makes me want to give Dove Arising a shot! I don’t often read sci-fi, mind you, but I like it every now and again. Will have to look this one up the next time I’m at the library 🙂

March 4, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Melanie Dauterive - I can’t wait to read this, the Mulan comparison has me even more excited for it.

March 4, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I admit I was kind of hoping this would be a standalone but I’m excited to hear it was a solid series starter. It’s coming up in my TBR pile very soon.

March 4, 2015 - 11:58 am

Lea @ YA Book Queen - That’s a shame that the author didn’t dive too far into the character’s emotions, but it still sounds like an intriguing book to check out. I’ll have to see if my library gets this one!

Nice review!

One Wish by Robyn Carr • Why in 5 & Giveaway

One Wish by Robyn Carr  ( web | tweet ) Part of Thunder Point series. Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: small towns, overcoming the path, family conflict, secrets Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Previously: The Homecoming by Robyn Carr Summary: Grace owns Thunder Point’s flower shop, she has a […]

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March 8, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Lillian - I’ve never read a romance and I’m excited to get my feet wet in this genre!

March 7, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Christy - I recently finished Once a Marine by Loree Lough. I also enjoyed Burying Water earlier this year by K.A. Tucker. Very different, but both good reads.

March 5, 2015 - 11:43 am

Annie - Thanks for this giveaway

March 3, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, I have some catching up to do with the Thunder Point series! One Wish sounds delightful. I’ve always liked Grace and her flower shop, so to get to learn more about her will be fun!

March 2, 2015 - 8:50 am

Tammy - Jojo Moyes Me Before You was a great romance book that I loved and not your typical love story.

The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman • Magan Reviews

The Curvy Girls Club by Michele Gorman [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 24, 2014 Publisher: Createspace Pages: 386 Target Audience: Contemporary Adult Fiction Keywords: weight and obesity, stigmas, friendship Format Read: Digital copy received from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Katie, Pixie, Ellie, and Jane are fed up with not seeing results at their weekly slimming meeting. They gossip and ignore the leader […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:06 am

Magan - Alexa, definitely do! I enjoyed it so much. It was such a nice change of pace from my typical reading and offered a different perspective I gladly welcomed! 🙂

March 3, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Alexa S. - The Curvy Girls Club sounds so interesting! I’d never heard of it prior to your post, but I think I’m going to have to add it onto my list of books to check out 🙂

February 27, 2015 - 11:46 am

Magan - You’re welcome, Brianna! I really hope you pick it up and enjoy! 🙂

February 27, 2015 - 10:36 am

Brianna - This sounds great. Thanks for sharing your review.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne • Magan Reviews

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: Dundurn Group Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: missing parent, London, abusive parent Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Edie and her mom Sydney flee to London to get away from her abusive father; the day after her mom’s first night shift at her […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:16 am

Magan - Brianna, it was too much. Sometimes telling the simpler story is better and I think too much got involved here that took away from the original concept. 🙁

March 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Magan - Yes, same here. I thought I was going to be so intrigued by the mystery of it, but it just tapered off into unknown territory that I just really didn’t think was necessary. 🙁

March 3, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Alexa S. - Oh dear! I honestly thought, based on summary, that Since You’ve Been Gone sounded interesting. But after reading your review? I think I’ll have to pass. It doesn’t quite sound like the novel I thought it would be – in fact, in many ways, it’s almost the complete opposite of what I would’ve expected. Boo 🙁

March 1, 2015 - 7:51 pm

Brianna - Thanks for sharing your review. Like you, I’m not a fan of unnecessary sexuality. I get that different people cope with trauma in different ways, but this sounds like it’s too much, given the age of the characters and the situation Edie is facing.

February 28, 2015 - 9:00 am

It's a Wrap • Sayanara February (Best of February 2015) - […] Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne […]

February 27, 2015 - 11:46 am

Magan - Me too, Meg! I really had high hopes, but things just didn’t work for me.

February 26, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Meg - I’d wager my reaction to this one would be quite similar to yours. Sorry to hear it didn’t work!