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Allegiant by Veronica Roth • Magan Reviews

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth [twitter • website] Previously Reviewed Insurgent (Divergent #2) Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 526 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, trilogy, books to movies Format Read: Hard cover purchased. Summary: (borrowed from Goodreads) Dual narration by Tris Prior and her beloved Tobias. Their faction-based dystopian society is broken by violence and power struggles, scarred by loss and […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Magan - Andi. The hurt. My heart just hurt so badly. It was soooo sad. Thanks for letting me know you were right there with me. Man, so painful. And I think you’re brave for wanting to re-read. I don’t know that I could take it!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - ROSIE! SO FRUSTRATING! I felt like banging my head against a wall. (Not really, but I did feel like I would burst!) I absolutely love your comment. I would love if she talked about it a bit more too. I’d buy the collector’s edition JUST for that. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Annette, your comment perfectly sums up how I felt. Life isn’t always perfect, and I think that’s what Allegiant proved. There’s not always a happily ever after.

May 5, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Hollie! So, so glad you and I were on the same page here. We should’ve known. You’re absolutely right. I applaud Roth for being authentic, but darn if I didn’t cry a lot! 😉

May 5, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Divergent was one of the series I started before blogging, Alexa! I think that’s why it was so sentimental for me too. Though it wasn’t my perfect, happily ever ever…I understand it all. <3

April 23, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - While I honestly didn’t want some of the things that happened in this final novel to happen, I was actually able to accept that they would. I didn’t get spoiled (thankfully!), but I knew that something big must have happened to get everyone in a tizzy. I feel you about it being the end of an era though; Divergent was one of the first YA trilogies I read the year I started blogging and that series will always be special to me for that reason.

April 22, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Hollie - You’ve absolutely summed up my entire feelings on Allegiant. I can’t say I’m happy with how it ended, but I honestly feel that there couldn’t be a more fitting ending. Looking back, and thinking about the first two books in the series, we should’ve known it was never going to be a perfect HEA, and I really love Veronica Roth more for giving us this gut-wrenching ending instead of something completely different that would feel inauthentic to the series.

April 22, 2015 - 11:58 am

Annette - No one really wanted things to turn out that way, but I, too, applaud Roth for making the difficult choices. I love it when authors are gutsy, even though they know it’s going to tick a lot of people off. Great review.

April 22, 2015 - 8:07 am

Rosie - its so frustrating when you have no one to talk to about a book isn’t it? You can talk to me though!

I completely agree with you that Veronica made the right choice to do something shocking. It made sense, and I believe that’s what Tris would have done. I think if she’d avoided that, it wouldn’t have done the series justice.

I think there’s an Allegiant Collector’s Edition coming out in the autumn, so I hope Veronica will talk about having to make hard decisions. It’s always interesting to hear why authors do things.

April 22, 2015 - 8:04 am

Andi - So. Much. Yes.

Magan, I felt what you felt. I hurt how you hurt. I cried like you cried. I mean I was a straight up sobby mess when I was done for like an hour, probably for 2 because I think I cried the last hour of the book. It was just so powerful an ending and it hurt my heart and my soul. I want to reread it again before the movie but I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready.

Excellent review!

Blog Tour: Ally Condie on Naming Characters in Atlantia

Atlantia by Ally Condie (website | twitter) See also my review of Crossed by Ally Condie Publication Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher: Dutton Children’s Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: underwater city, dystopia, broken world, young adult fantasy Format Read: Arc received from the Publisher. (Thank you! Summary (from Goodreads):Can you hear Atlantia breathing? For as long as she can […]

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October 22, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Tomasina - This book just sounds so amazing and the authors explanation of her usage of water based names interest me even further. I can’t wait to give it a read!

October 15, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Alexa S. - I’m pretty curious about the characters after reading all about their names! Names are very important things after all, and I know it’ll sound strange, but I’m predisposed to be more interested in a book if I like a character’s name! Will probably check out Atlantia at some point 🙂

October 14, 2014 - 9:56 am

Benni @ Benni's Bookbiters - I really can’t wait for this book! I also can’t get the Duran Duran song out of my head, when the main character’s name is Rio…

October 13, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - This is really interesting, and now I’m looking forward to this book even more. Thanks so much for sharing.

Magan: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer (website | twitter) Other Books Written by This Author: Cinder (Book #1) | Scarlet (Book #2) Publication Date: February 4, 2014 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Pages: 560 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel Format Read: ARC borrowed from Sasha (Thank you!) Summary: In the third book of the Lunar Chronicles […]

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January 28, 2014 - 7:19 am

Judith - Oh, Cress! I wish I could just sit here keyboard slamming my feelings, but that might not be the best way to write something coherent as well. But this book is just so good! I love how this series gets better and better with every book and how Marissa Meyer flawlessly adds more brilliant characters to the already large cast. I absolutely adore Cress, and Cress and Thorne, and Cinder and Kai, and Winter! I have a feeling Winter is going to be even better (don’t you love her already?!) and ahhhh. More please!

January 16, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - IS WINTER THE END?!
I had no idea.

You did SO MUCH BETTER with your review than mine!
(told you so!)

January 16, 2014 - 11:15 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my gosh, I AM SO EXCITED TO READ CRESS! And yes, that needed all caps. I’ve been hearing that Cress is just as wonderful as Cinder and Scarlet and that makes me SOOO happy. I can’t wait to see how to handles the growing cast of characters and the whole world. So freaking excited.

January 16, 2014 - 1:25 am

Lucy - I’m going to have to read/listen this one and Scarlet back to back. I loved Cinder so I don’t know why I”m dragging my heels to catch up!

January 15, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Alexa S. - I love how your review so perfectly describes your fangirl feelings towards Cress! My review, which I’ve just finished, devolved into fangirling… and it certainly didn’t do the book justice as much as yours did. Everything you’ve said here is an opinion I absolutely agree with! Cress was FANTASTIC, and I’m certainly looking forward to reading Winter (though the wait may kill me)!

January 15, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Anna - LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE IT

January 15, 2014 - 8:22 am

Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife - Ahhhhhh I cannot wait to get this, I think I have to wait a bit longer for it to come out in Europe but I am sure I will read it in a day so a little wait is ok!

January 15, 2014 - 7:26 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I can’t wait. Marissa is genius.

Magan: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse Publication Date: July 10, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Pages: 375 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, sci-fi, exile island, corrupt government, orphan Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuster at ALA. Summary: Alenna undergoes a government test to analyze her compliance and is sent to The […]

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May 30, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Sue - This looks amazing! Thank you 🙂

August 28, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Lena - AHHH, must read. Must. Read.

August 27, 2012 - 5:03 am

VeganYANerds - I’m so glad you enjoyed this, hun! I loved the cover from the moment I saw it but then read a few negative reviews, so I’m happy to read a positive one!

I like that Alenna develops over the course of the story and I’m so keen to read another sci fi/dystopian YA, especially if it has a similar feel to THG!

August 26, 2012 - 2:25 am

Kristen - I’ve been wanting to read this since I first laid eyes on the cover at B&N. With every new review I want to read it even more. The library doesn’t have it yet, so I might just have to buy this one! Thanks for the review. It sounds amazing!

August 26, 2012 - 12:03 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a review […]

August 24, 2012 - 11:28 am

Jaime Morrow - I hadn’t heard of this one until reading your post, but it sounds really good. I went to Goodreads right away and added it to my TBR shelf. Thanks for the great review and recommendation! 🙂

August 24, 2012 - 11:28 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ooh! I am SO EXCITED to read this because it sounds awesome. The concept is definitely intriguing, especially the idea of the Wheel.

August 24, 2012 - 9:55 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I really enjoyed this too – Except I felt like I was left wanting just a bit more! I loved the Wheel and the world that was created there, and especially the story behind it! I’m not quite sure I liked the romance enough, but definitely interested in reading the next book! Definitely some great things happening there.

Magan: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass [website | twitter] Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 327 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC borrowed from Yani at The Secret Life of an Avid Reader Challenge: Debut Author 2012 Challenge Summary: America Singer is chosen as one of the thirty-five women vying to win the […]

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April 12, 2013 - 12:01 am

The Selection | Kiera Cass | Book Review - […] that way it really was like watching The Bachelor!” Rather Be Reading – “I never felt fully invested in the story” Pure Imagination – “The Selection and I….we have a odd […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:02 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] I needed to raise a warning flag with that one. The Disenchantments, What’s Left of Me, and The Selection also didn’t live up to my […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:09 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Though I do still want to read this one, I knocked it down a few notches on the reading list after you told me how you felt about it. I definitely trust your opinion and think we have similar tastes so we may feel the same way about it!

April 17, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Great review! I remember hearing so much about this book prior to its release, but there haven’t been too many positive reviews. I’m on the fence on whether or not to read this one. Personally, I just can’t get past the fact that the girl on the cover looks like she’s smelling her own armpit =P

April 17, 2012 - 6:22 am

Daisy - I’m a bit sad you didn’t love it, cause I pre-ordered it, but well, you can’t love them all right? 🙂
I also usually find myself rooting for the underdog as well, though I must say golden boys also definitely have their appeal 😉 And I’m secretly a sucker for drama like on shows such as the Bachelor (I still watch America’s Next Top Model…).
Thanks for the review!

April 17, 2012 - 4:37 am

Lori - I couldn’t agree more with your review! The names were laughable and really pulled me out of the story. I also didn’t connect to Aspen, but I did like America. Great review and thanks for the link 🙂

April 16, 2012 - 8:01 pm

VeganYANerds - Great review, Magan, I was wondering what you’d think of this, I’ve read some pretty negative reviews, mainly listing the same issues you had and I really don’t think I would bother to read this, unless I found it at the library!

April 16, 2012 - 6:24 pm

Jayla | LadyBlueJay - I am not a huge fan of reality tv, so I am not sure that this book would appeal to me. I have a lot of mixed reviews on this one.

However, I do understand where you are coming from. There are books I feel iffy about, but I read the next book in the series just because I want to see if things improve. It some cases things do get better.

April 16, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Jacinda @ The Reading Housewives - We have already talked about this a little bit, but I will talk about it again. 🙂

Yep, the world building…totally lacking.

I didn’t notice the exclamation points…how did I miss this, lol?!

Even though I just thought it was alright, I will read the rest of the series as well…stupid cliffhangers, lol.

April 16, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Anna - I totally see all your points, but…I DONT CARE I LOVE IT ANYWAY 🙂

April 16, 2012 - 10:47 am

elena - I’ve heard such mixed things about these books! The people I trust tend to lend on the “meh” side so I’m not really expecting much from The Selection at this point. Maybe it will surprise me, who knows. I like details too so it’s a shame that it seems like there isn’t much here. I’ve heard that the world-building wasn’t that great and left a lot of questions unanswered. omg I really love the point about Maxon uses excessive exclamation points as an abuser of exclamation points myself. Except I am not a character in a dystopian novel so! I find it hilarious. Fantastic review, Magan. 😀