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Dove Arising by Karen Bao • Estelle Reviews

Dove Arising by Karen Bao ( web | tweet ) Part of Dove Chronicles. Publication Date: 2/24/2015 Publisher: Viking (Penguin) Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: science fiction, Moon, family, bravery Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Phaet does her best to remain incognito as she lives her life on the Moon with […]

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March 7, 2015 - 8:11 pm

Brianna - This sounds like an interested read. I’m always curious about books that are set somewhere in space, whether it’s the moon or another planet.

March 4, 2015 - 4:32 pm

Alexa S. - Honestly, it’s your comparison of the main character to Mulan that kind of makes me want to give Dove Arising a shot! I don’t often read sci-fi, mind you, but I like it every now and again. Will have to look this one up the next time I’m at the library 🙂

March 4, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Melanie Dauterive - I can’t wait to read this, the Mulan comparison has me even more excited for it.

March 4, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - I admit I was kind of hoping this would be a standalone but I’m excited to hear it was a solid series starter. It’s coming up in my TBR pile very soon.

March 4, 2015 - 11:58 am

Lea @ YA Book Queen - That’s a shame that the author didn’t dive too far into the character’s emotions, but it still sounds like an intriguing book to check out. I’ll have to see if my library gets this one!

Nice review!

One Wish by Robyn Carr • Why in 5 & Giveaway

One Wish by Robyn Carr  ( web | tweet ) Part of Thunder Point series. Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: small towns, overcoming the path, family conflict, secrets Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Previously: The Homecoming by Robyn Carr Summary: Grace owns Thunder Point’s flower shop, she has a […]

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March 8, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Lillian - I’ve never read a romance and I’m excited to get my feet wet in this genre!

March 7, 2015 - 1:26 pm

Christy - I recently finished Once a Marine by Loree Lough. I also enjoyed Burying Water earlier this year by K.A. Tucker. Very different, but both good reads.

March 5, 2015 - 11:43 am

Annie - Thanks for this giveaway

March 3, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Alexa S. - Ooh, I have some catching up to do with the Thunder Point series! One Wish sounds delightful. I’ve always liked Grace and her flower shop, so to get to learn more about her will be fun!

March 2, 2015 - 8:50 am

Tammy - Jojo Moyes Me Before You was a great romance book that I loved and not your typical love story.

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer • Estelle Reviews

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: January 27, 2015 Publisher: William Morrow Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: womanhood, friendship, empowerment, career, family Format read: A brilliant gift. (Thank you!) Summary: After a year off from dating and sorting through friendships to eliminate the bad, Anna throws her focus at […]

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March 3, 2015 - 2:01 pm

Alexa S. - I can’t wait to read Girl Before a Mirror! Been hearing nothing but good things about it, and after having read Nowhere But Home recently, I definitely want more Liza Palmer in my life. So thrilled to hear how deeply this one moved you – I hope it’s the same for me!

February 28, 2015 - 9:00 am

It's a Wrap • Sayanara February (Best of February 2015) - […] Estelle’s Pick: Girl Before a Mirror […]

February 23, 2015 - 10:53 am

Brianna - This sounds like a fun read. I know a lot of PR people – I work for a magazine and so deal with them on a daily basis – and the women are the ones making waves. I can count on one hand the number of male PR professionals I know. That being said, it’s nice to see a book where a character is grappling with things that real life people are grappling with.

February 23, 2015 - 10:08 am

Meg - I’ve heard really great things about this one and have enjoyed Palmer’s other work, so I need to get my hands on it! Love it when you finish a book that you can suddenly recommend to anyone and everyone.

My Heart and Other Black Holes • Estelle Reviews

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 10, 2015 Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: depressing, suicide pact, family problems, friendship Format read: ARC from Alex @ Little Wing Book Reviews. (Thanks!) Summary: After trolling a website called Smooth Passages, Aysel […]

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March 3, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Alexa S. - My Heart and Other Black Holes was such a pleasant surprise! It was sad, true, but it was also hopeful. I really liked seeing how Aysel (and Roman) dealt with their circumstances, and it kept me reading till the very end!

February 20, 2015 - 8:40 am

Kim - It sounds so interesting, but on the other hand, I hate books that are too cheesy. Ugh, do I read this or not?
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February 19, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Meg - Sounds like a very powerful read. It’s new to me, but definitely on my radar now!

February 19, 2015 - 10:56 am

Brianna - I think this book is flying under the radar a bit, but it’s an important, necessary read.

February 19, 2015 - 10:27 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Great review, Estelle. I hadn’t read anything about this book before, including the synopsis, so this is new information for me! I think I want to read this one, though. I love these issue books. Thanks!

We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg • Estelle Reviews

We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 1/27/2015 Publisher: Scholastic Point Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, romance, organizing a club, Beatles Format read: Purchased. Summary: Penny Lane is dating Ryan and running the Lonely Hearts Club but as things get more serious with Ryan […]

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February 15, 2015 - 12:22 am

Alexa S. - We Can Work It Out was definitely fun to read! I love that you’ve basically narrowed it down to the awesome things it includes in your review. So happy that we had more time with Penny and the rest of the gals – and Ryan too!

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds • Estelle Reviews

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 1/6/2015 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Pages: 272 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: death, NYC, grief, friendship, romance, jobs Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: After his mom dies from breast cancer, Matt discovers comfort at […]

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February 15, 2015 - 12:18 am

Alexa S. - Wasn’t sure if I wanted to read The Boy in the Black Suit originally, but your review makes me think I should give it a shot! It definitely portrays a different sort of situation, and the main character sounds like a guy I could like. Lovely review, E!

February 9, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Estelle - Bruna, this excites me! I hope you get to read it soon. You have my permission to go book shopping. 😉

February 9, 2015 - 5:21 pm

Bruna - I have read When I Was The Greatest, and really enjoyed it. I think The Boy in the Black Suit sounds even more interesting to me because of the tough subjects (and maybe a little bit because of the possible romance?). Definitely on my to-buy list.