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Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook • Magan Reviews

Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 288 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: sexual assault, small town setting, accident, football Summary: Kayla has never wanted to leave her home town; it’s always been her favorite place, her source of comfort. When something awful happens and she’s sent away for the […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Magan - Totally uncomfortable, Alexa, but very necessary! 🙂

May 5, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Magan - Lucy, it’s intense. Be warned! But very worth it! Can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

April 30, 2015 - 5:45 pm

Lucy - I just got this one in the mail and you do make it sound like a worthwhile read. A FNL reference in your opening paragraph doesn’t hurt either 🙂

April 29, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Alexa S. - Every Last Promise definitely sounds like it would be a “hard” read, in the sense that I would definitely feel uncomfortable. But sometimes, those books are necessary in order to coax us into a new understanding or perspective. Glad you think this one is worth it!

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown | Magan Reviews

No Place to Fall by Jaye Robin Brown (website | twitter) Publication Date: December 9, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: growing up in a small town, auditioning for an art school, family drama Format Read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Amber’s dreams are bigger than her small town; as she slowly […]

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November 19, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Alexa S. - I just recently read No Place To Fall. Growing up in a small town, I kind of had a similar experience as Amber did (though not with all those tough issues she had to face) in terms of people talking about me and unable to mind their business. This helped me really relate to her, and once I understood that this was a no judgment, “truthful” account of what happened to her (complete without 100% happy endings), No Place to Fall was a worthwhile reading experience.

November 17, 2014 - 6:10 am

Janelle Fila - Wow, this sounds like a really interesting read. I love YA stories that hit on “heavy” topics, especially if they can have an open conversation without coming across as preachy. And man, coming from a small town, I found myself relating to this character already! I wish I’d had a book like this to read when I was growing up, contemplating chasing after the dreams I really didn’t feel that I was “good enough” to accomplish. Thanks for sharing this story, definitely going on my to read list!

Book Report: Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer

As promised, friends, we’re trying to continue reading books together so we can chat about them for more Book Reports! As you’ll read below, we were highly, highly encouraged to read Nowhere But Home by some of our very favorite people. See if we agree with them about this adult fiction book! Nowhere but Home by Liza […]

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February 23, 2015 - 8:01 am

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer | Estelle Reviews - […] Read our joint review of Liza Palmer’s NOWHERE BUT HOME […]

June 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids Table: I MAY Be Late... But Book Bloggers Rock - […] but it just so happens I bought a copy of it on the bargain table at B&N. I adored Liza’s Nowhere But Home and I have two of Liza’s older books waiting for me at home. But I think this post reminds […]

November 4, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Alexa Y. - Another ringing endorsement for Nowhere But Home! I’m thinking I really have to get on the boat and read this one too. I loved seeing what you both thought of this story, and it pleases me that you enjoyed it too! That’s FIVE ringing endorsements for me now — and all from people I most definitely trust.

October 28, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS TO PIECES, 100000%.
Because I just loved the book so much. And I had hoped that Magan would love the book although I was a bit nervous because she’s so close to the area! YAY for reading it and loving it and this fun review style!!! I don’t think there’s anything I’d change either! I loved Cal and everything that is revealed about his character! Well, I just loved everything.

October 27, 2013 - 12:37 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I, too listened to Cassie and picked up a copy :). I love reading your bookish conversations, and this one is no exception! Super excited to read this one, especially after SO many of my trusted blogger buddies love it so much!

October 25, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Lucy - Such a fun book report! I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long. I can tell I’m going to love it. Yay for book pushers 🙂

October 25, 2013 - 8:57 am

Meg - What a fun way to review — I love it! And I really enjoyed this one, too. It was a big, unexpected surprise for me from beginning to end, and it was hard not to like and feel for Queenie. I also found the romance with Everett very believable, and I was sorry to see it end! Even months later, I can vividly remember scenes and passages… the mark of a great story. 🙂

October 25, 2013 - 8:42 am

Cassie - LADIES, LADIES! I am so so so over the moon happy that you both loved this one!!

Everything, like E mentioned was so perfect, and well researched, and it really brought the book to life for me. From the characters to the setting to the trials each person had to face, to finding a jackass [I’m looking at you, Hudson!] It was just so perfect.

THANK YOU for listening to me <3

xoxo

Estelle: Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom

Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom By Brendan Halpin & Emily Franklin Upcoming Release Date: February 28, 2012 Publisher: Walker Children’s Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: eBook ARC from NetGalley Why I wanted to read it: Prom in the title says it all! Summary: Tessa and Luke have been best friends their entire lives. […]

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March 26, 2012 - 9:39 am

Young Adult Review: The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George - […] invested in Jesse and Emily especially once the Starmart conflict comes into play. Similarly to TESSA MASTERSON WILL GO TO PROM, we have another situation where a big business is attempting to take over local businesses. The […]

March 1, 2012 - 5:55 pm

In My Mailbox (8): Books Borrowed, Received, and Bought - […] Recap… Magan reviewed The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour. Estelle reviewed Tessa Masterson WILL Go to Prom by Brendan Halpin and Emily Franklin. Magan recapped the Pitch Dark Days stop in Austin, TX! Magan […]

February 26, 2012 - 11:42 am

Cialina - Sounds like this book needs a lot more attention than it’s getting! I love the premise and I think I’ll be willing to pick it up even if slow pacing is not my kind of thing.

February 23, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Katie - Interesting… it sounds very realistic, and pretty sad. I’m curious about the 2 author thing. Did they each write a different character? Like one was Tessa and one was Luke?

February 22, 2012 - 2:26 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle! I haven’t heard of this book or the authors but it sounds like it would be a great read for so many teens in a similar situation. Adding it to my list 😉

February 22, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wow, this sounds like an incredibly interesting novel. I would love to read it and see what happens to the characters and how it all ties itself up in the end. It seems like a powerful story 🙂