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Magan: This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers [twitter | website] Publication Date: June 19, 2012 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: E-galley received from NetGalley Why I read it: Oh, I only love everything written by Courtney Summers. Summary: Sloane finds herself locked in her high school with […]

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July 24, 2012 - 12:01 am

Top Ten Tuesday: In Which the Worlds Felt Real, Yo. - […] 8. THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (Goodreads | Amazon | My Review) […]

July 22, 2012 - 9:04 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (7/22/2012) - […] This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers (Goodreads) “Summers’ characterization and ability to make me connect with the stories she writes is unbelievable. The story was about zombies, yes, but ultimately, it was about fighting for your life.” Magan, RBR […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:39 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really want to read this book! It sounds like it’s something I’d enjoy, considering I (a) like zombie books and (b) love books with teen issues in them. Can’t wait!

May 26, 2012 - 7:06 am

June 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] is Not a Test by Courtney Summers Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Magan’s Review Goodreads | […]

May 3, 2012 - 8:05 am

Brian B - “Reading about zombies is really interesting, but I’m way more invested in what is happening with the characters.” Absolutely! I have a friend who is currently writing a zombie young adult fiction, and in reading the early chapters have discussed this with her every time. Well put.

May 2, 2012 - 6:34 am

Lena - I am SO jealous of you right now. HUGE Courtney Summers fan here. I’m so glad you loved the book. Makes me even more excited.

And I agree with Jess. Carrie Ryan’s books are fantastic. Super, super sad (tissues sad), but fabulous.


May 1, 2012 - 8:04 pm

Jasmine Rose - I seriously cannot wait to read this one. I love zombies! And I’m looking forward to another good zombie book like Carrie Ryan’s series. If you haven’t read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, you should definitely give it a try. I bawled my eyes out and there’s actually not much brain eating or anything. They’re all really emotional books :]

April 30, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Melissa @ i swim for oceans - I’ve got this one coming up on my TBR in the next week, and I’m SO excited to see you enjoyed it! This is my cup of tea, so it will be harder to please me, but I’m intrigued, and I certainly hope it does!

Wonderful thoughts and review 🙂

April 30, 2012 - 9:11 am

elena - I’m not exactly a fan of zombies but I know my co-blogger is really looking forward to this book! I’ve heard SUCH good things about Courtney Summers’ contemp books and they’ve been on my TBR for awhile. I’m glad that she pulled of zombies so well and made you so invested in the characters. The last paragraph of your review gave the nudge I need to give this one a shot when it comes out!

April 30, 2012 - 8:49 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Man, I cannot wait to read this!! You should give Carrie Ryan’s series a try. I think you’d like it. 🙂 Awesome review, Magan!

April 30, 2012 - 8:39 am

yani - Now I am dying to read this book even more!! And it comes out on my birthday. It seems like there will be a lot released that day 🙂

April 30, 2012 - 7:18 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - In my opinion, what made this such a good, unique zombie novel was that it wasn’t about the zombies. Not really. The book is all about Sloane’s internal struggle. She’s set in a place where dying would be so easy, and then has to stay alive. I wonder if Summers chose zombies because then the method of death would be being eaten up by other people. This seems like a metaphor for the awful way Sloane has been abused all of her life. People are the monsters.

This book was so painful to read, but it has really stuck with me. Summers blew me away, and I now need to read all of her other books.

Books That Took Me Out Of My Comfort Zone – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and The Bookish, and today’s topic is 10 books that took me out of my comfort zone.  This is our first week to participate and we’re so excited to join in the fun… What takes me, Magan, out of my comfort zone?  Anything that shows […]

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November 26, 2011 - 10:54 pm

Magan - Amber, I’m so glad you loved it! The sequel to Hourglass (called Timepiece) comes out on June 12, 2012. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. I’m sure we’ll learn SO much more about all the talents. YAY! You made my night. 🙂

November 26, 2011 - 12:18 pm

Amber - Hourglass: I read this book in literally a day, thanks for the great suggestion! Although I was really disappointed that the story never went very far into Lily and her ‘talent.’ It was very much like a teenage girl’s version of X-men and I loved it!

November 8, 2011 - 10:50 pm

Magan - Megan, I haven’t read that book. Definitely going to find it on Goodreads so I can add it to my never-ending list!

Jamie! The list is pretty diverse; never until I typed this list did I realize how all over the place my reading choices are! Definitely look into Small Town Sinners and Towelhead. Be warned – Towelhead deals with serious stuff. :-/

La Coccinelle – Please read The Book Thief. It would be an injustice not to!

November 8, 2011 - 10:01 pm

La Coccinelle - I really liked Room, though it’s not the sort of thing I usually read. I’ve got The Book Thief in my TBR pile…

November 8, 2011 - 9:42 pm

Jamie - SO MANY OF MY FAVES ON HERE…The Book Thief, Wither and The Hunger Games! I own The Glass Castle but haven’t gotten to it yet..along with Room. I haven’t heard of Small Town Sinners and Towelhead but now you have me intrigued!!


November 8, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Megan - This is a great list! Have you read Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier? It’s time travel and historical fiction all wrapped up in a pretty little book. Here is my list http://wp.me/pzUn5-F9

November 8, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Magan - Same here, Alexa! I just read it this year, and after I finished it all I could think was Where have these been? How did I not know about them?!
Kit – I cried a lot while reading The Book Thief, too. Emotional roller coaster!
Nicole – YAY! So glad you found the list helpful! 🙂

November 8, 2011 - 2:44 pm

kit - The Hunger Games is on my list too, it’s not something I would ever have picked up normally but I’d read so many good things about it that I caved in the end!

I really enjoyed The Book Thief, although it did make me cry on a train, which was reasonably embarrassing… 🙂

November 8, 2011 - 2:25 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really loved The Hunger Games trilogy, though I only got around to reading it this year 🙂

November 8, 2011 - 11:02 am

Nicole - Great list Magan, added some of this to mine to read too.