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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.

Magan: Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding

Ink is Thicker Than Water by Amy Spalding (website | twitter) Books Read by This Author: The Reece Malcolm List (Estelle’s Review) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Entangled: Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: diverse families, adopted siblings, newspaper staff, older boyfriends Format Read: ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley. (Thank you!) Summary: Kellie’s always been […]

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December 17, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: New Favorite Must-Read Authors - […] Spalding: Author of Ink is Thicker Than Water and The Reece Malcolm […]

November 25, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - This is one of my most-anticipated books for the fall and I’m reading it now and I’m just not into it. I’m 50ish pages in and I just feel like I’m reading more of a manuscript than a finished book. I’m glad you really enjoyed it and I’m hoping as I read more the story kind of solidifies (I feel like it’s a bit all over the place). I do really like Kellie’s family and, like you, I love a good with a great family.

November 22, 2013 - 6:01 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m a sucker for contemporary books that feature family prominently, and it’s even cooler that friends and romance is thrown into this story as well. I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

November 22, 2013 - 12:42 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m so looking forward to reading this (I’m part of a blog tour in early December so it will be soon). The family plot is already most interesting to me as I tend to seek out strong family representations in YA and am not always successful.

November 20, 2013 - 5:04 pm

Jen - Magan! I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed this one because it’s in my review pile. I recall that Spalding is great with the creation of family dynamics in stories, but I’m sad to hear that the romance aspect is turned down a few notches because of it. However, I’m still excited for it! Lovely review 🙂