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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!

It’s a Cover Reveal! Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Happy Monday! We are so thrilled to kick off a brand new week with a cover reveal for Jessica Martinez’s upcoming YA thriller: KISS KILL VANISH. We are a huge fans of Jessica’s past work — Virtuosity and last year’s The Vow — and can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve with […]

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February 16, 2014 - 9:47 pm

bn100 - Haven’t read this author yet

February 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Ashlie - I haven’t read any of her books yet but i definitely want to read this one when it comes out.

February 15, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Ashley - I haven’t read any Jessica Martinez books yet so I’m hoping I can fix that

February 13, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Ellice - I haven’t read a Jessica Martinez book yet, so I plan to rectify this SOON (I bought a copy of The Vow a few weeks ago when you recommended it to me)! I love this cover for Kiss, Kill, Vanish. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

February 13, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Alexa S. - I have yet to read a Jessica Martinez book, though all of the ones she’s written (Virtuosity, The Vow and now Kiss Kill Vanish) are on my TBR. This cover is GORGEOUS. I love the splash of color!

February 13, 2014 - 10:43 am

Racquel - I LOVE THIS!!!!!!! Virtuosity is one of my favorite covers and The Vow is really unique but THIS takes the crown. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And YAAAAY more YA thrillers!!!!!!!

February 13, 2014 - 9:42 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - THAT COVER! I’m obsessed. It’s gorgeous and seems to fit the summary very well, which is equally as awesome.

To be honest, the only book I’ve read by Jessica is VIRTUOSITY, but I loved it. Yet another gorgeous cover with an equally amazing story inside. 🙂

February 12, 2014 - 1:02 pm

fishgirl182 - I’ve only read Virtuosity so I’ll have to go with that. But this one looks amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

February 11, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so curious about this book! I love her other books (still have to read The Space Between Us) but this seems so different. Intriguing, but still, very different.

February 11, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I have never read a Jessica Martinez book! I’ve been super interested in Virtuosity, and I even own The Vow. I have just not gotten to it. This one sounds amazing, and I love the cover! Can’t wait to read it!

February 11, 2014 - 12:08 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Oh my I love this cover! The colours are so vibrant. I’ve only ever read The Vow, but she won me over with that alone. Her writing, the care she has for each character…it’s flawless. And I always hear amazing things about Virtuosity!

February 10, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Amy - I love the cover and excerpt for this . Thanks for the giveaway

February 10, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Rebecca - I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT. And huge blurb! So far, this book WINS.

February 10, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Katie - I haven’t read any of her books yet, but this one sounds really interesting!

February 10, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Jenny E - My favorite book from the awesome Jessica Martinez is The Space Between Us. I’m really looking forward to this next book! And the cover rocks.

February 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Skye @ Skye's Scribblings - I have yet to read anything by Ms. Martinez, but I’m DYING to read The Vow – I’ve heard nothing but awesome things! And this has to be one of the best covers EVER – and I love the title! Really looking forward to this one!

February 10, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Brittany @ the Book Addict's Guide - YA thriller say what!? You know I love those!
I actually haven’t read any of her books yet but I’ve seen SUCH good things about them. I’m definitely excited for KISS KILL VANISH and to pick up some older titles as well! *fingers crossed*

February 10, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Tammy - I haven’t read a Jessica Martinez book yet. I guess I need to remedy that soon.

February 10, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Andrea - My favorite book by Jessica has been “The Space Between Us”. It was amazing!

February 10, 2014 - 11:37 am

Denise Jaden - Oh yeah, favorite… it’s a tough one, but I’d probably maybe still go with Virtuosity. Favorite opening to a novel ever!

February 10, 2014 - 11:35 am

Denise Jaden - I NEED this book. Then I’ll have a “Jessica Martinez” shelf on my my bookcase (3 books isn’t quite enough for a shelf, but FOUR!)Also, this cover is beautiful and brilliant.

February 10, 2014 - 10:35 am

Shelby Brown - This cover is really cool! I will have to check out this book!

February 10, 2014 - 10:21 am

Nifer - I Loved her book Virtuosity- it was amazing! She has the most wonderful story crafting and storytelling ability.

February 10, 2014 - 9:51 am

Jules - I’m already in love with the cover/title! Super excited for this page turner!!! Virtuosity was a great book and I can’t wait to read more books!

February 10, 2014 - 9:48 am

Katie Lo - That cover is FANTASTIC. Holy crap. And blurb is fun and compelling!

February 10, 2014 - 9:46 am

Ron Smith - This is an absolutely incredible cover. I love the typography.

Hey, the story doesn’t sound bad, either.

February 10, 2014 - 9:38 am

Dahlia - Oh my Godddddd I love this cover and this blurb and just NEED IT IMMEDIATELY. My favorite JM book so far is VIRTUOSITY but I have a feeling this one could give it a serious run for its money!

February 10, 2014 - 9:33 am

Barbara - I love the new cover and can’t wait to read this book! I love Jessica’s style of writing and I’m excited to see what this slightly darker novel has to offer us.

February 10, 2014 - 9:27 am

Ginger @ GReads! - First, this cover is AWESOME. I love the black & white and then the huge splash of color. Very, very eye-catching. Second, this story sounds dark, mysterious, and something I definitely need to read. Which is crazy because normally I shy away from “scary” books. Nope, not this one! And third, Virtuosity is my favorite JM book. That story really resonated with me and it’s definitely one I continue to recommend. Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

February 10, 2014 - 9:17 am

Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room - I don’t have one (yet.) I’m hoping KISS KILL VANISH will fix that for me!

February 10, 2014 - 9:15 am

A.J. - Wow! I love this cover! Looks so cool. 😀
My favorite Jessica Martinez book is Virtuosity. <3

February 10, 2014 - 9:14 am

Deb - Gorgeous cover and great blurb. Definitely want to read this when it comes out!

February 10, 2014 - 9:07 am

Danielle Nguyen - Sadly, I haven’t read any of her books yet but Virtuosity is sitting at home waiting for me. Love this cover!

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!

Estelle: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith ( twitter | web ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) Pages: 400 Target audience: Mature young adult (drug use, murder) Keywords: music, family, siblings, summer, family secrets Format read: Paperback borrowed from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. Summary: Kiri is ready to make this […]

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July 5, 2013 - 12:04 am

Review: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith | books, etc. - […] Estelle from Rather be Reading says buy it! […]

May 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] Magan’s glowing review of Winger by Andrew Smith My EEE I’m so excited review of Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith A review of Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike, which came out this week. Magan’s exciting […]

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: […]

May 3, 2013 - 4:27 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I think this is the second good review on this book within the last 30 minutes that I read 🙂 And with every more review, I also get more curious. This book sounds really good – I like those deep, thoughtful contemporaries along with the fluffier, funnier ones :)Great review, by the way!

May 2, 2013 - 6:03 am

Lori - I really loved this book. It was so different from what you usually find in a YA contemp. I really can’t wait to read more form Hilary T. Smith.

May 1, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Lisa Schensted - Gah – this one just keeps coming back on my radar and I’m like OH YEAH I NEED TO READ THIS.

I love that the main character doesn’t always make decisions or respect, but the fact that they feel authentic surely makes it ALL worth it.

May 1, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Ahhhhh!!! So many amazing releases this month! I’m like freaking out with excitement! I’ve heard such great things about Wild Awake and I’ve really been looking forward to it. But I’m still torn as to whether or not I should pre-order it. I feel like Hamlet. Should I? Shouldn’t I? I already pre-ordered The End Games and The 5th Wave. Hmmmm…your review is definitely persuading me to pre-order it. Sorry, I babble. Great review! 😀

May 1, 2013 - 6:59 pm

elena - MUUUURDER? QUE?!?!

this sounds like an intense rollercoaster ride. i am very excited to read it and get sucked in. i really liked this review btw! like the comparison to edgar allan poe made me even more excited for this book and this feels like a different sort of review for the book.

May 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

Alexa Y. - It is incredibly obvious how much you loved this book – and I love that! It makes me so excited to (eventually) get a copy of this one, and devour it. I’m pretty darn sure that I’m going to love Kiri a whole lot, and her story sounds INCREDIBLE (even with all its twistiness). Wonderful review E!

May 1, 2013 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Great review as always! I am so loving this book right now. I think Kiri might be one of my favorite YA characters ever because I get her so much. I kind of feel like I’m reading about teenage me, or at least getting in the mind of who I was as a teenager. Wild Awake is definitely different from anything I’ve ever read, which makes it even better.

May 1, 2013 - 10:27 am

Cassie - I LOVE WHEN YOU LOVE A BOOK. It makes me so much more excited for it! 😀 And I’m hoping this is a story where the MC DOES get to see what she wants for herself, and not others, cuz those are the best!

May 1, 2013 - 10:00 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wait. What in the world. I think I have this as an egalley and I still haven’t read it!?! This is another great review for this book so clearly I must get to it soon!!! I am SUPER interested and I’m glad it’s not your typical contemporary. It sounds like something that that will totally catch my attention! Can’t wait to start reading it!!

Magan: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver [twitter | website] Publication Date: February 28, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 375 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC received from HarperCollins at ALA (Thank you!) Why I read it: Delirium is awesome. This is the sequel! Summary: Lena has escaped into the Wilds, but the last she sees of Alex […]

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May 30, 2012 - 11:54 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver […]

March 11, 2012 - 7:05 am

In My Mailbox (10) and Our 100th Post! - […] reviewed Pandemonium by Lauren […]

March 9, 2012 - 12:10 pm

Anna - I was NOT surprised by the ending. Because I read the last line before I even started the book. Because I am an idiot with no self-control. FAIL!

March 9, 2012 - 11:32 am

Ginger @ GReads! - You already know my thoughts on this book, haha.. but I LOVED your review! I am still trying to figure out how to write mine. I want to give so much away, but obviously I shouldn’t. Very tricky how to do this. I agree that Pandemonium turned things up a notch, which is still unbelievable since Delirium was so amazing! Ah good stuff.

March 9, 2012 - 10:27 am

Magan - DAISY! Read it soon! Have a reading day and plan not to do anything else but sit and read. Oh, and marvel at the amazingness that is Lauren Oliver. 🙂

March 9, 2012 - 9:46 am

Daisy - I’m DYING to read this book! So glad Pandemonium lived up to the amazingness of Delirium! I got my pretty hardcover copy last week and I’m waiting for a good moment to read it, because I know I’ll probably want to snarl at anyone who dares interupt me while reading it…

Magan: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver [twitter | website] Publication Date: February 1, 2011 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 441 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: Paperback (special edition with lots of extras) Why I bought it: I wanted to give the series another try. Summary: Love (or the deliria) has been deemed a disease. It is mandatory that everyone […]

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July 24, 2012 - 12:01 am

Top Ten Tuesday: In Which the Worlds Felt Real, Yo. - […] 6. DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads | Amazon | My Review) […]

June 14, 2012 - 11:12 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’ve got to say, I’m pretty curious about this book myself since I’ve seen it just about everywhere and the premise does sound intriguing. I don’t have time to read it just yet, but I hope I get to it soon!

March 10, 2012 - 4:43 pm

Jasmine Rose - I’m so glad you gave it another shot and loved it! I always try to pick my books based on my mood that way I can be a much better judge about whether I liked the book or not.

March 10, 2012 - 10:29 am

April Books & Wine - I feel like the disconnecting with books everyone seems to love happens with me a lot. Or because I’m a huge mood reader, if I’m not currently in the mood for a book, I set it down and pick it up much later. Like, okay when I first read Nine Rules To Break When Romancing a Rake I was like, this is dumb. So I set it aside and came back to it several months later and fell in love and got why so many people rave about Sarah Maclean.

I’m glad you tried Delirium again and wound up really liking it!

March 10, 2012 - 1:20 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - YAY!!! Magan, I love that you loved this! And I am so glad you were patient enough to re-read it. I swear, re-reading is something I can never bring myself to do! I feel like I never have the time. Timing is everything, though, like you said. I think there might be books out there that I’ve disliked that deserve a second chance. Let’s see if I ever have time! Haha.

March 9, 2012 - 10:26 am

Magan - Jayla, YES! I think I may have fallen in love with Pandemonium even more. It’s so rare to love a sequel as much (or more) than the first book, but WOW was my heart racing with anticipation the whole time!

March 9, 2012 - 10:24 am

Magan - Annette, I think based on how my opinion changed after reading Delirium again, I would say give Finnikin on the Rock another chance! I was really hesitant to try Delirium again, but it felt SO good to finish it and LOVE IT. And yes, you should absolutely read Pandemonium soon. Plan to spend a day tucked away from life because you’ll be so absorbed with reading it! 🙂

March 9, 2012 - 9:39 am

Jayla - I agree with all your points 100% and those are the reasons I fell in love with this book.

I just finished Pandemonium and it was just as fantastic!

March 9, 2012 - 8:27 am

Annette - Sometimes I know my mood affects how I feel about a book. And I agree with you, I always try to switch up genres…especially if I really LOOOVVVEEE a book, I don’t want to read another of the same genre too soon.

I couldn’t finish Finnikin of the Rock. Anyone want to convince me I should try again? It may have been my mood, but I don’t know.

I also didn’t like the Iron Fey series (I know, please don’t throw things at me…) But I think that was more a genre issue — I just didn’t like the high fantasy aspect. Can’t wait to read Kagawa’s new one, though!

Glad you gave Delirium another chance…I’m trying to get my daughter to finish Pandemonium so I can read it!!!