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Estelle: Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer [ website | tweet ] Publication Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Scholastic Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Africa, orphan, adventure, companionship, chimpanzees, tragedy Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Luc is intrigued by the Professor when he first bumps into him at work. Despite a “misunderstanding”, he takes Luc under his […]

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June 5, 2014 - 8:52 am

Leah - Scholastic is one of my go-to publishers. They know me. Whether I’m in the mood for something light-hearted and fluffy or a humbling story that puts my petty worries into perspective, Scholastic has a book for me.
I have to admit I’ve never heard of either of these books – or even the author! – and now I’m intrigued. Looking through GR, it looks like all of his books are rated pretty high. 🙂 Definitely something I need to check out!

June 3, 2014 - 11:43 pm

Alexa S. - I have yet to read any Schrefer novel, but you make a great case for me to do so in your review! I really do like the fact that his novels sound like nothing I’ve ever read before, and that there’s are animals (in the wild!) involved too. Thanks for always bringing my attention to books like this that might have just gone under the radar without you! <3

June 3, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Amy - I’m so intrigued by this! Books with animals in primary roles sometimes make me super nervous because I’m always deathly afraid that they’ll die, and I don’t handle that well lol. But just reading about Luc’s attachment to the chimps reminds me of Gorillas in the Mist, one of my ultimate tear-jerker movies. (And, you can imagine if you’ve seen it, a big reason why I’m super nervous about Mango and Drummer. Hopefully for no reason whatsoever.) But Africa is one of those settings that I’ve always wanted to see more of in YA; it’s so huge and varied and unknown to me. This book sounds like a great stepping stone to more great books set in Africa!

Estelle: Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre

Come a Little Bit Closer by Bella Andre ( web | tweet ) Part of The Sullivans romance series. Release Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 384 Target audience: adult Keywords: movie business, sisters, family, San Francisco Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (thanks!) Last reviewed: Let Me Be the One with BUY […]

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April 1, 2014 - 1:50 pm

Jessica - I just read this book and honestly, I skipped over every single screenplay insert. I didn’t care! I wanted to get back to Smith and Valentina!!!

March 29, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve three Sullivan romances, and I’ve liked them all. I love how Andre focuses so much on family too. I shoudl really jump back in on the Sullivan train. It’s been a couple months since I’ve read one.

I’m glad you liked Smith’s story, because he is definitely one Sullivan I’ve been interested in.

March 28, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Alexa S. - This series sounds like it would be so fun to read! I love that this one has that whole movie star aspect to it, and your thoughts on the story have got me curious about finding out when and how these two make it happen. (Because it does happen, right? RIGHT?)

Estelle: Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: February 25, 2014 Publisher: Scholastic/Point Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendships, middle school/high school, family, romance Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: When Levi and Macallan first meet in seventh grade, they never imagined they would end […]

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March 21, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How funny! I actually liked the interludes. I was impressed because I hadn’t seen that before.
I’m glad you liked it! I thought it was just so light and cute and I feel the same way — I still have no idea if this is really possible, because as far as I’ve seen, it’s kind of not haha.
I agree that I enjoyed it BUT didn’t quite fall in love with it. I do think there could have been a bit more development as far as a secondary plot goes.
Great thoughts on this one! Interesting to see! 🙂

March 16, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Alexa S. - I’m really looking forward to reading BETTER OFF FRIENDS. I think there’s something about Elizabeth Eulberg’s books that I always find fun, interesting and relatable, so to see her tackle this (very important) (very discussable) question in her way will be a fun experience!

March 11, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Ellice - You already know how much I LOVE this book, so this review made me so happy. I was thrilled when I saw that it got a “worth it” rating. 😉

I do have to agree that their conversations at the end of the chapters were confusing. My e-arc had formatting issues, so there wasn’t any separation between the chapter and that conversation, so I had NO IDEA what was going on for the first few chapters. When I realized that it was a present-day conversation, I just assumed they were texting or talking through something like Gchat or Facebook messages? I understand what you mean about those conversations giving too much away, because I figured out how it was probably going to end based on those. BUT, at that particular moment in time, it was refreshing for me to have a book that didn’t stress me out, one that I could just sit back, relax, and read. If I had read it at another time, that little detail might have annoyed me.

I just loved Levi and Macallan. There aren’t many guys that age that would be quite as sweet and sensitive as Levi was in junior high/high school, so I enjoyed that quality in him (although it may be a bit of a stretch). And I loved that Macallan was so unique in a lot of ways too– her family is Irish, she learns to cook really difficult recipes at a young age, she’s named after Scotch, etc. etc. I just like the book’s originality and the fact that it is such a feel-good read. <3 I think it will be a go-to when I need a pick-me-up 🙂

Anyway, now that I have left you a novel of a comment, I guess you've figured out that I enjoyed your review? Haha

March 11, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I actually really liked this one. It wasn’t deep or anything, just a cutesy feel good book.

As for the little interludes between Macallan and Levi, I felt they were kind of like the little interludes in When Harry Met Sally when they would cut away to a couple talking about relationship stuff. That’s how I had to rationalize it in my mind!

March 10, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Your “heavens” question made me laugh out loud. I pictured those interludes being like Gchat conversations they were having as they looked back at their friendship. They were ambiguous, but I thought they had their good moments. (Like when Levi realized she got her period.) I know you didn’t love, love this like I did, but I’m glad you still found it “worth it.”

March 10, 2014 - 11:07 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just don’t know if I want to read this one, Estelle. I’ve read three of Eulberg’s books – The Lonely Hearts Club (super cute), Prom & Prejudice (sweet) and Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality (not a fan). Because I really didn’t care for Revenge, I’ve been super hesitant to read this one.

I feel like what you said – how Eulberg didn’t tackle the issues as deeply as you would like – is always the case with her books. I always feel like a little bit is always missing.

Estelle: Love Me by Rachel Shukert

Beware: since this is book 2 in series, there may be a few spoilers from STARSTRUCK. Keep in mind I’m going to try really hard not to let this happen because I so so so want you to experience this series and get excited to pick it up. Love Me by Rachel Shukert ( web | tweet ) Part of […]

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March 9, 2014 - 9:01 am

Hollywood Week: A Taste of New York + A Recap, Estelle - […] The finale of Hollywood Week brings us cross country to New York City in 1939. Amanda Farraday is making one final leap to get the man she loves back into her life, and this includes escaping the ghosts of Hollywood and arriving in that city that never sleeps. As a New Yorker myself, nothing brings me greater joy (setting wise) then seeing this great town through the eyes of one of my book characters, and I was more than thrilled to be getting a taste of vintage NYC in Love Me. […]

Estelle: The Curl Up & Dye by Sharon Sala

The Curl Up & Dye by Sharon Sala ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: February 4, 2014 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 288 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Southern living, childhood friends, small towns, moving forward Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: LilyAnne has been stuck in a rut since her fiance died in […]

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February 20, 2014 - 7:32 am

Molly | wrapped up in books - This doesn’t sound like something I’d normally pick up, but you’ve made me want to check it out! A small town romance sounds like what I need right now 😉

February 17, 2014 - 11:15 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This looks kind of cute! You know how I love the Southern settings and you have described EXACTLY the small town type of atmosphere that I grew up in. This sounds kind of fun and I am curious about what you describe near the end of your review with the 911 calls and such. I’m going to library this one! Thanks E!

February 17, 2014 - 11:01 am

Melissa @ i swim for oceans - I love the sound of this one – especially the title. It doesn’t sound like it’s without its flaws, but it also sounds really fun and quirky – just my type. Lovely review, Estelle!

February 14, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Alexa S. - Curl Up & Dye is such a clever title! But seriously, I would pick it up just because of that. The story sounds pretty cute too, as I’m a sucker for small-town romances 😉

Estelle: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: February 18, 2014 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendship, cancer, high school, dance Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. Summary: Junior year doesn’t go according to plan for best friends Olivia and Zoe when Olivia is diagnosed […]

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July 28, 2014 - 9:01 am

The Darlings are Forever by Melissa Kantor (YA Book Review) - […] I’ve also reviewed: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor […]

February 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo), Estelle - […] Sound of Letting Go (Review + Interview) by Stasia Kehoe Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor (Review) Nailed It (Friendship […]

February 5, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Alexa S. - It’s interesting to see how a book can affect a reader in such a big emotional way, but also have things that make that reader hesitant about rating it. While I haven’t read Maybe One Day yet, I’m still pretty curious about it! I like the sound of the story, particularly the friendship.

February 4, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I second everything you said. The hardest part for me was the feeling that Zoe was just never fully developed. Like you said, her whole life, even before Olivia got sick, was Olivia. I wasn’t as totally behind the romance, even though Olivia told Zoe it was fine I never got over the fact that Olivia liked him first (which sounds silly as a I type it, but that’s how I felt). It was a weird feeling to cry so much at a book, but then not really totally enjoy it or feel a connection with it.

February 4, 2014 - 11:39 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Interesting! I feel like I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews for this one. Personally, I didn’t even have it on my TBR list, I think, because I just feel like I’ve read too many “illness” stories and at the moment, they’re just not appealing to me. Looks like it had some really good moments and I love the best friendship appeal! It also looks like it has its rough moments too… Still on the fence!

February 4, 2014 - 11:26 am

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I like books like this, and I’m planning to read it soon, but I’ll keep my expectations level. Sounds a little uneven, but the friendship story appeals to me and Calvin sounds great. Thanks for giving us the lowdown on this one!

February 3, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Anna - Great points — on the one hand, I cried. LITERAL PUDDLES OF TEARS ON MY KINDLE. Which is fantastic. But a few weird bits like the rape one you called out took me out of the story.

February 3, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been hearing similar things about this book. How people loved the friendship aspect of the book, but there wasn’t enough of a connection.

It’s hard to rate those types of books, I find.