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First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | Estelle Reviews

First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 14, 2015 Publisher: Penguin/Dial Books Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: turning 16, best friends, popularity, sex Format read: ARC from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Total opposites Lima and Hailey have been best friends forever until Hailey finds herself […]

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December 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

What This Book Gave To Me, Estelle - […] there’s truth to the saying that some are only meant to be in your life for a sliver of time (First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano), and this truth is something you have to train yourself to believe time and […]

May 3, 2015 - 7:19 pm

Book Review: First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano | POVone: The First Person Perspective - […] Book Reviews: Kirkus Reviews, YA Love, Rather Be Reading […]

April 30, 2015 - 3:53 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne 99 Days by Katie Cotugno First There Was Forever by Juliana Romano The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy […]

April 21, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Rachel - Estelle, your reviews are always so perfect. I have DEFINITELY had a similar experience to Lima, so I’m interested to see how much the book resonates with me.

April 21, 2015 - 12:06 pm

Alexa S. - E, First There Was Forever sounds BRILLIANT. I’m a sucker for a good book about friendship, particularly when it’s a friendship that’s going through some growing pains. It makes me happy whenever I see your mark of approval on a book — and definitely makes me want to check it out even more!

April 18, 2015 - 10:54 am

Sue Holmes - This is the first time I have come across this author – so excited to discover a new author in my favourite genre. The cover is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

April 17, 2015 - 5:02 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I love the look of this, it sounds like such an authentic, on-point YA. I’ve had my eye on this ever since I first read the blurb and it’s great to hear you enjoyed it so much. Nice to hear this wasn’t only an impressive debut, but that it went deep and tackled the bigger questions. Lovely review, Estelle.

Steal the North by Heather B. Bergstrom | Estelle Reviews

Steal the North by Heather B. Bergstorm ( facebook ) Publication Date: April 10, 2014 Publisher: Viking Pages: 336 Target audience: Adult Keywords: family secrets, faith, nature, young love Format read: Borrowed from library after glowing rec from Leah at The Pretty Good Gatsby. Summary: Sixteen year old Emmy is shipped off to spend the […]

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December 15, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] Steal the North freaking knocked my socks off. For regular YA readers, this is the perfect pick for crossover because the main character is a teen going through a ton of changes with family, boys, and herself. The writing is beyond spectacular. Big thanks to Leah at The Pretty Good Gatsby for putting it on my radar. […]

November 21, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Alexa S. - Steal the North is definitely seems like an incredibly intense reading experience! So many layers, so many characters – I just think it would be an interesting read. Glad you wound up enjoying it.

November 17, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Heather Brittain Bergstrom - Thank you so much, Estelle, for writing and posting such a thoughtful and awesome review of my debut. It is thrilling for me as a writer when a reader gets EVERYTHING I was trying to accomplish. I especially liked your attention to the spiritual aspect of the novel. Lovely review! Yours and Leah’s…two of my very favorite reviews! Thanks again!

November 10, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Leah - Oh, Estelle. ♥ ♥ ♥!!! I’m beyond thrilled that you loved this one so much and I’ve been DYING to read your review. It’s so hard to put into words just how this book made me feel: I seriously ran the gamut of emotions and your review made me FEEL all over again – a reread is totally in order!
I hope Heather writes another book – AND SOON. This is a debut, E! That boggles my mind.

November 10, 2014 - 10:42 am

Brianna - This one sounds like a book to savor and get lost in. Thanks for sharing your review.

November 10, 2014 - 9:37 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I first saw this book when you featured it along with some other Adult titles in a post (I’ve blanked on the feature). I don’t really read Adult books, but I’m sure I will in a soon, and boy, you’ve sold me. it might take me a little while to get round to this, but in the meantime, I’m off to add this to my TBR. You make this sound fantastic, thanks to your fabulous review! So glad you liked it!

Why in 5: Far from You by Tess Sharpe

Far From You by Tess Sharpe ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 8, 2014 Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: investigation, mystery, friendship, secrets, LGBTQ Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Back from an unnecessary stint in rehab after her best friend’s murder is labeled “a drug […]

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June 1, 2014 - 5:12 am

Judith - My favorite part of this book is, hands down, the romance. I love love love reading LGBTQ books, because diverse books FTW, and this one was just amazingly done. Furthermore, I think Tess Sharpe’s writing was beautiful and I can’t wait to read more from her. Interestingly enough, I didn’t like the timeline. It confused me SO MUCH at first, and once I got used to it, I still didn’t really like it. That just doesn’t always work for me, I guess.

May 22, 2014 - 10:24 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - WHAT. I love carefully crafted timelines and a really good YA thriller? You know I am ALWAYS looking for those! I’ve heard a few good things about this so looks like I need to add this one to my list too!

May 22, 2014 - 7:34 am

Leah - I keep hearing such fantastic things about this book, but something kept me from paying attention (the cover maybe? I feel like it looks similar to a cover of a book that had crappy reviews..)

This sounds like such a Leah book: complicated love, kickass female lead, thriller – last year I was on a HUGE YA Thriller kick and I’m craving more! I really have no idea why I’ve been dragging my feet for so long. This is definitely a book I could get into!

May 20, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Ellice - I think we discussed this book on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, and I STILL haven’t read it. I have it on my Kindle, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I’m very curious! You know how much I adore How to Love, so just the fact that Far From You has one tiny little thing in common with it makes me want to read it even more 🙂

I love the name “Why in 5.” You ladies always have the best ideas for features or review styles on this blog!

May 19, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Summer - I have no idea why, but I remember skimming the synopsis and cover and going, “Eh, maybe someday.” Now, after reading this, I WANT IT SO BAD. I love those types of writing styles and timelines where you’re given it piece by piece. It makes for a really interesting read.

May 19, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Yay I’m glad you weren’t disappointed! Definitely agree that she did the alternating time lines very well, it reminded me of Dangerous Girls a lot in that respect. It is a risky move doing alternating time lines like this because it can go very wrong but I think this is probably one of the best examples of it done well that I’ve seen.

This story had SO MUCH going on that it should have been a complete mess, yet somehow it wasn’t.

May 19, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Very interesting! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while – I even have a copy – but had no clue what it was really about. Other than the short blurb. I think is the push I needed to make a point to give this one a try! Glad you liked it so much!

May 19, 2014 - 11:51 am

Alexa S. - I’m thrilled you enjoyed Far From You! It’s seriously a really great debut. I loved how deeply drawn into the story I was, and how I didn’t figure out anything at all until the end!

May 19, 2014 - 10:38 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about Far From You for awhile now. I just went to the Rochester Teen Book Festival and I heard Tess Sharpe speak, and I got even more excited for Far From You. I’m glad you liked this, and I definitely need to read this.

Also, if you do like YA thrillers, have you even read or looked into I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga? That is a great thriller, but it is definitely dark and even a bit spooky. I loved it and the sequel though.

May 19, 2014 - 10:36 am

Carly - I have had this book on my to-read list for a while now! I keep checking my library to see if they have it in e-book format yet! I think I might also look into Dangerous Girls as well!

Superlatives: The Ring and The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz

The Ring and The Crown by Melissa De La Cruz ( web | tweet ) Book 1 of a series. Publication Date: April 1, 2014 Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: royalty, marriage, friendship, obligation, magic Format read: Copy sent to me by Small Girls PR. (Thanks!) Summary: Bal du Drap d’Or is […]

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May 14, 2014 - 11:47 am

Alexa S. - THERE IS A CHARACTER NAMED WOLF? That’s seriously enough reason for me to want to read this book already. But, also, I just really like the sound of princesses and a ball and all these crazy characters. Great (and fun) way to review! 🙂

May 8, 2014 - 11:25 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Interesting! I’m still on the fence about this one… It seems like I’d enjoy it but I haven’t been seeing anything STELLAR about it yet? I think I’ll play it cool for a while and see if I happen up on it! 🙂

May 7, 2014 - 10:57 am

Megan (Best of Fates) - Okay, I love the cover and am intrigued by Perry & Archer (I love quality sidekicks!).

May 6, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - Fun superlatives! With so many characters, that’s the perfect way to review this book. And yes, more Wolf please!

May 5, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - I’m still so up in the air on this but this post is freaking awesome! When I eventually get around to reading this I’m totally referencing back to keep things straight and I’ll remember them based on how you described them. Love it!

May 5, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Alexa - Yay I’m really glad you enjoyed this one. I have been wanting to read this but many people are saying it was confusing or just plain didn’t work for them. I’m glad it worked for you.

Thanks for the great review!

May 5, 2014 - 10:29 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’ve seen so many positive things about this book. I was a little hesitant about it – not sure why – but now I’m dying to read it! Love your superlatives too; so cute! I do enjoy putting book characters into these categories. 🙂

Estelle: The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando

The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 22, 2014 Publisher: Perseus Books Pages: 208 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: summer, friendships, camp, cicadas Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: It’s summertime and Julia is planning on spending the warm weather with her best […]

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May 3, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Alexa S. - You recommended this book to me, and sent me the trailer. I bought the book, and read it nearly right after – and I loved it! I thought it was a very real take on that whole experience of someone new swooping in to “take” your BFF, and I could identify with Julia pretty darn well. Plus, I also liked learning about Russia (and wanted to play it!)

May 1, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - This was not on my radar at all, so thank you for fixing that! I bet a lot of kids will relate to this book. Looking forward to reading it!

April 29, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my goodness this looks so cute! I so need to read this. I’ve definitely been in similar situations, as a kid and as an adult, and it is always traumatizing.

I wish I could watch the book trailer right now. but I’m at work.

Estelle: Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 22, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Key audience: parental relationships, the internet, friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thanks!) Summary: Imogene has been the subject of her mother’s popular blog, Mommylicious, since forever. As […]

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May 3, 2014 - 1:47 am

Alexa S. - I really enjoyed this! I think it was Heasley’s way of putting blogging and the internet into perspective that I really enjoyed the most. It definitely made me think about blogging and what it means to me and how it affects my own life.

April 30, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - This was another one that I ended up pushing up because of you! I didn’t realize how interesting this story sounded and it sounds like another great book I can connect to. So glad you mentioned it & reviewed it! I hope I have similar positive feelings 😀

April 26, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Oo I didn’t know this book was about blogging. I think the question of over-exposure, or too much technology will be an interesting one! And I like that the girls plan to take their mom’s down. Sounds fun! I just added this to my TBR 🙂

April 23, 2014 - 8:02 am

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April 22, 2014 - 12:58 pm

Rachel - I really like your review of this book. I felt the same sense of irony reading the book as a blogger. Like yeah, I suppose it can get in the way of real life at times, especially if you’re neglecting the people you care about for your blog, but there are so many amazing things about blogging as well. But I definitely have to make a concentrated effort to stay present when I’m with friends (especially those that are non-bloggers), so I can understand where Imogene is coming from as well.

April 22, 2014 - 7:09 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I know my kid reacts to every photo I take with “are you going to post that?”. Plus I get an eye roll everytime I ask the kiddo to give me a book sound bite. Though our kids don’t mind putting themselves out there, they don’t want us doing it for them.

April 21, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - You know I loved this story, I’m so glad you read it first and encouraged me to read it while reminding me that the character is much younger than the teens I normally read about. I agree that Imogene and Sage’s friendship was great and very true-to-life, I love how they argued, but then figured out a way to remain friends and grow their relationship.

April 21, 2014 - 12:05 pm

elena - i’m pretty curious about this because of the rise of mommy bloggers and the privacy concerns that are more prevalent these days. oh gosh, if i were imogene i would cringe so hard and feel like i have NO PRIVACY at all. people’s relationships w her via the internet must be so weird, esp because they see her grow up. yikes. kind of like how you feel you know a celeb but you really, really don’t.

April 21, 2014 - 11:56 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This seems really interesting. I am often sucked into the black hole of the Internet, too. I’ll definitely have to check out this book. Although I love blogging, I feel like I could really understand what Imogene would be frustrated with her life being on the Internet. It’s one thing if she was the one putting her life out there, but it was her mother. Although I haven’t read it yet, so I’m sure there is a lot more to it.

April 21, 2014 - 10:53 am

Molly @ wrapped up in books - I’ve been really interested in the crop of books that have come out recently about teens and internet culture. I can totally relate to you on the whole screen time/real life time balance. It can be difficult to strike! I’m also interested in friendship and family in YA.