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Magan: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Sean Griswold’s Head // Going Vintage Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: family rivalries, loss of a grandparent, secret romance Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thank you!) Summary: Not only does Holly inherit her grandfather’s wedding chapel in Las Vegas when he […]

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June 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes! That’s exactly how I felt too. It was so cute, really enjoyable, and so well done BUT I was missing that little spark to really push it to the amazing status like I felt with Going Vintage. The Vegas setting was so fun and I love that it was so well incorporated into a YA book!
Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

June 3, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Alexa S. - You hit the nail on the head with your review, M! While I did wind up enjoying The Chapel Wars overall (which is kind of hard to avoid since it’s got such a fun setting and a few really awesome secondary characters), I do think that there’s room for something to be added. I wish, in particular, that Holly was a more accessible character! This won’t deter me from trying Leavitt’s other novels though 🙂

June 3, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Amy - I just finished reading this myself, and YES TO ALL THE THINGS. I just loved Sean Griswold’s Head! It is still one of those YA books that surprised me the most with how much it touched me. This book, though, had me feeling much the same as you. I never really clicked with anything. I didn’t feel butterflies or anxiety or tension or anything. Which is a big shame! I love feeling those things! Alas.

June 2, 2014 - 8:09 am

Lori - Too bad you didn’t love this one. It’s hard to beat Sean Griswold’s Head! <3

June 1, 2014 - 4:59 am

Judith - Too bad you felt just okay about this one, M. I’ve heard amazing things about this book, but it’s refreshing to hear from someone who wasn’t head of heels in love with it (because honestly, it doesn’t sound like I would be in love with it either). I do like the concept and setting, but oh, I like characters that FEEL ALL THE THINGS (like, um, I do, haha).

May 28, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Your closing sentiment was PERFECT for this kid as I haven’t read any Leavitt yet but have this one on my shelf! Better find me a copy of Sean Griswold, first!

Magan: Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton ( twitter ) Also known as Elizabeth Lenhard. Publication date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 272 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: death in the family, first love, close family relationships Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Chelsea’s fifteenth summer is going to be one full of adventures […]

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July 23, 2013 - 10:21 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH THE DAYS OF READING INTO EVERY INTERACTION. OR GLANCE. OR WORD. Yes, those days. This sounds like it would be hard with the loss, but sweet with the first love and family. I LOVE the way it sounds.

July 21, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Alexa Y. - What I think will appeal to me most, should I read Fifteenth Summer, is the way the character experiences her first love. I love when an author is able to authentically capture that feeling, and since you were able to really sense that on your read, I’m pretty sure I’ll feel like you do about it!

July 18, 2013 - 2:35 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Did I just hear the word ‘road trip’? 😉 In all seriousness though, this story sounds extremely difficult but also strangely beautiful. I can still remember how deeply I was rocked by my own grandparent’s death and I still miss them everyday. I was around Chelsea’s age, too, which might make reading this story a little difficult for me to read at the moment. I will say that I love the sound of the relationship between Chelsea and Josh and am extremely curious to see how things play out between them. As you recommended, I think I’ll borrow this one.

Magan: The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston Publication Date: May 14, 2013 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: witness protection program, secrecy, multiple identities, mystery thriller Format read: ARC via NetGalley from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Meg Jones’ family is in the Witness Protection program. Meg isn’t her real name; it’s the sixth […]

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May 14, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Wendy - I haven’t read a thriller in awhile and haven’t read anything with the main character in Witness protection! Love your review and definitely going to check this out! Added to goodreads already. =)

May 13, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Bookworm1858 - There were some creepy reveals in this book-I predicted a couple of things but was mostly on the edge of my seat during the end!

May 13, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Alexa Y. - The main reason I want to read this book is because of the Witness Protection Program being a part of the story! I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that features a character who’s a part of it, so I’m sure that will be interesting to read about. It sounds like a great story!

May 13, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Sarah @ Storybound Girl - Ooooh! Glad you liked it! I know what you mean about the summary grabbing you… I pre-ordered it as soon as I found out it was about witness protection. Can’t wait to read!

May 13, 2013 - 9:01 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES, there were some seriously creepy moments in this book! I’m glad I was reading it in the backseat of my parents’ car because I knew that I was safe HAHA.
I really enjoyed how serious the book actually was and that it wasn’t played off as a lighter side. It was nice to read a true mystery/thriller.
I like the ending… But I didn’t. I’m glad there IS a second book so it didn’t just end like that with no closure, but I’m not 100% sure where that story line is going! Guess we’ll have to wait for book two!!

Estelle: Shelve It (5/13/2012)

Ah! I’m so late! Hope you all had a great weekend! I have a special guest star in this video! Netgalley Friendship Bread by Darien Gee (5/1/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon What I Didn’t Say by Keary Taylor (5/11/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon Summer Nights by Susan Mallery (6/19/2012) — Goodreads | Amazon Starring Me […]

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May 14, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - I also have Kissing Shakespeare and Intentions and hope they turn out to be as good as they look/sound! Can’t wait to get to them 🙂

I’ve been convinced, yet again, by Magan’s review for Second Chance Summer, and hope to have that on my own shelf this week!

Enjoy all the lovelies! <3

May 13, 2012 - 11:40 pm

elena - Your cat is qt! Casual hanging, I like it. Starring Me sounded like something I would read until the religion part. I’m not a religious person either and it makes me uncomfortable. Hooray for Second Chance Summer. Also I am so glad you liked Divergent! 😀 😀 I think I should give Lovestruck Summer a chance before Unbreak My Heart, which I’m excited for.

May 13, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Estelle - Annette, so glad to hear that about Friendship Bread! Perhaps it will get me out of my baking rut! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

May 13, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Annette - I really enjoyed Friendship bread, and did go on a bread-making kick after reading it! Enjoy your books!

May 13, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Estelle - M, so glad you noticed my nails. I was hoping you would. The color is a lot like guacamole and Kermit the Frog (which my dad commented on today). So glad you added a few of the books to your list! I can’t wait to hear what you think. I’ve been lucky to read some great stuff lately! xo

May 13, 2012 - 9:21 pm

VeganYANerds - I was wondering when your vlog would be up, it’s great to see you and Candy, what a cutie! And, I love your green nails, LOVE!

You got some great books on NG, I added a couple to my list and I can’t wait to read Second Chance Summer and Lovestruck Summer, the both sound great!