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Magan: This Summer by Katlyn Duncan

This Summer by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Publication Date: July 9, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: 240 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: boy/girl next door neighbors, camp counselors, summer camp Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: Two years ago, Hadley’s next door neighbor, Will, fled town on the very same night he and Hadley became “more than friends.” After […]

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December 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan | Rather Be Reading - […] Christmas by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Previously reviewed on RBR: This Summer Publication Date: November 18, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: ebook novella Target Audience: […]

August 29, 2014 - 10:56 am

Alexa S. - I LOVE when it feels like an author is writing about something that you’ve personally experience! So I think it’s great that you found that type of connection with This Summer. And might I just say that I LOVE that this is a summery read! I used to dream of being a camp counselor when I was a teen, so I think I’d definitely want to read this.

August 23, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Sue - Looks good. Great review 🙂

August 15, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - M, I love your connection with this book. I haven’t heard of it, but it sounds like a fun story!

August 13, 2014 - 9:37 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - It’s so weird when you read a book and so many of the events makes you think of your life. That happened to me when I read Fangirl. Cath, particularly, reminded me so much of myself, especially as a college freshman, that it almost got to be too much. It was like looking at my life and seeing all the things I should have done differently.

Anyway, I’m glad you liked this. I love summer romancy reads, but I’m not sure if I would like this.

Magan: Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King [website | twitter] Publication Date: October 12, 2010 Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 336 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: death of a friend, friendships coming to an end, childhood friendship Format read: Hardback borrowed from my library. Summary: Vera’s best friend, Charlie, died. He was […]

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April 8, 2014 - 11:56 pm

Andrew - I just started reading YA last year, but A.S. King is already my favorite author, and Vera Dietz probably my favorite book (I gotta re-read Everybody Sees the Ants before I officially decide). Thanks for an enjoyable review.

August 11, 2013 - 11:35 am

Alexa Y. - I’ve never read a book by this author, but this one just jumped out at me because of your wonderful review. I love that it is a book about friendship, and the ups and downs that go with it. It also appears to be a book about grief and dealing with death. It’s a good combination and sounds like a great story! I’ll definitely have to remember to check it out.

August 8, 2013 - 9:39 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I loved it too. It was my first AS King. I look forward to reading & listening to many more. It had great balance. Just a regular girl, going through typical things plus a twist.

August 8, 2013 - 7:23 am

Kimmy - I thought this book was so good. Great review!

August 8, 2013 - 12:00 am

Bookworm1858 - I had so much trouble reading this book-it was just too dark and intense when I actually wanted a more comedic story. I don’t think I fully appreciated its power.

August 7, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - Wonderful review! I actually haven’t read any A.S. King yet, but I’m hoping to soon. This sounds like a pretty dark book, so perhaps I’ll wait to read it for a little bit, until I’m in a certain mood to handle it. But I have heard the most praise of this one, so I think this will be the one that I start with!

August 7, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - love. this. book.

treehouse. pagoda pizza. underwear – wait what?

my favorite pov is definitely the pagoda. GAHHH. *fangirl squeal*

Magan: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber Publication Date: May 24, 2012 Pages: 304 Target audience: Mature Young Adult or New Adult Keywords: rape, self-defense, break-ups, college, music major Format read: Purchased for my Kindle. Summary: After an unexpected break-up with her boyfriend, Jacqueline attends a frat party where her ex-boyfriend’s friend tried to rape her. She’s saved by […]

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December 1, 2012 - 2:00 am

Kristen Evey - Once again, this is why I love your reviews. I can always count on both of you to temper the flailing and OHMYGOSH THIS BOOK IS PERFECT found in other reviews (btw, neither of those things are bad). I did buy this book for my Nook based on the recommendation of a couple other blogger friends and I’m planning on reading it soon. I’m really glad I read this review first though because now I think I won’t be as disappointed. Biggest disappointed would have been Lucas (LOL at your description of him btw). I absolutely can’t stand perfect boys in books, particularly YA (or NA in this case, I guess). It’s the same problem I had with Adam in Shatter Me. He was so effing perfect it was irritating. But then, I’m also a sucker for the dark and tortured soul character, so I’m a little biased against the perfect ones. 😉

November 19, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Karen - I enjoyed Easy but I did like The Between the Lines series more.

I don’t want to spoil anything in my comments but it was the twist that I didn’t really like. I saw it coming a mile away and would have preferred a more straight forward approach to things. Does that make sense even though I’m being cryptic?

I also never entirely clicked with Jacqueline even though I liked her.

November 18, 2012 - 3:28 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I, surprisingly, haven’t seen too many reviews of this book at all, but I do recall reading some really excited and positive reviews of this book. But I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you expected to, Magan! I hate when hype gets to your head, and it prevents you from enjoying the book. It’s happened to me a lot before, and it’s never fun. :/

However, the main character really does seem flat to me. And it makes me sad that the author kind of shifted the focus of the book from the major issue at hand and instead focuses on the relationship instead. I feel like that’s kind of a missed opportunity. And I seriously dislike when characters are perfect- like Jack seems to be. I like my characters realistic and flawed, thank you very much.

I’m sorry that this one disappointed you, Magan! I think I’ll look out for a few more reviews of this one, but for now, I think I’m going to pass on this one.

November 18, 2012 - 12:57 am

kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I love your review and I agree but to even more degree: Lucas was too perfect and I didn’t fall head over heels for him. Jacqueline was a MC I didn’t feel anything for, even though I really, really wanted to. Maybe it’s because I’m only 17 but I felt like all of the feminist talk was being shoved down my throat and not really part of the story, if that makes sense! Yet another aspect was: how did Jacqueline and Lucas get together. I can understand that he saved her…but what? I just felt like the sexual tension skipped the getting to know each other aspect.

November 17, 2012 - 10:18 am

Leah - I’m among the teensy handful of people who haven’t read this book yet, but I can totally relate with being in the minority when it comes to reviewing a book. I’ve given in to hype more times than I’d care to admit and more often than not it ultimately leads to a huge disappointment. Unfortunately I expect the world of these books and the tiniest flaw can lead to a letdown.

Hoo boy. Lucas must have organizational skills down to an art. Or, you know, maybe he owns a time-turner. 😀 Really though, I’ve read enough YA to expect the love interest to be incredible at everything (& we can’t forget about his looks!), but this is a little extreme.

I’m still deciding whether or not I want to read Easy. I’m NOT a fan of issue novels, so it already has one strike against it, but perhaps I’ll eventually pick it up one day.

November 17, 2012 - 6:01 am

Lori - I really enjoyed Easy, but I can completely see why some people didn’t. My one complaint with it was that Jacqueline kept putting herself in situations with the attacker, knowingly. Who does that? And I definitely agree that she wasn’t fleshed out. But, my goodness, did I enjoy the sexual tension! 🙂 I love the point you make about the author preaching. I didn’t notice that but now that you mention it I totally see it.

Fabulous review, Magan!

November 16, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Though I felt differently about this book, like Alexa said.. I do appreciate your honest review! And it has made me look at things from a different perspective as well. I know for me, I went into this book not having a clue what it was about. I had never even heard of the author before. I sometimes wonder what my reaction would have been if I read it after all the hype? Who knows. I do think Tammara Webber is an excellent writer and want to read more by her.

November 16, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Funny enough, even though I felt the extreme opposite and really loved Easy, I also love your review. It’s not just the honesty or the intelligence with which your feelings are expressed, but rather that you allowed me to take a step back from my opinion of the book and go, “Huh, you know what, you might be right!”

It is true, now that I think about it, that we don’t really get the opportunity to learn much about Jacqueline or get invested in her story. And a lot of the stuff is a little too ideal or perfect, especially in terms of characters like Lucas.

BUT I do like the way it was written. And I like the message Tammara was attempting to share with her readers. And maybe I just read it at a time when I wanted something that would entertain me 🙂

November 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm

elena - We’ve already discussed this but I agree with your review! After all the raving reviews, I was expecting it to be more but it came off sort of heavy handed to me. I was sending out WTF? e-mails to my friend in the beginning while I was reading it. I felt like everyone else defined who Jacqueline was as a main character, but I didn’t have a good grasp on the things she proclaimed to love. SO TRUE. She & Lucas seemed more like a list of traits to have in a character to me than an actual character. I don’t know how Lucas manages to do EVERYTHING and still be a student? He must be superhuman.

Anyway! Thanks for your insightful & honest review.

Magan: Good for You by Tammara Webber

Good for You (Between the Lines #3) by Tammara Webber Publication Date: December 15, 2011 Pages: 271 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: celebrities, Habitat for Humanity, volunteering, faith, alcoholism Format read: Purchased for my Kindle. Review for Where You Are (Between the Lines #2)  Summary: Reid is court ordered to work 30 days rebuilding a […]

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October 21, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan + Estelle Shelve It (10/21/2012) - […] A review of Good For You by Tammara Webber […]

October 21, 2012 - 4:53 am

Kristen Evey - Haha! I’m (slowly) re-watching Dawson’s Creek right now too. Really only watch it for Joey & Pacey so I’m having trouble getting through season 2 at the moment. SO MUCH TEEN ANGST, and I’m realizing I don’t care for any of the the other characters. Hah.

But back to the BOOKS! I recently bought Easy and am looking forward to reading it. This series sounds fantastic as well, and this third book in particular. Love interests that bicker and try to fight their feelings for each other?! I’m SO in!

October 19, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Magan - Heather: I felt the same way. I was really dreading reading about Reid because he was just so terrible. I love how she redeemed him for me! I swooned hard core.

October 19, 2012 - 11:42 am

Heather Self - I loved this one! I never thought I’d like Reid after his D-Baggery in Where You Are. Now if Tammara makes me like Brooke I may have to throw in the towel as a writer and just bow to her greatness. lol

October 19, 2012 - 11:42 am

elena - omg i love bickering too so this story sounds up my alley! i like that she made it her own and not so predictable. 🙂

October 19, 2012 - 9:11 am

Anna - What? Bickering before they fall for each other? IN! I’ve got the first book of this series on my Kindle, so I guess I should get on it, huh? <3

Estelle: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: July 10, 2012 Publisher: MTV Books (Division of Simon & Schuster) Pages: 320 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: airplanes, flying, high school seniors, romance, strong female characters Format read: ARC sent to us from Annie at Small Girls, Big Business. (THANK […]

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January 7, 2015 - 12:00 am

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols | YA Book Reviews - […] It’s quite possible I would have enjoyed Harper and Brody’s story more if there had been more of a slow build, if they really worked to get to know one another, and if the tension has simmered just a little more. Or maybe I didn’t connect because I have aged out of Echols’ work? I probably would have given them the stink eye more than once because their fleeting decisions made little sense to me and there was so much back-and-forth I want him, I don’t want him, I want him. The bandaid was ripped from my reading-skin a few too many times, leaving me feeling very unattached and without much left to adhere to afterward. My recommendation if you’re in the mood for a great, steamy Echols’ read is to revisit Such a Rush. […]

January 31, 2013 - 9:05 am

Romance Review: Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols - […] reliable friend when it comes to toe-curling chemistry and addicting storylines. (Cases in point: Such a Rush + Going Too Far.) And in her adult debut, Star Crossed, she has the opportunity to take all of that […]

July 11, 2012 - 9:45 am

Kim - I really want to read this book.

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July 8, 2012 - 11:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog: Shelve It (Estelle) 7/8/12 - […] A RUSH BY JENNIFER ECHOLS COMES OUT THIS WEEK! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Here’s my review for a […]

July 2, 2012 - 11:51 pm

List of July 2012 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols Goodreads | Amazon Estelle’s Review […]

June 27, 2012 - 6:28 pm

April Books & Wine - AHHHH! This sounds legit. Like, for me Echols is hit and miss and this book, Such A Rush, sounds like it will be a total hit. Also? your review reminds me that I need to read Going Too Far.

SIGH I WANT TO READ THIS NOW SO I CAN BUMP INTO THINGS WHILE READING. ha ha end-whine

June 24, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Shelve It: 6/24/2012 - […] I read Such a Rush last week and I can’t say enough fantastic things about it. – A bonus review of A Long Way […]

June 22, 2012 - 2:44 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I now really, really, REALLY want to read this book. It was already something I had my eye on, but your sincerely positive review just fueled my fire and made me want to read it even more!

June 22, 2012 - 10:42 am

elena - After reading this review, I went off to the pre-order page and saw that it’s out July?!! SO CLOSE YET SO FAR. This book sounds AMAZING and I loved loved loved your review. I can tell how much you enjoyed it which makes me even more excited for this.

June 22, 2012 - 9:09 am

Anna - I love it I love it and I’m sort of doing a little happy dance while I write this comment wheeee. Totally read it, totally preordered my own hardcover copy, and definitely going to reread it again. Jennifer Echols FTW!

June 22, 2012 - 8:38 am

Ginger @ GReads! - THIS. All of this. Holy dang. Estelle, you have out done yourself. This is by far my favorite review you’ve given a book. I know we’ve talked in length on this one, and I could probably talk another million years about it. It’s just SO. DANG. GOOD. I hope you’ve sent it to Magan & she’s devouring it now as I type this. Good lord, you’ve made me want to read it for a THIRD TIME.

June 22, 2012 - 8:33 am

Katie @ Blook Girl - I hope my reviews are like yours when they grow up! <3 Fabulous review, as always, Estelle! Such A Rush is intriguing to me because of its unique premise and I have been really pining for this one. I adore the cover, too!

It's about time we have some more kick-ass heroines in YA Lit! 🙂