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Magan: Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding

Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding (website | twitter) Books Read by This Author: The Reece Malcolm List (Estelle’s Review) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Entangled: Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: diverse families, adopted siblings, newspaper staff, older boyfriends Format Read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Kellie’s always been […]

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December 17, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: New Favorite Must-Read Authors - […] Spalding: Author of Ink is Thicker Than Water and The Reece Malcolm […]

November 25, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - This is one of my most-anticipated books for the fall and I’m reading it now and I’m just not into it. I’m 50ish pages in and I just feel like I’m reading more of a manuscript than a finished book. I’m glad you really enjoyed it and I’m hoping as I read more the story kind of solidifies (I feel like it’s a bit all over the place). I do really like Kellie’s family and, like you, I love a good with a great family.

November 22, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m a sucker for contemporary books that feature family prominently, and it’s even cooler that friends and romance is thrown into this story as well. I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

November 22, 2013 - 12:42 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m so looking forward to reading this (I’m part of a blog tour in early December so it will be soon). The family plot is already most interesting to me as I tend to seek out strong family representations in YA and am not always successful.

November 20, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Jen - Magan! I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed this one because it’s in my review pile. I recall that Spalding is great with the creation of family dynamics in stories, but I’m sad to hear that the romance aspect is turned down a few notches because of it. However, I’m still excited for it! Lovely review 🙂

Magan: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter

Warning: There may be a hint of a spoiler for Heist Society (book 1). Proceed with caution. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter (website | twitter) Series: Heist Society, Book 2 Publication Date: November 12, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: robberies, teenage robbers, Cleopatra Emerald, best friends falling in love Format Read: Paperback […]

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October 24, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I want to be all “Well, hello, Hale” tooo!!!! I need to get to this series ASAP. I own it. *shame face* I love that it has an around the world thing going on. I love traveling in books. And I love great dialogue! 🙂 Great review, Magan!

October 23, 2013 - 11:24 pm

Bookworm1858 - I really want to travel now too-the descriptions are so much fun and the tension was well doled out while reading.

October 23, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Bea - I really loved this. 🙂
Also, where has this site been all my life?!
I love your selections and reviews. So glad I discovered this blog. 😀

October 23, 2013 - 10:04 am

Cassie - YES!!! I loveeee this series! I stopped at this one for now even though I own Perfect Scoundrels. I just don’t want to not have another to continue onto right after finishing that one!

I LOVE HALE. And the antics in these books always make me want more time with the story lines and the characters. So glad you love this series too, Magan!!

Magan: Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (facebook | website) Publication Date: May 22, 2006 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 275 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: girl playing on male football team, milk farm, sports and training Format Read: Audiobook purchased from Audible.com Narrated by: Natalie Moore Summary: D.J. isn’t the smartest girl there ever was, […]

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September 25, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Rebecca - I heard about this series from Lori too and was interested enough to add it to my TBR but now I’m definitely sold. It sounds like a great first book and I hope the series is just as good for you! I’ve never listened to an audiobook right through (I normally only make it through a few minutes at the most) but I might look into Dairy Queen’s but also have the book on hand in case it doesn’t pan out well. Great review, Magan 🙂

September 25, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I agree that D.J. isn’t necessarily book smart, but I think she’s still intelligent. She also just doesn’t prioritize the educational system because she has so many other things on her plate, I think. I enjoyed this trilogy a lot more than I thought I would and I hope you continue to enjoy it as you listen to the second and third installments! I don’t really listen to audiobooks, but I can imagine this one working well via the audio format.

September 25, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Ellice Y - Yay, I enjoyed Dairy Queen too! I read it for my Young Adult Lit class a couple of years ago. I didn’t realize that it was a series either until recently. Your review of the audiobooks makes me want to get the next 2 and listen to them on my commute to and from work every day! Great review! It made me remember how much I liked this book!

September 25, 2013 - 11:48 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m so glad you liked this audiobook. I loved it, too. Like you said, Natalie Moore was spot on getting the character of DJ, and I think I laughed more listening to the audio than I would have reading the book.

September 25, 2013 - 11:27 am

Bonnie - So many of my blogger friends have read this series and loved it but I haven’t been able to get past the fact that it’s basically about farming and sports. lol Seems like such a strange combination but I really think I should give it a try, seems like one of those surprisingly good ones you never would have expected. And it’s funny too? I’ve heard this on audio is a must so I’ll be checking out my library, definitely. Great review, so glad you enjoyed it too!

September 25, 2013 - 9:23 am

Lori - I’m so, so happy that you enjoyed this! D.J. is one of my favorite characters ever. You’re so right, the audio is spot on! I could listen to them again and again.

I hope you love the rest of them just as much. Catherine Gilbert Murdock just released a spin off too. Curtis is in it, I think.

Magan: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 16, 2013 Publisher: MTV Books Pages: 288 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: country music, Nashville, family drama, hot guitar player Format read: ARC received from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: After a year of breaking all her parent’s rules, Bailey […]

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June 25, 2013 - 11:42 am

Jamie - I’ve been wondering about this one! I think I need to pick this one up soon because it sounds great PLUS I’m feeling like I need something to fill the Nashville shaped hole in my heart. I LOVE THAT SHOW.

June 24, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Wendy - I really want to read this one! I’m actually a country fan. =) I think I’d love this.

June 20, 2013 - 2:10 pm

tabithasbookblog - I have to read this one! I’ve recently been reading all things Jennifer Echols, so naturally this has just been moved up on my TBR! I’m really interested in finding out what drove the two sisters apart and what Sam may or may not be hiding!

Great review!

June 19, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Jennifer Echols superfan here! I’m so excited to read Dirty Little Secret! I saw a so/so review of it the other day and got scared, so I’m really glad you liked it so much. Fantastic review Megan!

-Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

June 19, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Nicole - ♥ Steamy scenes. CHECK
♥ Hot love interest. CHECK
♥ Strong-willed main character. CHECK
♥ A little bit of country music in the great city of Nashville, TN. CHECK
♥ A big helping of family drama. CHECK

😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 So excited for this one! We are on the blog tour so I will be reading it soon! YAY! Thanks for sharing!!

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

June 19, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Molli - I didn’t like this one at all, as far as the characters, family dynamic, and romance. AT ALL. I DID love seeing how big of an influence music was (YAY country music!), and I did enjoy the writing style. But despite liking Sam, I didn’t think he and Bailey were healthy together at all. Blech! But this is a really honest and fair review, which is of the good. 🙂

June 19, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Okay, it’s official: I need this book in my possession ASAP. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the previous Echols novel I read, Such A Rush, this one sounds like it was tailor made for me. This was a great review! It really increased my anticipation about this release. (Although I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not!) 😉

June 19, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Alexa Y. - I am currently in the middle of a country music phase myself, as the music seems to pair so well with all the sunshine and beautiful weather. DIRTY LITTLE SECRET sounds like an amazing Echols book! I think I’ll definitely enjoy it, so I’ll have to look into procuring a copy as soon as I can.

June 19, 2013 - 11:44 am

Rachel - So basically I want to read this book for every reason you listed above. I love me some family drama and country music. And Sam and Bailey’s relationship sounds HOT which is totally great. I would also like to know this suspicious storyline of his.

June 19, 2013 - 11:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I had a hard time figuring Sam out, too. And to be honest, I wasn’t 100% on board with him even at the end. Things just didn’t.. settle well with me. But! This is an Echols book! And you KNOW my love for this woman, so of course I was pleased with the story overall.

June 19, 2013 - 10:32 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - While I felt some of your reservations… I decided to shrug them off and say “whatever” because this book was SO good! I loved the scene, the music… While country music is definitely not my taste, I think I would’ve enjoyed the kind they played! And wow, that steamy scene… I got protective of Bailey too but wow. Great review!

June 19, 2013 - 10:10 am

Basma - I’m really looking forward to this! I clicked onto this after Jennifer Echols tweeted about – so it was obviously amazing.
Dirty Little Secret just seems like a book I’d love to read. Your review’s made me even more excited to read it.
Thanks! 🙂
Basma @ My Bookish Thoughts

June 19, 2013 - 8:44 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - WOOOOO!!!
I’m about 75 pages in so far? I’m reading it exclusively at work so it’s taking a looooong time but now I MAY ignore work to read some more today haha. I’m really enjoying it so far and I love the type of drama that is going down. Super curious and I LOVE Sam.
I’m REALLY loving the music aspect too. I’m not a country girl AT ALL but I love being able to relate to the music side of it (even though I’m not nearly as technical… whatever, I count a semester of music theory as basic knowledge haha. I’m stretching it, I know), but nevertheless, I’m making a connection there and I like it!
Great review! You got me all jazzed up for it again 🙂

Magan: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society by Ally Carter (website | twitter) Series: Heist Society, Book 1 Publication Date: February 9, 2012 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: 287 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: robbers, world travels, ultimatums, falling for a best friend Format read: Purchased the paperback. Summary: As much as Katarina would like to escape the “family business,” she’s forced […]

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October 23, 2013 - 8:01 am

Magan: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter - […] pulling off one of the biggest robberies ever in Heist Society, Kat sort of disappears for a while. She disconnects from her friends and family and travels the […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] + A review of Last Cut by Wren Handman + A review + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The debut of our new feature, Nailed It, and a GIVEAWAY of one Julep nail polish. (ONE day left to enter!) + A review of Heist Society by Ally Carter […]

April 3, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Cynthia - I’ve had this book in my tbr pile since it came out years ago, for some reason I keep skipping it. I’m glad you enjoyed it a lot though, it made me want to move it up to the top of my pile. Will definitely read it soon. Thanks for the review Magan!

April 3, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - The name reminds me of The Cutting Edge. “I don’t like to see her upset.” “If I was you, I’d invest in blindfolds.” Ah, DB Sweeney. ANYWAY, I should definitely try Ally Carter, yes? I always thought her books were more middle grade for some reason. The premise of this looks fun and cute. I’ll definitely have to give this a try.

April 2, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - The fact that you and Elena both enjoyed these books makes me really interested in them! I haven’t picked them up before because the covers look a little juvenile to me, but I’m glad to hear you recommend it! Plus, I do love the idea of a book about a family of thieves.

April 2, 2013 - 4:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I keep meaning to try some of Ally’s books, all I hear are good things so thanks for sharing this review, it’s another reminder that I should read this series in 2013!

April 2, 2013 - 2:57 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Thanks so much for making me totally excited for these books! I’ve always wanted to try Ally Carter’s writing and I even have the first three High Society novels on my shelf – now I guess I know what I’m going to read next 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I finished Heist Society yesterday and Uncommon Criminals today! Wonderful books.

I read a lot of angsty, dark contemporary personally (it’s my favorite genre), but these were a really nice change of pace, like you said. And oh boy, the subtle romance between Kat and Hale? PERFECT! (it gets even hotter in Uncommon Criminals, by the way).

I haven’t read Carter’s other series, but they didn’t seem to be quite as interesting as the Heist Society books. I’ll have to remember what you said about them and compare notes! 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books - I still need to read book three, but I adore this series. 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I am SO glad you loved this book! I have yet to read book 3 but they get better and better. I agree: Ally Carter’s writing improves with each and every book she writes!

April 1, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Tara - I’m such a huge fan of this series! I must get the third book stat and see what Hale and Katarina get into next. So glad you enjoyed this 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Alexa Y. - I must admit that I’m really curious about this series! The heists and capers that they seem to get up to (or probably do, based on what the story seems to be about) are probably a whole lot of fun. And I’ve definitely heard a LOT about Kat and Hale.

April 1, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I love this series. I just bought them all so I could reread the first two books and then start the third one. I read the first Gallagher Girls book ages ago, wasn’t the biggest fan, but this series is incredible. Great review! Btw I’m in LOVE with your blog design 🙂 It’s so quirky and adorable!

April 1, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Annette - I like this series better than Gallagher Girls too. Somehow it just seems more mature? Even though both series are kind of silly. I love these books. Great review!

April 1, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - So glad you liked this!!! I’ve only read the first book so far (on audio) and it was just so much fun. AND the nice little interactions with Kat & Hale 🙂

April 1, 2013 - 11:37 am

Cassie - hellll to the yes!! <3 I'm holding onto Perfect Scoundrels mostly c uz I do not want to finish the series and have to wait FOREVER for the next!

April 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

elena - YAY I’m so so glad you liked this book! I think it’s SO FUN! I absolutely love Kat + Hale, one of my fav relationships. I hope you like the other books as well if you do read them. So much backstory in book three!

April 1, 2013 - 9:04 am

Bookworm1858 - Oh I love Hale so much-I really need to pick up the third book as it is my understanding that there are some really good bits with him in it.

April 1, 2013 - 8:27 am

Anna - Eeee so glad you are reading this! Like Lori, I haven’t read the third book yet, but I’m dying to!

April 1, 2013 - 6:01 am

Lori - I looooove this series! I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed it. Hale is so…sigh. I really need to read the newest one soon.

Estelle: A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery

A Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery ( website | tweet ) Part of the Fool’s Gold Series Release Date: September 25, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 350 Target audience: Adult Keywords: holidays, small town, Christmas, family drama, dance! Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: The town of Fool’s Gold will not let you forget […]

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December 7, 2012 - 11:48 am

The Big Kids' Table: Holiday Edition - […] Fool’s Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery [ my review ] dancing, cats, two […]

October 9, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Estelle - You can definitely read these out of order. Some of the previous characters pop up but there are so many of them, it doesn’t really make a difference. I think this one might be great to start out with & I love the pocket size of the hardcover!!! SO CUTE.

October 8, 2012 - 7:54 pm

Tara - I am all about Christmas books, especially in October 🙂 Is this a series you can read out of order or should I start with #1?

October 8, 2012 - 10:09 am

Ginger @ GReads! - This series sounds very much like the Lucky Harbor series. I think I may need to give this one a try. Would I be lost if I started with this one? Something about the Christmas aspect really appeals to me right now.