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July 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

      Hello, hello! Welcome back for another month of book releases. June just slipped away – quickly. So many great books to look forward to in July! What are you most excited about? There are so, so many books Estelle and I are looking out for. Check out our most anticipated July 2012 […]

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July 2, 2012 - 7:20 pm

FallenNatalia - July comes with the best summer reading books! Ugh… I hate the waiting!

July 1, 2012 - 12:15 pm

elena - ooh lots of books I haven’t heard of it here! I’ve seen The Thing About Truth’s cover but I don’t think I’ve actually read the summary. I’m curious to read it now!

July 1, 2012 - 10:21 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - So. Many. Good. Books. My wallet is not going to be able to handle all of the trauma! Haha

June 30, 2012 - 10:06 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Why have I never heard of Last Summer? I am tempted to read this one. You are not helping my wallet!! haha

June 30, 2012 - 6:11 pm

VeganYANerds - I can’t believe it’s already July, this year is going so fast! July looks like another awesome month when it comes to YA, I can’t wait for The Forsaken and Perfect Escape!

Magan: Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire

Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire Publication Date: July 10, 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Format Read: E-galley received from Netgalley Summary: Ordinary, plain Annie’s life changes completely by accident. A mirror contraption (allowing people to alter their appearances) her father has created freakily sends Annie away from her family […]

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July 6, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Magan - Mandee! You definitely should. The plot was fun and interesting. At times a little frustrating too because ya know, teenagers don’t always make the best choices. BUT, definitely worth a read. 🙂

July 6, 2012 - 3:56 pm

Magan - APRIL! If you watch 17 Again for nothing other than ZAC EFRON then my day will be made. Who doesn’t want to stare at that hunk-o-hotness?

Really looking forward to your review of this, lady! 🙂

July 2, 2012 - 8:12 am

April Books & Wine - I still haven’t seen 17 Again. Sigh.

That said, I have this from Netgalley and am looking forward to the non-physic-y parts and more the first part that you said was good.

My expectations have been adjusted, y’all. 😉

July 1, 2012 - 10:20 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I’m going to take a few minutes and just stare at that delicious picture of Zac Efron.


This book sounds incredibly cute! It’s a premise that definitely leaves me curious, and I’d love to read it, if only for sheer entertainment.

June 30, 2012 - 8:02 am

List of July 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire Goodreads | Amazon Magan’s Review […]

June 30, 2012 - 5:20 am

VeganYANerds - I’ve been wondering about this book, I heard about it recently and I really like the idea of the plot. It’s a shame about the loose ends but the plot sounds fun and interesting and I’d love to give this a go!

June 29, 2012 - 9:03 am

Morgan - I may or may not have only clicked on the Twitter link because I saw a photo of Zac. Well played. 🙂

Author Spotlight: A Chat with Gwendolyn Heasley

I’m so pleased to welcome Gwendolyn Heasley to Rather Be Reading. If you remember, last week I reviewed Gwen’s June release, A LONG WAY FROM YOU about a vibrant Texan who travels to New York to attend an art program for a month. A LONG WAY FROM YOU is a companion novel to her debut, […]

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June 29, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - This interview is great! I love that she put in favorite spots from the West Village WHERE SHE ACTUALLY LIVES! I’ll pick it up just for that! I’m about to post a grouchy review of Anna and the French Kiss (everyone has already read it but I wanted to explain what I don’t like about it so I could explain what I DO like about Lola!) I had a huge problem with the fact that it felt like the author hadn’t lived in Paris – which she hadn’t. It’s so much more fun when books are set in real places that authors know and love (or hate!) well!

June 28, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I love that her companion novel was set in New York! It’s extra special since I now live here too. Oh, and I’m in complete agreement about cookies!

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick  Publication Date: June 14, 2012 Publisher: Dial Books Pages: 395 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: Young love, next door neighbors, traumatic event Source: eBook received from NetGalley for review. Summary: Sam has watched the Garrett family from her rooftop for ten years. Her mother has kept her […]

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February 19, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 3. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick: Okay, so sure Samantha’s mother is downright atrocious sometimes, but let’s focus on the Garrett family. They have tons of kids, everyone is super close, they all have their role, and they’re a bit chaotic, but somehow, they make things work. I kid you not, guys, I’ve never wanted a big family (well, this big), but after finishing the book, I seriously considered having seven kids. Fitzpatrick just did so, so well with the large-family dynamic! (My review.) […]

July 1, 2012 - 7:01 am

Magan: Shelve It - July 1, 2012 - […] I recommend you have a friend on standby when you finish My Life Next Door. […]

June 29, 2012 - 12:25 pm

April Books & Wine - Sailor Supergirl! YES!


Sooooo much love for My Life Next Door. And Jase. And all the intricate details. PRETTY MUCH EVERY SINGLE THING.

June 29, 2012 - 1:07 am

VeganYANerds - This really does sound fantastic! I’m really sad it’s not being pub’d here, I think I’m going to have to cave and order it like NOW!

I really can’t to read about Sam and Jase, their relationship sounds so sweet!

June 28, 2012 - 1:42 pm

Annette - OK. Your review has put me over the edge. This is now on my list. Great stuff!

June 28, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Oh, I really want to read this one! It sounds so sweet, and your review has me itching to get it sooner! Plus, you’ve got me really curious about this event you speak of. 🙂

June 28, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Isn’t it just such a wonderful book? I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and going through the whole spectrum of emotions that I did. Jase and Sam have such a realistic, and sigh-inducing love story.

June 28, 2012 - 11:49 am

Beatriz @ AWWIP - Great review 😀 I can’t wait to read this book, it sounds so good… but I’m afraid of this big change towards the ending o.o

June 28, 2012 - 11:41 am

Keertana @Ivy Book Bindings - Amazing review Magan! Although I didn’t enjoy this book as much as others seemed to, I’m glad you really liked it! 😀

Ivy Book Bindings

June 28, 2012 - 10:14 am

elena - I AGREE WITH THIS REVIEW WHOLE-HEARTEDLY! I agree about Sam, I really loved her character and she really did need excitement in her life. Steaminess is so right, her and Jase were so good together. I also like how…easy their relationship was, if that makes sense? Wonderful review, Magan!

June 28, 2012 - 9:06 am

Tara - I have so much LOVE for this book and everything about it. The game-changing event totally threw me for a loop too and really pointed the story in a new direction. Having Estelle and Ginger on hand to discuss I’m sure helped a ton!

Estelle: Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford

Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Amazon Pages: 302 Target audience: Adult fiction Keywords: infertility, adoption, cancer, loss of parent, estranged parent, marriage Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (Thanks!) Summary: This book details the emotional journey of Helen, a woman who after years of trying to […]

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September 20, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg ( Amazon | B&N ) Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman ( Amazon ) Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford ( Amazon ) For Amazon Prime members, you can downlaud this for free! New […]

June 29, 2012 - 1:09 am

VeganYANerds - This really does sound heartbreaking, but I am a sucker for books like this and I really enjoyed your review, Estelle!

June 28, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Oh E, this one sounds really, really, really good. I always have a space in my heart for novels that focus on difficult situations, that will really touch a reader’s heart. And I will definitely be checking this one out.

As always, I love when you write reviews for adult novels. I don’t have enough of those in my life!

June 27, 2012 - 10:49 am

Jessie Marie - I recently read a book very similar to this. The stories aren’t relatable but the major themes (nontraditional families, searching for one’s biological parents, etc.) and feelings they invoked are very familiar to me. I didn’t think another book like that existed but I’m glad to hear about Daughters for a Time, a book I’d not heard about till now.

I really loved this review. Definitely got across to me that I need to read it. I don’t think fiction gets any better than real, strong emotions that take over one’s heart and it sounds like Daughters for a Time does that exactly.

Yeah, we all go for the high intensity, fast paced YA dystopians. But sometimes an adult book with real life stories between the covers is just every bit as amazing, if not more so. Thanks for bringing this to attention. : )

Magan: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer [website | twitter] Publication Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 352 Format read: ARC won from Goodreads giveaway. Keywords: high school, first dating relationships, overcoming fears Summary: Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are three brilliantly smart girls destined for Ivy league colleges and great futures. However, an […]

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October 15, 2012 - 7:02 am

Magan: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill - […] mentioned in my Smart Girls Get What They Want review that there are two types of books – those definitely written for teenagers and those who are […]

June 29, 2012 - 1:01 am

VeganYANerds - This does sound like a fun read and I really like that it contains a positive message for teens! Great review!

June 28, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I was that girl in high school too – the booklover, the one who was determined to make something of herself and found a way to do that through her grades. This book sounds pretty fun and I hope I get the chance to read it!

June 26, 2012 - 9:32 am

Tara - I was so that girl in high school too! I graduated with a class of 73 people and I knew I had to get good grades to be able to move on. I’m glad to hear the book picks up after the slow start and props to you for sticking it out!

June 26, 2012 - 3:26 am

Kate @ Musings - I love Sarah Strohmeyer! When I saw hat she came out with this book, I wanted to read it. I think I will still give it a try, and wish that my girls would read it, I am sure. Sad to hear that the first 130 pages were slow…not a great way to hook young ladies – but maybe the smart ones will stick with it and get a good lesson from it!

June 25, 2012 - 4:24 pm

elena - Love the point you made about two types of YA books because that’s so true. I’m glad that even though this book had a rocky start, you ended up enjoying it by the end. Overall, it sounds like a cute story!