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Magan: Just Like Fate by Suzanne Young and Cat Patrick

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick (website | twitter) + Suzanne Young (website | twitter) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 304 Target Audience:  Young Adult Keywords: different life scenarios, death of a grandparent, divorced parents Format Read: ARC received at TLA from the publisher. (Thank you!) Other Books I’ve Reviewed by These Authors: […]

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August 28, 2013 - 11:22 am

Alexa Y. - For some reason, I wasn’t particularly keen on this book when I first heard of it. HOWEVER. After reading your review, I think I might actually have to read it! I love how this book tries to show what would happen if Caroline lived out BOTH scenarios. It would be interesting to see what would change and what would stay the same! I’ve had plenty of situations where I think of what-ifs in my own life, so this book really intrigues me for that aspect alone.

August 26, 2013 - 11:48 am

Rachelia (Bookish Comforts) - This sounds like such an interesting book! I think there are definitely decisions in life that we think about how our lives would be different if we took a different path. Adding this to my TBR list now, great review!

August 15, 2013 - 4:04 pm

katy - I’ve been wondering about this one! It sounds really interesting and I like Patrick and Young separately, too. It kind of sounds sad, but I think I might like the “what if” and I can relate a bit to being a runner. Chris sounds nice, too! I might put this one on my TBR!

August 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - “Despite how we react to a situation, do we arrive at different conclusions?” –> This message is probably what resonated with me the most as I read. But I felt like the book was trying to say that it’s the different journey that shapes you (regardless of what the outcome is). And I really really liked that. Actually I liked a lot about what the book had to say about life and choices. Plus I kind of adored Chris <3 haha. Anyway, great review! I def plan to buy this one.

August 14, 2013 - 11:19 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I didn’t realize that this was what the book was about. It sounds amazing and I love how these two authors come together to explore two different paths and how strongly it could affect Caroline’s life. This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it!

August 14, 2013 - 11:02 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - What a fantastic explanation and review of this book! I wasn’t totally ‘wowed’ by it, but I really, really enjoyed it and I also really loved how the ending was done.
I LIKED that Caroline had some serious flaws. It didn’t make me hate her — it actually kind of made me like her more because you could see her changes and I really felt like I grew to like her even more by the time the book ended.
I also love that this was split time lines without really making it sci-fi/paranormal.
Awesome review! 🙂 So beautifully said!

August 14, 2013 - 9:01 am

Bookworm1858 - I love the way you captured the plot of this book-I think I kind of just rambled in my post but yours is so orderly and I feel like it gives a great impression of the book. Though this book wasn’t a favorite, I enjoyed the way it explored this question you asked: “Could she become a stronger woman if she had to confront life instead of always fleeing?”

Magan: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: loss of a parent, grief, Tokyo, relationships that don’t end well Format read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Other Books Read by the Author: The Mockingbirds […]

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May 6, 2015 - 10:59 pm

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] & Sara Zarr | Something Like Normal by Trish Doller Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | When You Were Here by Daisy […]

August 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: When You Were Here Gift Pack, Estelle - […] Can you believe there’s only two weeks left of our Sweet Summertime Reads series with Ginger and Tara? It’s been such a fun summer of new ideas, summer loving, and it’s crazy that it’s about to come to a close. I’m going solo today with this post but it is totally inspired by Magan’s affection for When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. […]

June 19, 2013 - 4:53 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I was already excited about it, but now I’m REALLY excited. I really liked Mockingbirds but I wanted something…more from it. This seems like it has it. Great review, Magan. Can’t wait to read this one.

June 17, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Alexa Y. - I am sincerely excited to read this book! I love that readers get to witness Danny’s journey through his grief. I also love that he gets to go to Japan, which is one of my favorite countries in the whole entire world! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one 🙂

June 13, 2013 - 8:05 pm

alicejane011 - Ahhh this review makes me want the When We Were Here even more! I love how it’s partially set in Tokyo. I’m happy that it’s really good because it’s been on my TBR list for a while now.

June 13, 2013 - 7:20 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - This sounds like the perfect book. It’s been sitting on the top of my ARC pile and I’ve been behind and busy — but I’m resolving to pick this up next. It sounds perfect!

June 13, 2013 - 2:53 am

DannyBookworm - “a deep, emotional story, shocking twists and turns that left me needing to collect my thoughts,”

Oh you totally sold me with this!!!!

June 13, 2013 - 12:08 am

tabithasbookblog - A major plot twist?! That makes me want to read this book more than anything… okay not really – but I do want to read this one!

Great review!!

June 12, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - You made this book sound amazing ! It’s totally on my radar now.

June 12, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Lisa Schensted - I was at B&N yesterday and was SO CLOSE to buying this…and then bought Second Chance Summer instead.

This will be next! I KNOW IT.

June 12, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Well, I didn’t think it was possible, but your review made me even MORE compelled to get my hands on this book ASAP. I’m so glad you loved it, I have some really high hopes. Great review!

Sweet Summertime Reads: Wonderful, Cute + Kind of Perfect (Dates)

Hi, friends! Today we are sharing one of the books we both adored this year: Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt. Main character Payton does not react well when she accidentally finds out her dad has MS. She stops talking to her parents, and when the school counselor gets involved she asks Payton to choose […]

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June 13, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - These are SO cute! Love bookish inspired dates. Also totally love the ice cream pictures. True story, I once asked a guy if we could go get ice cream (like in those pictures) and he looked at me like I had grown a second head! Apparently this idea was not as cute to him as it was to me!

June 13, 2013 - 12:10 am

tabithasbookblog - This book sounds SO good! And I’m all for underrated books, that are actually great! And those dates… AH. So adorable.

June 11, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Bookworm1858 - Love this feature-I adore SGH and think this is an adorable idea. Hope you’ll feature some other book inspired dates this summer!

June 11, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Amanda - This was such a cute post! Basketball is bit too sporty for me, but I’d be totally down for a bike ride or ice cream date! Heck, we can ride the books to get the ice cream! It’d be perfect!

This book has been on my to-read shelf for such a long time, and this just gives me more reason to finally pick it up.

June 11, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Daphne - cute post! i loved this book. someone on twitter recced it to me after I read Going Vintage. Sean is pretty adorable. 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 1:48 pm

elena - these are too sporty for me (as a short person who does not know how to ride a bike) but I am 100% into the ice cream suggestion. i know people have raved about this book and this is the perfect reminder for me! LOVE this post. 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Annie - These dates are so cute! I haven’t read Sean Griswold’s Head yet but I’m feeling like I really need to read this book! I like it when books are secret gems — it just makes them all the more special!

June 11, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Oh, I loved this book! SO glad you’re featuring it today. And how cute are these summer dates- OMG!

If I haven’t told you yet, I’m loving this Sweet Summertime Reads feature.

June 11, 2013 - 10:32 am

Alexa Y. - Okay, these dates are the CUTEST thing EVER! They’re also the perfect sorts of dates for summer, and I love that you pointed them out. This just makes me want to read that book a whole lot more!

June 11, 2013 - 10:14 am

Tara - I would like to go on all of these dates! I probably wouldn’t do so hot at basketball anymore but I could rock the ice cream date like nobody’s business. Cute idea ladies!

June 11, 2013 - 9:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - What a fun post! Love all these date ideas & how they worked in the story. I still need to read this book, btw.

Magan: You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle {website | twitter} Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: documentary, realistic fiction, strained friendships, teenage reality movie Format read: ARC received via Edelweiss from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: At 16, Justine, Rory, Felix, Kiera, and Nate are […]

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May 31, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Bookworm1858 - I think I would have preferred the more light hearted story hinted at by the synopsis. I was looking for more of a beach read. Still I thought the way things came together in the city was very absorbing-it just took too long to reach that point.

May 30, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I would not have gotten this story from looking at the cover. The cover definitely has a different feel to it, I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds like such a unique concept and I’m glad to hear that the author was able to pull it off. This one is definitely going on my list! Thanks for the review!!

May 29, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Clearly, I MUST read this book. I was already intrigued by the concept, but now I’m extra excited after seeing your review. I love it when an author is able to craft real, believable characters — and put them in believable situations! I certainly will have this book on my radar now.

Magan: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot by Amy Tintera (Twitter | Website) Publication Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: science fiction, dystopia, broken society, survival Format read: ARC from Edelweiss via Publisher (Thanks!) Summary: Wren is a Reboot; she died and her body came back to life after being dead for 178 minutes. […]

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May 14, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - Ever since I saw this amazing cover and read the blurb, I knew that I had to read this book, and your review only confirms that knowledge. I think the whole premise is really interesting, and I like how in your review you point out new aspects about the relationship between Wren and Callum, which seems to basically be the main complaint most people have. I’m interested to see how it plays out myself. Great review!

May 12, 2013 - 6:01 am

Magan's May 12, 2013 Shelve It - […] A review of Reboot by Amy Tintera […]

May 11, 2013 - 11:57 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Hmmmm…I’ve debated on reading this or not. I’m so wary of dystopias anymore because I find myself frequently disappointed. But after reading your positive review, I’m definitely leaning more towards reading this. I’m loving the unique premise and how badass Wren seems to be! Great review! 😀

May 9, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Lisa - Magan. MAGAN.

THIS BOOK IS MADE FOR ME.

I need to get this in my life. Sci fi and dystopian and asking Big Questions?! YES YES YES.

May 9, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I ordered a copy of this one after hearing about it on Epic Reads Tea Time, but I’m even MORE excited to read it now that I know you loved it too, Magan!

May 9, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Great review of this one!! I felt very similar. I tried not to question things too much because honestly? I didn’t want to haha. I was really enjoying the story and I loved all of the action AND the romance that was going on.

May 9, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I can’t wait to read this. I liked how you added a few elements that other reviewers haven’t touched on, like her being insecure about her past and her scars, and the ultimatum presented to her to train Callum. I’m even more excited to read this after your review.

May 9, 2013 - 10:15 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I am so glad you liked this book! I stumbled upon this one just yesterday and it sounds so unique, I really want to read it. Your review convinced me 🙂 Great job!

May 8, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Tara - I was SO bummed when I realized this book expired on my Kindle before I got to it 🙁 Now your review has me even more bummed (but in a good way of course!)

May 8, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Alexa Y. - I am so, so curious about Reboot! It certainly sounds like a great debut novel, and I think the concept is truly very fresh. I should definitely check this one out soon!

May 8, 2013 - 11:13 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been so excited to read this, I was hoping my library would have it but it doesn’t even seem like they have it on order. I might just have to buy it. Great review!

May 8, 2013 - 2:59 am

VeganYANerds - I’ve read mixed things about Reboot but your review has me interested, Magan. I like the sound of Wren and the romance sounds different seeing as she wasn’t looking for it to begin with

May 8, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I just loved Callum so much-he was such a great book guy and I’m so pleased to have met him!

Magan: The Originals by Cat Patrick

The Originals by Cat Patrick (website | twitter) Publication Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 304 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: sisters, clones, scandal, hiding Format read: ARC received via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Lizzie, Betsey, and Ella split each and every day into thirds. They’re allowed outside their […]

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May 5, 2013 - 11:38 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] The GLORIOUS list of May releases Magan’s glowing review of Winger by Andrew Smith My EEE I’m so excited review of Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith A review of Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike, which came out this week. Magan’s exciting review of The Originals by Cat Patrick […]

May 3, 2013 - 11:20 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] | Amazon | Magan’s Review […]

May 1, 2013 - 3:32 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - So, at first this absolutely did not sound like my kind of story, but…woah. The plot seems SO intruiging-and so original. I think I have to get this book and soon 🙂

April 30, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I’ve read Patrick’s Revived and didn’t care for it quite so much, but I really want to read The Originals. I do love how this author picks super original and fascinating science fiction concepts. I love the idea of three clones living one life, and it really sounds like this book is seriously engrossing, which is perfect for this topic.

April 29, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Cassie - I loved Revived! And I simply CANT WAIT for this one as well as her book that she is writing with Suzanne Young, Just Like Fate! So glad to hear you loved this one!

April 29, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy. - I’ve read one book about cloning before and I was so fascinated by the concept. I can’t wait to read another book about it! 🙂

Mel@thedailyprophecy.

April 29, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I am so desperate for a stand-alone, and this sounds awesome! Thanks for the great review, I’ll definitely check this one out and add it to my TBR list.

April 29, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Annette - Ohhh. I’ve read Forgotten and Revived and enjoyed them both. She always comes up with an interesting premise. I’m putting this on my list. Thanks!

April 29, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Alexa Y. - A book about CLONES? I’m definitely interested in checking this one out. It sounds like Patrick did a great job making each girl sound different (despite having to pretend to be one person), and I want to see what they do about it. Plus, that romance sounds wonderfully different too!

April 29, 2013 - 10:35 am

Natalie - Oh man. This sounds so good!! I seriously need to stop adding my books to my TBR list but I reallllly think this one deserves to be on it. It sounds so interesting, and I just want to know how it all turns out!!! Great review Magan 🙂