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Magan: Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (website | twitter) Publication Date: November 12, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: secrets, feuding parents, prisoner on Death Row, UK Format Read: ARC received from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Zoe has a BIG secret, one she’s afraid to tell. The only way she feels […]

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June 25, 2014 - 9:01 am

Book Breakups: Audiobook Edition | wrapped up in books - […] Magan at Rather Be Reading: “Ketchup Clouds held my attention as I fought to piece together the mystery of Zoe. While I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the secret in the end, I do feel it was a very age-appropriate reaction to the situation at hand and accurately depicted how I would have felt were I to swap places with Zoe. I really enjoyed that Pitcher chose such a unique way of sharing Zoe’s story, and was happy with (what I’d consider) the surprise I found waiting for me at the end of the book. I was taken a bit outside my element as I was subtly forced to think about a prisoner on Death Row, but equally captivated by the secret Zoe was so afraid to share. If you’re looking for something different that will offer you a unique reading experience, definitely take a chance on Ketchup Clouds.” […]

February 5, 2014 - 12:26 pm

laila mangs - this book is amazing I can’t wait for the end. Zoe and Aaron would make a good couple not Max and Zoe. thanks for listening. 🙂

February 5, 2014 - 12:23 pm

laila mangs - this book is sooooooo good. I really like it. I can’t wait to read the end.

November 4, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Alexa Y. - This book certainly sounds unique! I love the fact that it’s told through letters, and that it feels like there’s such an urgency to those letters. I’m interested in finding out Zoe’s secret, of course, but I’m also curious about Stuart. Great review M!

October 19, 2013 - 10:59 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - The premise of this one is so interesting, I definitely want to check it out! Great review.

October 17, 2013 - 3:11 am

Lauren - I loved My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and really wanted to read this (even though I really didn’t know much about it). Glad to hear you enjoyed it overall. I don’t normally like the letter method of revealing a story, but it sounds like it worked for the most part (death row killer’s last days hypothesizing aside). Definitely still excited to give this one a try. Lovely balanced review!

October 17, 2013 - 12:08 am

Bookworm1858 - I love epistolary novels so I think this novel will really work for me. I like what I’ve heard about Pitcher’s writing in this book and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

October 16, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I didn’t really know anything about this book before your review, and it definitely intrigues me. The entire book is told in letter form, correct? And it sounds like she’s recounting the past, instead of telling this man about her current life? I can definitely understand the desire to share with a stranger. Wanting to tell SOMEONE, but someone that you don’t know, who won’t judge you. But it’s a very interesting choice to pick this inmate. I can see where the sections about him wouldn’t be as compelling if he’s unable to write back to her. I’m curious about the secret, and the form of the story is pretty fascinating, but the fact that this girl faces very YA problems, is less intriguing. Thanks so much for your review!

October 16, 2013 - 8:49 am

alice-jane - I’ve been wanting to read Ketchup Clouds ever since I first found out about it. I loved My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Annabel PItcher’s previous work. I’m glad that Ketchup Clouds doesn’t disappoint. While Ketchup Clouds sounds like it does have its faults, I think I’m still going to pick it up.

Magan: One Moment by Kristina McBride

One Moment by Kristina McBride  Publication Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: EgmontUSA Pages: 272 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Death, lies and secrecy, friendship, loss of first love Format read: eBook received from NetGalley Summary: When Maggie’s friend Adam finds her hiding beneath the cover of the forest, she has no memory of what happend atop […]

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July 11, 2012 - 12:02 am

One Moment Kristina McBride Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “Incredibly fast-paced and engaging” […]

July 7, 2012 - 12:01 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You certainly make this book sound incredibly mysterious M. I’m so intrigued – and would LOVE to find out what actually happened in the book. I also think it’s true that one moment can change your life forever and it’s fascinating to me when someone writes about that.

July 6, 2012 - 11:31 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m glad you enjoyed this more than I did, hun! I did feel for Maggie, imagine finding out about the boy you loved, how sad. And it was quite obvious but I also kept thinking maybe we were going to find out an even bigger secret, it was definitely a mysterious story!

July 6, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Thanks, Elena! This book is falling under the radar and I think more people would appreciate it if they gave it a chance. It’s kind of a lot to take in because SO many things happen, but it’s quite good! Thanks for the compliment. 🙂

July 5, 2012 - 11:18 pm

elena - Ooh, memory loss and mystery? This sounds like an interesting book! I absolutely love the last paragraph of this review, it does sound like a book that could break your heart or make you angry. Wonderful review!

Magan: The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt

The Thing About the Truth by Lauren Barnholdt Publication Date: July 10, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: lies and secrecy, public school, falling in love Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuster Summary: Kelsey and Isaac don’t exactly click when they first meet. However, they’ve both got more in common […]

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July 6, 2012 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Alexa, I like secrets too. I’m realizing a lot of the books I read have secrets lately. A trend? Maybe so.

July 6, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Magan - Elena… I can’t say. My lips are sealed. Just know that I was like WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE?!?!? I hope you enjoy it!

July 6, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Magan - April! Definitely look into it. It’s a super quick read! If you like drama & secrets – this is the perfect combo for you!

July 6, 2012 - 7:41 am

April Books & Wine - Okay, this book sounds sort of like my definition of great summer reading — kisses and BIG SEKRETS and lies and stomach knots and DRAMAZ.

Yo, I need to see if this is at my library. Way to convince me.

July 5, 2012 - 11:39 pm

elena - I am so curious about the secret now too!! Especially since you said it’s as shocking as you say it is. My first thought was MURDER but I highly doubt that is it, esp since her parents keep her on her leash. If she committed murder, I would hope her parents do more than that. So, I will be theorizing until I actually read the book, haha.

July 5, 2012 - 4:57 am

Hemborgwife - Ok now I also really want to know what the secret is!! I doubt my library has it but I can hope!

July 4, 2012 - 10:00 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love books where the MC has a secret. I don’t know why, but it always leaves me feeling intrigued and surprised. I definitely want to read this one, if only because I’m really curious about what the secret is – and of course, to swoon over the romance 😉