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Allegiant by Veronica Roth • Magan Reviews

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth [twitter • website] Previously Reviewed Insurgent (Divergent #2) Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 526 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, trilogy, books to movies Format Read: Hard cover purchased. Summary: (borrowed from Goodreads) Dual narration by Tris Prior and her beloved Tobias. Their faction-based dystopian society is broken by violence and power struggles, scarred by loss and […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Magan - Andi. The hurt. My heart just hurt so badly. It was soooo sad. Thanks for letting me know you were right there with me. Man, so painful. And I think you’re brave for wanting to re-read. I don’t know that I could take it!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - ROSIE! SO FRUSTRATING! I felt like banging my head against a wall. (Not really, but I did feel like I would burst!) I absolutely love your comment. I would love if she talked about it a bit more too. I’d buy the collector’s edition JUST for that. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Annette, your comment perfectly sums up how I felt. Life isn’t always perfect, and I think that’s what Allegiant proved. There’s not always a happily ever after.

May 5, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Hollie! So, so glad you and I were on the same page here. We should’ve known. You’re absolutely right. I applaud Roth for being authentic, but darn if I didn’t cry a lot! 😉

May 5, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Divergent was one of the series I started before blogging, Alexa! I think that’s why it was so sentimental for me too. Though it wasn’t my perfect, happily ever ever…I understand it all. <3

April 23, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - While I honestly didn’t want some of the things that happened in this final novel to happen, I was actually able to accept that they would. I didn’t get spoiled (thankfully!), but I knew that something big must have happened to get everyone in a tizzy. I feel you about it being the end of an era though; Divergent was one of the first YA trilogies I read the year I started blogging and that series will always be special to me for that reason.

April 22, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Hollie - You’ve absolutely summed up my entire feelings on Allegiant. I can’t say I’m happy with how it ended, but I honestly feel that there couldn’t be a more fitting ending. Looking back, and thinking about the first two books in the series, we should’ve known it was never going to be a perfect HEA, and I really love Veronica Roth more for giving us this gut-wrenching ending instead of something completely different that would feel inauthentic to the series.

April 22, 2015 - 11:58 am

Annette - No one really wanted things to turn out that way, but I, too, applaud Roth for making the difficult choices. I love it when authors are gutsy, even though they know it’s going to tick a lot of people off. Great review.

April 22, 2015 - 8:07 am

Rosie - its so frustrating when you have no one to talk to about a book isn’t it? You can talk to me though!

I completely agree with you that Veronica made the right choice to do something shocking. It made sense, and I believe that’s what Tris would have done. I think if she’d avoided that, it wouldn’t have done the series justice.

I think there’s an Allegiant Collector’s Edition coming out in the autumn, so I hope Veronica will talk about having to make hard decisions. It’s always interesting to hear why authors do things.

April 22, 2015 - 8:04 am

Andi - So. Much. Yes.

Magan, I felt what you felt. I hurt how you hurt. I cried like you cried. I mean I was a straight up sobby mess when I was done for like an hour, probably for 2 because I think I cried the last hour of the book. It was just so powerful an ending and it hurt my heart and my soul. I want to reread it again before the movie but I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready.

Excellent review!

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Review & Giveaway

99 Days by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 4/21/15 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 | Target audience: young adult Keywords: mothers/daughters, summer before college, bullying, romance Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Previously: a review of How to Love Summary: Molly has 99 days standing between her and college. […]

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December 31, 2015 - 10:30 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] young main character) 2] forgiveness is the key to a long, nuanced friendship (Molly and Imogene in 99 Days by Katie Cotugno are on point, as are Willowdean and Ellen in Dumplin’)  3] there’s […]

September 17, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Slut-Shaming, Relationships, and Feminism in YA - Bookmark Lit - […] in today. This book reflected the reality of the situation. It sucks, but it happens. (Please read Estelle’s review for a bit more insight that I 100% agree with.)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire was a book I […]

April 30, 2015 - 2:00 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno // The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Magan: A Court of Thorns and Roses by […]

April 24, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Liz - I am very much on the fence about whether I want to read this one. I really was not a fan of How To Love but still something is drawing me in here. I did like here writing I just did not like the characters at all, so maaayybe this one will work for me?

April 21, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Alexa S. - I loved 99 Days. I enjoyed How to Love, but I LOVED 99 Days. I loved that it made me FEEL things so deeply, and how engrossed I was in reading Molly’s story. I seriously enjoyed it and can’t wait to snag a copy of my own!

April 21, 2015 - 3:58 am

Sue Holmes - I am really looking forward to this book, it’s been on my list for a while, now I am going to bump it up the list! Any book that can bring out emotions like you have described in the reader is a must read.
I wish I lived in US – I would love to enter to win a signed copy!

April 19, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - So glad you loved this one too! After two amazing books, I can hardly wait to see what Katie writes next. An auto-buy author for sure =)

First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | Estelle Reviews

First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Penguin/Dial Books Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: turning 16, best friends, popularity, sex Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Total opposites Lima and Hailey have been best friends forever until Hailey finds herself […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] there’s truth to the saying that some are only meant to be in your life for a sliver of time (First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano), and this truth is something you have to train yourself to believe time and […]

May 3, 2015 - 7:19 pm

Book Review: First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | POVone: The First Person Perspective - […] Book Reviews: Kirkus Reviews, YA Love, Rather Be Reading […]

April 30, 2015 - 3:53 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne 99 Days by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 21, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Rachel - Estelle, your reviews are always so perfect. I have DEFINITELY had a similar experience to Lima, so I’m interested to see how much the book resonates with me.

April 21, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Alexa S. - E, First There Was Forever sounds BRILLIANT. I’m a sucker for a good book about friendship, particularly when it’s a friendship that’s going through some growing pains. It makes me happy whenever I see your mark of approval on a book — and definitely makes me want to check it out even more!

April 18, 2015 - 10:54 am

Sue Holmes - This is the first time I have come across this author – so excited to discover a new author in my favourite genre. The cover is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

April 17, 2015 - 5:02 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I love the look of this, it sounds like such an authentic, on-point YA. I’ve had my eye on this ever since I first read the blurb and it’s great to hear you enjoyed it so much. Nice to hear this wasn’t only an impressive debut, but that it went deep and tackled the bigger questions. Lovely review, Estelle.

The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman • Magan Reviews

The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Pages: 250 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: artist colony, RISD, art school, cheating, message in a bottle Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Dakota’s best friend and boyfriend graduated a year earlier than she did, and while away at close colleges, they begin hooking […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Magan - I haven’t read a *ton* of Entangled books, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I like hot topics and difficult subjects. Sometimes it’s SO nice to step away and have something that just lets me escape. This book was perfect for that.

May 5, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Magan - Alexa, TTAJ is so, so great! If you’re looking for a quick, entertaining read, pick it up!

April 30, 2015 - 2:01 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] by Veronica Roth The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman All the Rage by Courtney Summers Every Last Promise by Kristin […]

April 21, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Alexa S. - The Truth About Jack sounds like a great read, M! The premise is both different and similar from others that I’ve read, but I can’t help but be intrigued. Glad you enjoyed it, and it’s gone on my TBR now 😉

April 17, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I’ve been coming across a lot of Entangled Publishing titles lately. This one sounds delightful. Thanks for bringing it to my attention with this thoughtful review!

April 15, 2015 - 9:31 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is the first I’ve heard of this book, but oh my gosh I totally want to read it. It looks so sweet, and I would just love to meet Jack. Thanks for the review. I’m off to add this to my TBR right now.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers • Magan Reviews

All the Rage by Courtney Summers [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 304 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: rape, growing up in a small town, missing person Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Romy can’t wait to escape her small town, where she’s ridiculed for “claiming to be raped”. (That’s what they say; the […]

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October 13, 2015 - 8:01 am

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Single-Parent Families - […] What I Thought Was True • We Were Liars • All the Rage […]

May 5, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Magan - It was soooo tough, but I think it would be such a great book club book. Pick it up, Alexa! READ IT!

April 21, 2015 - 11:14 am

Alexa S. - All the Rage sounds like such a powerful book! It sounds like it would provoke readers into discussion (which I love!), even though it sounds like it would also be really hard to read with all the emotional punches it will pull. I definitely have an eye on this one!

April 14, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Magan - Worthwhile is a great way to describe it, Meg. Summers’ work was some of the first I start reading and reviewing when we began RBR so I have a special place in my heart for her too!

April 14, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Magan - THANK YOU, BRE! It’s a really great read and I hope you enjoy it (as much as one can enjoy those books that take you to really uncomfortable places).

April 10, 2015 - 11:59 am

Bre @ Booky Berries - This was an awesome review! I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this book when it releases. 🙂

April 8, 2015 - 10:05 am

Meg - Sounds like a tough but very worthwhile read. Summers’ first novel was actually what got me back into reading YA as an adult, so I’ve always followed her work with interest! Will look for this one.

Kissing Ted Callahan… by Amy Spalding ♥ Estelle Reviews

Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys) by Amy Spalding ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Audience: Young adult Keywords: music, dating, romance, best friends Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Riley and Reid — friends and bandmates — vow to inject some excitement in their love lives […]

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April 30, 2015 - 10:44 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 19, 2015 - 10:34 pm

Bre @ Booky Berries - This heroine was awesomely realistic for a teenager. I thought this book was kind of sitcom/romcomesque, in a good way. 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

April 7, 2015 - 11:56 pm

Dianne - Oh, yes yes yes, I agree with everything you said, Estelle! You said it so much better than I did because I ended up just spazzing and raving incoherently. Ladies, you really have same tastes as me. <3 It's just so FUN and squealy cute and I loved every moment of it. #TeamAwkwardBoysWhoTrySuperHard forever! <3

April 7, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Alexa S. - Kissing Ted Callahan sounds like a fun book! It’s really just nice to read those sometimes, and I love it even more when it’s the kind of read that will make you laugh 🙂

April 7, 2015 - 7:59 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I don’t know if I laughed out loud while reading this, but I definitely really loved it too. Your description of Amy Spalding unscrewing the top of a teenage girl’s head is perfect. With all the exclamation marks and capitalization I feel like Riley could have driven me crazy, but agree that this is the type of book I could have used as a teenager.

April 6, 2015 - 10:20 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - You had me sold when you said that you laughed out loud, even though it takes a lot for you to do so.

I love books that make me laugh!