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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 =)

Getting to Know Paula Stokes, Author of LIARS, INC.

Author Paula Stokes reached out to me via social media when she saw I had read a review copy of LIARS, INC. Several changes went into the final edits of LIARS, and she created a document so her readers could be aware of them before reviewing. (I’d like to add that reading the document only allowed me to love […]

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May 5, 2015 - 3:36 pm

Magan - Bre, isn’t she?! I absolutely adore her! I’m so thankful she stopped by the blog. And you. Thanks for your great comment — I LOL’d. 😉

April 30, 2015 - 2:02 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Part of It: My Budget-Friendly NYC Day Magan chats with author Paula Stokes Baseball and Book pairings Estelle chats with author Juliana […]

April 19, 2015 - 10:31 pm

Bre @ Booky Berries - This interview is so cute. Paula Stokes is so cute. You are so cute.

Sometimes I say a word so much it doesn’t even feel like a word anymore. Guess what the word I killed this time was.

April 14, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Magan - Definitely do, Meg! She’s SO great and I have a fond adoration for her. I was so glad to learn of the changes that were made. Some were very subtle, of course, but I loved that I got to know and didn’t harp on a detail that later would have been so insignificant or nonexistent.

April 14, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Magan - Alexa, I need to read Lainey too. E and I have each read one! Thank you for reading the interview! <3

April 14, 2015 - 3:08 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great interview! I’m even more excited to read Liars, Inc. now. I tracked down a copy last month so hopefully I’ll be reading it in between some obligation reading soon.

April 7, 2015 - 4:59 pm

Alexa S. - Loved reading your interview with Paula, M! I’ve loved connecting with her on Twitter, though I have yet to read any of her books. Definitely going to have to remedy that after seeing this post though!

April 7, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Meg - Very fun interview! Stokes is a new-to-me author, but I’m sold. I’ve never heard of an author contacting reviewers about changes to ARCs, and that is awesome! I know I’ve read early copies of books that were drastically altered in final form, and it made them tough to discuss. Will be looking for her work!

Rather Be Revealing | Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

On New Year’s Eve, I climbed on a very tall ladder, in a very warm Manhattan bookstore to grab a copy of AFTER I DO for a dear friend who needed a purple book and who I thought needed to hear this heartbreakingly honest story of healing and carving your own way. Did I mention […]

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March 3, 2015 - 2:07 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really excited to read Maybe In Another Life! Loved Forever, Interrupted and After I Do, so I can’t wait for something new from her. Plus, I really just love the dress + shoes on this cover 😉

February 26, 2015 - 7:25 pm

Ellie - I haven’t read any of Taylor’s books, but this one sounds right up my alley! Also, I’m totally coveting a pair of bright red heels now.

February 26, 2015 - 1:33 pm

Christina - The synopsis of this book sounds really interesting and I love that cover!

Christina | Passion Obsession

A Chat with The Tragic Age’s Stephen Metcalfe

Stephen Metcalfe may be new to the young adult scene but he brings with him a ton of experience from his work on various stage and screen plays. His first novel, His Tragic Life, hits bookstores on March 3, 2015  and brings readers an authentic male character who devotedly observes the world around him and, […]

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March 3, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Alexa S. - I quite enjoyed reading your interview with Stephen! It was fascinating to get to know the main character, and to get a little insight into Stephen’s inspiration for the story. I’m actually quite curious about The Tragic Age now, so I may just have to check it out!

February 22, 2015 - 11:11 pm

brianna - Great interview. I’m a voracious consumer of media and love learning. I love the idea of savoring books to better enjoy the flavors.