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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!

Magan: Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt

Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: One Night That Changes Everything / Sometimes it Happens / The Thing About the Truth / Right of Way / Two-Way Street Publication Date: July 8, 2014 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 256 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: choreography, roller-coaster relationships Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Intrigued by a note […]

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July 22, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Magan - Nicole, I agree. Don’t start with this one. It didn’t feel like the kind of relationship that I want to be promoted. I know they exist, but I guess I’d like to see a bit more of a positive example.

Alexa, warning bells for sure! I say if you’re already alarmed, then it might not be the book for you.

Thank you both for your comments!

July 4, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I’ve been meaning to give Barnholdt’s books a try for a while but just haven’t yet. If I do, I don’t think it will be this one I pick up. This doesn’t seem like the type of relationship I’d root for either.

July 3, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Alexa S. - Oh dear. Oh my. Reading your review of Through to You made me a little sad! It sounded like such an interesting story when I read your summary. But your thoughts on how this relationship (and the two people involved) were portrayed definitely raises warning bells for me! This isn’t the type of relationship I’d want to read about either, personally.

Magan: Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein

Dear Cassie by Lisa Burstein <website | twitter> Publication Date: March 5, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: wilderness rehab, cheating relationships, bad friendships, negligent parents Format read: ARC received via Netgalley (Thank you!) Summary: After Cassie and her two best friends, Lila and Amy, were caught with pot on prom […]

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March 28, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m sorry that hear that you didn’t end up liking this. It also sounded like a potentially good contemporary to me, and it makes me sad that it turned out not to be the case. I always presume that when a character grows through rehab or journals, there is definitely a strong, positive and LOGICAL change in her – sorry that it doesn’t seem to have worked out that way 🙁

March 27, 2013 - 7:53 pm

VeganYANerds - Like you, I knew about Pretty Amy, but I didn’t realise that it was the prequel to DC, so I’m glad I know, now!

It sounds like this could have been better character-wise, I never like it when a character goes on and on about how tough they are, only to act the complete opposite!

March 27, 2013 - 7:20 pm

Kelly - So many thing you touched on gave me pause: instalove, unresolved issues between the main characters, little character growth, being unable to relate to the protagonist – and when I lay it out like that, it really doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy! Lol

It does sound like I need to read Pretty Amy if I do decide to give this one a shot, so thanks for the heads up 🙂

March 27, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I got this from Netgalley too but haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet. Like you I had no clue it was part of a series or the companion to another book or whatever. Seems like an odd way to market it.

March 27, 2013 - 10:21 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I threw out a tweet a couple of nights ago about possibly wanting to read this and should I read Pretty Amy first, and got a response that YES I should. So that’s how I knew that I needed to read Pretty Amy before this one. I’ve seen some mixed reviews of both, which tend to make me more curious about books.

I love this review so much because it is the most well-thought-out I’ve read yet. I’ve been on the fence so hard about this one because of having to go back and read Pretty Amy (and there is a novella as well, did you know that?) but I think I’ll just think on it a little longer. Thanks Magan! LOVE your thoughts, as always.

March 27, 2013 - 9:00 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Though I never read Pretty Amy, I have heard of it… but like you, I wouldn’t have known this book was a follow-up to it. Perhaps it’s meant to be a companion novel & not so much a second in a series? I don’t know. But even so, in those companion novels you need the first to get the back story on some of the characters. Which in this case sounds like it was needed.

I love your honest reviews Magan. You highlight points that didn’t work for you, but you’re still respectful about it. Nicely done.

Magan: And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky

And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky Pages: 254 Release Date: July 6, 2011 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Hardcover borrowed from the library. How I heard about it: The pretty cover attracted me. Summary: Keek’s life does a complete 180 when she is diagnosed with the chicken […]

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February 21, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Magan - Broken Arrows, I’m so sad you felt the same way I did, but also a bit encouraged by that too. Sometimes I fear maybe I missed something that others loved. The cover was so gorgeous, but the book just didn’t live up to it. 🙁

February 15, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Broken Arrows - I’m late to the party here, but just read this book and was seeking out reviews to see what others thought. I concur with everything this review states.

Like some of the commenters, I was also drawn in by the cover but I also loved the title. What a great title! Shame the book doesn’t live up to it. I think much more could have been done with this basic premise.

September 17, 2012 - 6:53 pm

Kristen Evey - I love when you do find that gem of a book at the library that you weren’t looking for and don’t really know anything about. Sorry to hear this didn’t turn out to be that book. It does have such a great cover too!

September 14, 2012 - 7:12 am

VeganYANerds - I’m sorry that this was a disappointment, Mags! I only know about this because of the cover and it sounds like it was a jumble of weird, weak plot lines and an annoying character. Part of me still wants to read this, great review!

September 13, 2012 - 5:54 pm

elena - Aw, I’m sad this book didn’t work out for you because it has such a cute cover! Keek doesn’t sound like a character I would be too fond of and oh geez, I normally don’t like when characters write poems (or songs) in books. Thanks for your honest review!

September 13, 2012 - 10:16 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - DUDE! That SUCKS! I must admit that this one’s been on my wishlist since its release because of the pretty cover, but I think I’m taking it off. After reading your review I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t enjoy it. Thanks for honest review, Magan!!

September 12, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Aww, the fact that this book didn’t quite live up to expectations makes me sad. I love the cover too and thought it was cute!

September 12, 2012 - 9:42 am

Jamie - I’ve seen this one around but really hadn’t heard too much about it or knew what it was really about.

Now I’m more than a little nervous to read it for MANY of the reasons you stated but especially as someone who LOVES The Bell Jar from the DEPTHS OF MY SOUL. BUT it also makes me a little curious. AHHH. What to do? This was never HIGH on my TBR list so it might just stay where it is unless it magically appears say under my pillow from the book fairy.

Sorry it didn’t work for you!

Magan: Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson

Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson Publication Date: June 12, 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Pages: 320 Keywords: Adoption, Travel, Studying Abroad, Italy, Bad Relationships Target Audience: Young Adult Format Read: Paperback from ALA (Thank you!) Summary: Violet chooses to do an 8-week course in Italy to investigate why she looks so like a modern-day […]

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August 25, 2013 - 2:20 am

In My Mailbox (#4 & Final) | That Artsy Reader Girl - […] be Reading I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella Magan’s Review of Flirting in Italian by Lauren […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - And this book sounded so cute too! It’s sad that it doesn’t live up to what I would have been expecting, which was something more along the lines of Stephanie Perkins.

May 31, 2012 - 10:18 am

Holley - I completely agree with everything you said!! I was so frustrated that I didn’t like this book more. You hit the nail directly on the head.
I think this was the most disappointed I’ve been in a while with a book.

May 30, 2012 - 11:55 am

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May 28, 2012 - 10:57 am

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Remember how on mentioned on Twitter recently that read a book that I really disliked? So, it wasn’t this book but my problem comes down to the same thing: show, don’t tell. I hate being told something when it would have made more sense to show me. I especially hate being told something over and over again. And ugh to insta-love with a rude boy. And ugh to books being split into two (or more) books when they should just be one.

Don’t think I’ll be checking this one out! I hate when a bad book puts you in that weird mood where you don’t want to read anything else.

May 26, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - *weeps uncontrollably*

I was SO excited for this! I went nuts trying to get my hands on it early! I’m going to be reading it in a week or so, and I’m so sad now! Haha. Oh well… I’m glad you were honest, and I *hope* I don’t feel the same way! 😛

May 26, 2012 - 7:05 am

June 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] in Italian by Lauren Henderson Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Magan’s Review Goodreads | […]

May 25, 2012 - 1:10 pm

Jasmine Rose - I’m really sad to hear you didn’t like this one. The cover made it look so cute, although, to be honest I really don’t know anything else about it. I didn’t even know you guys had the rating “move to bottom of pile” since I’ve never seen it before, but I’m thinking that’s precisely what I’ll do.
Great review :]

May 24, 2012 - 8:22 am

Jamie - I had seen this on a lot of WOWs and like the IDEA of this book but thankfully you just told me everything I needed to hear to not waste my time on this one! Sounds so frustrating and I KNOW I wouldn’t dig it now!

Thanks for being honest..even if sometimes it feels icky! I appreciate it as someone who really trusts your reviews!

May 23, 2012 - 7:46 pm

VeganYANerds - Oh Magan, I can feel your frustration, thanks for giving us such an honest review of this book.

For someone reason this never appealed to me, I love contemp, books set in Europe etc but this never really jumped out at me so I have no issue in passing on it, knowing what I do now, thanks to your insight into this book. It sounds really disappointing and I can’t believe it doesn’t even end properly and you’re meant to grab the next book that’s not even out yet, ag!

May 23, 2012 - 5:03 pm

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - THANK YOU, MAGAN, for saying everything I couldn’t figure out how to say on my blog. (Now I feel like I should do a tiny post about it & then just link here… Hmm).

TOTALLY agree about Violet. I tried SO HARD to like her, but she kept making it impossible. I kept reading for the weird art thing and was so frustrated when it basically never went anywhere and I figured out there was supposed to be another book. Why was that such a focus of the synopsis if it wasn’t really in the book at all?! And why would this story need to take more than one book?!

May 23, 2012 - 4:57 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - sniff, I was really looking forward to this one. I don’t read many contemps, and by the cover and summary, I really thought this would be one to add to my lil stack. I’m so sad to see this and will have to see if my library brings it in (yea, I’m out in the sticks, lol, they don’t bring many newbies in, geesh!)
Thank you for your honest review, Magan, I appreciate it!

May 23, 2012 - 1:03 pm

elena - This looks like such a cute book and it’s so disappointing that it WASN’T. I’m going to pass on this because from what you say about it, it wouldn’t be my cup of tea. ESPECIALLY the bit about the sequel. I would feel so ripped off. Thanks for the honest review, Magan!

May 23, 2012 - 10:50 am

Jen - DUDE. I put this bad boy down after one single chapter. I am really glad I did, judging by this review. I love honest reviews, and this one is perfect. So sorry you didn’t enjoy the book, but it’s reassuring that I did the right thing by bowing out early.

May 23, 2012 - 9:39 am

Karen - I hate when a book disappoints you so much that it ruins all other books you haven’t even gotten to yet.
I’ve had that happen a few times. The ones that bug you in the middle of the night even though you should just get over it.
It’s especially depressing with this one because from the cover and summary you are expecting cute/romantic.
I’m sorry it didn’t work for you and doesn’t sound like a book I would enjoy either but I hope you did find another read to lift your spirits.

May 23, 2012 - 9:08 am

Eva, The Book Stoner - I read the verdict first and wow. I don’t like repetitive narratives too. Thanks for the warning!