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Estelle: Three Sisters by Susan Mallery

Three Sisters by Susan Mallery ( web | tweet ) Part of the Blackberry Island series but can be read as a standalone. Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 345 Target audience: adult Keywords: new start, family, tragedy, friendship Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: After being left at […]

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March 7, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Anna - You know how I feel about sister books.

March 1, 2013 - 3:47 pm

elena - I DO SIGH AND THINK THAT!!! except i haven’t been reading lately so that emotion sadly has been absent for awhile now. woe!

blackberry island is a qt name. i was always into the small town aspect because i want to know my neighbours (if they are cool) too. in all the places i live, i don’t know my neighbours, haha. i like that three ladies give the reader a different perspective of each one! i think i would prob like andi the best becaue crushin’ is great unless you actually get crushed.

February 28, 2013 - 11:40 am

Alexa Y. - I have a soft spot for adult romances that combine various stories into one novel for some reason, and it’s intriguing that they live in three houses named Three Sisters (did I get that right?). This sounds like a nice, cozy read to me.

Magan: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt [ tweet | web ] Publication Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 320 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: technology, 1962, internet relationships, strong family and sibling relationships Format read: ARC received via NetGalley (Thank you!) Summary: Mallory feels betrayed after she finds out her boyfriend, Jeremy, has been cheating […]

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June 4, 2014 - 1:27 pm

YA Book Review: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt - […] 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 […]

April 21, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Book Review: Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “I want to put copies of this book in the hands of some of my friends who place entirely too m… […]

August 13, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook, Magan - […] Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt: Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker : Goodreads | […]

March 18, 2013 - 12:00 am

YA Book Review: Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Leavitt - […] work like I was, you should check out Sean Griswold’s Head and then follow up with Going Vintage — they’re both strong contemporary stories about very real, original girls trying to […]

March 3, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Magan - Jess — Mallory was definitely a unique character. So quirky and fun! I hope you love Going Vintage when you read it!

Lori! — I haven’t read Sean Griswold’s Head yet. It’s totally on my TBR though! I’m so glad you loved it. :)

Quinn — I definitely wouldn’t say Going Vintage was terrible. Mallory was a character that was hard to relate to in the beginning, and I think intentionally a little annoying, so we could see her grow and change. But swoon! Oliver! :)

March 3, 2013 - 8:05 am

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] Bennett review Magan in High School { a personal piece } Three Sisters by Susan Mallery review Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt review Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda […]

February 28, 2013 - 8:30 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Yeah, I read Going Vintage last week. I wan’t in love with it. I mean, it wasn’t terrible, but I just wasn’t able to connect to Mallory. I did love Oliver, though. :)

February 28, 2013 - 6:04 am

Lori - I enjoyed this one, but I do wish that I could have loved it like I wanted to. The bond between the sisters was definitely my favorite part. They were so much fun.

Have you read Sean Griswold’s Head yet? LOVED that one!

February 27, 2013 - 9:08 pm

Jess - Wow, what a nostalgic read ! I like the plot and Mallory sounds like a unique character.

February 27, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Magan - Alexa, I hope you enjoy it. It’s definitely fun! Mallory goes through a transformation but it’s not overwhelming and in your face. I hope you enjoy!

February 27, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Magan - Renae, I agree family dynamics go a long way. It was a great depiction of home life without seeming too ideal or perfect. Mallory definitely had some flaws, but I feel she grew by the end. And Oliver, I liked him a lot. He was respectful and likeable and insightful. That doesn’t always happen with YA boys so it won me over. :)

February 27, 2013 - 5:34 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds so cute! I definitely want to read it, if just to see how this crazy new change that she has going on plays out. Plus, the romance (the budding one) sounds really cute!

February 27, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - My favorite part of this book was definitely the family relationships. I loved how flawed and real Mallory’s home life was, especially with her mom’s big secret and they way her parents acted around each other. Leavitt really nailed that portrayal for me. Otherwise, though, I didn’t care for Mallory as a main character, and though I think I liked Oliver, he wasn’t totally awesome. But still, realistic family dynamics go a long, long way with me.

February 27, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Magan - April, Oliver IS all sorts of fabulous. He was exactly the kind of boy I wanted to read about – intelligent, fun, caring, witty, a bit sarcastic. Ugh, so good. There are a few things that are like “huh” in the beginning that Mallory says or does, but I got over it. In the end, I thought the book had a good message and I, too, could use some time away from my computer every now and then. *face palm*

February 27, 2013 - 3:56 pm

April Books & Wine - I am one of those people who needs this book. I spend WAYYYY too much time online and so,Going Vintage sounds exactly like a me-sort of book. ALSO! Oliver sounds fabulous.

February 27, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Magan - Bookworm, I could not agree more with you about Ginnie. She was an amazing character! Their bond was so, so incredible. It’s rare to find siblings who love each other so much. Usually they bicker or dislike each other to the extreme. And Oliver? I could always use more Oliver. 😉

February 27, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Magan - Cynthia, I definitely understand the negatives that these mixed reviews have spoken of. Sure Mallory’s decision is quickly made and yes, her personality is a bit abrasive in the beginning, but I think she grows a lot from her experience. And OLIVER! Oliver and Ginnie save the day. Well, not literally, but they’re both amazing characters!

February 27, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Tara, there were a few things that I didn’t quite get in the beginning and Mallory’s personality was a little grating at first, but the more I thought about it after I finished it, the happier I was about reading it. Can’t wait to see what you think!

February 27, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Magan - Annette! You are not OLD! I don’t consider you old at all! :) I really hope you enjoy it! Can’t wait to see what ya think!

February 27, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Mandee, that’s awesome! That show sounds so interesting! I think I would definitely suffer a bit if I had to go through something like that. I rely heavily on technology! I’m glad you like Oliver. he and Ginnie were definitely my favorites! :) I hope you enjoy Going Vintage!

February 27, 2013 - 3:02 pm

VeganYANerds - I have been waiting on this ever since I saw the adorable cover, so I am so happy you enjoyed it, Magan!

The idea of switching off all modern tech is interesting, there was a tv show here that followed a family and they took all their technology away from them and started a particular decade and each week or month they would get new technology and move forward a decade, I think the kids found it really difficult.

I like the sound of Oliver already, and Mallory even if she was a bit judgemental.

February 27, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Annette - I’m getting ready to read this one soon too. I was BORN in 1962 (yes, I’m very OLD) so I’m especially interested in this one. Great review!

February 27, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Tara - I have this book and am reading it soon–I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it! It sounds like it’s right up my alley as well.

February 27, 2013 - 11:14 am

Cynthia - I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one because I’ve been reading some mixed reviews and wasn’t so sure about it but now I think I’ll definitely give it a try. Great review Magan! =D

February 27, 2013 - 12:48 am

Bookworm1858 - I liked Oliver a lot too-I feel like the book could have used more of him but my favorite character was definitely Ginnie. What a great sister and character!

Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Happy Book Release Day to Robin Benway for Also Known As! I reviewed this book a few weeks ago, and thought it was an absolute joy from the setting (New York City!) to the supporting characters (hilarious) and a sweet romance (yet kind of forbidden). Maggie is a world-renowned safe cracker in a family of spies, part […]

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February 27, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Alexa Y. - This post is all sorts of ADORABLE. I absolutely love the items you’ve picked out to go with this book, and now I kind of want them all for myself :)

February 26, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Annie - So glad to see this feature is back! Love it! And Also Known As sounds amazing! It’s definitely on my TBR!

February 26, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - What a fantastic idea! I haven’t read this yet, but I love the idea of this gift pack. :)

February 26, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Tara - How fun is this?! I just finished this book yesterday and thought it was so cute and fun. Your gift pack fits the book PERFECTLY.

February 26, 2013 - 1:16 pm

elena - I LOVE this feature!! The necklace is adorbs and I wouldn’t say no to a Starbucks gift card.

February 26, 2013 - 10:47 am

Kristin - Ever since I read Sarah Dessen’s Lock and Key, I’ve wanted a key style necklace on a long chain. I found a pretty cool one made from found objects at a steampunk jewelry store in Wilmington, NC, but it just has keys, no lock. I LOVE this one from Fossil (*hint to the husband!!). Thanks for sharing!

February 26, 2013 - 9:25 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Cute! Cute! Cute! I haven’t read this book yet, but I am loving the theme pack you picked to go along with it.

February 26, 2013 - 9:08 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - LOVE the Anne Taintor journal. It’s a dilemma I go through every morning. 😛

Estelle: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally ( tweet | web) Part of the Hundred Oaks series (but can be read as a standalone) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: SourceBooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: religion, choices, friendship, romance, summer Format read: ARC won from a contest held by the author. (Thank […]

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September 2, 2014 - 9:01 am

A Brave Reminder: On a Personal Note (Book List) - […] Before You by Jo Jo Moyes | Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally | Only Everything by Kieran […]

November 26, 2013 - 9:01 am

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally On Tour (Review + Giveaway), Estelle - […] Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: horses, responsibilities, family obligations, class differences Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Last book we received by M. Kenneally: Things I Can’t Forget […]

March 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Shelve It for March 10, 2013 - […] Requiem by Lauren Oliver + Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (Estelle’s Review) + Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (Recommended to me by Lori of Pure […]

March 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] review Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt review Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally […]

February 28, 2013 - 6:06 am

Lori - For some reason I have yet to read one of Kenneally’s books. Sounds like I need to change that NOW! :)

February 27, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow. This sounds extremely appealing to me for some reason, and not just because of the summer camp aspect! I think I may need to dive in Miranda’s work ASAP just so I can read this one sooner :)

February 25, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I am SO excited for this one! It sounds so great, and I really liked Catching Jordan. I want to read it even more after reading this review. I keep checking back for either of my library systems to get it in so I can place a hold on it and get it quickly. So far, no luck, but hopefully soon! Obsession can pay off. 😀

February 25, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Vivian - I bought the 1st two books in this series bc everyone says how awesome they are and Miranda is great. I seriously need to read them soon tho! This one sounds like it’ll be just as amazing. Can’t wait to read it. Great review!

February 25, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - I can’t wait for this one to come out ! I started reading Stealing Parker and have found her books to be ideal contemporary novels. I always enjoy a good book about the summer

February 25, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I like each book better with her and i am glad to see this review fits the trend! Also, i went to summer camp for 8 years so this book pretty much has to happen for me :)

February 25, 2013 - 6:04 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m so glad to hear that the third book is good! I have books 1 & 2 but I haven’t read them yet, but I am looking forward to the series even more now :)

February 25, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, I’m dying to read this book, and your review isn’t helping. I’m so glad there are Parker and Jordan sightings and that Will plays a bigger role than I originally thought.

Ahhh, can’t wait to read this!

February 25, 2013 - 11:39 am

elena - Even though I am wary about the religious aspects despite your reassurances it’s not preachy, I really liked this line about the book: Things I Can’t Forget is so much about romance, friendship, and the magic and possibility that summer promises. I like ALL of those things! It sounds like this book really resonated with you & I know it’s definitely made you think. Thanks for the insightful review as always.

February 25, 2013 - 10:31 am

Tara - I have heard so much praise about these books and this author that I’m ashamed I haven’t read them yet :( You might have just sent me over the edge Estelle :)

March 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Okay, so this is silly, but I’m still so ridiculously giddy over all the graphics Alex made for us. Inserting our new Monthly Book Release one above makes me soooo happy because this is the first official time I get to use it. *happy dance* Anyway — what’s kind of depressing is that we’re soon […]

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February 27, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Magan - Thanks, Maggie! :) We appreciate your compliments so much! You’re the sweetest! xoxox

February 27, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Magan - Right, Alexa? So many good ones, not enough time! :)

February 27, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Alexa Y. - As always, your monthly post has reminded me that there are a TON of great books that I want to read during March! Now if only I had a Time Turner so I could get to them all…

February 27, 2013 - 12:13 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I love the graphic. Seriously, this is one of the prettiest blogs out there. Thanks for this handy dandy list! :)

February 25, 2013 - 11:19 am

Cynthia - So many great books coming out this month. I cannot wait for Requiem!!

February 24, 2013 - 8:14 am

Bella - March looks like a very good month for book releases! :] I’m really excited for The Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Going Vintage, and Poison. Thanks so much for sharing!

February 23, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - So Magan I can totally understand why you’re so excited to use that graphic, because it is ridiculously awesome. I am still in awe of your gorgeous blog design, even though I’ve visited your blog so much since it was redone. But it never fails to blow me away!

But anyways, I’m pretty much dying for Requiem as well. I plan to completely blow off ALL homework that day, and just spend the night reading. I want no disturbances.

I’m also pretty excited for Mila 2.0 and The Murmurings! Both sounds fabulous.

Thanks for sharing, Magan! <3

February 23, 2013 - 11:35 am

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - Oh my gosh, SO stinkin excited for Requiem. Thanks for sharing all of these. :)

February 22, 2013 - 6:50 pm

Annie - The books sound amazing, and I love all the covers! They’re brilliant! I’m so excited for Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, it sounds great!

February 22, 2013 - 4:37 pm

elena - I’m excited for Let the Sky Fall and Poison! Like you already know, I’m soo curious to see what you’ll think of Requiem.

February 22, 2013 - 10:39 am

Magan - Bookworm, there’s just no end in sight for all the awesome. Really, so, so many good things coming! My husband will flip if he finds out how many I *want* to buy! 😉

February 22, 2013 - 10:38 am

Magan - Ginger! It’s still March! I feel a little like a fraud because I haven’t read the other two books. I know, I know! :(

February 22, 2013 - 10:37 am

Magan - Ugh, LENA! I’m not sure how I forgot this. Well, yes I do. It was 1:00AM when I was putting this list together. Thanks for the heads up — I added it to the list!

February 22, 2013 - 9:54 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - LOVE this post, but my bank account hates you! Goodbye savings, hello goodies! I’m seriously excited about GOING VINTAGE and REQUIEM. Tsk, tsk, tsk, Magan, you forgot THINGS I CAN’T FORGET. March 1st, yo!

February 22, 2013 - 9:51 am

Ginger @ GReads! - There’s a pretty important book coming out in March that didn’t make your list: CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. Or at least I think it’s coming out in March, unless they changed the date AGAIN lol.

February 22, 2013 - 9:11 am

Bookworm1858 - So I was hoping that March would be a slower month after all the great releases of January and February but I was wrong. There are just so many amazing books and I’m sad because I know I can’t get to them all :(

Estelle’s Shelve It >> 2/21/2013

I’ve realized something tonight… filming a Shelve It v-log is not as much fun if you are alone. Sadface! I miss Magan. A lot. But, alas, here I am in New York while she is out bowling tonight. (I hope she gets some strikes!) Anyway, I’m a little late with my bi-weekly post but I […]

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February 27, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Alexa Y. - I love all the birthday love you received and shared in this post!

I’m not surprised Elena gave you CNV, as she gifted it to me to for my birthday… She’s the biggest book pusher for that book, and it’s worth the time, trust me.

And I’m curious to see what you have to say about Shadow & Bone if you get around to reading it!

Also, totally jealous you have the Bombshell album. I WANT.

February 27, 2013 - 12:33 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I’m so excited for you to read Code Name Verity and The Piper’s Son! I hope you had a wonderful birthday. :)

February 25, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Estelle, you are too cute for words. So glad you got so many goodies for your birthday. :-)

February 22, 2013 - 4:48 pm

elena - ahh I really hope you’ll like CNV!!! you and M should do a readalong. ahem!!! also, I’m quite curious to see what you’ll think of Shadow and Bone. I adore Leigh.

February 22, 2013 - 9:58 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - You are too adorable for words, Estelle. :) I’m so happy you’ve had an awesome last two weeks and that you got so many awesome gifts for your bday. 😀 Enjoy!!