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Nantucket Blue Blog Tour: Review, Leila Howland Q+A, Giveaway!

Huge thanks to Jamie from Disney Hyperion and Leila Howland for making today’s post a reality! I’ve been at the edge of my seat wanting to share my review with you, and finally (cue the trumpets and confetti!), today is the day! (It’s also Nantucket Blue‘s release date… even more exciting!) Nantucket Blue by Leila […]

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May 15, 2014 - 9:00 am

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket (Nantucket Blue/Red) - […] on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review | Gift pack+ NR on Goodreads | Amazon | […]

February 11, 2014 - 9:45 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] →Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland […]

January 28, 2014 - 9:00 am

Stay Warm: Nantucket Blue Themed Gift Pack, Estelle - […] talk about Nantucket Blue. Debut writer Leila Howland blew me away with her tale of a Cricket’s unexpected summer spent […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:26 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland — this book about summer in Nantucket, broken friendships, and surprising […]

July 2, 2013 - 9:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fourth of July in Nantucket Blue - […] My review of NB | Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon […]

May 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin - […] There are two of them. And they are very cute. (In fact, I like to call this book Nantucket Blue x 2 because we get to see two girls fall in love for the first time in Rules of Summer.) Isobel […]

May 14, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Stephanie @ Love.Life.Read - Nantucket Blue is the best!! I would say my favorite place to visit in the summer would be either: 1) camping somewhere with my family or 2) North Carolina. Happy Reading!

May 14, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Nikki H - Anywhere with a pool!

May 14, 2013 - 8:47 pm

elena - why are you so good at reviews 🙁 i really liked the line about the scenes seeming strategically placed. that sounds v smart. and the interview is wonderful! i loved what she said about the setting because although i have never actually been out to sea, i’ve been curious.

my fav place to summer is ummmmmmm

i guess

florida

May 14, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Jasmine Baggenstos - I don’t really take vacations or anything, so my favorite spot in the summer is here in Seattle. There’s a little park by the waterfront that’s never too crowded. The view is nice and the ocean breeze keeps it cool :]

May 13, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Erin D. - I love visiting water. The ocean is my favorite, but lakes and rivers are fun too. And camping is a must!

May 13, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It has been on my wish list for a while.
I love going to the lake in the summer. My family vacations at a lake in North Carolina every year and it is extremely relaxing and I always read a lot of books!

May 13, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Molli - My favorite place to go in summer is Florida! This is my second year going with friends.

Thanks for hosting the interview with the author. I’m really looking forward to reading this book, and I liked seeing her process. I think I’m the same way, as far as the more often I write, the more connected I am to my characters.

May 12, 2013 - 8:19 pm

alicia marie - I love going to the beach : )

May 12, 2013 - 5:01 am

Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books - Favorite place to go in the summer? Probably anywhere on the west coast. So pretty 🙂 Great interview 🙂

May 12, 2013 - 2:16 am

Brianna - My grandparents lake house – The beach, family, boating, and the hammock. It’s my favorite place to curl up with a book or especially if I need to get away from all the fast paced thing we call life.

May 12, 2013 - 2:00 am

Wendy - This sounds like the perfect book to start the summer off with!! Loved reading this review!

May 10, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Cyndi M. - Since I live in Southern California, I pretty much enjoy being here during the summer! I can go to the beach, or up to the mountains!!

May 10, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Ellice - This book makes me crave the beach. I live in Mississippi, so the gulf coast is close enough that I visit it often in the summertime… But it never seems often enough! I need to read this one to get in the summer/beach frame of mind 🙂

May 10, 2013 - 3:54 am

Lucía Valencia - The beach!

May 10, 2013 - 1:13 am

eve - adding it to my to read pile

May 9, 2013 - 10:31 am

Natalie - I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve been seeing so many great reviews for it. Also I like how you included the interview! My favourite place to visit in the summer is Myrtle Beach 🙂

May 8, 2013 - 9:45 pm

SarahS @ WondrousReadings (YA) - I love going to Tennessee , my family lives there and I love spending time with them. Great review and thanks for the chance to win this book. (=

May 8, 2013 - 8:49 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed reading Leila’s answers to your questions. I had no idea she would be continuing the story, so that makes me very very happy. I was left with an unfinished feeling, so I’m glad to see there’s more story coming our way. Also, I LOVE the setting of Nantucket. And that description of “swimming in champagne” – though I’ve never been, it still makes total sense to me!

May 8, 2013 - 12:21 am

Lisa @ Lisa Likes Books - I don’t really go anywhere in the summer. I like to go places that are colder when it’s summer, though. I’m TOTALLY a winter person, so a break from the hot would be nice. I like sitting near the ocean or other bodies of water, but I generally don’t like beaches because I hate sand. (Oh man, it gets ALL over the place. Bleck. Hahha.)

May 7, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I loved this and I’m so excited to hear she’s writing a follow up. I hope it has lots of Zack!

May 7, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Shira S - I cannot wait to read this book! I love visiting Ojai, California in the summer.

May 7, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Bee - Love the interview! thanks for posting it! I love to visiting the beach when it’s sunny 😀

May 7, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Sarah - This book sounds like a great summer read! My favorite place to visit is Door County, WI. It is so beautiful and relaxing up there.

May 7, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’ve been looking forward to reading this one ever since I first heard about it, so I’m really happy you enjoyed this one so much! I can’t wait to get my own copy of it. I loved the interview too, it made me want to visit Nantucket even more haha. Great review! 🙂

May 7, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Tammy - The northwest, Oregon & Washington, the temperature is usually cooler than where I live.

May 7, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Sarah O - So excited to read this book. I’ve been obsessed with the cover since I first saw it and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. When I was a kid we’d go to Shediac, New Brunswick every summer, where my grandparents lived. We’d usually drive over to PEI too and go to the beach. Good summer memories.

May 7, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - My favorite place to visit during the summer is my hometown – San Diego! You can’t beat the weather!

May 7, 2013 - 11:55 am

shokufeh - I’m excited to read this. I love to go anywhere with water in the summer.

May 7, 2013 - 10:42 am

bookrockbetty - I LOOOOVED this book! I feel guilty entering, but hey… I liked it so much I plan on buying a finished copy anyway. 🙂 Definitely an awesome summer read! Great Q&A! 🙂

May 7, 2013 - 10:41 am

Daphne - i am from Louisiana and my fave place to visit, any time of year, is New Orleans. granted, summer isn’t the best time because it’s outrageously hot, but if i can walk around New Orleans in July when I’m 8 mo pregnant, I can do ANYTHING.

I’ve been hearing really great things about this book and i’m excited to read it.

May 7, 2013 - 10:40 am

Alexa Y. - My favorite summer vacation spot is this sandbar that my family has been going to for years in the Philippines. Known only as Carbin Reef, it’s a sandbar that disappears completely when high tide is. I’ve got a lot of family memories attached to the place, and I hope to make many more to come.

May 7, 2013 - 10:33 am

Alexa Y. - I am super excited to read Nantucket Blue! It sounds like the perfect summer read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of it – possibly today. I like reading about friendships; I think it’s always cool to read a book that focuses on the strange twists and turns that friendships can take.

Also, this interview was fab! I’ve never been to Nantucket, but now I definitely want to go someday.

May 7, 2013 - 9:57 am

Shane @ Itching for Books - Great review. Wonderful interview!

I love the look of everything on your blog 🙂

Estelle: Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews

Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews (Tweet!) Publication Date: June 1, 2012 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 402 Target audience: Adult Keywords: romance, small town, family businesses, divorce, family secrets Format read: ARC from Netgalley! Thanks! Summary: Annajane is totally okay with her ex-husband, Mason, remarrying. In fact, she’s engaged and about to move out of […]

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August 6, 2012 - 10:19 am

Tara - You have inspired me to start reading adult fiction again 🙂 I need to spice up my reading list and you always review such great books that I can’t help but not add them to my TBR list.

August 5, 2012 - 8:18 pm

Louisa - This looks awesome! There really is something special about small town settings.

August 4, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - One of the things I love about blogging is getting introduced to titles i might never have found on my own. This sounds really cute!

August 3, 2012 - 11:43 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - This one sounds like too much of a squirmed for me (sometimes I thrive on the drama, sometimes it just stresses me out!) but I’m pretty sure my sister would love it so I’ll pass along a rec! She kinda lives for stories set in small towns – perhaps bc we are confirmed city girls?!

Side note: thanks for checking out our Robin Benway feature! I’m glad you liked it. I started a fan but now I’m a full on fangirl of hers! For our playlist today she sent me the HTML code and I just plugged it in – my grandmother (a frequent reader, obvs) wanted to know when I’d gotten so good at computers!

Blogging is so fun sometimes 🙂

Estelle: Awkward by Marni Bates

Awkward by Marni Bates Publication Date: December 27, 2011 Publisher: Kensington Pages: 300 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Youtube, best friendships, divorce, bullying Format read: Paperback borrowed from library. Summary: Mackenzie has accepted being invisible. She has two best friends, she’s super smart, and she has a lucrative job as a tutor. She’s the last […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:22 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Honestly, I think the reason that I want to read this book so badly is because I’m awkward in general. It’s not as bad now, but that was definitely me in high school. And even though this book sounds crazy and a bit farfetched, I think it’d be a lot of fun to read!

May 27, 2012 - 9:03 pm

VeganYANerds - I haven’t heard a lot about this but I did want to read it based on the cover, it’s so cute! And I’m glad you enjoyed it, it doesn’t sound perfect but I really like the sound of Marni 🙂

May 27, 2012 - 8:01 am

Shelve It: 5/27/2012 - […] > What if your world totally changed because of a YouTube video? Check out my review of Awkward by Marni Bates. >  Disappointed by a book and so affected, she couldn’t get into the next book for quite […]

May 26, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Mary @mysistersbookshelf.com - Estelle, you can watch online through MTV! There are ads, but let’s say you had a head cold and wanted to lie in bed and couldn’t even lift a book… You MIGHT accidentally find yourself watching the whole first season right there!

Thanks for visiting our blog! We are only a few weeks in so we get all excited for every comment/potential moment to discuss books! Which is why we got started of course in the first place!

May 25, 2012 - 11:41 pm

Estelle - Mary, I haven’t watched AWKWARD yet on MTV but I keep hearing good things. I hope it’ll come on the Instant Netflix soon so I can check it out. I did wonder if the two were similar. I do hope you give this a read. I’m about to hop over to your blog right now! Thanks for stopping by!

May 25, 2012 - 11:15 pm

Mary @mysistersbookshelf.com - This book had me at the title, so I’m glad it grew on you! Have you seen the MTV series Awkward? It’s amazingly awesome.

It’s also interesting reading about this book b/c it sounds similar and yet in many ways opposite to Take A Bow, which I just read and reviewed today! I think its headed to my TBR pile regardless!

May 25, 2012 - 1:22 pm

April Books & Wine - I really loved Awkward, and I am glad you really liked it. I agree about the unrealistic thing, but for me, my love of Mackenzie trumped that. 😀

Also yes in the extreme to this being a cute book.

AND YAY FOR THE LIBRARY! I just noticed in your disclosure that you borrowed it and I am like sitting here thinking damn I love the library.

Estelle: Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers

Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers (Twitter) Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 240 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Format read: Paperback from ALA! (Thanks!) Summary: Maria is ready to start fresh in New York City, living with her estranged mom and going to a new school. She’s not exactly sure what […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:37 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - It’s set in New York City and it taps into music for the main story – yup, this book definitely sounds like something I’d want to read!

May 4, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Shelve It: Books Bought, Borrowed, etc. - […] 4/24 book release: a review of Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers. Magan gives you the dirt on TLA (the good kind) + provides some tips for those hoping to attend […]

May 1, 2012 - 12:00 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Books that Should be Movies - […] Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers (My review): I think we all know I have a mad love affair with NYC and I live here. Basically. I just finished […]

April 29, 2012 - 8:49 pm

VeganYANerds - I really like the sound of this, though I do agree that some lists of the songs on the tapes would have been a great edition! Also, I too was one of those kids who recorded music off the tv onto my cassette recorder! <3

April 27, 2012 - 10:04 pm

Estelle - E, maybe they were in the final copy? I would be interested to check it out. I kept thinking of you as I read this. You should definitely pick up both. As for God Shaped Hole, that has a huge musical influence too just not as much as How to Kill. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think. Thanks for the comment as always!

April 27, 2012 - 9:50 pm

elena - I’m kind of surprised that the lists for the mixtapes weren’t in the book, it seems to be such an easy and obvious thing! You’ve got me so curious about this book, Estelle. I’m definitely going to try to read How To Kill A Rockstar, that sounds really promising! Music in books is always super interesting to me, ha.

April 27, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Jenny - So glad I wasn’t the only one taping music videos w my boom box by the speaker of my tv! Another great review as always, Estelle!

April 27, 2012 - 9:21 am

Estelle - Eva, sorry to disappoint! I know… the cover/title are sort of tricky things aren’t they? As a fan of Tiffanie’s work, I definitely think you should give it a try tho! 🙂

April 27, 2012 - 9:18 am

Estelle - April, it does the same to me. I think I was warned in advance though when I glanced through a few other reviews. Perhaps it helps to be prepared? I think you should give it a try. It has an edgier feel than other YAs.

April 27, 2012 - 9:09 am

April Books & Wine - I won’t lie, usually the unknown drives me NUTS. So I am not sure how I would feel about Super Girl Mix Tapes, because, on the other hand I LOVE NYC and complex relationships and the 1990s. Hmmmm.

Quite a book conundrum here.

April 27, 2012 - 8:55 am

Eva, The Book Stoner - Aw man, I was expecting “light and fun.” But since it reminded you of How to Kill a Rock Star, I’m still in! 🙂 Thanks for the very helpful review.