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Magan: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King [website | twitter] Publication Date: October 12, 2010 Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 336 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: death of a friend, friendships coming to an end, childhood friendship Format read: Hardback borrowed from my library. Summary: Vera’s best friend, Charlie, died. He was […]

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April 8, 2014 - 11:56 pm

Andrew - I just started reading YA last year, but A.S. King is already my favorite author, and Vera Dietz probably my favorite book (I gotta re-read Everybody Sees the Ants before I officially decide). Thanks for an enjoyable review.

August 11, 2013 - 11:35 am

Alexa Y. - I’ve never read a book by this author, but this one just jumped out at me because of your wonderful review. I love that it is a book about friendship, and the ups and downs that go with it. It also appears to be a book about grief and dealing with death. It’s a good combination and sounds like a great story! I’ll definitely have to remember to check it out.

August 8, 2013 - 9:39 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I loved it too. It was my first AS King. I look forward to reading & listening to many more. It had great balance. Just a regular girl, going through typical things plus a twist.

August 8, 2013 - 7:23 am

Kimmy - I thought this book was so good. Great review!

August 8, 2013 - 12:00 am

Bookworm1858 - I had so much trouble reading this book-it was just too dark and intense when I actually wanted a more comedic story. I don’t think I fully appreciated its power.

August 7, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - Wonderful review! I actually haven’t read any A.S. King yet, but I’m hoping to soon. This sounds like a pretty dark book, so perhaps I’ll wait to read it for a little bit, until I’m in a certain mood to handle it. But I have heard the most praise of this one, so I think this will be the one that I start with!

August 7, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - love. this. book.

treehouse. pagoda pizza. underwear – wait what?

my favorite pov is definitely the pagoda. GAHHH. *fangirl squeal*

Magan: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (web | tweet) Publication Date: December 19, 2012 Pages: 391 Audience: Mature Young Adult / New Adult Keywords: adopted MC, attraction, secrecy and lies Format read: E-book purchased for my kindle. Summary: Sky’s never fallen for anyone before. When she randomly meets Holder at the grocery store, a whirlwind relationship begins […]

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March 22, 2014 - 8:37 am

Nino` - I download this book few days ago and I am on that chapter when Sky admits her attraction to Holder and OMG Holder is sooo amazing,boys like just do not exist in real world! I can’t wait to have it finished because I’m pretty curious about what is coming on

February 28, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - It was beyond not put downable. They way she crafted all the details to fall in place in the end was mind blowing.

February 27, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Alexa, Hopeless is definitely worth the $3.99 price tag! Buy it for your e-reader! 🙂

February 27, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Alexa Y. - I am so, so extremely curious about Holder and Sky. Their relationship does sound like it would be extremely fun to read about, but your mention of the twist in the story has me even more curious! I may just have to get a copy of this one for myself soon.

February 23, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Lily - I love Colleen Hoover and I really loved her Smashed series. I have this one on my nook but I haven’t started reading it yet, I don’t know whats been keeping me it seems like such a good read!

February 22, 2013 - 5:09 pm

elena - ugh every time everyone mentions a twist, I am like I WANT TO KNOWWW even though I may not even have a desire to read the book. I am just a v curious person. I was all head tilt-y over meeting someone at the grocery store but I remembered going to the grocery store yesterday and everyone was so cute. Too bad I looked awful, no love story for me there.

February 22, 2013 - 5:54 am

Lori - Ooo! I’ve heard really great things about this one, but you’re review has convinced me. Adding it to my TBR right now.

February 21, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Jess - This sounds like an exciting read. I’ve seen some Hoover’s books around.This one sounds the most promising.

February 21, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Karen - I skimmed over your review because I just downloaded this book a few weeks ago. I’m happy to see another positive review!

February 21, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Magan - Quinn! The end does get to be a big high-drama, but it’s very interesting. So not what I was expecting and it kept me flipping the pages. Usually drama can be a bit too much if it’s just .. crazy, and while this was a lot, I couldn’t figure out where Hoover was taking the story so I remained interested! I hope you do check it out! The writing is great and Sky and Holder are awesome!

February 21, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Magan - Jamie, I completely agree that sometimes high-drama books are necessary. If they can pull me in and make me forget about everything else I need to get done or allow me to sit and focus on nothing else but reading, I’m all about it. I really, really did love Sky and Holder’s relationship, so I hope you’ll give Hopeless a chance. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Magan - Ginger, we’ve talked about this one a ton and I do agree that the part you had the hang up about was … weird. I think I just liked the whole relationship aspect so, so much that it made the $3.99 completely worth it for me. I didn’t expect any of those twists at the end and at the time, this high-drama book was so nice for me to read. Sometimes it’s necessary to read something that’s SO “whoa” that it’s harder to compare it with reality, ya know? I will most definitely check out Slammed! xo

February 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Magan - Cassie, I definitely should have put a disclaimer that said, “Received a Stamp of Approval from Cassie.” Thank you so much for the recommendation! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I can’t decide if I want to read this or not. I am not sure if there will be too man twists and turns. Like Ginger, I’m afraid it might be too crazy for me. But I do kind of want to check it out. I’ve been seeing Colleen Hoover around a lot lately.

February 21, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Jamie - I’ve heard so many mixed things about this one that I’m unsure if I’ll like it. Maybe I’ll save it for a time when I need something super drama filled! Because let’s be honest..sometimes we need that!

February 21, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - This one went a little TOO crazy for me. I enjoyed the first half or so & then it just went completely off the deep end. Sometimes that’s what I want out of a book though, so I try not to judge it. I was a fan of Hoover’s previous novel Slammed. I definitely recommend you checking that one out, Magan.

February 21, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Cassie - I’m soooo glad you loved this! [now make Estelle read it!] and I ALSO love Breckin! I want coffee everyday, too!

The intensity of the book was so crazy, but I also didn’t expect anything that happened in the part we dont discuss!

Sky and Holder will always remain with us <3333

February 21, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Magan - April – banter is like a ballpark hit for me. I love snark and when two characters start off on the wrong foot, I love figuring out how they have to get back on track. Twists and drama — it’s full of that so I really hope you love this! I guarantee this will be such a fast read for you because IT WILL SUCK YOU IN! Enjoy!

February 21, 2013 - 12:03 pm

April Books & Wine - WHY DO I SUCK SO MUCH? I have this on my Kindle and of course I haven’t read it yet, but then you mention a twist and insanity and omg I cannot wait.

ALSO! I love banter to the nth degree. Seriously, LOVE IT.

February 21, 2013 - 11:47 am

Magan - Anna — hahaha — yes to this. I just couldn’t pull myself away. I was a little thrown by the twist, but Holder kept me locked in to the story. Ugh, I loved Holder. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 11:44 am

Magan - Stormy – I agree! I think Colleen did a great job of writing Hopeless too. The whole end part? Totally sad. Pieces of it just made me sick, but I did enjoy that I couldn’t predict what would happen next. That’s huge for me!

February 21, 2013 - 11:43 am

Magan - Asheley, I admire how much you love Colleen’s work! This was the first of her books for me and I’m so excited to read more. I have Slammed on my kindle. I wish so badly I could have a whole weekend to just read and read and read. Maybe I’d feel like I was making a dent in my TBR pile if I had that chance. And yes! What you said about Holder — I was a little wary of him too. He’s seemed a bit wacko, but GOSH did I grow to love him! He was so kind and protective and just… SWOON. Thanks so much for your comment, A! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 10:33 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ummm, yes. I love this book so hard, but then again I love Colleen Hoover so hard from the Avett Brothers down to her first two books, so I felt like I would love this one. The thing is that I read this one MUCH QUICKER than I would normally read a book like this, so I cannot formulate any thoughts until I read it again. And I totally plan to. In the beginning, like the very very beginning (grocery store) I was a little afraid of Holder, but then again I JUST LOVED HIM. Because, of course, right? He’s the best. I want to say things that I can’t say in this comment because they’re spoilers! But he’s sincerely one of my favorite male characters ever because of his layers and the things that he does and just, wow. Hoover brought it with this one. On the turnaround, this one is TOUGH and I think it could be tough for some people if they don’t know what to expect in certain places in the book. SO, there’s that. But, yeah, I need to re-read this one soon so I can get my thoughts down because where I normally jot my thoughts on paper while I read, I was CLUTCHING my Kindle like crazy and click, click, clicking way faster than my norm. LOVED THIS ONE. Great, great thoughts Magan. As always. So glad you read and liked this one. And that romance! Smoking!

February 21, 2013 - 9:30 am

Stormy - This book was one of those books I had to sit and process after reading for a while. It took awhile for me to really get into the book, but I was really intrigued by Sky’s story. The very sad turn was, well, sad, for lack of a better word, but I thought it was very well-written. Sometimes it’s hard to write about that kind of thing with all the emotional complexity that difficult situations often entail, and I thought Colleen Hoover did a really awesome job with it.

February 21, 2013 - 8:26 am

Anna - This book cray! So much drama and so many twists packed into one book that it threw me…but at the same time, I enjoyed it in the same way I have enjoyed soap operas in the past.

Magan: Burning Blue by Paul Griffin

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Publication Date: October 25, 2012 Publisher: Dial Pages: 288 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: burn victim, computer hackers, thriller, suspense, mystery Format read: ARC from ALA Annual (Thank you!) Summary: After half of Nicole’s face is burned by an anonymous person using a squirt bottle filled with acid, Jay begins […]

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December 20, 2012 - 9:03 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Burning Blue by Paul Griffin was a huge recommendation from Magan. I had actually heard Paul read a portion of this book at the New York Teen Author Festival last year, and it just didn’t seem like my thing. But Magan wrote a glowing review, and bam, I read it and loved it. (Oh, and for the record, I have a ton of UNREAD books I’ve bought because of some solid reviews. So there!) […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Marissa Meyer Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor Burning Blue by Paul Griffin Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas How to Save a Life by Sarah Zarr […]

October 11, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I must say… This book sounds INCREDIBLE. I don’t read too many thrillers, but this one is too intriguing to me to pass up on. Plus, the characters sound very different. I need this book – the suspense! the chase! the thrill!

October 11, 2012 - 11:43 am

Magan - Jen, Elena, Holly, Annette, Anna –>> READ THIS BOOK ASAP! 🙂 Thanks for the comments, ladies!

October 11, 2012 - 11:42 am

Magan - Kristen, if you need a good thriller, PICK THIS ONE UP! I agree — so much anticipation and build up (and it was totally worth it)!

October 11, 2012 - 11:42 am

Magan - Lori: YES! I think that was one aspect that made the story SO fascinating. I loved being on pins and needles and not knowing who to trust!

October 11, 2012 - 7:40 am

Lori - I’ve had this on my TBR for a long time but I never realized it wasn’t from the POV of the girl. I really, really want to get my hands on this book now. Love your review, Magan!

October 10, 2012 - 11:19 pm

Kristen - Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. This is a MUST READ for me. I haven’t read a good thriller in ages, but like you I used to read them a lot more than I do now. This sounds FANTASTIC, and the fact that you had so many questions about who could have done it and motive during reading means that the author did a good job of keeping his cards close to the chest. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for the great review. 🙂

October 10, 2012 - 9:26 pm

jen - well, well, well… yes. you’ve convinced me. i love dark, suspenseful books. and halloween is coming up and YES PLEASE.

October 10, 2012 - 9:02 pm

elena - ahhh this sounds AMAZING! I’m so curious after reading your review. I love that this one is so dark and unique. Lovely review, M! I puffy heart you. <3

October 10, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Holly - I was debating on if I should read Burning Blue or not, but I’m definitely going to now! It sounds way too good to pass up! Great review! 🙂

October 10, 2012 - 10:30 am

Annette - Lovely review. This one’s going on my list. Sounds great. Thanks.

October 10, 2012 - 8:10 am

Anna - OH my gosh this sounds sooo good!

Estelle: Want to Go Private? By Sarah Darer Littman

Want To Go Private? By Sarah Darer Littman ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: August 1, 2011 Publisher: Scholastic Press Pages: 330 pages Format read: Borrowed from library. Target Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: beginning of high school, internet relationships, internet predators, internet safety Summary: It feels like fate when Abby “meets” Luke online. […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:33 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This books sounds simultaneously creepy and sad – but the subject matter is an important one. With the Internet being someone that even the youngest generation has access to nowadays, I think it’s important to share this story.

Great review, by the way – you’ve made me want to read this one!

June 2, 2012 - 8:45 pm

Jasmine Rose - I so completely agree that this one needs to be taught in schools. Or at the very least, read along with a parent or something like that. It’s incredibly powerful and. Fantastic review, Estelle :]

June 1, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - As a parent, I don’t think it will be easy for me to read this. But I think it will most likely be something I read with my son (and any future kids) when he gets older. And I love how the author shows that this can happen to anyone, not just unintelligent or naive teens. Great review!!

May 31, 2012 - 6:47 am

Lori - I’ve had this on my shelf since it came out. Now I really want to pick it up next. I like books that are heavy and hard to read every once in awhile. This sounds like a great one.

May 30, 2012 - 9:24 pm

Estelle - M, I felt so worried about Abby… I thought I was going to pass out. I’m serious. I wanted to warn her and keep her safe. But I was also angry at her. I really hope you can find a copy of this soon! If I can help let me know. This book is not to be missed! Thx for stopping in, as always!

May 30, 2012 - 9:16 pm

VeganYANerds - Oh this had me feeling worried for Abby, and it really makes me want to read it like NOW. I like that you mention that Abby wasn’t stupid, she just just ignored what she’d been taught, I am sure so many teens are like this.

WTGP has been on my to-read shelf since Jan but thanks to you I’m going to try and get a copy soon!

May 30, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Estelle - Thx for your comment, Lisa. This book is probably as un-Disney as you can get but I really hope you give it a try. I think all readers could get so much out of it. Even the really really horrible parts. – E

May 30, 2012 - 8:18 pm

elena - I really loved your review of this, Estelle!! It makes me actually want to read the book which I was iffy about before. It does seem like a really intense and realistic read but I’m usually not keen on reading them because they make me uncomfortable. I like the point you made about Abby being educated about Internet predators and still falling into that trap because it’s so much more plausible than people realise.

May 30, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Annette - Must read!! You are right. Excellent review. Been recommending this heavily.

May 30, 2012 - 9:15 am

Dizneeee - I REALLY want and need to read this book. I keep putting it off because it truly frightens me. I have a feeling this is one that I will buy, though, and share it with my niece when she is older. Too many true stories about this type of thing happening — makes me want to cry!

Magan: Zero by Tom Leveen

Zero by Tom Leveen [website | twitter] UPCOMING Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: eBook received via NetGalley Summary: Zero is an artist. She was accepted into the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), but her life plans change when she isn’t awarded […]

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April 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

Young Adult Book Review: manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen - […] manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen (website | twitter) Publication Date: April 23, 2013 Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Pages: 256 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: conflicted emotions, male POV, past and present, contemporary fiction Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Other Books Read By Leveen: Zero […]

July 15, 2012 - 1:34 am

Shelve It: July 15, 2012 - […] recommended to me by Karen at For What It’s Worth after she saw how much I enjoyed Zero (review), Leveen’s new […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:21 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Cover – intriguing. And the fact that it’s about a girl who’s artistic and boy who’s into music… Well, that’s enough to sell me on it. I definitely think I want to read it!

April 22, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Magan - YAY, Karen! If you loved Party, I hope you find this one to be as wonderful. Keep me posted!

April 22, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Magan - Sash, YES, definitely a deceiving cover. I don’t know how all these books are getting crazy covers. I am so glad I went by the story line instead of the cover for this one because otherwise, I might have said that I didn’t want to read it either. :-/

April 19, 2012 - 11:31 am

Sash from Sash and Em - Another deceiving book, eh? This cover turned me away but now that I’ve read your review, I might have to pick it up (especially since it has some steam!). 🙂 xo

April 19, 2012 - 7:34 am

Karen - I think I’m just going to go ahead and buy this since it comes out next week. I loved Party and your review really makes me want to read Zero.