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Attention, Attention: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Since I listened to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart as an audiobook, it seemed fitting to share a little bit about it with you via a vlog. Just in case you’re at work, though, I’ll highlight a few things I loved and you can also check out Estelle’s amazing review. She said it was […]

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July 16, 2014 - 11:01 am

Magan - Rosie, I agree with you. I was so shocked by what happened that I couldn’t stop thinking about it. But I think that’s WHY I love it so much. It has stuck with me and was so absolutely different than what I’ve read recently. It was such a nice change of pace and obviously very memorable for both of us. Thanks for your comment! xo

July 16, 2014 - 11:00 am

Magan - ALEXA! Yes, exactly! Listening to it just made it seem even more daunting. I couldn’t stop listening! Thanks for your comment! xo

July 15, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Alexa S. - I bet We Were Liars is interesting to listen to as an audiobook! It was pretty twisty and intriguing to read it, but I can only imagine how, with a great narrator, the story would be even MORE compelling. Glad you enjoyed it M!

July 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Rosie - I read this a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ending for a few days, it was shocking and I couldn’t decide whether I liked it or not initially. On reflection, I really enjoyed it.

Rosie x

Estelle: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte Press Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family obligations, secrets, summer, romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary:  Cadence Sinclair can’t remember anything. Except her cousins and the boy she loves = the […]

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July 15, 2014 - 8:02 am

Attention, Attention: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - […] you’re at work, though, I’ll highlight a few things I loved and you can also check out Estelle’s amazing review. She said it was worth it. I took her advice and absolutely haven’t been able to stop […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:36 am

Judith - So much of your review is EXACTLY how I felt about this book. God, the family dynamics made me so ANGRY. I really wanted to smack the grandfather and his children because man, they were either dominant or completely powerless, and all because of money. I really, really hated them. It’s interesting because I don’t think the characters were really well-written, per se, but I think that if they had been, the big twist wouldn’t have been so surprising. Yes to Lockhart’s writing. It’s mesmerizing!

May 14, 2014 - 10:54 am

Alexa S. - We Were Liars had really great writing, in my opinion! I thoroughly enjoyed diving into my first Lockhart book. It was twisty and mysterious and petty and effed up, but I just couldn’t take my eyes off the page! While I didn’t super love it, I can definitely say it was, as you’ve rated it, worth it.

May 9, 2014 - 5:52 pm

April Books & Wine - I get the disconnect, or at least the not being like YES I CAN RELATE HELLO EMPATHY. Or, the feeling at a distance.

For me, I love love love this book even though I also don’t think I totally 100% connected with Cadence, I actually felt more connected to Gat.

But, I still felt for her and her situation, especially with the whole money thing, etc.

Also, the whole mystery of what happened, like you, that really propelled my reading!

May 8, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I too was amazed by the writing. That was my favorite thing about this book – that and the ending. But what kept me from feeling connected to the story was that everything else kind of fell flat. I didn’t feel much for the characters, or the setting, or anything else really. I’m still glad I read it!

May 8, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I’ve been trying to avoid reading too many reviews of this one because of the surprise factor and I want to go into it blind. Patiently waiting for my audiobook preorder to arrive, and I’m glad to see you found it worth it. Sometimes the stylized makes it hard to connect, but i’m excited to check out my first E. Lockhart book regardless.

May 8, 2014 - 11:28 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I definitely felt like I rushed through this one too! I had THEORIES pretty early on (which turned out to be right. Kind of boo on that because I wanted to be shocked!) so I felt like I was scrambling through the book to find out what the ending was.
I think overall it wasn’t quite a “me” book? I felt like I didn’t connect with the characters and I was hoping for a little bit more character development somehow. There was just something big missing for me that didn’t make it a win! still a good book and I enjoyed it but not as great as I had hoped and hype definitely won this battle for me!

Magan: The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart

The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren’t Complicated, I Wouldn’t […]

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March 18, 2013 - 9:25 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] Attention: Audrey, Wait! A review of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. […]

March 14, 2013 - 10:30 am

Rachel - I loved this series in high school! I totally got Ruby, and I loved her for that. She’s a really humorous girl without even trying, and it’s cool how we see her change over time. It’s such a fun group of books that are pretty easy to fly through. I really love how you organized this review because I think it does give a great picture of the entire series without ruining anything. Oh, and I agree with Ginger, more people need to read this series!

March 14, 2013 - 10:22 am

Annie - This series sounds amazing! Ohmigod, I must read this now! It’s been on my TBR for soooo long. Had I not read this post I would have totally forgot there was even such a thing as Ruby Oliver! I’m definitely reading it now though. 🙂

March 14, 2013 - 12:06 am

Cindy - This definitely sounds like a fun series, and I definitely want to give this author another shot (I didn’t like another of her books, which I just read recently.) Glad you enjoyed the whole thing, and this is such a fun review!

March 13, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Why haven’t I read this series yet? It sounds like something I would love. I need to find the time as soon as possible 🙂

March 13, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Anna - One of my most favorite series — EVER

March 13, 2013 - 5:17 pm

VeganYANerds - Love your list review! These books are some of the best I’ve ever read and I plan on re-reading them, and that’s a big deal because I do not have time for re-reads!

March 13, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Magan - Alexa — she’s a girl who makes a lot of mistakes, but I like that she’s definitely not perfect. I mean, we all did stupid things back in high school, right? 🙂 I hope you love them as much as I did.
Lisa — FINISH THEM! They only get better! Seriously! And then you can do re-reads! You have to finish these before the bebe comes along!
Natalie — I’m positive you could read all four of these during your train ride! They’re so, so good! I hope you love them (and that your library has them)!
Lena — read them RIGHT NOW! They’re sooooo gooood and such super fast reads!
Ginger — YAYYY! I’m so glad you and I agree on these! They really are the best. And I hope more people pick them up too. I was so sad when my library couldn’t get the fourth book back from whomever hoarded it for MONTHS.

March 13, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Alexa Y. - This series sounds absolutely delightful! I’m almost certain that I’ve marked it off as a series that I would like to read, but your list has given me even more reasons to want to get to it straight away. So glad you enjoyed it! Ruby certainly sounds like a character that I could be friends with.

March 13, 2013 - 11:29 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’ve read the first two of this series and keep putting off the last two because I don’t want it to end! Seriously, Ruby is the freaking best.

You nailed it with this though: “Ruby is relateable, funny, sarcastic, self-depricating, pure, and original.”

YES. Love all those things. AND the plot is solid too!

March 13, 2013 - 9:49 am

Natalie - I’ve never read any of this series, but it really sounds like I need to! I remember one of my friends reading “The Boyfriend List” and telling me it was really funny and that she thought I would enjoy it, but I only remembered that now!! I’ll definitely stop in at the library and see if they have these. I’m going on a long train-ride Friday and Saturday, and these would be perfect to read then!

March 13, 2013 - 9:24 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Ya know, I own all of these books and still haven’t read any of them. I need to. Note to self: read this series ASAP.

March 13, 2013 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Yup, this is one of my favorite YA series (of all time). I blew through these books in a matter of days. I had to get my hands on the next one because they were THAT GOOD. I adore Ruby and wanted to be her (well teenage Ginger did). I hope your review gets more people to pick up this series because I feel like they’re books that get pushed under the rug and forgotten sometimes. More people need to read them!!

Magan’s Shelve It: December 30, 2012

  Howdy, howdy! Happy (almost) 2013! It feels so good to be back in the swing of things and to have books to share with you guys in this week’s Shelve It. I was kind of on a self-imposed-book-ban to help save up for the holidays. Never fear! I’m back with lots of awesome! *All […]

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January 1, 2013 - 9:56 pm

elena - oh em gee, girl you a QT! I really hope you like Heist Society! I think it’s super fun and I am super excited for the third book. also I still need to finish Frankie Banks so we should totally do a readalong. hope that person returns the fourth book in Ruby Oliver soon. ENJOY YR BOOKS xo

December 31, 2012 - 8:28 pm

fishgirl182 - cute video! i love getting gift cards. i haven’t seen my ideal bookshelf yet but it looks really cool. i’ll have to see if i can find it the next time i am at the bookstore. and i love half price books. i always fine fun things there.

enjoy your books and happy new year!

December 31, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Paige - I hope you enjoy everything you got this week 🙂

My IMM

December 30, 2012 - 4:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay! Happy New Year to you, Magan – and Estelle! 🙂

I want that person to return Ruby Oliver #4 already! Is it overdue? Sometimes I put something on hold at my library and they send the person a reminder so a. they can’t renew it again and b. they end up returning it. Anyway, Frankie is also awesome, and I hope you love her story!

I hope you get to wear your new dress out tonight (well tomorrow night for you!)

December 30, 2012 - 12:17 pm

The Bumble Girl - Hi pretty girl! You are so very sweet!
I adore Susane Colasanti and all the books that I have been able to read by her! She is such a great and inspirational person! I highly recommend Keep Holding On as your next book by her!
Great adult reads too! I should try to read a few of those next year too 🙂
Hope you and Estelle have a wonderful New Year’s! xo

December 30, 2012 - 11:49 am

Melissa - My Ideal Bookshelf sound like a great book…love to peek into other’s shelves…and I’ve been curious about On The Island myself. Hope you enjoy it and Happy New Year!!

My Added to the Bookshelf post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

December 30, 2012 - 7:45 am

Lori - I adore the Heist Society books! They are so much fun. I can’t wait to see what you think of it.

December 30, 2012 - 3:09 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - YOU ARE SO CUTE! Seriously. Especially the “y’all”s =) I will totally give you bonus points for venturing into the adult section … it can be a scary, uncertain kind of place. And there’s SO MANY MORE BOOKS in that section. It’s a little daunting. Happy New Year to you both — can’t wait for more of your amazing reviews in 2013! Mwah!

December 30, 2012 - 12:10 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - This was such a cute v-log Magan! Yay for finally buying books!! I’m glad you went crazy at Half Price Books too, I visited that place this week as well, but managed to restrict myself to 3 books. 😉 But Crazy sounds really neat. I mean, a kid’s father is going crazy. Sign me up as well! 😉 I’ve heard amazing things about Heist Society, it seems like such a fun book. I’ll be looking out for your review of that one before I decide if I should pick it up for myself or not. And I’m glad you managed to venture into the Adult section at B&N! 😉 I totally feel comfortable in the YA section myself, so I totally understand what you mean by that. But it’s great that you venturing out and trying some more genres! I plan to do that in 2013 as well, within different genres of YA, since I mainly read fantasy/dystopia.

Fantastic haul Magan! This v-log makes me want to meet you so badly… perhaps at TLA this year? *hint hint* Enjoy your lovelies and have a fabulous new year! <3

December 30, 2012 - 12:04 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Oooooh em GEEEE!! I hope you love it!! 😀 Keep me posted!!