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Estelle: First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 8, 2012 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Children Pages: 198 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer, opposites attract, first love, Arizona Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: Gray never thought he would be hanging out, much less falling for, Dylan, […]

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March 18, 2013 - 9:26 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] Attention: Audrey, Wait! A review of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is […]

March 17, 2013 - 5:03 pm

Tabitha S. - I am SO with you on the kissing covers – I just want less of them!! But anyways. I’m really looking forward to this book now, it wasn’t necessarily on my radar before and I think I’ve actually passed it up at the bookstore, but now I’ll be on the lookout. I’m a huge fan of slow building romances, so this one sounds perfect for me.

Great review!!

March 16, 2013 - 5:45 pm

VeganYANerds - This has been on my to-read list for over a year and now I’m really happy to know you enjoyed it. Dylan does sound like a cool character and I want to read this despite the cover (I don’t think kissing covers are going to go away any time soon!)

March 15, 2013 - 9:37 am

Jessica @ Sweet Green Tangerine - This cover is eye-catching for sure! It sounds like a great story…I will definitely check it out.

March 14, 2013 - 11:56 pm

Bookworm1858 - I still haven’t seen many reviews for this book but I had a fine time reading it. It’s by no means my favorite contemporary romance but it was a fine way to pass some time.

March 14, 2013 - 11:28 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I totally would have passed this by, based on the cover. Like you said: can we be done with the dark and intense couple kissing covers yet?

But based on this review, with the wild and lovable female protagonist and the slow-developing romance, I thin this might be one I have to check out!

March 14, 2013 - 6:25 pm

Rowena - I’ve been curious about this book but haven’t seen much around blog land about it. I’m so glad you reviewed it because it sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the review!

March 14, 2013 - 3:58 pm

Sophia - I need this book! you’re completely right–the cover is really dramatic. i was under the impression that this was a darker contemporary, but i’m glad to hear that it’s FUNNY (!!!) and uplifting. dylan sounds so, so sweet and i can’t wait to meet her. 🙂 thanks for the lovely review, estelle! 🙂 <3

March 14, 2013 - 11:25 am

Alexa Y. - I would not have thought this book would read the way you suggested it did based on the cover. In fact, I might have skipped this one if I were just going to look at the cover…

But I’m so glad you reviewed it. It sounds really awesome! I’m especially looking forward to meeting Dylan, because she sounds like the kind of girl I’ve always wanted to be like. And Gray sounds… attractive 😉

March 14, 2013 - 9:42 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH, SO VERY VERY MUCH!!!

This is the first book I read by this author but I was just so enamored by it. I agree with everything you said and at the end I wanted there to be MORE to the story, so much. I was like please please please write more, Katie K! And then I saw it! I have Second Chance but I haven’t read it yet (because I’m scared)! As soon as I saw it on Amazon one day I got all flaily-handed (more than normal, no kidding) and one-clicked BUT BUT it’s like I have it sitting there for a special occasion or something. THAT’s how much I loved First Comes Love.

Also, honestly, I was really SHOCKED that this kissy cover was the first one I ever liked. I remember staring at it and thinking that it was just SO MUCH the story and WOW even though it is indeed very kissy and very close-up). And then I remember after that when Something Like Normal came out with a kissy cover, I was like OK I can handle kissy covers if they’re not icky. Because sometimes they are icky. But I digress. YAY for you liking this one. I’m so happy!

March 14, 2013 - 9:11 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I own this book and after reading your review it’s made me want to go home & start reading it right now! It sounds like something I’d really enjoy. Yup, this may be my next book to devour – thanks Estelle!

A Literary Birthday Celebration (From What I Remember)

I’ve said it before and said it again, but one of my favorite things about blogging is meeting new people. About a month or two ago, I started to chat with Cassie of Books with Cass, who like me is from New Jersey (although she still lives there) and has a birthday in February. And […]

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February 5, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Jamie - LOVE! Can I come with youuuu??

February 4, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Alexa Y. - EEP. I am LOVING that dress. Mexico sounds good right about now… ESPECIALLY the frozen libations 😉

February 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Estelle's Shelve It: 2/3/2013 - […] A Literary Birthday — From What I Remember Attention, Attention: Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe A review of Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols A review of Scarlet by Marisa Meyer A review of Hooked by Liz Fichera A review of Austensibly Ordinary by Alyssa Goodnight […]

February 2, 2013 - 4:34 pm

Randi M - Happy early birthday!! That vacation sounds absolutely wonderful right now, especially since I live in the Midwest which is ridiculously cold right now! The beach would be amazing. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration!

February 2, 2013 - 12:07 pm

elena - this post is so qt! LOVE that dress. also no hangovers on your birthday!! happy early birthday, darling estelle. xo

February 2, 2013 - 9:05 am

Henry Circle - What an awesome birthday party idea! And happy Birthday!

February 2, 2013 - 9:05 am

Cassie - I STILL LOVE THAT DRESS! and ill join you for some frozen beverages 😉 Happy early birthday dear!

Estelle: Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy

Being Friends with Boys by Terra Elan McVoy ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: music, bands, friendships with boys Format read: Borrowed from library Summary: Char, Oliver, and Tripp have been friends forever. Now, in high school, Char manages and writes […]

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April 14, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Dive Into Diversity Family Series: Stepfamilies - […] Being Friends With Boys. — Estelle: “Lonely with her older sister away at college, we get a chance to see Char grow closer with her stepsisters. I loved that we didn’t get the usual evil dynamics here. They are all so different but there isn’t any hate between them.” […]

April 7, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It by Magan, April 7, 2013 - […] | Amazon) Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy — $2.99 — (Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review) Going Bovine by Libba Bray — $3.99 — (Goodreads | […]

January 5, 2013 - 6:17 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay! So glad that you loved this, Estelle, as I just received a copy (such a pretty hardback) and I now I can’t wait to read it even more 😀

January 4, 2013 - 6:19 pm

Anna - Eee I have to move this one up on my pile!!!!

January 3, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - It definitely seems like you were able to connect with the characters, especially the main character, a ton Estelle, and that’s probably one of the most important things for me in a book. It’s also not often when we’re able to see a healthy and normal sister relationship in a book, and I think I’d love to read about that for a change. Even though there seems to be a love triangle, the themes of family and sister relationships definitely seem to overrule that, and I will definitely be picking this book up for myself to see what I think of it.

Fantastic review Estelle! I can’t wait to pick this book up now. <3

January 3, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Terra Elan McVoy - Estelle, thank you for such a thoughtful review, and I’m thrilled you loved BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS (and especially the girl, sister characters in it) so much. I hope to continue pleasing readers like you with my work!

January 3, 2013 - 1:32 pm

Cynthia - This one sounds pretty fantastic. I love these type of books about relationships. Will definitely add it to my must buy list! 🙂

January 3, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - Reading your review has told me one thing: I need to get my hands on a copy of this book! This just sounds like the perfect book for me, especially with all the relationships and questioning whether or not you can just be friends with a boy without it ever amounting to anything else. I feel like I should have had a copy of this book when I was in high school. Ugh. I need to read this as soon as I possibly can!

January 3, 2013 - 11:37 am

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to read this one now because of your review. It sounds like such a fun book, but also a book that packs an emotional punch.

Also, that question – if girls and boys can be friends – is one that I’m still not sure about. I believe it’s possible BUT only up to a certain point.

January 3, 2013 - 9:56 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH ESTELLE! Oh, Estelle.
I LOVE THIS BOOK SO!
OH HOW I LOVE THIS BOOK!
I could swear that Terra Elan McVoy made Charlotte patterned completely after me. I KNOW you love it as much as I do. All the feelings and all of the relationships in this book…aaahhhh. I checked this one out of my library too and I read it twice before returning it, and I held it out overdue because I just couldn’t bear to take it back. My heart is so happy to see this pop up in my reader today! Smiles everywhere!!

January 3, 2013 - 9:46 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - I love love LOVE books about relationships. Family and boys and self discovery. OH MY.

Estelle: Where You Are by J.H. Trumble

Where You Are by J.H. Trumble ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: December 24, 2012 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 316 Target audience: Adult/mature young adult Keywords:  bullying, social media, LGBT, student/teacher relationships Format read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Robert may be a star student, a popular addition to the marching band, and […]

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September 24, 2013 - 9:00 am

Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble (Book Review) - […] Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Kensington Pages: 320 Target audience: Mature YA/adult Keywords: marching band, HIV, romance, LGBT Format read: Paperback ARC from author. (Thanks!!) Other books I’ve reviewed by Trumble: Don’t Let Me Go | Where You Are […]

December 8, 2012 - 6:07 pm

VeganYANerds - Estelle, this sounds like a fantastic book and I have no issue with the student/teacher aspect at all. Your review is fantastic and I love that you were thinking of the characters as real people, that is a great indication of the strength of this story.

December 6, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Jamie - Never heard of this one but you have me interested!

December 4, 2012 - 1:27 pm

Alexa Y. - The fact that you’ve already reread this book is a sure sign that this is a GOOD book, at least to me. I’ve always trusted your opinion, and so far, our tastes have been pretty similar. I’m definitely going to read this!

December 4, 2012 - 11:33 am

Estelle - JH’s other book “Don’t Let Me Go” was also M/M. It’s some of the most honest writing I’ve read all year, and she just brings down the house with this second book. I hope you’ll check it out.

December 4, 2012 - 11:33 am

Estelle - Thank YOU so much for giving me these amazing characters. I can’t say it enough.

December 4, 2012 - 11:32 am

Estelle - You really have to. JH can just suck you in. 🙂

December 4, 2012 - 8:49 am

J.H. Trumble - Were-leopard? Cracking up!

December 4, 2012 - 8:28 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - Oh wow, I so didn’t know Kensington published M/M romance! I have way more respect for them for being open about that. Most pubs won’t touch it. Also, this doesn’t have a truly ridiculous cover like the M/M romance publishers. Also, not a were-leopard in sight, so good work.

Glad you loved it!

December 4, 2012 - 6:01 am

J.H. Trumble - I may have to read that book! LOL. Thank you for that AMAZING review Estelle. I’m so glad you liked the book. I’m kind of fond of it myself!

December 3, 2012 - 10:27 pm

elena - What a wonderful review! You & my other friend absolutely love J.H. Trumble so I must check out her books soon. I do have Don’t Let Me Go currently checked out from the library but haven’t really been in a reading mood. Must rectify that!

December 3, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - Beautiful review & thanks for the heads up on the teacher-student warning and setting me at ease. I hadn’t heard a peep on this book. Thanks for putting it on my radar. I’ll definitely look out for it.

Estelle: Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures by Emma Straub [ website | twitter ] Publication Date: September 4, 2012 Publisher: Riverhead Books Pages: 306 Target audience: Adult Keywords: 1920s, Hollywood, family drama, theatre/films Format read: ARC from Putnam. (Thanks!) Summary:  Since she was little, Elsa has been enamored with the small playhouse her family runs. Her dad […]

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October 31, 2012 - 3:37 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - It may kind of, sort of, possibly make me extremely happy that this has to do with movie stars. I LOVE reading about movie stars and Hollywood and this certainly sounds like it’s all about that!

October 31, 2012 - 2:26 am

Kristen - Oh, this sounds so intriguing and fun! I am morbidly fascinated by the stories of classic movie stars. Behind all the glamour and fame lies some pretty heart breaking and depressing stories. I will have to pick this up at the library when I get a chance. Glad you enjoyed this, Estelle. 🙂

October 30, 2012 - 7:08 pm

elena - i love these sorts of stories! i remember doing something on gloria swanson when i was in elementary. i think i can handle beautiful descriptions despite the lack of dialogue! hi, the night circus is just filled with beautiful descriptions. i like that this story has an underlying theme of hope too. wonderful review, estelle! <3

Estelle: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts

Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts Publication Date: September 25, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 400 Keywords: sisters, small business, small towns, romance Target audience: Adult Format read: ARC from Little Bird Publicity (Thanks!) Summary: With little time to act, Samantha and her family are forced to come up with a solution when they find out […]

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August 6, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Review: Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “Better than Chocolate will make you crave the delicious morsels featured in the book, but also leave you wanting more.” […]

February 14, 2013 - 1:44 am

Review: Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts | Gone with the Words - […] Estelle @ Rather Be Reading – “Better than Chocolate will make you crave the delicious morsels featured in the book, but also leave you wanting more.” […]

October 28, 2012 - 8:47 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping Books of Wonder in NYC  + Review: All You Never Wanted by Adele […]

October 27, 2012 - 3:57 pm

elena - if i want chocolate just reading your review, i can’t imagine actually reading the book! although it’s not the perfect book by any means, it does sound pretty cute. a delicious review, e!

October 27, 2012 - 12:14 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds incredibly cute! I adore the fact that it’s about chocolate, which is one of my favorite things in the whole entire universe. And I can always get down with a story of an underdog business struggling to survive and a small town coming together to make it happen!

October 26, 2012 - 6:23 am

Lori - I adore books set cute little towns. I think it’s my love of Stars Hollow coming through. This sounds great. I’m sad to hear there’s not more romance. Like Melissa, I’m sold from the cover alone.

October 24, 2012 - 3:12 pm

Estelle - Amber, thanks for commenting today. I hope you do look into the book. Let me know what you think when/if you do!

October 24, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Estelle - Tina, thanks for stopping in! It IS a fun premise! There’s even a few recipes included. Which is a lovely touch!

October 24, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Estelle - Jen, it’s so good to switch up genres. I think you can appreciate your reading so much more! Let me know what you think of this one. 🙂

October 24, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Estelle - Melissa, you are right! The cover is ridiculously cute. There’s another one on GR that is like total opposite but cute too. haha

October 24, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Estelle - Warning!! You will get hungry. VERYYY hungry.

October 24, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as much as you did because I’ll be reading it soon and now I know I’ll mostly likely love it too. 😀 Thanks, Estelle!!

October 24, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Melissa - I hate to admit that I was already sold based upon the cover..but now I really want to pick this one up! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

October 24, 2012 - 10:58 am

Jen - While I’m not so much a fan of the “perfect, fairytale endings,” I do totally love the way you describe this setting. Plus, chocolate? Yes, please. This book sounds adorable. And while I do read primarily YA, there are some days when a good adult book is exaaaaaactly what’s needed.

October 24, 2012 - 10:04 am

Amber - Sounds quite interesting! Might have to look into it!

October 24, 2012 - 9:47 am

Tina - This sounds like a fun book for the fall, I love fast little reads about food, cooking and romance…:) Cute review!