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Magan: This Summer by Katlyn Duncan

This Summer by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Publication Date: July 9, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: 240 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: boy/girl next door neighbors, camp counselors, summer camp Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Two years ago, Hadley’s next door neighbor, Will, fled town on the very same night he and Hadley became “more than friends.” After […]

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December 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan | Rather Be Reading - […] Christmas by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Previously reviewed on RBR: This Summer Publication Date: November 18, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: ebook novella Target Audience: […]

August 29, 2014 - 10:56 am

Alexa S. - I LOVE when it feels like an author is writing about something that you’ve personally experience! So I think it’s great that you found that type of connection with This Summer. And might I just say that I LOVE that this is a summery read! I used to dream of being a camp counselor when I was a teen, so I think I’d definitely want to read this.

August 23, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Sue - Looks good. Great review 🙂

August 15, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - M, I love your connection with this book. I haven’t heard of it, but it sounds like a fun story!

August 13, 2014 - 9:37 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - It’s so weird when you read a book and so many of the events makes you think of your life. That happened to me when I read Fangirl. Cath, particularly, reminded me so much of myself, especially as a college freshman, that it almost got to be too much. It was like looking at my life and seeing all the things I should have done differently.

Anyway, I’m glad you liked this. I love summer romancy reads, but I’m not sure if I would like this.

Magan: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: The Distance Between Us Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: strong sibling relationships, athletic female, single-parents Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Super athlete Charlie finds herself having middle-of-the-night conversations with her next door neighbor, Braden, whom she’s always considered to […]

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March 31, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday - […] On the Fence by Kasie West | Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra McVoy | The Comeback Season by Jen E. Smith […]

July 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes yes yesssssss I’m so glad you loved it too! I just thought this was so adorable. Super cute, super swoony and I LOVED the family dynamic too! I love brothers in books for some reason. I have no idea why. I also really just loved the tomboy aspect! I think it’s so cute and I identify with that more than girly things. I love Kasie West’s characters and her romances and her families and AH. I preordered this book too!

June 18, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Alexa S. - Aww, yay, I’m glad you enjoyed On the Fence! It’s a super cute book, and, like you, I absolutely LOVED Charlie’s relationship with her brothers. (And seriously, I want five kids but I have no idea if I’m physically or emotionally capable of that yet. We shall see!) I haven’t read The Distance Between Us either, but I definitely want to!

June 18, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I literally just finished reading this 15 minutes ago. I definitely liked it (and I could see how you would want four kids after having read this 🙂 ) but I wasn’t madly in love either. I didn’t like it as much as The Distance Between Us (you must read it asap!). Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but I wasn’t able to really, really connect to Charlie. I liked her, although it took some time for me to warm up to her, and of course I was rooting for her. But I don’t know, I just could’t connect.

There were some scenes that I just though were SOOO cute, though. Like when Braden and Charlie were playing soccer at the end. Too cute 🙂

June 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Cynthia - I really loved The Distance Between Us too. I pretty much love all that Kasie West has written. Will be adding this one to my list! =)

June 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed this one, too! Magan, I highly recommend reading The Distance Between Us very very soon since you liked this book so much. I read TDBU last summer and immediately upon finishing I added On the Fence to my TBR list. I had to have more Kasie West contemporary in my reading life!

Re your comment about 4 kids: coming from a household of 4 girls, I can honestly say it’s the best. I wouldn’t change my large family for anything. Yes it was tough and not every moment was the best, but ultimately I am so grateful for my sisters.

Why in 5: 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 17, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 352 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: best friendships, dating and kissing, depression Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley. (Thank you!) Summary: With a ton of responsibility weighing on her shoulders because of a depressing family situation, Claire turns to her best friend Megan for support. When […]

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December 31, 2014 - 8:01 am

Goodbye to 2014 + End of Year Book Survey | Magan - […] 17 First Kisses — when I began this book, I read a lot of iffy reviews on Goodreads that gave me the impression I wouldn’t enjoy it. I have to say, I’m SO glad I gave it a try and decided to make up my own mind. […]

June 17, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I feel like I’ve seen lots of middle of the road reviews and a few positive ones. Nothing really too negative! But they all seem to be for really different reasons. I’m still excited to pick this one up and see how I do with it!

June 16, 2014 - 12:52 am

Alexa S. - I really like it when books have characters facing complex, layered situations. Not everything in this world is perfect or ideal, and it takes courage to write a book that showcases the messiness and imperfection that exists in reality. I wasn’t too sure I wanted to read 17 First Kisses before, but your review has definitely intrigued me!

June 12, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Ellice Y - Magan, I’m SO happy that you have positive things to say about this book! Though I try not to base my decision to read a book solely on the ratings/reviews I see on Goodreads, I admit that I was a little bit disheartened by the ones that I’d been seeing for 17 First Kisses. It sounds like a book that I’m going to really like though. I love authentic friendships and family stories in books. And of course, everybody knows I love kissing books, and I assume by the title that the book won’t be lacking in that department? hehe. I guess it’s the fact that I’m older now, but I really enjoy stories that aren’t always tied up in a pretty little bow at the end. That’s real life! When I was a teenager, I would have thrown the book across the room because I always wanted a perfect ending and a happily ever after!

I enjoyed your “Why in 5”– I’m definitely going to read 17 First Kisses now 🙂

June 12, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Oh good. I was hearing meh things about this. I’ll know what to expect better after this! Nicely done review.

June 11, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Amanda @ Vivalabooks - I had this book on my TBR list, but I kind of forgot about it until now. It’s sometimes frustrating to read books about teenagers who make stupid but realistic decisions, because we’d like to think that we’d make smarter decisions. Except as teenagers we’re constantly making stupid choices (I’ll admit to that) and I like when authors explore that. I’ll admit that I’ve put down a couple books due to a character’s annoying decisions, but it seems like Rachel Allen handles it nicely. Great review and thanks for putting this on my radar again!

June 11, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - This review is wonderful! If I wasn’t convinced before, I definitely am now! I love the idea of flashbacks to Claire’s 17 kisses and the strong focus on friendship and family/ Thanks for sharing!

Estelle: The Vow by Jessica Martinez

The Vow by Jessica Martinez ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 432 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: immigration, best friends, family Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: When Mo’s father loses his job, he decides the best decision is to move the family back […]

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October 9, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez (website | twitter) See Also Virtuosity and The Vow by Jessica Martinez Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 432 […]

December 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] and Annie in The Vow by Jessica Martinez; they were willing to do so much for each […]

November 10, 2013 - 8:59 pm

Racquel - I’ve also read Virtuosity and loved it but this seems super different and I really super respect Martinez so I can’t wait to read it.

November 8, 2013 - 7:33 am

The Vow by Jessica Martinez - HOBBITSIES - […] Rather Be Reading Reading is the Thing Ashley Loves Books […]

November 4, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Alexa Y. - My sister and I just saw this book in the bookstore the other day and we both wanted to read it. It makes me SO happy to see that you enjoyed it so much! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and indulge in it, and hopefully enjoy it as much as you did.

November 4, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great review! I really liked this one and I absolutely love Jessica Martinez’s writing. But (always a but) I struggled with how alive and dynamic Annie’s chapters felt compared with how stagnant Mo’s chapters were. And I get why they were like that, but I just kept wishing I could hear more about Annie.

November 3, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Shelve It: Double the V-Logs - […] A review of The Vow by Jessica Martinez A Big Kids’ Table Featuring YA Authors Suggesting Adult Reads A Beginner’s Guidebook to Austin via Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker A review of Reality Boy by A.S. King A review of Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols […]

November 3, 2013 - 9:35 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m glad you mentioned how each chapter leads into the next; when I realized that was happening, I was so enchanted. It’s just a nice touch to see. I really shook my head at their naivety though because it seems like such a crazy idea!

November 1, 2013 - 5:14 pm

alice-jane - It’s really nice that that book worked out so nicely! The premise of it is different and unusual but it’s nice that it focuses on friendship, rather than romance. It’ll definitely be checking this book out of the library soon!

November 1, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Summer - I read this one a week or so ago and really enjoyed it, too. Their friendship really was so deep and necessary in their lives that I almost was on board with the craziness of marrying so youg, but at the same time I didn’t want anything messing with Annie and Reed. There was most definitely a lump in my throat at the end.

November 1, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Judith - Oooh, I am intrigued. The concept sounds kind of insane, but I’m glad it was worked out so well. I love stories about friendship, sometimes even more than romantic ones, so the fact that this friendship is so great makes me even more eager to pick this book up myself. I hadn’t heard of this one, but I’m glad you liked it – and I think I will too.

November 1, 2013 - 9:08 am

Daphne - this sounds fantastic! this is what i love about blogging, i stumble upon a book that i may never have even known about and now i NEED to read this book. great review.