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Estelle: Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green ( twitter | web ) Part of a series. Publication Date: May 14, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: high school, town curse, secrets, truth or dare Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary:  Three girls — Sydney, […]

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May 29, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Alexa Y. - This definitely sounds like Pretty Little Liars – high stakes, lots of drama and interwoven stories. It sounds exciting, but not quite the type of thing I’d want to read at this particular time. It’s bad enough having to deal with cliffhangers in my fantasy series; I can’t imagine dealing with a cliffhanger in a series like this one!

May 27, 2013 - 11:59 am

Rachel - So I know we talked a little bit about this book earlier this week, but for some reason after reading your review I want to read it now. Like, I can totally see why it wasn’t for you, but this sounds like the kind of thing I love. I love crazy cliffhangers because they always mess with my brain. Oh, and this sounds like Pretty Little Liars or some other teen show like that and I love those so I could definitely see myself liking this one.

May 25, 2013 - 9:59 am

Kelly - This sounds EXACTLY like Pretty Little Liars! Friends who are reunited, a new best friend finding it awkward to fit in with the old best friends, one girl’s love of photography, one girl who is Miss Super Academia, Class President straight-A student, someone knowing intimate details of your life that you thought you hadn’t shared with anyone…

If it’s written anything like that TV show (I haven’t read the books), then I can see why you wouldn’t be able to put it down!

Frustrating that it ends on such a killer cliffhanger though. Like you, I like for the main issues to be resolved and for me to continue with a series out of love for the characters – not out of a desire to get the answers to book one.

May 25, 2013 - 6:12 am

Lori - I have a very love hate relationship with cliffhangers. I think I’ll probably skip this one. Thanks for the fab review!

May 24, 2013 - 2:54 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Mhm…it’s weird, somehow…your review made me really, really curious about the series 🙂 I mean, I should actually do what you said you do: not start every YA series that’s out there, cause I usually end up confronted with a pile of books to read and characters to remember without really caring about the books or the characters anymore. Anyway, I didn’t really know what to expect from this book from just the synopsis, but your review gave a really good overview and now I find myself really excited. Probably also because, if I do like a series, I don’t mind cliffhangers 🙂 Definitely thanks for the great review!

May 23, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I think I can live with that cliffhanger. Is still sounds like an interesting read, but I’ll probably wait until at least the next book comes out to get to it. Great revewi!

May 23, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Vy - Hmmm I’ve been seeing some raving reviews but I’m not exactly a fan of the super drama. And oh my goodness those cliff hangers. They cause so much pain but yet I still read it. Thanks for the great review, Estelle!

May 23, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy - Oh boy, I hate cliff-hangers. If there is one thing I can’t stand.. I hate it when I am forced to read the other books in order to understand the story. I need a bit of closure.. I’m not going to read this one any time soon, thanks for the warning.

May 23, 2013 - 12:05 pm

elena - UGH CLIFFHANGERS!!!! i totally agree with you. that’s why i try (keyword: try) to wait until a series is done to binge. i can see why you would stay up late to read this book. it def sounds like a page turner and would make a good, soapy teen show.

Estelle: The Julian Game by Adele Griffin

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: August 26, 2010 Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Pages: 200 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: bullying, online identity, popularity Format read: Borrowed from library. Summary: A new girl on scholarship at an all-girls school doesn’t mean instant popularity. But Raye wants it, no matter what […]

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May 14, 2013 - 12:01 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - […] there, and how I just need to unplug sometimes. Do check out: Bumped series by Megan McCafferty and The Julian Game by Adele […]

January 3, 2013 - 10:28 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I will be completely honest and say that I’ve walked by a GIANT stack of this book at a bargain store for $2 a bazillion times, picked it up, and put it back down because of that cover. But you are so dang convincing in this blog post that I’m probably going to go out of my way in a little bit to grab it if they still have a copy. I’m totally intrigued now!

January 2, 2013 - 10:54 am

Alexa Y. - What an intriguing concept for a book! It kind of reminds me of John Tucker Must Die, although the technology twist is certainly unique. I think I might have seen this one before, but your review definitely sold me on reading it.

January 2, 2013 - 3:19 am

VeganYANerds - You’ve sold me on this, Estelle! I am sure I’ve heard of it, the cover stands out as a bit odd to me, but for some reason it wasn’t on my tbr list.

I love that it’s short and well-written, I like the idea of it being about technology (you’re so right, we can never, ever be sure these days) and I can’t wait to read about these characters.

January 1, 2013 - 10:20 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I really need to give Adele Griffin another try. Especially after a glowing review like this one!

January 1, 2013 - 2:31 pm

April Books & Wine - Because one of my goals is to read 300 books, I know goodbye life, the fact that this is 200 pages with the price is right and the fact that you have Adele Griffin love definitely makes me desperately want to read it.

Estelle: Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian ( @ Twitter ) Note: Kate Brian is the pseudonym of author Kieran Scott. Familar? 🙂 Publication Date: October 6, 2009 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Pages: 224 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Christmas, popularity, exes, siblings, road trip Format read: Bought used online. Summary: Lila has been prepping to through the biggest winter break […]

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December 12, 2012 - 5:38 pm

elena - AWW this sounds totally QT! I do like it when characters are forced to work in teams and then chemistry happens! also, I misread the last one and was excited for the film but I HOPE IT WILL HAPPEN TOO.

December 12, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Alexa Y. - Ooh, a Christmas book! I think I should read this one, just to get even more into the spirit of the holidays. It sounds cute!

December 12, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - A teen patron at the library where I work has raved about this one. I should pick it up. It’s the right time for it. 🙂

December 12, 2012 - 9:53 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’ve been looking for a few Christmas books to read next & I’ve decided to add this one to the list! It sounds like the perfect story to get me in the mood for Christmas (even though I already am! hehe).

December 12, 2012 - 9:41 am

Cassie - This sounds so good! “Pacey and Joey like scenario” got me, they’re my fave! But I dont think its available for the Nook 🙁

December 12, 2012 - 9:36 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - So I don’t really read Christmas stories, and I’ll probably stick to that, but you totally sell this. I am such a sap for stories about two people who mostly loathe one another having a change of heart. I blame Jane Austen for that!

December 12, 2012 - 9:29 am

Cynthia - This sounds like a fun one! I’ve been looking for some Christmas related books to read this month, I’ll be adding this one to my list. =)