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Magan: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Warning: This review may contain spoilers for Throne of Glass. Proceed with caution. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Series: Throne of Glass (My review.) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 432 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: female assassin, magic, young adult fantasy, high fantasy Format read: ARC received via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: After […]

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September 5, 2013 - 12:01 am

Book Review | Crown of Midnight | Sarah J. Maas | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “The beauty of Crown of Midnight is how so many aspects felt like they were clicking into pl… […]

September 1, 2013 - 7:35 am

April Books & Wine - I liked how emotional Crown Of Midnight was, and omg omg the big tragedy! I definitely got all teary eyed.

I was also really happy with the direction of the romance, but then you know things happened and goodness I am so ready for book three!

I think we all swoon for Chaol <3333

August 29, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m SO glad to hear that this series just keeps getting better. I’ve had Throne of Glass on my TBR since you loved it so much, and actually ordered a copy a few months ago. I think I’m going to save it ’til the whole series is out (if I can wait that long!) since it seems like one that would be great to binge read from beginning to end =)

August 29, 2013 - 12:59 am

Jen - EEEK yes yes yes! I loved Crown of Midnight more than ToG, and omg Chaol (yes to the HUBBA, HUBBA). I loved their romance and it sure didn’t feel like a love triangle to me anymore! Dorian’s secrets also surprised me the most as well. I did get frustrated with Celaena and Chaol’s egos at the end, too. *pulls hair* I’m glad you loved it so much though, Magan! Wonderful review. 🙂

August 28, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Bookworm1858 - I have seen so many raves for this sequel but I just wasn’t that impressed with the first book so I can’t work up much enthusiasm for the second book. It just didn’t wow me and I’m not sure it would be worth it to check this out.

August 28, 2013 - 7:10 pm

elena - BASICALLY ALL OF THIS! I admire how you always have such thoughtful reviews and I so agree on how Sarah toned it down a bit to see more of Celaena. Cannot wait for the next one!!

August 28, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m sure you already know that I loved this one too! Sarah did a wonderful job developing her story and her characters, keeping me glued to the book when I read it. I loved the way things have ended up in her story, though that ending has left me dying for book 3 already! I also really like the influx of Chaol in this book, because he’s just so swoony and always has been.

August 28, 2013 - 11:51 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Ahh, I absolutely loved Throne of Glass when it came out last year, Celaena was such an amazing character, so strong and lovely! I can’t wait to read this one especially knowing there is more Celaena and Chaol (because I am all about Chaol!!) Great review, I definitely need this one ASAP!

Magan: The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart

The Boyfriend List: 15 Guys, 11 Shrink Appointments, 4 Ceramic Frogs and Me, Ruby Oliver The Boy Book: A Study of Habits and Behaviors, Plus Techniques for Taming Them The Treasure Map of Boys: Noel, Jackson, Finn, Hutch, Gideon—and me, Ruby Oliver Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren’t Complicated, I Wouldn’t […]

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March 18, 2013 - 9:25 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] Attention: Audrey, Wait! A review of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. […]

March 14, 2013 - 10:30 am

Rachel - I loved this series in high school! I totally got Ruby, and I loved her for that. She’s a really humorous girl without even trying, and it’s cool how we see her change over time. It’s such a fun group of books that are pretty easy to fly through. I really love how you organized this review because I think it does give a great picture of the entire series without ruining anything. Oh, and I agree with Ginger, more people need to read this series!

March 14, 2013 - 10:22 am

Annie - This series sounds amazing! Ohmigod, I must read this now! It’s been on my TBR for soooo long. Had I not read this post I would have totally forgot there was even such a thing as Ruby Oliver! I’m definitely reading it now though. 🙂

March 14, 2013 - 12:06 am

Cindy - This definitely sounds like a fun series, and I definitely want to give this author another shot (I didn’t like another of her books, which I just read recently.) Glad you enjoyed the whole thing, and this is such a fun review!

March 13, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Why haven’t I read this series yet? It sounds like something I would love. I need to find the time as soon as possible 🙂

March 13, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Anna - One of my most favorite series — EVER

March 13, 2013 - 5:17 pm

VeganYANerds - Love your list review! These books are some of the best I’ve ever read and I plan on re-reading them, and that’s a big deal because I do not have time for re-reads!

March 13, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Magan - Alexa — she’s a girl who makes a lot of mistakes, but I like that she’s definitely not perfect. I mean, we all did stupid things back in high school, right? 🙂 I hope you love them as much as I did.
Lisa — FINISH THEM! They only get better! Seriously! And then you can do re-reads! You have to finish these before the bebe comes along!
Natalie — I’m positive you could read all four of these during your train ride! They’re so, so good! I hope you love them (and that your library has them)!
Lena — read them RIGHT NOW! They’re sooooo gooood and such super fast reads!
Ginger — YAYYY! I’m so glad you and I agree on these! They really are the best. And I hope more people pick them up too. I was so sad when my library couldn’t get the fourth book back from whomever hoarded it for MONTHS.

March 13, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Alexa Y. - This series sounds absolutely delightful! I’m almost certain that I’ve marked it off as a series that I would like to read, but your list has given me even more reasons to want to get to it straight away. So glad you enjoyed it! Ruby certainly sounds like a character that I could be friends with.

March 13, 2013 - 11:29 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I’ve read the first two of this series and keep putting off the last two because I don’t want it to end! Seriously, Ruby is the freaking best.

You nailed it with this though: “Ruby is relateable, funny, sarcastic, self-depricating, pure, and original.”

YES. Love all those things. AND the plot is solid too!

March 13, 2013 - 9:49 am

Natalie - I’ve never read any of this series, but it really sounds like I need to! I remember one of my friends reading “The Boyfriend List” and telling me it was really funny and that she thought I would enjoy it, but I only remembered that now!! I’ll definitely stop in at the library and see if they have these. I’m going on a long train-ride Friday and Saturday, and these would be perfect to read then!

March 13, 2013 - 9:24 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Ya know, I own all of these books and still haven’t read any of them. I need to. Note to self: read this series ASAP.

March 13, 2013 - 8:35 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Yup, this is one of my favorite YA series (of all time). I blew through these books in a matter of days. I had to get my hands on the next one because they were THAT GOOD. I adore Ruby and wanted to be her (well teenage Ginger did). I hope your review gets more people to pick up this series because I feel like they’re books that get pushed under the rug and forgotten sometimes. More people need to read them!!

Double Review: Destroy Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Beware of spoilers below for Shatter Me! Destroy Me and Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi Website | Twitter Publication Date: October 2, 2012 / February 5, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 103 / 465 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, powers and abilities, broken government Format read: ARC from HarperCollins (Thank you!) Summaries: Told from Warner’s […]

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December 5, 2013 - 10:56 pm

Was This Novella Worthwhile? | Hopeful Happiness - […] Rather be Reading says, “This is a short novella, so remember that while you’re reading — you’re not going to receive a huge plot reveal, but you’re reading for character development.” […]

December 4, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Double Review: Destroy Me / Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi | Hopeful Happiness - […] in fact, there’s actually a bit of overlap between the novella and the second book.” Rather be Reading says, “This is a short novella, so remember that while you’re reading — you’re not […]

February 25, 2013 - 5:14 pm

Kristen Evey - Oh Magan, I’m SO glad I starred this review to read after I’d finished Unravel Me. You’ve no idea how glad I am that you’ve crossed over. I crossed over a bit myself. I was never Team Adam (found him too perfect in the first book), but I also didn’t want Juliette with Warner. He was too evil. I mean, I loved his character from the first book, but just, no. But now, I mean. Oh gosh. I love this boy so much. And I’m starting to detest Adam a bit. I mean, I feel for him. I do. But the whole lying/not telling Juliette thing in the beginning REALLY grated on my nerves. I HATE that. And Warner. He’s like the best example of a broken tortured soul character EVER! And that is my weakness.

I think Mafi’s done a TERRIFIC job of leaving us in suspense though. Normally, with love triangles, I can call them. I can spot what’s going to happen a mile away. With this, I HAVE NO EFFING CLUE! And somehow I feel like my heart is going to be ripped to shreds by the end. :\

Great review!!!

February 21, 2013 - 11:56 am

Magan - Asheley, I really just don’t know WHO the boy will be in the end. I’m kind of frustrated by that because we all have our opinions about what’s going to happen, but I JUST DON’T KNOW! And yes, totally a first world problem, but ahhh — things like this keep me up some nights or result in some awesome chats with friends! I agree about T-Mafi being an auto-read. Love her! Love her work! She is the sweetest, isn’t she? I just want to be her BFF!

February 19, 2013 - 11:40 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Hahaha, this is hilarious. I did a reread of Shatter Me and then read Destroy Me and Unravel Me. I was Team Adam, then found myself wavering a little bit and then completely confused with my loyalties. Darn T Mafi! So then after I finished Unravel Me, I went straight back to Shatter Me again to find myself. I listened to the audiobook for the re-read, so now I feel like I need to listen to the audiobook for Unravel Me, so I wonder if I’ll slip in my loyalties again. GRrrraaaahhhhhalkdjfa;klsjdflkjasdf. Isn’t it such an awesome first-world problem, to read or not to read so you can pick which team you’re on? 🙂

T Mafi is brilliant and auto-read for me forever. I just met her at the Pitch Dark Tour and she just charmed the heck out of me. And she totally let me get all of my thoughts out about everything I feel about all three books, and she totally listened intently to everything I said. So great.

February 10, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I WILL NOT LIKE WARNER. I. WILL. NOT.

But now you’re making me scared that I will! AHHHHHH!

February 5, 2013 - 5:44 pm

VeganYANerds - I can’t believe that you’ve changed your mind… I am not prepared to have my mind changed about Warner so I am putting off reading this book!

February 5, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Anna - Adam rules, WARNER DROOLS!

February 5, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Jamie - I can’t even read this review bc obvi I still have to get to this book but OMG just seeing your texts. PLEASE BE MY EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SYSTEM! PLEASE!

February 4, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - While reading Shatter Me I was very much team Adam, but past the halfway mark is when I started to shift ground. Adam was too perfect, too nice, too stereotypical YA guy with a mysterious background and Daddy issues. I’ve actually been leaning towards Warner more because he has an actual personality. Adam is *yawn*, while Warner is crazy creeper, but at least he’s a complex character. I haven’t read Unravel Me, so maybe my opinions will change. Can I be team Kenji? 😀

February 4, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Alexa Y. - Ah Warner, I can totally, totally, totally understand why people are conflicted when it comes to him. I mean, we learn so much more about him in Destroy Me, and see him a whole lot more in Unravel Me. And then there are those beautiful, wonderful moments he shares with Juliette.

But I still do like Adam. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m remembering all the history they have from the beginning, and maybe it’s because I’m a hopeless romantic, but I’m still on his side.

BUT, in other news, I’m totally, majorly, 10 billion times more TEAM KENJI, teehee. He’s awesome in this one!

February 4, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - “But I reached a point where I just wanted to say, “ENOUGH! Accept this and move on.” I wanted her to fight for herself and to not be the small, fragile girl she had been molded into.” – you nailed it. I wanted to take her and shake her. ENOUGH WITH IT.

I’ll send you the registration packet for the Team Warner fanclub asap. oxo

February 4, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Rachel - I felt the same way about Juliette in this novel. I thought we definitely saw a lot more development in her as a character and learned more about why she acts and thinks the way she does, but I also wanted her to move on and focus on the present instead of letting her past dicate things.

And booooo for Warner lol. I don’t like him. But the romance scenes were TOTALLY HOT OMG. Even as someone who doesn’t like Warner, I was definitely into him during certain moments.

February 4, 2013 - 11:36 am

elena - Well, you are very aware of my feeeeelings by now, and we are PRETTY MUCH IN THE SAME BOAT. I NEED A HAPPY ENDING FOR WARNER!!!!!! I am so sure that he is going to have a tragic ending or something like that. Please prove me wrong, Tahereh Mafi! I totally agree with Juliette, I understood where she was coming from but it just was not fun to read about. Chapter 62 was fun to read about though. 🙂

February 4, 2013 - 8:11 am

Lori - So…I read Shatter Me and liked it, but I didn’t OMGLOVEIT like others. So I haven’t been really interested in reading these…You might have changed that…

🙂

February 4, 2013 - 6:56 am

Kelly - I wasn’t Shatter Me’s biggest fan, and it’s disappointing to hear Juliette remains so fragile in Unravel Me. BUT, I’m super tempted to continue the series anyway, just to figure out what the heck is going on with Warner!

Of course your review has only piqued my curiosities further 😛

Magan: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer Publication Date: February 5, 2013 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Pages: 464 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood Format read: ARC from Macmillan at ALA Annual (Thank you!) Previously Reviewed: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer Summary: Cinder needs to figure out how […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I didn’t read this because I STILL haven’t read Cinder yet but I’m going to. I promise. Especially because you gave Scarlet a READ THIS NOW rating 🙂

February 3, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Tara - This book just left me with all the feelings! I loved how Cinder’s and Scarlet’s stories intertwined and I cannot wait for Cress. Thanks again for letting me borrow 🙂

February 1, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Kelly - I’ve only seen glowing reviews for this, which makes me want to re-read Cinder so I can be as prepared as possibly to enjoy it! And a brooding bad boy? My fate is sealed!

January 31, 2013 - 11:08 am

Cynthia - Dying to read this one!! I loved Cinder and can’t wait to find out what happens to her and Kai in this sequel. Also eager to meet these new characters, I’ve been hearing lots about Wolf. =D

January 30, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Suz @ A Soul Unsung - Oh wow! Now, I’m really super excited and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Scarlet, if it’s all of that and so much more! *g*

I know that I instantaneously fell head over feet for Cinder and broody boys are one of the best things ever written in fiction, true facts.

Fantastic review!

January 30, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Stormy - I cannot wait for this book. I thought at the beginning of 2013 that Divergent #3 was going to be my most anticipated book of the year, but at this point I realize, nope, I’m WAY more excited for Scarlet. And like you, I also always want more Kai!

January 30, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I couldn’t agree more with you about everything you just said about Scarlet. I loved how Meyer weaves these stories together. And Wolf was such an interesting character. I’m also not exactly sure how I feel about him. I mean, I love him, but also I am a but wary (and maybe even scared) of him as well. I hate waiting for Cress. And I have a long wait on my hands 🙁

January 30, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Annette - I kind of only skimmed your review, because I’m about 1/2 way through Scarlet — but I’m really excited to finish it! I’m loving it too!

January 30, 2013 - 11:02 am

Rachel - I haven’t read this yet (obviously), but the intertwined stories is what has me impressed the most/the main reason why I’m looking forward to this book. I liked Cinder, but I wasn’t the hugest fan of some of the characters, so I’m looking forward to having the same story from Cinder, with some new characters as well. Great review!

January 30, 2013 - 10:44 am

Alexa Y. - I absolutely loved Scarlet (and thank you again for letting me borrow it!). I think Marissa Meyer is wonderful writer, and I love how she’s turning these classic fairytales into something new and fun and modern. I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy – and to read the next installment when it FINALLY releases!

January 30, 2013 - 9:19 am

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - SO EXCITED! OMGOMG I just ordered this and it’s getting sent to me soon and I am freaking out so much. I just started reading Cinder all over again to prepare for the awesomeness. Everyone who has reviewed this has loved it! So glad that you liked it too! EEK!!

January 30, 2013 - 6:04 am

Lori - So happy to hear you loved it! I have no idea where she’s going to take us with this series and I love that.

January 30, 2013 - 5:47 am

Hemborgwife - I have had this is my amazon cart to pre-order for ages and this is really prompting me to actually make the purchase!

January 30, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I always want more Kai too! Jen Ryland/YA Romantics initially freaked me out, making me think there was a love triangle (with Thorne) but I’ve now read Scarlet and am relaxed on the Cinder/Kai front even if the evil queen is trying to get in the way. So glad to read someone’s thoughts who adores Kai like I do!

Magan: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight (Book #2) by Laini Taylor [twitter | website] Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review Publication Date: November 6, 2012 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 528 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: angels, book series, animal humans, war, forbidden love Format read: e-book received from Little, Brown (Thank you!) Summary: Akiva has burned […]

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April 5, 2013 - 6:44 am

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “What a beautiful, wonderful, incredible book by Laini Taylor.” […]

November 11, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I agree about not rushing through this book. Taylor’s books are written in such a way that they should be read slowly and savored. There’s so much going on in them and the language is beautiful. I am glad that reading Days of Blood and Starlight was such a positive experience for you! I can’t wait to read it myself!

November 11, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Such a fantastic review … as usual! I’m SO excited to read this one, and even more excited to hear that it surpasses the first book! Eagerly waiting for my copy to arrive at the library =)

November 10, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Lisa [is busy nerding] - So my heart is basically bursting to hear that this does NOT suffer from middle book syndrom!

I totes agree that taking your time with this book is totally the way to go. I CANNOT WAIT.

November 10, 2012 - 8:01 am

November 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor Goodreads | Amazon Magan’s Review […]

November 10, 2012 - 7:18 am

Lori - I felt the same way! I loved it even more than the first one. I read it slowly and savored it as well. Now I need book 3!

November 8, 2012 - 6:41 pm

Kelly - I just don’t know how my heart is going to take this. She can’t hate him forever…right? I’m so excited to start this. As soon as my copy gets here in the mail, you can pretty much count me out of action until it’s done!

November 8, 2012 - 6:27 pm

tonya. - love this review, and your blog setup. so cute! 🙂 i know what you mean about not being able to get through Laini’s books quickly; she writes the kind of prose you just want to savor. and i totally agree about second books being iffy usually; this blows every middle book out of the water.

November 8, 2012 - 5:40 pm

elena - AGH this review! love that you put bullet points in this one because that is VERY helpful. i have a heard time imagining if akiva and karou’s relationship can be rekindled either, it looks pretttty dire. i read this pretty quickly but wish i soaked up the little details more because laini taylor is such a fantastic writer. LOVE this review. <3

November 8, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Morgan - I just started this last night (darn Electon results delayed me a day!) and just the first few chapters reminded me of why I love her writing style. Her ability to craft a story is incredible – and yes, I totally understand the HP comparison. I am so excited!

November 8, 2012 - 1:37 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - YES!! Yes, yes, yes! I feel the same way about this book. I fell in love with so many more characters this time, which really says something about Laini’s skills. Her writing is something else. Great review, Magan!!

Magan: Good for You by Tammara Webber

Good for You (Between the Lines #3) by Tammara Webber Publication Date: December 15, 2011 Pages: 271 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: celebrities, Habitat for Humanity, volunteering, faith, alcoholism Format read: Purchased for my Kindle. Review for Where You Are (Between the Lines #2)  Summary: Reid is court ordered to work 30 days rebuilding a […]

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October 21, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan + Estelle Shelve It (10/21/2012) - […] A review of Good For You by Tammara Webber […]

October 21, 2012 - 4:53 am

Kristen Evey - Haha! I’m (slowly) re-watching Dawson’s Creek right now too. Really only watch it for Joey & Pacey so I’m having trouble getting through season 2 at the moment. SO MUCH TEEN ANGST, and I’m realizing I don’t care for any of the the other characters. Hah.

But back to the BOOKS! I recently bought Easy and am looking forward to reading it. This series sounds fantastic as well, and this third book in particular. Love interests that bicker and try to fight their feelings for each other?! I’m SO in!

October 19, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Magan - Heather: I felt the same way. I was really dreading reading about Reid because he was just so terrible. I love how she redeemed him for me! I swooned hard core.

October 19, 2012 - 11:42 am

Heather Self - I loved this one! I never thought I’d like Reid after his D-Baggery in Where You Are. Now if Tammara makes me like Brooke I may have to throw in the towel as a writer and just bow to her greatness. lol

October 19, 2012 - 11:42 am

elena - omg i love bickering too so this story sounds up my alley! i like that she made it her own and not so predictable. 🙂

October 19, 2012 - 9:11 am

Anna - What? Bickering before they fall for each other? IN! I’ve got the first book of this series on my Kindle, so I guess I should get on it, huh? <3