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Magan: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley Publication date: September 9, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 416 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: Military Academy, sexism, hazing and bullying Format read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Dared by her older brother, Amos, to join the military academy when they agree to accept females, Sam accepts. Life […]

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December 17, 2014 - 9:45 am

Reading Challenge: Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up - […] Girls Club | Everything Leads to You | Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel Even in Paradise | Rites of Passage | Say What You Will | The Tragedy […]

October 8, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Alexa S. - Rites of Passage was a surprise hit for me as well! I honestly didn’t expect to fall for it as hard as I did. I really loved Sam – she was so strong, and brave, and smart, and just a wonderful, kick-ass gal. Plus, all the subtle plot points and relationships you’ve mentioned? Definitely A+ in my book!

October 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Obsessed With the Library, Estelle - […] of Passage by Joy Hensley (Magan’s review) Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt Wildlife by Fiona Wood If You Could Be Mine by Sara […]

September 30, 2014 - 12:01 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Rites of Passage — bullying, sexism, hazing […]

September 12, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - I’ve been hearing SO many amazing things about this one! It sounds really unique and I just love strong female MCs! I can’t wait to read but I’ve also heard about the abrupt ending from everyone as well. I have a feeling that will bug me, haha.

September 11, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - This sounds like something totally unlike anything I’ve read – which makes me VERY happy! Awesome review (per usual).

September 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I’ve heard NOTHING but positive about this one. Glowing, raving positive! This is awesome because I’m not too sure I’d have picked it up if not for some of my reading friends gushing about it. Thanks, gal, for adding to that number!

September 10, 2014 - 10:58 am

Magan - Brianna! YAY! That makes me so, so incredibly happy! I really hope you love it. The rave reviews are so very deserved!

September 10, 2014 - 10:57 am

Magan - Kelley, I was so, so happily surprised by Rites of Passage. I was pretty blown away and texted Estelle nonstop. The rave reviews are definitely well-deserved and I don’t feel like anyone’s over-exaggerating about it. I definitely hope you decide to give it a try. The writing is too good to pass up.

September 10, 2014 - 10:24 am

Brianna - I’ve read a couple reviews of this one this week and it’s quickly working its way closer to the top of the list.

September 10, 2014 - 9:40 am

Kelley (@KelleyBBTS) - I’ve seen nothing but positive reviews for this, but for some reason I am still not absolutely sold on reading it. The summary just isn’t grabbing me. I’m glad you and many others have enjoyed it so much though! It always nice to hear others thoughts on a book.

Rites of Passage: A Bootcamp Wardrobe + Giveaway

Attention, friends, attention! Today is such an exciting day for Alexa, Rachel, and me. Rites of Passage is a review book we were all so, so lucky to receive review copies of. I DEVOURED IT. And recently, Rachel visited Austin, TX (where I live) and we could not stop talking about this book. We’re each spotlighting fun […]

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October 8, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Alexa S. - Not going to lie – I’m obsessed with EVERYTHING in this post. Obsessed to the point where I just want to own them all! I think I’m particularly in love with those aviators, and that dog tag inspired necklace – they’re two things I could definitely integrate well into my wardrobe.

September 21, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Kayla - I want to read this because it sounds very interesting and is a modern twist on one of my favorite fantasy tropes – first girl in a warrior school of some sort. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

September 20, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Jaime Lynn - It sounds amazing, and from what I have heard from people it is even better than it sounds. Besides, I haven’t read anything really like this before, and I am always up for new adventures! Thanks for the giveaway!

September 18, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Maneesha - I’ve been hearing nothing but great things about this book. So want to find out what all the hype is about!

September 10, 2014 - 11:28 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I can’t get over how much everyone loves this book and it is one that I want to read because my friends have loved it. Complete word of mouth, which is kind of awesome. ALSO: I have undying love for Doc Martens, forever and ever. I will never reveal how many pairs I’ve had/currently have, and how much money I have given that company in my lifetime. No shame.

September 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

YA Book Review: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley - […] Add Rites of Passage to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy from Barnes & Noble ENTER OUR RITES OF PASSAGE GIVEAWAY (hosted with Alexa + Rachel!) […]

September 9, 2014 - 1:44 am

Lucy - I just started reading the e-arc of this book and have only heard great things Love your fashion feature – ! Dr. Martens are classics for sure- I don’t think they ever went out of style for teens. But yeah they probably destroyed my back too.

September 8, 2014 - 8:06 pm

Natalie - If you guys like it, then it’s safe to bet I probably will. I mean, we both share a deep love for Zac Efron, sooo…

September 8, 2014 - 5:55 pm

Brittnee - The book seems really good! And the outfit you came up with is adorable.

September 8, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Daphne - if you ladies love the book this much, it must be amazing. and the premise is really interesting.

September 8, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Mawa Mahima - Oh, this sounds like it’s going to be absolutely great! I like main characters like her…and the wardrobe is amazing! I especially like the shoes, and the dog tag necklace.

September 8, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Tammy - I want to read Rites Of Passage because of all the wonderful early reviews I’ve read for it.

September 8, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Guadalupe B. - I want to read ot because I’ve never read military books

September 8, 2014 - 10:07 am

Brianna - I haven’t read many military novels, but this one sounds like a fresh perspective. Plus, you had me at secret society.

One of my cousins and I are about eight months apart and when we were kids, I idolized him. I followed him everywhere. Well, he had a pair of Doc Martens and I was in absolute awe because I thought they were the coolest shoes on the planet.

Magan: If I Lie by Corrine Jackson

If I Lie by Corrine Jackson (website | twitter) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 276 Target Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Military towns, cheating, reputations, bullying Format Read: eBook purchased for my Kindle. Summary: Quinn’s boyfriend, Carey, is serving our country in Afghanistan. Shortly after his deployment, a photograph was taken […]

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September 30, 2014 - 11:52 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] If I Lie — knowing the secret truth about characters, bullying, ass-hat father […]

November 10, 2013 - 6:44 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads, Estelle + Magan - […] for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart […]

November 10, 2013 - 11:03 am

Bookworm1858 - I didn’t really like Quinn in this book but I loved her interactions with George and appreciated this book’s focus on the military in a category that doesn’t always have much to do with real-life (I loved how last year there was a string of books with military related plot lines and I only wish there were more.)

November 9, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Lauren @ Lose Time Reading - Lovely review, Magan 🙂 I adored this book as well… I think I cried every ten pages though; it really, really got to me. I wish it was talked about more because it’s really an outstanding book!

November 8, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me really glad that you enjoyed this book too! It’s such a sad story, but it’s also a meaningful one.

Happy Memorial Day from Rather Be Reading!

Hello, friends! Happy Memorial Day from us here at Rather Be Reading! Many times I excitedly look forward to Memorial Day because my husband gets the day off from work and — YAY! — we get to spend the day together BBQing with friends, BUT forget to really take a moment to pause and reflect […]

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May 29, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Alexa Y. - I’ve read and loved both of the books in this post. You picked well for books that suit this holiday! Just reading your thoughts on them both made me want to read them again, particularly The Book Thief.

May 28, 2013 - 11:44 pm

Wendy - I’ve heard good things about the Book Thief but haven’t had a chance to read it yet! I’ll definitely look into it!

May 28, 2013 - 7:47 am

Lucy - I’ve read ‘Something Like Normal’, but never got round to reading ‘The Book Theif’. I loved Something Like Normal, thought it was such a powerful and evocative book and certainly had me gripped.

Will have a look for The Book Thief and check it out. 🙂

May 27, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Bookworm1858 - I have actually read both of those books-that so rarely happens when people make recommendations. I am spending this Memorial Day with family and also making sure to squeeze in some reading!

May 27, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I still haven’t read Something Like Normal, but I really want to! I think I purchase the ebook a while back which explains why I haven’t gotten to it yet… I tend to neglect my ebooks 🙁