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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!

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!

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: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi Publication Date: January 8, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: dystopian, contrasting worlds, trilogy, Aether storms Format read: Borrowed from Anna (Thanks, lady!) Summary: Aria is reunited with Perry (who is now a Blood Lord) and introduced to the Tides. The only friend she has […]

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March 25, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Blog Tour: Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi + Interview | Katie's Book BlogKatie's Book Blog - […] for more reviews of Through the Ever Night? Rather Be Reading’s review Kristina’s World of Books’ review Cuddlebuggery Book Blog’s […]

January 8, 2014 - 7:01 am

Magan: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi, Magan - […] Veronica Rossi  (website | twitter) Other Books Written by This Author: Under the Never Sky | Through the Ever Night Publication Date: January 28, 2014 Publisher: HarperCollins Pages: 400 Target Audience: Young […]

December 31, 2013 - 12:02 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Farewell to 2013 - […] felt Veronica Rossi did a fantastic job of bringing the world to life in Through the Ever Night. I loved the first book in the series, Under the Never Sky, but dang did I feel even more hooked […]

January 22, 2013 - 5:11 pm

Magan - We’ve since tweeted about this and I AM SO HAPPY YOU ENDED UP LOVING IT! Go, Hannah! You’re going to love, love, love Roar in TtEN. Dang! So good!

January 21, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I just started reading Under the Never Sky yesterday (I know, I know), but I already bought this one because I’m anticipating wanting to read it as soon as I’m done with the first book. I’m crazy, right?

I’m like 30% through and definitely need more info on what’s going on. Rossi just throws you right into the story, doesn’t she? I’m a little confused on some of this business, not going to lie.

January 14, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Magan - Asheley — READ IT! READ IT! READ IT! 🙂

January 14, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh yay!!

I won a signed copy of this from Epic Reads several weeks ago and I’m DYING to get it in the mail. It seems like everyone has already read it and I’m having the most whiny of all fits because I WANT IT NOW WAHHH. Okay, I’m over that.

That being said, I literally DID just do a re-read of Under the Never Sky via audiobook recently and it was SO GOOD the second time around. And then I read the little novella. So I’m SO ANXIOUS to dive right into this story since everything is so fresh into my mind. I’m so excited that EVERYONE is loving it, and it seems like everyone is loving it at least as much or maybe even better than the first book. YAYYY!!!

January 13, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Magan - Anna — I don’t think I have a good answer. I LOVE THEM BOTH. EQUALLY.
Brittany — Yes! Natural is a great word to describe their relationship. It just worked. Le sigh…
Taylor — I hope you enjoy it just as much if not MORE!
Hemborgwife — you most certainly need to have this series in your life! 🙂

January 13, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Magan - Keertana — Yes! Me too! Ay yi yi! I just love all the characters! Can’t wait (well, I can because I don’t want it to end) to see how this wraps up!
Rachel — Haha! YES, your library does. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Roar = AWESOME.

January 13, 2013 - 2:43 pm

Magan - Mandee — YES, YES! Read UtNS SOON! 🙂

January 12, 2013 - 4:35 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve skimmed this because I am yet to read UtNS (I know, I know!) but I promise it’s on my read-soon list!!

January 10, 2013 - 6:57 pm

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - Yay! I’m so glad you loved this one! I just adored it and I was so pleasantly surprised by the direction Rossi chose to make this novel go in. I can’t wait for the sequel now and definitely Aria and Perry – not to mention Roar! LOVE HIM! 😀

January 10, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Rachel - MY LIBRARY NEEDS TO HURRY UP AND GIVE ME THIS BOOK. The wait is torture. I have heard nothing but good about TtEN. I’m so happy we get to see more of Roar. I loveeee him!

January 10, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Anna - PERRY OR ROAR: WHO DO I LOVE MORE? Decisions, decisions…

January 10, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I agree! I think Aria & Perry’s relationship felt much more natural in TtEN and I LOVED seeing so much more of Roar! I’m pretty sure I liked this one even more than UtNS! 🙂

January 10, 2013 - 10:31 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I loved Under the Never Sky, I can’t wait to read this one! Great review!

January 10, 2013 - 6:43 am

Hemborgwife - This sounds good I will need to search where I can get the first book!

Magan: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse Publication Date: July 10, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers Pages: 375 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, sci-fi, exile island, corrupt government, orphan Format read: ARC from Simon & Schuster at ALA. Summary: Alenna undergoes a government test to analyze her compliance and is sent to The […]

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May 30, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Sue - This looks amazing! Thank you 🙂

August 28, 2012 - 2:25 pm

Lena - AHHH, must read. Must. Read.

August 27, 2012 - 5:03 am

VeganYANerds - I’m so glad you enjoyed this, hun! I loved the cover from the moment I saw it but then read a few negative reviews, so I’m happy to read a positive one!

I like that Alenna develops over the course of the story and I’m so keen to read another sci fi/dystopian YA, especially if it has a similar feel to THG!

August 26, 2012 - 2:25 am

Kristen - I’ve been wanting to read this since I first laid eyes on the cover at B&N. With every new review I want to read it even more. The library doesn’t have it yet, so I might just have to buy this one! Thanks for the review. It sounds amazing!

August 26, 2012 - 12:03 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse, a review The Aussies Know How to Write Drama by Reina Telgemeier, a review How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr, a review […]

August 24, 2012 - 11:28 am

Jaime Morrow - I hadn’t heard of this one until reading your post, but it sounds really good. I went to Goodreads right away and added it to my TBR shelf. Thanks for the great review and recommendation! 🙂

August 24, 2012 - 11:28 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Ooh! I am SO EXCITED to read this because it sounds awesome. The concept is definitely intriguing, especially the idea of the Wheel.

August 24, 2012 - 9:55 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I really enjoyed this too – Except I felt like I was left wanting just a bit more! I loved the Wheel and the world that was created there, and especially the story behind it! I’m not quite sure I liked the romance enough, but definitely interested in reading the next book! Definitely some great things happening there.

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.