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Estelle: Fault Line by Christa Desir

Fault Line by Christa Desir ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: SimonPulse Pages: 240 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: sexual assault, relationships, reactions Format read: ARC paperback from TLA. (Magan picked this one out for me.) Summary: Ben can’t believe his luck with Ani. She’s gorgeous, she’s sweet, she’s […]

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October 6, 2014 - 9:01 am

Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir (YA Book Review) - […] Add BLEED LIKE ME to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N | Review of Fault Line […]

December 9, 2013 - 7:02 am

Review: Fault Line by Christa Desir | wrapped up in books - […] Estelle at Rather Be Reading: “Fault Line is so tightly written, and feels important without getting preachy. Ben and Ani’s stories could have happened to any one of us or the people we know, and I think that’s why the reading experience was so painful. These horrific things are happening, and people are truly feeling and reacting in these ways in real time. I know it’s not easy to read a book filled with so much sadness, but something has to be said for Desir’s supreme writing style and character development because Ben and Ani have not left me since I closed Fault Line.” […]

November 10, 2013 - 6:45 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads - […] for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart […]

November 7, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - You know what I think of this one and I pretty much agree with everything you’ve said. But mostly I agree with how freaking brilliant Christa Desir is. The way she tackled such a difficult subject was amazing and yeah, I’m dying to read what she comes up with next.

November 7, 2013 - 11:03 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I am SO glad I had you to talk to while I was reading this book! It’s definitely something you need to emote about while reading.
I felt so incredibly bad for Ani and it was so hard to see how her own opinion of herself changed after the “event” (which was HORRIFYING).
I think everything hit me so much harder too because I know Christa Desir is actively involved with things like this and she’s very vocal about speaking up if something like this has happened to you so I just kept thinking of all of the people this actually HAS happened to and it made me so sad. Also brought an epic amount of reality to the story and it was shocking and heartbreaking.
Wonderful review — Such a tough read, very emotional and definitely riveting.

November 6, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Rachel - I was sooooo nervous about reading your review because I respect your opinion a ton, so I’m so glad you liked this one. I have it out from the library right now and while I’m not going to read it for a little bit (I just finished a book dealing with rape and I need some time to think), but I can’t wait to read it! I’m a little nervous about the intensity, but I don’t think that’ll be too much of a problem. Also, I’m so glad to hear it’s not preachy. That always annoys me.

November 6, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - GREAT review! Your words definitely capture what the novel is about without spoiling it. I’m so grateful I wasn’t eating anything when I read about what happened to Ani…or during any of the book. Poor Ani. Poor Ben.

I definitely can’t wait for Desir’s next book.

November 6, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Alexa Y. - I remember seeing you tweet and update as you read this book, and it made me insanely curious. Your review makes it sound intense and real, and I sincerely want to check this one out now.

November 6, 2013 - 11:58 am

Lisa Schensted - This sounds raw and honest and super well done. I’ll definitely need to read this when I’m in the right emotional state for it!

Magan: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Warning: This review may contain spoilers for Throne of Glass. Proceed with caution. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Series: Throne of Glass (My review.) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Bloomsbury Pages: 432 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: female assassin, magic, young adult fantasy, high fantasy Format read: ARC received via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: After […]

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September 5, 2013 - 12:01 am

Book Review | Crown of Midnight | Sarah J. Maas | Tripping Over Books - […] Magan @ Rather Be Reading: “The beauty of Crown of Midnight is how so many aspects felt like they were clicking into pl… […]

September 1, 2013 - 7:35 am

April Books & Wine - I liked how emotional Crown Of Midnight was, and omg omg the big tragedy! I definitely got all teary eyed.

I was also really happy with the direction of the romance, but then you know things happened and goodness I am so ready for book three!

I think we all swoon for Chaol <3333

August 29, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m SO glad to hear that this series just keeps getting better. I’ve had Throne of Glass on my TBR since you loved it so much, and actually ordered a copy a few months ago. I think I’m going to save it ’til the whole series is out (if I can wait that long!) since it seems like one that would be great to binge read from beginning to end =)

August 29, 2013 - 12:59 am

Jen - EEEK yes yes yes! I loved Crown of Midnight more than ToG, and omg Chaol (yes to the HUBBA, HUBBA). I loved their romance and it sure didn’t feel like a love triangle to me anymore! Dorian’s secrets also surprised me the most as well. I did get frustrated with Celaena and Chaol’s egos at the end, too. *pulls hair* I’m glad you loved it so much though, Magan! Wonderful review. :)

August 28, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Bookworm1858 - I have seen so many raves for this sequel but I just wasn’t that impressed with the first book so I can’t work up much enthusiasm for the second book. It just didn’t wow me and I’m not sure it would be worth it to check this out.

August 28, 2013 - 7:10 pm

elena - BASICALLY ALL OF THIS! I admire how you always have such thoughtful reviews and I so agree on how Sarah toned it down a bit to see more of Celaena. Cannot wait for the next one!!

August 28, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m sure you already know that I loved this one too! Sarah did a wonderful job developing her story and her characters, keeping me glued to the book when I read it. I loved the way things have ended up in her story, though that ending has left me dying for book 3 already! I also really like the influx of Chaol in this book, because he’s just so swoony and always has been.

August 28, 2013 - 11:51 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Ahh, I absolutely loved Throne of Glass when it came out last year, Celaena was such an amazing character, so strong and lovely! I can’t wait to read this one especially knowing there is more Celaena and Chaol (because I am all about Chaol!!) Great review, I definitely need this one ASAP!

Magan: Heist Society by Ally Carter

Heist Society by Ally Carter (website | twitter) Series: Heist Society, Book 1 Publication Date: February 9, 2012 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Pages: 287 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: robbers, world travels, ultimatums, falling for a best friend Format read: Purchased the paperback. Summary: As much as Katarina would like to escape the “family business,” she’s forced […]

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October 23, 2013 - 8:01 am

Magan: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter - […] pulling off one of the biggest robberies ever in Heist Society, Kat sort of disappears for a while. She disconnects from her friends and family and travels the […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:20 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 debut of our new feature, Nailed It, and a GIVEAWAY of one Julep nail polish. (ONE day left to enter!) + A review of Heist Society by Ally Carter […]

April 3, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Cynthia - I’ve had this book in my tbr pile since it came out years ago, for some reason I keep skipping it. I’m glad you enjoyed it a lot though, it made me want to move it up to the top of my pile. Will definitely read it soon. Thanks for the review Magan!

April 3, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - The name reminds me of The Cutting Edge. “I don’t like to see her upset.” “If I was you, I’d invest in blindfolds.” Ah, DB Sweeney. ANYWAY, I should definitely try Ally Carter, yes? I always thought her books were more middle grade for some reason. The premise of this looks fun and cute. I’ll definitely have to give this a try.

April 2, 2013 - 10:58 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - The fact that you and Elena both enjoyed these books makes me really interested in them! I haven’t picked them up before because the covers look a little juvenile to me, but I’m glad to hear you recommend it! Plus, I do love the idea of a book about a family of thieves.

April 2, 2013 - 4:06 pm

VeganYANerds - I keep meaning to try some of Ally’s books, all I hear are good things so thanks for sharing this review, it’s another reminder that I should read this series in 2013!

April 2, 2013 - 2:57 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Thanks so much for making me totally excited for these books! I’ve always wanted to try Ally Carter’s writing and I even have the first three High Society novels on my shelf – now I guess I know what I’m going to read next :)

April 1, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I finished Heist Society yesterday and Uncommon Criminals today! Wonderful books.

I read a lot of angsty, dark contemporary personally (it’s my favorite genre), but these were a really nice change of pace, like you said. And oh boy, the subtle romance between Kat and Hale? PERFECT! (it gets even hotter in Uncommon Criminals, by the way).

I haven’t read Carter’s other series, but they didn’t seem to be quite as interesting as the Heist Society books. I’ll have to remember what you said about them and compare notes! :)

April 1, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books - I still need to read book three, but I adore this series. :)

April 1, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I am SO glad you loved this book! I have yet to read book 3 but they get better and better. I agree: Ally Carter’s writing improves with each and every book she writes!

April 1, 2013 - 5:59 pm

Tara - I’m such a huge fan of this series! I must get the third book stat and see what Hale and Katarina get into next. So glad you enjoyed this :)

April 1, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Alexa Y. - I must admit that I’m really curious about this series! The heists and capers that they seem to get up to (or probably do, based on what the story seems to be about) are probably a whole lot of fun. And I’ve definitely heard a LOT about Kat and Hale.

April 1, 2013 - 2:44 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I love this series. I just bought them all so I could reread the first two books and then start the third one. I read the first Gallagher Girls book ages ago, wasn’t the biggest fan, but this series is incredible. Great review! Btw I’m in LOVE with your blog design :) It’s so quirky and adorable!

April 1, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Annette - I like this series better than Gallagher Girls too. Somehow it just seems more mature? Even though both series are kind of silly. I love these books. Great review!

April 1, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - So glad you liked this!!! I’ve only read the first book so far (on audio) and it was just so much fun. AND the nice little interactions with Kat & Hale :)

April 1, 2013 - 11:37 am

Cassie - hellll to the yes!! <3 I'm holding onto Perfect Scoundrels mostly c uz I do not want to finish the series and have to wait FOREVER for the next!

April 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

elena - YAY I’m so so glad you liked this book! I think it’s SO FUN! I absolutely love Kat + Hale, one of my fav relationships. I hope you like the other books as well if you do read them. So much backstory in book three!

April 1, 2013 - 9:04 am

Bookworm1858 - Oh I love Hale so much-I really need to pick up the third book as it is my understanding that there are some really good bits with him in it.

April 1, 2013 - 8:27 am

Anna - Eeee so glad you are reading this! Like Lori, I haven’t read the third book yet, but I’m dying to!

April 1, 2013 - 6:01 am

Lori - I looooove this series! I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed it. Hale is so…sigh. I really need to read the newest one soon.

Twice as Nice: Belles & Winter White by Jen Calonita

Belles (#1) by Jen Calonita ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: April 10, 2012 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 356 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family secrets, mean girls, campaigns Format read: Borrowed from library Summary: Izzie and Mira couldn’t be more different. For years, Izzie has grown up in Harborside, hanging out at the Boardwalk, and working as a lifeguard […]

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December 1, 2012 - 1:48 am

Kristen Evey - I’ve been wanting to read Belles since I saw the cover when it came out. I really want to love stories like this, but I don’t always end up doing so and I can’t figure out why. That you compared this to both Cinderella AND Mean Girls gives me high hopes for this one though. 😉

November 8, 2012 - 5:23 pm

elena - awww this seem like such qt contemps! i was suppose to be sent this for review but welp, it never came. the first one is at my library though, i think. i like the comparison of belles to mean girls & cinderella. eesh to the curveball ending in the second book though. great reviews, estelle!

November 7, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, I’m not sure if I needed to skip book two’s review or not, but I did. I have Belles but I haven’t read it yet. I REALLY WANT TO, though, because I seem to remember that it is set in Eastern North Carolina, which is where I live. (I love reading books set close to me for some reason.)

Also, the cover is super pretty. I really need to make the time for this one so I can get to book two as well!

November 7, 2012 - 9:32 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You make me want to immediately go out and get these books STAT. Honestly, from the summaries alone, I could already tell that they would be the kind of books I’d find interesting, and I’m intrigued to meet both Mira and Izzie!

November 6, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Tara - Can I just say how happy I am that we could talk this out on GChat lol. I feel a readalong coming on when book 3 comes out :)