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Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson • Magan Reviews

Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson [twitter • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: child abuse, changing identities, escaping abuse, thriller Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Though Charlotte is able to escape her abusers (her parents) and relocate to another city, once she begins to settle she […]

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February 23, 2015 - 11:29 am

Magan - Yay, Lori! I’m so glad you’re interested. It’s insane and I think as a parent, it makes it even more intense to read. I hope you enjoy it!

February 23, 2015 - 11:29 am

Magan - Emma, yes! Definitely keep an eye out for more work from here. I checked out her author page on Goodreads and she seems to write a LOT of thriller/mystery. I will check out more of her work for sure. 😉

February 23, 2015 - 11:26 am

Magan - Brianna, you don’t have to love the writing of Room to love Cut Me Free. The same intensity, however, is what made me make the comparison. Emma Donoghue didn’t write Cut Me Free so I think that change alone would make CMF more appealing to you. 🙂

February 23, 2015 - 11:24 am

Magan - Alexa, uncomfortable to the MAX. I seriously wanted to just skip to the end so bad. (In fact: I don’t know how I had enough willpower to NOT.) I hope you give it a go. 🙂

February 15, 2015 - 12:24 am

Alexa S. - Oh man, oh man. Cut Me Free sounds so intense! It would be a read that would make me uncomfortable, but I also wouldn’t be able to stop myself from finding out what happens next. I feel like it would definitely make me think about a lot of things, and I can only imagine how you felt reading it!

February 14, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Brianna - I read Room, but didn’t love it. The premise was compelling, but I’m not a fan of Emma Donoghue’s writing. She mostly writes lesbian fiction, which is fine, but she’s got a very slow, slogging writing style, in my opinion.

February 12, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Ah! This sounds way too intense for me (as I think maybe we discussed on Twitter?) but I’m glad it was worth the stressing for you. It sounds like this author is definitely one to keep my eye on.

February 12, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Lori - This is new to me! I’m adding it on Goodreads right now because you definitely have me intrigued!

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!

Estelle: Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Live Through This by Mindi Scott ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: October 2, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: blended families, abuse, secrets, high school Format read: Paperback borrowed from Ginger at GReadsBooks! Summary:  Coley is on the dance team in school, has a crush on a sweet […]

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September 30, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Live Through This — sexual abuse by a relative, mental instability of the MC who questions right from wrong […]

December 15, 2012 - 10:29 am

Live Through This Mindi Scott Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “Here, folks, is the kind of writing I yearn for” […]

December 1, 2012 - 1:50 am

Kristen Evey - Wow. Solely for your description of the writing of this novel, I am going to read this. 🙂

November 25, 2012 - 9:04 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (11/25/2012) - […] Freefall by Mindi Scott: Thanks to Anna (Anna Reads) for sending along Ginger’s (G Reads Books) copy of this novel! Ginger speaks so highly of Mindi and her work, and I can’t wait to try out another one of her books after really enjoying Live Through This. […]

November 18, 2012 - 9:32 pm

Magan: Shelve It, November 18, 2012 - […] – Live Through This by Mindi Scott — Ginger and Estelle have raved about this one. Beyond excited to read this one. (Goodreads | Estelle’s Review) […]

November 10, 2012 - 11:09 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This review seriously has made me more eager to read this book. While it’s going to be difficult to read knowing it features sexual abuse, I do believe a book like this can have a powerful impact.

November 9, 2012 - 2:08 pm

April Books & Wine - I think I am going to read this over the 3-Day weekend after finishing Black City and Falling Kingdoms, seems like just the right book to pull me back to reality. I like books that just slam into you and are hard to read, if that makes sense?

Either way, this was a fantastic review.

November 9, 2012 - 9:19 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, you have captured the beauty in this novel so well. Though the subject matter is something no one ever wants to read about, I think Mindi did a superb job of getting the message across. I adore this woman’s writing and can’t wait for you to experience Freefall.

Magan: How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr Publication Date: October 18, 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 341 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: death, loss of a parent, pregnancy, adoption, abuse, new beginnings Format read: ARC from ALA. Summary: After her father’s passing, Jill’s mom decides to adopt a baby and allows […]

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January 13, 2015 - 9:28 am

Real Life Friend & Real Life Diversity | Dive Into Diversity - […] Boyfriend App by Katie Sise | How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr | Just One Year by Gayle […]

July 8, 2013 - 12:02 am

How To Save A Life | Sara Zarr | Book Review - […] Ivy Book Bindings – “I fell hard for the romance in this novel” YA Love Blog – “Prepare for gushing because this novel is beautiful and amazing.” Rather Be Reading – “I was completely mesmerized by her writing” […]

November 20, 2012 - 12:11 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 9. How to Save a Life: Apparently I like extremely touchy books because this one is about a girl who loses her father. Her dad was like her best friend and she was never very close to her mom. When her mom connects with a teenage girl that’s pregnant and allows her to move in with them until she has the baby, Jill freaks out a little. She feels like her mom is trying to replace her when she announces that she will adopt the baby. (My review.) […]

August 21, 2012 - 10:56 pm

VeganYANerds - This is the last of Sara’s books that I need to read so I am thrilled that you enjoyed it (so much so that I’ve added it to my list of books to swap with Hannah!)

Sara’s writing is just amazing, in such a quiet and subtle way. The plot reminds me of the last season of Parenthood, minus the dad dying, and I wonder how it will all work out.

August 21, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Tara - Any book that makes you reread passages and write down quotes is a win in my book! I have this book from BEA and I think I seriously need to pick it up soon. Lovely review (per usual) Magan 🙂

August 21, 2012 - 1:16 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - I read about 35 pages of this one before I had to abandon it. Weh.

August 21, 2012 - 11:36 am

April Books & Wine - I have had this on my shelves forever. I’m glad to hear it’s well-written and just plain good.

August 20, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Kristen - “How to Save a Life is a notable story about how our lives can be shaken up and we have to slowly put the pieces back together — even if those pieces don’t fit back together exactly how they used to.”

That is beautiful. I LOVE books like this. Will definitely be checking this out as well.

August 20, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wow. Just wow. This sounds incredible and moving and I now want to read it. Will be sure to check it out of the library stat!

August 20, 2012 - 11:10 am

Anna - I <3 Zarr

August 20, 2012 - 8:56 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I love your last sentence to describe this book. I keep meaning to read this one by Sara Zarr and your review has reminded me once again that I am obviously missing out by not doing so. This is beautiful Magan.

Estelle: Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (website | twitter) UPCOMING Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Walker Children’s Pages: 354 Target audience: Mature young adult Format read: Netgalley eBook Summary:  Tripp and Allie seemed like the perfect couple to the whole world but there was another layer to their relationship that no one knew about. […]

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October 28, 2014 - 8:55 pm

Brook Cunningham - I love breaking beautiful I did not want to put it down. Love it <3

October 14, 2013 - 9:02 am

Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf (YA Thriller Review) - […] Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 352 Target audience:  Young adult / thriller Keywords: murder investigation, friendship, gangs Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Other books reviewed by Jennifer Shaw Wolf: Breaking Beautiful […]

July 26, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Thriller: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne - […] I picked up Truly, Madly, Deadly, I expected something along the lines of Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf – a book about a girl who survives a car accident that kills her boyfriend (who wasn’t […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:28 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This sounds haunting and intense. The story seems so serious and there’s so much going on – but I do love a book with more “meat” in it on some days. Great review!

April 23, 2012 - 4:15 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Estelle, you have me really intrigued! I had no idea what this book was about but now I really want to read it and find out what happens. Also, I love that Allie was a likeable character even when she was lying or not speaking up for herself.

April 23, 2012 - 12:27 pm

Annette - I, too, thought she did a great job keeping interest, but building slowly to the conclusion — which I did not see coming. Really enjoyed this on, and very much enjoyed your review. Thanks!