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Wildlife by Fiona Wood | Estelle Reviews

Wildlife by Fiona Wood ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 16, 2014 Publisher: Poppy/Little, Brown for Kids Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Australia, friendship, sex, relationships, nature, grief Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: Sib and Lou are two students living in the wilderness for the semester while dealing with […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:43 am

Alexa S. - I gave Wildlife another shot recently, and wound up really liking it. It was mostly because I found things about Lou and Sib that I could identify with, which gave me a stronger personal connection with the story! I also really liked the idea of a semester in the wilderness; why didn’t I get to do that in high school?

November 23, 2014 - 10:58 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - The fact that this book takes place in the woods and has some good inner dialogue makes me want to read it when I am in the mood for a slower paced book. And short chapters for the win!

November 18, 2014 - 7:39 am

Felicia - Hey (:

I like how you list pros and cons. It actually makes it a lot easier to read a review and get a quick overall opinion on the book.
Lovely!

– Love, Felicia
( http://asillygirlsthoughts.weebly.com/ )

November 17, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Mawa Mahima - Wow…I’d read it just for the setting…a semester in the wilderness? It get pros just for that I think! Short chapters are also quite awesome, however I don’t see how the pacing can be slow with short chapters…Would that make for a good story or not?

Steal the North by Heather B. Bergstrom | Estelle Reviews

Steal the North by Heather B. Bergstorm ( facebook ) Publication Date: April 10, 2014 Publisher: Viking Pages: 336 Target audience: Adult Keywords: family secrets, faith, nature, young love Format read: Borrowed from library after glowing rec from Leah at The Pretty Good Gatsby. Summary: Sixteen year old Emmy is shipped off to spend the […]

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December 15, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] Steal the North freaking knocked my socks off. For regular YA readers, this is the perfect pick for crossover because the main character is a teen going through a ton of changes with family, boys, and herself. The writing is beyond spectacular. Big thanks to Leah at The Pretty Good Gatsby for putting it on my radar. […]

November 21, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Alexa S. - Steal the North is definitely seems like an incredibly intense reading experience! So many layers, so many characters – I just think it would be an interesting read. Glad you wound up enjoying it.

November 17, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Heather Brittain Bergstrom - Thank you so much, Estelle, for writing and posting such a thoughtful and awesome review of my debut. It is thrilling for me as a writer when a reader gets EVERYTHING I was trying to accomplish. I especially liked your attention to the spiritual aspect of the novel. Lovely review! Yours and Leah’s…two of my very favorite reviews! Thanks again!

November 10, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Leah - Oh, Estelle. ♥ ♥ ♥!!! I’m beyond thrilled that you loved this one so much and I’ve been DYING to read your review. It’s so hard to put into words just how this book made me feel: I seriously ran the gamut of emotions and your review made me FEEL all over again – a reread is totally in order!
I hope Heather writes another book – AND SOON. This is a debut, E! That boggles my mind.

November 10, 2014 - 10:42 am

Brianna - This one sounds like a book to savor and get lost in. Thanks for sharing your review.

November 10, 2014 - 9:37 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I first saw this book when you featured it along with some other Adult titles in a post (I’ve blanked on the feature). I don’t really read Adult books, but I’m sure I will in a soon, and boy, you’ve sold me. it might take me a little while to get round to this, but in the meantime, I’m off to add this to my TBR. You make this sound fantastic, thanks to your fabulous review! So glad you liked it!

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho | Estelle Reviews

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 6, 2014 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, 90s, New York City, romance, sickness Format read: ARC borrowed from Gaby at Book Broads. (Thanks!) Summary: Althea and Oliver have been best friends since they were kids. […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:52 am

Alexa S. - I hadn’t really heard a lot about Althea & Oliver prior to your review. And really, how could I NOT have heard about this one before now? It sounds really interesting, and I love that you feel like the dynamics of their friendship and the plot was pretty well done, even with the melancholy tone. I’m definitely considering reading this!

November 19, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! Looks like we really had very similar feelings & thoughts. I really enjoyed how mature this was — both in content and writing. I felt like it just really all fit together and certain situations just made the characters more real.

November 9, 2014 - 9:53 am

Sue Holmes - This sounds really good. I haven’t heard about it before and admittedly the cover puts me off, but I like the sound of the characters, especially that they go through ‘stuff’ and grow on a personal level. We don’t see enough of this in YA. Thank you for the great review. 🙂

November 8, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Brianna - This is the first review I’ve read of this one, but it sounds really good. I love that it’s set in the 90s. I think technology invades books too much anymore.

November 7, 2014 - 11:23 pm

Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure - This looks like my type of read! I’m glad it wasn’t fluffy. I prefer more serious contemporaries. Great review! I’m looking forward to reading this one. 🙂

November 7, 2014 - 1:19 am

Rebecca - I heard about this at an event months ago and liked the sound of it, but unfortunately haven’t heard much about it since. I’m intrigued by the topics the author touches on, plus I love novels set in the past decades, but that don’t fall under historical. I’m glad you liked this!

November 6, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about Althea and Oliver. I keep side-eyeing it while I am at work. It’s that yellow cover – so eye catching.

Anyway, I’m glad that you did like this. I think I will give it a try sometime, but when my brain is a little more focused than it has been lately.

The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard | Estelle Reviews

The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 432 Target audience: Adult Keywords: family, death, revenge, effects of traumatic events Format read: Finished copy provided by Harlequin. (Thanks!) Summary: When Daniel dies in a freak accident, his parents and sister have no way […]

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November 26, 2014 - 11:29 am

Alexa S. - I have an odd fascination with grief, and seeing how different people manage to portray the many different ways it gets experienced. Grappling with the concept of grief is what makes The Fragile World sound so interesting to me, and I really think I’d like to give this one a shot at some point!

November 2, 2014 - 11:24 am

Brianna - I love with books with alternating POVs and this one sounds really good.

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts | Estelle Reviews

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/2/2014 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, friendship, family, recovery Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Zac unexpectedly meets Mia in the hospital while he is recovering from a bone marrow transplant. […]

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November 24, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Alexa S. - While I didn’t quite love Zac and Mia, I did like how Betts portrayed their characters. Zac, in particular, was a favorite for me right off the bat, and the reason that I flew through the pages as quickly as I did. It’s seriously an interesting take on a story about teens with cancer!

October 27, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Brianna - I read two pages of TFIOS before returning it to the library. I could not get behind that book at all. I’ve never read E & P. I always find it interesting when publishers out and out compare a new book to a successful book. Let the new book be a success on its own.

October 27, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Rachele - Hello Estelle

I enjoyed reading your post about this book. I am not familiar with the author A.J. Betts I will have to look up other things that he has written. I agree with you that Fault in Our Stars was a good book and also very emotional, especially the movie, but it was also hard for me to get past all the wording and the metaphor’s these characters used. When I read the book I thought about how people these days do not really talk like that, sure we use metaphor’s here and there, but not as much as these characters did. Don’t get me wrong good book but not my favorite. I am very interested in reading about Zac and Mia so I will have to put that on my reading list. Thank You

October 27, 2014 - 11:10 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m glad you liked this. I haven’t read it, and I’m not sure I want to with the whole cancer aspect to the book (sometimes that’s just too sad for me to deal with), but it’s always nice to see someone else enjoyed a book.

I do know what you mean, about so many books being compared to E&P and TFiOS. I actually find that helpful as a librarian so I can recommend books to teens, but not so helpful for me personally. What I liked (or didn’t like) about those book isn’t really about the plot, or what the characters were going through were like, but the writing, the tone of the novels, and the characters specifically.

October 27, 2014 - 10:03 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’m glad you liked this!! I feel like I’ve seen way too many “meh” reviews, and I’m so glad you brought up the comparison thing. I feel like comparing extremely popular distinct books doesn’t really help me decide about a book, but I understand it may help sell them.

This is on my NetGalley pile, so hopefully I will be getting to it soon!

October 27, 2014 - 9:24 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Awesome review, Estelle. I have this one on my shelf and you’ve definitely given me some good reasons to bump this up on my TBR. It’s always so great reading about books set in your own country – even better if it’s your own state (which I’m pretty sure it is, since the author hails from my city). Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

Oh Yeah, Audrey by Tucker Shaw | Estelle Reviews

Oh Yeah, Audrey by Tucker Shaw ( tweet ) Release Date: 10/14/2014 Publisher: Amulet Books Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Audrey Hepburn, New York City, Tumblr, Internet Friends Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Gemma runs away from her home in Philly for an Audrey Hepburn meetup she organized through […]

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October 23, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Lisa @ Bookish Broads - Hey! We’re review twins today! Wee!

October 23, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Meg - Sounds like a good, modern, of-the-moment read! I definitely went through an Audrey phase in high school (and even channeled her “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” look for senior prom), so I would probably dig this one, too.

October 23, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love Audrey Hepburn, but I’ve never been a big Breakfast at Tiffany’s fan. I just don’t care that much for the movie. But I love Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday which is one of my all-time favorite movies.

I definitely want to look into this one. Glad you liked it, Estelle.