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Estelle: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 8, 2014 Publisher: Random House / Delacorte Press Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: semi-dystopian, time travel, romance, secret mission Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley Summary: Prenna has traveled to the present from the future. Due to […]

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April 27, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I actually kept thinking of My Name is Memory while I was reading this one, too! Now I want to re-read it. I couldn’t tell if I was thinking of it because the books were actually similar or if it was just because they both had time travel elements. I think you ended up liking this one a little more than I did, but I can definitely agree on everything feeling a bit thin. I enjoyed several aspects of the story, but I need MORE to really fall in love.

April 18, 2014 - 1:32 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I think I’ll check this one out from the library after reading your review. I love Ann Brashares’ writing and the world building sounds amazing, but that’s disappointing that the story itself isn’t ore fleshed-out.

April 12, 2014 - 10:06 am

Kelly - This was my first Brashares novel, and while I enjoyed it, I don’t think I connected with it for the same reasons you did. I didn’t find the prose overly memorable, if anything I felt it was a bit too sparse, and her characters were pretty cardboard. But I loved the time travel elements and felt compelled to keep reading to figure out all the details! I totally agree that it needed to be longer to flesh everything out more – I might have felt Prenna and Ethan’s relationship was stronger if it had been given more time to develop, instead of relying on their shared history that I had very little access to. It also might have made the ending feel more like an ending, and less like a beginning.

April 11, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Alexa S. - I’m still very much looking forward to reading THE HERE AND NOW. I do like Ann Brashares’ writing, and I really am curious to see how she tackles this new YA story! I’ve been hearing very mixed things, but overall, they do lean towards the positive, which is nice!

April 9, 2014 - 10:33 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’ve never read anything by Brashares (despite owning a couple of the Traveling Pants books). I’m in the middle of reading this one and while it’s good – seriously, fantastic writing – I’m just bored. I’m feeling as though I’m missing something and keep wondering if I’ve skipped a chapter or two. I’m interested in seeing where the plot is going but I have a feeling it will be a very forgettable book for me.

April 8, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Interesting! Glad to see your thoughts on this one because I’ve just been struggling to pick it up. I have an ARC but every time I tried to start, I was just afraid of being disappointed. It sounds like it could use a little more but definitely enjoyable!

April 8, 2014 - 11:30 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This one frustrated me so much, because, like you, Estelle, I was waiting for a new Ann Brashare novel. I can’t believe how disappointed I was in it – I think you liked it better than I did, maybe because you connected with the characters more? They fell totally flat for me – I just couldn’t get into them.

I did love the writing, and yeah, there were moments of tenderness, but man, the thinness of the story combined with my lack of connection made it a very disappointing read. I’ll still pick up whatever she writes, but honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever be as happy with her work as I was with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants…

April 7, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Though I’m a fan of the Sisterhood books, I haven’t read any of Brashares’ other novels. I get the impression that they’ve disappointed readers, and many of the reviews for this one have been so/so. I think I’ll probably pass on it, but I’m glad you got so invested that you wanted more. Thank you for your review!

April 7, 2014 - 11:55 am

Meg - As a longtime fan of Brashares, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I had no idea she had a new work out! This sounds like an intriguing concept, but I always get a little annoyed and skeptical when the world-building in these futuristic stories leaves so very much to the imagination. I’m sure I’ll still give this one a whirl, though. Great review!

Estelle: Burning by Elana K. Arnold

Burning by Elana K. Arnold ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 11, 2013 Publisher: Delacorte (Random House Kids) Pages: 308 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: post-high school graduation, gyspies, desert, recession Format read: Hardcover provided to me by author. (Thanks!!) Summary: Ben and his family are a few days away from leaving Gypsum, […]

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December 27, 2013 - 11:26 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] K. Arnold, author of Burning, was sweet enough to send me a copy of her book during my first book buying ban. Her writing is […]

December 17, 2013 - 12:02 am

Top 10 Tuesday: New Favorite Must-Read Authors - […] Elana K. Arnold: Author of Burning […]

November 17, 2013 - 12:11 am

Bookworm1858 - I liked this book a lot too. I think I struggled to get fully invested but then all of a sudden, I was swept away and I was particularly impressed with the ending. I did not quite expect that but it was very fitting.

November 13, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Alexa Y. - I remember you mentioning this during the Twitter party. And now, after reading what you had to say about it in your review, I definitely want to check it out! It sounds like a great coming-of-age story, and a sweet romance, and I just want to know what happens to them both.

November 12, 2013 - 11:09 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’ve had this one sitting in my TBR pile, but I’ll try and push it up now since you loved it so much! The romance sounds amazing and I like that it doesn’t have a perfect happy ending.

November 12, 2013 - 7:11 pm

Racquel - I’m so so so so so happy you loved this one because it really is one of my favorites <3

November 12, 2013 - 6:49 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I love the idea of their unique back stories. Putting it on the wish-list.

November 12, 2013 - 12:53 am

Melanie - Great review, I’ll be checking this one out! I just love reading this blogs reviews! they are so thorough! thanks a bunch

November 11, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Last comment for today…I am SO HAPPY you liked this one and that you stuck with it. Now you need to read Sacred and Splendor 🙂

November 11, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ooooh I’m really glad you liked this one! I’ve been eyeing it for a long time but still haven’t picked it up. I am so curious and I LOVE stories where the characters come together like that! So excited for it now!

STARSTRUCK by Rachel Shukert: Review + Q&A

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert ( web | tweet ) Book 1 of 3. Publication Date: March 12, 2013 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Random House) Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: 1930s Hollywood, celebrity, secrets, women’s roles Format read: eBook from author (Thank you!) Summary: In the midst of 1930s Hollywood, three teenage […]

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March 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Hollywood Week: Rachel Shukert Welcomes You, Estelle - […] more on Rachel Shukert » Website | Twitter | Our interview with Rachel | Starstruck / Love Me on […]

March 4, 2014 - 9:21 am

Love Me by Rachel Shukert (YA Review) - […] Me by Rachel Shukert ( web | tweet ) Part of the STARSTRUCK series. Publication Date: 2/11/2014 Publisher: Random House Kids / Delacorte Press Pages: 336 […]

March 2, 2014 - 9:00 am

Nailed It: Hollywood Edition - […] Starstruck by Rachel Shukert Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | My Review […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:23 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Starstruck by Rachel Shukert. Hollywood, 1930s, unique ladies on different paths. Book one was so well-researched (politically, too) and written so fully… I am so looking forward to Book 2. […]

May 21, 2013 - 9:56 pm

elena - LOVE how much you love this book! it makes me so excited that i’m reading it. also i’m excited you mentioned ‘swoony romances’ bc as you know, i’m like DON’T TRUST ANYONE!!! so far in this book. and that’s so interesting how the books were originally planned. i was wondering about the trilogy aspect! fantastic post.

May 21, 2013 - 4:52 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Great Review!!! And thanks so much for sharing it – I don’t think I’d ever have taken a second glance on this book if it wasn’t for your Review. Now I realized, though, that it does Sound pretty amazing! Especially since I’ve been looking for something more unique lately – I guess I’ll have to check this one out some time!

May 20, 2013 - 8:59 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Oooohhhh! This does sound like a book I would enjoy! Loved your review – and you’ve gotten me interested in a book I definitely would have passed on at first glance. 🙂

May 19, 2013 - 2:20 pm

VeganYANerds - I have never heard of this but you had me at YA + 1930s! It sounds like a really great read and so well written, too!

May 17, 2013 - 3:47 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve had this for a little while and haven’t picked it up yet. I am excited to read it, I love Hollywood stories and historical fiction so I think this should be right up my alley. Great review!

May 17, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m very excited to read STARSTRUCK soon! I think the idea of writing a book set in Hollywood in the 1930s is already enough to draw me in. What makes it more exciting is the promise of romance, and these three main characters who sound decidedly different and all really interesting.

May 17, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - I love that this takes place in Old Hollywood, that alone peaks my interest. But the fact that you can call this literary is amazing. It’s not often YA books are called literary so I’m definitely intrigued. Thanks for the review!

May 17, 2013 - 10:34 am

Tara - I definitely want to read this one after our chat yesterday. I can’t call many YA books “literary” either so I’m super intrigued by that.

May 17, 2013 - 9:18 am

Bookworm1858 - This book sounds right up my alley-I love Old Hollywood films and find the setting rife with possibility.