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Harlequin Teen Double Feature: Two Reviews

Another Little Piece of My Heart by Tracey Martin ( web | tweet ) Published 12/1/2013 from Harlequin Teen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: music, summer after high school, breakups Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Despite the strength of her feelings for budding musician Jared, Claire decides to break […]

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January 28, 2014 - 6:54 am

Judith - Another Little Piece of my Heart sounds good! The fact that you stayed up all night finishing it really does say enough. I love it when books do that. As for Anything to Have You, I totally understand that the dual POV didn’t work out. I rarely like it when there’s more than one POV in a book, because it’s just so hard to get right.

January 21, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Alexa S. - I absolutely adored ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE OF MY HEART! It was such a cute contemporary read, and I really enjoyed watching Jared and Claire’s story play out. I haven’t read ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU yet, but it sounds pretty good too.

January 21, 2014 - 6:57 pm

Ellice - Oh, E. Another book you’ve made me want to buy. Another Little Piece of My Heart sounds like it will be right up my alley! (I’ve also got the Janis Joplin song stuck in my head right now.) So happy to see that you loved it. I haven’t read Audrey Wait yet, but I think I may just have to add that one to my radar. Great reviews.

January 20, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - You’ve got me excited about Another Piece of my Heart & excited about Paige having another book out.

January 20, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - When I first heard about ALPoMH, I immediately thought of Audrey, Wait! And since I adore that novel, I was hesitant on reading this one. You’d think that would make me WANT to read it, but in this case, I was very, very unsure. It’s good to know my hesitations can be ignored and that this novel turned out to be something you really liked. I’ll definitely check this one out (without reservations, hehe).

January 20, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Hi E! These both sound like really fun books and I agree – as soon as I started reading your thoughts on Another Little Piece of My Heart I was thinking AUDREY WAIT!!! But you mention differences aplenty. I’m like you, though, I would want the same things at the end.

I actually haven’t heard of Anything To Have You but it sounds really interesting. I love the books with the drama sometimes (not always) and I’m curious about Aiden’s role in everything. I haven’t read anything by Paige Harbison but I’ve heard good things! Great thoughts on both of these!

January 20, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - How have I never even heard of Anything to Have You? I don’t even remember seeing it on Netgalley. It sounds interesting, based on your review I’m not running out to read it, but I’ll keep it in mind. I liked Another Little Piece of My Heart, not as much as you did, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the story and by how well rounded the characters were.

January 20, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Alexa - Another Little Piece of my Heart sounds like such a great story. I do like when authors make the characters take time to be with one another and I do enjoy the tension. I’m sorry the ending was a little fast but it still seems like a good book.

Thanks for the great reviews!

January 20, 2014 - 12:26 pm

Kris (Imaginary Reads) - Eek! Another Little Piece of My Heart sounds like an amazing read!! Anything to Have You also sounds interesting, but I really don’t like when scenes are replayed for us even if from another character’s perspective. It gets old fast. Also, Brooke doesn’t sound like a cool character. Lovely reviews, Estelle!

Estelle: Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker

Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: December 23, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books (Harper) Pages: 356 Target audience: Young adult, Paranormal Keywords: afterlife, purgatory, young death Format read: ARC borrowed from Jamie! (Thanks!) Summary: A terrible car accident sends Callie to Prism (a purgatory before she can reach heaven), where she is trained […]

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January 16, 2014 - 11:49 am

Rachel - I’m really excited for this one! I actually like books about the afterlife, probably because I’m terrified of death and they comfort me somewhat (even if they’re not true haha). I’m sorry it didn’t totally work for you, though! It’ll be interesting to see what I think of it when I read it

January 16, 2014 - 1:29 am

Lucy - I liked Catastrophic too, though I’m not particularly passionate about afterlife books. Whoa this cover is gorgeous though! I didn’t realize this was part of a series- hmmm.

January 15, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Alexa S. - I wasn’t particularly interested in reading Ashes to Ashes, if I’m being honest. While I did enjoy Unbreak My Heart a lot, I’m a bit wary of books that are a mix of contemporary/paranormal. Still, I’m glad you found something worth investing in when it comes to reading this series and seeing what happens to these characters.

January 15, 2014 - 10:14 am

Liz (Along for the Read) - I am so intrigued by this one, I always find it interesting when contemporary authors go for something different.

January 14, 2014 - 7:14 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I need to get to my 1st Walker book.

January 13, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee - I saw this at the bookstore today and holy gorgeous cover, but the synopsis didn’t quite sell it for me. I think I might trust your borrow it rating.

January 13, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Yikes. I bought this book because I’m also a huge fan of Melissa’s, but I had some doubts. Like you, Estelle, I’m a contemp reader and this is way out of genre for me. I’m still going to read it, but now I’m scared that I’m not going to like it…

January 13, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have struggle with books set in the Afterlife. I even struggled with The Catastophic History of You and Me, but I might not have been in the right frame of mind when I tried to read it.

But yay for reading outside your comfort zone, right?

Estelle: Roomies by Tara Altebrando + Sara Zarr

Roomies by Tara Altebrando ( web | tweet ) and Sara Zarr ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 24, 2013 Publisher: Little Brown Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer before college, California, New Jersey, college roommates, technology Format read: Paperback ARC from Novel Sounds. (Thanks!) Summary: The summer before college, two strangers […]

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February 3, 2015 - 8:01 am

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December 27, 2013 - 11:34 am

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December 8, 2013 - 9:24 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES. I’m so glad you are book pushing this one because it pushed me to pick up the egalley before I might have.
I actually did not have a similar experience before leaving for college at all but there are just SO many relatable situations in this book that I found myself in it anyway. (You know.. I went AWAY junior year so I knew one of my roomies and at least kind of knew the other — drama to follow which is too much for a comment haha). ANYWAY. Yes! this was just so wonderfully written and I just love love love the college experiences even before college starts. It was interesting to see this written solely in the between time versus heading over into actual college time as well.

December 6, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Your review has convinced me YET AGAIN that I need this book in my life STAT. It sounds like just the kind of book I’d enjoy, particularly since I’ve had my own roomie experiences too. I seriously have nothing more to say but I WANT THIS NOW.

December 5, 2013 - 7:09 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - What an important relationship that tends to be glossed over in other NA books.

December 4, 2013 - 8:29 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’m glad this book was able to touch you pretty profoundly, Estelle! I feel like it will do the same for me – my summer right before college was also crazy, mainly because my family moved halfway across the country, so while I didn’t experience the traditional summer before college, this one was also fraught with new changes and challenges. Honestly, this sounds like the perfect intro to college book, and I’m hoping to get a lot out of it myself.

December 4, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so excited to read this one and you’ve made me even more excited! Although I have a little resentment towards it since I tried to get one of the several hundred NetGalley ARCs but missed out (stupid chemistry lab strikes again), BUT even though I didn’t get the ARC NetGalley still has it on my shelf and I got an email this morning reminding me to read it!

December 4, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Rachel - So I was an idiot and let my egalley expire because I didn’t think I’d like this one after my whole Fangirl experience. But oh my gosh, your review makes this sound so so good. This book sounds so relevant to my life right now with me graduating in the spring and everything. I’m DEFINITELY putting this on hold at the library.

December 4, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Lisa - A book that makes me feel right at home and is super quoteworthy? COUNT ME IN.

December 4, 2013 - 9:54 am

alice-jane - I loved this book as well. It was so easy to relate to both of the characters, whether it was through their dependence on their high school friends as they transitioned into college, or their ease with talking to each other over email about things they didn’t really talk to their friends in real life about. I enjoyed reading their emails to each other and hopefully Altebrando and Zarr do another collaboration because I definitely enjoyed Roomies.

December 4, 2013 - 9:34 am

elena - by book gods, i assume you mean me to which i say U R WELCOME. 😉

i agree with this so much: how easy it is to confide in a stranger through email, and how easy it is to doubt the genuineness of the person on the other side. i luckily have never had reason to doubt any of my friendships online though and i’m v thankful about the people i have met. (welp, that is until i found out you’re secretly a middle-aged man)


December 4, 2013 - 9:10 am

Maya - I’m glad to hear how much you enjoyed Roomies! I had a copy in the post last week and thought it looked great, and I’ll definitely be reading it soon. Lovely review!

Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally On Tour (Review + Giveaway)

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 Summary: New town, new school, new […]

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December 8, 2013 - 7:28 pm

Mandie Baxter - Adored this book. Can’t wait for the next two.

December 2, 2013 - 10:28 pm

Anna - I <3 horse racing, so this might be my favorite of this series so far!

December 2, 2013 - 12:02 am

Blog Tour: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally Review and Giveaway - BO-OK NERD CANADA – Young Adult, Children and Adult Book Reviews - […] 26th -Alluring Reads >> Review + Top 10 List -Rather Be Reading Blog >> Review -Book Twirps >> […]

November 28, 2013 - 1:16 am

Bookworm1858 - I always love the sound of Kenneally’s books but I had really strong negative reactions to the first two so I’m unlikely to try this one-I don’t want to read something that might make me angry but I’m glad you loved it!

November 28, 2013 - 1:05 am

elena - one day, i shall finally give these books a shot! i like what you said about how this is more grown up because they really do sound more mature than typical teens. i used to LOVE reading about horses when i was younger (like saddle club) so yay for horses in the story. thanks for your review!

November 26, 2013 - 8:00 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Estelle, this review makes me want to pick up this entire series this very second! I’m seriously loving the sound of these characters- I think I would be able to relate to them so well. I love how they’re actually mature, and how Savannah is dedicated, but in a different way. I think that would make me immediately like her. I think I would also like Jack a lot- because it can be such a struggle to get taken seriously as a high schooler (I’ve experienced this many times while book blogging, actually). People tend to make these generalizations, and thus, treat you the same, even though you’re different from other kids your age. I can relate on so many levels.

I also love how you pointed out your love for some of the secondary characters- this makes me very excited for the fact that we get a ton of secondary character development! I’ve always loved seeing that in books.

Lovely review, Estelle! <3

November 26, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Alexa Y. - I am SO excited about Racing Savannah, particularly after hearing you rave about it on Twitter. I just caught up on the Hundred Oaks series this year, but I love it dearly and cannot wait to meet Savannah!

November 26, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Hannah - This made me so happy to read. I love Miranda Kenneally so much, and while Catching Jordan will always hold a special place in my heart, Racing Savannah comes in at a close second =) I love that you say reading Miranda Kenneally is like sitting down to coffee with an old friend. It’s so true.

November 26, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Tammy - I’ve only read the first book Catching Jordan and I loved it. I need to catch up with the rest of the series.

November 26, 2013 - 9:54 am

Giselle - So happy you loved it! Savannah was such an easy to like character and I was kind of fascinated by the horse topics as well as the whole live-in maids (pretty rare around here). Great review, Estelle! 🙂

November 26, 2013 - 9:25 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Me & The Kid can’t wait to read the newest addition to the series.