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Estelle: Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe

Riptide by Lindsey Scheibe ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 1, 2013 Publisher: Flux Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: surfing, college, best friends, family secrets, immigration Format read: ARC on NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Ford and Grace are best friends, but best friends who aren’t so secretly in love with […]

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May 3, 2013 - 11:24 am

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April 18, 2013 - 10:15 pm

elena - this DOES seem like a bright & happy book but from your review, it is not that. misleading!! i like that there’s diversity in this book but i’m sorry it fell flat from your expectations. i hope your next read is better xo

April 18, 2013 - 12:26 pm

Alexa Y. - I read this one shortly after you did, and I too found it to be a bit lacking. While there were certain interesting elements (the surfing! the immigration thing!), the other stuff fell flat for me. Plus, it felt like too much was going on. (But I would still read a book from Ford’s perspective, lol!)

April 18, 2013 - 11:20 am

Rachel - I was wondering about this one. I’m sad you didn’t like it because it sounds like something I’d like, but I know our contemporary tastes are nearly identical so I trust you on this one. That’s so strange how the one storyline just…disappears. I mean, that doesn’t make much sense to me at all.

April 18, 2013 - 8:54 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - It’s really weird that this starts out with two strong perspectives and drops one. Especially if that one was more interesting. Unless one of the people died, there’s no reason to cut off their narrative. That makes no sense at all!

April 17, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Tara - Based on the cover alone, I would think this was a light and fun summer read. Obviously it’s much heavier than that, and I appreciate your honesty with the second half of the book. If you say skip it, consider it skipped in my book 🙂

Estelle: Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar

Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar Publication Date: June 29, 2009 Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Pages: 264 Audience: Mature young adult Keywords: Australia, surfing, “gap year”, secrets Format read: Paperback sent to me in a book exchange with the lovely Mandee from Vegan YA Nerds! Summary: Carla leaves university to work nights at a restaurant so […]

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November 28, 2012 - 11:35 pm

Alexa Y. - First of all, hats off to you on this AMAZING review! I think you’ve expressed your feelings so well, and that your enthusiasm definitely comes across. This is probably one of my favorites out of all your reviews!

And now, the book. I really, really, really want to read this book. It sounds absolutely fantastic! I really like the fact that it tackles issues head on. Plus, Aussie writers are AMAZING (based on my experience thus far!).

November 26, 2012 - 9:07 pm

April Books & Wine - Oh, Estelle, you’ve nailed all of the best things about Raw Blue. I truly believe there is something in Australia’s water for so many emotional, raw books to come from down under. I have yet to be disappointed by an Aussie book.

I agree this is a book to savor and to maybe sit on, if you’ve been overwhelmed by the raves until your mind is cleared of preconceived notions.

November 25, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - So basically, WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT IN THE US RIGHT NOW?! Your review is AMAZING and it makes me want to buy this book from Amazon RIGHT NOW (I’m broke!). Glad you loved it!

November 24, 2012 - 3:51 pm

VeganYANerds - Beautiful review, Estelle!

I’m really glad that you loved Raw Blue and that it was worth the wait. I so know what you mean about reading hyped-up books, I think it’s good to wait and forget a lot of the comments you’ve heard.

This really is a wonderful book and hopefully it gets pub’d in the US soon!

November 23, 2012 - 10:03 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Wow, Estelle, what a beautiful review! I really enjoyed reading this review, it was wonderfully written. Kudos to you for writing something so lovely!

Anyways, I have seriously only heard rave reviews about this book. Where I’m going to find a copy of this book is beyond me, but I know that I absolutely must get my hands on a copy of this book. Just the gritty depth that you described in your review makes me want to immediately pick this one. I can also tell that you were attached to Carla, and were really rooting for her. I love a good, flawed protagonist, so I’m adding that to the list of why I need to get a copy of this book. 😉

Fantabulous review Estelle! <3 It was so lovely and touching to read.