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Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes • Magan Reviews

Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes [twitter • website] Publication Date: March 24, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: teenager disappearance, thriller, Internet dating Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Max, Preston, and Parvati form a small underground business developing lies for their classmates to get what they want at school; business is going great until Preston asks Max […]

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April 7, 2015 - 8:02 am

Getting to Know Paula Stokes, Author of LIARS, INC. - […] don’t forget to add LIARS, INC. to your Goodreads, or read my review if you need a bit more convincing. […]

April 3, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Megan - I have seen this cover a few times and was curious. I didn’t know anyone who had read it, so in light of wanting to spend my money on something I knew I would likely enjoy I passed it up. After reading this though I’m really interested and might just pick it up in my next shop!

April 1, 2015 - 11:25 am

It's a Wrap • See Ya Next Year, March! - […] Start of Me and You by Emery Lord Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz One Wish by Robyn […]

March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Thanks, Sophie! It’s such a fantastic one! Hope you enjoy it!

March 24, 2015 - 4:25 pm

Magan - Maggie, I wonder if you’d still have issues with the changes she’s made. You read an ARC, correct? I think things are going to feel really tight and put together in the final copy!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Emma, I think you’d have a lot of fun analyzing LIARS, INC. for sure! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Magan - Alexa, it’s a great read! Definitely check it out!

March 24, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Magan - You’re welcome, Brianna! Thanks for reading! 🙂

March 22, 2015 - 11:16 pm

Brianna - This sounds like another great read. Thanks for sharing your review.

March 19, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Alexa S. - I honestly wasn’t certain if I wanted to read Liars Inc. initially. But after reading your review? Heck yes, I’ll consider giving it a shot. It sounds like a really intense story with lots of twists, and I think those can be great fun sometimes!

March 18, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I was intrigued by the cover and jacket copy for this one but it never really grabbed my attention to read it. But gosh this review shows I am very wrong. It sounds fantastic. Thanks also for mentioning the changes from ARC to finished copy as I find that sort of thing fascinating.

March 18, 2015 - 7:39 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I didn’t like this as much as you did, but I do agree about all of the great diversity in the story. Even though I had a few issues with the story I really enjoyed all of those things. I expected the whole Liars Inc. business to be a much bigger part of the story, too, and I also liked that it wasn’t, but it kind of drove me crazy how Max kept mentioning it. Great review!

March 18, 2015 - 6:31 am

Sophie @ Seamless Reader - I simply can’t wait for this book to come out!

Great review! 🙂

Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson • Magan Reviews

Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson [twitter • website] Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: child abuse, changing identities, escaping abuse, thriller Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Though Charlotte is able to escape her abusers (her parents) and relocate to another city, once she begins to settle she […]

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February 23, 2015 - 11:29 am

Magan - Yay, Lori! I’m so glad you’re interested. It’s insane and I think as a parent, it makes it even more intense to read. I hope you enjoy it!

February 23, 2015 - 11:29 am

Magan - Emma, yes! Definitely keep an eye out for more work from here. I checked out her author page on Goodreads and she seems to write a LOT of thriller/mystery. I will check out more of her work for sure. 😉

February 23, 2015 - 11:26 am

Magan - Brianna, you don’t have to love the writing of Room to love Cut Me Free. The same intensity, however, is what made me make the comparison. Emma Donoghue didn’t write Cut Me Free so I think that change alone would make CMF more appealing to you. 🙂

February 23, 2015 - 11:24 am

Magan - Alexa, uncomfortable to the MAX. I seriously wanted to just skip to the end so bad. (In fact: I don’t know how I had enough willpower to NOT.) I hope you give it a go. 🙂

February 15, 2015 - 12:24 am

Alexa S. - Oh man, oh man. Cut Me Free sounds so intense! It would be a read that would make me uncomfortable, but I also wouldn’t be able to stop myself from finding out what happens next. I feel like it would definitely make me think about a lot of things, and I can only imagine how you felt reading it!

February 14, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Brianna - I read Room, but didn’t love it. The premise was compelling, but I’m not a fan of Emma Donoghue’s writing. She mostly writes lesbian fiction, which is fine, but she’s got a very slow, slogging writing style, in my opinion.

February 12, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Ah! This sounds way too intense for me (as I think maybe we discussed on Twitter?) but I’m glad it was worth the stressing for you. It sounds like this author is definitely one to keep my eye on.

February 12, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Lori - This is new to me! I’m adding it on Goodreads right now because you definitely have me intrigued!

Estelle: See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 7, 2014 Publisher: SourceBooks Fire Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family, friendship, secrets Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Riley’s parents have always been overprotective but when she finds a birth certificate in her baby book for someone named Jane, who […]

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February 23, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans, Estelle - […] Broken Stars review (with a Pixar picture!) | See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA […]

February 19, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Alexa S. - SEE JANE RUN has quite an interesting premise, and it makes me curious to see how it plays out. I really do wonder how it all ends? Sounds like it would at least be entertaining and maybe slightly thrilling to read!

February 18, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Ellice - I honestly hadn’t heard of this book until just now. I must have overlooked it (or it wasn’t publicized much?). The premise itself sounds like it has potential. If my TBR list wasn’t sooo long, I would probably give it a try. Maybe in the future when I’m looking for something a little bit different from the usual contemporary books that I love so much 🙂

Oh, and the sentence where you’re talking about the creepy car that keeps following Riley? I read that as a “creepy cat” kept following her. I was thinking a “creepy cat” is a very strange plot device for this particular book… hahahah

February 18, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I loved The Face on the Milk Carton as a kid. Have I ever told you the 2 really random things I remember from it? I told someone recently. I’d like to go back and re-read it as an adult and see if I like it as much.

I did not like Truly, Madly, Deadly at all and it sounds like you had a lot of the same issues with See Jane Run as I did with her first book. I love the ideas that Hannah Jayne has for her stories, but the execution just doesn’t seem to be there.

February 18, 2014 - 11:51 am

Cassie Gutman - I actually hadn’t seen or heard anything about this book, so your review was my first run in with this. The premise sounds interesting, but that’s sad that it just didn’t quite measure up. maybe i’ll try and find it at the library? (i love that you give hints at the bottom about whether it’s worth it to borrow or buy, they are incredibly helpful!)

Estelle: Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 352 Target audience:  Young adult / thriller Keywords: murder investigation, friendship, gangs Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Other books reviewed by Jennifer Shaw Wolf: Breaking Beautiful Summary: After not speaking for […]

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November 4, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Alexa Y. - A good thriller/mystery is always a fun read, particularly when it draws you in to the point where you just MUST know what happens and how it all gets tied up in the end. There’s seriously something intriguing about this book, though the gang aspect brings to mind the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. I’m glad that this one is focused heavily on friendship though, because that certainly makes it different.

October 16, 2013 - 9:43 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - The fact that this one kept you turning the pages quickly is a big plus for it! I definitely freaked myself out reading your review though. Not only is this story scary, but I’m having trouble with the name Jaycee, since the only reference I have to it is that girl that was kidnapped and in-prisoned in someone’s backyard for like 19 years. Now I’m really freaking myself out. Not sure this one is for me, but I didn’t know a lot about it previously, and I appreciate the review.

October 15, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love Jennifer Shaw Wolf’s writing, but I always have some issue with her books that stop me from really, really liking them. I think I’m more partial to Dead Girls Don’t Lie over Breaking Beautiful. I loved the twist in Dead Girls Don’t Lie and all the social commentary stuff. Great review!

October 15, 2013 - 7:54 am

Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads - I’m really glad you liked this one even if I didn’t so much!! Maybe I just read it at the wrong time. Or it’s just one of those books everyone else likes but I don’t like as much >.<

October 14, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - YES E!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I read it over the summer and couldn’t stop gushing over it. The best part was my youngest sister (15 & SO not a reader) devoured it in a single night and couldn’t stop texting me about it. 🙂 How awesome.
I loved both this one & FIND ME and I think it was for FM that you rec’d DANGEROUS GIRLS – definitely reading that one soon!

October 14, 2013 - 3:59 pm

April Books & Wine - This seems like it would be a good fall/Halloween sort of book – in that there is a mystery set in a small town and those are always reserved for fall for me. The whole can’t put down thing appeals to me too. Also, I know my coblogger was a fan of her debut. I think I will wait on picking up a copy of this to see what Allison thinks of it in comparison.

October 14, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Rachel - Yesyesyesyes. I have this one out from the library and I haven’t read any reviews about it yet, so I am SO HAPPY you enjoyed this one. I obviously trust your taste in thrillers because you were the one who introduced me to Dangerous Girls. Everything about this story sounds really interesting, and I’m glad to hear it’s addicting!

October 14, 2013 - 9:23 am

Bookworm1858 - I wasn’t completely engaged by the characters either but found this difficult to put down as well-I just had to know how it panned out. I’m still debating if I want to give Breaking Beautiful a try-I really want to connect more with the characters in that one.

Estelle: Find Me by Romily Bernard

Find Me by Romily Bernard ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 307 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: hacking, death, foster family, sisters Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Wick likes to live under the radar, working as a hacker to ensure that her and her […]

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February 13, 2014 - 12:30 am

Find Me | Romily Bernard | Book Review - […] The Perpetual Page Turner – “quite the page-turning thriller” Sash And Em – “a fast-paced game of Whodunit” Rather Be Reading – “many of my feelings were lost because I didn’t have enough interaction between the characters.&#82… […]

November 4, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds like a thrilling read indeed! I must admit that I haven’t made the time to read it yet, but I’m curious to see how absorbed I get when I do. Connecting with the characters is an important thing for me though, so that makes me a little hesitant.

October 10, 2013 - 10:40 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Haven’t seen this one! The cover is really interesting/neat/creepy… so it looks like a book I’d pick up. And the hacker part is kind of interesting… Sounds like it was, but not a total winner. If I get to it, it’ll probably be a library book. 🙂

October 9, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Ellice - I remember seeing this title on Edelweiss recently, but this is the first review I have seen of it! I was afraid to request it because I figured that some of the hacker terminology might go completely over my head. I’m glad to see that it’s not impossible to follow. This book sounds like it has an interesting premise! Probably not one I will read soon, but I will keep it in mind as a recommendation to some of my students, because I think they would definitely enjoy this one!

October 8, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I loved this book. L-O-V-E-D it. It surprised me in the best ways and even when it didn’t I was still enjoying the heck out of it. 🙂

October 7, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - This one intrigued me because of the hacker aspect — my fiance is a software engineer and I guess that rubbed off on me! I do like being able to connect to the characters though… so I’m not sure how I’d feel about this.

October 7, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Sarah - Ahh! I loved this book so much. I started it on Saturday and finished it last night. I actually didn’t see anything coming, so I was shocked when I found out who it was. I don’t know what it was, but I felt like I couldn’t even breathe until the book was over, and then I had trouble falling asleep because I was still so hyped up. Also guessing the second will be called Remember Me? Just a guess.