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Magan: The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen ( web| tweet ) Publication Date: July 16, 2013 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Pages: 435 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: making college plans, family struggles, love triangle Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Previous books reviewed by author: Along for the Ride, Lock and Key, This Lullaby (E), This Lullaby […]

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November 7, 2013 - 1:16 am

Allison: The Moon and More | Sarah Dessen | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading: “My book-loving-heart was so full of hope going in to The Moon and More, but I wish I felt a bit mor…” […]

July 2, 2013 - 10:24 am

Courtney @ The Lit Girl - Oh no! I’ve seen a ton of reviews of people who were excited for The Moon and More and were let down. I used to LOVE Sarah Dessen as a teen (I haven’t read any of her work since then) and I’m nervous to read this one because I haven’t seen a stellar review of it yet!

July 2, 2013 - 10:20 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - It’s a pretty widely known/growing fact that I’m afraid of Sarah Dessen which is sad since she is an NC author and I like to support my peeps. I’ve only read two of her books and both of them were pretty tough for different reasons. HOWEVER, I got brave just yesterday, in fact, and put Along For the Ride on hold at my library. Now, that aside, I see that you mention that this book takes place in Colby?? (I know nothing about this book.) Fun fact: Colby is actually patterned after Emerald Isle, NC. I was just there a few days ago. My go-to beach, not too from me. That’s kind of fun, right? (:

July 2, 2013 - 3:54 am

Trixie - SUPER DISAPPOINTED. Just skimmed through the last chapters, from chapter 15. The big reveal of the father was, well, so cliché and predictable. I didn’t feel any attachment to any characters, she didn’t build them well enough. Plot was unbelievably slow and crawling! What a waste of time. If the characters in her books were to play musical chairs, I wouldn’t be surprised. Her stories follow the same plot line, characters of the same mold. Along For the Ride Is her best one.

June 30, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Lucy - I just started listening to the audiobook of this yesterday and like it pretty well so far. It’s classic Dessen but I can see your point that maybe she should shake up the formula a little bit. I’m not too fond of Morris either. Not looking forward to the love triangle!
Still need to catch up on Dessen’s other books like This Lullaby, though I loved Along for the Ride and like the shout-outs in the Moon and More.

June 27, 2013 - 9:37 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - Oh wow.. I’m a total Dessen newbie and have ONLY hear the highest of praise for her books. I was looking forward to starting with this one, but now I’m wondering if one of her older books might be better.

That’s such a disappointment about the language. Distinct voices are a MUST for any novel, but especially when one is filled to the brim with characters. Hopefully the finished copy had been revised a bit.

I’m sorry you were 100% thrilled with this one, Magan! I’m still interested in giving Dessen a shot, but I’ll probably go for Just Listen or Along for the Ride instead.

June 27, 2013 - 7:32 am

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - Oh, I sooo hope that I have a better reaction to this one. But Sarah Dessen’s books can be hit and miss with me. My great loves are The Truth About Forever, Along for the Ride, and maybe Lock and Key, which I think is the consensus and there’s probably a reason for that. Probably having to do with the some of the disappointing factors you mentioned about this one…

June 26, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Alise - Love the way that you divided up your review! Overall sounds like Dessen is running out of unique material. I have started to notice some of her plots are pretty similar to each other. I think I will take your advice and borrow it 🙂

Alise @ Readers In Wonderland

June 26, 2013 - 9:14 pm

tabithasbookblog - I feel the same way about this book – well.. pretty much the same way! I really enjoyed Emaline as a character and I loved the dynamic of family/friends, but it felt like there was too much at times. I also didn’t feel the same connection to the beach town of Colby as I did in past books, but I did like seeing characters from Along for the Ride.

Great review!

June 26, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Alexa Y. - I do like Sarah Dessen! But my rule is never to read her books one after another. I’ve been looking forward to The Moon and More for a while, so I’ll definitely still be checking this out. But I’m sorry to hear it didn’t quite meet your expectations 🙁

June 26, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I felt a bit let down by this one, too. I struggled through the majority of it & REALLY wanted to love it because man some of her previous novels really blew me away. Since I read Along for the Ride (and proclaim it to be my favorite of her’s now) just last year, revisiting Colby was a huge plus for me. I felt myself enjoying more of the secondary characters, rather than Emaline. Which isn’t totally unusual, because Dessen’s secondary characters is what she’s known for – in my opinion. But in previous novels, as much as I’ve enjoyed them, I still felt tied back to the MC. However in this one, I never felt that pull. Also – was completely turned off by Theo and that whole scenario. It just didn’t fit, anywhere. I found myself rushing through scenes that involved him because I disliked it that much – which in turn caused me to dislike Emaline a bit.

Ok wow. I had a lot to say, ha.

(side note for Magan: Gone Gone Gone is playing as I type this! Ha!)

June 26, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Jamie - Really thoughtful review, Magan! I felt like I could really get a sense for the good and the bad of this one. I have only read a couple of Sarah Dessen’s novels so I’ll probably end up giving this one a chance this summer but I feel like some of the things you mentioned (too many characters and indistinguishable characters..I’ve totally had that happen while reading) will be an issue for me too. BUT the story sounds pretty darn good so we will see!

But at least if I read this one maybe I can go back and read all the ones I missed that people have raved about. Might be a better plan in the end! Which of her is your fave?

June 26, 2013 - 1:10 pm

jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’m sorry that this book turned out to be a bit of a disappointment 🙁 I’ve never read one of the Sarah Dessen’s novels before but would like to remedy that this summer. I think I’ll read one of her earlier novels like Just Listen instead as people seem to have a very strong fondness for her older work. I can certainly see what you mean about the language though – Even ardent fans of Dessen’s seem to like her work precisely because it’s predictable and familiar. While this can certainly be perceived as a positive attribute, I would imagine it might also become a little repetitive and frustrating after awhile.

June 26, 2013 - 9:02 am

Bookworm1858 - This book was a bit of a disappointment for me too-can’t remember thinking about the phrasing of Dessen’s characters as I mostly just appreciate their eloquence but I think I know what you mean.

Magan: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Publication Date: August 7, 2012 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: female assassin, competition, love triangle Format read: ARC received at ALA. Summary: Celaena is the world’s greatest assassin who has been taken from prison by the Crowned Prince to fight for her freedom in a […]

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September 4, 2014 - 8:01 am

Thirteen Days of Ash and Fire: Heir of Fire (Arrows + Decor) - […] of Fire (#3) by Sarah J. Maas [website | twitter] Previously Reviewed: Throne of Glass (#1) | Crown of Midnight (#2) Publication Date: September 2, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 565 […]

August 28, 2013 - 8:01 am

YA Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - […] of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Series: Throne of Glass (My review.) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 432 Target audience: Young adult […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver Graffiti Moon by […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:45 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] 8. Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews 9. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 10. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 11. Something like Normal by Trish Doller 12. What Happens Next by Colleen […]

October 16, 2012 - 11:34 am

Magan - Yay, Sam! I hope you enjoy it! I kept thinking about it for DAYS after I finished it!

October 15, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Sam - After reading the summary about this book, i realy really want to read this book RIGHT NOW. Even the title was very intriguing as i scrolled pass it. 🙂 Im sooo goin to check this book out.

July 29, 2012 - 8:05 am

Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog: 7/29/2012 - […] Magan shares August 2012 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases. + A review of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. + A review of Between You and Me by Marisa Calin. + Author Carley Moore stopped […]

July 29, 2012 - 6:35 am

Daisy - I’m SO glad you loved it!! I can’t stop gushing about this book and I will just squeal when the finished copy gets here! 🙂 I absolutely love Celaena, I’m not sure which of the boys I want her to end up with, I love both 🙂
Also, I’d recommend Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith and the sequel Court Duel, SO GOOD!
I so can’t wait for book 2…

July 28, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Preet @ A Written Rhapsody - I’ve heard so many great things about this story and can’t wait to read. Glad ya liked it so much.

July 28, 2012 - 8:02 am

August 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Goodreads | Amazon Magan’s Review […]

July 28, 2012 - 7:45 am

Lori - Celeana was the best character I’ve read it a long time. She was so fascinating and…fun. I really enjoyed the book. I’m happy to see that you liked it as well!

July 27, 2012 - 3:45 pm

Randi M - I haven’t read this yet, but it’s one of my most anticipated reads of the year. 🙂 Great review! I really enjoy love triangles when they’re done well, so I can’t wait to meet Chaol and Dorian.

July 27, 2012 - 3:34 pm

elena - I feel like I’ve read SO many reviews for this one lately, haha. You know I agree with your review, esp your questions! I’ve heard mixed things about the prequels so I wonder what you’ll think of it. I know some of them are currently free right now! I really love the world Maas created and can’t wait to go back to it. 🙂

July 27, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - Yes, yes, and YES! I loved this one too! Celaena was a little too arrogant at first but she grew on me. I loved the world and the plot: I wasn’t expecting some of the twists and the world was gorgeous!

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 27, 2012 - 2:22 pm

Anna - I freakin’ love this book. Team Chaol 4-eva!

July 27, 2012 - 11:43 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You already know that I LOVED Throne of Glass. I had my reservations, but I really loved it. A lot of people I know are saying the prequel novellas are great – so I guess we’ll both have to read them to satisfy ourselves before the next one comes out.

P.S. Team Chaol FOR LIFE yo!

July 27, 2012 - 11:01 am

Annette - I’ve heard the prequel ebooks are good, so I intend to read them. I liked the Celeana is already tough. We don’t have to go through her wining and adjusting to becoming an assassin. She already is…It was different and I liked it. Great review!

Estelle: The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols Release Date: (ebook) December 6, 2011 Pages: 288 Target Audience: Young Adult Why I read it: Huge Jennifer Echols fan. And I love majorettes! Format: eBook on my Nook. Summary:  Gemma’s life has been full of change lately. She’s stopped eating cobbler, she tried out for majorettes […]

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March 18, 2012 - 8:01 am

In My Mailbox Meme: Rather Be Reading Blog (Estelle) - […] Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard (Goodreads | Amazon) — Magan’s Review The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols (Goodreads | Amazon) — Estelle’s Review […]

January 1, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Estelle: Did This Year Fly or What? (2011 Survey) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] review that you wrote in 2011? The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols — along with some personal pictures! 3. Best discussion you had on your blog? I absolutely […]

December 23, 2011 - 2:56 pm

Mands - We don’t have anything like majorettes here in Aussie high schools but I still really enjoyed this book.

I enjoyed it so much that I was also sneakily reading it at work, trying to finish it 😉

December 21, 2011 - 4:02 pm

Estelle - What can I say to that, Ms. Jennifer Echols? Thank YOU so much for writing books that distract me from work. My boss also thanks you. 🙂

December 21, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Estelle - Tights?! They wouldn’t let us wear tights ever. Even on the coldest nights. They didn’t like the way it looked. So we were pretty bad ass. I do like the sparkle idea though. 🙂 Hope you will definitely check out the book. Brought back some great (and not so great haha) memories for me! Thanks for stopping by Jenny!

December 21, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Estelle - Alexa, this is why we are friends. READ THIS BOOK. 🙂

December 21, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Estelle - I agree! It is a gorgeous cover & totally fits the Georgia setting! Hope you’ll read it soon & enjoy!

December 21, 2011 - 3:56 pm

Estelle - Thanks Anni! Good point about the majorettes being the popular ones! Now I just want to the band geeks to reign in ONE book. Just one. 🙂

December 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm

Anni - Love your majorette smile. 🙂 We didn’t have them at my school, maybe because it was on the small side? Either way, it’s refreshing to see a group besides cheerleaders lauded as popular.

December 19, 2011 - 1:54 pm

Samual - I cannot wait to read this book!! I love the cover a lot! Great review, girl!! Thank you for sharing it!!

Sam

December 19, 2011 - 12:41 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds like it’ll be an interesting read! We didn’t have any majorettes at our school, but I’m sure if we did, I’d have thought it was pretty cool. 🙂

December 19, 2011 - 11:45 am

Jenny - I was a majorette too! Unfortunately they retired the tall boots the year I started so we had to wear plain white keds, socks, and sparkly nude pantyhose with our wool dress. Not quite as fun, but still good memories! The book sounds good; I will have to check it out!

December 19, 2011 - 11:26 am

Jennifer Echols - You are adorable.