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The Sound of Letting Go: A Review + Author Interview

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe (website | twitter) Publication Date: February 6, 2014 Publisher: Viking Children’s Pages: 400 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: books written in verse, autism, female trumpet player Format Read: ARC received from the author. Summary: Daisy’s family life is very complicated as they are constantly on pins and needles around her younger […]

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February 6, 2014 - 2:25 pm

Stasia - Thanks so much for hosting me here at Rather Be Reading, and for your kind comments, Alexa & Lucy. Most importantly…CONGRATS on the new bundle of joy, Magan!!!! — Stasia

February 4, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Alexa S. - What a beautiful review, M! The way you write about THE SOUND OF LETTING GO makes me definitely want to read it, and soon. I love a story that can really make you feel for the main character, and this sounds like one.

I also loved your interview with Stasia! Her answers and your questions are both very thoughtful, and I loved reading it all. Definitely added to my excitement about this book!

February 4, 2014 - 11:20 am

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I’m so excited this book is finally out this week! I love emotional reads (and verse novels!) so this is right up my alley. I’m anxiously waiting for my library hold to come in, though your Buy It rating (and that pretty cover) is tempting me to pre-order.

Lovely interview, ladies!

Magan: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen (website | twitter) Publication Date: February 14, 2012 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 292 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: Robin Hood retelling, female thief Format Read: eBook purchased for my Kindle. Summary: Scarlet, a female thief on Robin Hood’s team, is on the run from her past. Letting few people in, she’d rather hide than […]

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February 3, 2014 - 11:37 am

Sash from Sash and Em - So glad you liked this one too! Those eyes! :) The audiobook version is really great too.

February 1, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Alexa S. - I’m happy to hear that you loved Scarlet! I read it when it first came out, and really liked the twists that were put into place for this Robin Hood retelling. It’s unique, and also very entertaining! I’m certainly looking forward to Lady Thief, especially after hearing lots of great things about it.

January 30, 2014 - 10:17 am

Leah - This seems like a book right up my alley and I’ve heard NOTHING but positive things! Looks like I’ll be adding another book to the To Read list. 😀 Thanks, M!

January 29, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - I’m so happy to see you read this! It surpassed my expectations FOR SURE!

January 29, 2014 - 9:51 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve heard such great things about Scarlet, and I’ve always been a Robin Hood fan. But I’m been a bit nervous to read this one, even though I even own a copy. It might be because my expectations are kind of high. But seriously, I need to read it – especially now that I hear things escalate like crazy!

Magan: Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher (website | twitter) Publication Date: November 12, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 272 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: secrets, feuding parents, prisoner on Death Row, UK Format Read: ARC received from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Zoe has a BIG secret, one she’s afraid to tell. The only way she feels […]

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June 25, 2014 - 9:01 am

Book Breakups: Audiobook Edition | wrapped up in books - […] Magan at Rather Be Reading: “Ketchup Clouds held my attention as I fought to piece together the mystery of Zoe. While I didn’t feel overwhelmed by the secret in the end, I do feel it was a very age-appropriate reaction to the situation at hand and accurately depicted how I would have felt were I to swap places with Zoe. I really enjoyed that Pitcher chose such a unique way of sharing Zoe’s story, and was happy with (what I’d consider) the surprise I found waiting for me at the end of the book. I was taken a bit outside my element as I was subtly forced to think about a prisoner on Death Row, but equally captivated by the secret Zoe was so afraid to share. If you’re looking for something different that will offer you a unique reading experience, definitely take a chance on Ketchup Clouds.” […]

February 5, 2014 - 12:26 pm

laila mangs - this book is amazing I can’t wait for the end. Zoe and Aaron would make a good couple not Max and Zoe. thanks for listening. :)

February 5, 2014 - 12:23 pm

laila mangs - this book is sooooooo good. I really like it. I can’t wait to read the end.

November 4, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Alexa Y. - This book certainly sounds unique! I love the fact that it’s told through letters, and that it feels like there’s such an urgency to those letters. I’m interested in finding out Zoe’s secret, of course, but I’m also curious about Stuart. Great review M!

October 19, 2013 - 10:59 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - The premise of this one is so interesting, I definitely want to check it out! Great review.

October 17, 2013 - 3:11 am

Lauren - I loved My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and really wanted to read this (even though I really didn’t know much about it). Glad to hear you enjoyed it overall. I don’t normally like the letter method of revealing a story, but it sounds like it worked for the most part (death row killer’s last days hypothesizing aside). Definitely still excited to give this one a try. Lovely balanced review!

October 17, 2013 - 12:08 am

Bookworm1858 - I love epistolary novels so I think this novel will really work for me. I like what I’ve heard about Pitcher’s writing in this book and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

October 16, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I didn’t really know anything about this book before your review, and it definitely intrigues me. The entire book is told in letter form, correct? And it sounds like she’s recounting the past, instead of telling this man about her current life? I can definitely understand the desire to share with a stranger. Wanting to tell SOMEONE, but someone that you don’t know, who won’t judge you. But it’s a very interesting choice to pick this inmate. I can see where the sections about him wouldn’t be as compelling if he’s unable to write back to her. I’m curious about the secret, and the form of the story is pretty fascinating, but the fact that this girl faces very YA problems, is less intriguing. Thanks so much for your review!

October 16, 2013 - 8:49 am

alice-jane - I’ve been wanting to read Ketchup Clouds ever since I first found out about it. I loved My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, Annabel PItcher’s previous work. I’m glad that Ketchup Clouds doesn’t disappoint. While Ketchup Clouds sounds like it does have its faults, I think I’m still going to pick it up.

Magan: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney (twitter | website) Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Pages: 264 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: loss of a parent, grief, Tokyo, relationships that don’t end well Format read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Other Books Read by the Author: The Mockingbirds […]

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May 6, 2015 - 10:59 pm

Young Adult Books & After High School - […] & Sara Zarr | Something Like Normal by Trish Doller Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard | When You Were Here by Daisy […]

August 20, 2013 - 9:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: When You Were Here Gift Pack, Estelle - […] Can you believe there’s only two weeks left of our Sweet Summertime Reads series with Ginger and Tara? It’s been such a fun summer of new ideas, summer loving, and it’s crazy that it’s about to come to a close. I’m going solo today with this post but it is totally inspired by Magan’s affection for When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. […]

June 19, 2013 - 4:53 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I was already excited about it, but now I’m REALLY excited. I really liked Mockingbirds but I wanted something…more from it. This seems like it has it. Great review, Magan. Can’t wait to read this one.

June 17, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Alexa Y. - I am sincerely excited to read this book! I love that readers get to witness Danny’s journey through his grief. I also love that he gets to go to Japan, which is one of my favorite countries in the whole entire world! Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this one :)

June 13, 2013 - 8:05 pm

alicejane011 - Ahhh this review makes me want the When We Were Here even more! I love how it’s partially set in Tokyo. I’m happy that it’s really good because it’s been on my TBR list for a while now.

June 13, 2013 - 7:20 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - This sounds like the perfect book. It’s been sitting on the top of my ARC pile and I’ve been behind and busy — but I’m resolving to pick this up next. It sounds perfect!

June 13, 2013 - 2:53 am

DannyBookworm - “a deep, emotional story, shocking twists and turns that left me needing to collect my thoughts,”

Oh you totally sold me with this!!!!

June 13, 2013 - 12:08 am

tabithasbookblog - A major plot twist?! That makes me want to read this book more than anything… okay not really – but I do want to read this one!

Great review!!

June 12, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - You made this book sound amazing ! It’s totally on my radar now.

June 12, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Lisa Schensted - I was at B&N yesterday and was SO CLOSE to buying this…and then bought Second Chance Summer instead.

This will be next! I KNOW IT.

June 12, 2013 - 1:21 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Well, I didn’t think it was possible, but your review made me even MORE compelled to get my hands on this book ASAP. I’m so glad you loved it, I have some really high hopes. Great review!

Magan: You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle {website | twitter} Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: documentary, realistic fiction, strained friendships, teenage reality movie Format read: ARC received via Edelweiss from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: At 16, Justine, Rory, Felix, Kiera, and Nate are […]

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May 31, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Bookworm1858 - I think I would have preferred the more light hearted story hinted at by the synopsis. I was looking for more of a beach read. Still I thought the way things came together in the city was very absorbing-it just took too long to reach that point.

May 30, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I would not have gotten this story from looking at the cover. The cover definitely has a different feel to it, I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds like such a unique concept and I’m glad to hear that the author was able to pull it off. This one is definitely going on my list! Thanks for the review!!

May 29, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Clearly, I MUST read this book. I was already intrigued by the concept, but now I’m extra excited after seeing your review. I love it when an author is able to craft real, believable characters — and put them in believable situations! I certainly will have this book on my radar now.

Magan: Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 21, 2013 Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 282 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: realistic contemporary fiction, sexting, community service, break-up Format read: ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, spreads a nude […]

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March 24, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Shree Vella - I havent read any Jennifer Brown, but thanks so much for your post. Im going to try her out! :)

May 29, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m certainly looking forward to reading this book! I just recently read PERFECT ESCAPE, and loved the way that Brown was able to tell her story. Her characters were really well-written, and the story was simple but still very meaningful. I loved it, and would highly recommend it!

May 24, 2013 - 3:09 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Hi there! Here’s another Jennifer Brown newbie *waves excitedly*!! Well, not…a newbie, exactly, as I still haven’t read anything by her – yet! I really want to, though. You make this book sound really, really good and interesting, but I think I’d like to read another one of hers first -just since I don’t really feel attracted to the topic…Hate List sounds like a good novel, as well, I think!

May 23, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Kelly - I love how many issues this explores! You’re so right about this being such a hot button issue right now, with the amount of teens sexting without realizing what the consequences might be if their nudies were to end up in the wrong hands. High school is hard enough without a naked photo of yourself circulating for everyone and their dog to see!

May 23, 2013 - 6:31 am

Lori - I’m so happy to hear that you loved this one! I really, really loved Hate List, but then Bitter End fell flat for me. I really need to give her others a try. This sounds like a good place to start.

May 22, 2013 - 11:43 pm

Bookworm1858 - I think this topic is so timely and I hope it opens up some discussion with young people (and not so young people) who seem to increasingly be caught up in situations like that. Still can’t believe that Ashleigh is the one given community service!

May 22, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Rachel - Oh yay! This is the first review I’ve read for this book and I’m happy to hear that you liked it! I’m looking forward to reading this one because of it’s extreme relevancy, as well as the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever read a book on this topic before. I’ve read one novel by Jennifer in the past and loved it, so I definitely have high hopes for this one!

May 22, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been excited for this one, glad to hear you think it’s worth picking up!

May 22, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Holly (Bookish Musings) - I’ve been curious about this book! I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Brown either but I have heard she’s a great author! I’m glad you enjoyed Thousand Words! I’m going to have to check this book out :) Thanks for the great review!

May 22, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’ve heard that Jennifer Brown is an incredible author, so I’m happy to see you enjoyed this book. I definitely need to check out some of her work, I’ve heard Hate List is especially good. Fantastic review!

May 22, 2013 - 10:57 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I’ve seen this book around a few times, I think it sounds like such an amazing book. Issue books really have such a strong message. This is one I definitely want to read, it sounds like Jennifer Brown is an amazing writer. Thanks for the review!

May 22, 2013 - 9:21 am

The Crazy Bookworm - I loved this one! Jennifer Brown can do no wrong! Great review :)

I would definitely recommend you check out Hate List next!