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Lord Help the Sisters | Pub Date

Ohmigosh. It is FRIDAY. Why is it that the week after a holiday weekend feels like it goes on for months and months? Maybe it’s all the holiday anticipation. Or still not being over daylight savings? (Tell me this gets worse when you get older.) Anyway, pizza, and Star Wars: The Empire Strike Back are […]

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December 5, 2015 - 5:25 pm

Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings - I’m not much of a beer drinker, but you’ve sold me on Tell the Wolves I’m Home! I can’t wait to check it out!

December 4, 2015 - 10:19 am

Alexa S. - Oh, yes, I LOVE that you focused on sisters for this pub date! Being a sister and having sisters myself always makes me gravitate towards reads that feature them, so I’m definitely going to check out the books I haven’t read yet that you’ve featured here!

The pen is mightier than the sword…

It isn’t easy, but telling something as it is, telling the truth, always seems more beautiful and more poetic than anything else,” says Mr. Graydon — the English teacher in Sarah Crossan’s simultaneously sweet and heartbreaking Apple and Rain. At first, he’s the teacher no one wanted, a replacement, and suddenly he spends the year treating his students […]

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June 26, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - Great post–I love seeing people comparing books with similar themes. It was nice hearing a more nuanced run down of both of these titles too (especially Every Last Word where I’ve seen so many reviews that all of the praise is starting to blend together).

June 24, 2015 - 11:59 am

Alexa S. - I loved this post, E! I love coming across characters who write in YA – it’s always so fun because I can identify so much with writing as an outlet and creative expression. I loved Every Last Word, and now I’m curious about Apple & Rain!

Estelle: Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

Island Girls by Nancy Thayer ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: June 18, 2013 Publisher: Random House/Ballantine Books Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Nantucket, family secrets, sister, summer Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: Three sisters (two step, one half) are forced to spend 3 months together at their recently deceased father’s […]

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July 9, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Alexa Y. - Ooh, another book set in Nantucket! I really want to visit after seeing it pop up so frequently as the setting for books and blog posts lately. I also really like the way this book sounds, because it looks like it’s about the relationship between three sisters which I am a sucker for since I have two sisters of my own. Great review E!

July 9, 2013 - 11:00 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds like a nice summer-y book to read. I just put both the print and audiobooks on hold at both of my libraries. No telling when it’ll come in but it’ll be a nice surprise! Thanks E!

July 9, 2013 - 10:10 am

Jamie - Oooh! I think I need to see if the library has this one because it sounds perfect for the family reunion/beach vacation I have at the end of this month! I love love love stories about sisters because my up and down relationship story with my sister is one of the most important things in my life. And knowing how hard it was for my sister and I to live together without killing each other…well this sounds so fun! And Nantucket…sigh..I’ve always wanted to go there!

July 8, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Cynthia - I haven’t been online in so long I miss your reviews! This one sounds perfect for summer and I’ve been hearing a lot about Nantucket too. I’ll be adding this one to my list, I’m getting more and more interested in reading adult fiction again. =)

July 8, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - From the sounds of things, Nantucket is certainly the location of choice for literature this summer! The ideal backdrop for a seasonal contemporary, Nantucket certainly seems to be a contributing factor in the success of these books. I must say I’m intrigued by the concept of this novel. I love the idea of the three sisters being forced to spend time with one another and inadvertently healing their relationship in the process. There are few things I enjoy more in a novel than one which delves deeply into an examination of a family’s dynamics. That said, I’m not sure if the apparent melodrama is something I would enjoy. I think I’ll be borrowing this one from the library as opposed to buying it outright, but you’ve definitely made me interested in picking this one up for myself, Estelle 😀 Great review!

Magan: Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 16, 2013 Publisher: MTV Books Pages: 288 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: country music, Nashville, family drama, hot guitar player Format read: ARC received from the publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: After a year of breaking all her parent’s rules, Bailey […]

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June 25, 2013 - 11:42 am

Jamie - I’ve been wondering about this one! I think I need to pick this one up soon because it sounds great PLUS I’m feeling like I need something to fill the Nashville shaped hole in my heart. I LOVE THAT SHOW.

June 24, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Wendy - I really want to read this one! I’m actually a country fan. =) I think I’d love this.

June 20, 2013 - 2:10 pm

tabithasbookblog - I have to read this one! I’ve recently been reading all things Jennifer Echols, so naturally this has just been moved up on my TBR! I’m really interested in finding out what drove the two sisters apart and what Sam may or may not be hiding!

Great review!

June 19, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Jennifer Echols superfan here! I’m so excited to read Dirty Little Secret! I saw a so/so review of it the other day and got scared, so I’m really glad you liked it so much. Fantastic review Megan!

-Taylor @ Reading is the Thing

June 19, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Nicole - ♥ Steamy scenes. CHECK
♥ Hot love interest. CHECK
♥ Strong-willed main character. CHECK
♥ A little bit of country music in the great city of Nashville, TN. CHECK
♥ A big helping of family drama. CHECK

😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 So excited for this one! We are on the blog tour so I will be reading it soon! YAY! Thanks for sharing!!

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

June 19, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Molli - I didn’t like this one at all, as far as the characters, family dynamic, and romance. AT ALL. I DID love seeing how big of an influence music was (YAY country music!), and I did enjoy the writing style. But despite liking Sam, I didn’t think he and Bailey were healthy together at all. Blech! But this is a really honest and fair review, which is of the good. 🙂

June 19, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Okay, it’s official: I need this book in my possession ASAP. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the previous Echols novel I read, Such A Rush, this one sounds like it was tailor made for me. This was a great review! It really increased my anticipation about this release. (Although I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or not!) 😉

June 19, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Alexa Y. - I am currently in the middle of a country music phase myself, as the music seems to pair so well with all the sunshine and beautiful weather. DIRTY LITTLE SECRET sounds like an amazing Echols book! I think I’ll definitely enjoy it, so I’ll have to look into procuring a copy as soon as I can.

June 19, 2013 - 11:44 am

Rachel - So basically I want to read this book for every reason you listed above. I love me some family drama and country music. And Sam and Bailey’s relationship sounds HOT which is totally great. I would also like to know this suspicious storyline of his.

June 19, 2013 - 11:04 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I had a hard time figuring Sam out, too. And to be honest, I wasn’t 100% on board with him even at the end. Things just didn’t.. settle well with me. But! This is an Echols book! And you KNOW my love for this woman, so of course I was pleased with the story overall.

June 19, 2013 - 10:32 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - While I felt some of your reservations… I decided to shrug them off and say “whatever” because this book was SO good! I loved the scene, the music… While country music is definitely not my taste, I think I would’ve enjoyed the kind they played! And wow, that steamy scene… I got protective of Bailey too but wow. Great review!

June 19, 2013 - 10:10 am

Basma - I’m really looking forward to this! I clicked onto this after Jennifer Echols tweeted about – so it was obviously amazing.
Dirty Little Secret just seems like a book I’d love to read. Your review’s made me even more excited to read it.
Thanks! 🙂
Basma @ My Bookish Thoughts

June 19, 2013 - 8:44 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - WOOOOO!!!
I’m about 75 pages in so far? I’m reading it exclusively at work so it’s taking a looooong time but now I MAY ignore work to read some more today haha. I’m really enjoying it so far and I love the type of drama that is going down. Super curious and I LOVE Sam.
I’m REALLY loving the music aspect too. I’m not a country girl AT ALL but I love being able to relate to the music side of it (even though I’m not nearly as technical… whatever, I count a semester of music theory as basic knowledge haha. I’m stretching it, I know), but nevertheless, I’m making a connection there and I like it!
Great review! You got me all jazzed up for it again 🙂

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!!

Estelle: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: May 27, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer, sisters, motorcycles, parents Format read: Paperback ARC from Simon Pulse (Thank you!) Summary: Jude is banking on the restoration of her father’s prized motorcycle to dig […]

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March 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday - […] The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler | Unbreak my Heart by Melissa Walker | Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble […]

June 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

#scandal by Sarah Ockler (YA Review) - […] I even opened #scandal, my expectations were high because The Book of Broken Hearts is on my ultimate fav books list. Could Ockler do it again? I was hoping […]

February 11, 2014 - 9:49 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] → The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler […]

December 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] by Corey Ann Haydu Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler Winger by Andrew […]

May 19, 2013 - 4:05 am

Book Birthdays: May 19th - 25th | Alice Marvels - […] Rather Be Reading “This is truly a testament to Ockler’s writing and how much her craft has grown since her ea… […]

May 14, 2013 - 12:00 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - […] associated with this subject really rock me to the core. Two recent examples in my reading are The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler and Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsay Leavitt; they are completely different books filled with […]

May 4, 2013 - 11:38 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I haven’t read anything by Ockler yet, and I don’t think I’d be dying to grab this one based on the cover. But I love your excitement – and that you read it twice – so I definitely think I’ll be keeping an eye out for it at my library! I’ve been buying way too many books lately, so I can’t follow your “Buy It” instructions but I definitely want to read it now!

May 3, 2013 - 6:02 am

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

April 24, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Rachel - I obviously trust your word when it comes to all things contemporary so I am incredibly pleased that you liked this book so much. We all know I adored Bittersweet, so I couldn’t be more excited to read this one. And it has boys. I like boys.

April 24, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Alexa Y. - Your review of this book is SO compelling and SO you in tone. I LOVE IT. I also really, really want to read this book! It sounds phenomenal, and a bit sad, and a bit happy and a bit of everything in between those two things. I love books about families, as you know, so that’s a point of interest. And of course, the romance that should not be BUT can’t be helped is also a drawing point. Can’t wait to check this out!

April 24, 2013 - 6:17 am

Lori - Oh! I loved this one so much! I was really surprised by how layered it was. It had all the elements I love. I was sad to see it end too.

April 23, 2013 - 8:51 pm

Anna - Twinsies! I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK!

April 23, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I’m excited for this one but I have to admit, I was really disappointed with the ending of Bittersweet. I was LOVING the book and then … the letdown. I’m hoping this brings me back on board.

April 23, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is the second really positive review I’ve come across today for this book. I have it as an egalley, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’ve never read a book by Ockler (seriously, there must be something wrong with me!) but now I’m really excited to read this one.

Thanks for the review!

April 22, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Dana - Can I be honest and say that I didn’t even read your whole review before I added this to my TBR list? Sounds like something that I would enjoy. Will favorite your post so I can read it again after I read the book for myself. 😉

April 22, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I’m so glad you loved this, Estelle! After reading Bittersweet by Ockler a few weeks ago and seriously adoring it, I’m really eager to try more of her writing. It’s fantastic to hear that this is just as amazing as Bittersweet was!

April 22, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Annie - I have been anxiously waiting for this to come out so I can read it! It sounds so good, seriously! I can’t believe I still haven’t read a book by Sarah Ockler yet – she sounds exactly like what I look for in an author! So happy you liked this – sure I won’t be disappointed!

April 22, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Cynthia - oooo this sounds amazing!!! I loved Twenty Boy Summer but I haven’t read anything by Ockler since, even though I own Fixing Delilah and Bittersweet. I should really read those since I already have them, but now I want to read this one so bad!!! Ack!! Great review Estelle! =)

April 22, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Natalie - This book sounds really good! I haven’t read anything by Sarah Ockler before, but I really want to! Perhaps on my next book haul I’ll pick up something of hers. I’ve heard really great things about Twenty Boy Summer, so maybe I’ll get that one! Also, I’m excited for this book because I haven’t read one lately that has caused me to have SO MANY FEELS!!! and I think that this book will definitely do that for me 🙂

April 22, 2013 - 10:36 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am actually reading Twenty Boy Summer right now, I tried to read it about a year ago and couldn’t get into it, but I am loving it now (I don’t know what was wrong with year-ago me).

Great review, I am really looking forward to reading this. Thanks!

April 22, 2013 - 10:13 am

Kelly - Had I not just read Twenty Boy Summer (and loved it), I would have passed over this book without a second glance. But seeing Sarah’s name on the cover gave me pause, and reading your review makes me want to run out and pick up a copy, like yesterday. I really don’t think I love anything more than a great family dynamic in my contemporaries, so to see that Ockler makes family and bonding and tragedy the core of this is giving my goosebumps – the good kind!

April 22, 2013 - 10:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I think you & Anna are trying to kill me with your reviews today, lol. Seriously though, I can NOT wait to read this one! There are so many things you described that really grab me when it comes to what I like to read. I have a feeling I’ll be relating a lot to this one.. particularly with the sick parent, and being the youngest of sisters. I am going to buy this the day it comes out!

April 22, 2013 - 10:02 am

Tara - YES YES YES this is going to be my next read!!

April 22, 2013 - 9:26 am

Bookworm1858 - Looks like another winner from Ockler-so excited to dive into this book. Hey, have you thought about a bookish manicure for this cover?