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Blog Tour: New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (+ Q&A)

New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 10, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target audience: Adult/mature YA Keywords: moving to NYC, family secrets/drama, money Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thank you!) Other books I’ve reviewed by LZR: Other Words for Love Summary: Savannah is a […]

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December 4, 2014 - 9:00 am

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal | Blog Tour - […] Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) → Book 1: New Money from Fall 2013 Publication Date: 12/2/2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target […]

September 22, 2013 - 1:36 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Well, I already left this comment earlier, but I totally bought this book because of your review! I already liked the cover, but finding out more about it, hearing from the author and knowing you enjoyed it totally sold me on getting a copy!

August 13, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’m so happy you liked this one because I am really excited for it. Other Words for Love was kind of a sleeper book for me, I didn’t realize quite how much I liked it until right at the end and then I was kind of blown away by it. Great review and interview!

August 11, 2013 - 11:27 am

Alexa Y. - This book sounds like such a fun read! I’m always a fan of books that have 20-something characters (!) who are figuring things out for themselves, especially when done well. This is mostly because I feel like I’m in the same boat! Can’t wait to check out New Money.

STARSTRUCK by Rachel Shukert: Review + Q&A

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert ( web | tweet ) Book 1 of 3. Publication Date: March 12, 2013 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Random House) Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: 1930s Hollywood, celebrity, secrets, women’s roles Format read: eBook from author (Thank you!) Summary: In the midst of 1930s Hollywood, three teenage […]

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March 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Hollywood Week: Rachel Shukert Welcomes You, Estelle - […] more on Rachel Shukert » Website | Twitter | Our interview with Rachel | Starstruck / Love Me on […]

March 4, 2014 - 9:21 am

Love Me by Rachel Shukert (YA Review) - […] Me by Rachel Shukert ( web | tweet ) Part of the STARSTRUCK series. Publication Date: 2/11/2014 Publisher: Random House Kids / Delacorte Press Pages: 336 […]

March 2, 2014 - 9:00 am

Nailed It: Hollywood Edition - […] Starstruck by Rachel Shukert Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | My Review […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:23 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Starstruck by Rachel Shukert. Hollywood, 1930s, unique ladies on different paths. Book one was so well-researched (politically, too) and written so fully… I am so looking forward to Book 2. […]

May 21, 2013 - 9:56 pm

elena - LOVE how much you love this book! it makes me so excited that i’m reading it. also i’m excited you mentioned ‘swoony romances’ bc as you know, i’m like DON’T TRUST ANYONE!!! so far in this book. and that’s so interesting how the books were originally planned. i was wondering about the trilogy aspect! fantastic post.

May 21, 2013 - 4:52 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Great Review!!! And thanks so much for sharing it – I don’t think I’d ever have taken a second glance on this book if it wasn’t for your Review. Now I realized, though, that it does Sound pretty amazing! Especially since I’ve been looking for something more unique lately – I guess I’ll have to check this one out some time!

May 20, 2013 - 8:59 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oooohhhh! This does sound like a book I would enjoy! Loved your review – and you’ve gotten me interested in a book I definitely would have passed on at first glance. 🙂

May 19, 2013 - 2:20 pm

VeganYANerds - I have never heard of this but you had me at YA + 1930s! It sounds like a really great read and so well written, too!

May 17, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve had this for a little while and haven’t picked it up yet. I am excited to read it, I love Hollywood stories and historical fiction so I think this should be right up my alley. Great review!

May 17, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m very excited to read STARSTRUCK soon! I think the idea of writing a book set in Hollywood in the 1930s is already enough to draw me in. What makes it more exciting is the promise of romance, and these three main characters who sound decidedly different and all really interesting.

May 17, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - I love that this takes place in Old Hollywood, that alone peaks my interest. But the fact that you can call this literary is amazing. It’s not often YA books are called literary so I’m definitely intrigued. Thanks for the review!

May 17, 2013 - 10:34 am

Tara - I definitely want to read this one after our chat yesterday. I can’t call many YA books “literary” either so I’m super intrigued by that.

May 17, 2013 - 9:18 am

Bookworm1858 - This book sounds right up my alley-I love Old Hollywood films and find the setting rife with possibility.

Nantucket Blue Blog Tour: Review, Leila Howland Q+A, Giveaway!

Huge thanks to Jamie from Disney Hyperion and Leila Howland for making today’s post a reality! I’ve been at the edge of my seat wanting to share my review with you, and finally (cue the trumpets and confetti!), today is the day! (It’s also Nantucket Blue‘s release date… even more exciting!) Nantucket Blue by Leila […]

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May 15, 2014 - 9:00 am

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket (Nantucket Blue/Red) - […] on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review | Gift pack+ NR on Goodreads | Amazon | […]

February 11, 2014 - 9:45 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] →Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland […]

January 28, 2014 - 9:00 am

Stay Warm: Nantucket Blue Themed Gift Pack, Estelle - […] talk about Nantucket Blue. Debut writer Leila Howland blew me away with her tale of a Cricket’s unexpected summer spent […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:26 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland — this book about summer in Nantucket, broken friendships, and surprising […]

July 2, 2013 - 9:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fourth of July in Nantucket Blue - […] My review of NB | Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon […]

May 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin - […] There are two of them. And they are very cute. (In fact, I like to call this book Nantucket Blue x 2 because we get to see two girls fall in love for the first time in Rules of Summer.) Isobel […]

May 14, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Stephanie @ Love.Life.Read - Nantucket Blue is the best!! I would say my favorite place to visit in the summer would be either: 1) camping somewhere with my family or 2) North Carolina. Happy Reading!

May 14, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Nikki H - Anywhere with a pool!

May 14, 2013 - 8:47 pm

elena - why are you so good at reviews 🙁 i really liked the line about the scenes seeming strategically placed. that sounds v smart. and the interview is wonderful! i loved what she said about the setting because although i have never actually been out to sea, i’ve been curious.

my fav place to summer is ummmmmmm

i guess

florida

May 14, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Jasmine Baggenstos - I don’t really take vacations or anything, so my favorite spot in the summer is here in Seattle. There’s a little park by the waterfront that’s never too crowded. The view is nice and the ocean breeze keeps it cool :]

May 13, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Erin D. - I love visiting water. The ocean is my favorite, but lakes and rivers are fun too. And camping is a must!

May 13, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It has been on my wish list for a while.
I love going to the lake in the summer. My family vacations at a lake in North Carolina every year and it is extremely relaxing and I always read a lot of books!

May 13, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Molli - My favorite place to go in summer is Florida! This is my second year going with friends.

Thanks for hosting the interview with the author. I’m really looking forward to reading this book, and I liked seeing her process. I think I’m the same way, as far as the more often I write, the more connected I am to my characters.

May 12, 2013 - 8:19 pm

alicia marie - I love going to the beach : )

May 12, 2013 - 5:01 am

Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books - Favorite place to go in the summer? Probably anywhere on the west coast. So pretty 🙂 Great interview 🙂

May 12, 2013 - 2:16 am

Brianna - My grandparents lake house – The beach, family, boating, and the hammock. It’s my favorite place to curl up with a book or especially if I need to get away from all the fast paced thing we call life.

May 12, 2013 - 2:00 am

Wendy - This sounds like the perfect book to start the summer off with!! Loved reading this review!

May 10, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Cyndi M. - Since I live in Southern California, I pretty much enjoy being here during the summer! I can go to the beach, or up to the mountains!!

May 10, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Ellice - This book makes me crave the beach. I live in Mississippi, so the gulf coast is close enough that I visit it often in the summertime… But it never seems often enough! I need to read this one to get in the summer/beach frame of mind 🙂

May 10, 2013 - 3:54 am

Lucía Valencia - The beach!

May 10, 2013 - 1:13 am

eve - adding it to my to read pile

May 9, 2013 - 10:31 am

Natalie - I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve been seeing so many great reviews for it. Also I like how you included the interview! My favourite place to visit in the summer is Myrtle Beach 🙂

May 8, 2013 - 9:45 pm

SarahS @ WondrousReadings (YA) - I love going to Tennessee , my family lives there and I love spending time with them. Great review and thanks for the chance to win this book. (=

May 8, 2013 - 8:49 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed reading Leila’s answers to your questions. I had no idea she would be continuing the story, so that makes me very very happy. I was left with an unfinished feeling, so I’m glad to see there’s more story coming our way. Also, I LOVE the setting of Nantucket. And that description of “swimming in champagne” – though I’ve never been, it still makes total sense to me!

May 8, 2013 - 12:21 am

Lisa @ Lisa Likes Books - I don’t really go anywhere in the summer. I like to go places that are colder when it’s summer, though. I’m TOTALLY a winter person, so a break from the hot would be nice. I like sitting near the ocean or other bodies of water, but I generally don’t like beaches because I hate sand. (Oh man, it gets ALL over the place. Bleck. Hahha.)

May 7, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I loved this and I’m so excited to hear she’s writing a follow up. I hope it has lots of Zack!

May 7, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Shira S - I cannot wait to read this book! I love visiting Ojai, California in the summer.

May 7, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Bee - Love the interview! thanks for posting it! I love to visiting the beach when it’s sunny 😀

May 7, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Sarah - This book sounds like a great summer read! My favorite place to visit is Door County, WI. It is so beautiful and relaxing up there.

May 7, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’ve been looking forward to reading this one ever since I first heard about it, so I’m really happy you enjoyed this one so much! I can’t wait to get my own copy of it. I loved the interview too, it made me want to visit Nantucket even more haha. Great review! 🙂

May 7, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Tammy - The northwest, Oregon & Washington, the temperature is usually cooler than where I live.

May 7, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Sarah O - So excited to read this book. I’ve been obsessed with the cover since I first saw it and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. When I was a kid we’d go to Shediac, New Brunswick every summer, where my grandparents lived. We’d usually drive over to PEI too and go to the beach. Good summer memories.

May 7, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - My favorite place to visit during the summer is my hometown – San Diego! You can’t beat the weather!

May 7, 2013 - 11:55 am

shokufeh - I’m excited to read this. I love to go anywhere with water in the summer.

May 7, 2013 - 10:42 am

bookrockbetty - I LOOOOVED this book! I feel guilty entering, but hey… I liked it so much I plan on buying a finished copy anyway. 🙂 Definitely an awesome summer read! Great Q&A! 🙂

May 7, 2013 - 10:41 am

Daphne - i am from Louisiana and my fave place to visit, any time of year, is New Orleans. granted, summer isn’t the best time because it’s outrageously hot, but if i can walk around New Orleans in July when I’m 8 mo pregnant, I can do ANYTHING.

I’ve been hearing really great things about this book and i’m excited to read it.

May 7, 2013 - 10:40 am

Alexa Y. - My favorite summer vacation spot is this sandbar that my family has been going to for years in the Philippines. Known only as Carbin Reef, it’s a sandbar that disappears completely when high tide is. I’ve got a lot of family memories attached to the place, and I hope to make many more to come.

May 7, 2013 - 10:33 am

Alexa Y. - I am super excited to read Nantucket Blue! It sounds like the perfect summer read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of it – possibly today. I like reading about friendships; I think it’s always cool to read a book that focuses on the strange twists and turns that friendships can take.

Also, this interview was fab! I’ve never been to Nantucket, but now I definitely want to go someday.

May 7, 2013 - 9:57 am

Shane @ Itching for Books - Great review. Wonderful interview!

I love the look of everything on your blog 🙂

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi: Review w/Q+A

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi ( blog | tweet ) Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: HIV, theatre, tough family situations Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: After a particularly bad day, Lucy escapes to the city with her best friends for some […]

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April 17, 2014 - 9:00 am

The Summer I Wasn't Me by Jessica Verdi (YA Review) - […] The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 1, 2014 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 352 Target audience: young adult Keywords: family, obligation, homosexuality, “de-gaying” camp, summer Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other RBR reviews by this author: My Life After Now […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:21 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] A review of Last Cut by Wren Handman + A review + Q&A With Jessica Verdi, Author of My Life After Now + A review of Golden by Jessi Kirby + A review of Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham + The […]

April 6, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Estelle - M, definitely still think it’s worth the read!

April 6, 2013 - 5:55 pm

VeganYANerds - I had no idea this involved HIV and you’re right, that is so rare in YA but it is something that should be talked about. I think I will still give this a go!

April 5, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Kelly (Another Novel Read) - What a great interview! I haven’t gotten a chance to read this book yet, but I definitely want to. It’s probably the first book I’ve seen that tackles a sexually transmitted infection, which is kind of surprising (as mentioned in the interview)! And I think she’s right; I’d love to see more transgendered characters in YA books.

April 5, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Alexa Y. - Someone else actually talked this book up to me because she really liked it! I don’t know if I’ll be reading this one anytime soon, but I do think it’s interesting that she decided to write about something that isn’t a common subject in YA books. Her answers to your questions are really good too though and have me intrigued.

April 5, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, Estelle, this is a fanastic review and Q&A. I first was alerted to this book by the super-pretty cover and I love the title. So naturally those things, along with the interesting subject, make me want to read the book. I love your thoughts, which are always honest, and I appreciate them! And this is a really fantastic interview. I loved the question about the original title because even before I got to the answer, I TOO thought WOW, THAT SOUNDS A LOT LIKE PREGNANCY!!!

This is already one that I want to read, and this is the first set of thoughts I’ve read about it, E. Loved them! Thanks a ton!

April 5, 2013 - 9:12 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I added this book to my TBR when I first heard about it simply b/c the story involved a teen who contracts HIV and I had never read a story about that. I agree with the author that it’s rare to find books that explore the topic of unprotected sex and the consequences of getting an STD. Though it’s not a glorious subject to read about, it does happen, and I think it could be beneficial for young readers to experience through literature.

I’m sad to hear that this particular story didn’t hold up very well, in your opinion. I think because it is such a tough subject, it’s got to be done just right to make an impact. As always, I appreciate your honesty in your reviews.

An Interview With Author Laura Nowlin

Happy Friday, friends! This morning I was so excited to share my review of If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin. I couldn’t stop myself from prattling on about the million and a half reasons I loved Laura’s story. It’s lovely and so beautifully written — I just wish I had a smidgeon […]

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March 30, 2013 - 10:42 am

Laura Nowlin - Magan, your questions were so well thought out and interesting! And your review is making me blush! I’m so glad RBR was the first stop on my blog tour.

March 30, 2013 - 10:17 am

Magan - Aneeqah, I’m so glad! You should definitely read If He Had Been With Me. Absolutely! Don’t be nervous for what happens. Really, the writing is just so dang good. I completely agree — love that true love was depicted instead of something that’s overly romanticized. Thanks for stopping by!

Alexa, I loved reading her answers too. I re-wrote my questions about 50 million times because I just had so many to ask. I loved the book so much! So glad you’ve added it to your TBR!

Lisa, YAY! I am so glad! I loved that too — that the story was more than just a story for Laura. I love how personal it was. Whoa, buddy. Read it soon, please?

March 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - This interview is making me even more exited to pick this novel up!! I’m already nervous for the tragic ending that at’s the end, and I love how emotionally conflicted the author was when she sat down to write the scene. I can only imagine how hard it was! This romance also sounds so authentic, and I love how the author tried to show what true love is.

Fantastic interview, you two! I can’t wait to pick this one up now! <3

March 29, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved reading what Laura had to say about her book. It really, really sounds like a book I’d want to read – and it’s already been added to my TBR 😉

March 29, 2013 - 11:41 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - What a great interview! You can tell you loved the book from the questions (and from the adoration statements, ofc) but hearing Laura’s responses and her deep connection with the story and characters makes me want to read this all the more! Hooray!

The Anatomy of an Author: Daria Snadowsky

If you know me by now, when I love a book I shout it from the rooftops. (Or in this particular case, make it your Facebook cover art!) And this year, upon the completion of only 8 books so far, there are 3 I would go hoarse for. Two of which include Daria Snadowsky’s novels: […]

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January 27, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's Shelve It --> January 27, 2013 - […] Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky [Goodreads | Amazon | Interview With Daria + E's Thoughts on the Anatomy Books] — E has raved about these books on the blog lately and I’ve been on the […]

January 23, 2013 - 1:22 am

Kristen Evey - Fantastic interview! Very insightful questions. I’ve already added these to my list from your glowing review, but now I’m even more excited to dive in. Thanks Estelle & Daria!

January 22, 2013 - 3:56 pm

VeganYANerds - “That’s when I learned there’s a fine line between artist and stalker.” HA!

Loved this interview, Estelle & Daria. I just know I will like these books because the MCs sound like the kind of girls I want to read about (and be friends with!)

E – you might like The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay and The Girl Most Likely. They’re a series but also stand alone, the first is when the MC is a teen, the second is when she’s in her 20s or 30s.

January 22, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Kristin - I was thisclose to buying Anatomy of a Single Girl yesterday, but I refrained. After reading this interview, I think I’m going to have to move both “Anatomies” up higher on my TBR list!

January 22, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Ooh these books sound so good! I had heard about these a few weeks ago and the titles intrigued me, but your rave review and this interview have made me really want to read them. Also, I’ll be able to relate to the protagonist if she’s a Star Wars virgin. (Shamefully enough, I am, too.)

January 22, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Rachel - Hi I love this post so much you don’t even know. Ever since I read your review for Single Girl I’ve wanted to read it (but my library likes to keep me waiting, so we’ll see when I actually get to read it). Dom sounds exactly like me, so I’m really excited for that. I think hers is a perspective that’s rarely written about in books set in college, when I think many college girls feel the same way as Dom. I’m happy that Single Girl works as a standalone, as well. I really like when books are written that way.

Awesome post! 🙂

January 22, 2013 - 11:50 am

Alexa Y. - I love this interview! It’s great to learn more about the books and about Daria. And it also makes me want to read Anatomy of a Single Girl already 🙂

January 22, 2013 - 10:12 am

elena - AHAHAH over the fine line of being a stalker and artist list! ok ok, you’ve convinced me to pick up these books because of your words and this fantastic interview. it sounds like books I would really enjoy and Dom sounds fab! I love that she’s a mixture of Jessica & Carrie AND there is frank sex talk/saucier scenes in these. 🙂