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Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy | Estelle Reviews

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy ( web | tweet ) Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 28, 2015 Pages: 288 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: grandparents, remarriage, cousins, new friends, popularity, parents & secrets Summary: After Grandpa Howe and Grandma Tess get married, Lana and Cassie are invited on their road trip honeymoon. Lana is hoping to embark […]

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May 18, 2015 - 12:55 pm

Alexa S. - I haven’t heard very much about Drive Me Crazy, so I’m really glad that you reviewed it today, E! It sounds like a great read, particularly since I love reading about different, unique family dynamics AND road trips. Sounds like a winning combination to me! 😉

Move Over Taylor || Corey Ann Haydu on NYC

♥ Earlier this week, I shared my thoughts on the lovely, important Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu. (Kirkus called her a ‘masterful wordsmith’ recently, and I couldn’t agree more.) I’m excited to host her on RBR as she chats about the setting of her new novel: New York City. Reading over her experience, I […]

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May 18, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - As if I didn’t already know I need to read this book! Love this post!

May 14, 2015 - 11:02 am

Alexa S. - I LOVE THIS POST! I moved to New York officially in 2012, and for the past 2+ years, my life has never been the same. It’s got its ups and downs, but I love it. And Corey did a good job of capturing it in Making Pretty AND in this post!

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu | Estelle Reviews

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu ( web | tweet ) Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 12, 2015 Pages: 368 | Target audience: Young adult Keywords: beauty, father/daughter relationships, sisters, NYC, romance Summary: It’s summer in NYC and Montana is dealing with having her college-aged sister/best friend, her plastic surgeon father and some unexpected news, […]

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January 28, 2016 - 3:31 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu | Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “explores the complexity of sister relationships” […]

January 2, 2016 - 8:01 am

Ladies in Read, Estelle - […] Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu: Corey Ann never speaks down to her readers and writes with honesty about beauty, sisters, and mysteries of love in this NYC summer story. (Runner up: Life By Committee.) […]

May 17, 2015 - 10:37 am

Haniya - This review looks really nice! Can’t wait to read it!

May 14, 2015 - 8:01 am

Move Over Taylor || Corey Ann Haydu on NYC - […] Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu … […]

May 11, 2015 - 2:30 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Life by Committee came out of nowhere last year and completely blew me away while also tapping into some themes that I connected with on a very personal level. So of course I was already excited to see what Haydu would do next. This review has me downright intrigued. I can’t wait to check it out.

(PS As a decidedly not fair complexioned person, I feel you with the hair stuff. In college I very foolishly decided to fix my own eyebrows and wound up removing nearly half of one eyebrow–only one mind. I had a friend in high school who essentially had no eyebrows for several months as well!)

May 11, 2015 - 11:13 am

Alexa S. - I love, love, LOVE these thoughts on Making Pretty so much, E! You’ve really captured the essence of Montana’s story so beautifully, and I love the way you managed to mention some of its elements that are so perfect for a discussion – her father’s career + how that affects their relationship, her friendships, her first love. It’s seriously a great, thought-provoking read!

Mothers of Book Lovers: Meet Pam & Ramona

Hello, pals! For both of us, a love of reading is a bit of a family tradition. With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we wanted the special ladies in our lives to take centerstage and stop by the blog to talk about their top reading picks and (unselfishly — we swear!) a little bit […]

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May 31, 2015 - 8:01 am

It's a Wrap | MAY We Remember You Kindly, Estelle - […] Mothers of Book Lovers: Meet Ramona & Pam […]

May 8, 2015 - 11:06 am

Alexa S. - This post is utterly adorable, ladies! I loved getting to know our moms a wee bit better, and I ADORE their preference for romance in their novels 😉 It’s lovely to see how much they encouraged you to read, and how it really took off in both your lives. Thanks for sharing!

May 7, 2015 - 11:01 pm

Pam - I think we are friends already….hello!

This was fun. When Magan asked me to do this, I said that I better do it then, that day! It was a very quickly written! I felt like I’ve done this before in a dream…weird, and I can’t seem to shake this feeling.

May 7, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Ramona - Love it….yes, Pam and I can and should be friends……

May 7, 2015 - 10:32 am

Emma @ Miss Print - I love this post idea! It’s so cool that both of your mothers were on board to guest post. And what great recs from both of your moms!

May 7, 2015 - 9:25 am

Christina - This is adorable! Happy Mothers’ Day!!

Black Iris by Leah Raeder | Estelle Reviews

Black Iris by Leah Raeder ( web |  tweet ) Published April 28, 2015 by Atria Pages: 368 Target audience: New adult Keywords: homophobia, bullying, revenge, sex, family, mental illness Summary: Pain and betrayal chased with emotionless sex and drugs take centerstage in this tale of revenge against her old life — as Laney finds her caught between […]

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May 5, 2015 - 6:48 am

Kimmy - I preordered this one and was super excited when it showed up! I was already looking forward to reading this, but your review has me even more intrigued!!

May 4, 2015 - 11:17 am

Alexa S. - I’ve seen Black Iris mentioned quite a few times, and I’m definitely curious! It sounds so intriguing. While I’m not usually a reader of thrillers, this one sounds really good. And really different, which is why I’m leaning towards giving it a shot. So glad to hear you enjoyed it!

The Big Wave & A Big Break | Pub Date

Friends, I am in a vacation state of mind. Every time an email from Jet Blue pops up in my inbox, I’m immediately scheming and dreaming. No plans on the docket for us, at the moment, but I’m hoping that will change soon… or maybe something magical will happen and I’ll be able to teleport […]

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June 19, 2015 - 9:07 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I didn’t realize Famous in Love was set in Hawaii!!! Man, I really do wish we had gone there on our honeymoon. Maybe we’ll travel someday for an anniversary trip 😉 I really want to visit Hawaii so badly!
I do like Kona brewing a lot! I don’t know if I’ve ever had Big Wave but I generally always like their beers!

May 1, 2015 - 11:02 am

Alexa S. - That beer looks so yummy! And I think a beer would be a mighty fine idea right now…