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Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols | Magan Reviews

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols [twitter | website] Publication Date: January 13, 2015 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 336 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: opposites attract, yearbook superlatives, sexual high school relationships Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Brody and Harper are chosen by their classmates as the “Perfect Couple That Never Was” for their high school yearbook superlative photo. Several failed attempts […]

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January 10, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Hmm. I was interested in these Superlatives books but mostly because I heard they were fun, but this is the most detailed review I’ve read and now I’m not so sure. I don’t think I will like these characters or the jerky pace and flip flopping. Thanks for sharing, I have things to think about now!

January 8, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Magan - Lori, I’m so glad to see you agree. I haven’t always felt that way, but I think as they’re released SO quickly and back-to-back, maybe there’s just not enough attention to detail and for me, that’s really important. I like for the books I read to be extremely polished and hers really feel like so much is slipping through the cracks in order to meet deadlines.

January 8, 2015 - 12:00 pm

Lori - I’ve found that Echol’s books are either a huge hit or a huge miss for me. I have the first book in this series, but I haven’t had the urge to read it.Now I might just skip it altogether.

January 7, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Brianna, which book of hers did you read? I’m super curious to know now. I wasn’t wowed by Perfect Couple, no. I think it has a lot to do with not seeing much growth in Echols’ writing as much as there just being gaping holes in the storyline.

January 7, 2015 - 10:08 am

Brianna - I read one of her books last year and while I enjoyed it, I’ve never gone back to read anything else she’s written. It didn’t wow me, and it sounds like Perfect Couple didn’t wow you, either. I’m not a fan of high school students being put in adult situations.

Estelle: Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols

Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Part of the Stargazer series. Publication Date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Pocket Books Pages: 478 Target audience: Adult/romance Keywords: country band, secrets, PR company Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss! (Thanks!) Summary: Sarah is just about divorced from her husband and trying out a […]

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November 4, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Alexa Y. - Playing Dirty sounds like it would be such a fun read! I think it’s cool that the PR girl in this one is taking on the pressure of making sure the band stays together and makes their gig. There’s something about people managing bands, or anything related to music actually, that makes a book so much more attractive! This sounds flirty and fun for sure :)

October 28, 2013 - 9:59 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m sorry to say that I just don’t care for Jennifer Echols’ books. Well, I did really like Major Crush. It was funny, and there was lots of romance, and I just loved it. But I absolutely hated Love Story, and wasn’t all that impressed with The One That I Want. But so many bloggers seem to love her books, so I’m not sure what I’m missing. I love romance, so that’s not the problem.

Anyway, I’m glad you liked Playing Dirty for the most part.

Magan: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 16, 2013 Publisher: MTV Books Pages: 288 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: country music, Nashville, family drama, hot guitar player Format read: ARC received from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: After a year of breaking all her parent’s rules, Bailey […]

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June 25, 2013 - 11:42 am

Jamie - I’ve been wondering about this one! I think I need to pick this one up soon because it sounds great PLUS I’m feeling like I need something to fill the Nashville shaped hole in my heart. I LOVE THAT SHOW.

June 24, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Wendy - I really want to read this one! I’m actually a country fan. =) I think I’d love this.

June 20, 2013 - 2:10 pm

tabithasbookblog - I have to read this one! I’ve recently been reading all things Jennifer Echols, so naturally this has just been moved up on my TBR! I’m really interested in finding out what drove the two sisters apart and what Sam may or may not be hiding!

Great review!

June 19, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Jennifer Echols superfan here! I’m so excited to read Dirty Little Secret! I saw a so/so review of it the other day and got scared, so I’m really glad you liked it so much. Fantastic review Megan!

-Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

June 19, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Nicole - ♥ Steamy scenes. CHECK
♥ Hot love interest. CHECK
♥ Strong-willed main character. CHECK
♥ A little bit of country music in the great city of Nashville, TN. CHECK
♥ A big helping of family drama. CHECK

😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 So excited for this one! We are on the blog tour so I will be reading it soon! YAY! Thanks for sharing!!

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

June 19, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Molli - I didn’t like this one at all, as far as the characters, family dynamic, and romance. AT ALL. I DID love seeing how big of an influence music was (YAY country music!), and I did enjoy the writing style. But despite liking Sam, I didn’t think he and Bailey were healthy together at all. Blech! But this is a really honest and fair review, which is of the good. :)

June 19, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Okay, it’s official: I need this book in my possession ASAP. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the previous Echols novel I read, Such A Rush, this one sounds like it was tailor made for me. This was a great review! It really increased my anticipation about this release. (Although I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not!) 😉

June 19, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Alexa Y. - I am currently in the middle of a country music phase myself, as the music seems to pair so well with all the sunshine and beautiful weather. DIRTY LITTLE SECRET sounds like an amazing Echols book! I think I’ll definitely enjoy it, so I’ll have to look into procuring a copy as soon as I can.

June 19, 2013 - 11:44 am

Rachel - So basically I want to read this book for every reason you listed above. I love me some family drama and country music. And Sam and Bailey’s relationship sounds HOT which is totally great. I would also like to know this suspicious storyline of his.

June 19, 2013 - 11:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I had a hard time figuring Sam out, too. And to be honest, I wasn’t 100% on board with him even at the end. Things just didn’t.. settle well with me. But! This is an Echols book! And you KNOW my love for this woman, so of course I was pleased with the story overall.

June 19, 2013 - 10:32 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - While I felt some of your reservations… I decided to shrug them off and say “whatever” because this book was SO good! I loved the scene, the music… While country music is definitely not my taste, I think I would’ve enjoyed the kind they played! And wow, that steamy scene… I got protective of Bailey too but wow. Great review!

June 19, 2013 - 10:10 am

Basma - I’m really looking forward to this! I clicked onto this after Jennifer Echols tweeted about – so it was obviously amazing.
Dirty Little Secret just seems like a book I’d love to read. Your review’s made me even more excited to read it.
Thanks! :)
Basma @ My Bookish Thoughts

June 19, 2013 - 8:44 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - WOOOOO!!!
I’m about 75 pages in so far? I’m reading it exclusively at work so it’s taking a looooong time but now I MAY ignore work to read some more today haha. I’m really enjoying it so far and I love the type of drama that is going down. Super curious and I LOVE Sam.
I’m REALLY loving the music aspect too. I’m not a country girl AT ALL but I love being able to relate to the music side of it (even though I’m not nearly as technical… whatever, I count a semester of music theory as basic knowledge haha. I’m stretching it, I know), but nevertheless, I’m making a connection there and I like it!
Great review! You got me all jazzed up for it again :)

Magan’s May 12, 2013 Shelve It

Surprise, surprise! I’m back with a vlog for this week’s Shelve It! It’s been a while, huh? I know — I’m sorry about that. There seems to rarely be quiet time to do a vlog with our baby girl happily crawling around everywhere. (But seriously — what a joy it is to have her!) I […]

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May 13, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Alexa Y. - Magan, you look beautiful, as always! And it’s nice to see your face in a video again. I am glad you’re enjoying the time spent with your baby girl and D!

TLA sounds like it was lots of fun, and most of the books you got are ones that I’m very curious about. Hope you enjoy them!

May 13, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Ashley - I need to remind myself to be like this when I’m at ALA. Grab what I want and have time for, but don’t be greedy.

May 12, 2013 - 9:39 am

Bookworm1858 - Yay-I got Fangirl too and I cannot wait to dive in and start reading it!

May 12, 2013 - 9:35 am

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Great books! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about The Program…I’ve added it to my wishlist! Hope you love it! have a great week!

My Added to the Bookshelf post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

May 12, 2013 - 6:46 am

Mel@thedailyprophecy - The Program sounds awesome! :) And the cover from Fangirl is cute. Happy reading!


Estelle: Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols

Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 6, 2013 Publisher: Pocket Books / Simon + Schuster Pages: 300 Target audience: Adult / mature young adult Keywords: paranormal, Vegas, mind reading, levitation, conspiracy Format read: ARC via Edelweiss from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: For the past 7 years, Holly and […]

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September 16, 2013 - 12:01 am

Levitating Las Vegas | Jennifer Echols | DNF Review - […] Clear Eyes, Full Shelves – “largely failed to to deliver.” Katie’s Book Blog – “The writing was mediocre at best” Rather Be Reading – “the plot felt a bit discombobulated” […]

May 14, 2013 - 6:35 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’m not a huge fan of paranormal romance myself, but I do appreciate a good work of speculative fiction. Perhaps Jennifer Echols was just a bit out of her element here? I mean, it sounds like what she does best in her contemporary novels (the romance) is where you found this novel to really shine. I haven’t read anything by her myself, but, after reading your review, I think I’ll definitely look instead to trying one of her contemporaries instead.

May 13, 2013 - 11:14 am

Tara - Sigh. You know my thoughts on this one. I really wish I could have finished it but am looking forward to Dirty Little Secret and everything else she writes.

May 9, 2013 - 10:37 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - When I read the description of this book I just think “why are there so many things happening?” I love Jennifer Echols SO MUCH, but her adult stuff just doesn’t work for me. I did read an egalley of Dirty Little Secret and it’s pretty much everything I love all at once. I practically died from happiness the entire time.

May 9, 2013 - 5:36 pm

elena - Aw, I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you! I know it’s a bummer when you don’t like a fav author’s book. The dialogue sounds like it would be annoying. It’s jarring when characters seemingly don’t act their age and huh over a character always wearing bathing suit tops. Thanks for your honest review!

May 9, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Daphne - i was kinda iffy with the description, but held out hope because it’s JE, but I think I will skip it. There are better JE books out there that I haven’t read yet, so I’ll just read those instead.

May 9, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Allison (Allure of Books) - yeah, I’ve been hesitant about picking this one up. The plot sounds a little too bizarre for me! I am a Jennifer Echols fan though, so I’m sure I’ll pick it up eventually. At least I’ll have fairly low expectations going in!

May 9, 2013 - 3:30 pm

April Books & Wine - This makes me sooooo sad. Boo. BOOOOOO.

I am really looking forward to this one, but oh well, at least Dirty Little Secret was great and I still have Such A Rush and Going Too Far and Major Crush to look forward to.


I think I need to read this soon, so that way I don’t review it during Jennifer Echols week if it’s not great.

May 9, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me a bit sad to hear that this book seems to have missed the mark! I’m a JE newbie, as you know, but I’ve enjoyed the two books I’ve read by her (both young adult). I’m always wary of paranormal these days, so I think I’ll pass on this one for now. Sad it didn’t end up being as good as you’d hoped!

May 9, 2013 - 10:16 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ohhh that’s a bummer. I was really curious by the concept of this one… Sadly just not what I was hoping it would be, apparently!

Magan: Top Ten Tuesday — Books I Read Pre-Blogging

So I kind of cheated for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. I only chose nine books. This is so incredibly OCD of me, but when I was doing the layout, I did a grid that only had room for 9 books. I’m a bit neurotic and couldn’t force myself to squeeze in a tenth book. Oops? […]

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April 16, 2013 - 2:43 am

Lucy - Nice topic and layout :) I’m also a fan of Love Story so I’m glad to see it on your list. And I’ve been meaning to read The Piper’s Son forever!

April 10, 2013 - 9:20 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve had The Glass Castle on my to-read list for over a year now, I am going to make more of an effort to read it now!

April 10, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Alexa Y. - Harry Potter always gets a spot when it comes to lists like this. Such a fantastic series!

But I was a big Something Borrowed/Something Blue fan as well. Chick lit was one of the genres I read to relax prior to blogging, though it’s fallen by the wayside a bit. I may need to remedy that.

April 10, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Cynthia - YESSSS for Melina Marchetta, Myra McEntire and Jennifer Echols. I love them!! I read the first and second book in the Jessica Darling series but haven’t gotten the others yet because I heard that they weren’t as good. =/

April 10, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Angelica @ Paperback Princess - I love your blog design.

I need to read Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta, she’s one of my fave Authors.

My Top Ten

Have a great week!

April 9, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Lisa - I have Benedict Society on my shelf. I know. It’s been there for AGES but the fact that it is a rare MG read for you that you adored tells me that I need to keep it around and give it a whirl.

April 9, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I VERY rarely pick up memoirs, but there must be something special about The Glass Castle. To this day I’ll get customers asking for a copy at least a few times a week.

The Mysterious Benedict Society has been on my radar for years now. My youngest sister has a copy of the first novel so it must be good – she’s not much of a reader. It certainly sounds like a series I’d be into.

A few years ago I gave chick-lit a try and it failed miserably. Since then I’ve been hesitant but determined to give it another shot and I’ve come across a few good books. Jill Mansell is a name I’m familiar with, though I have yet to read any of her books. However, if they’re as good as you say, then I really need to track down some of her stuff!

April 9, 2013 - 8:13 pm

elena - I totally get what you mean about the nine pics thing! I hate that it doesn’t go together nicely so I leave one out or I smoosh two together. Also, you make me excited to read The Mysterious Benedict Society! esp since you don’t usually read middle grade and still loved it. :)

April 9, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Natalie @ Natflix&Books - I totally cheated and put both the entire Jessica Darling series and the entire Harry Potter series. Something Borrowed is definitely a favorite, but I reviewed that on my (ahem, 5th or 6th re-read).

April 9, 2013 - 5:31 pm

Annie - I read The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I immediately loved it! I bought the rest of the books too, and that’s the first time I’ve ever bought an entire series! Though the third one wasn’t great, the series overall is one of my favourites! Constance was so awesome!

April 9, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - The fact that you chose Perfect Fifths as your favorite is why we’re friends… because it’s my favorite, too!

April 9, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy - I really want to read Hourglass! I love the covers from this series :)


April 9, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Becky LeJeune - Oh, I love it! Choosing 9 instead of 10 due to layout is just the kind of thing I would do! Jill Mansel and Myra McEntire are both in my to read pile. The only one on your list that I’ve read so far is SOMETHING BORROWED though. Adding things to the must read list!

April 9, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I haven’t actually read any of the books in your grid…I need to rectify that very soon! (I have read Harry Potter though…and of course I loved it, haha!) I do have Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta on my tbr pile, and I’ll probably follow that up with The Piper’s Son. Fantastic list! :)

April 9, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alice in Readerland - I love The Mysterious Benedict Society, and I really want to read North of Beautiful! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/04/08/beforeblogging/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

April 9, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Kelley - Gosh, I haven’t read ANY of these! But The Glass Castle is intriguing. I’m a sucker for memoirs, so that one has definitely caught my eye. Great list! Now I have a bunch of new books to explore. :)

April 9, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - The ones I’ve read on this list I read AFTER starting my blog, but loved them all the same! And I agree with you about being in the minority on Love Story; I actually really liked this one and the ending!

April 9, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Tara - Oh my gosh, I read The Glass Castle too! What a heartbreaking story but so good at the same time. Speaking of which, I also read the A Child Called It books… talk about brutal :/

April 9, 2013 - 8:03 am

Anna - PERFECT FIFTHS! NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL. I always knew I liked you…

April 9, 2013 - 12:09 am

ashley - Oooh The Mysterious Benedict Society. Excellent choice! I adore that series. As for my favorites pre-blogging, my post should go up sometime soon. I hope!

April 9, 2013 - 12:08 am

Sarah O - I will always love you (and Estelle!) for loving North of Beautiful. I think this needs to become the book I start pushing on everyone from now on! Also I love your layout :)