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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!

Friendship & Kitschy California with Author Juliana Romano

Happy Monday & welcome to Rather Be Reading. I’m thrilled debut author Juliana Romano is stopping in to talk about her book: FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER — a book about two best friends going through a lot of changes. It’s one of my top reads this year, and Publishers Weekly liked it too: “Fans of […]

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April 30, 2015 - 5:54 pm

Lucy - That is a big endorsement that this book was distracting you from the Magic Kingdom 🙂 I love books set in California- it’s fun to see books set in your stomping ground. I really need to get my hands on this book (and the next one too when it’s ready!) Fun interview.

April 27, 2015 - 2:49 pm

Alexa S. - I enjoyed your interview with Juliana! It definitely made me even more curious about First There Was Forever 🙂

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Review & Giveaway

99 Days by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 4/21/15 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 | Target audience: young adult Keywords: mothers/daughters, summer before college, bullying, romance Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Previously: a review of How to Love Summary: Molly has 99 days standing between her and college. […]

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December 31, 2015 - 10:30 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] young main character) 2] forgiveness is the key to a long, nuanced friendship (Molly and Imogene in 99 Days by Katie Cotugno are on point, as are Willowdean and Ellen in Dumplin’)  3] there’s […]

September 17, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Slut-Shaming, Relationships, and Feminism in YA - Bookmark Lit - […] in today. This book reflected the reality of the situation. It sucks, but it happens. (Please read Estelle’s review for a bit more insight that I 100% agree with.)Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire was a book I […]

April 30, 2015 - 2:00 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno // The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Magan: A Court of Thorns and Roses by […]

April 24, 2015 - 9:23 pm

Liz - I am very much on the fence about whether I want to read this one. I really was not a fan of How To Love but still something is drawing me in here. I did like here writing I just did not like the characters at all, so maaayybe this one will work for me?

April 21, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Alexa S. - I loved 99 Days. I enjoyed How to Love, but I LOVED 99 Days. I loved that it made me FEEL things so deeply, and how engrossed I was in reading Molly’s story. I seriously enjoyed it and can’t wait to snag a copy of my own!

April 21, 2015 - 3:58 am

Sue Holmes - I am really looking forward to this book, it’s been on my list for a while, now I am going to bump it up the list! Any book that can bring out emotions like you have described in the reader is a must read.
I wish I lived in US – I would love to enter to win a signed copy!

April 19, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - So glad you loved this one too! After two amazing books, I can hardly wait to see what Katie writes next. An auto-buy author for sure =)

What If You Could | #Tuck40th

Happy 40th anniversary to Natalie Babbitt and the brilliant Tuck Everlasting! I can still remember the impact this book had on my 6th grade class when we read it for the first time. After years of school and piles and piles of books, there are only a few titles that really stick with you, aren’t […]

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February 1, 2015 - 6:54 pm

Alexa S. - “I want to live quality days, every day. I want to remember to appreciate the special moments. And most importantly, I wouldn’t have to live a life where I had to be any less open, or less likely to connect with others because of a secret circumstances like everlasting life.” – This is such a beautiful way of putting this sentiment, E. Love, love, LOVE it. And I feel the same way!

January 30, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I ADORE this book, and it’ll always be one of my favorites! I almost went to the signing but my train got stuck, and I ended up missing it! But I totally agree with your answers. It’d be cool to see stuff, but I’m okay having an ending to my life. 🙂

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal | Review & Giveaway

Independently 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 audience: New adult/adult Keywords: family secrets/mystery, romance, New York City Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Savannah is still finding her way in New York City: balancing a […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:52 pm

Alexa S. - How very intriguing! I haven’t read New Money, but I kind of want to just so I can read Independently Wealthy next. I know that you really enjoy her writing, and I totally trust your opinion on books – so I’ll definitely be checking these out at some point 🙂

December 6, 2014 - 1:26 pm

Lucy - Lovely description of Savannah. This book was so much fun! Glad you enjoyed it too 🙂

December 4, 2014 - 9:32 am

Meg - Just started this one last night! I liked New Money well enough, but many parts of it just felt rushed and too much “tell, not show.” I have a hunch I’m going to like this one better! Savannah is a fun character, and I’m looking forward to the adventures finding their way to D.C.!

Blog Tour: Ally Condie on Naming Characters in Atlantia

Atlantia by Ally Condie (website | twitter) See also my review of Crossed by Ally Condie Publication Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher: Dutton Children’s Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Fiction Keywords: underwater city, dystopia, broken world, young adult fantasy Format Read: Arc received from the Publisher. (Thank you! Summary (from Goodreads):Can you hear Atlantia breathing? For as long as she can […]

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October 22, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Tomasina - This book just sounds so amazing and the authors explanation of her usage of water based names interest me even further. I can’t wait to give it a read!

October 15, 2014 - 4:50 pm

Alexa S. - I’m pretty curious about the characters after reading all about their names! Names are very important things after all, and I know it’ll sound strange, but I’m predisposed to be more interested in a book if I like a character’s name! Will probably check out Atlantia at some point 🙂

October 14, 2014 - 9:56 am

Benni @ Benni's Bookbiters - I really can’t wait for this book! I also can’t get the Duran Duran song out of my head, when the main character’s name is Rio…

October 13, 2014 - 10:41 am

Brianna - This is really interesting, and now I’m looking forward to this book even more. Thanks so much for sharing.