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Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes • Magan Reviews

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: teenager disappearance, thriller, Internet dating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Max, Preston, and Parvati form a small underground business developing lies for their classmates to get what they want at school; business is going great until Preston asks Max […]

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April 7, 2015 - 8:02 am

Getting to Know Paula Stokes, Author of LIARS, INC. - […] don’t forget to add LIARS, INC. to your Goodreads, or read my review if you need a bit more convincing. […]

April 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Megan - I have seen this cover a few times and was curious. I didn’t know anyone who had read it, so in light of wanting to spend my money on something I knew I would likely enjoy I passed it up. After reading this though I’m really interested and might just pick it up in my next shop!

April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Start of Me and You by Emery Lord Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz One Wish by Robyn […]

March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Thanks, Sophie! It’s such a fantastic one! Hope you enjoy it!

March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Maggie, I wonder if you’d still have issues with the changes she’s made. You read an ARC, correct? I think things are going to feel really tight and put together in the final copy!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Emma, I think you’d have a lot of fun analyzing LIARS, INC. for sure! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Alexa, it’s a great read! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Magan - You’re welcome, Brianna! Thanks for reading! 🙂

March 22, 2015 - 11:16 pm

Brianna - This sounds like another great read. Thanks for sharing your review.

March 19, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Alexa S. - I honestly wasn’t certain if I wanted to read Liars Inc. initially. But after reading your review? Heck yes, I’ll consider giving it a shot. It sounds like a really intense story with lots of twists, and I think those can be great fun sometimes!

March 18, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I was intrigued by the cover and jacket copy for this one but it never really grabbed my attention to read it. But gosh this review shows I am very wrong. It sounds fantastic. Thanks also for mentioning the changes from ARC to finished copy as I find that sort of thing fascinating.

March 18, 2015 - 7:39 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I didn’t like this as much as you did, but I do agree about all of the great diversity in the story. Even though I had a few issues with the story I really enjoyed all of those things. I expected the whole Liars Inc. business to be a much bigger part of the story, too, and I also liked that it wasn’t, but it kind of drove me crazy how Max kept mentioning it. Great review!

March 18, 2015 - 6:31 am

Sophie @ Seamless Reader - I simply can’t wait for this book to come out!

Great review! 🙂

Real Life Friendship & Real Life Diversity | Dive Into Diversity

I’ve had two of my best friends in my life since we were in Mrs. Grader’s kindergarten class — 25 years ago this year. Over the years, we were never consistantly inseparable (it’s difficult when you all go to different colleges and move to new cities) but for whatever cosmic reason, we take on the […]

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May 29, 2015 - 8:00 am

Phone a (Meant to Be) Friend | Pub Date: Beer & Book - […] known since kindergarten. (In fact, she’s no stranger to the blog. She helped out for this Dive Into Diversity Q&A from earlier in the […]

February 7, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Crystal - I am excited that there are so many people interested in diversifying their reading and encouraging more diversity in the publishing world. Thanks for hosting this great reading challenge!

January 26, 2015 - 9:09 am

Ann - I’ve been reading books that reflect diversity in spirituality for the past three weeks. Many of the ideas resonated with me, and I hope to be able to live a life as full and diverse as reflected in what I’ve read.

Having two daughters who were adopted from China makes me acutely aware of cultural diversity; and the importance of introducing and accepting a variety of beliefs and practices into our lives.

January 23, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Alexa S. - I loved reading this post, E! And your friends are totally good sports. It’s great to see that, for all of you, you easily embrace PEOPLE (as opposed to limiting yourselves because they’re “different”). Even though when I was in high school, I was mostly surrounded by fellow Filipinos, I’d like to think we were encouraged to be open-minded with all the different cultural projects (nationwide and worldwide) that we were givn to do. YAY FOR DIVERSITY!

January 21, 2015 - 12:00 am

Real Life Diversity (Or a Lack Thereof) | The Reading Shelf - […] This post was written for the first month of the Dive Into Diversity challenge – check out Estelle’s own post and other links! […]

January 13, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Brianna - I’m Jewish, but I don’t think my friendships are so diverse now that I’m an adult. My two closest friends are also Jewish and we have similar backgrounds. I tend to gravitate toward other Jewish people and I’m very strong in my faith. I do think we need more books with diverse characters, though, because the generation of kids growing up now probably don’t have friendships like you have. I know my former camp kids certainly don’t. They go to private Jewish schools and Jewish summer camp. That’s their bubble.

January 13, 2015 - 7:50 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - You are wonderful 🙂 I loved this post so much, and I love the focus on friendship. I grew up in the Midwest, and there was not a ton of diversity in my schools (any of them) at all. In fact, it was a big deal when a few black students showed up in our high school. But everyone was so friendly and embracing. It was like all the kids finally were so excited to accept the diversity, and our area just hadn’t seen it yet. My brother became good friends with one of the kids his age, and to this day still goes to visit him even though they go to different colleges. I think that’s the cool thing about young people and kids, too. They’re genuine, and they don’t care about backgrounds or social status or anything like that. They just have friendships. I’m so excited to be in a city with so many different people now! I’m loving it!

January 13, 2015 - 11:23 am

Nisha - I love it! You did such a great job! 🙂

January 13, 2015 - 8:29 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Also, I forget to mention in my tiredness: I love that you interviewed your friends and we got the hear from them! So great.

January 13, 2015 - 8:28 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I LOVE this post. I’m half Portuguese and my childhood friend is half Russian/half Italian and looking back at all the books I’ve read, I can’t remember seeing a friendship like ours represented. Until you mentioned it though, I didn’t notice the hole there was. It’s like, you become accustomed to it? I hope your list grows, too!

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas | Magan Reviews

Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas (website | twitter) Publication Date: December 9, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: grocery store, Christmas Eve, theft, teenage diabetic Format Read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Chloe’s Christmas Eve is spent as a cashier in GoodFoods, the supermarket where she works, trying to […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:50 pm

Alexa S. - I seriously thought Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless was a fun, adorable read! Czukas nails it with her characters, particularly with Chloe, who I identified with so very much. Definitely a read I’d recommend to others!

December 14, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I am really excited to read this one. I don’t know if I will get to it before Christmas Eve but I may try to read it close to then! I think I will actually like this one more than Ask Again Later – which I found to be cute but didn’t LOVE. I think I will really relate to Chloe and I love that there is some diversity in this book!

December 5, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Lori - This sounds so great! I adore books that take place over one day. I’m adding this to my wish list now. 🙂

December 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

December Author Potluck | Big Kids' Table, Estelle - […] Liz Czukas on the web + on twitter | Magan’s review of TOP 10 CLUES […]

December 3, 2014 - 12:56 pm

Mawa Mahima - It takes place over only a day? Hmm. Consider me intrigued.

December 3, 2014 - 11:39 am

Erin @ The Hardcover Lover - I can’t wait to read this book! I tried to get an ARC, but it didn’t work out, but I’ll probably buy it as soon as it’s out.

I’m glad you liked it. It does seem to have a lot of positive reviews.

December 3, 2014 - 10:14 am

Brianna - This one sounds good. It’s nice to see there’s some diversity in it.

Estelle: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 10/7/2014 Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers Pages: 304 Target audience: YA Keywords: LGBT, theatre, culture, identity, friendship, family Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: New friends, old friends, secret feelings, sister “rivalry” and fitting in are all […]

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December 17, 2014 - 8:01 am

Reading Challenge: Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up - […] Curvy Girls Club | Everything Leads to You | Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel Even in Paradise | Rites of Passage | Say What You Will | The Tragedy […]

October 11, 2014 - 10:23 am

April Books & Wine - So, I have not commented on any blogs in WEEKS but I had to break the radio silence due to clicking Bloglovin’ and seeing that you reviewed Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel and clicking on your review because it’s of a book that is different from all the other books being reviewed. AND OMG can I just say that it makes me so happy that you loved this book and that you get why it’s so great and ugh, I am just so thrilled right now. Yay for Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel getting some spotlight on Rather Be Reading! I will say, I really enjoyed If You Could Be Mine, however, there were some parts were I was like what even is this. Like, it wasn’t as good as this book. Still worth reading though, because it adds something new and unique to YA, you know? Anyways, awesome review!

October 9, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I haven’t read anything by Sara Farizan, but clearly I need to fix that ASAP. There are so many books I want to read, it’s crazy.

I’m glad you really liked it. Leila seems like such an awesome person, and I can’t wait to meet her for myself. 🙂

October 9, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Alexa S. - I’ve yet to read a Sara Fariza novel! But I love that they sound different from many others I’ve encountered. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel sounds great, and I definitely will be checking it out 😉

October 9, 2014 - 10:30 am

ashley - This review has me even more excited for this book. I just started it and I’m glad the feel I’m getting on the book is fairly accurate so far.

Estelle: Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Like No Other by Una LaMarche ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 24, 2014 Publisher: Penguin/Razorbill Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: New York City, forbidden romance, diversity, family Format read: Hardcover I purchased. Summary: During a horrible storm in New York City, Devorah and Jaxon find themselves stuck within the confines of a broken elevator. In the […]

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August 29, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, hello there book that YOU (Estelle) talked me into buying with a single word! But really, after reading your review, I’m quite eager to read Like No Other. I do love that it has sort of a Romeo-and-Juliet feel to it, though obviously it’s completely different. And I’m curious to see how LaMarche portrays New York, and these characters and their differences.

August 25, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Jess - This books sounds great, I like it when a novel can have a great sense of setting. Awesome review.

August 25, 2014 - 11:44 am

Lucy - We read this for Diversity book club and all really enjoyed it. Glad to see your “buy it” rating! I just loved Jaxon too, and you’re right the book was tense and exciting at the end! And I so agree with you that the book is such a love letter to the diversity of NY. Makes me want to get back there soon.
What a lovely review, Estelle!

August 25, 2014 - 9:56 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - And here you were, worried that you could never do this story justice. Estelle, this review is stunning. Seriously. You perfectly captured everything that made Like No Other one of the most powerful, memorable novels I’ve read this year. It’s funny – Ordinarily, the almost instantaneous feelings that arise between Jaxon and Devorah would have been cause for concern, but somehow LaMarche makes it work. Like you, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entirety of the book, desperate for them to make it work, despite everything that worked to separate them. Jaxon’s wide-eyed optimism and beautiful positive spirit was infectious. As you mentioned, I particularly liked that New York City was almost another character in the narrative. How often do we pass others from entirely different cultures, religions and backgrounds on the street, never pausing to give any real thought to what their life entails? The diversity in this story never felt false or artificial and I appreciated being given a glimpse into a way of life that was completely foreign to me. In short? You hit the nail of the head with this one, E. A wonderful, wonderful review. Thank you for sharing it with us.