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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: You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle {website | twitter} Publication Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: documentary, realistic fiction, strained friendships, teenage reality movie Format read: ARC received via Edelweiss from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: At 16, Justine, Rory, Felix, Kiera, and Nate are […]

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May 31, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Bookworm1858 - I think I would have preferred the more light hearted story hinted at by the synopsis. I was looking for more of a beach read. Still I thought the way things came together in the city was very absorbing-it just took too long to reach that point.

May 30, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I would not have gotten this story from looking at the cover. The cover definitely has a different feel to it, I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds like such a unique concept and I’m glad to hear that the author was able to pull it off. This one is definitely going on my list! Thanks for the review!!

May 29, 2013 - 2:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Clearly, I MUST read this book. I was already intrigued by the concept, but now I’m extra excited after seeing your review. I love it when an author is able to craft real, believable characters — and put them in believable situations! I certainly will have this book on my radar now.

Magan: Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 21, 2013 Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 282 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: realistic contemporary fiction, sexting, community service, break-up Format read: ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, spreads a nude […]

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March 24, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Shree Vella - I havent read any Jennifer Brown, but thanks so much for your post. Im going to try her out! 🙂

May 29, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m certainly looking forward to reading this book! I just recently read PERFECT ESCAPE, and loved the way that Brown was able to tell her story. Her characters were really well-written, and the story was simple but still very meaningful. I loved it, and would highly recommend it!

May 24, 2013 - 3:09 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Hi there! Here’s another Jennifer Brown newbie *waves excitedly*!! Well, not…a newbie, exactly, as I still haven’t read anything by her – yet! I really want to, though. You make this book sound really, really good and interesting, but I think I’d like to read another one of hers first -just since I don’t really feel attracted to the topic…Hate List sounds like a good novel, as well, I think!

May 23, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Kelly - I love how many issues this explores! You’re so right about this being such a hot button issue right now, with the amount of teens sexting without realizing what the consequences might be if their nudies were to end up in the wrong hands. High school is hard enough without a naked photo of yourself circulating for everyone and their dog to see!

May 23, 2013 - 6:31 am

Lori - I’m so happy to hear that you loved this one! I really, really loved Hate List, but then Bitter End fell flat for me. I really need to give her others a try. This sounds like a good place to start.

May 22, 2013 - 11:43 pm

Bookworm1858 - I think this topic is so timely and I hope it opens up some discussion with young people (and not so young people) who seem to increasingly be caught up in situations like that. Still can’t believe that Ashleigh is the one given community service!

May 22, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Rachel - Oh yay! This is the first review I’ve read for this book and I’m happy to hear that you liked it! I’m looking forward to reading this one because of it’s extreme relevancy, as well as the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever read a book on this topic before. I’ve read one novel by Jennifer in the past and loved it, so I definitely have high hopes for this one!

May 22, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been excited for this one, glad to hear you think it’s worth picking up!

May 22, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Holly (Bookish Musings) - I’ve been curious about this book! I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Brown either but I have heard she’s a great author! I’m glad you enjoyed Thousand Words! I’m going to have to check this book out 🙂 Thanks for the great review!

May 22, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’ve heard that Jennifer Brown is an incredible author, so I’m happy to see you enjoyed this book. I definitely need to check out some of her work, I’ve heard Hate List is especially good. Fantastic review!

May 22, 2013 - 10:57 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, I’ve seen this book around a few times, I think it sounds like such an amazing book. Issue books really have such a strong message. This is one I definitely want to read, it sounds like Jennifer Brown is an amazing writer. Thanks for the review!

May 22, 2013 - 9:21 am

The Crazy Bookworm - I loved this one! Jennifer Brown can do no wrong! Great review 🙂

I would definitely recommend you check out Hate List next!