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Magan: Tease by Amanda Maciel

Tease by Amanda Maciel (twitter) Publication Date: April 29, 2014 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: bullying, suicide, lawsuits, book told from bully’s perspective Format Read: ARC received from the publisher. Summary: Sara is being tried for the death of former classmate, Emma, whom she and her friends Brielle, Tyler, and Dylan bullied. The story […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:50 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Tease — teen suicide, bullying […]

May 3, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Alexa S. - Wow. Tease definitely sounds like it would be a hard book to read, but also a GOOD one. There’s something interesting about seeing things through the eyes of the “bully” and not the “bullied”.

May 1, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Jamie - I AM SO INTRIGUED BY THIS ONE!! Definitely going to make sure it doesn’t just sit on my Kindle as an egalley! Love seeing a different POV plus I LOOOOVE books with narrators that make me a bit uncomfortable!

Magan: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 276 Target Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Military towns, cheating, reputations, bullying Format Read: eBook purchased for my Kindle. Summary: Quinn’s boyfriend, Carey, is serving our country in Afghanistan. Shortly after his deployment, a photograph was taken […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] If I Lie — knowing the secret truth about characters, bullying, ass-hat father […]

November 10, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads, Estelle + Magan - […] for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart […]

November 10, 2013 - 11:03 am

Bookworm1858 - I didn’t really like Quinn in this book but I loved her interactions with George and appreciated this book’s focus on the military in a category that doesn’t always have much to do with real-life (I loved how last year there was a string of books with military related plot lines and I only wish there were more.)

November 9, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Lauren @ Lose Time Reading - Lovely review, Magan 🙂 I adored this book as well… I think I cried every ten pages though; it really, really got to me. I wish it was talked about more because it’s really an outstanding book!

November 8, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me really glad that you enjoyed this book too! It’s such a sad story, but it’s also a meaningful one.

Magan: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Angry Girl  by Louise Rozett (website | twitter) Series: Confessions #1 Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 266 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: loss of a parent, first year of high school, comical and angry MC Format read: Purchased digital version for my kindle. Summary: Rose’s father died right before her freshman year of […]

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December 31, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] work with the release of The Lucy Variations. Louise Rozett really captured my attention with her Confessions of an Angry Girl series, […]

July 31, 2013 - 8:00 am

Magan: Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend by by Louise Rozett, Magan - […] of an Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett Series: Confessions #2 (My review for Confessions of an Angry Girl.) Publication Date: July 25, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult […]

July 30, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh YAY!! I’m so glad you loved this book because I did too! I found it so much fun. I read it and reviewed it for another blog when it came out but never did for my own blog. I need to re-read and put it up on mine with the next book! Thanks for the reminder Magan! And man, that ending. Loved it.

July 27, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - Judging by the titles in the series, I’d assumed that they were companion books in a series. I kind of love that it’s actually a good ol’ fashion series about one main character. What really got me was the unapologetic tone to Rose’s character that you mentioned. I love main characters like that! They do what they have to, say what’s true to who they are, and are completely unrepentant. That’s a sign of sassiness (a word?) I just can’t ignore 😀

Speaking of the Ruby Oliver series, I recently picked up the first book and now I’m itching to start that one as well!

July 24, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Racquel - I originally was not interested in this book when I first heard about it because I like YA about older characters, 17-18 year olds, seniors, graduating, characters around my age and such BUT that’s generally a bad habit of mine plus this book and the sequel seem like my kind of reads so I will get over my “no freshmen” thing and pick this up because it looks realistic and I already love from the reviews I’ve been reading.

July 24, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Alexa Y. - I love how this book, particularly its main character, sounds real, funny and hopeful. I might have overlooked this one before, but I definitely need to check it out for myself because you made it sound SO GOOD.

July 24, 2013 - 11:22 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I really liked this one! Actually, I loved it. I was so surprised how serious it was and so many points seemed so realistic. Plus.. hellooooo. Jamie!
Sounds like I need to read Ruby Oliver!!!

July 24, 2013 - 10:12 am

Rachel - I’ve been considering reading this one literally since it was released. It sounded good, but at the same time I didn’t know if I wanted to read about a girl that was constantly angry. That being said, after reading your review her behavior makes A LOT more sense and I think I’m going to read this one!

July 24, 2013 - 9:47 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about this book (and it’s sequel) but I haven’t gotten around to reading them yet. I do love Ruby Oliver, though, so I should move this series up my TBR list.

July 24, 2013 - 9:10 am

Hazel - Awesome review, Magan! One mention of Ruby Oliver and you’ve already convinced me to read it. 😉 Aside from that, I think the plot’s interesting. Rose too. Putting this on my TBR! 🙂

July 24, 2013 - 8:55 am

Bookworm1858 - I love this series so much! I didn’t have very high expectations going in expecting another rote contemporary but was thrilled to get so much more especially the excellent character of Rose.

July 24, 2013 - 8:19 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Ive been eyeing this series. Rose sounds very connectable and the story messy in a “real” sort of way.

Magan: Blaze (or Love in the Time of …) by Laurie Crompton

Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton (web | tweet) Publication Date: February 1, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 309 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: superheroes, sexting, comic books, divorced parents Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Blaze retaliates against the boy, Mark, who uses her for sex by drawing and publishing a […]

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September 22, 2014 - 9:00 am

Estelle: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton, Estelle - […] Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N | Magan’s review of Blazed by Laurie Crompton […]

February 26, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds interesting enough, and I do like that she loves comics (since that’s very rare in the books I read). However, I feel truly uncomfortable with the whole sex situation, especially because I totally do not believe having unprotected sex should be left unaddressed.

February 21, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Magan - Kailia — I think the most frustrating part was that there was never any mention of repercussions. Like, there’s a momentary mention of something later, and then NO BIG DEAL. If she’s going to be so blatant about all of the sexual things, I wished that Crompton would have gone further with it. Talk about STDs or pregnancy and take it further. Make a point instead of just letting it hang. I’m not so upset about the unprotected sex as it just seemed unnecessary because nothing ever came of it. Does that make sense?

February 21, 2013 - 11:58 am

Magan - Asheley, you’re very right. Very little in the repercussions department for Mark. I think that’s a great way to think about books – would I want my kids to read this? And no, I don’t think this would be a very good example for them. Mark was disgraceful and Blaze wasn’t the best role model. 🙁

February 19, 2013 - 11:30 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I’ve been seeing reviews similar to this out and about. I just won a copy of this book so I’ll probably highlight it on the blog during contemporary month but I have to admit that I have some reservations going into it. That sex scene, for one. And I’ve read that there aren’t very many repurcussions or punishments (?) for Mark the Shark for his behavior, which I find kind of not okay. Not sure I would want my girls picking up a book that deals with such big, scary, real issues in a sloppy way. (I don’t mean to judge harshly, but I do have kids and sometimes it affects how I read some of these issues books, ya know?)

Great honest review, Magan. Love it.

February 18, 2013 - 12:36 am

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - As a teenager who sees this happen WAY too many times (I’ve heard plenty of times from pregnant girls at school that they didn’t think one time of unprotected sex could result in pregnancy), I have to admit: I’m glad it made you uncomfortable. Maybe that was the authors purpose? I feel like instead of hiding it or making it more…PG 13, it was reality. While I can understand the whole rushed part-which is a shame- I can understand Blaze. I’ve met way to many girls like her. It is sad. Great review Megan!

February 14, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Magan - Sharon — yes, I think maybe going into it with realistic expectations will make the reading experience better. I can’t wait to see what you thought of it.
Bookworm, I agree – the brother was a great, great character. Probably my favorite, to be honest! 🙂
Ginger — it definitely could have used some fine-tuning and simplification. And I definitely feel someone should have done some editing on that sex scene.

February 14, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Magan - Renae – yes, most definitely rushed at the end. It had so, so much potential, but the more I think about it, the more disappointed I am. 🙁

February 14, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Magan - Lori — I did relate to her in the beginning, but then we kind of lost touch after that. :-/

February 14, 2013 - 6:27 am

Lori - I’ve heard some really good things about this book. Blaze sounds like a great character. I love that you could relate to her situation so well!

February 13, 2013 - 9:05 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - This almost reminds me of a Disney Channel movie that I saw when I was a kid—Read It and Weep, which was about a girl who’s comic strip about her alterego taking down school bullies leaked. (Or at least, I think that’s what it was about—it’s been YEARS.) Anyway, I think this sounds like an interesting take on teen bullying. It’s a shame, though, that it wasn’t handled quite as well as it could have been, and that the ending bits were rushed and cramped together more than you’d have liked, Magan.

February 13, 2013 - 9:56 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I just saw this book the other day while walking through Barnes & Noble (for fun rather than work, for once), and it looked fun! I love the cover. Alas, after reading this review, I have realized that this story isn’t nearly as appealing to me as it may have seemed from the cover blurb. I may still pick it up eventually, but I will have more realistic expectations for what to expect. Thanks for the honest review.

February 13, 2013 - 9:20 am

Bookworm1858 - Yes, I was definitely disappointed about the unprotected sex scene, especially in this day and age. I really liked the brother though and thanks for sharing your somewhat similar experience with a crush.

February 13, 2013 - 8:41 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Hmm I have issues with books that portray unprotected sex as not a big deal (or no deal at all)– especially when the target audience is teens. I get that this happens, but it still doesn’t make it ok. This books sounds like it had a lot going on. Not sure I’d be a fan of so much, ya know? Thanks for the honest review Magan.

Magan: Empty by K.M. Walton

Empty by K.M. Walton Publication Date: January 1, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, obesity, divorce, bullying Format read: ARC from S&S via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Previously read book by K.M. Walton: Cracked Summary: Dell is kicked off her softball team for continuing to gain too much weight and no longer […]

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January 27, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's Shelve It --> January 27, 2013 - […] → A list of February 2013 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases → A Review and Discussion of Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt → A Review of Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker → An Interview with Daria Snadowsky → A Review of Empty by K.M. Walton […]

January 23, 2013 - 1:16 am

Kristen Evey - Like others have said, I do enjoy depressing stories with unhappy endings, but I don’t think this particular one is for me. Bullying and kids being mean to other kids is a sensitive issue for me. Great review though, Magan! Sounds like this is a book that would be good for some to read!

January 22, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Magan - I like to read unhappy stories sometimes, too, Lori. Though lately, I’ve been thinking I should try something happier. Estelle has given me lots of happier options so I don’t come across as a depressed-all-the-time-reader on the blog. 😉

January 22, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Magan - Elena, I knew when I read this book that it wouldn’t be a you book. I know how uncomfy you get about bullying so yeah, no, this one wouldn’t be for you at all. 🙁

January 22, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Magan - Alexa, it’s weird because I didn’t know to expect to be sad when I began reading Empty. It was much more overwhelming than I expected and things really took me by surprise. K.M. did do a fantastic job tapping into this girl’s mind, you’re right.

January 21, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Alexa Y. - This just makes me sad. I don’t always need a happy ending for my books (since I know that’s not always the case in real life), but this certainly sounds like it would be very hard for me to read. I do think it’s great that the author managed to tap into what a bullied teen’s experience is really like sometimes, harsh as it can be.

January 21, 2013 - 4:07 pm

elena - I felt nauseated just reading your review so I don’t think this is the book for me. It sounds SO intense and the fact that it’s a not a happy story makes me worry. Teenagers can be really brutal, gah.

January 21, 2013 - 6:31 am

Lori - I haven’t heard too much about this one, but I’m definitely intrigued now. Sometimes I really like to read an unhappy story. I think it makes me put things in perspective…or maybe I’m just weird.

Magan: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah Harrington Publication Date: August 28, 2012 Publisher: HarlequinTeen Pages: 336 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: hate crimes, gossiping and secrets, bullying, vow of silence Format read: ARC received at ALA. Summary: After Chelsea lets someone’s secret slip and the person is hospitalized, she takes a vow of silence.   Have you ever told a […]

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August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult historical […]

August 16, 2012 - 6:47 am

Lori - I loved Saving June and now I’m so excited to read this one!

August 16, 2012 - 1:04 am

Jess C - Wow, this book sounds amazing. I like the part about the main character communicating through inner dialogue.

August 15, 2012 - 11:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I absolutely LOVED this book. I thought it was brilliant, and though I haven’t read Saving June yet, I can tell I love Hannah Harrington’s writing.

August 15, 2012 - 10:37 pm

Magan - Keertana, thanks for your comment! I so, so agree with you. I loved it too! And I wish I could have Harrington books to read ALL THE TIME. I *need* more!

August 15, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Magan - YES TO THIS, ANNA. YES TO THIS.

August 15, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Magan - Mandee, I think you’re right. The intent was not to like her. It always amazes me how an author has to work to pull her audience back in to redeem her character(s). A true talent, I think!

August 15, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Magan - Elena, I had NO idea you couldn’t finish Some Girls Are. My gosh, that’s one of my favorite of Summers’ books. I do definitely encourage you to keep going with Speechless. I think you should know the bullying intensity, while present, didn’t seem AS terribly consistent as in SGA. I hope what I said makes sense. :-/ haha

August 15, 2012 - 10:33 pm

Magan - Tara — I agree 100%. Hannah’s writing is incredible. I NEED MORE TOO! 🙂

August 15, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Tara - Hannah Harrington is just absolutely amazing. Saving June was my favorite contemp last year and Speechless is definitely in the running for my fave this year. I need more of Hannah’s writing STAT. Fantastic review Magan!

August 15, 2012 - 7:52 pm

elena - Honestly, I couldn’t read Courtney Summers’ Some Girls Are because it was very uncomfortable from what I skimmed/read about. I started this book but put it down because like you said, Chelsea is really naive and made a HUGE mistake. The reaction to it horrified me and it was just..yeah. I got to the part where she met her soon-to-be-friends & whiteboard though so maybe I will continue it.

August 15, 2012 - 6:26 pm

VeganYANerds - I loved this book too and I completely agree about Chelsea, at first I really did not like her but I’m sure this is how we’re supposed to feel because I really enjoyed watching her realise how wrong her past behaviour was. Lovely review!

August 15, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Anna - I adored this book. Further proof as to why we should all be huge Hannah Harrington fans!

August 15, 2012 - 11:38 am

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - I loved this book too and I’m so glad you enjoyed it! It was such a subtle and simple, but powerful, read! I really love Harrington’s writing and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!(:

~Keertana
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