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Estelle: Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols

Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Pocket Books (Simon + Schuster) Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Vegas, PR, celebrities, enemies Format read: ARC sent to me from S+S! (Thank you!!) Summary: Wendy Mann has a lot riding on her current work assignment in Las […]

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March 8, 2013 - 9:01 am

The Big Kids' Table: Double Dipping, Estelle - […] Lauren DeStefano. ♥ With the recent release of YA queen Jennifer Echols’ first adult book (Star Crossed), I was thinking about other writers I’ve read who have also ventured into the adult world or […]

February 9, 2013 - 1:57 am

VeganYANerds - I missed this review, so I’m glad you mentioned it this week. It sounds fantastic and I’m so glad this will be out this month :)

February 8, 2013 - 9:00 am

The Big Kids' Table: Fiction Picks (February 2013) - […] fiction debut comes out on February 26! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Be sure to check out my review of Star Crossed to refresh your memory! Vegas! College rivals! Celebrities! The past! Such a fantastic read for […]

February 5, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Jamie - OH YAY! I want this one!! And it would fit the bill since I’ve been craving some adult fiction! Plus ROMANCE YAY!

February 4, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Lena - HAHAHAHA, I spelled my name wrong. Serious fail :O

February 4, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Lena - I’m dying to read this one and am so glad you loved it! There really is nothing sexier than two people who are attracted to each other but are off-limits.

Awesome review, hon! :)

February 3, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Tara - Jen Echols = auto-read for this gal. Star Crossed did not disappoint and I agree that Vegas was the perfect backdrop for all the shenanigans that took place. Thanks again for letting me borrow :)

February 1, 2013 - 6:03 am

Lori - Jennifer’s books seem to be kind of hit or miss for me and I really hadn’t given this one much thought. You have convinced me as you so often do. It sounds fabulous!

January 31, 2013 - 2:06 pm

elena - this does sound like a v sexy book but D: to creeptastic things. I can only imagine what goes down when you say it’s like a Lifetime film. HELLO CRAIGSLIST KILLER. buuut I digress. Wendy + Daniel’s story sounds like one I would be into because the off limits relationship intrigues me, I think I would want to be flipping the pages to their scenes too.

January 31, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - I’ve never read anything by Jennifer Echols because romance isn’t usually my thing, however, every now and again the mood will strike for something kinda swoony so I’ll go for it. And I do like that this is geared more for adults, because honestly, I can only take so much of the high school drama. I think the thing that’s most sppealing here is the forbidden “will they, won’t they” tease of it all. I think even that would have me all hot and bothered!

January 31, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Alexa Y. - EEP. I cannot wait to read this book! I’ve still only read one Jennifer Echols book (Such a Rush), but I absolutely LOVED that one. I think this one is precisely my cup of tea! I love that it’s an adult book too.

January 31, 2013 - 11:03 am

Cynthia - Oh this sounds good! Can’t wait to read it, I love Jennifer Echols and curious to see how I’ll like her fist adult novel. Great review Estelle! =D

January 31, 2013 - 10:30 am

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - OMG I can’t wait to read this!! My preorder is all lined up. I am a Jennifer Echols fangirl FOR LIFE. If her YA books have crazy chemistry and drama, I can’t wait to see what these “few steps further” are like!

January 31, 2013 - 9:22 am

Ginger @ GReads! - GREAT review, Estelle! You captured everything I loved about this novel so perfectly. With already being a total Jen Echols fangirl, it was hard to put this one down. I completely understand the need to stay in work clothes and keep reading, haha. Thank you again for sharing this one with me.

Magan: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer Publication Date: February 5, 2013 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Pages: 464 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood Format read: ARC from Macmillan at ALA Annual (Thank you!) Previously Reviewed: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer Summary: Cinder needs to figure out how […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I didn’t read this because I STILL haven’t read Cinder yet but I’m going to. I promise. Especially because you gave Scarlet a READ THIS NOW rating :)

February 3, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Tara - This book just left me with all the feelings! I loved how Cinder’s and Scarlet’s stories intertwined and I cannot wait for Cress. Thanks again for letting me borrow :)

February 1, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Kelly - I’ve only seen glowing reviews for this, which makes me want to re-read Cinder so I can be as prepared as possibly to enjoy it! And a brooding bad boy? My fate is sealed!

January 31, 2013 - 11:08 am

Cynthia - Dying to read this one!! I loved Cinder and can’t wait to find out what happens to her and Kai in this sequel. Also eager to meet these new characters, I’ve been hearing lots about Wolf. =D

January 30, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Suz @ A Soul Unsung - Oh wow! Now, I’m really super excited and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Scarlet, if it’s all of that and so much more! *g*

I know that I instantaneously fell head over feet for Cinder and broody boys are one of the best things ever written in fiction, true facts.

Fantastic review!

January 30, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Stormy - I cannot wait for this book. I thought at the beginning of 2013 that Divergent #3 was going to be my most anticipated book of the year, but at this point I realize, nope, I’m WAY more excited for Scarlet. And like you, I also always want more Kai!

January 30, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I couldn’t agree more with you about everything you just said about Scarlet. I loved how Meyer weaves these stories together. And Wolf was such an interesting character. I’m also not exactly sure how I feel about him. I mean, I love him, but also I am a but wary (and maybe even scared) of him as well. I hate waiting for Cress. And I have a long wait on my hands :(

January 30, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Annette - I kind of only skimmed your review, because I’m about 1/2 way through Scarlet — but I’m really excited to finish it! I’m loving it too!

January 30, 2013 - 11:02 am

Rachel - I haven’t read this yet (obviously), but the intertwined stories is what has me impressed the most/the main reason why I’m looking forward to this book. I liked Cinder, but I wasn’t the hugest fan of some of the characters, so I’m looking forward to having the same story from Cinder, with some new characters as well. Great review!

January 30, 2013 - 10:44 am

Alexa Y. - I absolutely loved Scarlet (and thank you again for letting me borrow it!). I think Marissa Meyer is wonderful writer, and I love how she’s turning these classic fairytales into something new and fun and modern. I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy – and to read the next installment when it FINALLY releases!

January 30, 2013 - 9:19 am

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - SO EXCITED! OMGOMG I just ordered this and it’s getting sent to me soon and I am freaking out so much. I just started reading Cinder all over again to prepare for the awesomeness. Everyone who has reviewed this has loved it! So glad that you liked it too! EEK!!

January 30, 2013 - 6:04 am

Lori - So happy to hear you loved it! I have no idea where she’s going to take us with this series and I love that.

January 30, 2013 - 5:47 am

Hemborgwife - I have had this is my amazon cart to pre-order for ages and this is really prompting me to actually make the purchase!

January 30, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I always want more Kai too! Jen Ryland/YA Romantics initially freaked me out, making me think there was a love triangle (with Thorne) but I’ve now read Scarlet and am relaxed on the Cinder/Kai front even if the evil queen is trying to get in the way. So glad to read someone’s thoughts who adores Kai like I do!

Magan: Hooked by Liz Fichera

Hooked by Liz Fichera ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 31, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: Gender and Racial Discrimination, Golf, Bullying Format read: ARC received via NetGalley Summary: When Fredricka (Fred) is recruited to play golf for the men’s varsity team at her high school, team member Seth is […]

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May 26, 2014 - 9:00 am

Played by Liz Fichera (YA Book Review) - […] companion novels! I didn’t read HOOKED (Magan read + reviewed it last year) so it was nice to start fresh in a new story with a few references to Fred and […]

February 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 2/3/2013 - […] A review of Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols A review of Scarlet by Marisa Meyer A review of Hooked by Liz Fichera A review of Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa […]

January 31, 2013 - 3:33 am

Kristen Evey - I literally laughed out loud when I read the keywords for this book. For some reason golf sandwiched between racial/gender discrimination and bullying struck me as hilarious.

Aside from that, I don’t think I’ll be reading this one. I can’t stand it when characters don’t stand up for themselves. I can handle a little of that, but if they don’t learn by the end to grow a backbone and do something, I just get really, really irritated. I wish the author had done more with this story too. So much potential for awesome! Great review Magan!

January 30, 2013 - 4:51 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - Oh when I saw “golf” of all things in the key words I was excited! Something a little different, you know? But now it sounds like I would end up throwing this book across the room. And that would damage either the book or my kindle, so it’s probably best I just stay away!

January 29, 2013 - 7:56 pm

VeganYANerds - Oh no :/ I do not do well with drama-filled books that continually let the MCs get taken advantage of over and over again. I have this for review but I’m a bit worried that I won’t feel much for it, either. Great review!

January 29, 2013 - 6:18 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Honestly, I’ve seen so many negative reviews of this one already, that I don’t think I’ll be picking this one up. Characters are oh-so critical for me, and it seems like both main characters don’t have any backbone at all. I want to feel the characters and their emotion, especially because this book is centered on the romance. I have the feeling that the romance falls pretty flat, since the characters are flat as well. Even with the uniqueness of being a Native American, I think I’ll have to pass on this one.

Fabulous review Magan! <3

January 29, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Magan - Bookworm — I definitely agree with your point about the hesitation to get the coach involved. Totally. I just wish that at some point, one of them would have taken a stand before it went as far as it did. It was so, so much to deal with. I did enjoy the book, but I didn’t LOVE it like I had hoped.

January 29, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Magan - Alexa — it’s definitely super interesting. Lots going on and I think there are definitely some good takeaways from it! I hope you enjoy!

January 29, 2013 - 10:21 am

Alexa Y. - I’m highly intrigued by this book, especially since it has such a large study of contrasts. The differences between the main characters are definitely something to think about – I’m curious to see how it plays out in this story.

January 29, 2013 - 9:20 am

Bookworm1858 - I really enjoyed this book but I didn’t even think about how passive the characters are. I do understand why Fred didn’t want to involve her coach though-lots of times kids are reluctant to bring in the adults under the assumption that that just makes the bullies sneakier and more aggressive.

Estelle: Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight

Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: January 29, 2013 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Jane Austen, ghosts, romance, matchmaking Format read: ARC received from the author. (Thanks!) Summary: Cate has always been on the prowl for her own Mr. Darcy, or her own Austen-esque happily […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I love Jane Austen, but I’m on the fence about this one. I hate to hear about the slow pace and lack of dialogue, so I’ll probably just keep an eye out for it at my library. If I see it, great. If not, oh well. There are so many so/so books inspired by Austen, and this sounds like it kind of falls into that territory.

February 3, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 2/3/2013 - […] Echols A review of Scarlet by Marisa Meyer A review of Hooked by Liz Fichera A review of Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa […]

January 31, 2013 - 3:27 am

Kristen Evey - First of all, LOL at Elena’s comment!^ I don’t think I really need to add anything. Except, of course, that the perfect guy is not Ryan Gosling. I used to think so, until I started watching Korean dramas. Now, well, Ryan isn’t looking so hot anymore.

ANYways, about the book, yes? This sounds, maybe interesting? I dunno. Too much stuff going on in the book could irritate me. But Ethan definitely sounds intriguing and I do love me some Jane Austen. Maybe I should just read Austen though. In any case, great review as always. :)

January 29, 2013 - 11:00 am

elena - UM HELLO THE PERFECT GUY DOES EXIST AND HIS NAME IS RYAN GOSLING! Also I’m not sure why but I find this line very amusing, “mysterious journal that Cate finds at a taco place.” Ethan sounds like a hottie with a body. This sounds like a fun book overall!

January 28, 2013 - 5:26 pm

Alexa Y. - This sounds like a pretty fun book, but the mishmash of elements does sound a bit overwhelming. While I have read and enjoyed Austen, I don’t consider myself a major fan – but I could probably still enjoy this book :)

January 28, 2013 - 12:06 pm

Cynthia - YESSS!!! A novel set in Austin!! I might read this one just for that. I love that city! =D I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not an Austen fan yet, since I haven’t read any of her books but I’m always intrigued by those novels that have something to do with Austen, so I’ll be adding this one to my list, and hopefully read an Austen novel sometime soon. =)

January 28, 2013 - 11:18 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Gosh, I love Jane Austen. I definitely need to look into these books. I have Me and Mr. Darcy that I want to read soon.

January 28, 2013 - 10:33 am

April Books & Wine - I love the premise of Austensibly Ordinary, but too many subplots annoy me. So, instead I think I’ll actually try to read some more actual Jane Austen (I just re-read P&P via audio last week and watched the 1995 miniseries — good life choice.)

Magan: Shelve It –> January 27, 2013

Hi, friends! I apologize for the late Shelve It. My poor laptop has been at the Apple store getting repaired. Actually, it was supposed to be better, but the problems I was having failed to return over the several days it was there so I have to wait + see if they happen again and then […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:02 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I feel like I’ve seen several posts about Bittersweet recently, even though it’s not a new book, so I’m definitely curious about that one. And yay for being able to meet Gayle Forman! How exciting :)

January 28, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Wow, you got to meet Gayle Forman =D

This is a really good haul! Over You sounds like a great book. Enjoy.

Here’s my Book Haul post.

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

January 28, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Alexa Y. - I definitely want to meet Gayle Forman at an event for Just One Day, just so I can ask her questions about her travels and hear her talk about them. She seems like such an amazing and really cool person! (And I’ve actually heard her speak before!)

January 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

April Books & Wine - Ahhhh, I am meeting Gayle on super bowl Sunday (because, ugh timing) and I literally cannot wait and am so nervous I’ll make a flailing mess of my self.

ALSO! Yay Bittersweet! I need to buy that at some point.

January 28, 2013 - 9:09 am

Rachel - I am so jealous that you have a copy of Over You, you don’t even know. Amy Reed is my favorite author ON THE PLANET. Also, yay for meeting Gayle Forman!! I’m reading Just One Day soon and I’m so excited for it.

January 28, 2013 - 8:34 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’m curious about Over You. You’ll have to let me know if you think I should read it. And boo on sending the computer in :( Hopefully it comes back all fixed up!

January 28, 2013 - 1:08 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Yay for Bittersweet! I read that one over the Christmas holidays, and really liked it. Sara Zarr is definitely a new favourite. And I am totally planning to read Just One Day, since you and many other wonderful bloggers, have loved it so much.

January 28, 2013 - 12:12 am

fishgirl182 - i’ve been meaning to read bittersweet for so long. it looks so cute. oooh and blaze sounds really cool. i used to want to draw comics when i was in jr high. i will def have to check that one out.

January 27, 2013 - 10:59 pm

Bookworm1858 - I’m really excited about Blaze-I was lucky enough to get a copy through Netgalley as well and can’t wait to dive in!

January 27, 2013 - 9:08 pm

elena - i need to go read those anatomy of a bf/gf books!! omg bittersweet made me sooo hungry for sweets even though i bought a pack of red velvet cupcakes in preparation.

ALSO PSH WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT! that is such an adorable picture and you both look lovely lovely lovely.

blaze sounds good! i remember being excited when it was fangirl but then eh once a summary once out but then they redid that summary SO. i guess i will wait to see what you think of it!


February 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Hi, friends! The first month of 2013 is almost over. You know what that means? Looking forward to a new month bursting with amazing releases! The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano is coming to an end (sigh), but we get to meet Scarlet in the Lunar Chronicles and see what Juliette is up to […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I already bought Unravel Me, but I’m also really looking forward to Out of the Easy and Pivot Point! Both sound interesting, and I’ve heard good things about both so that’s also really nice!

January 25, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Cassie - My oh my. SO MANY BOOKS. I read Unravel Me and adored it. I can’t speak highly enough about Tahereh Mafi’s writing. I can’t wait for The Ruining, Out of the Easy, The Reece Malcom List and How to Lead a Life of Crime!

January 25, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Rachel - Oh man, so many good books out this month! I’m excited for the rest of the world to read Unravel Me, as I finished that one recently. I’m looking forward to Pivot Point, The Ruining, and Hysteria.

January 25, 2013 - 11:01 am

Alexa Y. - There are SO many good books out this month, but I’m particularly looking forward to Unravel Me and Scarlet! I need to do a re-read of Scarlet once I get my own copy…

January 25, 2013 - 8:08 am

Jen - Well, we already discussed Unravel Me at length, so you already know my thoughts on that one :) Can’t wait for the finished copy so I can do a thorough and heart-pounding re-read!