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The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase | Estelle Reviews

The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 31, 2015 Publisher: Ballantine Books Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Austin, relationships, career Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: Living in Austin, Sarina is on the brink of a successful architecture business, and in love with […]

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April 30, 2015 - 3:52 pm

It's a Wrap • So Long, April • Rather Be Reading - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno // The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase Magan: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas // The Program by Suzanne […]

April 21, 2015 - 11:16 am

Alexa S. - Oh yes, I definitely enjoyed The One That Got Away! I loved meeting Sarina; she’s a great main character, and she totally felt like a real gal that I could be friends with. Your review is perfect, as it captures the essence of this novel so dang well!

April 12, 2015 - 11:12 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’m so glad you liked this as much as I did! I give Sarina lot of credit, too. There’s no way I could have resisted a hot swimmer for that long.

April 9, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Cindy @ Oodles of Books - This sounds like one of those books that I need to read right now. I think it’s because I might be able to relate to Sarina in more ways than one, and I definitely want to learn more. Lovely review 🙂

April 9, 2015 - 8:58 am

Susan - i would love to read this book!

A Chat with The Tragic Age’s Stephen Metcalfe

Stephen Metcalfe may be new to the young adult scene but he brings with him a ton of experience from his work on various stage and screen plays. His first novel, His Tragic Life, hits bookstores on March 3, 2015  and brings readers an authentic male character who devotedly observes the world around him and, […]

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March 3, 2015 - 1:52 pm

Alexa S. - I quite enjoyed reading your interview with Stephen! It was fascinating to get to know the main character, and to get a little insight into Stephen’s inspiration for the story. I’m actually quite curious about The Tragic Age now, so I may just have to check it out!

February 22, 2015 - 11:11 pm

brianna - Great interview. I’m a voracious consumer of media and love learning. I love the idea of savoring books to better enjoy the flavors.

Last Train to Babylon by Charlee Fam | Estelle Reviews

Last Train to Babylon by Charlee Fam ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Long Island, old friendships, death, grief, painful memories Format read: Paperback provided by author/publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: When Aubrey hears of her ex-best friend’s suicide, she’s not sure if […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:20 am

Alexa S. - Even though I grew up halfway across the world in a completely different country, I feel like I’d find parts of Aubrey’s story quite easy to relate to. It seems like she has a lot of growing up and letting go to do, and I do love it when a novel goes into that!

November 24, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Rachel - This book sounds like something I’d relate to a lot. I HATE going back to my hometown and avoid it at all costs because it’s just so awkward. I’m really interested in reading it and comparing it to your review/qualms to see if I feel the same way. Definitely going on my tbr 🙂

November 24, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Jessica - This sounds like a book that I should read, especially now that the nights are longer and colder. I think it’s fascinating how fragile Aubrey and Rachel’s friendship seems to be, yet important enough for her to go back to her hometown to allow memories and people resurface.

November 24, 2014 - 10:15 am

Divya - Great review, Estelle! Last Train to Babylon has been in my TBR list for a while now, but I never got around to reading it. But now, I feel I should read it. So I’ll borrow it from the library 🙂

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Interview + Giveaway)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 29, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: thriller, kidnapping, family secrets, love Format read: Finished copy sent to me by the Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Mia, a school teacher, disappears one night in a bar. In a series of […]

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December 15, 2014 - 10:31 am

Big Kids' Table | The Best and Most Surprising of 2014 - […] VERY different titles that were almost a shock to my own reading system. The Good Girl by Mary Kubica, a fantastic debut, about a woman who is kidnapped.  The story is told from […]

August 29, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Alexa S. - Your review + the interview kind of makes me want to give The Good Girl another try! I didn’t quite gel with it the first time I attempted to read it, but your assessment has me quite intrigued. Perhaps I shall give it a second chance 🙂

August 26, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh awesome! So happy to see a review for this one. I just saw all the hype but not one person who had read it yet. It sounds interesting! Glad it know it’s a bit more… emotional than scary thriller. I think I’ll add it to my list! 🙂

August 22, 2014 - 3:37 am

Weekly Wrap-Up (#47) | - […] Be Reading — The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (US/CA only) (ends August […]

August 19, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Leah - AAAAHHHHH ESTELLE!! I’ve been waiting and waiting for this one and I’m THRILLED to hear it’s a good one!
Also, Victor Garber and Helen Mirren? I’d be all about that movie!

August 18, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Molly | wrapped up in books - I almost bought this in the book store recently!

August 18, 2014 - 6:04 pm

Brianna - I’ve been stuck on thrillers lately and this looks like a winner.

August 18, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - This one sounds so intense and also amazing! You’ve definitely caught my interest! I’m adding it to my TBR pile. Lovely post!

August 18, 2014 - 10:33 am

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - This looks creepy and daring and like everything I love in a book! The cover is especially terrifying but equally hypnotizing.

Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

Estelle: Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman

Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 5, 2014 Publisher: Harper Paperbacks Pages: 416 Target audience: Adult Keywords: summer, South, mothers/daughters, family secrets, romance, marriage Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thanks!) Summary: Olivia escapes her job and fiancee to head off to a small town […]

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August 12, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Alexa S. - I kept seeing this at Barnes and Noble this past week! I remembered seeing that you had reviewed yet, but hadn’t read this till now so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to invest in reading it. But you had me at Southern charm and finding out secrets! I really do want to read this now, even with a title that kind of threw me off when I first saw it 😉

August 12, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Cassie - THIS JUST SOUNDS SO PERFECT. I need it, RIGHT NOW. South, GEORGIA, SUMMER. GETAWAY. SOLD! Good job, E!

Estelle: Find Me by Romily Bernard

Find Me by Romily Bernard ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 307 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: hacking, death, foster family, sisters Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Wick likes to live under the radar, working as a hacker to ensure that her and her […]

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February 13, 2014 - 12:30 am

Find Me | Romily Bernard | Book Review - […] The Perpetual Page Turner – “quite the page-turning thriller” Sash And Em – “a fast-paced game of Whodunit” Rather Be Reading – “many of my feelings were lost because I didn’t have enough interaction between the characters.&#82… […]

November 4, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds like a thrilling read indeed! I must admit that I haven’t made the time to read it yet, but I’m curious to see how absorbed I get when I do. Connecting with the characters is an important thing for me though, so that makes me a little hesitant.

October 10, 2013 - 10:40 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Haven’t seen this one! The cover is really interesting/neat/creepy… so it looks like a book I’d pick up. And the hacker part is kind of interesting… Sounds like it was, but not a total winner. If I get to it, it’ll probably be a library book. 🙂

October 9, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Ellice - I remember seeing this title on Edelweiss recently, but this is the first review I have seen of it! I was afraid to request it because I figured that some of the hacker terminology might go completely over my head. I’m glad to see that it’s not impossible to follow. This book sounds like it has an interesting premise! Probably not one I will read soon, but I will keep it in mind as a recommendation to some of my students, because I think they would definitely enjoy this one!

October 8, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I loved this book. L-O-V-E-D it. It surprised me in the best ways and even when it didn’t I was still enjoying the heck out of it. 🙂

October 7, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - This one intrigued me because of the hacker aspect — my fiance is a software engineer and I guess that rubbed off on me! I do like being able to connect to the characters though… so I’m not sure how I’d feel about this.

October 7, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Sarah - Ahh! I loved this book so much. I started it on Saturday and finished it last night. I actually didn’t see anything coming, so I was shocked when I found out who it was. I don’t know what it was, but I felt like I couldn’t even breathe until the book was over, and then I had trouble falling asleep because I was still so hyped up. Also guessing the second will be called Remember Me? Just a guess.