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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas • Magan Reviews

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas [twitter • website] First Book in the Series Publication Date: May 5, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Pages: 416 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: Faeries, Magic, Fantasy, Beauty and the Beast Retelling Reading Challenge: Flights of Fantasy with Alexa + Rachel Summary: After Feyre unknowingly breaks the treaty between humans and Faeries, […]

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May 8, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Magan - Me too, Alexa! I was so pleasantly surprised that it was another HUGE hit for me. It’s got me in a fantasy mood now, craving SO MUCH MORE!

May 8, 2015 - 11:55 am

Alexa S. - I’m seriously SO thrilled that you enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, M. Isn’t it so, so lovely? I think Sarah has done a brilliant job writing something different from her Throne of Glass series, and I certainly need MORE.

May 7, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES! So excited to read your thoughts. I just loved this one too. I was so scared it wouldn’t live up to my expectations having recently fallen in love with ToG.
I loved how it really was its own story but you could easily spot BatB too!

May 6, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Faith - So glad you liked it! Can’t wait to read it because its more Sarah J Maas 🙂

May 6, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Julia Anne @ Peach Print - I’m so happy to hear this book doesn’t disappoint!! I actually have yet to read Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series (I know, I’m terrible), but once I do, I’m definitely going to get cracking on this newest release. A grownup Beauty and the Beast retelling? Count me in!

May 6, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Magan - Yani! It was released yesterday! RUN TO YOUR BOOKSTORES TO BUY IT! RUN! 😉 I hope you enjoy!

May 6, 2015 - 10:16 am

Yani - I cannot wait for this to be in our local bookstore’s shelves. I want to read it now. I can’t bear the hype anymore. It’s torture.

Why in 5: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan (twitter | website) Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friends growing apart, life of an actress, filming a TV series Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Emma loves acting and knows there’s nothing else she’d rather do, but she wishes that people could look […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really looking forward to reading Not in the Script! It sounds like it’s going to be such a treat, especially since Emma sounds like an amazing main character. I love that she comes across as a genuinely GOOD character, one who’s mature and smart and talented. Can’t wait to read it!

October 6, 2014 - 7:57 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I really like the sound of this from your review. I haven’t read any books in the If Only series (although I know they are not a series in the traditional sense) and I think I’ll start with this one. I want to read more books with college-aged MCs and I like the acting plotline (among other things) Great review 🙂

October 2, 2014 - 9:23 am

Kim - I couldn’t I agree with you more! I loved this book so much!

October 1, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Valerie Pennington - I absolutely adored this novel and I think that you captured all the reasons that I loved it. Great review.

October 1, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Amy Finnegan - So . . . I’m just gonna pull up a chair and spend my day reading this review over and over again. You good with that? Excellent 🙂

THANK YOU!!! xoxo

Thirteen Days of Ash and Fire: Heir of Fire (Arrows + Decor)

Shhh. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I haven’t always, always been a wedding photographer. I technically went to college for Interior Design. Though I’m not working in that industry anymore, I still have a strong pull to good design and my heart sure does pitter patter pretty rapidly when I’m inspired […]

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September 8, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Saniya S. - WOW…:D Loving the arrows xD

September 7, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Denise - I LOVE the hand painted arrows and the vase of arrows. I definitely would love to have those two in my house. Great post! 🙂

September 7, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Kari - I have read the first two books and have been dying for the third so I would really love to win! Thanks for the giveaway!

September 5, 2014 - 11:49 am

Alexa S. - I basically just want all of the arrow decorations you put in this post, M! They’re SO PRETTY. And they’re something I would consider including as part of my living room or library decorations one day. THANK YOU for being a part of the tour, and for the awesome bullet points. (And for being all CHAOL with me!)

September 4, 2014 - 10:51 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YESSSS. I just finished yesterday and IT WAS SO AMAZING!
I really like arrows for décor and LOVE your choices! I always want to decorate my house like this but of course… we just have zero decorations at the moment (a year later LOL)

September 4, 2014 - 10:14 am

Brianna - I don’t normally read fantasy, but I’m trying to branch out and since this series has gotten nothing but rave reviews from everyone, it seemed like a good place to start.

September 4, 2014 - 8:50 am

Hana - I am dying to read this book! Thanks for sharing your review and design ideas.

September 4, 2014 - 8:24 am

Amanda Troyer - Because the cover is GORGEOUS!

Magan: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Sean Griswold’s Head // Going Vintage Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: family rivalries, loss of a grandparent, secret romance Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thank you!) Summary: Not only does Holly inherit her grandfather’s wedding chapel in Las Vegas when he […]

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June 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes! That’s exactly how I felt too. It was so cute, really enjoyable, and so well done BUT I was missing that little spark to really push it to the amazing status like I felt with Going Vintage. The Vegas setting was so fun and I love that it was so well incorporated into a YA book!
Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

June 3, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Alexa S. - You hit the nail on the head with your review, M! While I did wind up enjoying The Chapel Wars overall (which is kind of hard to avoid since it’s got such a fun setting and a few really awesome secondary characters), I do think that there’s room for something to be added. I wish, in particular, that Holly was a more accessible character! This won’t deter me from trying Leavitt’s other novels though 🙂

June 3, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Amy - I just finished reading this myself, and YES TO ALL THE THINGS. I just loved Sean Griswold’s Head! It is still one of those YA books that surprised me the most with how much it touched me. This book, though, had me feeling much the same as you. I never really clicked with anything. I didn’t feel butterflies or anxiety or tension or anything. Which is a big shame! I love feeling those things! Alas.

June 2, 2014 - 8:09 am

Lori - Too bad you didn’t love this one. It’s hard to beat Sean Griswold’s Head! <3

June 1, 2014 - 4:59 am

Judith - Too bad you felt just okay about this one, M. I’ve heard amazing things about this book, but it’s refreshing to hear from someone who wasn’t head of heels in love with it (because honestly, it doesn’t sound like I would be in love with it either). I do like the concept and setting, but oh, I like characters that FEEL ALL THE THINGS (like, um, I do, haha).

May 28, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Your closing sentiment was PERFECT for this kid as I haven’t read any Leavitt yet but have this one on my shelf! Better find me a copy of Sean Griswold, first!

Book Report: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Hello, friends! It’s been a long, long while (over a year!) since we’ve done a joint review (aka: book report around here) together. How this works is we each read the same book and have a nice, long chat about it. We really try not to be spoilery, and if we think something might be, […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Where the Stars Still Shine — mental/emotional abuse MC suffered from mother’s instability […]

February 27, 2014 - 8:00 am

We're Celebrating Our Friendiversary! - […] this has caused me to withdraw a bit from life to focus on the chaos. What I loved most about Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller was how Kat, Callie’s cousin and self-imposed BFF, pursued Callie. Callie was a very distant […]

September 23, 2013 - 11:08 pm

Genevieve - The more I hear about this book, the more I want to run out and buy it, and I almost never buy books when they first come out. I love reading about family dynamics and this review has me really excited to read about this fascinating-sounding family!

And I hope you do more joint reviews in the future! I think it’s easier to come up with things you might not think about otherwise when you’re talking with someone else. Makes me kind of wish I had a coblogger to write joint reviews with. 😀

September 22, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - OH MY GOODNESS STOP RIGHT NOW. I’m so glad I’m reading this now and not like a month ago since it comes out on Tuesday. Whew! Thank goodness! Y’all have made me even more excited for this release! (PS Pleeeeeeasse keep doing more of these joint reviews. LOVE THEM SO MUCH.)

September 18, 2013 - 3:02 am

Alexa Y. - YAY FOR A BOOK REPORT! Loved what you gals had to say about Where the Stars Still Shine, particularly since it felt like I was sitting there listening to you chat. I agree with many things you’ve said about this book, particularly when it came to Callie and her dad. I think, overall, that’s probably my favorite part of this one!

September 11, 2013 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - […] week, we revived our Book Reports with Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller. We got some great feedback from you guys, and really, really enjoy diving into these discussions. […]

September 5, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I loved your discussion of WtSSS! It was really entertaining, but I also feel like I got a great sense of the book. I haven’t read this one or Something Like Normal, although I picke dup SLN last year. It’s collecting dust on my shelf 🙂

I’m definitely going to check this one out. I’m very curious about Greg, Kat and Alex 🙂

September 5, 2013 - 5:56 am

molly @ wrapped up in books - I love the back and forth style of the joint reviews! WtSSS is one of my favorites from this year so far. I’m like you guys, I just wanted more! This book stayed with me for a long time after reading it, and that doesn’t always happen to me.

September 4, 2013 - 9:17 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love the format for this (your pictures make a nice touch!) I only skimmed since I haven’t read this yet and I’m trying to enter it fairly blind about the events but I’m really excited to see that the length helps develop the story better. I thought SLN was too short and could have used a few more pages to deepen everything.

September 4, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - This convo rocks! I kept feeling like I needed to jump in but… couldn’t because I was reading it. 🙂

This is my first Trish Dollar book – which isn’t hard since she only has 2! – but I absolutely LOVED it! I was a little nervous about the sex because I had just come off reading another YA book where the sex was wildly over the top but this… wow. It just made me feel like it was super romantic while at the same time being super hot. I was a little back and forth with Greg. On the one hand I felt for him OH SO MUCH but on the other I didn’t quite feel like I got him. However, the scene where he takes Callie to the house? Oh I got teary! Alex was such a strong character for me because there was more to him than met the eye. I loved his “secret” even though it broke my heart.

Great review/discussion ladies! Would love to see more like these!

September 4, 2013 - 8:47 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I LOVE what you guys did with this review. The convo back & forth was so much fun to read. I literally felt like I was sitting here with you guys, just listening, hehe. Oh this book. THIS BOOK. There’s a special place in my heart for it (& Trish too!). All of the elements you picked out, especially Greg, are some of my favorites, too. I agree that Trish pushed the limits with this one, but never made it uncomfortable. I think the best kinds of books are the ones that leave us thinking long after we’ve finished them. So happy to see that both of you enjoyed this one so much!

Magan: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Warning: This review may contain spoilers for Throne of Glass. Proceed with caution. Crown 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 Keywords: female assassin, magic, young adult fantasy, high fantasy Format read: ARC received via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: After […]

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September 5, 2013 - 12:01 am

Book Review | Crown of Midnight | Sarah J. Maas | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “The beauty of Crown of Midnight is how so many aspects felt like they were clicking into pl… […]

September 1, 2013 - 7:35 am

April Books & Wine - I liked how emotional Crown Of Midnight was, and omg omg the big tragedy! I definitely got all teary eyed.

I was also really happy with the direction of the romance, but then you know things happened and goodness I am so ready for book three!

I think we all swoon for Chaol <3333

August 29, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m SO glad to hear that this series just keeps getting better. I’ve had Throne of Glass on my TBR since you loved it so much, and actually ordered a copy a few months ago. I think I’m going to save it ’til the whole series is out (if I can wait that long!) since it seems like one that would be great to binge read from beginning to end =)

August 29, 2013 - 12:59 am

Jen - EEEK yes yes yes! I loved Crown of Midnight more than ToG, and omg Chaol (yes to the HUBBA, HUBBA). I loved their romance and it sure didn’t feel like a love triangle to me anymore! Dorian’s secrets also surprised me the most as well. I did get frustrated with Celaena and Chaol’s egos at the end, too. *pulls hair* I’m glad you loved it so much though, Magan! Wonderful review. 🙂

August 28, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Bookworm1858 - I have seen so many raves for this sequel but I just wasn’t that impressed with the first book so I can’t work up much enthusiasm for the second book. It just didn’t wow me and I’m not sure it would be worth it to check this out.

August 28, 2013 - 7:10 pm

elena - BASICALLY ALL OF THIS! I admire how you always have such thoughtful reviews and I so agree on how Sarah toned it down a bit to see more of Celaena. Cannot wait for the next one!!

August 28, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m sure you already know that I loved this one too! Sarah did a wonderful job developing her story and her characters, keeping me glued to the book when I read it. I loved the way things have ended up in her story, though that ending has left me dying for book 3 already! I also really like the influx of Chaol in this book, because he’s just so swoony and always has been.

August 28, 2013 - 11:51 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Ahh, I absolutely loved Throne of Glass when it came out last year, Celaena was such an amazing character, so strong and lovely! I can’t wait to read this one especially knowing there is more Celaena and Chaol (because I am all about Chaol!!) Great review, I definitely need this one ASAP!