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Magan: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Warning: There will be Divergent spoilers in this review, so please DO NOT proceed if you haven’t read this book yet! Insurgent by Veronica Roth Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 525 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC received from TLA Why I read it: It’s the sequel to one of my favorite […]

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April 22, 2015 - 8:01 am

Allegiant by Veronica Roth • Magan Reviews, Magan - […] Magan: Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

September 10, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Lucia - I just saw the movie yesterday. And accidentally found this blog and hey there is a book, yay:)I found it just for $11.99 incl shipping http://www.librarist.com/us/book/9780007442928/. Thanks for the review, it looks much more exciting than the movie;)

January 9, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Aryana - love this book she is like my life loved divergent too cant wait for the movie!!!

May 8, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Sophia - Okay, to be honest, I haven’t read Insurgent yet. However, I read(and loved!) Divergent, so it’s on my reading list. My friends who have read it are such slow readers!! 🙁 So this review is so-ooo helpful. I’m going to try to get it ASAP!!!

December 18, 2012 - 7:02 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Chance Summer by Morgan Matson The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Insurgent by Veronica […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I finished Insurgent fairly recently (and my review is up today!) but I LOVED it. I actually saw a lot of romance in it though, despite the unromantic moments that would appear too. I still swooned a lot over Four. But, most of all, that twist in the end – incredible. Love Veronica’s writing and can’t wait for the next book!

May 29, 2012 - 7:02 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

May 14, 2012 - 7:01 am

Young Adult Book Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle - […] I finished Insurgent, I wanted something 180 degrees different. What better to pick up than a modern-day Romeo and […]

May 6, 2012 - 7:09 am

Shelve It: May 6, 2012 - […] reviewed Insurgent by Veronica […]

May 5, 2012 - 7:02 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] #2) by Veronica Roth Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: May 1, 2012 Magan’s Review Goodreads | Amazon One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has […]

May 4, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Brittani - I had so many of the feelings you had when I read this! And I definitely agree with not knowing what else to say other than WOW! I mentioned that word a couple of times in my own review! I definitely agree with you, Insurgent was pretty intense!

My Review if you wanna check it out!

May 4, 2012 - 9:09 am

Anna - “I feel as if my hands are hovering over the keyboard, not quite sure where to start and what to say other than WOW.” YES. THIS. In fact, this entire post makes me happy.

Magan: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass [website | twitter] Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 327 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC borrowed from Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader Challenge: Debut Author 2012 Challenge Summary: America Singer is chosen as one of the thirty-five women vying to win the […]

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April 12, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Selection | Kiera Cass | Book Review - […] that way it really was like watching The Bachelor!” Rather Be Reading – “I never felt fully invested in the story” Pure Imagination – “The Selection and I….we have a odd […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:02 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] I needed to raise a warning flag with that one. The Disenchantments, What’s Left of Me, and The Selection also didn’t live up to my […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:09 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Though I do still want to read this one, I knocked it down a few notches on the reading list after you told me how you felt about it. I definitely trust your opinion and think we have similar tastes so we may feel the same way about it!

April 17, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great review! I remember hearing so much about this book prior to its release, but there haven’t been too many positive reviews. I’m on the fence on whether or not to read this one. Personally, I just can’t get past the fact that the girl on the cover looks like she’s smelling her own armpit =P

April 17, 2012 - 6:22 am

Daisy - I’m a bit sad you didn’t love it, cause I pre-ordered it, but well, you can’t love them all right? 🙂
I also usually find myself rooting for the underdog as well, though I must say golden boys also definitely have their appeal 😉 And I’m secretly a sucker for drama like on shows such as the Bachelor (I still watch America’s Next Top Model…).
Thanks for the review!

April 17, 2012 - 4:37 am

Lori - I couldn’t agree more with your review! The names were laughable and really pulled me out of the story. I also didn’t connect to Aspen, but I did like America. Great review and thanks for the link 🙂

April 16, 2012 - 8:01 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Magan, I was wondering what you’d think of this, I’ve read some pretty negative reviews, mainly listing the same issues you had and I really don’t think I would bother to read this, unless I found it at the library!

April 16, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Jayla | LadyBlueJay - I am not a huge fan of reality tv, so I am not sure that this book would appeal to me. I have a lot of mixed reviews on this one.

However, I do understand where you are coming from. There are books I feel iffy about, but I read the next book in the series just because I want to see if things improve. It some cases things do get better.

April 16, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives - We have already talked about this a little bit, but I will talk about it again. 🙂

Yep, the world building…totally lacking.

I didn’t notice the exclamation points…how did I miss this, lol?!

Even though I just thought it was alright, I will read the rest of the series as well…stupid cliffhangers, lol.

April 16, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Anna - I totally see all your points, but…I DONT CARE I LOVE IT ANYWAY 🙂

April 16, 2012 - 10:47 am

elena - I’ve heard such mixed things about these books! The people I trust tend to lend on the “meh” side so I’m not really expecting much from The Selection at this point. Maybe it will surprise me, who knows. I like details too so it’s a shame that it seems like there isn’t much here. I’ve heard that the world-building wasn’t that great and left a lot of questions unanswered. omg I really love the point about Maxon uses excessive exclamation points as an abuser of exclamation points myself. Except I am not a character in a dystopian novel so! I find it hilarious. Fantastic review, Magan. 😀

Estelle: Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann

Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Baumann Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (Part of Random House) Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Pages: 208 Target Audience: Young adult (mature audiences) Format read: eBook ARC from Netgalley. Summary: In her senior year of high school, Angel is enjoying the single life (even though she can’t seem to get her […]

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January 24, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Estelle - Hey Caro, thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts. Even almost a year after I read it, this book and the main character still frustrate me. I think I felt Angel was maternal because of the strong connection she had with her siblings, but she just didn’t know how to apply that kind of care and attention to herself in a healthy way. It SO felt like all she did was think and have sex, for sure. That was probably the most frustrating because I feel like there had to be/was certainly more to her than that. Definitely check out Bauman’s debut novel though. I really really really enjoyed that one!

January 24, 2013 - 3:00 pm

CaroG - I won a copy of this book in a giveaway…I felt the same way that you did about it, specially the sex part. However I did not see that motherly part of Angel, and I did not like her as a character. I had no problem whatsoever with her being open about her sexuality, but at a point it felt like it was all she did.

December 26, 2012 - 10:02 am

YA Review: Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman - […] Rosie and Skate by Beth Ann Bauman Publication Date: August 11, 2009 Publisher: Wendy Lamb Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Sisters, alcoholism, winter at the beach, New Jersey Format read: Bought used hardcover after reading/reviewing Jersey Angel. […]

June 16, 2012 - 11:26 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ah Jersey. I was a Jersey girl before I was from the Bronx, so I do have a soft spot for the state. But I don’t particularly feel like reading this book unfortunately. It does sound like there are a few redeeming qualities, but I don’t know that I’d check it out anytime soon.

May 5, 2012 - 10:12 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Angel by Beth Ann Bauman Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books Release Date: May 8, 2012 Estelle’s Review Goodreads | Amazon It’s the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have […]

May 1, 2012 - 11:18 pm

Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman - The Busy Bibliophile - […] opinions: Rather be Reading Book Twirps SharePrintEmailDigg Filed Under: 2 owls, beach, besties, contemporary, easy read, […]

April 10, 2012 - 10:25 am

Cialina - Saw this on NetGalley, saw the synopsis. As much as the blurb said it was going to be the “real” Jersey, I knew it was too good to be true. I didn’t buy it. This definitely does not sound like my book based on your review. Plot sounds kinda ridiculous to be honest. :/

April 9, 2012 - 9:36 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle! I saw you add this on Goodreads and I think I added it too but I’ve read mixed reviews. I still want to read now but I won’t have super high expectations, it really does sound like a good beachy read.

April 9, 2012 - 3:38 pm

elena - Whoa, three houses?! And she’s living alone at 18?! Incredible! I’m glad that Angel is likable even though the tales of her escapades weigh the book down. Ah, the lack of consequences would bother me too. In fact that’s a good part of the reason why I didn’t enjoy Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have). I’d like the book to be realistic in some sense! Thank you for a fantastic, honest review.

April 9, 2012 - 1:52 pm

Estelle - Tara, thanks for the comment! I definitely think if you are looking for a fast read you should check this out. It’s the perfect beach reading… for real.

April 9, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Estelle - Jacinda, glad I’m not alone in this. I know a lot of people in this situation may not get caught but it’s like she didn’t think about it at all? Right? Ugh. I feel bad for her bestie. For more than one reason.

April 9, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives - “I was disappointed in the lack of consequence in the end.”<—THIS! This is why I was so freaking ticked off that this book! UGH! I was so hoping this was going to be a great book…and it wasn't to me in the end.

April 9, 2012 - 1:35 pm

Tara @ Hobbitsies - Thanks for the review, Estelle! You definitely gave me more of an idea of what I’m getting myself into when I start reading Jersey Angel! I’ve never seen an episode of the Jersey Shore (don’t hurt me), so I’m curious to see what I think.

Magan: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

In Honor by Jessi Kirby (website | twitter) Future Release Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 288 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: ARC Received at ALA Mid-Winter How we found out about it: Ginger at GReads! Summary: It’s always been Honor, her brother Finn, and Rusty, Finn’s best friend. Finn inexplicably joins the […]

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June 16, 2012 - 11:12 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I cannot wait to read this book! Heard so many good things about it already that my expectations may be the slightest bit high – hopefully, I end up loving it as much as the rest of you!

May 5, 2012 - 7:03 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] by Jessi Kirby Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Release Date: May 8, 2012 Magan’s Review Goodreads | Amazon Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn […]

April 10, 2012 - 10:25 am

Ginger @ GReads! - How did I miss this review?! Gah. You put everything in to words so perfectly! Oh how I adore this book. I loved the correlation you made between Honor’s roadtrip and your own. There’s something quite therapeutic about venturing off, leaving your past behind, and embarking on a new future. Love. Love. Love.

April 9, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Magan - Meg, there were some beautiful scenes from the road trip. Really great writing! I hope you enjoy!

April 9, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Magan - Same here, Jacinda! I really thought Jessi’s writing got even better in In Honor! I’m glad you enjoyed it, too! 🙂

April 9, 2012 - 1:22 pm

Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives - I loved this one too. 🙂 I was afraid I wasn’t going to like it much because I only like Moonglass so-so…but I ended up liking it more, so I’m happy!

April 9, 2012 - 10:10 am

Meg - Oooh, I love road trip fiction — though the reality of a real road trip is usually not as exciting! This sounds like a great read. This is my first time seeing it, but definitely adding to my wishlist.

April 7, 2012 - 11:35 pm

Young Adult Blog: In My Mailbox: 14 - […] Magan: In Honor by Jessi Kirby […]

April 7, 2012 - 11:31 pm

Magan - Aneeqah, I seriously got lucky. I have no idea how I ended up with a copy. I went by their booth so many times scoping it out. 🙂 Haha. WHEN you get a chance to read this, DO IT!

April 7, 2012 - 11:31 pm

Magan - So do I, April! There’s so much to love about this book! Read it soooooooon!

April 7, 2012 - 5:07 pm

April Books & Wine - In Honor sounds solid. Also? I really like Jessi Kirby’s writing. AND THE MILITARY. AND ROAD TRIPS. And potential love interests.

April 6, 2012 - 10:32 am

Aneeqah - I really wish I could have picked up a copy of this book at ALA Midwinter! Unfortunately, they were all out when I asked for a copy. =( But, I’m definitely going to be picking this up when it comes out! It looks like such a cute book, and really filled with depth. I love road-trip stories, those are so much fun. I can’t wait to be picking this up! Great review. =)

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

April 6, 2012 - 10:23 am

Anna - Who wants to throw on a sundress, their cowboy books and go dancing at a country bar after reading this book? ME! Who’s with me??? Let’s go!