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Estelle: Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes

Honeymoon in Paris by Jojo Moyes ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 16, 2013 Publisher: Penguin Pages: 75 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Paris, marriage, honeymoon, past and present shift, art Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Liv is on a honeymoon with her new husband in Paris, but he’s unable […]

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September 27, 2013 - 9:32 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - AAAAHHHH WHAT THERE’S A PREQUEL?!?! OMG ESTELLE. Seriously, drop whatever you’re doing & read The Girl You Left Behind. ;D you can thank me later. Really though, it’s amazing and incredible and gave me ALL THE FEELS.

September 23, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Ellice Y - Oh my goodness, find me on Twitter after you read ME BEFORE YOU. I want to talk about this book! I finished reading it a couple of weeks ago– I can promise it will be one of those books that sticks with you for a long time!

September 23, 2013 - 9:03 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - One – you didn’t mention reading this! Two – I didn’t know there was prequel to The Girl You Left Behind (which I own but have yet to read). And three – YES READ ME BEFORE YOU. 🙂

September 23, 2013 - 7:55 am

Betty - Ha…. my beautiful red copy is sitting on my shelf glaring as well…. ugh!! I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m actually more interested in the premise of The Girl You Left Behind!! Love that the novella is a prequel. I think I’ll check that out first to get a feel for whether or not the book would be a good fit. 🙂

September 22, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Eeeek! Well, I loved The Girl You Left Behind and so obviously I need to read this prequel! I’m so happy you loved it 🙂 Now, you’ve just got to read the full-length book that comes after it AND Me Before You!

September 21, 2013 - 10:25 pm

Bookworm1858 - I like the idea of checking out a novella before making the full commitment to an adult novel; it does seem like a really good idea to check if the author’s writing style clicks with you. Hope you enjoy Me Before You!

September 21, 2013 - 9:58 pm

VeganYANerds - Sounds good! I’d like to read more adult fic, I just never seem to get around to it 🙂

September 21, 2013 - 9:04 am

Cassie - You know my love for ME BEFORE YOU so this looks like a great quick read also!!! So glad you liked it! Gives me hope for more Jojo for you!! :)))

Cooking from Fool’s Gold Cookbook by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 272 Keywords: cook by season, cookbook with romance short story Format read: ARC provided by McAllister PR! (Thank you!) Why do I not review cookbooks more often? Especially one like Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold Cookbook. If you are a frequent reader here, […]

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September 18, 2013 - 3:11 am

Alexa Y. - That pasta dish looks DELICIOUS. I’ll definitely have to check this out, as I really need to start learning how to cook… or at least attempting to do it more, since I know the basics.

September 16, 2013 - 11:43 am

Ann - Love the photos plus a novella. Count me in.

September 16, 2013 - 11:03 am

Patty B - I love to make Hawaiian chicken over rice. The recipes sure look good.

September 16, 2013 - 11:01 am

Hannah - I love baking. Sometimes I may way too much and end up taking trays of cakes and biscuits round to my neighbors. Once I’ve started I just can’t stop!!!

September 14, 2013 - 10:10 am

Lynn R. - My favorite thing to make and eat is beef stew! This cookbook has some might good looking recipes to make.

September 13, 2013 - 11:06 am

Gmapeony - I love steak and love to make chicken parmesan; my daughter loves my marinara sauce and I make the cutlets very thin, that is the trick.

September 12, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Karen Triolo - Comment did not show; will try again.

I love making eggplant parmesan; my little daughter likes it and she is fussy.

September 12, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Karen Triolo - I love to make eggplant parmesan. Even my little daughter loves it.

September 12, 2013 - 8:26 am

Patoct - I love to cook and eat. Fav thing to eat is lasagna and I do make it as well.

September 10, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Oh my goodness, you’re making me hungry!

I love to bake, especially chocolate cookies and apple pie. And I like to make pasta so that fettuccine looks magnificent. Really I like to make anything delicious.

I’ve only read one of the Fool’s Gold books, but they are definitely a good go to for when I’m on a romance kick.

September 10, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Bookworm1858 - Your helper must have done a lot-looks tired! I just want to reach in and hug your cat though I have my own (pretty similar looking) one to hug with me right now. I’m not much interested in cooking myself but I love looking at cookbooks and watching cooking shows.

September 10, 2013 - 3:26 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - Oops, I didn’t realize that I was supposed to comment about something specific ;P My favourite thing to bake (and eat!) are my grandma’s chocolate chip cookies.

September 10, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - What fun to see a non-fiction review! This cookbook sounds super interesting … what a unique concept to group recipes by season. I’m not much of a cook (hubby takes the cake in that category!) but perhaps I could be inspired if I had a new book of recipes to try? 😉

September 10, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Tammy - What don’t I love to cook? I love to both cook and bake about everything. Now that fall is approaching, homemade bread and soups.

September 10, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Christine L. - My favorite thing to cook is a grilled fontina sandwich and a bowl of tomato rice soup. So, yeah, I need a cookbook with simple instructions to inspire expanding my limited repertoire. Now, my favorite thing to eat is escargots en croute, which evidences that this palate of mine is way more sophisticated than my skill!

September 10, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Cristina - Betty…I’m right there with you lol. I love to cook don’t really have a favorite thing. I love to try new things. I hate baking though.

September 10, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Cristina - Looks like a great cookbook

September 10, 2013 - 10:05 am

Daphne - my fave thing to cook is my mom’s meatloaf. so good & no one makes it like her (except i do come close). i really want to try those pumpkin whoopie pies b/c no one likes pumpkin here & i could eat them all myself 🙂

September 10, 2013 - 9:59 am

Cassie - A FAVORITE!? Oh goodness! You guys know I LOVE to cook! I guess I really enjoy making risotto despite the endless stirring it requires!!

I also love making latkes 😉

September 10, 2013 - 9:55 am

Betty - Ha… who is the ass that didn’t read the blurb before commenting?? THIS GIRL! Anyway, I love cooking…. recently I made Swiss Chard Stuffed Shells and though it required A LOT of work and lots of steps that had to be done at exactly the right time… lol it turned out really good and I had fun!! 🙂

September 10, 2013 - 9:53 am

Betty - I love cookbooks! Love that there is a novella involved too– how cool! 🙂 nom nom nom <3

Estelle: Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller  ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: life changes, ranch, romance, baggage Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other book I reviewed by Linda Lael Miller: Big Sky Summer Summary: Celeb heartthrob Zane Sutton is escaping Hollywood for his neglected […]

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June 7, 2014 - 9:01 am

The Marriage Pact by Linda Lael Miller (Q+A and Giveaway) - […] Marriage Pact by Linda Lael Miller ( web | tweet ) Previously reviewed: Big Sky Wedding Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: […]

September 18, 2013 - 3:04 am

Alexa Y. - Cowboys! A ranch! This book sounds like a positively escapist sort of read, as I’ve never really met a cowboy or gone to real ranch. I’m glad that the relationship and how it develops is done fairly well, and it’s also great that each character has their own challenges to deal with.

September 10, 2013 - 7:52 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - Okay, Estelle. You have me intrigued enough that I may get over my hatred of ridiculous names (Brylee??) to read this. Kissing cowboys! Mmm hmm…

The only small town I’d want to visit is Stars Hollow! 🙂

September 7, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Kai W. - There are two places I would love to revisit. They are Ojai (in Southern California) and Half Moon Bay (up near San Francisco). I found them to be quite calm and quiet without the hussle and bussle of the city.

September 5, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Bookworm1858 - I don’t read a lot of contemporary romances or western books but I do like the sound of this one especially since you say the characters are so realistic and down to earth.

September 5, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I’m SUCH a sucker for cowboys/country boys. Mmm. I see Miller’s books constantly at work and have been curious for a while now. 🙂 You’ve sold me on this one, Estelle!

September 5, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Tammy - I would love to drive up the northwest coast again. Small coastal towns are fun to pop in and visit.

Estelle: The Returned by Jason Mott

The Returned by Jason Mott ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: death, family, outrage, goverment “control” Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Loved ones coming back from the dead, a.k.a. “The Returned”, catapult society into some unknown territory. Is it a […]

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September 18, 2013 - 2:46 am

Alexa Y. - What I love most about your thoughts on The Returned is that it really sounds like the book made a strong impression on you. I love it when a book tackles concepts like this one, as it stands out and makes it even more appealing.

September 1, 2013 - 7:31 am

April Books & Wine - I just got an email about the Returned but have been kind of hesitant because it’s a ‘big kids book’ and I am trying to take less of those on for review. BUT OMG THEN YOU MENTION SOBBING and I am like okay, I need to read this, because I am all about getting an emotional reaction while reading.

Also, the concept is interesting — I have been lucky enough to not lose any people, but if I could bring my dog Benji back for a game of fetch or something, I totally would.

Sounds like it also doesn’t turn into a zombie book, either which in this case is a good thing.

August 30, 2013 - 8:35 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - Been hearing a lot about this book and I’m curious about it so I’m glad you loved it Estelle 🙂 I like that this made you think and evoked a lot of emotion. I’m definitely going to check this out when I can!

August 29, 2013 - 10:19 pm

Bookworm1858 - I just read about this in People Magazine and was wondering if it was any good. I don’t read a lot of adult books and this isn’t one I’d normally pick up but I love the sound of its emotional power-I mean, to get you crying on the subway platform? That is a moment that packs a punch!

August 29, 2013 - 9:35 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I requested this one on Netgalley, but I wasn’t approved. It sounds interesting though, and now that I know you liked it, Estelle, I’ll definitely have to look for a copy!

Estelle: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 29, 2013 Publisher: Dial Pages: 384 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: tragedy, family, adoption, young geniuses Format read: ARC from TLA. (Thanks!) Other book reviewed by author: I’ll Be There Summary: When her adoptive parents die in a car accident, […]

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August 28, 2013 - 8:12 pm

Bookworm1858 - I think this sounds exactly like the kind of book I love-with all the threads tying together at the end for a heartwarming story. I look forward to giving it a try!

August 28, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I haven’t seen any reviews of this one, though I have a copy from BEA, so I’m really excited to read your thoughts. Love stories about odd characters. This girl sounds endearing and I can’t wait to meet her. I also love that she’s ‘adopted’ by people in her life that step up to care about her. And most of all, when you said this book “felt like a poetic masterpiece” I was sold! Thanks for this review!!

August 28, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved this one too! Willow is such a quirky main character, and I think Sloan pulls that off perfectly. She’s actually a character I found relatable, in spite of being very different from me. I think the story was also incredible, especially with how everything falls into place at the end. So good!

August 27, 2013 - 8:44 am

Jamie - So glad to see a favorable review from you because I was super excited for this one but have seen a few unfavorable reviews for it..something about the ending?

I loved I’ll Be There so I’m excited to jump back into her writing because it’s always so beautiful and vivid. I’ve been putting it off since seeing these reviews (does that ever happen to you? Put a book lower on the TBR bc of bad reviews?) but now I’m moving it back up!

August 27, 2013 - 6:02 am

VeganYANerds - So, so glad you liked this! I haven’t read Holly’s previous book (though I own it) and have heard so much about what an excellent author she is 🙂 Also, I love this cover!

August 26, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Jen - Eeep, I’m so excited to get my hands on this one! I love the sound of the plot for this one, and Willow seems like a really smart girl that I’d like. The character relationships in the story look like they are strong and special among each one. And tissues on hand? Shoot, girlie! Fabulous review, Estelle!

August 26, 2013 - 10:58 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh awesome! I have this one from BEA but haven’t read it yet. I’m glad to see such a good review from you! I always get scared with the books that look really good but I don’t really know much about. I definitely trust your reviews! 🙂

Estelle: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 208 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: sexuality, breaking records, relationships, family Format read: ARC paperback from TLA (Thank you!) Summary: Two boys (exes) try to break the world’s record of longest kiss. […]

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December 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] answer: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. A […]

August 28, 2013 - 11:43 am

Alexa Y. - I’ll admit it: this book intimidates me for some reason. I’ve only read one David Levithan book – The Lover’s Dictionary – and have not touched any others for some reason. But the way you rave about this book in your review has me dying to read it for myself. The story sounds very different, and in a way that’s refreshing, new and still relatable. I can’t wait to read it for myself!

August 27, 2013 - 8:53 am

Jamie - YES YES YES I should have just directed everyone over to your review instead of actually writing a review. Pretty sure this one has also usurped all his other novels as my fave! I was wary of the Greek chorus narration when I read the summary for it but I was like WHATEVER IT IS DAVID and then when I read it I wasn’t into it in the beginning but soon LOVED it.

August 21, 2013 - 2:19 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - David Levithan is one of those authors that makes me think my dream of being published shouldn’t ever happen because I will never, EVER be worthy of sharing shelves with him. I can’t even call him a master because it seems so insufficient, you know? I remember reading Boy vs. Boy and thinking it was a revelation; and then Love is the Higher Law (which is my favourite Levithan too! Followed closely by Every Day. I have not read Two Boys Kissing though, so it could be unseated quickly…) just…blew me off my feet and knocked my socks off and every other metaphor for altering my world. I love love love how fearless he is with his content, how it’s all so different and unique but somehow completely relatable too. I’ve been counting down the days until I can get my hands on this book, and your review is not making it any easier! Fantastic, E 🙂

August 20, 2013 - 4:19 am

Jen @ Books and Other Happy Ever Afters - This book doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever read before! I’ve experienced Levithan’s other solo novel, Every Day, and it was seriously insightful and lovely. I can only imagine how beautiful this one will be! And all of the different scenarios just make it more intriguing. I’ll have to pick this one up soon! Thanks for the fabulous review, Estelle!

August 20, 2013 - 12:59 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I am so, so, SO excited for this book!! I love the idea of 4 interconnected stories- also, a Greek chorus sounds really creative. The whole book just sounds amazing.

August 19, 2013 - 7:56 pm

Bookworm1858 - Wasn’t sure about this as I didn’t love Every Day the way I wanted to but after your glowing review, I’ll put it on the list. I hope it moves me!

August 19, 2013 - 4:35 pm

Vyki @ On The Shelf - This book sounds like it could be very touching and your review has definitely made me want to bump it up on my TBR! I haven’t read anything with the Greek chorus, but I am interesting to see how that is. Great review 🙂

August 19, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Tara - I SO want to read this book. David Levithan = one of my YA author idols.

August 19, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - WOW. Estelle, you’ve definitely convinced me that I MUST read this book as soon as I can get my grabby hands onto it. I have been waiting impatiently for Two Boys Kissing for awhile, but I wasn’t sure about the premise or the Greek chorus. Now I’m sure. THANK YOU.

August 19, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Annette - I hate to say this, but I’m just being honest. I wish the cover was different. And maybe even the title. I just think there are SO MANY kids that would be drawn to this book — but won’t want to carry it around and have other kids see what they are reading….

This will (maybe) get checked out by girls who like romance books….

August 19, 2013 - 10:53 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, I love David Levithan so much. I know that’s no big thing because EVERYBODY does, but when I see him, I CAN’T BREATHE OR SPEAK. My heart beats really fast and I get sweaty (so unladylike). It’s true. I’m such a fangirl to the nth degree because he has more talent in his pinky than most people will ever dream of. And his mind is so open and his writing is pretty much flawless and I love that he edits other authors and moderates panels and walks around the streets when he’s doing appearances with a backpack and an ipod like he’s just a REGULAR PERSON. That being said, 3 things: 1) I saw him in Charleston last year at YALLFest. He came into a donut shop where I was having breakfast like it was no big deal and I choked on my food because…(I already told you) I can’t breathe when I get that close to genius. Y’all may think that’s stupid, but whatever whatever. 2) That day, he signed Every Day for me, and I can’t bring myself to read it because I have a few of THOSE AUTHORS that I get so nervous about their new work when it comes out because I’ve loved their past work so much – does that make sense? Probably not. So I see it on the shelf, sometimes I touch it, talk to it, and love it. But I’ve not read it yet. I’m SO LAME. 3) I met an author – a gay male author – at BEA this past year and asked him what’s the best thing he’s recently read – he very quickly said it was this book and that he was brought to tears throughout the book while he was reading. He said that had he been able to read THIS BOOK just a few years ago when he was younger, his ENTIRE LIFE would’ve been different. THAT’s how powerful this book is, he said. So I want to get my hands on it and read it, even though DLevithan is one of those authors that I tend to freak out about their new work. Since it made that much of a difference in this guy’s life, I need to read it. And since you loved it, then yeah, for sure. Honestly, I don’t know how he does it either. Great review on this one, E.