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e-Getaway | Easy Breezy Book Picks

I’ll always prefer a REAL book to a digital one. (eReaders just don’t have the same smell.) And even though I always manage to compile a collection of books before I’ve packed anything important for upcoming travels, I do realize that eBooks are easier to bring along. I do realize you can bring AS MANY […]

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July 31, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things - These books look so fun and light, and like you I am a complete sucker for second chance love stories!

July 31, 2015 - 9:49 am

Alexa S. - Ah, I loved Focus on Me! As always, I thought Megan hit the nail on the head with her story and her characters. So glad you enjoyed it as well! And I’m looking forward to checking out Second Position – I’m a sucker for a book about dance.

I generally prefer physical books, even though my ereader is so convenient to take along on trips! It’s why I’m always trying to sneak a physical one (or three) into my bags 😉

July 30, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Lucy - I have been meaning to start Second Position and Focus on Me- glad to hear they make great travel reads. Pixelated is new to me and sounds fun- and how cool that you started your own school newspaper!
I like print books too but just don’t have the room to store them, and plus love reading on my ereader at night. And for traveling ereaders are the best. Unless they get wet or the battery dies I guess :)

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!

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill • Estelle Reviews

When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Ballantine Pages: 368 Target audience: If you like contemporary romance… Keywords: post-college, college friends, friends with benefits Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Joss meets Matt during her first year at college, and after […]

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March 15, 2015 - 10:47 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I really love all of your points about this one. I think I liked this more than you do, I just really appreciated a story about relatively average college students/early 20s people. BUT I didn’t love the format either (present-day Joss kind of bothered me) and there wasn’t a ton of suspense. I agree with you about Joss’s friends, too, they definitely all blended together and I never got a good idea about anyone besides her and Matt and the people they dated.

March 13, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Daisy - I felt the same way you did about Joss’ relationships in the flashbacks, it felt like filler till we could get to the part where she’s going to tell Matt about how she feels and not really anything meaningfull at all.
And yeah, it would probably make an entertaining movie! But maybe without the knowing at the beginning that Joss develops feelings for Matt (as if you couldn’t have seen this coming without the flashing back and forward).

March 12, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is a great post, Estelle. I really just can’t decide if I want to read this one.

March 12, 2015 - 11:23 am

Alexa S. - I’m intrigued by When Joss Met Matt. The story does sound like it would translate well into a film! Your review has made me cautiously curious about this one. Not sure if I’ll be reading it, but I’ll definitely be keeping your thoughts in mind!

March 12, 2015 - 9:32 am

Meg - I’m a little confused by what makes a book new adult versus a contemporary romance, too, but maybe that’s because the genre as a whole is still developing? I don’t know. Still, this sounds like a quick summertime read!

Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby • Magan Reviews

Beneath Beautiful by Allison Rushby [ twitter | website ] Previously Reviewed by This Author: Shooting Stars Publication Date: November 1, 2014 Publisher: Self-Published Pages: 211 Target Audience: New Adult Keywords: modern art, self-discovery, artist’s muse, NYC, Paris Format Read: ARC from the Author (Thank you!) Summary: Cassie agrees to sit for modern artist, Cameron, so that he may study her and create a sculpture inspired by her. Cameron […]

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January 23, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Alexa S. - I love the initial concept of Beneath Beautiful. The idea of finding out who she is and overcoming personal boundaries/limits as she identifies herself – a great plot for a main character. I’m not overly fond of the fact that it dissolves into romance though.

January 14, 2015 - 6:26 pm

Brianna - I snagged this from NetGalley a while back and I think it’s still on my Kindle. Maybe I’ll give it a go.

January 14, 2015 - 4:34 pm

Betty - Hmmmm….. this sounds interesting…. definitely different from the usual NA theme! I like the art angle! :)

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan | Magan’s Mini Review

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Previously reviewed on RBR: This Summer Publication Date: November 18, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: ebook novella Target Audience: Mature Young Adult / New Adult Keywords: Christmas in the woods, Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: After their first semester together in New York, Hadley and Will need some time together to reconnect. […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:58 pm

Alexa S. - Ah, novellas. I don’t normally read them, but I do make exceptions! I haven’t read This Summer yet, but I’m intrigued by This Christmas. It’s always interesting for me to read about a couple facing REAL struggles, and that’s what this sounds like!

December 11, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Brianna - I’m not a huge fan of novellas, but it seems like so many of the Christmas stories are. I wonder why that is?

December 10, 2014 - 11:20 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I do like novellas, especially around Christmas time (no idea why that is), but they can be tricky to pull off, I think. I’m glad you enjoyed this.

December 10, 2014 - 9:47 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I love novellas for that same reason! And they help me catch up on my GR challenge goal. 😀 This sounds really cute and I may just have to buy it. Thanks, Magan!

Three Holiday Novellas (And a Partridge in a Pear Tree)

Fa la la la novella la la la. (Did you like that song?) I’m loving this mini-review thing! Honestly, I don’t read a ton of novellas, but after checking out these three? I’m looking forward to checking out more especially since here are three authors I’ve never read before and I’m excited to read more […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:55 pm

Alexa S. - Whenever I see you post about holiday novellas, I always want to snatch them all up! I love reading things that will let me revel in the holiday spirit. Of the ones in this post, I’m most intrigued by Shannon Stacey’s novella, since I’ve read and loved a book by her before. But the others sound great too!

December 9, 2014 - 1:01 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - Aww these sound so sweet! I really want to check them out! We just put up our Christmas tree and decorations up tonight and I am in a very Christmas-y mood. These novellas could be just the thing. :)