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Magan: Take Me On by Katie McGarry

Take Me On by Katie McGarry (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Pushing the Limits // Dare You To // Crash Into You Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Pages: 544 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: mixed martial arts, job loss, family injuries, fighting and kickboxing Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley. (Thank you!) Summary: After swearing she’d never date a fighter again, Haley […]

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June 12, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Ellice Y - Great review, M! I just finished writing my review for Take Me On, and I really found it difficult to explain my thoughts on it! Like you, I felt that the book was a bit too long. Not only did it drag in places, I thought that the dialogue between West and Haley was VERY repetitive. I understand that it’s necessary to prevent an “instalove” situation, but at the same time, it slowed the pace of the story down a little too much.

Other than that, I loved Take Me On. It may beat Pushing the Limits as my favorite of McGarry’s books. I especially love the family dynamics in this book despite the few horrible and unlikeable family members that Haley and West have. The relationship between Haley, Kaden, Jax, and John was my absolute favorite– I love that they shared a special bond not only as family but because of MMA, and I really loved that the guys respected Haley’s talent as a fighter! I did get mad at them at first because, like West, I wanted them to beat the hell out of her uncle (he SO deserved it), but I also understood the bad situation that it would put Haley’s family in.

Anyway (I could go on and on about this book!), I really enjoyed your review. We share a lot of the same feelings about Take Me On! 🙂

June 10, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - I am a huge fan of this series, with Ryan’s book being my favorite, followed by Isaiah’s, but I liked this one a lot too. Katie McGarry is so good at writing complex family issues and swoony romance. Like you, I think this could have been cut shorter and I wish the second half didn’t have so many ups and downs in West and Hayley’s relationship. Otherwise, I thought the build up was perfectly done – the type of slow burn I love, filled with lots of tension – and I’m really hoping we’ll get stories for Abby and now Jax!
Great review, Magan!

June 6, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Alexa - I’m glad you ended up liking this one. This book is a chunky book and I’m sure there are a few parts that drag on in such a long story. I really can’t wait to read this one though because I do like this author and her books.

Thanks for the great review!

June 5, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Alexa S. - My favorite thing about Take Me On? Getting to know West Young. I already found him interesting in Crash Into You. But I totally fell for him because of this book! There’s just something about his personality (and his story) that really wormed its way into my heart. While he hasn’t quite eclipsed Ryan, he’s vying with Noah for second place. Other than that, I thought this was a solid McGarry book. A little long, a little too dramatic, but otherwise, a very good read!

June 5, 2014 - 4:01 am

Sue - I read Pushing the Limits recently and loved it. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

June 4, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I am a huge Katie McGarry fan. I’ve read everything she has written and enjoyed all of them. That said, Take Me On is my least favorite. I agree that things seemed slow at times. And I had a difficult time connecting to Haley and West, which is surprising because I’ve been able to connect to McGarry’s other leads so easily. I mean, I did care about Haley and West, but I just didn’t have that amazing connection to them that I usually do with McGarry’s characters.

I’m glad that you ultimately liked this one, though. Have you read McGarry’s other books besides Pushing the Limits?

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!

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

Welcome back for another Sweet Summertime Reads review! Today we’re featuring The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland. It’s a great book with secrecy, cute boys, and awesome beaches in a quaint town I wish I could escape to for days. Don’t forget to check out Tara and Ginger’s blogs for more great summer reads! […]

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June 16, 2012 - 8:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] Door Review 5/30: Fiction Folio – Waiting on Wednesday (Summer Edition) 5/31: RBR – The Summer My Life Began Review 6/1: RBR – Jennifer E. Smith Party 6/2: GReads – Summer at the Bookstore > […]

June 15, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Top 10 Tuesday: Great Beach Reads - […] 4. The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland (Goodreads) Why? The perfect setting: the beach. (Magan’s review) […]

June 12, 2012 - 11:01 pm

The Summer My Life Began Shannon Greenland Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “The Summer My Life Began was about discovery” […]

June 3, 2012 - 6:25 am

Shannon Greenland - I want to go to Greece!

June 2, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was going to write something about your review, but then I saw your pretty pictures and got distracted. They’re absolutely gorgeous! <3

May 31, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Megan @ Books-andTeacups - The number of love triangles in YA books is kind of ridiculous! haha. But this does sound like a good summer read 🙂 and beautiful photos!

May 31, 2012 - 5:06 pm

VeganYANerds - This book sounds lovely and I’m so happy you liked it beause I kep seeing it in people’s book haul posts, back when it was on Netgalley, and then a week or so later the reviews weren’t so good which is a shame because I LOVE the cover! You’ve convinced me this is so worth reading and hooray for the love triangle not being too overbearing.

Those photos are just gorgeous, Magan!

May 31, 2012 - 10:49 am

Ginger @ GReads! - So aside from the lovely book review, your pics of Greece have made me crave summer like no other!!! Geeze that place looks gorgeous. I would love to be there right about now. Thank you friends for being a part of this summer feature with me! 🙂

May 31, 2012 - 10:47 am

elena - This book just screams summer to me! Also WORD to the YA boys thing. They’re nice and all but come on, how often is a girl torn between TWO boys? Especially a teenage one. I will definitely pick it up if I want a light read. 🙂

ahh so jealous about Greece! It looks so lovely. I remember being astounded by the Sisterhood of the Traveling pants film, everything was so white and PRETTY. I love, love your photos especially the last one. Gorgeous!

Magan: Zero by Tom Leveen

Zero by Tom Leveen [website | twitter] UPCOMING Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: eBook received via NetGalley Summary: Zero is an artist. She was accepted into the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), but her life plans change when she isn’t awarded […]

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April 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

Young Adult Book Review: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen - […] manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 256 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: conflicted emotions, male POV, past and present, contemporary fiction Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Other Books Read By Leveen: Zero […]

July 15, 2012 - 1:34 am

Shelve It: July 15, 2012 - […] recommended to me by Karen at For What It’s Worth after she saw how much I enjoyed Zero (review), Leveen’s new […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:21 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Cover – intriguing. And the fact that it’s about a girl who’s artistic and boy who’s into music… Well, that’s enough to sell me on it. I definitely think I want to read it!

April 22, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Magan - YAY, Karen! If you loved Party, I hope you find this one to be as wonderful. Keep me posted!

April 22, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Magan - Sash, YES, definitely a deceiving cover. I don’t know how all these books are getting crazy covers. I am so glad I went by the story line instead of the cover for this one because otherwise, I might have said that I didn’t want to read it either. :-/

April 19, 2012 - 11:31 am

Sash from Sash and Em - Another deceiving book, eh? This cover turned me away but now that I’ve read your review, I might have to pick it up (especially since it has some steam!). 🙂 xo

April 19, 2012 - 7:34 am

Karen - I think I’m just going to go ahead and buy this since it comes out next week. I loved Party and your review really makes me want to read Zero.

Magan: In My Mailbox (6)

Happy Sunday, you guys! Below is my In My Mailbox vlog. In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren. It’s a way for us to share the books that we bought, borrowed, or received throughout the week. Click here for Kristi’s blog, and here for a direct link to […]

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February 14, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Sash and Em - 1. YOUR SHELVES ARE SO PRETTY!

2. Hope you’re feeling better!

3. Super jealous of your NetGalley haul. We need to clear our queue so that we don’t feel guilty about requesting books. 😛

February 13, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Karen - The entire time I was watching this vlog I wanted to go sit in that room. It looks so relaxing.
I Haven’t bought many books since ALA. Just a couple. I need to tackle this pile!
I hope you feel better soon.

February 13, 2012 - 6:08 am

April Books & Wine - The List looks so fantastic!

SO does Take A Bow.

Basically, it looks like you got some fantastic contemporary reads this week 🙂

February 12, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Alison (AlisonCanRead) - Great set! I won Take A Bow in a giveaway. I can’t wait to start it.
My IMM

February 12, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Andrea @The Bookish Babes - Great mailbox! I’ve heard Article 5 is really good. I think I would like to read The Disenchantments at some point. Thanks for sharing. Feel better!

February 12, 2012 - 4:58 pm

VeganYANerds - Oh Magan, you poor thing. I hope you’re drinking lots of ginger and lemon tea, that always helps when I’m sick plus ginger, garlic, VitC tablets 🙂

You have some great books this week, I’d like to read The Disenchantments and This is Not A Test, they sound great!

February 12, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Kristin Clifton - Way to “suck it up” girlie!! 🙂 You look great for being sick!! I hope you feel better!

Article 5 does look great! I didn’t realize it was hardcover but it definitely looks worthy 😉

Hope you have a better week this week… thanks for visiting me!
Kristin @myparahangover

February 12, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Nereyda Gonzalez - Good books! I got Wanderlove a couple of weeks ago too, can’t wait to read it!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed
http://BooksandSparkles.Blogspot.com

Magan: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Estelle and I are super excited to be participating in the Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.  I’m bringing you the first debut young adult book this week, though Estelle and I will alternate months participating.  The challenge is to read and review a minimum of twelve young adult debut novels […]

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December 2, 2015 - 8:06 pm

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl | Jesse Andews - […] Rather Be Reading The Nocturnal Library Mostly Reading YA Fictitious Delicious […]

August 23, 2014 - 11:46 am

Sue - Just ordered this book for our library. Great review – good to have my choice validated – looking forward to reading it 🙂

July 30, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Review: The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson - […] there simply aren’t a lot out there, but they’re so refreshing. Like when I read Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, I was captivated by the unique, gruff voice of the main character, Cali. He’s a runaway who […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:18 am

Rather Be Reading Blog Celebrates the Big One: Fun + Giveaway - […] Cooner 6. Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell 7. Intentions by Deborah Heiligman 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 […]

May 28, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Me And Earl And The Dying Girl Jesse Andrews Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading The Nocturnal Library Mostly Reading YA Fictitious Delicious […]

February 5, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Cialina - This sounds like a wonderful book. I think that is holding me back the most is the stream of consciousness type of narration. I don’t usually go for those kinds of books, but this one sounds delightful. Thanks for the thoughtful and well-written review! I didn’t really hear much about this book.

February 3, 2012 - 3:50 pm

Magan - RIGHT!? Ryan Gosling is just um… amazing. And the reference to the scene may or may not have something to do with his role in Half Nelson.. just warning you.

I do agree with your thoughts on the summary. It sounds sad, but really it’s just pretty all over the place. Just accept that going into it, and you’ll be golden. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

February 3, 2012 - 10:40 am

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I had seen this book on Goodreads, but the description on there is pretty horrible and really didn’t interest me. Your review, however, made me add it to the TBR list!
I love the ideas of the different formats, like the screen play! And I love lists, so bullet points are right up my alley!
And even though Ryan Gosling’s character was a major drug addict in Half Nelson, the boy really just can’t look anything other than sexy! I’ll definitely be picturing him while reading this now that you said that! Actually, maybe I should start picturing every male character as Ryan Gosling…. *sigh* 😉
Awesome review!

January 29, 2012 - 7:26 pm

In My Mailbox (4) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] reviewed Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. (a crazy book that by the title is sad, but is anything but) Estelle reviewed Sometimes It Happens. […]

January 28, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Well, this sounds like fun! I just read about someone else who read it, and he said it was hilarious as well. I’ll have to keep my eye out for this one. You make it sound like a great choice, and thanks for noting that it’s not as sad as the back of the book makes it sound like. You know how I am with sad books. Haha.

January 28, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Magan - Alexa, I can’t wait until you read it! I think it might be a love it or hate it kind of book. I can’t wait to read more reviews to see what others think of it, too.

January 28, 2012 - 7:17 pm

Magan - Hi Capillya! Thank you so much! We’ve worked really hard to make our blog cute and fun, but also simple and easy to read. Your comment means SO much!

YES to the laughing out loud. I was sneaking away at Christmastime so I could read this book. It was fantastic, and such a breath of fresh air!

Thank you so much for your comment!

January 28, 2012 - 7:14 pm

Magan - It’s definitely a great read, Mands! READ IT! Add it to your Goodreads so you don’t forget. 🙂

January 28, 2012 - 2:35 am

VeganYANerds - I really love the cover of this book and I agree, how could anything so bright and quirky be sad? I look forward to reading this sometime this year 🙂

Mands

January 27, 2012 - 11:26 pm

capillya - First, can I say how much I love the layout and design of this li’l blog right here? It’s sweet, simple, and fantastic, really. My eyeballs thank you.

Second, so glad you enjoyed Me and Earl. Jesse Andrews is a hoot and a half (I just made that up, sorry) and I laughed out loud the entire time I read this on my 14 hour flight. Well, okay maybe I lied a little bit. But I sure did laugh-snort a lot. My reading experience with this book basically book-ended me watching Attack the Block which made it an even MORE FUN experience.

Really enjoyed this positive review. =)

January 27, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I actually have this one from NetGalley and I’m looking forward to reading it! It sounds quite different from what I’m reading this day, which is a good thing, and reminds me in some way of Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story from your description. I’m pretty excited to read it though!