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Estelle: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally ( tweet | web) Part of the Hundred Oaks series (but can be read as a standalone) Publication Date: March 1, 2013 Publisher: SourceBooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: religion, choices, friendship, romance, summer Format read: ARC won from a contest held by the author. (Thank […]

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September 2, 2014 - 9:01 am

A Brave Reminder: On a Personal Note (Book List) - […] Before You by Jo Jo Moyes | Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally | Only Everything by Kieran […]

November 26, 2013 - 9:01 am

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally On Tour (Review + Giveaway), Estelle - […] Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 3, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: horses, responsibilities, family obligations, class differences Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Last book we received by M. Kenneally: Things I Can’t Forget […]

March 10, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Magan's Shelve It for March 10, 2013 - […] Requiem by Lauren Oliver + Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally (Estelle’s Review) + Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt (Recommended to me by Lori of Pure […]

March 4, 2013 - 5:12 pm

Magan + Estelle's Shelve It >> 3/3/2013, Estelle + Magan - […] review Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt review Themed Gift Pack: Also Known As by Robin Benway Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally […]

February 28, 2013 - 6:06 am

Lori - For some reason I have yet to read one of Kenneally’s books. Sounds like I need to change that NOW! :)

February 27, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh wow. This sounds extremely appealing to me for some reason, and not just because of the summer camp aspect! I think I may need to dive in Miranda’s work ASAP just so I can read this one sooner :)

February 25, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - I am SO excited for this one! It sounds so great, and I really liked Catching Jordan. I want to read it even more after reading this review. I keep checking back for either of my library systems to get it in so I can place a hold on it and get it quickly. So far, no luck, but hopefully soon! Obsession can pay off. 😀

February 25, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Vivian - I bought the 1st two books in this series bc everyone says how awesome they are and Miranda is great. I seriously need to read them soon tho! This one sounds like it’ll be just as amazing. Can’t wait to read it. Great review!

February 25, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - I can’t wait for this one to come out ! I started reading Stealing Parker and have found her books to be ideal contemporary novels. I always enjoy a good book about the summer

February 25, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I like each book better with her and i am glad to see this review fits the trend! Also, i went to summer camp for 8 years so this book pretty much has to happen for me :)

February 25, 2013 - 6:04 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m so glad to hear that the third book is good! I have books 1 & 2 but I haven’t read them yet, but I am looking forward to the series even more now :)

February 25, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OMG, I’m dying to read this book, and your review isn’t helping. I’m so glad there are Parker and Jordan sightings and that Will plays a bigger role than I originally thought.

Ahhh, can’t wait to read this!

February 25, 2013 - 11:39 am

elena - Even though I am wary about the religious aspects despite your reassurances it’s not preachy, I really liked this line about the book: Things I Can’t Forget is so much about romance, friendship, and the magic and possibility that summer promises. I like ALL of those things! It sounds like this book really resonated with you & I know it’s definitely made you think. Thanks for the insightful review as always.

February 25, 2013 - 10:31 am

Tara - I have heard so much praise about these books and this author that I’m ashamed I haven’t read them yet :( You might have just sent me over the edge Estelle :)

Magan: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer Publication Date: February 5, 2013 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Pages: 464 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood Format read: ARC from Macmillan at ALA Annual (Thank you!) Previously Reviewed: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer Summary: Cinder needs to figure out how […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I didn’t read this because I STILL haven’t read Cinder yet but I’m going to. I promise. Especially because you gave Scarlet a READ THIS NOW rating :)

February 3, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Tara - This book just left me with all the feelings! I loved how Cinder’s and Scarlet’s stories intertwined and I cannot wait for Cress. Thanks again for letting me borrow :)

February 1, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Kelly - I’ve only seen glowing reviews for this, which makes me want to re-read Cinder so I can be as prepared as possibly to enjoy it! And a brooding bad boy? My fate is sealed!

January 31, 2013 - 11:08 am

Cynthia - Dying to read this one!! I loved Cinder and can’t wait to find out what happens to her and Kai in this sequel. Also eager to meet these new characters, I’ve been hearing lots about Wolf. =D

January 30, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Suz @ A Soul Unsung - Oh wow! Now, I’m really super excited and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Scarlet, if it’s all of that and so much more! *g*

I know that I instantaneously fell head over feet for Cinder and broody boys are one of the best things ever written in fiction, true facts.

Fantastic review!

January 30, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Stormy - I cannot wait for this book. I thought at the beginning of 2013 that Divergent #3 was going to be my most anticipated book of the year, but at this point I realize, nope, I’m WAY more excited for Scarlet. And like you, I also always want more Kai!

January 30, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I couldn’t agree more with you about everything you just said about Scarlet. I loved how Meyer weaves these stories together. And Wolf was such an interesting character. I’m also not exactly sure how I feel about him. I mean, I love him, but also I am a but wary (and maybe even scared) of him as well. I hate waiting for Cress. And I have a long wait on my hands :(

January 30, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Annette - I kind of only skimmed your review, because I’m about 1/2 way through Scarlet — but I’m really excited to finish it! I’m loving it too!

January 30, 2013 - 11:02 am

Rachel - I haven’t read this yet (obviously), but the intertwined stories is what has me impressed the most/the main reason why I’m looking forward to this book. I liked Cinder, but I wasn’t the hugest fan of some of the characters, so I’m looking forward to having the same story from Cinder, with some new characters as well. Great review!

January 30, 2013 - 10:44 am

Alexa Y. - I absolutely loved Scarlet (and thank you again for letting me borrow it!). I think Marissa Meyer is wonderful writer, and I love how she’s turning these classic fairytales into something new and fun and modern. I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy – and to read the next installment when it FINALLY releases!

January 30, 2013 - 9:19 am

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - SO EXCITED! OMGOMG I just ordered this and it’s getting sent to me soon and I am freaking out so much. I just started reading Cinder all over again to prepare for the awesomeness. Everyone who has reviewed this has loved it! So glad that you liked it too! EEK!!

January 30, 2013 - 6:04 am

Lori - So happy to hear you loved it! I have no idea where she’s going to take us with this series and I love that.

January 30, 2013 - 5:47 am

Hemborgwife - I have had this is my amazon cart to pre-order for ages and this is really prompting me to actually make the purchase!

January 30, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I always want more Kai too! Jen Ryland/YA Romantics initially freaked me out, making me think there was a love triangle (with Thorne) but I’ve now read Scarlet and am relaxed on the Cinder/Kai front even if the evil queen is trying to get in the way. So glad to read someone’s thoughts who adores Kai like I do!

Estelle: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Publication Date: May 30, 2011 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Pages: 309 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: technology, digital age, dystopian Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: The year is 2060 and the world and everyone’s life is basically run by a computer. Maddie lives her life on a […]

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November 19, 2012 - 9:02 am

YA Review: Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky - […] my review of Awaken from a few weeks ago, I talked about how much I loved the premise of this series. What happens when technology completely takes over our lives? Sure it seems like […]

October 7, 2012 - 9:29 pm

Kristen - I hadn’t heard of this one yet. The premise definitely sounds eerily plausible, and I’ve actually been thinking about these very same themes recently. When I spend too much time on my computer and not enough time in the outside world I feel strangely depleted and incomplete. I also haven’t read a dystopian in awhile, so I’ll be checking this out soon. Great review, Estelle. :)

October 4, 2012 - 10:52 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I must say, the premise of this book is SO DARN INTRIGUING. I love that, to me, it feels very realistic – it is possible that the world will devolve into that state after years of exposure to all these technological advancements. It’s a little scary, and also, it’s something that I really DO NOT want happening. I want to be able to impart to my own kids and the future generations that there is significance in actual contact with the physical world and with others.

Okay, getting off my little soapbox now, but only to say that I’m definitely going to have to read this book for myself. Thanks for the awesome review!

October 3, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Anna - Wheee I love it!

October 3, 2012 - 10:25 am

Annette - I love the premise of this one and I’ve had it on my list for quite a while. I really enjoyed your review. Made me want to read it now!

Magan: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Publication Date: January 3, 2012 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Pages: 387 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Beijing, future setting Format read: ARC from Jess at Gone With the Words (Thanks!) Summary: Set in Beijing, Cinder is a futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale, in which she’s […]

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January 15, 2014 - 7:00 am

Magan: Cress by Marissa Meyer, Magan - […] Marissa Meyer (website | twitter) Other Books Written by This Author: Cinder (Book #1) | Scarlet (Book #2) Publication Date: February 4, 2014 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends […]

December 4, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Who Knew I Would Like Cyborgs So Much? | Hopeful Happiness - […] is another Cinderella retelling that is just amazing and lovely. Read that instead.”Magan @ Rather be Reading says, “I sincerely wish a blog had blatantly stated SKIP EVERYTHING ELSE AND READ THIS NOW. I […]

January 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Book Review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - […] Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer Publication Date: February 5, 2013 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Pages: 464 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood Format read: ARC from Macmillan at ALA Annual (Thank you!) Previously Reviewed: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:04 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Cinder by Marissa Meyer Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor […]

September 23, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- September 24, 2012, Magan - […] for us to give away to one of you guys! It’s a brand new release, just published last week. Add the book to Goodreads and check out my review of Burn for Burn. Enter below! The giveaway is open for one […]

September 20, 2012 - 6:38 am

Lori - I agree with everything that you said! I was pretty apprehensive going into Cinder. Cyborgs and Cinderella? Uh..what? But OMG it works! I was swept off my feet. I’m so anxious for Scarlet now.

September 18, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - YES! Magan, I’m so glad you loved Cinder! I adored this book the moment I started it, and I’m so excited by your review! It makes me want to read it all over again. I’m starting on Scarlet soon, and can’t wait!

September 18, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Jamie - I think I need to read this one because of your review PLUS so many of my most trusted bloggers are here in the comments raving! I just didn’t think it was a ME book.

September 18, 2012 - 2:13 am

Jess C - I also enjoyed Cinder. At first I thought Meyer was trying to trick us by making us think we knew what was happening, but I was to swept up by the story to notice.

September 17, 2012 - 10:53 pm


Seriously, I fell in love with Cinder, and I’m so glad that you convinced me that I should read it straight away. It is BRILLIANT. (And thanks for lending me Scarlet – equally brilliant!)

Everyone needs to listen to you and just read Cinder NOW.

September 17, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Kristen Evey - “You know those books you see pop up a TON on review blogs? You read incredible reviews for the book and add it to your TBR list on Goodreads, but somehow it takes you months to pick it up?

Yup, that was me with Cinder.”

This is still me. I even bought it. It’s sitting on my bookshelf looking pretty and enticing. It’s not that I don’t want to read it. I do. I want to read it A LOT! But, I want to savor it and don’t want it to be over. Haha. Doesn’t make sense, but, there it is. I keep telling myself once I’m done with my library books I’ll read it, but then I keep checking out NEW library books. Sigh. I will read it soon, I swear. Great review, btw!

September 17, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - *happy dance* It makes me insanely happy when someone loves a book I loved, but even moreso when I had the pleasure of giving that book to them!

Awesome review, Magan! As always. :)

September 17, 2012 - 5:51 pm

VeganYANerds - I so know what you mean and this book is the same for me, I’ve seen it around on so many blogs but part of me just didn’t think it was for me. However I do like the idea of a Cinderella re-telling that is original and the fact that the characters are well done makes this appeal to me. Great review, Magan, I promise to read this sometime soon!

September 17, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Magan - YAYYY, Anna! YIPPIE! This book evokes the happiest of thoughts in me, so I’m glad you feel the same way! :-)

September 17, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Magan - Tara, it was totally YOUR review that screamed READ THIS RIGHT NOW to me. I had no choice but to pick it up after I read your review. (Thanks for that!) I hope you L.O.V.E. Scarlet!

September 17, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Magan - Holly, I decided yesterday when I went to the library that I’m going to create a modified TBR list on Goodreads — one that includes WANT THIS NOW books so I don’t have to scroll hopelessly through my list when I’m searching for things that strike my fancy. Please, please read Cinder soon!

September 17, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Magan - Rachel, YES — exactly YES to what you said. Maybe because it’s written in third person I felt like I knew more than the character did and it was kind of like keeping a secret? I dunno. Something about having the knowledge in advance just worked for me!

September 17, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Magan - Karen, I’m so glad you’re going to continue on with Scarlet. (It’s ah-mazing & I loved it just as much as Cinder). Hope you love it too!

September 17, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Magan - LISA! LISA! DO IT. As in soon. I loved it so, so much. Not one day — ASAP.

September 17, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Lisa - I am one of those blogger you’re screaming at to stop everything and read it now! Because it’s just sitting on my little shelf.

One day!

September 17, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Karen - I feel bad that I didn’t like this one as much as everyone else did. I didn’t dislike it – I just wasn’t as captivated as others seem to be.
Having said that, I’m still interested in Scarlett to see where the story goes.

September 17, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I felt the same way about this book! I read it recently too and I wish I had read it much much sooner.

I also agree about guessing where things were headed. Usually I prefer being surprised.. but in this case, when my suspicious were correct I wanted to jump up and down in excitement. I loved being right, loved Kai, him and Cinder, so many to list.

Great review :)

September 17, 2012 - 3:06 pm

Holly - I am the same way! I actually still haven’t read Cinder! I always add books to my “want to read” list, but for some reason, when I go to the bookstore, I pick up 10 other books, except the ones on my list! But I’ll definitely have to pick Cinder up now! This was such a great review! :)

September 17, 2012 - 11:11 am

Tara - I was the EXACT same way with this book! I bought it at a signing ages ago and just recently got around to reading it. Why did I wait so long?! Now I’m just super anxious for Scarlet (hurry up February)! Such a great review Magan :)

September 17, 2012 - 10:58 am

Anna - I love it I love it I love it soooooooo much your review made me sing and dance a little in my head at my desk.

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.


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! :-)