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Estelle: Paradise by Jill S. Alexander

Paradise by Jill S. Alexander Publication Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: country music, Texas, pressure from parents, siblings, romance Format read: Borrowed from library. Summary: The only think Paisley has ever wanted to do was be a drummer. Right now, she’s playing in a country […]

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February 17, 2014 - 3:46 am

The Bookish Manicurist - You have me so intrigued about the ending now, Estelle! Plus this sounds different to most YA I read

February 15, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, this sounds really good. Why have I never heard of it before? You’re scaring me with the talk of the twist at the end, but I guess I’ll have to read it and see what I think because of rest of it sounds like I’ll really enjoy it.

February 13, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Ellice - Yet another thing you and I have in common (cowboys!). I have always been attracted to them (we have quite a few around here though!). And also? Country music!! I grew up on it, so any book that sounds even remotely country-related, I snatch it up. This one is going on the TBR for sure. Great review :)

February 13, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Annette - Blindsided — totally. I just didn’t think that ending was at all necessary….Enjoyed the rest of the book, though. It’s been a while. Thanks for the reminder.

February 13, 2014 - 11:40 am

Alexa S. - PARADISE sounds like such a fun read! I love that fact that the relationship between the sisters, and within Paisley’s family, is an important part of the story. Plus, I can never resist a story set in the South OR one with country music these days :)

February 13, 2014 - 10:23 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have a thing for Cowboys, too. I think I just like the idea of really laid back guys. Hard working guys, but laid back, too. Also, I think of them as really manly.

Oh, and yeah, The Naked Cowboy doesn’t do it for me either.

I’m not sure if I would like Paradise, but I’m really curious about the BIG TWIST at the end.

February 13, 2014 - 9:22 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Awesome review, hon! I really liked this book up until I got to the ending. The ending made me want to vomit all over myself, hahaha.

Nailed It: Thankful for Family

With Thanksgiving Day so so close (we can’t believe it), we’ve decided to change things up once again for NAILED IT and focus on books with great family influences. Sometimes books in YA tend to go heavy on romance and friendships and forget that there are parents at home, but we have always noted to […]

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October 17, 2014 - 6:32 pm

"Time" is now bendy... - Tamara Ireland Stone - […] “It’s been really hard for me to stop thinking about the Time Between Us series. It was one of those unexpected reading experiences for me this year, and I can’t wait to read it again. (How many books can you say that about?). If you are on the prowl for a well-rounded story… be sure to check out these two books.” — Rather Be Reading […]

November 19, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Alexa Y. - I am LOVING the palettes, as usual ladies! These colors are NICE. And I’m so glad you liked that series E, because it’s one of my favorites. And M, I can’t wait to read Ink is Thicker than Water! Hmm, as for books with family in them, I think most Sarah Dessen books do have that aspect. But my favorite example is always Second Chance Summer :)

November 19, 2013 - 7:32 pm

Bookworm1858 - I agree that the pink would have seemed more summery than the addition of blue. I love that you both talked about family in your descriptions-that tends to be important to me in a book and I’m pleased that both of these are on my to-read list.

November 19, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Nicole - Love both of these palettes, but especially the first! I still need to read both of these books though! I know, I know. *bows head in shame*. Wonderful post ladies!

November 19, 2013 - 9:34 am

Meg - Love both of these color palettes, and it’s always so refreshing to find supportive parents present in YA! I’m really liking the sound of both books… off to add to my wishlist!

Estelle: The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard

The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: June 25, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 336 Target audience: Adult Keywords: disappearance, family dynamics, flashback, small towns Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: When Kirsten is 9 years old, her brother’s girlfriend disappears in a winter storm. Told […]

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October 30, 2014 - 9:01 am

The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard | Fiction Review - […] a year later, I’m still recommending The Mourning Hours, Paula DeBoard’s debut, to people. It’s had a lasting effect on me; what can I say? […]

June 10, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds utterly fascinating. I know you already mentioned it to me, but your review has really convinced me that I WANT to read this book. It sounds mysterious and thrilling and very different — and I’m always a big fan of stories like that.

June 9, 2013 - 12:01 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 6/8/2013 (Books Bought + Books Found) - […] Table with a Blogger Rec from Novel Sounds Recap (and review) of Judy Blume Tiger Eyes Movie event The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard (suspenseful adult thriller) Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (sexy, fast paced […]

June 8, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Lisa - A crazy addictive mystery with a well written 9year old narrator? YES.

June 6, 2013 - 11:02 pm

elena - I WANT ANSWERS JUST FROM READING YOUR REVIEW!! i just want to KNOWWW. v intriguing review.

June 6, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, this doesn’t really sound like a book I would find coming from Harlequin, but it sounds absolutely enthralling. I’m really interested in the idea that the story is told from the perspective of a 9-year-old who will never get the full story herself. I’m so intrigued by your review and I really want to know what happens!

June 6, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - This sounds like a thrilling read and I’ve been trying to read more adult fiction. I think I’ll add this to my goodreads.

June 6, 2013 - 11:15 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh my gosh! I can’t tell if I should read this one! On the one hand, this cover has teased me since I first saw it because it really is beautiful and you know I’m drawn in by beautiful covers. But on the other hand, the thriller-y stories tend to make me all up in knots! I don’t know! I’ll have to let you tell me if this is an Asheley book. And I’ll trust you. It sounds interesting with the young narrating voice but also kind of creepy with the secrets and the snowstorm and disappearance! Great review, though, because my mind is turning and turning…

June 6, 2013 - 9:37 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Wow! This one sounds AMAZING! Definitely going to hunt this book down and read ASAP!

Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Happy Book Release Day to Robin Benway for Also Known As! I reviewed this book a few weeks ago, and thought it was an absolute joy from the setting (New York City!) to the supporting characters (hilarious) and a sweet romance (yet kind of forbidden). Maggie is a world-renowned safe cracker in a family of spies, part […]

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February 27, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Alexa Y. - This post is all sorts of ADORABLE. I absolutely love the items you’ve picked out to go with this book, and now I kind of want them all for myself :)

February 26, 2013 - 8:37 pm

Annie - So glad to see this feature is back! Love it! And Also Known As sounds amazing! It’s definitely on my TBR!

February 26, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Jessica - Sweet Green Tangerine - What a fantastic idea! I haven’t read this yet, but I love the idea of this gift pack. :)

February 26, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Tara - How fun is this?! I just finished this book yesterday and thought it was so cute and fun. Your gift pack fits the book PERFECTLY.

February 26, 2013 - 1:16 pm

elena - I LOVE this feature!! The necklace is adorbs and I wouldn’t say no to a Starbucks gift card.

February 26, 2013 - 10:47 am

Kristin - Ever since I read Sarah Dessen’s Lock and Key, I’ve wanted a key style necklace on a long chain. I found a pretty cool one made from found objects at a steampunk jewelry store in Wilmington, NC, but it just has keys, no lock. I LOVE this one from Fossil (*hint to the husband!!). Thanks for sharing!

February 26, 2013 - 9:25 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Cute! Cute! Cute! I haven’t read this book yet, but I am loving the theme pack you picked to go along with it.

February 26, 2013 - 9:08 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - LOVE the Anne Taintor journal. It’s a dilemma I go through every morning. 😛

Estelle: The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando

The Pursuit of Happiness by Tara Altebrando (website | twitter) Publication Date: March 7, 2006 Publisher: MTV Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: loss of a family member, summer job, New Jersey setting Format read: Paperback borrowed from library Summary: After her mom passes away, Betsy challenges herself to get through the stages of […]

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November 11, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Estelle: Shelve It (11/9/2012), Estelle - […] and spent countless summers. It’s the same beach that is featured in Tara Altebrando’s The Pursuit of Happiness, and how ironic is it that my review for that particular book went up the same time I was watching […]

November 1, 2012 - 10:16 am

Little Willow - I highly recommend this book as well! I hope you check out Tara’s other novels. Pursuit and What Happens Here are probably my two top favorites out of her collection.

November 1, 2012 - 6:26 am

Lori - This sounds like a book that I’d love. Betsy sounds like an amazing MC. I can tell just from your review that’s it my favorite kind of contemp read. I’m off to add it to my wish list!

October 31, 2012 - 3:39 pm

alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am thoroughly intrigued by your review. This sounds like it’s the kind of book where the character goes through a very realistic personality transformation, and I always enjoy those. I’m definitely interested to see how the family chooses to react in the face of losing the mom figure in their lives, and how it all ends up.

Estelle: I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan Publication Date: May 3, 2011 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Pages: 392 Target Audience: Young adult Keywords: Young love, child neglect, family, music Source: Hardcover borrowed from library Summary: The first day Sam sees Emily she is (badly) singing “I’ll Be There” in front of her church. The words […]

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August 21, 2014 - 9:00 am

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan (YA Review) - […] her follow-up to the excellent I’ll Be There, Sloane reunites us with Sam and Riddle, two boys faced with a terrible childhood. Emily and the […]

August 26, 2013 - 9:00 am

Estelle: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, Estelle - […] 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 […]

December 7, 2012 - 11:58 am

The Big Kids' Table: Holiday Edition - […] Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloane [ my review ] the feel of a vintage YA, family, fate, […]

July 10, 2012 - 12:30 am

Top Ten Tuesday: Underrated Books That Have Flown Under the Radar - […] A story about two neglected brothers and a girl and her family who learns to care for them. It’s dramatic but in a quiet day and there is a lovely fairy tale like quality to the pacing of the book and the twists and turns these characters take. goodreads / amazon / E’s review […]

June 18, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I fell in love with the cover when I first saw it. And now, because of your review, I definitely want to read it. It sounds like a heartbreaking story.

June 18, 2012 - 10:49 am

Anna - This is SUCH a beautiful book — so happy you found it and loved it!

June 18, 2012 - 8:25 am

Karen - Gah! You wrote a cliffhanger review! How mean lol