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Kissing in America by Margo Rabb • Magan Reviews

KISSING IN AMERICA by Margo Rabb [web | tweet] Published by Harper Teen on May 26, 2015 Pages: 400 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: first love, parental loss, airplane crash, detached mothers Summary: Not many things have gone right for Eva, but when she meets Will and they connect over personal losses they’ve both suffered through, she feels like she’s […]

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June 3, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - My excitement for this book grows exponentially as more bloggers I trust talk about how much they loved it. Great review Magan!

June 2, 2015 - 10:37 am

Alexa S. - Kissing in America sounds FABULOUS, M! I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it, but your review has completely changed my mind. I’m definitely going to be trying to snag a copy soon, since it also sounds like a perfect summer read!

May 27, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things - I saw this the other day and it looks so good. I am a complete sucker for romances..<3

May 27, 2015 - 10:31 am

Ashley - I am so, so, so, so glad I’m not alone in my love of this book. I went into it knowing nothing also and adored it so much!

Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook • Magan Reviews

Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 288 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: sexual assault, small town setting, accident, football Summary: Kayla has never wanted to leave her home town; it’s always been her favorite place, her source of comfort. When something awful happens and she’s sent away for the […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Magan - Totally uncomfortable, Alexa, but very necessary! 🙂

May 5, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Magan - Lucy, it’s intense. Be warned! But very worth it! Can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

April 30, 2015 - 5:45 pm

Lucy - I just got this one in the mail and you do make it sound like a worthwhile read. A FNL reference in your opening paragraph doesn’t hurt either 🙂

April 29, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Alexa S. - Every Last Promise definitely sounds like it would be a “hard” read, in the sense that I would definitely feel uncomfortable. But sometimes, those books are necessary in order to coax us into a new understanding or perspective. Glad you think this one is worth it!

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!

Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby • Magan Reviews

  Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby [twitter • website] Publication Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: death of a boyfriend, transplant donor recipients, moving forward Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Quinn feels unable to move on until she has closure about Trent’s last donor recipient, Colton, who received a heart transplant. […]

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April 14, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Magan - I did, I did, Melissa! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Was this your first Kirby book? If so, I’m SHOCKED! You definitely need to read the others! Get on it, lady! 🙂

April 14, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Magan - I agree with you on both accounts, Alexa! The family was SO great and the scenery was just magnificent. I wanted to live in some of those scenes!

April 7, 2015 - 4:31 pm

Alexa S. - My favorite thing about Things We Know By Heart is a toss-up between the incredible details of the setting, and the amazing people in Quinn’s family. Both elements were such standouts to me! Glad you enjoyed Things We Know By Heart.

April 6, 2015 - 1:33 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oh, I’m so glad that you liked this one too! I hadn’t thought about her friends, but you do make a good point. I loved how her character evolved throughout the book, and it would have been nice to see some of that transformation rewarded! I am definitely going to check out more of Jessi Kirby’s books; I really liked her writing style =)

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor • Magan Reviews

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor [twitter • website] Publication Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 336 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: college preparation, Harvard, parent in rehab, cheating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Juliet’s picture-perfect life goes downhill when her parents split, her dad moves out, her mom tries to pop pills and drink away her depression, and Juliet […]

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April 1, 2015 - 8:01 am

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March 25, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Alexa S. - I felt for Juliet in this one, since she was forced to deal with so many different things in her life! But I didn’t quite click as well with this novel as I wanted to. Still, it was worth a read, if only because I could identify with some of Juliet’s struggles 🙂

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes • Magan Reviews

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: teenager disappearance, thriller, Internet dating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Max, Preston, and Parvati form a small underground business developing lies for their classmates to get what they want at school; business is going great until Preston asks Max […]

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April 7, 2015 - 8:02 am

Getting to Know Paula Stokes, Author of LIARS, INC. - […] don’t forget to add LIARS, INC. to your Goodreads, or read my review if you need a bit more convincing. […]

April 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Megan - I have seen this cover a few times and was curious. I didn’t know anyone who had read it, so in light of wanting to spend my money on something I knew I would likely enjoy I passed it up. After reading this though I’m really interested and might just pick it up in my next shop!

April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

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March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Thanks, Sophie! It’s such a fantastic one! Hope you enjoy it!

March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Maggie, I wonder if you’d still have issues with the changes she’s made. You read an ARC, correct? I think things are going to feel really tight and put together in the final copy!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Emma, I think you’d have a lot of fun analyzing LIARS, INC. for sure! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Alexa, it’s a great read! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Magan - You’re welcome, Brianna! Thanks for reading! 🙂

March 22, 2015 - 11:16 pm

Brianna - This sounds like another great read. Thanks for sharing your review.

March 19, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Alexa S. - I honestly wasn’t certain if I wanted to read Liars Inc. initially. But after reading your review? Heck yes, I’ll consider giving it a shot. It sounds like a really intense story with lots of twists, and I think those can be great fun sometimes!

March 18, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I was intrigued by the cover and jacket copy for this one but it never really grabbed my attention to read it. But gosh this review shows I am very wrong. It sounds fantastic. Thanks also for mentioning the changes from ARC to finished copy as I find that sort of thing fascinating.

March 18, 2015 - 7:39 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I didn’t like this as much as you did, but I do agree about all of the great diversity in the story. Even though I had a few issues with the story I really enjoyed all of those things. I expected the whole Liars Inc. business to be a much bigger part of the story, too, and I also liked that it wasn’t, but it kind of drove me crazy how Max kept mentioning it. Great review!

March 18, 2015 - 6:31 am

Sophie @ Seamless Reader - I simply can’t wait for this book to come out!

Great review! 🙂