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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas • Magan Reviews

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas [twitter • website] First Book in the Series Publication Date: May 5, 2015 Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Pages: 416 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: Faeries, Magic, Fantasy, Beauty and the Beast Retelling Reading Challenge: Flights of Fantasy with Alexa + Rachel Summary: After Feyre unknowingly breaks the treaty between humans and Faeries, […]

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May 8, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Magan - Me too, Alexa! I was so pleasantly surprised that it was another HUGE hit for me. It’s got me in a fantasy mood now, craving SO MUCH MORE!

May 8, 2015 - 11:55 am

Alexa S. - I’m seriously SO thrilled that you enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, M. Isn’t it so, so lovely? I think Sarah has done a brilliant job writing something different from her Throne of Glass series, and I certainly need MORE.

May 7, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES! So excited to read your thoughts. I just loved this one too. I was so scared it wouldn’t live up to my expectations having recently fallen in love with ToG.
I loved how it really was its own story but you could easily spot BatB too!

May 6, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Faith - So glad you liked it! Can’t wait to read it because its more Sarah J Maas 🙂

May 6, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Julia Anne @ Peach Print - I’m so happy to hear this book doesn’t disappoint!! I actually have yet to read Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series (I know, I’m terrible), but once I do, I’m definitely going to get cracking on this newest release. A grownup Beauty and the Beast retelling? Count me in!

May 6, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Magan - Yani! It was released yesterday! RUN TO YOUR BOOKSTORES TO BUY IT! RUN! 😉 I hope you enjoy!

May 6, 2015 - 10:16 am

Yani - I cannot wait for this to be in our local bookstore’s shelves. I want to read it now. I can’t bear the hype anymore. It’s torture.

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.

Estelle: Shelve It (5/13/2012)

Ah! I’m so late! Hope you all had a great weekend! I have a special guest star in this video! Netgalley Friendship Bread by Darien Gee (5/1/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor (5/11/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon Summer Nights by Susan Mallery (6/19/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon Starring Me […]

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May 14, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - I also have Kissing Shakespeare and Intentions and hope they turn out to be as good as they look/sound! Can’t wait to get to them 🙂

I’ve been convinced, yet again, by Magan’s review for Second Chance Summer, and hope to have that on my own shelf this week!

Enjoy all the lovelies! <3

May 13, 2012 - 11:40 pm

elena - Your cat is qt! Casual hanging, I like it. Starring Me sounded like something I would read until the religion part. I’m not a religious person either and it makes me uncomfortable. Hooray for Second Chance Summer. Also I am so glad you liked Divergent! 😀 😀 I think I should give Lovestruck Summer a chance before Unbreak My Heart, which I’m excited for.

May 13, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Estelle - Annette, so glad to hear that about Friendship Bread! Perhaps it will get me out of my baking rut! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

May 13, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Annette - I really enjoyed Friendship bread, and did go on a bread-making kick after reading it! Enjoy your books!

May 13, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Estelle - M, so glad you noticed my nails. I was hoping you would. The color is a lot like guacamole and Kermit the Frog (which my dad commented on today). So glad you added a few of the books to your list! I can’t wait to hear what you think. I’ve been lucky to read some great stuff lately! xo

May 13, 2012 - 9:21 pm

VeganYANerds - I was wondering when your vlog would be up, it’s great to see you and Candy, what a cutie! And, I love your green nails, LOVE!

You got some great books on NG, I added a couple to my list and I can’t wait to read Second Chance Summer and Lovestruck Summer, the both sound great!

Estelle: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis Release Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pages: 305 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Fantasy, fairy tales, princes & princesses, family drama Format read: ARC received from HMH! (Thanks!) Summary: With hopes of leading an interesting life, Sunday never would have known that befriending a frog in the forest […]

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June 18, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m a fan of fairy tales so it does seem like I’d like this novel, should I get the chance to read it. HOWEVER, I do have issues with slow pacing sometimes, unless it’s well done, so we’ll see how that works out!

June 5, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Brian Burton - Great, thoughtful review! I love Kontis’ work!

May 26, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Enchanted Alethea Kontis Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “Kontis is a beautiful writer” […]

May 13, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Estelle - Mands, definitely worth reading a retelling. The writing is the best feature and there are some funny moments. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts if you get your hands on it!

May 13, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Shelve It Meme: 5/13/2012 - […] I enchanted by Enchanted by Alethea Kontis? Some adult fiction books that caught my eye! I don’t think you can tell just how much Magan […]

May 13, 2012 - 8:43 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m glad you ended up enjoying this, Estelle, I know it dragged a bit but it does sound like a very sweet story and I don’t read many fairy tale re-tellings, but this appeals to me!

May 12, 2012 - 12:33 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - Isn’t it amazing how differently others can perceive a book!? I absolutely adored this book, it’s everything that I thought it would be, for me it flowed beautifully and was magical 🙂 I couldn’t put it down and read it all in one night!
I don’t read enough contemp, I am going to have to take a look at your recs and add a few more to my list, thanks!

May 12, 2012 - 12:39 am

elena - I realllly want to read this book so I got excited when you started it read it! Even though this book wasn’t exactly your cup of tea and had uneven pacing, I loved reading this review! I still want to read this book and see how I feel about it. I’m glad Kontis is a beautiful writer. 🙂

May 11, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Aneeqah - I’ve seen this book a few times before, but I don’t think I’ve read a really in-depth review about it before. The synopsis of the book sounds really interesting, but I’m sad that it wasn’t as amazing as it sounds. I’m not a fan of slower type books, I like lots of action and dialogue and stuff like that in my books [I’m more of a fantasy fan, unlike you. =)]. This book also seems like it’s super confusing, with all those plot lines and other fairy tales mixed in. I still may give this book a shot, but like you suggested, I think this will be a library read for me. Thank you for the helpful review, Estelle!

-Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life