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Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne • Magan Reviews

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: Dundurn Group Pages: 224 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: missing parent, London, abusive parent Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Edie and her mom Sydney flee to London to get away from her abusive father; the day after her mom’s first night shift at her […]

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March 11, 2015 - 11:16 am

Magan - Brianna, it was too much. Sometimes telling the simpler story is better and I think too much got involved here that took away from the original concept. 🙁

March 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Magan - Yes, same here. I thought I was going to be so intrigued by the mystery of it, but it just tapered off into unknown territory that I just really didn’t think was necessary. 🙁

March 3, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Alexa S. - Oh dear! I honestly thought, based on summary, that Since You’ve Been Gone sounded interesting. But after reading your review? I think I’ll have to pass. It doesn’t quite sound like the novel I thought it would be – in fact, in many ways, it’s almost the complete opposite of what I would’ve expected. Boo 🙁

March 1, 2015 - 7:51 pm

Brianna - Thanks for sharing your review. Like you, I’m not a fan of unnecessary sexuality. I get that different people cope with trauma in different ways, but this sounds like it’s too much, given the age of the characters and the situation Edie is facing.

February 28, 2015 - 9:00 am

It's a Wrap • Sayanara February (Best of February 2015) - […] Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne […]

February 27, 2015 - 11:46 am

Magan - Me too, Meg! I really had high hopes, but things just didn’t work for me.

February 26, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Meg - I’d wager my reaction to this one would be quite similar to yours. Sorry to hear it didn’t work!

Estelle: Death & the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Death & the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones Book 1 of Darklight series (trilogy) Publication Date: October 2, 2012 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: paranormal, missing parents, high school, forbidden love Format read: ARC from Netgalley (Thanks!) Summary: It’s coming upon the 10th anniversary since Lorelei’s parents vanished […]

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October 21, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan + Estelle Shelve It (10/21/2012) - […] A review of Death & the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones […]

October 18, 2012 - 8:13 pm

elena - aw, i’m sorry this book didn’t work for you (i would definitely be annoyed by the juvenile aspects) but i think this is a fair & honest review! i’m not the biiiiggest paranormal fan so i doubt this would change it.

October 18, 2012 - 7:11 am

Lori - I haven’t heard much about this one, but I think I’m going to do just what your ratings says and skip it. I don’t read paranormal much either. It has to be from an author that I already love or something that has spectacular reviews already.

Great review, Estelle!

October 18, 2012 - 12:32 am

Kristen Evey - Once again, a fabulous review. I actually haven’t heard of this one yet, but judging just by the premise I probably wouldn’t have read it. It takes something REALLY special to get me to read paranormal nowadays (or a rave review by someone I trust). Sad when books are not all you thought they would be, but you’re right, we can’t like every book we read unfortunately.

October 17, 2012 - 7:55 pm

VeganYANerds - I wasn’t going to request this and then a couple of positive reviews changed my mind but I’ve been hesitant to read it and now I have some good reasons why thanks to your review, hun! This does sound a little disappointing, and I have an issue with really young characters with the odd older character thrown in who sounds like a guy from a romance novel – it’s odd!

Great review, Estell!

October 17, 2012 - 11:45 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really like how you expressed your thoughts on this book. The premise sounds quite mysterious, but I do appreciate the warning about the information being clumped together and the story itself not being too… intriguing is the best word I can think of.

October 17, 2012 - 10:44 am

Estelle - Thanks G! It means a lot that you said so.

October 17, 2012 - 10:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I think you did a good job of explaining what didn’t work for you in this book. The summary for this one does sound intriguing and something I would pick up, but after reading your review I may wait on it.