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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!

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: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi Publication Date: January 8, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: dystopian, contrasting worlds, trilogy, Aether storms Format read: Borrowed from Anna (Thanks, lady!) Summary: Aria is reunited with Perry (who is now a Blood Lord) and introduced to the Tides. The only friend she has […]

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March 25, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Blog Tour: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi + Interview | Katie's Book BlogKatie's Book Blog - […] for more reviews of Through the Ever Night? Rather Be Reading’s review Kristina’s World of Books’ review Cuddlebuggery Book Blog’s […]

January 8, 2014 - 7:01 am

Magan: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, Magan - […] Veronica Rossi  (website | twitter) Other Books Written by This Author: Under the Never Sky | Through the Ever Night Publication Date: January 28, 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 400 Target Audience: Young […]

December 31, 2013 - 12:02 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] felt Veronica Rossi did a fantastic job of bringing the world to life in Through the Ever Night. I loved the first book in the series, Under the Never Sky, but dang did I feel even more hooked […]

January 22, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Magan - We’ve since tweeted about this and I AM SO HAPPY YOU ENDED UP LOVING IT! Go, Hannah! You’re going to love, love, love Roar in TtEN. Dang! So good!

January 21, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I just started reading Under the Never Sky yesterday (I know, I know), but I already bought this one because I’m anticipating wanting to read it as soon as I’m done with the first book. I’m crazy, right?

I’m like 30% through and definitely need more info on what’s going on. Rossi just throws you right into the story, doesn’t she? I’m a little confused on some of this business, not going to lie.

January 14, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Magan - Asheley — READ IT! READ IT! READ IT! 🙂

January 14, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh yay!!

I won a signed copy of this from Epic Reads several weeks ago and I’m DYING to get it in the mail. It seems like everyone has already read it and I’m having the most whiny of all fits because I WANT IT NOW WAHHH. Okay, I’m over that.

That being said, I literally DID just do a re-read of Under the Never Sky via audiobook recently and it was SO GOOD the second time around. And then I read the little novella. So I’m SO ANXIOUS to dive right into this story since everything is so fresh into my mind. I’m so excited that EVERYONE is loving it, and it seems like everyone is loving it at least as much or maybe even better than the first book. YAYYY!!!

January 13, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Magan - Anna — I don’t think I have a good answer. I LOVE THEM BOTH. EQUALLY.
Brittany — Yes! Natural is a great word to describe their relationship. It just worked. Le sigh…
Taylor — I hope you enjoy it just as much if not MORE!
Hemborgwife — you most certainly need to have this series in your life! 🙂

January 13, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Magan - Keertana — Yes! Me too! Ay yi yi! I just love all the characters! Can’t wait (well, I can because I don’t want it to end) to see how this wraps up!
Rachel — Haha! YES, your library does. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Roar = AWESOME.

January 13, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Magan - Mandee — YES, YES! Read UtNS SOON! 🙂

January 12, 2013 - 4:35 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve skimmed this because I am yet to read UtNS (I know, I know!) but I promise it’s on my read-soon list!!

January 10, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - Yay! I’m so glad you loved this one! I just adored it and I was so pleasantly surprised by the direction Rossi chose to make this novel go in. I can’t wait for the sequel now and definitely Aria and Perry – not to mention Roar! LOVE HIM! 😀

January 10, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Rachel - MY LIBRARY NEEDS TO HURRY UP AND GIVE ME THIS BOOK. The wait is torture. I have heard nothing but good about TtEN. I’m so happy we get to see more of Roar. I loveeee him!

January 10, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Anna - PERRY OR ROAR: WHO DO I LOVE MORE? Decisions, decisions…

January 10, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I agree! I think Aria & Perry’s relationship felt much more natural in TtEN and I LOVED seeing so much more of Roar! I’m pretty sure I liked this one even more than UtNS! 🙂

January 10, 2013 - 10:31 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I loved Under the Never Sky, I can’t wait to read this one! Great review!

January 10, 2013 - 6:43 am

Hemborgwife - This sounds good I will need to search where I can get the first book!

Bookish Gift Suggestions: Books for the Non-Reader

Welcome to Rather Be Reading for another gift-focused post! Estelle and I were talking about what gifts we would be purchasing for our friends and family this year. A few times I mentioned having friends that are just getting into reading. They read The Hunger Games or some other popular young adult book and now they’re hooked. The […]

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December 14, 2012 - 9:00 am

Estelle: Holidays Ideas for the Book Obsessed - […] Earlier this week, Magan conjured up a list of books for those who may be apprehensive about reading the young adult genre. […]

December 12, 2012 - 6:14 pm

elena - the graphics in this post are so qt and I love the list too!! because it is me, i would give melina marchetta for new to ya readers.

December 12, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m so happy to see some of my favorites of 2012 on this list (especially My Life Next Door, which I LOVED!). Definitely going to keep these books in mind!

December 12, 2012 - 7:19 am

Lori - I love everything about this post! There’s still several on there that I haven’t read! Delirium is one of my favorites, though. I think The Dairy Queen series would be a great choice and Leila Sales’ books!

December 11, 2012 - 11:12 pm

Jess - Like everyone else I really like what you did with the graphics. I think this list is also great for people who are unsure about YA. I want to read Meant To Be.

December 11, 2012 - 10:32 pm

Kim @ Curious Tales of Modern Lore - I LOVE this list! WHat an awesome idea! I live by the philosophy that every person on my gifting list each Christmas should be given at least 1 book, but I often have the hardest time picking up books for others.. Thank you for the suggestions!

December 11, 2012 - 9:46 pm

Lisa the Nerd - SUCH a good list.

December 11, 2012 - 6:34 pm

Candace - This is a great list! I’m with Cynthia in that anything by David Levithan and John Green tends to be popular with non readers. It seems I’m constantly giving their books as gifts. Divergent is definitely a great one as well!

For boys, middle grade and up, I suggest Nick James Skyship Academy books. I liked them a lot but the whole time I was reading I was imagining how much my nephews would love it and they did! They aren’t big readers, but I’ve introduced them to some series they fell in love with.

This is an adorable post! LOVED it!

December 11, 2012 - 10:50 am

Jen - I can’t even handle how adorable this post is. Like Anna said, LOVE the graphics. Your blog is too cute for words. I love this list and have read every book except The Survival Kit and My Life Next Door (I KNOW, what is wrong w/ me?) But I will be sharing this list with some of my non-reading friends and forcing them to pick and choose which ones they’ll need to be devouring in the near future.

WONDERFUL list, ladies <3

December 11, 2012 - 9:59 am

Cynthia - Love this! ! I’ve had Bunheads on my tbr pile for about two years and haven’t read it yet. Must do that soon! I think I would recommend Divergent, Delirium and anything by David Leviathan and John Green. 🙂

December 11, 2012 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - For the Hunger Games fan, I usually point them to Delirium or Shatter Me next (if they haven’t read Divergent yet – but that one is gaining popularity very quickly with the “non-readers” too!) Lately for my adult friends who love contemporary novels, I’ve been suggesting Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. It seems to be a good fit for a lot of new readers!

December 11, 2012 - 8:10 am

Anna - Cute list and cute graphics! Love it!