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Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby • Magan Reviews

Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby [ twitter | website ] Previously Reviewed by This Author: Shooting Stars Publication Date: November 1, 2014 Publisher: Self-Published Pages: 211 Target Audience: New Adult Keywords: modern art, self-discovery, artist’s muse, NYC, Paris Format Read: ARC from the Author (Thank you!) Summary: Cassie agrees to sit for modern artist, Cameron, so that he may study her and create a sculpture inspired by her. Cameron […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Alexa S. - I love the initial concept of Beneath Beautiful. The idea of finding out who she is and overcoming personal boundaries/limits as she identifies herself – a great plot for a main character. I’m not overly fond of the fact that it dissolves into romance though.

January 14, 2015 - 6:26 pm

Brianna - I snagged this from NetGalley a while back and I think it’s still on my Kindle. Maybe I’ll give it a go.

January 14, 2015 - 4:34 pm

Betty - Hmmmm….. this sounds interesting…. definitely different from the usual NA theme! I like the art angle! 🙂

Magan: Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pages: 291 Target audience: New Adult Fiction / Adult Fiction Keywords: miserable job, death of a parent, grief, friendly coworkers Format read: Received from Mandee at VeganYANerds (Thank you!) Summary: Holly doesn’t deal well with change, but everything around her […]

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March 12, 2013 - 12:14 am

Magan - Thanks so much, Amy. I think you really nailed it. I love Aussie books so much, too. There’s just something that pulls me in and I wish I could find an American writer that gave me the same feeling, but so far, I’m coming up short. Thank you so much for stopping by!

March 11, 2013 - 9:54 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - Super late to this one! Apologies for being behind the times, but I’ve had this one on my kindle for a little while and it’s always attractive to me when I’m flipping through my NG arcs. I always have a feeling that Aussie contemps seem less frivolous to me, or more intense somehow? I haven’t read many Aussie contemps, but the ones I have read sound like this one: more serious, less fluffy, more thoughtful. NOT that I’m knocking light fluff! I LOVE THAT LIKE ICE CREAM. But sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little darker, and this one sounds just like that. I’ll have to read it soon!
Lovely review, Magan!

March 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Shelve It for March 10, 2013 - […] + Big Kids’ Table — Authors Who’ve Written Adult and YA Books + A Review of Trinkets by Kirsten Smith + A Review of Being Henry David by Cal Armistead + Estelle’s Anniversary Post about Marriage, Magic + Books + A Review of Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo […]

March 7, 2013 - 8:05 pm

Magan - Bookworm, I emailed you about this, but definitely don’t be disappointed it’s Adult. It’s really, really … not. I think no matter your age, you can relate to Holly’s story. She’s just out of college so it’s not like she’s old and has experienced a lot that we haven’t. I do hope you’ll read it! 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Magan - Thank you, Ginger — and you’re so welcome! I feel like you connected in such a deep way to Holly’s story. So glad I was able to share that with you. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 8:01 pm

Magan - Mandee, thank you again (x 1,000,000) for sharing Holier Than Thou with me. You’re so right — her issues were so real to me. I understood every one of them because I’ve been through situations (and currently am, actually, with friends) just like hers. I wish things didn’t have to change (for the worst — love with when things improve, of course).

Thank you again! xoxo

March 7, 2013 - 7:58 pm

Magan - Christina, I really didn’t feel like there were any big flaws that would make me say “don’t read this.” It just took a bit of time for me to get into the groove of the back and forth between present and past. The cast was definitely fantastic! Hope you added it to your TBR!

March 7, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Magan - Lisa, Ginger IS quotable! Love her. 🙂 And you, of course! Yeah, this was such a nice surprise — so glad to pick it up and be able to relate so well. Definitely wasn’t expecting that at all!

March 7, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Magan - Cynthia — definitely don’t think of this one as adult. She’s kind of in this relateable stage of life where I knew EXACTLY how she felt. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks so much for the sweet comment. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Magan - Alexa, Holier Than Thou was totally just about Holly’s journey and that was so nice to see. Sometimes there are just too many “things”, ya know? This was just about her breaking down her barriers and dealing with her problems. 🙂

March 7, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Magan - Yippie, Anna! So glad it’s coming up in your pile o’ books. You’re so welcome, lady! Any time! 🙂

March 5, 2013 - 8:40 am

Anna - Whee reading this next because you are SO KIND AND GENEROUS with the loaning of books! xo

March 4, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Alexa Y. - This sounds so interesting! Sometimes, a story is all about the character and this certainly sounds like it’s all about how Holly deals with everything. I’d definitely want to read this!

March 4, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Cynthia - Heard about this one through Ginger and immediately added it to my list.Even though I’m not much of a adult genre reader I feel like this is one that I would have no trouble relating to and enjoy since I’m also afraid of change and always look back at all those severed friendships I used to have. Great review Magan! 🙂

March 4, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - That Ginger is so quotable, isn’t she?!

Also, this sounds incredible. I love the idea of a book giving you something you didn’t know you were looking for or needed. So beautiful.

March 4, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Okay, I definitely need to read this, because all of the characters sound so well developed. I can forgive a fair number of flaws for a lifelike cast. You have my attention!

March 4, 2013 - 4:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I am so glad you loved this, too, Magan! I really connected with Holly as well, and I think this is a great book for readers in their 20s/30s because we’ve all been through what Holly has, or at least similar situations. I felt like this book was written for me.

Love your review and that you’ve toured the book!

March 4, 2013 - 8:44 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Beautiful review, Magan! And thank you again for allowing me to borrow this & read it. It’s definitely been a book to remember. I only read it a few weeks ago, yet it still floats in & out of my head at times. You know that’s a sign of amazing literature when you can grasp a story that personally.

March 4, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I really liked Love & Other Perishable Items by Buzo so I’m very interested in checking out more of her work. I’m a bit disappointed that this is adult as I just tend to read more YA but I am still interested in checking it out now that I know a bit more about it.

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.

The Big Kids’ Table: 5 Adult Fiction Picks (March)

Good morning everyone! (It’s not really morning when I’m writing this, I’ll admit. I’m about a week early and listening to the Jessica Darling mix in my bathrobe.) Three months into the new year, and it’s time for another round of new adult fiction books you may or may not be interested in checking out. […]

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June 16, 2012 - 9:20 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - These all sound fantastic, but i’m especially excited to check out The Singles and Where We Belong. They have the summaries that stood out the most to me! Thanks for the post 🙂

March 18, 2012 - 6:31 pm

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