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Magan: Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr Publication Date: February 1, 2008 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 217 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: childhood friendships, first love, growing up, emancipation Format read: Bought a signed copy at TLA. Summary: Jenna’s life is happily trucking along until her assumed-to-be-dead childhood best friend, Cameron Quick, enrolls at her […]

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December 4, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Not Really A Fan Of All The Petty Jabs | Hopeful Happiness - […] Others are Saying: Rather be Reading says, “Every once in a while, a book comes along that’s so different and […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:03 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] to define those hundred ways, describe them even to yourself, words are useless.” — from Sweethearts by Sara […]

September 28, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Kristen - I recently read my first Sara Zarr book (Once Was Lost), and I’m definitely now a fan. Her writing is so beautiful and concise. Love. Thanks for the wonderful review. Can’t wait to dive into this one too.

September 27, 2012 - 10:31 pm

Lisa - This is on my to read shelf right now!
Oh man, how I adore a book that sweeps me up so completely as this one did for you.
Can’t wait!

September 27, 2012 - 6:33 am

VeganYANerds - Yay, I am so glad you loved this (and you’ve reminded me that I have been sitting on my review for too long!) Sara is such a brilliant author

September 26, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Jen - I really liked this book, too. And hahahah I love “husband-ignoring” books!! As much as he may not like it, those are the best kinds of books. Jenna got on my nerves a little at times, but CAMERON <3 Fantastic review!

September 26, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds absolutely beautiful. I do know what it’s like to have that childhood friend who sort of “disappears”, especially because there’s always that lingering “what if” feeling about your relationship. I really cannot wait to read this book!

September 26, 2012 - 10:24 am

Annette - I don’t know why I haven’t picked this one up — I’ve read her others. I didn’t really know anything about it, although I’m familiar with the cover and I have it in my library. I’ll be adding this to the list. Thanks.

September 26, 2012 - 9:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - BEAUTIFUL review, Magan. I adored this novel. It took me by a quiet surprise that I was not expecting, at all. It’s such a tiny book when you look at it and that cover makes you think it’s going to be light and fluffy. Oh how far from the truth that is. I agree that I think my favorite moment was when they were reintroduced later as teens. That scene packed so much emotion.

September 26, 2012 - 8:55 am

April Books & Wine - Sigh, this fricken book. I liked it a lot, but I listened to the audio, which was alright, but I think would have been wayyyyy better if it was professionally narrated and not narrated by the author.

But, sigh, CAMERON QUICK.

The end.

Magan: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Warning: There will be Divergent spoilers in this review, so please DO NOT proceed if you haven’t read this book yet! Insurgent by Veronica Roth Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 525 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: ARC received from TLA Why I read it: It’s the sequel to one of my favorite […]

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April 22, 2015 - 8:01 am

Allegiant by Veronica Roth • Magan Reviews, Magan - […] Magan: Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

September 10, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Lucia - I just saw the movie yesterday. And accidentally found this blog and hey there is a book, yay:)I found it just for $11.99 incl shipping http://www.librarist.com/us/book/9780007442928/. Thanks for the review, it looks much more exciting than the movie;)

January 9, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Aryana - love this book she is like my life loved divergent too cant wait for the movie!!!

May 8, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Sophia - Okay, to be honest, I haven’t read Insurgent yet. However, I read(and loved!) Divergent, so it’s on my reading list. My friends who have read it are such slow readers!! 🙁 So this review is so-ooo helpful. I’m going to try to get it ASAP!!!

December 18, 2012 - 7:02 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Chance Summer by Morgan Matson The Survival Kit by Donna Freitas Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Insurgent by Veronica […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I finished Insurgent fairly recently (and my review is up today!) but I LOVED it. I actually saw a lot of romance in it though, despite the unromantic moments that would appear too. I still swooned a lot over Four. But, most of all, that twist in the end – incredible. Love Veronica’s writing and can’t wait for the next book!

May 29, 2012 - 7:02 am

Our Half Year Report + a Summer Giveaway - […] Insurgent by Veronica Roth […]

May 14, 2012 - 7:01 am

Young Adult Book Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle - […] I finished Insurgent, I wanted something 180 degrees different. What better to pick up than a modern-day Romeo and […]

May 6, 2012 - 7:09 am

Shelve It: May 6, 2012 - […] reviewed Insurgent by Veronica […]

May 5, 2012 - 7:02 am

May 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] #2) by Veronica Roth Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: May 1, 2012 Magan’s Review Goodreads | Amazon One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has […]

May 4, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Brittani - I had so many of the feelings you had when I read this! And I definitely agree with not knowing what else to say other than WOW! I mentioned that word a couple of times in my own review! I definitely agree with you, Insurgent was pretty intense!

My Review if you wanna check it out!

May 4, 2012 - 9:09 am

Anna - “I feel as if my hands are hovering over the keyboard, not quite sure where to start and what to say other than WOW.” YES. THIS. In fact, this entire post makes me happy.

TLA Recap + Library Conference Tips for Book Bloggers

Hi Friends! In my In My Mailbox post this past Sunday, I shared all the books I received at the TLA (Texas Library Association) conference that I got signed last Thursday. I wanted to take some time to actually share the events of what happened at TLA and a few tips for any of you […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:34 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This event looks like so much fun (and definitely is sort of like BEA)! I wish I could have gone so we could hang out 😉 I love your tips, by the way, and think that they’ll definitely be useful to people who attend conferences.

April 29, 2012 - 9:05 am

Shelve It: Books Bought, Borrowed, etc. - […] 4/24 book release: a review of Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers. Magan gives you the dirt on TLA (the good kind) + provides some tips for those hoping to attend future conferences. Melissa C. […]

April 27, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Love the pictures! It’s so amazing that you got to meet Jessi Kirby and Veronica Roth.

This was such a great post. I haven’t been to a book conference/event like this (yet!), but I’ll be sure to keep these tips in mind! Thanks. 🙂

April 27, 2012 - 5:34 am

VeganYANerds - Great post, Magan! I love all of the photos of you with the authors you met, you look so happy, I bet it was a lot of fun!

And your offer some great tips for other bloggers going to these type of events!

April 26, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Love this post so. much. 🙂 Fantastic tips, Magan!! It was so awesome hanging out with you, and I hope to get to do it again soon!

April 26, 2012 - 11:47 am

Katy Manck (BooksYALove) - Great post, Magan! As a long-time TLA member, recently-retired school librarian, and first-year book blogger, I appreciate knowing that bloggers & librarians understand their relationship with publishers & with authors.

It’s win-win-win as long as we all get the right book into the hands of the right reader, whether it’s through a blog post, a book talk at the library, or an author signing at a bookstore.

Let’s continue to be professional and upbeat in this together (and show folks that the stinkers who put ARCs up on eBay right after ALA Midwinter are the minority that we’re trying to re-educate).

Happy reading, happy blogging, happy people!
**Katy M
Recommending YA books beyond the bestsellers at
http://BooksYALove.blogspot.com
Follow me on Twitter @BooksYALove

April 26, 2012 - 11:19 am

margie c {the bumble girl} - Oh, Magan! How thoughtful of you to share all of this with us! I will be driving in for BEA this year, my first time! Unfortunately, I am only able to go in for ONE day! and I have been so very nervous as to what I should wear, what to expect and where to go. Mostly I’m hoping to meet other book bloggers 🙂
These tips are so very helpful, thank you so much!

April 26, 2012 - 11:02 am

Magan - Elena! You should definitely go to a conference! They’re a ton of fun and the networking is unbelievable. I’ve met some INCREDIBLE people at the conferences. Regarding the whole ‘look like a teenager thing’ – it really boils down to professionalism. I met some teenagers at TLA that acted more grown up than the adults did. It’s all in how you present yourself. Come to ALA in June, please? I want to meet you!!!

April 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

elena - Ahh Magan, this post is SO helpful and perfect! I’ve thought about attending a book conference before but haven’t made the plunge yet since it requires plane tickets & hotels. I really want to go to one when I’m more comfortable with blogging but wasn’t sure about them in general. Your tips are fantastic, definitely bookmarking for if I ever go in the future. 🙂 Unfortunately, the “don’t look like a teen” thing can’t apply to me because I still get asked if I would like the children’s menu in restaurants…sigh.

I also really love all the pictures you shared! I wonder what made you blush and you look lovely in all of them!

April 26, 2012 - 10:58 am

Magan - Thanks, Anna! 🙂 xoxo

April 26, 2012 - 10:57 am

Anna - Love this. All of this.

April 26, 2012 - 10:50 am

Magan - Haha, April! I try. So hard. I just want to raise up the book blogging community and we’ll do that by acting professional. Sometimes we get a bad rep for people who just want to take. I think it’s about figuring out what we can give back, ya know?

Thanks, love! 🙂

April 26, 2012 - 10:45 am

Magan - Ginger, I’m going to cry… it was so, so awesome for me, too! I MISS YOU! I wish we could rewind and do the whole day all over again. Cannot wait for the next time we get to hang out! Love you, lady! xoxo

April 26, 2012 - 10:44 am

April Books & Wine - You are so profesh, I LOVE IT. And I am glad to know I associate with people like you.

Solid tips lady, solid tips.

Also the pic with Ginger? Too cute for words!

April 26, 2012 - 10:36 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Wow! Your tips are so spot on. I will definitely be sharing this post with others 🙂 You did a fabulous job of highlighting some very important things to consider when attending a book event like TLA.

Oh man, I had SO MUCH FUN with you!!! That day is probably one of my most favorite book moments to date 🙂 thank you for making it special! Love you!!!

April 26, 2012 - 10:29 am

Karen - Excellent post!

In My Mailbox (16) … featuring TLA Author Signings

Happy Sunday, you guys! Thanks for visiting for this week’s In My Mailbox, a weekly feature hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. Each week we share the books we borrow, buy, or receive from publishers. I attended TLA in Houston, TX this week, where I went to a LOT of author signings. I’m featuring […]

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April 24, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Eva, The Book Stoner - I LOVE your IMM! 🙂

I can’t wait for SECOND CHANCE SUMMER (I LOVED Matson’s Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour) and MEANT TO BE (I fell in love with the cover).

April 24, 2012 - 8:35 am

Magan - Haha – thanks, Katie! The bookcases are my favorite. Trying to keep the husband from disorganizing them is a whole other task! SO excited for Thursday! xoxo

April 23, 2012 - 7:14 pm

Katie Mundie Moms - Embrace the girlness!! 😉 LOVE the bookcases and seeing all the lovely books. So glad you had such a wonderful time at TLA!! See you Thursday!!

April 23, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Magan - Kathryn, thanks so much! Definitely excited about Cinder, too!

April 23, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Magan - Ah, Joy! Veronica was one of the first authors I’ve ever met. I went to a signing of hers in Austin last June and was literally speechless. I had no idea what to say. I felt like such a fangirl! TOTALLY speechless! Thanks so much for your comment! 🙂

April 23, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Magan - Estelle, you are my favorite. Obviously. I love that you know… you commented on our blog. 🙂 xoxoxoxoxo

April 23, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Magan - I’m so glad to hear that Paige! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! Enjoy the remainder of the summer series! 🙂

April 23, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Magan - Elena, give the summer series another try! The whole series is really wonderful. I consumed all three books in less than 24 hours. I couldn’t put them down. Thanks for the heads up about The Fine Art of Truth or Dare. I have read lots of mixed reviews of it. Tahereh is alos one of MY favorite people, too! 🙂

April 23, 2012 - 2:09 pm

Magan - Thanks, Mands! I love the cover of Meant to Be, too. I really can’t wait to read it. Feeling extremely perplexed about how I’ll manage all my reading! Haha 🙂

April 23, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Kathryn @ Clean Teen Fiction - You got to meet Veronica Roth! I’m jealous. I’m looking forward to reading Cinder too.
My IMM

April 23, 2012 - 11:08 am

Joy - I can’t wait for May 1 & Insurgent! I so loved Divergent & I was able to meet Veronica Roth at ALA last summer in New Orleans. Totally geeked out!

I loved Firelight & Ten Things We Did. I hope you do as well! The rest of you books are all on my TBR list. Great taste. 🙂

My very first IMM

April 23, 2012 - 9:00 am

Estelle - You are lovely & I didn’t find this overly girlie at all. Although more and more I realize I want to tape my own when it’s LIGHT out… I always look like I’m in a cave. haha. Added 2 of these books to my own list. So glad you had a great time at your bookish events and got to meet some great people! I think we need to trade some tips on how to not be awkward when you meet authors. Sigh. NEXT TIME.

April 22, 2012 - 11:18 pm

Paige - I just finished The Summer I Turned Pretty and I really loved it. I can’t wait to read the second book! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week. Here’s my IMM!

http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com/2012/04/in-my-mailbox-31.html

~Paige @ Comfort Books

April 22, 2012 - 9:32 pm

elena - I skimmed through We’ll Always Have Summer but wasn’t really interested in it. I think it’s because it wasn’t the right time for me, I’m going to try it again! Love summer reads. I’m really curious what you’ll think about The Fine Art of Truth or Dare! I liked it a lot when I read it but when I thought about it, I didn’t like it as much, ha. I’m going to try to reread Divergent too before I read Insurgent! So excited to hear about Tahereh Mafi and Veronica Rossi. Tahereh has one of my favourite personalities of YA authors. I bet you’ll have a lot of fun! 😀

April 22, 2012 - 8:29 pm

VeganYANerds - I love your llog, Magan and thanks for the kind words about mine this week! <3

I LOVE the cover of Meant to Be, I want it for the cover alone as well as Second Chance Summer.

Also, I was sure my bf would laugh at my vlog but he was actually really nice when he was helping me upload it. Yours is not at all too girly, not that being girly is a bad thing 😉

April 22, 2012 - 7:42 pm

Magan - Hey Amy! It would have been SO great to see you again! I only went for a day because I couldn’t take off too long from work either. Really hoping that you and I can meet up again soon! 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 7:41 pm

Magan - Nea, I’m so glad you said you liked The Fine Art of Truth or Dare. I’ve heard it’s sort of a mixed feelings book, so I’m definitely giving it a go. I’ll let you know what I think! Thanks so much for your comment!

April 22, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Magan - Haha, thanks Margie! I know, silly husband! I guess I assumed he’d seen other IMM posts by me, but I suppose he hasn’t been watching like I thought (*shoots husband the evil eye*). You know, the lines were not terrible AT all for most of these books. The longest one was for Insurgent, but we were maybe there for an hour. Maybe. 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 7:38 pm

Magan - Thanks, Laura! I’m so excited about these books. The conference was a ton of fun. If you EVER get the chance to go to an event (TLA was $25!) you should go. Meeting the people is absolutely incredible! And yes, hoping Insurgent lands in your hands early on May 1st! 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Laura @ The Traveling Owl - What a great group of books you got. Sounds like y’all had fun at the conference.

I have to say, majorly jealous about Insurgent. I’ve pre-ordered my copy. Just waiting for May 1 to get here.

Happy reading!

Laura @ The Traveling Owl

April 22, 2012 - 5:50 pm

margie c {the bumble girl} - Bring on the girly! Hubs is just jealous cause he doesn’t have anything cool to talk about 😉
I cannot wait to read Wake, Cinder and Meant To Be, they all sound so good! and yay for seeing friends and getting signed books! Must have been so much fun, I cannot imagine standing in a crowd like that, but I’m sure it was all worth it!
Thanks for you vlogs, I really enjoy them! Happy reading 🙂

Here’s my IMM:
http://bumblesandfairytales.blogspot.com/2012/04/my-saturday-imm-16.html

April 22, 2012 - 4:05 pm

nea barabea - Woow!! Signed Insurgent!! ANd The fine art of truth and dare!! So so good!! Great mailbox! Enjoy all your amazing books this week 😉 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 3:58 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - Awesome, Beautiful books. I really wanted to go to TLA, but taking off the week before TAKS testing would earn me a pink slip.

April 22, 2012 - 2:47 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Wow — what an awesome batch of books you got! I wish Vancouver would have a bookish event like the ones that you’ve been able to attend! That’s sooooo cool that you met so many authors too, and got your books signed! I think I would probably die if I met Veronica Roth. I’m so excited for Insurgent, I can barely stand it. And I have to wait an extra week so that I can order it with City of Lost Souls and get free shipping. *pouts*

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting on my IMM — I agree with you that book friends are the bestest! I can’t WAIT to read Variant too! xoxo

April 22, 2012 - 1:15 pm

April Books & Wine - I feel like Texas always as the cool events. I mean, I love NY and all, but WHAT A BUNCH OF COOL THINGS YOU ALL GET.

I live in jealousy of signed books 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Magan - LENA! I’m so, so happy I got to see your beautiful face. I loved spending time with you! Can’t wait til JUNE! 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Magan - I MISS YOU TOOO! I will tell him G said to shut it. 🙂 YES to the books. So excited. Just got home from my wedding weekend and I will be reading for the REST OF THE DAY. Not looking cute…in very comfortable clothes, actually. Haha.

April 22, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Magan - KATIE! That would have been so wonderful. SO sad we didn’t cross paths. DANG IT.

YAY for Insurgent, and SUPER YAY for you loving Cinder. I’m so pumped to read that book. Will definitely let you know my thoughts.

Also, you should definitely let me know when you’re in the Austin area. We’ll hang out! 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 12:41 pm

Magan - Karen, I definitely wish I could have seen you again! It was a wonderful day. LOVED being there. Completely different atmostphere than ALA. 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Karen - I didn’t notice the girly vibe because I’m too busy looking at the beautiful shelves behind you. lol
They are so neat and color coordinated 🙂
Enjoy all your books. It sounded like you all had a great time!

April 22, 2012 - 10:27 am

Katie @ BlookGirl - You were at TXLA, too?! DARN! It seems I missed a lot of wonderful bloggers while I got lost in the aisles. LOL. Wish I could have met you, but definitely next time!

I am SO incredibly excited for INSURGENT. Since I didn’t get to snag the ARC at TXLA, I did the next best thing and pre-ordered it at Veronica Roth’s book signing last night 😉 Not too much longer to wait!

CINDER is absolutely amazing, and is my favorite read of 2012 thus far. I really hope you enjoy it. Isn’t it wonderful to have such amazing, generous friends? Go Jess! 🙂

I hope you enjoy all your lovelies and that we have a chance to meet sometime soon!

My IMM: http://blookgirl.com/features/in-my-mailbox/142-april-21-2012

April 22, 2012 - 10:12 am

Ginger @ GReads! - AAAHHHH I miss your beautiful face! and tell D to shoosh it, haha. I had the best time hanging out with you 🙂 we got some pretty fab books, didn’t we?! You are awesome & I love your shoes & outfits too haha!

April 22, 2012 - 8:01 am

Lena - So glad we got to hang out. Looooooooove you! Can’t wait to see you again. 🙂

April 22, 2012 - 7:59 am

Lena - Yay, look at all your pretty signed books! Uber jealous about Second Chance Summer and Fathomless. You are going to love Cinder and Ten Things We Did!

I’m obsessed with Jackson Pearce’s perfect hair…