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The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Interview + Giveaway)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 29, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: thriller, kidnapping, family secrets, love Format read: Finished copy sent to me by the Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Mia, a school teacher, disappears one night in a bar. In a series of […]

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December 15, 2014 - 10:31 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] VERY different titles that were almost a shock to my own reading system. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, a fantastic debut, about a woman who is kidnapped.  The story is told from […]

August 29, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Alexa S. - Your review + the interview kind of makes me want to give The Good Girl another try! I didn’t quite gel with it the first time I attempted to read it, but your assessment has me quite intrigued. Perhaps I shall give it a second chance 🙂

August 26, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh awesome! So happy to see a review for this one. I just saw all the hype but not one person who had read it yet. It sounds interesting! Glad it know it’s a bit more… emotional than scary thriller. I think I’ll add it to my list! 🙂

August 22, 2014 - 3:37 am

Weekly Wrap-Up (#47) | - […] Be Reading — The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (US/CA only) (ends August […]

August 19, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Leah - AAAAHHHHH ESTELLE!! I’ve been waiting and waiting for this one and I’m THRILLED to hear it’s a good one!
Also, Victor Garber and Helen Mirren? I’d be all about that movie!

August 18, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Molly | wrapped up in books - I almost bought this in the book store recently!

August 18, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Brianna - I’ve been stuck on thrillers lately and this looks like a winner.

August 18, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - This one sounds so intense and also amazing! You’ve definitely caught my interest! I’m adding it to my TBR pile. Lovely post!

August 18, 2014 - 10:33 am

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - This looks creepy and daring and like everything I love in a book! The cover is especially terrifying but equally hypnotizing.

Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

A Glimpse Inside Lola’s Bedroom (#IslaIsComing)

You can learn a lot about someone by their room. Don’t you think? It’s been really fun to take the time to read Anna + Lola back-to-back for the first time in forever. Did you remember how super neat Anna was? (She can give Danny Tanner a run for his money.) Or how all-over-the-place messy Lola was? It’s […]

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August 19, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I kind of wish Lola were real so she could help decorate my dorm room, lol. That canopy is gorgeous!!

August 17, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Estelle - Hi Cameran! You won our giveaway! I just sent you an email + hope to hear from you in 48 hours! Thanks so much and congrats!

August 17, 2014 - 2:24 am

Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books - A gorgeous canopy and pretty wigs, I think I like this girl! 😀

I haven’t read Stephanie Perkins’ books yet so thank you so much for the opportunity!

August 16, 2014 - 11:42 pm

Tara - Ahhh! I haven’t read Lola yet, but I love the photos you collected to showcase her bedroom. Now that Isla is out, I plan to read both back to back. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

August 15, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Michelle Lee - Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! I love a good romance and it’s been a series on my list to read. The cover of the series are absolutely stunning and beautiful! I don’t think it does the book justice! When I read the synopsis of the story I wanted to be whisked away to Paris and experience just like the characters haha. I hope I win so I can see how amazing Stephanie Perkins has written this wonderful story. <3 🙂

August 15, 2014 - 6:58 am

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - Whoa, Lola’s room is something right out of India being so bright and all. I think I’ll like her.

So I guess now’s the time to admit that neither do I own any of the Perkins’ book nor I’ve ever read any. Oops.

I love contemporary and they do sound right up my alley. I even tried to read Anna last year but couldn’t get around to it. I do plan to read them this year, as well but let’s see.

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! =D

August 15, 2014 - 1:10 am

Cali W. - Thanks for the giveaway! Love that room and that hot pink desk. I love these books. <3

August 14, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Lola - I’ve heard so many good things about these books, but for some reason haven’t picked them up yet.
That bed and canopy in the picture looks gorgeous and just like Lola my room is usually messy as well. I do clean it up once in a while. btw I really like the new covers for this series, they are pretty!

August 14, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Summer - Now that I’ve seen Lola’s room, I’m more eager than ever to finally read these books. The bright pink desk, the classic movie stars on the walls, I’m thinking Lola and I will get along very well.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

August 14, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Tanya (Read. Run. Study.) - This post has me very intrigued about Lola!

I have hear so many fantastic things about these books, but I’m only just now getting my hands on Anna and the French Kiss (finally my turn at the library).

August 14, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Eileen M. - I am so happy Isla & the Happily Ever After is finally out in the world. I am a huge fan of Anna & Lola. Stephanie Perkins has done a great job weaving the characters & story lines throughout all 3 books. These books are one of my favorite series. Contemporary at it’s best.

August 14, 2014 - 8:43 am

Maria Malaveci - I have heard such great things about this series, and I want to read it so bad! Thank you so very much for the chance! I am crossing my fingers ♥ ♥

mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

August 13, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Ann - I can’t wait to read Lola! Eek!

August 13, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Michelle - This series is the highest on my list of TBR books I don’t actually own yet! *Such* a beautiful looking trio and I know the contents match! PS: I need to find where I can buy the paint they’ve used on that desk!!

August 13, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Kelly McKay - I love this series! Can’t wait to finally get Isla in my hands! It will be hard to say goodbye to these characters 🙁

August 13, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Kelly L. - All those pretty wigs!
If only I have the courage to wear one. ;D

August 13, 2014 - 8:01 pm

tabithasbookblog - Lola’s room is perfection!! It was actually one of my favorite parts of this book because it was one of those rare cases where the room described perfectly reflects the character. This room IS Lola. And that’s what is so great.

Have you read Isla yet? Her room is really great as well. Although it’s only described like once.

August 13, 2014 - 2:36 pm

MK - I am so excited for Isla!! Loved this post, cute concept.

August 13, 2014 - 10:49 am

Laura D - I absolutely adore this book series. So much so, in fact, that I lend them out every chance I get. It would be wonderful to have a nice, pristine collection of the three for my bookshelves, so I can continue to spread the love with a “traveling copy” for friends to borrow.

August 13, 2014 - 1:27 am

Arnie Arce - Am I the only one who haven’t read this beauties yet? I should dive in the books soon. Then share it to friends who haven’t read it yet too. (IF they haven’t read it).

The story seems great. Many positive reviews about the books. Can’t wait to read it all of it!

August 13, 2014 - 1:21 am

Amber @ YA Indulgences - This is my first time reading Anna and Lola. I finished Anna in about two and a half days. I’m reading Lola now and hope to finish tomorrow even though I don’t have Isla.

Oh my gosh! I love that you actually posted pictures of how Lola’s room looks. I recently read that section in the book and I was like “I would love that room”. I’m totally fawning over that canopy. How gorgeous! Maybe one day…

What a great giveaway! Thank you!

August 13, 2014 - 12:11 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - The thing that I love the most in the pictures above is the Goodnight Moon quote! I actually literally JUST finished reading that book to Marko a few minutes ago — he loves it!

August 12, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Kristin Jones - I haven’t actually read this series yet! But I am such a fan of Stephanie Perkins and her blog…I just know I will love them. Just like I enjoy this blog as well as you two ladies!

August 12, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Alexa S. - I just LOVE that you chose to show us Lola’s room! It’s seriously the coolest thing to imagine, and a very creative way to pay tribute to a super creative character. I’ve got nothing but love for this series and Stephanie Perkins, so it’s certainly fun to be hopping around the #IslaIsComing posts and see what everyone has to say!

August 12, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Sandy - That canopy is gorgeous! The first time I read both Anna and Lola, I liked Anna more but I think I might be more of a Lola fan now. Either way, Stephanie’s books are so fun! 🙂

August 12, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Jenn @SeeJennRead - So so so nice of you to give these away!! I can’t wait to read Isla and share then with my 14 yr old sis who fell in love with Anna recently. 🙂 I hope I win!!

August 12, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Brianie Gutierrez - This is so great! I loved reading Anna and the French Kiss, and I really want to read the rest of the series!

August 12, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Valerie Pennington - Lola is my favorite! I know there is only Anna and Lola, so far, but I think she’s awesome. I’m excited for Isla.

August 12, 2014 - 3:43 pm

Brooke - I’m so intrigued by these books! I’m almost glad that I waited long enough to read all of them at once!

August 12, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Esty @ Boarding with Books - Can you believe I’ve never read anything by Stephanie Perkins? Of course everyone’s over the moon about them, so I would love to get my hands on them… I’m sure they’re amazing! And loving those room pics- they got me more hopeful to win these(: You’ll email the winner?
Thanks so much for the chance!

August 12, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - I’m loving this room! I would love to have that bed! I need to read this series pronto because all I hear is good things. 😀 Thanks for the giveaway!

August 12, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - This is so perfect! I decided not to do an Anna/Lola re-read before Isla and now I’m kicking myself because why WOULDN’T I want to re-visit these wonderful girls? I can totally picture the Lola in my head in this room.

August 12, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Lori - Can this be my bedroom!? So pretty!!

August 12, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Andrew - Thanks for the wonderful giveaway! I need to read these books because they look great(don’t know why i haven’t bought it yet) Hope i win to finally get the chance to read this trilogy 🙂

August 12, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Cameran - I’ve only read Anna so far, but ohmygoodness Lola’s room is BEAUTIFUL. Very excited to finish this series. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

August 12, 2014 - 12:38 pm

mary ann - ooh! love this series so much. W e actually met Stephanie when she went here in the Philippines and it was surreal! 🙂 We get to talk to her and Jarrod! Soo excited for the upcoming release of Isla and I hope that it’ll meet my expectations 🙂

August 12, 2014 - 11:20 am

Gaby - I CANT wait for Isla. It’s so close!

August 12, 2014 - 11:14 am

Alyssa Perrin - I haven’t read any of the series yet, but it’s been on the top of my ‘to-be-read’ list. 🙂

August 12, 2014 - 10:17 am

Krissy - I haven’t read Lola yet (just read Anna on the weekend), but this makes me more excited to read it!

August 12, 2014 - 10:12 am

Allison Grace - I can totally see that as Lola’s room! So bright, funky & chic! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! It’s my bday, so I hope I win!

August 12, 2014 - 9:56 am

Ideklinz - Oh wow! It’s like coming to life 🙂 definitely see this as Lola’s room…so elaborate and full of life and color! Great job!!

August 12, 2014 - 9:53 am

Beth F - This is so cute! I am anxiously counting the days until the release of Isla. I can’t wait to read about her and Josh’s story, and every review I’ve read for it has been amazing!

August 12, 2014 - 9:52 am

Andi - I love this! And it is so totally Lola!

August 12, 2014 - 9:45 am

Devin Norwood - This is so awesome! I read Anna and Lola last year and absolutely love them. I definitely need to re-read them soon! And I’m SO excited for Isla! It gonna be amazing!

The Time Has Come: A Chat with Carrie Arcos (+ Giveaway)

Happy Tuesday! Last week in my Top 10 Tuesday post, I mentioned my 5-star reads of the year so far so I’m super thrilled to have Carrie Arcos on the blog today to chat about one of those 5-star reads (and a few other things, as well). THERE WILL COME A TIME hit bookshelves in […]

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June 23, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Sara - Beautiful Creatures!

June 22, 2014 - 4:00 am

Holly Thomas - Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs.

June 21, 2014 - 9:30 pm

bn100 - Rush too far by Abbi Glines

June 21, 2014 - 2:25 am

Amy Vuu - The Maze Runner is the only one i can think of lol

June 18, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Alexa S. - What a great interview with Carrie, Estelle! I’m definitely looking forward to reading There Will Come a Time even more now after hearing a little about it from Carrie herself. (Plus, it does help that you AND Rachel both loved it!)

June 18, 2014 - 11:24 am

Ashlie - I haven’t read a lot of books with male narrators but I enjoyed Tempest by Julie Cross. Also this book sounds really good and i can’t wait to read it.

June 17, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Jamie - This book sound really good and I can’t wait to pick this up!

June 17, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Tammy - Winger! A male narrator you won’t forget.

June 17, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Destiny - So excited to read this!

June 17, 2014 - 9:42 am

Danielle Nguyen - Will Grayson, Will Grayson is one of my favorites!

The Marriage Pact by Linda Lael Miller (Q/A + Giveaway)

The Marriage Pact by Linda Lael Miller ( web | tweet ) Previously reviewed: Big Sky Wedding Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: small towns, Wyoming, friendship, old loves, fathers/sons Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Instead of a fairy tale ending at her wedding 10 years ago, Hadleigh was practically […]

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January 27, 2015 - 9:01 am

The Marriage Charm by Linda Lael Miller | Review & Giveaway, Estelle - […] Add THE MARRIAGE CHARM to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N | THE MARRIAGE PACT review […]

June 8, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Alexa S. - Oh, you and your cowboys, Estelle 🙂 But really, this book sounds like a fun read! I really love a good romance novel, but it’s even better that this one has three best friends in it too 🙂

June 7, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Ann - It would definitely be the food. haha

June 7, 2014 - 11:51 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been wanting to try out Linda Lael Miller’s books for awhile now, I just haven’t gotten around to it. I LOVE romances that have main characters having really strong friendships. I think Nora Roberts is really good at that.

Glad you liked The Marriage Plot. I’ll have to add it to my TBR list.

Passionate Online Love Advice from Lucy Robinson

Happy Friday, friends! WE MADE IT. It’s a long weekend (for must of us) which means even more book reading so I wanted to refresh your memory. Last month, I told you (almost) all about A PASSIONATE LOVE AFFAIR WITH A TOTAL STRANGER by Lucy Robinson — a hilarious and sweet book about a main character […]

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May 27, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - What a cute fun post!!! I’m totally buying this. 🙂

May 25, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Some Books + Pepper, Estelle - […] Author Lucy Robinson gives online dating advice to her younger self. […]

May 24, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Liz - I love this, I feel like this is good advice for all the single twenty somethings out there, and this book sounds really cute, definitely adding it to my list.

May 24, 2014 - 10:26 am

Alexa S. - This post is just completely adorable! I loved reading Lucy’s advice to her younger self on online dating + falling in love. Ever since you told me about this book, I’ve been dying to read it! So 99 cents only? YES PLEASE.

May 23, 2014 - 9:11 am

Jamie - Haha love this!! I hadn’t seen your review but you’ve sold me on this one! And the cover is super cute!

Tête-à-tête with ONLY EVERYTHING’s Cupid a.k.a. True

Greetings, friends! It’s a special, special day at Rather Be Reading Blog. Contemporary YA author Kieran Scott has granted me special access to the leading lady of her new trilogy, ONLY EVERYTHING. That’s right. Today I am talking to True a.k.a. Cupid. I know, I know… you are wondering why cupid isn’t a chubby little […]

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October 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Obsessed With the Library, Estelle - […] Summers by Una LaMarche Only Everything by Kieran […]

September 29, 2014 - 9:01 am

Complete Nothing by Kieran Scott (YA Review) - […] Add Complete Nothing to Goodreads | Buy on B&N | Buy on Amazon | My Interview with True […]

May 3, 2014 - 1:53 am

Alexa S. - Based on the description of True’s character, I could totally see Anna Scott playing her role in a movie! After reading this adorable + fun interview, I’m definitely excited to read Only Everything. It sounds like it’s going to be so fun!

April 30, 2014 - 10:06 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Super cute! I also think Anna Scott is so adorable so I love the comparison!
I’m so hesitant about Greek mythology just because I haven’t done well with mythology adaptations lately so they’re not high on my list as of now, but this sounds really fun and totally different! Definitely keeping it on my radar 🙂

April 24, 2014 - 11:26 am

Karen H. - I want go read this book because Kieran Scott wrote it! I love all her books and I think this series will be amazing, just like her other ones.

April 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

Daphne - this is great! it sounds like a fantastic book & I want it now! 🙂 i love a light-hearted mythology book.

April 22, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - I have been loving the fluffy contemporary YA books coming out this year, and glad to hear this is in the same vein!

But, mm, NOT happy about dissing Andrew and Emma! They are so cute together! Especially in interviews. <3