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First Impressions: Paper Valentine vs Shut Out

Welcome to a new little feature here at Rather Be Reading. I, Magan, have had an extraordinarily hard time deciding what in the heck I want to read lately. I believe this happens to the best of us. Sometimes we just get stuck and despite the tons of books that line our shelves, we have […]

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July 23, 2013 - 10:07 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ooh, what a fun feature! I’m interested in how-on-earth you narrowed it down to these two! But like you, if my choices were these two and given your information here, I’d probably have chosen Brenna Y’s book. I actually have one or two of hers on my shelf (her covers are so lovely!) but I haven’t read it yet. And because of what you included here, I just went to my library’s website and added it to my “remember me” list. I kind of like ghost-y books sometimes so it sounds pretty fun.

July 21, 2013 - 10:11 pm

Alexa Y. - Both books sound really good for different reasons! Paper Valentine does intrigue me just the slightest bit more, and that’s mostly because of the cover. I love the way it looks honestly, and that would probably convince me to pick it up off the bookshelf if I saw it!

July 21, 2013 - 10:58 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really, really, really liked Paper Valentine. To be fair, I do love a good ghost story, but Paper Valentine has so much more going on. It’s definitely a favorite of mine. I hope you like the rest of it.

July 19, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Alisa Selene - I want to read this as well!

July 19, 2013 - 11:21 am

Kate Scott - We’ll you’ve convinced me. I’ve already read Shut Out and thought it was good but not great. I’d never even heard of Paper Valentine, but I’m putting it on my TBR list now. Also, I love your idea of reading the first chapter to decide. I primarily read ebooks and tend to get the sample chapters of lots of books and then only keep reading on the really good ones.

July 19, 2013 - 11:03 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yay!!!! I really, really enjoyed Paper Valentine. I don’t like ghosts (okay, I hate ghosts) but this was just the right amount of creepy and not designed to scare the pants off of me! The writing was so beautiful too! Loved the way this book was done 🙂

July 19, 2013 - 10:53 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Shut Out is definitely not meant to be just a steamy YA contemp. I found the message in it to hold a lot of substance. It focuses on teenage sex and the labels that teens put on each other and themselves, based on whether they’re sexually active or not. I like Kody’s writing because she isn’t afraid to shake things up a bit. I guess I took a personal connection with this one (& the DUFF) and it’s why I really liked it. There’s girl power and standing up for yourself, and coming to terms with the decisions you make. I enjoyed it.

July 19, 2013 - 9:16 am

Natalie @ books, etc - I am LOVING this new feature! I used to do this in bookstores all the time! It was very clever of you to turn this into a feature for your blog. As for the books you mentioned: I have read The DUFF and I really liked it, but I agree with you about its lack of depth. As for Paper Valentine – it sounds really interesting! I have never read a Brenna Yovanoff book, but I have another book by her (The Replacement) sitting at home on my bookshelf screaming at me to be read!

July 19, 2013 - 9:05 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - This is such a fun feature! Personally, Shut Out would totally be the winner for me, because I loved that book! Although I’m in the minority, I definitely thought it was better than The D.U.F.F..

I’m always a fan of lovely writing, though. ♥ I’m glad you’re enjoying Paper Valentine. I really like the cover, too!

July 19, 2013 - 8:58 am

Bookworm1858 - I guessed Paper Valentine would be the winner for you. Personally I think Shut Out is my least favorite of Keplinger’s books although still quite funny. I have yet to read Paper Valentine but it is on my list!

Magan: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor Released: September 27, 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Pages: 418 Target Audience: Young Adult Format: Library book Why I picked it up: It was brand new at my library! Summary: Karou is studying art in Prague; she has no family to speak of except for the monsters (that […]

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November 8, 2012 - 8:06 am

Book Review: Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor - […] of Blood and Starlight (Book #2) by Laini Taylor [twitter | website] Daughter of Smoke and Bone Review Publication Date: November 6, 2012 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: […]

February 21, 2012 - 10:20 pm

France - Taylor perfectly balances drama and action with wit and passion, the kind of read that tickles the imagination and seeps into the soul. Readers will delight in the mystery of the devil’s teeth, the brutal war between worlds and the truth of Karou’s identity, never knowing where this colorful saga will take them next. Taylor’s storytelling is stark and exquisite and lyrical, but also haunting, dark and sometimes tragic. When the many strands come together to reveal a stunning and heartbreaking truth, readers will never know what hit them. This is a fast-paced and high-soaring adventure that spans continents and worlds, generations and families — but ultimately it all comes down to one girl, one special, strange girl with a secret sadness and a forgotten past.

January 15, 2012 - 6:01 pm

Magan: In My Mailbox (2) | Rather Be Reading | Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book - […] reviewed Daughter of Smoke and Bone and LOVED IT. Share this: Posted in In My Mailbox, Magan, Memes by Magan, Week in ReviewTags: […]

January 15, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Magan - Mands, you should definitely give it a try! It was super different for me as well, but I think that’s what makes us better readers/reviewers. I think you’d really enjoy it! Don’t give up on it – read it all the way through. Their love is so… INTENSE and addicting. Wowza!

January 15, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Mands - I’m not sure that I will love this either but I’ve read so many good reviews (including this one!) that I want to read it anyway. None of my local libraries have and I don’t know if I should buy it I think I’m going to have to!

January 14, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - With a review like that, it makes me want to bump this book all the way to the top of my reading pile! I’ve always meant to check out this novel, but with your enthusiastic endorsement, it’s definitely getting more of a priority on my list of books to read in 2012 🙂

January 14, 2012 - 7:59 am

April Books & Wine - I love what you say in your review about family being the people you surround yourself with and absolutely agree that Daughter of Smoke And Bone does an amazing job showing this. I remember having an ache at the end of this book for Karou, mostly because of her family and their pain.

Absolutely this is a recipe for awesome 🙂

January 14, 2012 - 1:43 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Oooo! I have been so iffy about this one, but since you liked it I bet I will too. I either hear that people loved it or hated it, and books with reviews like that scare me. Haha. It sounds good, though, and I think you’ve convinced me I need to read this one. Thanks for the review!

Guest Post: Anna and the French Kiss – a writer’s point of view

Hello, I’m Anna!  I fell in love with children’s and YA literature four years ago when I was teaching at a private school. Of all the monotonous things that happened in my classroom, reading books was not among them. Crack open that cover, and a new world, a best friend, a glorious adventure emerged. I’d […]

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December 6, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Anna and the French Kiss is an amazing book. I love the review by Anna!

Top 10 Tuesday: The Sad & Lonely on Estelle’s Bookshelf

Happy Tuesday everyone! Estelle here! So excited to take part in my first Top Ten Tuesday started by the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish. Gotta say I couldn’t help crack a smile when I saw that today’s topic was about the very sad books on my bookshelf/Nook library that I keep passing by for […]

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November 16, 2011 - 12:41 pm

Hemborgwife - When we moved I rid myself of all unread books since shipping was so expensive but I am regretting it now since the library has just a small selection of books in English.

On another note I had book name plates as a kid too and I am actually thinking of getting some more since I bought an old cookbook and love the name of the original owner from 1947 being in it!

November 15, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Jamie - OMG GO READ LITTLE WOMEN!!!!!! AHHHH!! lol. I fell in love as a child and read it again as an adult and still the same fondness for it. The Help was on my list too! I really do want to read it soon because everyone also raves about the movie!

November 15, 2011 - 6:02 pm

Kell Smurthwaite - Little Women is lovely but very sad.
Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. 🙂