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Estelle: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 28, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: parental death, grief, step-parents Format read: ARC paperback reviewed at BEA in May 2013. Summary: When her pregnant mom dies suddenly from a stroke, Emma is completely distraught, and even more […]

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January 28, 2014 - 7:02 am

Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott | wrapped up in books - […] Estelle at Rather be Reading: “I do think Heartbeat is a very discussion worthy novel because of all the shades of gray it presents. Was Dan right in his decision? Is Emma being selfish? How do you figure out what the deceased wanted without second guessing yourself? There’s so much that’s intriguing here and the chemistry between Emma and Caleb is great but, in the end, Heartbeat just didn’t have the emotional impact I was expecting.” […]

January 21, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Ellice - I requested Heart Beat on Netgalley, but I’m such a mood reader and so far I just haven’t been in the right frame of mind to start this one. Poor Emma. I can’t imagine a teenager waking up every morning, knowing that she will have to face that situation. So heart wrenching!

January 19, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Bookworm1858 - I can see this being a great discussion novel specifically because of the question of if Dan should have left the mom on life support. I loved it and am looking forward to others getting a chance to read it once it’s released! (I’m a huge Elizabeth Scott fangirl.)

January 15, 2014 - 10:11 am

Liz (Along for the Read) - I definitely agree, I didn’t connect quite as much as I was hoping, but it was such an interesting moral issue that it made up for that. Definitely a unique book, worth reading, but not one that I would re-read. Great review, as always!

January 11, 2014 - 9:13 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh my god, I actually had no idea what this book was about!!! I picked it up at BEA too but I didn’t realize the subject matter. Holy cow. I think I’ll be able to pick it up soon and hopefully I’ll enjoy it and appreciate the book! Curious to see how the read goes!

January 9, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Alexa S. - I still haven’t read this one, despite having an early copy of it in my hands! But I am very intrigued by the story. I think the whole subject matter that this book presents is definitely worthy of discussion. There are so many people and feelings and “ifs” involved, and I just feel like it would be interesting to unravel it all. It’s a little sad to hear you weren’t able to connect well with the main character though!

January 9, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I know we’ve already discussed this book, since we read it at the same time, but I wanted to comment on your review. Mine will be going up next week and it mirrors a lot of your same thoughts & feelings. I did not connect with this MC and that had a lot to do with my disconnect from the book. I, too, felt the “break through” was rather rushed.

Side note: I read yesterday in the news that a story very similar to this situation is going on right now near Dallas (I think?). Anyway.. there’s a huge legal controversy regarding it because the family says the hospital doesn’t have rights to keep the Mom alive while the baby is still inside her, growing.. yet the hospital says they do? I’m not sure on the details, but when I read it I immediately thought of this book.

January 9, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Rachel - I adored this book so much, but your feelings make COMPLETE sense. Emma is definitely not a likable character (I mean this in a good way. Not all characters should be ‘likable’), and while she was very selfish, I understood where she was coming from and was able to look past her behavior for the most part.

January 9, 2014 - 11:43 am

Tara - I’ve heard that this is a really heavy story and your review just solidified that. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me to get into the right mood/frame of mind to give it a solid go…and I’m really nervous about it. I love E. Scott’s writing so much that I’m afraid of what I’ll think. Basically I need to suck it up and read it 🙂

January 9, 2014 - 10:22 am

alice-jane - The synopsis for Heartbeat reminds me so much of Priscille Sibley’s The Promise of Stardust, which is an adult fiction novel. In Sibley’s novel, the MC’s pregnant wife has an accident, leaving her brain dead and left to deal with the religious, moral and other reasons for keeping her alive.

While Heartbeat didn’t seem like it had the extra oomph-factor that it could’ve had, I do agree that it is an incredibly discussion worthy piece. So many different factors to be considered when something like that happens.

Also, The Promise of Stardust is absolutely amazing and I think it’s a great book that has a lot of emotional impact, so maybe it can make up for Heartbeat? 🙂

Estelle’s Shelve It from 6/9/2013

Happy Sunday + Happy Shelve It Day! It has been A WEEK. I’m still reeling from the exhaustion I’ve been experiencing post-BEA. And if you guys remember, I didn’t even attend BEA this year. But with people in town, places to go, people to see, some book events in between, it was one of the […]

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June 12, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Heidi - It was so nice to meet you after BEA, Estelle! I totally understand the complete inability to resist buying books, CLEARLY I had an issue and picked up like 8 that day between The Strand and Books of Wonder even though I’d gone to BEA and gotten tons already. I should have gone to that Harlequin Cocktail party a while back! I was invited, but I honestly didn’t know anyone else who was going and wasn’t sure it’d be worth the schlep into the city. I did really enjoy meeting Elizabeth Scott at the breakfast though, and was lucky enough to meet Lauren Myracle and Cat Patrick during the week as well–both were lovely!

June 11, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - You had a great book week! I love Elizabeth Scott’s books so Heartbeat is a book I would have waited in line for at BEA. Added When You were the Greatest to my TBR- sounds like a good one. And The Infinite Moment of Us also sounds fantastic. I loved Myracle’s book Shine.

And oh how I miss the Strand! I lived in NY long ago and hope to get back soon to do some shopping.

Happy reading, Estelle!

June 10, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - I’m becoming a big fan of your vlogs! One, because it’s so awesome to see your face, and two, because you’ve pointed me toward some AMAZING-SOUNDING contemporaries these days. I put RULES OF SUMMER in my TBR and I definitely want to check out OCD LOVE STORY!

And I know what you mean about that BEA hangover, man. I’M STILL FEELING IT.

June 10, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to buy When You Were Here because (a) contemporary story and (b) JAPAN. Please convince me not to spend more money… (though I’ve resisted it twice now!). Great selection of books though!

June 9, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Krystianna - You Look Different in Real Life sounds like such a good read! It sounds very unique, which I really like. Just Like Fate sounds pretty good too. I read Cat Patrick’s other book, Revived, and I really liked it. I hope you enjoy your books and thanks for sharing!

Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

June 9, 2013 - 9:31 am

Paige - Wow Heart Beat sounds really really good. I can’t wait to check that one out! I hope you enjoy everything 🙂

My IMM

June 9, 2013 - 5:50 am

VeganYANerds - I have to echo Magz, love the Ron Swanson print!

And HEY!! It’s so good to see your face/hear your voice!! So glad we got to meet and I love that your week was just as hectic as ours 🙂

June 9, 2013 - 5:25 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I can’t wait to read When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. I think it was marketed as Where She Went meets Lost in Translation? Either way, sign me up! BTW I love your Ron Swanson print. 🙂 And there is ALWAYS room for a soda float!

June 9, 2013 - 5:21 am

Amanda - My eyes MAY have turned into giant hearts when I saw you got OCD Love Story. That book has been on my wish list for a couple months now!

I really need to pick up When You Were Here. Everyone and their grandmother has read it, and I feel like I’m being left in the dust, like with most books. 😛

Magan: Shelve It — August 26, 2012

Howdy, y’all! It’s officially the beginning of my birthday week. And I’m rocking out some new glasses (yep, I look like a nerd!) and sharing lots of goodies with you. I just HAD to get out of the house (I was going stir crazy) so I filmed my vlog outside today. Please forgive the crazy […]

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August 28, 2012 - 4:20 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I am exploding with happiness over your Shelve It this week. There is just TOO MUCH goodness for me to handle!

1. SHIVER – Oh, how I love Maggie. She’s one of my favorite authors EVER, because I find her writing lyrical and beautiful and different from most authors I read. Love this book (though I’m not as big a fan of the two that come after it!)

2. GRAFFITI MOON – It’s a must read. Seriously. I read it in less than a day, and read it again, and I loved it. I don’t have my own actual copy (I read it through NetGalley), but I’m definitely planning on getting it.

3. CIRCLE OF MAGIC – YES. This is SO GOOD. I LOVE this series. It’s Macky’s favorite series, out of all of Tamora’s series, so that definitely says a lot, don’t you think?

4. STAT – Love. This is such a cute book.

I have yet to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, but I swear I’m going to do that soon!!

You look great by the way, and the glasses are fab 🙂

August 28, 2012 - 12:04 pm

Lena - LOOOVE your new glasses. It totally makes your bright blue eyes stand out.

You are going to love, love, love Graffiti Moon. I wish I could hug it. I mean, umm…yeah, that’s what I meant.

LOVE YOU!

August 28, 2012 - 10:59 am

April Books & Wine - Ahhhh. There is so much winning involved here. Like okay, I love me some Shiver and Tamora Pierce and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. And Graffiti Moon.

Sigh. SO MUCH GOOD TASTE I LOVE IT!

August 27, 2012 - 9:44 pm

Paige - I read The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight a month or two ago and I really enjoyed it! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week =)

My IMM =)

August 27, 2012 - 8:45 pm

elena - AWWW I am so glad you liked my gift + it actually got to you! Happy early birthday and I really, really hope you enjoy all your books. <333

August 26, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Melissa - Those Circle of Magic books look really good! I need to check them out! And I really liked both Shiver & Graffiti Moon…hope you love them!

Happy Early Birthday!

My
Added to the Bookshelf post!

♥ Melissa @ Melissa’s
Eclectic Bookshelf

August 26, 2012 - 10:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - You are so not a nerd.. I love your glasses! I can’t wait for you to read Shiver. I have a feeling you’re going to love Maggie’s words. Ahhh such great stuff.

August 26, 2012 - 9:09 am

Tara - You got some amazing books this week! I swear, book bloggers are some of the best people EVER. PS – I’m loving your glasses A LOT.

August 26, 2012 - 6:29 am

VeganYANerds - Yay, birthday month (August is the BEST birthday month!) So of course you should treat yourself to books!

I’m excited for you to read Graffiti Moon, I hope (and think) that you will like it!

Love the new glasses, hun! xox

Magan: Shelve It — August 12, 2012

Hello, friends! I’m tuning in for another Shelve It today. I apologize that I’m not doing a vlog for this one, but it’s a crazy, crazy weekend of work for me. I made another trip to the library and received a surprise book in the mail from Simon & Schuster this week… From Simon & Schuster: […]

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August 13, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The books you got this week look really great! Happy reading. And yay for Travel Tales – there’s going to be more awesomeness from all of us this week 😉

August 13, 2012 - 10:56 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I recently read Miracle and liked it!

August 12, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Paige - Ditched and Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters were so good! I hope you enjoy everything!

My IMM =)

Paige @ Comfort Books

August 12, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Tara - Miracle and Freshman Year are both great books! Miracle is an emotional whirlwind, while Freshman Year is just plain cute and fun. Great choices and I hope you enjoy!

August 12, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Hooray for the library! I’m an Elizabeth Scott fan but haven’t even heard of Miracle before. I have no idea how that happened; definitely adding this one to my list! It sounds thoroughly intriguing.

August 12, 2012 - 5:12 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I’m so glad the books arrived, I really hope you love both of them, they’re 2 of my faves of 2012!

Also you got some great books from the library, Freshman Year… and Miracle sound SO good! xox

August 12, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Liz - I always love all of your recommendations….I feel like I’m always in a rut after I finish a great book. Checking out your Shelve It’s solve the problem. 🙂

Magan: Shelve It 07/29/2012

Hello, hello friends! I hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday. My husband and I are with our dogs at the beach this weekend celebrating our 8 year wedding anniversary! (It’s actually on Tuesday, the 31st.) I recorded this Shelve It a little earlier in the week to make sure I could stop in to say […]

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August 1, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - First of all, CINDER! I’m such a fan after finishing the book – it’s absolutely brilliant. Can’t wait to read Scarlet!

Also, I enjoyed Burn for Burn even though it was filled with a lot of things that I may not have necessarily agreed with. It was fun for me to read though!

July 30, 2012 - 9:36 pm

Sash from Sash and Em - Makes sure to have cupcakes on hand when you’re reading Bittersweet. You *will* crave them! 🙂

July 30, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I just read my first E Scott book myself, but it was Miracle. I liked it. I LOVED Cinder but it seems like forever ago that I read it. I need to reread it before Scarlet comes out. Great stuff!

July 29, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - P.S. And happy anniversary! Eight years – wow! That’s longer that my husband and I have even been together!

July 29, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - YAY! Glad to hear that you’re enjoying Cinder! It took me a little while to warm up to the story, but once I got sucked in, I couldn’t put it down until I was done. I LOVED Cinder’s little robot friend (whose name is escaping me at the moment).

Thanks for posting that you borrowed The Rivals — I finished reading it last week, and completely forgot to a) write a review and b) update Goodreads! Whooooooooops… hope that you like the book!

July 29, 2012 - 8:57 pm

elena - I agree about reading too many books in the same genre at the same time! I try to break it up, like I read a sci-fi then fantasy then paranormal etc. I’m so excited for Burn for Burn. I think I requested it on Netgalley then cancelled it since it took awhile to get back to me. I can’t wait to see the fun things you have coming up. I admire you & her husband for eating so healthily! I do not have the self-control for that and you definitely will get heaps of cupcakes from Bittersweet. Happy reading! 🙂

July 29, 2012 - 8:33 pm

Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings - I loved Bittersweet and can’t wait to see what you think of Burn for Burn! Happy Reading!(:

~Keertana
Ivy Book Bindings

July 29, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Brittani - Awesome set of books! I absolutely loved Bittersweet! It was such a cute read! I hope you enjoy all your books! 🙂

July 29, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Anna - PS: OH YES and yay to Cinder and Bittersweet too!

July 29, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Anna - Eeee I feel like we’re actually hanging out because you talk to me directly in this blog. Whee! And, yes, I am THRILLED re: Stealing Heaven. I really hope you love it <3

July 29, 2012 - 5:41 pm

VeganYANerds - Firstly I am a bit jealous of your beachy weekend, I hope you guys are having a lovely time 🙂

Secondly, yay for library books! I’ve only read one Elizabeth Scott (Something, Maybe) but I definitely want to read more and I’ve had the Viola book on my to-read list for a while.

I thought the same thing about Bittersweet, the cupcakes hooked me but you’re not missing anything! I baked cupcakes for a picnic yesterday and the sugar hit was terrible after just ONE! So stick with your clean eating 😉

July 29, 2012 - 5:24 pm

The Bumble Girl - Hi Magan! Happy Anniversary to you and hubs! Hope you’re having a fab time 🙂
I read Keep Holding On and loved how Susane told this story – I think you’ll like it too!
I need to get Cinder! The cover is amazing and I need to see this version of it!
Enjoy your reads! I look forward to seeing what you think of them!!!

July 29, 2012 - 11:51 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Cinder!! That one is so good. I read it waay back in December, but I’m still always ranting about how good it is! 😉 Burn For Burn sounds like such a fun read- a book about revenge? I’m totally sold. Bittersweet is such a cute read, although you definitely should have some cupcakes around when you read it, it definitely makes you super hungry! [My mouth is watering just thinking about it…] Anyways, fantastic haul Magan! <3 Enjoy your anniversary!

July 29, 2012 - 10:57 am

Tara - CINDER!!! I’m so glad you picked this one up and I am a little (or maybe a lot) jealous you have Scarlet to read right after! I want to hear ALL about it when you’re finished 🙂

July 29, 2012 - 10:36 am

kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I absolutely love Elizabeth Scotts books but I haven’t read this one yet! I have yet to read Cinder and I can’t wait to get Burn for Burn in my hands!

~Kailia @ Reading the Best

July 29, 2012 - 10:27 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Anna recommended Stealing Heaven to me too, & I absolutely LOVED it! I think it’s a great E Scott book to start off with. If you like that one, may I suggest The Unwritten Rule next? I really enjoyed that one as well.

I am curious about this Viola book. You’ll have to tell me how it is. That cover looks like a very Magan book 😉

Andddddd… I get to see your beautiful face on FRIDAY!! YAY!!!

Sweet Summertime Reads: June 2012 Young Adult Book Releases

Oh, wow! Another month down. I’m especially excited for June because I’m going to be traveling and reading and going to ALA at the end of the month! Here’s to hoping this is the month I can catch up on my reading goal. As promised, here’s a list of our most anticipated June 2012 Young Adult book releases. […]

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June 16, 2012 - 8:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] GReads – Intro to Sweet Summertime Reads 5/26: RBR – June Book Releases 5/26: GReads – Summer Reading Spots > Fiction Folio – Favorite Places to Read > […]

May 28, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I just want My Life Next Door to be in my hands already. I can’t wait much longer for it to come out. IT LOOKS SO GOOD!

May 27, 2012 - 9:00 pm

VeganYANerds - I loved this post, it made me want to run out and buy a lot of books! I feel like everything month I say “This is going to be such a good month for YA” and June is no exception!

May 26, 2012 - 9:41 am

margie c {the bumble girl} - Can’t wait for summertime relaxation and good books!
Divine Intervention is definitely on my list, such a sweet cover it has too! And I really need to read A Need So Beautiful this summer too! Then I can get book 2 😉
Great list, thanks for sharing it! Enjoy!

May 26, 2012 - 8:16 am

ComaCalm - I requested Temptation from NetGalley – it’s not something I’d normally read but I loved the idea of it and really wanted to try it. I was pretty disappointed. Within the first couple of pages she was gasping whenever he looked at her etc. I was like, what? What? So yeah, I didn’t finish it!

ComaCalm’s Corner =^.^=

May 26, 2012 - 7:52 am

elena - YAY SUMMER! I’m so excited for A Midnight’s Summer Nightmare!! Also gosh, I really need to read Timepiece.