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Magan: Exile by Kevin Emerson

Exile (Exile #1) by Kevin Emerson (twitter | website) Publication Date: April 29, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: music promotion, bands, fame Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: After being burned by her ex-boyfriend once he was signed to a major record label (thanks to Summer’s skills/help/knowledge/hard work), she’s on the hunt for […]

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August 11, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Magan - Thanks, Rachel! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the playlist too! (Music twins, per usual!) I think the *biggest* downfall is that it’s a series. I’m SO terrible at keeping up with them, especially if it feels like the story could have been told in one book. Thanks for the comment + for stopping by. xo

August 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Alexa, if you give it a shot, I look forward to hearing what you think! 🙂

July 25, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Alexa S. - I do enjoy books that feature characters that are passionate about music. While I’m still on the fence about Exile (especially considering the last part of your review), I’m glad that the musical aspect in it is pretty strong 🙂

July 25, 2014 - 11:47 am

Rachel - This book sounds really good! Or, at least something I would like. I’m sorry you found it to be lacking depth in some places :/ That’s always a not-awesome feeling. I also had no clue that this was part of a series. That makes me nervous to read it just because I NEVER keep up with series.

Also, your playlist is A++++, Magan!

Magan: Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker

Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker (twitter | website) Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: strong sibling relationships, female country singer, singer-songwriter Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Discovered in a small honky-tonk bar on the evening her father cannot lead their family band, Bird is quickly pulled into the singer/songwriter world. Her brothers, Dylan and Jacob, […]

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June 24, 2016 - 10:40 am

Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker | Audiobook Review - […] Rather Be Reading – “nailed the flow and pacing.” […]

July 22, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Magan - Rosie, I’m so excited! I hope you read Wildflower and love it, especially since you’re a fan of Nashville. i think it’ll be perfect for you!

July 22, 2014 - 4:04 pm

Magan - Leah, I hope you’ve picked it up since reading my review. I hope you love it and give it a shot even though there’s obviously more of the story to come! xo

July 22, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Magan - April, I like the name Bird, too! I’m so glad you downloaded the book. I need to go scope your site out and see if you’ve read it yet! Can’t wait to see what you think. xo

June 25, 2014 - 7:16 am

April Books & Wine - I like the name Bird, seriously, I do.

I just downloaded Wildflower from one of those LB emails and I am so glad I did now. This books sounds like a me sort of book – in that there’s family and country music and record labels and siblings and I love ALL THOSE THINGS.

Also, I do not love books that don’t have solid endings but knowing there will be a sequel eases that.

June 25, 2014 - 6:37 am

Leah - Oh my gosh, Magan, this sounds wonderful!! How has this not shown up on my radar until now?! This is SUCH a Leah book!

🙁 That’s disappointing about the ending though. A few months ago I read a novel that felt like it was missing the last few chapters..it simply ended in the middle of a scene. Talk about abrupt!

June 25, 2014 - 2:46 am

Rosie - I love Nashville, currently working my way through the end of series 1, so this sounds right up my street. Looking forward to getting my paws on this.

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.

Estelle: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/17/2013 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: bullying, music, high school, suicide, being a loner, self-discovery Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary:  Elise can’t win. After years and years of […]

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October 24, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - It made me really upset too, seeing her get ostracized for being smart and unique. 🙁 And then really happy seeing her discover the thing she was meant to do/be. 🙂 Great review, Estelle!

September 23, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Ellice Y - I HAVE to read this one because the MC has my name– that RARELY happens (it’s spelled a little differently, but hey, I’ll take it! haha). Great review 🙂

September 23, 2013 - 11:15 am

Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms - I’ve heard a lot of great things from this book, but I’ve never actually wanted to pick it up. I’m reconsidering now that I read this review! Great review!

-Marianne

September 22, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - So, I was already interested in this book because I love the cover. But I was debating buying it so I got on Goodreads. I saw your review posted there, read through it and BAM! bought the book. So happy loved it and can’t wait to read it for myself!

September 21, 2013 - 9:58 pm

VeganYANerds - I got this at BEA and still have not read it, despite hearing amazing things about it! Glad you loved it, too!

September 20, 2013 - 3:50 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I just got this and can’t wait to read it!

September 20, 2013 - 1:21 am

katy - This one sounds awesome! I’ve seen a lot of good things about it but haven’t read any reviews before this one. Elise sounds like a fascinating character,and DJing seems awesome. I have always wanted to learn to DJ but I’m pretty sure I’d be notsogreat at it.

“Learning to like yourself and accept your lot in life is a task we have to commit to every day. There is always someone who isn’t going to like our decisions, or agree with us, or like us for whatever reason.” So true, so true.

I’m glad to see it has great supporting characters and family dynamics, too. This was already on my TBR but now I want to read it anymore, awesome review!

September 19, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Bookworm1858 - The search for identity really resonated with me too. Though I wasn’t bullied at school, I still never really felt like I fit in and it hasn’t been until now, after graduating college, that I’m feeling more in place.

September 19, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Daphne - this is one of my favorite books this year, it was so special. great review.

Estelle: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith ( twitter | web ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) Pages: 400 Target audience: Mature young adult (drug use, murder) Keywords: music, family, siblings, summer, family secrets Format read: Paperback borrowed from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. Summary: Kiri is ready to make this […]

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July 5, 2013 - 12:04 am

Review: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith | books, etc. - […] Estelle from Rather be Reading says buy it! […]

May 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] Magan’s glowing review of Winger by Andrew Smith My EEE I’m so excited review of Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith A review of Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike, which came out this week. Magan’s exciting […]

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: […]

May 3, 2013 - 4:27 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I think this is the second good review on this book within the last 30 minutes that I read 🙂 And with every more review, I also get more curious. This book sounds really good – I like those deep, thoughtful contemporaries along with the fluffier, funnier ones :)Great review, by the way!

May 2, 2013 - 6:03 am

Lori - I really loved this book. It was so different from what you usually find in a YA contemp. I really can’t wait to read more form Hilary T. Smith.

May 1, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Lisa Schensted - Gah – this one just keeps coming back on my radar and I’m like OH YEAH I NEED TO READ THIS.

I love that the main character doesn’t always make decisions or respect, but the fact that they feel authentic surely makes it ALL worth it.

May 1, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Ahhhhh!!! So many amazing releases this month! I’m like freaking out with excitement! I’ve heard such great things about Wild Awake and I’ve really been looking forward to it. But I’m still torn as to whether or not I should pre-order it. I feel like Hamlet. Should I? Shouldn’t I? I already pre-ordered The End Games and The 5th Wave. Hmmmm…your review is definitely persuading me to pre-order it. Sorry, I babble. Great review! 😀

May 1, 2013 - 6:59 pm

elena - MUUUURDER? QUE?!?!

this sounds like an intense rollercoaster ride. i am very excited to read it and get sucked in. i really liked this review btw! like the comparison to edgar allan poe made me even more excited for this book and this feels like a different sort of review for the book.

May 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

Alexa Y. - It is incredibly obvious how much you loved this book – and I love that! It makes me so excited to (eventually) get a copy of this one, and devour it. I’m pretty darn sure that I’m going to love Kiri a whole lot, and her story sounds INCREDIBLE (even with all its twistiness). Wonderful review E!

May 1, 2013 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Great review as always! I am so loving this book right now. I think Kiri might be one of my favorite YA characters ever because I get her so much. I kind of feel like I’m reading about teenage me, or at least getting in the mind of who I was as a teenager. Wild Awake is definitely different from anything I’ve ever read, which makes it even better.

May 1, 2013 - 10:27 am

Cassie - I LOVE WHEN YOU LOVE A BOOK. It makes me so much more excited for it! 😀 And I’m hoping this is a story where the MC DOES get to see what she wants for herself, and not others, cuz those are the best!

May 1, 2013 - 10:00 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wait. What in the world. I think I have this as an egalley and I still haven’t read it!?! This is another great review for this book so clearly I must get to it soon!!! I am SUPER interested and I’m glad it’s not your typical contemporary. It sounds like something that that will totally catch my attention! Can’t wait to start reading it!!

Attention, Attention: Audrey, Wait by Robin Benway

Hello, friends! Attention, Attention! is back with a little twist (and the first time I, Magan, am writing one)! This feature is for when we read books the other has already reviewed on the blog and we just need to fangirl about it a little bit more because you just need to read it. So […]

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March 17, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] Attention, Attention: Audrey, Wait! A review of First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith […]

March 17, 2013 - 12:59 am

Natalie - This book is on my Spring TBR list, but now I just want to read it even more!!! Those quotes are so funny! I’m sure I’m going to love this book. Audrey and Victoria seem like a good BFF team and a funny one too!

March 16, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Yup. This seals the deal. When I go to my library on Monday, I’ll be checking this one out for sure! The quotes are just so hilarious, and I’m LOVING the interactions between Audrey and her MC. And the fact that Audrey and her parents are close is so neat! I feel like that kind of relationship isn’t common in YA when it really should be.

Thanks for sharing, Magan! <3

March 16, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Holly - I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile now but for some reason I just haven’t gotten to it yet. I’m going to have to check it out now, though! 🙂

This is a really awesome feature, by the way!

March 16, 2013 - 5:40 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve wanted to read this so long based on the awesome pink & orange cover and the wonderful reviews. I even have a copy, received via book swap, and I still have not read it. I must get to it, soon!!

Love this feature, it’s a nice way of promo-ing your fave books 🙂

March 15, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Bookworm1858 - I feel like these quotes are showing a very good friendship between Audrey and Victoria although they are also reminding me that I put this book down because I felt there was a lot of swearing and I generally prefer clean books (in terms of language).

March 15, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - FAVORITE YA EVER! But that’s something you knew already probably 🙂

March 15, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really need to read this one! I just read my first Benway book (Also Known As) recently, and loved how it was written. I’m pretty sure I’m going to like Audrey and her BFF too!