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Magan: Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: boarding school, Nantucket, family death, unlikely friendship Format Read: ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss. (Thank you!) Summary: When Julia and Charlotte meet, they become instant friends, always by each other’s side. Though they’re opposites in most every way, Julia […]

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April 14, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Even in Paradise. Charlotte’s dad remarried and she has two stepbrothers. For many reasons, Julia’s family is attractive to Charlotte. She loves their closeness and how protective they are of one another. Charlotte comes to love and appreciate her own family more as the illusion of perfectionism fades for Julia’s family. I really felt like this was a solid example of envying what we don’t have. […]

October 29, 2014 - 8:01 am

On a Personal Note: Un-boxing Friendship - […] hello! It’s been a while since I wrote something just to write. I read a book, Even in Paradise, several weeks ago and there’s a quote that’s been running through my mind. I’ve […]

October 8, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Alexa S. - Even in Paradise is pretty magical, if you ask me. There’s something about the story that just draws you in immediately, and the characters – all of them – draw you in close too. I really liked it!

October 6, 2014 - 8:27 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - I thought this one read a little too familiarly but I enjoyed it all the same. I really liked the Buchanans and was drawn to the mystery of Gus’s death that was weaved into the storyline. Lovely review!

September 29, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Your New Favorite Hobby in Three Simple Steps | Books & Prejudice - […] put my shopping habits to good use and buy books I heard about from a book review website (my next purchase). As a result, my bookshelf is now lined with classic novels and bestsellers. I am slowly reading […]

September 24, 2014 - 9:43 pm

Magan - Oh, that’s awesome, Elena! Thanks for that tidbit of info. 🙂 a) I hope you read this soon. b) I hope you love it. c) especially the ending. I’m not saying a word til you read it. tee-hee!

September 24, 2014 - 2:24 pm

elena - it’s actually a retelling of brideshead revisited sooo i’m kind of curious how it ends, haha. your review is lovely and made me more keen to pick up the book.

September 24, 2014 - 11:38 am

Magan - Hi Brianna! So I haven’t read The Great Gatsby, but it’s mentioned in Even in Paradise by Charlotte. I have read Looking for Alaska. You know how there’s this pivotal moment in that book that sort of changes the tone? I felt so shocked by it when I read it, but in Even in Paradise, when things came about, I didn’t really feel shocked. It made sense. In many ways, I enjoyed EiP more than LfA. There’s that same addictive friendship and this feeling of being swept away by someone you’re so enamored with, but I’d say that’s where the similarities end. Even in Paradise felt much more comprehensive. Hope that helps! 🙂

September 24, 2014 - 10:30 am

Brianna - The description on Amazon compares it to The Great Gatsby and Looking for Alaska. Would you say that’s true? Either way, I love boarding school books, so this one definitely went on the list.

Magan: Exile by Kevin Emerson

Exile (Exile #1) by Kevin Emerson (twitter | website) Publication Date: April 29, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: music promotion, bands, fame Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: After being burned by her ex-boyfriend once he was signed to a major record label (thanks to Summer’s skills/help/knowledge/hard work), she’s on the hunt for […]

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August 11, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Magan - Thanks, Rachel! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the playlist too! (Music twins, per usual!) I think the *biggest* downfall is that it’s a series. I’m SO terrible at keeping up with them, especially if it feels like the story could have been told in one book. Thanks for the comment + for stopping by. xo

August 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Alexa, if you give it a shot, I look forward to hearing what you think! 🙂

July 25, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Alexa S. - I do enjoy books that feature characters that are passionate about music. While I’m still on the fence about Exile (especially considering the last part of your review), I’m glad that the musical aspect in it is pretty strong 🙂

July 25, 2014 - 11:47 am

Rachel - This book sounds really good! Or, at least something I would like. I’m sorry you found it to be lacking depth in some places :/ That’s always a not-awesome feeling. I also had no clue that this was part of a series. That makes me nervous to read it just because I NEVER keep up with series.

Also, your playlist is A++++, Magan!

Magan: Empty by K.M. Walton

Empty by K.M. Walton Publication Date: January 1, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depression, obesity, divorce, bullying Format read: ARC from S&S via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Previously read book by K.M. Walton: Cracked Summary: Dell is kicked off her softball team for continuing to gain too much weight and no longer […]

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January 27, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's Shelve It --> January 27, 2013 - […] → A list of February 2013 Young Adult (YA) Book Releases → A Review and Discussion of Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt → A Review of Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker → An Interview with Daria Snadowsky → A Review of Empty by K.M. Walton […]

January 23, 2013 - 1:16 am

Kristen Evey - Like others have said, I do enjoy depressing stories with unhappy endings, but I don’t think this particular one is for me. Bullying and kids being mean to other kids is a sensitive issue for me. Great review though, Magan! Sounds like this is a book that would be good for some to read!

January 22, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Magan - I like to read unhappy stories sometimes, too, Lori. Though lately, I’ve been thinking I should try something happier. Estelle has given me lots of happier options so I don’t come across as a depressed-all-the-time-reader on the blog. 😉

January 22, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Magan - Elena, I knew when I read this book that it wouldn’t be a you book. I know how uncomfy you get about bullying so yeah, no, this one wouldn’t be for you at all. 🙁

January 22, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Magan - Alexa, it’s weird because I didn’t know to expect to be sad when I began reading Empty. It was much more overwhelming than I expected and things really took me by surprise. K.M. did do a fantastic job tapping into this girl’s mind, you’re right.

January 21, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Alexa Y. - This just makes me sad. I don’t always need a happy ending for my books (since I know that’s not always the case in real life), but this certainly sounds like it would be very hard for me to read. I do think it’s great that the author managed to tap into what a bullied teen’s experience is really like sometimes, harsh as it can be.

January 21, 2013 - 4:07 pm

elena - I felt nauseated just reading your review so I don’t think this is the book for me. It sounds SO intense and the fact that it’s a not a happy story makes me worry. Teenagers can be really brutal, gah.

January 21, 2013 - 6:31 am

Lori - I haven’t heard too much about this one, but I’m definitely intrigued now. Sometimes I really like to read an unhappy story. I think it makes me put things in perspective…or maybe I’m just weird.