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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: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 262 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Death, stalking, secrets Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: When Sawyer’s popular jock boyfriend dies in a car accident because of his drunk driving, she thinks […]

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February 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA Review) - […] the plus side, See Jane Run worked better for me than Jayne’s debut, Truly Madly Deadly. Why? This story line felt more relatable, and I must applaud an ending that comes out of left […]

August 11, 2013 - 8:03 am

Alexa Y. - Well, this doesn’t sound nearly as appealing as Dangerous Girls! I mean, I’m mildly curious about who did the deed. But I can’t seem to summon more that, honestly.

July 30, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This is the second review that I’ve read that has said pretty much the same thing. I’m not entirely sure that I’ll read this one because books like this make me all cringy and twitchy, but what it seems like your reaction is kind of what others are feeling too. I love the cover.

July 27, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I had been considering adding this one to my TBR pile, but the sound of that ending turns me off to this story. Although I might read Breaking Beautiful now because that sounds really good! 🙂

July 27, 2013 - 10:15 am

Bookworm1858 - I wish this was a more enthusiastic review as I actually bought this book instead of borrowing it from the library because I liked the sound of the concept so much. I will definitely still read it because I own it but I will lower my expectations.

July 26, 2013 - 5:59 pm

picturemereading - Too bad it wasn’t awesome! I love the description of the story!

July 26, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’ve read fairly mixed reviews about this book, although I would be lying if I said I wasn’t immediately intrigued by the book’s synopsis. I love the dark, twisted undercurrent of the story (The idea that perhaps the accident wasn’t that at all) and the fact that Sawyer is haunted by cryptic messages in the weeks following her boyfriend’s accident. Chilling! It’s a shame that this novel couldn’t quite seem to figure out what sort of story it wanted to be (i.e. Switching tone suddenly at the end of the novel) as had it remained a darker, grittier tale throughout I would be much more interested in reading it. As it is, I’m now left a little confused about its intention. Perhaps I’ll take a look at Breaking Beautiful instead…

July 26, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Annie - I actually didn’t connect much with Sawyer and I’m not sure if that’s because of the third-person narrative or simply because she was so underdeveloped. I didn’t know who she was and that made it challenging for me to really get into the book.

I thought the premise was really interesting though but at the end, when they revealed the killer (I knew it!), I was still left with a lot of questions like how did they do it? I think I needed more on the mystery front.

And I totally agree with you on the ending! That was super annoying for me as a reader. It just seemed so abrupt. ‘There was too much blood shed for a tone change like that.’ Ditto!

Estelle: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 16, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 400 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: spring break, friendships, murder Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thanks!) Summary: Spring break for a group of friends turns deadly when one of their own ends up […]

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May 4, 2015 - 8:00 am

Black Iris by Leah Raeder | Estelle Reviews, Estelle - […] when I say I haven’t read such an electrifying mystery crackling with so much tension since Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas. But since Dangerous Girls was a young adult book, picture all of that […]

September 3, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Book and a Beverage [7] – Estelle from Rather Be Reading | The Book Addict's Guide - […] are your top three books you would recommend to other people? Right now? I would recommend Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (even though it come out on July 16), Thunder Point series by Robyn Carr for those […]

November 18, 2013 - 3:10 am

Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas | Wendy's Book Blog - […] Estelle at Reading Gals  […]

July 18, 2013 - 11:52 am

Review: Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas | books, etc. - […] Estelle says buy it! […]

July 2, 2013 - 10:32 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds absolutely terrifying! I am such a weirdo about thrillers but I know that you loved it and recommend it so highly so I will try and get my hands on it when I can. But it does sounds so absolutely freaky (and like the Natalie Holloway thing!). EEK.

June 27, 2013 - 2:30 pm

Vyki @ On The Shelf - This is the first I have heard of this book and now I am very excited to have it on my TBR list. I am really good at figuring things out in books, so I am stoked about one that seems really twisted to catch me off guard. Great review! Found you over at The Book Addict’s Guide on Book and a Beverage. Great blog, new follower 🙂

June 25, 2013 - 11:39 am

Jamie - EEEE I’m so glad this is as good as it sounded!! I probably would have forgotten about this one had you not read it since nobody is talking about it at alllll.

June 25, 2013 - 9:56 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Nautical and The Sexy - […] (Totally kidding.) Since Estelle wrote her Dangerous Girls review, in which she discussed how it’s a fantastic thriller that she wanted to speed-read through, I have NEEDED IT in my hands. (Can July 16th hurry up and be here already?) The cover is a mix of […]

June 25, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Five and Five Favorites - […] Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (July 16 release): To call this book a page turner is just about the understatement of the year. A […]

June 23, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Estelle's Shelve It for 6/23/2013: Books, Pals + Events, Oh My!, Estelle - […] My eee! review of Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas […]

June 23, 2013 - 6:48 am

Martha - Lovely blog guys 🙂 Love the design and interesting posts!

June 22, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Lauren @ Lose Time Reading - Ever since you commented on my ALP review and mentioned this book I have been obsessed with it! I have already placed a preorder hold at the library for. I cannot wait to read this, it sounds exactly like something that interests me and if you hadn’t of mentioned it I probably would have continued to overlook it because the cover doesn’t really grab me! Great review Estelle 🙂

June 20, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - Ah! Natalee Holloway reference gives me goosebumps since *I* was a senior in high school in 2005 – I can still remember how my parents and my friends/schoolmates reacted to it. SO SCARY.

This one sounds like SUCH a good thriller and like you, I’m going to have a hard time not skipping to the end to find out what happens.

It’s an interesting twist on the “vacation-travely type of book”, which is like 99.9% of the time, a happy one.

What I’m trying to say is..I want this one now!

June 20, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Amanda - AH! I am DEFINITELY picking this up the next time I buy books. I am dying to read this book, especially with those comparisons you made to the Halloway and Knox cases! I haven’t read a good thriller book lately, so I’m excited to read this!

June 20, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Alexa Y. - Your goal in life is clearly to get me adding more books to my TBR, isn’t it? DANGEROUS GIRLS sounds thrilling and fantastic and just really GOOD. I’m so glad you liked it — and I’ll definitely be keeping your endorsement/recommendation in mind 😉

June 20, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - This novel sounds really exciting! I’m a sucker for true crime stories, both non-fiction and fiction, and this sounds like exactly the sort of book that I would enjoy. Thanks for the great recommendation 🙂

June 20, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Tara - I’m so pumped to read this! Hopefully I can start and finish it this weekend. I get wrapped up in those headline stories, too, so I’m curious to see how this book will make me feel.

June 20, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Rachel - You and I discussed this book a little while ago and I didn’t think I was going to read it but OMG it sounds really intense and good! I don’t read many mysteries because I get wayyyy too caught up in them, but like everything about this book sounds perfect.

June 20, 2013 - 9:10 am

Annette - Wow. This sounds like my kind of book. Love a fantastic thriller. Thanks!

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!!