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Magan: Return to Me by Justina Chen

Return to Me by Justina Chen Publication Date: January 15, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Divorce, College, Sixth Sense, Long-Distance Relationships Format read: ARC received at ALA Summary: Rebecca is on the brink of beginning her architectural education at Columbia; her parents have packed up their […]

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April 14, 2016 - 6:01 am

Return To Me by Justina Chen | Audiobook Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “sadly wasn’t a hit for me” […]

January 30, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/20/2013 - […] bookish (sorta?) birthday list. A review of Take Me There by Carolee Dean. A review of Return to Me by Justina Chen. A review of The Secret Year by Jennifer […]

January 22, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Magan - Hannah: “Why they gotta be getting all supernatural?” <---- that's precisely how I felt. Just let something be good without making it weird. Too much is TOO MUCH.

January 21, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Aw sad to hear this just didn’t work! Sometimes I think things like this could have been caught and worked through with a really good editor. You know? I could see how an author might be so caught up in their own character and story that they don’t realize they are lacking some development and thought about the reasons behind certain decisions. That’s when I think an editor should help them tighten things up and really solidify the story.

Honestly though, it’s the sixth sense/pyschic things that made me completely lose interest in ever reading this. It looks like a cute contemporary. Why they gotta be getting all supernatural?

January 18, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Cynthia - I remember reading this one years ago when it first came out and really liking it, I was really new to reading YA so I thought it was great at the time. Now after reading so much awesome if I were to read it again I’m sure my opinion of it would change a lot. I agree that the cover is not fitting to the story at all and I was frustrated with the girl in this one. Great honest review Estelle!! =D

January 16, 2013 - 11:35 pm

Magan - Mands, your comment was SO spot on. Hurting characters? Bring them ON! When it ripples and things go downhill from there, no bueno. 🙁

January 16, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Magan - Lori, I agree that maybe your decision to skip it might be best. If you didn’t like NoB, then I think this might really be a turn off for you. 🙁

January 16, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Magan - Rachel, me either! Psychic element?! Um, what? I dunno. It was just unnecessary and made me really sad. There was so much potential.

January 16, 2013 - 11:33 pm

Magan - Alexa, yes. Definitely, definitely jumbled. To the point where I couldn’t connect w/ the character or even begin to assume what her next move would be.

January 16, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Magan - Taylor, I am so glad you’re still going to. I always like it when other people read books I was “MEH” about so then I can see if maybe I was just having an off experience. Can’t wait to see what you think!

January 16, 2013 - 11:31 pm

Magan - Amy, frustrating is such a good, good word to describe how I felt. And let down. Very bummed I didn’t love it. 🙁

January 16, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Ah, bummer! I admit, I haven’t read North of Beautiful yet, but it’s been on my radar for some time, and I was looking forward to checking this one out, too. There are really fewer things more disappointing in reading than a book that isn’t as awesome as you’d hoped. I’m sorry to hear, too, that there was that weird aspect with the visions that doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere. That can be so frustrating, when it seems like things are in a story and serve no purpose. WAH!

January 16, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I really enjoyed Justina Chen’s other novels, so I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while. I’m sad this book didn’t click for you in the same way North of Beautiful give, but I definitely want to give it a shot anyway! Great review!

January 16, 2013 - 11:26 am

Alexa Y. - It’s always sad when a book doesn’t meet your expectations, especially when you’ve loved previous work from the author. I’m honestly a little put off by the way you’ve described the story, because it really does sound confused and jumbled up and like too many elements were put into play.

January 16, 2013 - 9:15 am

Rachel - I *loved* North of Beautiful so I definitely have high expectations for this book too. I haven’t read it yet but after reading your review, I might put it off. I never would’ve guessed there’d be a sixth sense / psychic element to it and I agree that it sounds unnecessary. It seems like all the changes in Reb’s life would’ve been more than enough to go on.

January 16, 2013 - 6:40 am

Lori - I’m one of those strange people that didn’t love North of Beautiful. So I think I’ll skip this one. The psychic element sounds unnecessary. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Magan.

January 16, 2013 - 4:18 am

VeganYANerds - This sounds so promising from the beginning but it lost me with the sixth sense aspect, I agree that this probably could have ditched that and been a better story!

Reb sounds like a confusing character, I can understand your inability to like her, I don’t mind a character who is hurting, but I do mind when they take that out on others.

Magan: Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder Publication Date: January 1, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 355 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: abuse, stalker ex-boyfriends, hospitalization, bad home life Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuester at ALA (Thank you!) Summary: Over a six month period, we see Rae’s life unravel as her step-father loses his job and […]

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September 15, 2014 - 9:00 am

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder (YA Review) - […] Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N | Magan’s review of Falling Into You by Lisa Schroeder […]

January 30, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 1/20/2013 - […] Story by Robin Mellom The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell Falling for You by Lisa Schroeder (Magan’s review) Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Magan’s […]

January 22, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Magan - Christina — I love what you said about Rae! It’s so true! She’s a strong girl. She’ll be just fine! 🙂

January 22, 2013 - 11:13 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - I love this! I do wish I had been able to help Rae somehow. But she’ll be okay, because she’s resourceful and has such a strong spirit. And Leo is utterly wonderful as well. I felt so bad for him how she never noticed him before, despite his gorgeous hair. :-p

January 6, 2013 - 8:01 am

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder - HOBBITSIES - […] Reading Date Rather Be Reading Born Bookish Reading […]

January 5, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Magan - Alexa, you *have* to read it! It’s a great one! 🙂
Lori, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Looking forward to reading your review!
Mands, it’s definitely emotionally intense. Protective is a GREAT word to describe how I felt.

January 5, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Magan - Anna, I <3 Lisa Schroeder too. 🙂
Cynthia, I completely agree with you. I hope you love FFY when you get to read it!
Asheley, GO GET IT! ASAP!
Aneeqah, it's true. There's so much goodness wrapped up into this book. Friendships, family, and dating relationships. A lot to be taken away from this one!
Candace, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, too! That always makes me so happy to know when someone else loves a book like I did!
Lisa, they make me uncomfortable too. They really do, but for some reason I'm always drawn to them.
Rachel, I love how you said you'd read it no matter what everyone else thought. I think that's so important to do; sometimes a lot of negative or positive reviews can greatly affect what I choose to read next & I wish that weren't true.
Brittany, GO GET IT! SOON! Read it!

January 4, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Anna - I <3 Lisa Schroeder

January 3, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Cynthia - I looooove Lisa Schroeder. She’s an amazing writer that doesn’t get the attention she deserves. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

January 3, 2013 - 10:24 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - AAH Magan! This book is at the VERY TOP of my I-Wanna-Read-This right now list! I must, ASAP!

January 2, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Wow, Magan, this sounds totally and utterly intense and emotional. The situation Rae is in seems so realistic, unfortunately. I think it’s great that the author is targeting stalking and overly protective boyfriends, which is definitely an issue today in the world. The characters seem so deep and layered, and the mystery so intriguing. Even though I haven’t read too many reviews of this one, I’m convinced I must absolutely pick this book up!

Fantastic review Magan! <3

January 2, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Candace - I LOVED this book SO much! I love all of Lisa’s books but she still managed to blow me away. I loved that Rae was not one who really denied her feelings. Initially she blew off her bad feeling about Nathan but once she knew he wasn’t right she didn’t let him push her around. She was just such an amazing person.
Wonderful review!

January 2, 2013 - 11:49 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - Books like this make my skin crawl…but I know I need to read them because this is what humanity is all about. Hurt and pain that also has elements of hope and love are REAL stories, yo.

I need to learn not to shy away from them because they are intense. This sounds like a really well done book that I need to read, no matter how much I cringe!

January 2, 2013 - 11:24 am

Rachel - I’m so happy you liked this book! I would probably read it no matter what others thought about it, but it definitely helps to know that it’s a good one 🙂

January 2, 2013 - 10:59 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - oooh your review makes me want to read this one even more!! Can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂

January 2, 2013 - 10:47 am

Alexa Y. - This sounds SO intense. I’m curious about Rae’s story, and I definitely want to read this and find out what happened to her. It seems like she’s got a lot on her plate, but (hopefully) she finds her “good” ending.

January 2, 2013 - 6:52 am

Lori - I really need to go write my review for this one. I enjoyed it too!

January 2, 2013 - 3:13 am

VeganYANerds - Magan, this sounds amazingly good (and emotionally intense!) I have only read a few reviews at this stage but I am convinced I need to read this, I already feel protective of Rae, too!

Magan: Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus Publication Date: August 21, 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: break-ups, first love, getting over break-up Format read: ARC from ALA Annual. (Thanks!) Summary: After Max’s boyfriend, Hugo, cheated on her, she started a business in NYC to help broken-hearted girls get over their ex-boyfriends. Her business is […]

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October 7, 2012 - 10:47 pm

Shelve It: October 07, 2012 - […] A review of Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus […]

October 7, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Kristen Evey - Magan, I love both your and Estelle’s reviews. They are always very fair and balanced. You girls state your opinions (negative or positive) without attacking. It’s fantastic, and it’s why this is one of my favorite blogs. 🙂

I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. I’m not a huge contemp fan to begin with, and there are SO many other ones on my list right now that I probably won’t get to this one. Thanks for the great review as always!

October 6, 2012 - 9:58 pm

VeganYANerds - It’s so odd that the character’s likeability was reversed, it sounds like an odd way to write a book and doesn’t really appeal to me. It’s a shame this was a bit of a let down but you review is so balanced!

October 6, 2012 - 8:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I still think this book sounds pretty fun. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about Max as a character, but I still want to check out the story!

October 6, 2012 - 1:21 pm

elena - I think I will try to give this book a shot! I’ve been slackin’ on my contemps and although I don’t think I will LOVE this book, it does seem fun for what it was. It definitely sounds like the book has its fair share of problem and believability though. Great review, M!

October 5, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great review! I had the same thoughts about the main character in their last book, Between You & Me. By the end of the book, I found that I didn’t like her as much as I had hoped I would (basically because I yelled at the book numerous times that she needed to grow a backbone!) I’m interested to see how these writers take on a YA novel, and I’m just waiting for my copy to come in at the library.

P.S. I’m loving the fact that you and Jaime @ The Perpetual Page-Turner have reviewed the same book on the same day =) Two of my favourite bloggers too!

October 5, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I reviewed this one too! And I was kinda super harsh! Not only was Max unlikeable to me too (and my feelings followed the same progression!) but I thought it could have used some more major editing! I got lost a couple times between the awkward shifting third person perspectives, for example…

Here’s my take! http://mysistersbookshelf.com/book-review-over-you-by-emma-mclaughlin-and-nicola-kraus/ but I basically agree with everything you put… I’m just more harsh!

Also! How did she fund this? Discuss?!

October 5, 2012 - 5:14 pm

April Books & Wine - You know what’s funny? Based on what you didn’t like, I think I’d really like this book.

Like, when I come within distance of an ex, I can’t handle it. I am a very confident, self assured strong lady, but holy shizzleballs, I revert to a ball of anxiety when that happens, like I go all shaky and nervous and flushed and have to leave the room or the store or the area as soon as possible. Mind you, I’ve been in my current relationship five years, so you’d think I could act the adult in those areas. Nope.

So yes, I love this review because it makes me want to READ IT NOW rather than REQUEST FROM THE LIBRARY because I can relate 😉

Magan: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally (twitter) Publication Date: October 1, 2012 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 245 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: secrecy, teacher student relationships, homosexuality, Christianity Format read: ARC from NetGalley Catching Jordan Joint Review Summary: Parker’s mom tells a scandalous secret that makes her question her faith, quit the softball team, and leads her to […]

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November 20, 2012 - 12:08 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 11. Stealing Parker: Miranda’s books are full of awesome characters (that bleed over between novels so you get to see glimpses of couples you loved in multiple books) and very real situations – family problems, trouble defining relationships, abandonment, etc. I wish a new Miranda book came out every month. I would be the happiest girl on earth if this were real. (My review.) […]

September 29, 2012 - 8:00 am

October 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Parker by Miranda Kenneally Amazon | Magan’s Review Description: Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching […]

September 4, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Anna - Yes, I very much WOULD like to read this now! Can’t wait to get my hands on it! Glad you loved it.

September 3, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Kristen Evey - I’ve been wanting to read Catching Jordan for awhile now, and this also sounds really good! I just read two other books that have to deal with faith and God and questions and doubts, etc. They were both extremely well done. Excited to add another to that list. 🙂 Thanks for the review Magan.

September 3, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - Luuurved this one. And unexpectedly loved things about it that I didn’t think I would. HUBBA HUBBA, Coach Huffman.

September 3, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I haven’t read Catching Jordan yet, but I definitely must soon. Plus, I’m very excited to read Stealing Parker soon afterwards!

September 3, 2012 - 9:08 am

Kim - Great review. I have been wanting to read the book for a while.

The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life by Tara Altebrando

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando Publication Date: July 5, 2012 Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Pages: 304 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: scavenger hunt, graduation, crushes, geeky seniors Format read: ARC from Penguin at ALA. Summary: Four semi-geeky best friends, Mary, Des, Patrick, and Winter, compete to win the Unofficial Senior Scavenger Hunt as their […]

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August 15, 2012 - 11:18 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - AHHH! Dawson’s Creek. Totes. I loved this one too 🙂

August 13, 2012 - 10:59 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh this looks awesome! I’ve already been loving on the cover (!!!) but this is the first blog post I’ve read about this book. It sounds really fun! Thanks!

August 12, 2012 - 10:03 am

Lena - DAWSON’S CREEK! I’m totally reading this ASAP because of your Dawson’s Creek comparison. This looks like such a fun book, but I’m glad to hear it also has a very emotional spin to it as well. Awesomesauce.

August 12, 2012 - 7:25 am

Lori - You had me convinced with your very first line. 🙂 I really can’t wait to read this one. I need to read Tara’s other book too. I’ve heard great things about it.

August 12, 2012 - 3:02 am

VeganYANerds - This sounds fantastic and like a book a lot of us will relate to! I really enjoyed your review and you have me wondering about the outcomes for all the different plot lines!

August 11, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Yay! I’m so glad you loved this! I picked it up at ALA as well, and I’ve been dying to read it. 🙂 Wonderful review!

August 11, 2012 - 2:40 pm

elena - I used to confuse this with From What I Remember since they’re both books I wouldn’t normally pick up. I ended up really enjoying FWIR so I hope I’ll enjoy this one too! It sounds SO FUN and I do like the idea of a scavenger hunt. Also loove your Dawson’s Creek comparison, I’ve never watched the show (I know!) but it sounds so apt.

August 11, 2012 - 2:54 am

Kristen Evey - You had me hooked as soon as you said Pacey. 😉

Seriously though, this is a fantastic review. I feel like I need to go read this right now because you teased at a whole bunch of things and I want to know how it all works out. Does Patrick confess? What is Winter hiding? What will Mary choose?

Agh! I must know these answers! Also, I want to watch Dawson’s Creek again.

August 10, 2012 - 10:35 am

Anna - Oooh I need to check this one out!

August 10, 2012 - 10:26 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am DYING to read this book because it sounds like so much fun! I’m a big fan of scavenger hunts. I used to set them up for my siblings all the time!

Magan: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Publication Date: August 7, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: female assassin, competition, love triangle Format read: ARC received at ALA. Summary: Celaena is the world’s greatest assassin who has been taken from prison by the Crowned Prince to fight for her freedom in a […]

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September 4, 2014 - 8:01 am

Thirteen Days of Ash and Fire: Heir of Fire (Arrows + Decor) - […] of Fire (#3) by Sarah J. Maas [website | twitter] Previously Reviewed: Throne of Glass (#1) | Crown of Midnight (#2) Publication Date: September 2, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 565 […]

August 28, 2013 - 8:01 am

YA Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - […] of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Series: Throne of Glass (My review.) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 432 Target audience: Young adult […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Graffiti Moon by […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:45 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] 8. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 11. Something like Normal by Trish Doller 12. What Happens Next by Colleen […]

October 16, 2012 - 11:34 am

Magan - Yay, Sam! I hope you enjoy it! I kept thinking about it for DAYS after I finished it!

October 15, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Sam - After reading the summary about this book, i realy really want to read this book RIGHT NOW. Even the title was very intriguing as i scrolled pass it. 🙂 Im sooo goin to check this book out.

July 29, 2012 - 8:05 am

Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog: 7/29/2012 - […] Magan shares August 2012 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases. + A review of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. + A review of Between You and Me by Marisa Calin. + Author Carley Moore stopped […]

July 29, 2012 - 6:35 am

Daisy - I’m SO glad you loved it!! I can’t stop gushing about this book and I will just squeal when the finished copy gets here! 🙂 I absolutely love Celaena, I’m not sure which of the boys I want her to end up with, I love both 🙂
Also, I’d recommend Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith and the sequel Court Duel, SO GOOD!
I so can’t wait for book 2…

July 28, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Preet @ A Written Rhapsody - I’ve heard so many great things about this story and can’t wait to read. Glad ya liked it so much.

July 28, 2012 - 8:02 am

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Goodreads | Amazon Magan’s Review […]

July 28, 2012 - 7:45 am

Lori - Celeana was the best character I’ve read it a long time. She was so fascinating and…fun. I really enjoyed the book. I’m happy to see that you liked it as well!

July 27, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Randi M - I haven’t read this yet, but it’s one of my most anticipated reads of the year. 🙂 Great review! I really enjoy love triangles when they’re done well, so I can’t wait to meet Chaol and Dorian.

July 27, 2012 - 3:34 pm

elena - I feel like I’ve read SO many reviews for this one lately, haha. You know I agree with your review, esp your questions! I’ve heard mixed things about the prequels so I wonder what you’ll think of it. I know some of them are currently free right now! I really love the world Maas created and can’t wait to go back to it. 🙂

July 27, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Yes, yes, and YES! I loved this one too! Celaena was a little too arrogant at first but she grew on me. I loved the world and the plot: I wasn’t expecting some of the twists and the world was gorgeous!

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 27, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Anna - I freakin’ love this book. Team Chaol 4-eva!

July 27, 2012 - 11:43 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You already know that I LOVED Throne of Glass. I had my reservations, but I really loved it. A lot of people I know are saying the prequel novellas are great – so I guess we’ll both have to read them to satisfy ourselves before the next one comes out.

P.S. Team Chaol FOR LIFE yo!

July 27, 2012 - 11:01 am

Annette - I’ve heard the prequel ebooks are good, so I intend to read them. I liked the Celeana is already tough. We don’t have to go through her wining and adjusting to becoming an assassin. She already is…It was different and I liked it. Great review!