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Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman • Magan Reviews

Perfect Girl by Michele Gorman [twitter • website] Publication Date: October 14, 2014 Publisher: Notting Hill Press Pages: 326 Target Audience: Adult Fiction Keywords: people pleasing, crappy boyfriends, controlling parents, shady jobs Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Carol is barely able to tread water or find time for herself because she’s constantly attending to everyone else’s needs before her own. Her […]

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February 23, 2015 - 11:25 am

Magan - Alexa, I can see you really enjoying this one. Definitely, definitely add it to your TBR!

February 15, 2015 - 12:12 am

Alexa S. - Being a people pleaser is rough, because you just want to make everyone happy and do right by all the people in your world. Perfect Girl actually sounds really interesting! Glad to see that you really enjoyed it, M.

February 4, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Magan - Oh, Elizabeth! Based on my two books by Michele, I’m a fan. I’ll be reading more books of hers for sure and I hope you’ll pick up one to try! Keep me posted on what you think when you read one!

February 4, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Magan - I agree, Brianna! Super cute cover. It was a great read that IS chick-lit but not super light and fluffy. Give it a go!

February 4, 2015 - 11:06 am

Elizabeth - I’m always looking for more chick lit authors to try… never heard of Michele Gorman before, so I will have to keep an eye out for her books! I like that this sounds like it has a lot of character development in it.

February 4, 2015 - 10:33 am

Brianna - This sounds like a fun read. The cover is very cute, too.

Blog Tour: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: November 5, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Pages: 404 Target audience: Adult Keywords: marriage, betrayal, regrets, parenthood Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks Sourcebooks!) Summary: A blind date between Matt (a cop) and Lucy (reeling from a horrible breakup) […]

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April 14, 2014 - 12:15 am

Review: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield ThomsonLose Time Reading - […] never would have picked this up had I seen it in stores but after seeing Estelle’s review on it, I knew I had to read it. I’ve slowly teetered away from adult fiction in recent years, […]

November 26, 2013 - 4:24 am

Chloe Lee - The last bok that took me by surprise was Pawn by Aimee Carter. I had expected to like it more. Not to say that I did not like but just not as much as I thouht I would. I guess thats what I get for listening to the hype 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

November 23, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Nicole - Hmm, the last book that took me by surprise was probably Hereafter (Shadowlands #2). I did not expect to like it as much as I did! Glad you liked this one so much and thank you for the chance to win a copy!

November 22, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that this book took you by surprise! It certainly sounds like a very interesting premise, and I’m curious about these two main characters in particular.

November 21, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Tammy - I just finished A Storm Of Swords audiobook and I’m all caught up with the GOT TV show but I was still surprised by the number of deaths and the detail I got from the book that I didn’t get in the TV show.

November 21, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Ann - Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. I had high hopes for it, but it surpassed my expectations!

November 21, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Christina (My Life In Books) - The last book that took me by surprise was Inferno by Dan Brown because I didn’t predict the ending at all! I still say that Angels & Demons was the best but now Inferno ties Da Vinci Code at number two 🙂

Book Report: Nowhere but Home by Liza Palmer

As promised, friends, we’re trying to continue reading books together so we can chat about them for more Book Reports! As you’ll read below, we were highly, highly encouraged to read Nowhere But Home by some of our very favorite people. See if we agree with them about this adult fiction book! Nowhere but Home by Liza […]

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February 23, 2015 - 8:01 am

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer | Estelle Reviews - […] Read our joint review of Liza Palmer’s NOWHERE BUT HOME […]

June 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids Table: I MAY Be Late... But Book Bloggers Rock - […] but it just so happens I bought a copy of it on the bargain table at B&N. I adored Liza’s Nowhere But Home and I have two of Liza’s older books waiting for me at home. But I think this post reminds […]

November 4, 2013 - 5:37 pm

Alexa Y. - Another ringing endorsement for Nowhere But Home! I’m thinking I really have to get on the boat and read this one too. I loved seeing what you both thought of this story, and it pleases me that you enjoyed it too! That’s FIVE ringing endorsements for me now — and all from people I most definitely trust.

October 28, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS TO PIECES, 100000%.
Because I just loved the book so much. And I had hoped that Magan would love the book although I was a bit nervous because she’s so close to the area! YAY for reading it and loving it and this fun review style!!! I don’t think there’s anything I’d change either! I loved Cal and everything that is revealed about his character! Well, I just loved everything.

October 27, 2013 - 12:37 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I, too listened to Cassie and picked up a copy :). I love reading your bookish conversations, and this one is no exception! Super excited to read this one, especially after SO many of my trusted blogger buddies love it so much!

October 25, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Lucy - Such a fun book report! I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long. I can tell I’m going to love it. Yay for book pushers 🙂

October 25, 2013 - 8:57 am

Meg - What a fun way to review — I love it! And I really enjoyed this one, too. It was a big, unexpected surprise for me from beginning to end, and it was hard not to like and feel for Queenie. I also found the romance with Everett very believable, and I was sorry to see it end! Even months later, I can vividly remember scenes and passages… the mark of a great story. 🙂

October 25, 2013 - 8:42 am

Cassie - LADIES, LADIES! I am so so so over the moon happy that you both loved this one!!

Everything, like E mentioned was so perfect, and well researched, and it really brought the book to life for me. From the characters to the setting to the trials each person had to face, to finding a jackass [I’m looking at you, Hudson!] It was just so perfect.

THANK YOU for listening to me <3

xoxo

Magan: The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins

The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 400 Target Audience: Adult Fiction Keywords: loss of a spouse, dating and remarrying, family curses Format Read: ARC from Pub Other Books Reviewed by KH: Somebody to Love Summary: Five years after the death of her […]

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September 1, 2013 - 12:30 am

Melissa - I really loved this book. I could not date my brother in law’s myself, but I did love this book!!

August 28, 2013 - 11:52 am

Alexa Y. - This sounds like a pretty awesome, if slightly fluffy, romance novel! I do adore a good romance novel every now and then to break up my reading, and this one seems like it’s pretty good. I do like the whole little twist to the story, what with her dating and sleeping with the brother (although that would kind of gross me out too).

August 21, 2013 - 10:22 am

Christine @ Oh, Chrys! - I must admit that I am not sure I could get over the whole dating my dead husband’s brother aspect of this book. I would probably give up at the 40% because of the droning backstory as well. It certainly sounds light though!

Estelle: The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen

The Best of Us by Sarah Pekkanen ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 9, 2013 Publisher: Washington Square Press Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: college friends, marriage, Jamaica Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Knee-deep in marriage, kids, infidelity, and secrets, college friends reunite for a fully-paid trip to […]

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April 18, 2013 - 10:17 am

Meg - This read was definitely awesome escapism — and I’m more than ready for a vacation myself! I think I liked Savannah the most, though I’d imagine everyone could find a shade or two of certain characters in themselves!

April 2, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - “The Best of Us is a book that is meant to be scorched in the sun, stained with your sunscreened fingers, and maybe even splashed with a little ocean water.” <– Um hello one of my favorite lines in a review + most convincing reasons to buy a book! I've read Pekkanen's first two books and really enjoyed them. Glad to hear this one was a good read, too!

March 29, 2013 - 3:17 pm

April Books & Wine - I’d totally do tequila shots with you. I’m always up for a good time.

Anyways.

I’m on the prowl for adult books, lately, I like YA but it’s not quite doing as much for me as grown up books (I FEEL LIKE A TRAITOR SAYING THAT) but seriously, The Best Of Us sounds up my alley. AND OMG I want an all expenses paid trip to Jamaica too.

Also. I am not sure I could read this book without picturing Dwight as Dwight Shrute from the office.

March 29, 2013 - 3:30 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - Damn, must be nice! I’d love to whisk all my friends to a beach to celebrate my birthday. However, I’d pick a beach in Australia. 😀

March 28, 2013 - 9:52 pm

Cassie - Ah, Estelle, Estelle.. you’re killin me! This makes me yearn for summer and the beach <3.

This sounds like a wonderful read! CANT WAIT!

March 28, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I love this review! My friends and I have been planning on going to Puerto Rico to visit my best friends grandma during college but I don’t see it happening any time soon. I think I am going to need to read this book!

March 28, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Alexa Y. - When I win the lottery OR when I create an app that sells for billions of dollars, I will totally sponsor our trip to Jamaica. Till then, I’ll leave you with this – I LOVE the sound of this book. I’m a sucker for books about friendship and reunions, so that’s really no surprise at all. I hadn’t heard of this one, but it does sound really good!

March 28, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Tara - While I can’t afford to pay for everyone to go to Jamaica, I still think we should all plan a group trip 🙂 This book sounds like a great beach read!

March 28, 2013 - 9:20 am

Maggie - I’ve read one Sarah Pekkanen, Skipping a Beat, and while I liked it I found it so frustrating that I’ve never been able to bring myself to read anything else by her. But this sounds good, maybe I’ll change my mind. Great review!

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.