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Book Report: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Hey there, friends! So it kind of seemed like our joint reviews/book reports fell by the wayside, huh? We took a hiatus from them for a little while, but we’re excited to be reviving this feature because we just miss talking about books together. There’s just something delightful and wonderful and exhilarating about reading the […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Alexa S. - Ladies, it makes my heart so happy that you’re reviewing together again on RBR! It’s been much too long. And every single thing you’ve said about Isla? I’m pretty much in agreement with it all. I personally will miss Steph’s book because she not only crafts delightful, swoony romances, but she also brings to life characters that are real and flawed and wonderful to be around. And she manages to include family and friends and other things too!

October 8, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL […]

September 27, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Loved reading all your thoughts! I wish I could hear Stephanie Perkins speak in person, because she sounds like such a sweetheart and so genuine and insightful. I can definitely see how this book was an extension of her feelings at the time while writing. It’s amazing all that she went through and was able to give us a beautiful book.
Isla is definitely my favorite of the series – I enjoyed the progression of their relationship, and I like that they get together almost immediately. That happens much more often than YA books would have us believe. 😛

September 23, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Meg - Love this! And so glad Isla was a winner for you both. I’m eagerly anticipating my own reading of this one . . . I loved Anna and felt strongly positive about Lola, so I was hoping the series would end on a high note.

September 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - What a fun way to review a book. I wish I had a book BFF.

Estelle: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Dutton Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: recession, marriage, female/male friendships, love Format read: ARC Paperback from Alexa at Alexa Loves Books! (Thanks!) Summary: Unemployment and then long business trips start to take a toll on Chris and Claire’s marriage. […]

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November 14, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Ellice - I LOVED On the Island, so I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. (I highly recommend On the Island. I think you’ll enjoy it. Also, if you read it, let me know so we can talk about it!! I still need to discuss this one with someone!). Glad to see that you enjoyed this one. I wasn’t sure if I would like this one or not, but then again, I really didn’t think I’d like On the Island, because survivor stories are usually not my cup of tea. I love it when a book is a pleasant surprise 🙂

November 14, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m glad that this story was written realistically, and that you liked it well enough. There is something intriguing about it. I like that it tackles issues that feel very real.

November 14, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I had such mixed feelings about this book. Mostly I sympathized with Chris, I felt like he was really trying to do what was best for his family, even if he was misguided. I get why Claire was frustrated and I don’t think hers was an easy position to be in, but she just got under my skin and seemed like such a spoiled brat. Plus after the first 50 mentions I was so tired of hearing about her damn diabetes.

But, I do think Tracy Garvis-Graves is as talented writer who’s great at writing complex, interesting, and, at times, difficult situations. I really, really liked On the Island and I think the fact that I thought that book was so amazing made this one less enjoyable.