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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.

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.

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!

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!

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand • Magan Reviews

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 400 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: suicide, loss of a brother, life after loss, counseling Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Lex’s brother committed suicide and she’s not entirely sure why. She wants answers she’ll never get; she wants more […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:14 am

Magan - Alexa, it really was. Cynthia did a brilliant job. My heart broke, but I think that’s because she wrote so, so well.

March 3, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Alexa S. - I loved The Last Time We Say Goodbye! It’s such a well-told tale, and I thought Hand handled grief, anger and moving on with such a deft hand. So thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it as much as I did!

February 28, 2015 - 9:00 am

It's a Wrap • Sayanara February (Best of February 2015) - […] Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds […]

February 23, 2015 - 11:49 am

Magan - Hey Kelsey! You’re so welcome! If you’re looking to add a few “issues” books to your reading list, definitely also add All the Bright Places, too!

February 23, 2015 - 11:46 am

Kelsey - Thanks for reviewing/drawing attention to a book I might not otherwise have picked up. I don’t usually read a lot of “issues” books, but this one sounds well worth picking up.

February 23, 2015 - 11:18 am

Magan - Lori, I definitely did! SO glad to hear you’re a fan too! 🙂

February 23, 2015 - 11:18 am

Magan - Brianna, I completely agree. They’re SO hard to read, but they need to exist so people have something to relate to, to help them through. I greatly admire authors, such as Cynthia, who can take a topic so personal to them and share it with others.

February 22, 2015 - 10:42 pm

brianna - These issue books can be so difficult to read, but they’re so important to the conversations between tweens/teens and their parents.

February 22, 2015 - 6:49 am

Lori - I love this book so much! I’m happy to see that you did too.