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Allegiant by Veronica Roth • Magan Reviews

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth [twitter • website] Previously Reviewed Insurgent (Divergent #2) Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 526 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, trilogy, books to movies Format Read: Hard cover purchased. Summary: (borrowed from Goodreads) Dual narration by Tris Prior and her beloved Tobias. Their faction-based dystopian society is broken by violence and power struggles, scarred by loss and […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:32 pm

Magan - Andi. The hurt. My heart just hurt so badly. It was soooo sad. Thanks for letting me know you were right there with me. Man, so painful. And I think you’re brave for wanting to re-read. I don’t know that I could take it!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - ROSIE! SO FRUSTRATING! I felt like banging my head against a wall. (Not really, but I did feel like I would burst!) I absolutely love your comment. I would love if she talked about it a bit more too. I’d buy the collector’s edition JUST for that. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!

May 5, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Magan - Annette, your comment perfectly sums up how I felt. Life isn’t always perfect, and I think that’s what Allegiant proved. There’s not always a happily ever after.

May 5, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Magan - Hollie! So, so glad you and I were on the same page here. We should’ve known. You’re absolutely right. I applaud Roth for being authentic, but darn if I didn’t cry a lot! 😉

May 5, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Magan - Divergent was one of the series I started before blogging, Alexa! I think that’s why it was so sentimental for me too. Though it wasn’t my perfect, happily ever ever…I understand it all. <3

April 23, 2015 - 11:11 am

Alexa S. - While I honestly didn’t want some of the things that happened in this final novel to happen, I was actually able to accept that they would. I didn’t get spoiled (thankfully!), but I knew that something big must have happened to get everyone in a tizzy. I feel you about it being the end of an era though; Divergent was one of the first YA trilogies I read the year I started blogging and that series will always be special to me for that reason.

April 22, 2015 - 2:41 pm

Hollie - You’ve absolutely summed up my entire feelings on Allegiant. I can’t say I’m happy with how it ended, but I honestly feel that there couldn’t be a more fitting ending. Looking back, and thinking about the first two books in the series, we should’ve known it was never going to be a perfect HEA, and I really love Veronica Roth more for giving us this gut-wrenching ending instead of something completely different that would feel inauthentic to the series.

April 22, 2015 - 11:58 am

Annette - No one really wanted things to turn out that way, but I, too, applaud Roth for making the difficult choices. I love it when authors are gutsy, even though they know it’s going to tick a lot of people off. Great review.

April 22, 2015 - 8:07 am

Rosie - its so frustrating when you have no one to talk to about a book isn’t it? You can talk to me though!

I completely agree with you that Veronica made the right choice to do something shocking. It made sense, and I believe that’s what Tris would have done. I think if she’d avoided that, it wouldn’t have done the series justice.

I think there’s an Allegiant Collector’s Edition coming out in the autumn, so I hope Veronica will talk about having to make hard decisions. It’s always interesting to hear why authors do things.

April 22, 2015 - 8:04 am

Andi - So. Much. Yes.

Magan, I felt what you felt. I hurt how you hurt. I cried like you cried. I mean I was a straight up sobby mess when I was done for like an hour, probably for 2 because I think I cried the last hour of the book. It was just so powerful an ending and it hurt my heart and my soul. I want to reread it again before the movie but I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready.

Excellent review!

Blog Tour: Ally Condie on Naming Characters in Atlantia

Atlantia by Ally Condie (website | twitter) See also my review of Crossed by Ally Condie Publication Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher: Dutton Children’s Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: underwater city, dystopia, broken world, young adult fantasy Format Read: Arc received from the Publisher. (Thank you! Summary (from Goodreads):Can you hear Atlantia breathing? For as long as she can […]

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October 22, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Tomasina - This book just sounds so amazing and the authors explanation of her usage of water based names interest me even further. I can’t wait to give it a read!

October 15, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Alexa S. - I’m pretty curious about the characters after reading all about their names! Names are very important things after all, and I know it’ll sound strange, but I’m predisposed to be more interested in a book if I like a character’s name! Will probably check out Atlantia at some point 🙂

October 14, 2014 - 9:56 am

Benni @ Benni's Bookbiters - I really can’t wait for this book! I also can’t get the Duran Duran song out of my head, when the main character’s name is Rio…

October 13, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - This is really interesting, and now I’m looking forward to this book even more. Thanks so much for sharing.

Magan: Reboot by Amy Tintera

Reboot by Amy Tintera (Twitter | Website) Publication Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 352 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: science fiction, dystopia, broken society, survival Format read: ARC from Edelweiss via Publisher (Thanks!) Summary: Wren is a Reboot; she died and her body came back to life after being dead for 178 minutes. […]

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May 14, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - Ever since I saw this amazing cover and read the blurb, I knew that I had to read this book, and your review only confirms that knowledge. I think the whole premise is really interesting, and I like how in your review you point out new aspects about the relationship between Wren and Callum, which seems to basically be the main complaint most people have. I’m interested to see how it plays out myself. Great review!

May 12, 2013 - 6:01 am

Magan's May 12, 2013 Shelve It - […] A review of Reboot by Amy Tintera […]

May 11, 2013 - 11:57 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Hmmmm…I’ve debated on reading this or not. I’m so wary of dystopias anymore because I find myself frequently disappointed. But after reading your positive review, I’m definitely leaning more towards reading this. I’m loving the unique premise and how badass Wren seems to be! Great review! 😀

May 9, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Lisa - Magan. MAGAN.

THIS BOOK IS MADE FOR ME.

I need to get this in my life. Sci fi and dystopian and asking Big Questions?! YES YES YES.

May 9, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I ordered a copy of this one after hearing about it on Epic Reads Tea Time, but I’m even MORE excited to read it now that I know you loved it too, Magan!

May 9, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Great review of this one!! I felt very similar. I tried not to question things too much because honestly? I didn’t want to haha. I was really enjoying the story and I loved all of the action AND the romance that was going on.

May 9, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I can’t wait to read this. I liked how you added a few elements that other reviewers haven’t touched on, like her being insecure about her past and her scars, and the ultimatum presented to her to train Callum. I’m even more excited to read this after your review.

May 9, 2013 - 10:15 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I am so glad you liked this book! I stumbled upon this one just yesterday and it sounds so unique, I really want to read it. Your review convinced me 🙂 Great job!

May 8, 2013 - 9:32 pm

Tara - I was SO bummed when I realized this book expired on my Kindle before I got to it 🙁 Now your review has me even more bummed (but in a good way of course!)

May 8, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Alexa Y. - I am so, so curious about Reboot! It certainly sounds like a great debut novel, and I think the concept is truly very fresh. I should definitely check this one out soon!

May 8, 2013 - 11:13 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been so excited to read this, I was hoping my library would have it but it doesn’t even seem like they have it on order. I might just have to buy it. Great review!

May 8, 2013 - 2:59 am

VeganYANerds - I’ve read mixed things about Reboot but your review has me interested, Magan. I like the sound of Wren and the romance sounds different seeing as she wasn’t looking for it to begin with

May 8, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I just loved Callum so much-he was such a great book guy and I’m so pleased to have met him!