Rather Be Reading » A Blog by Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Each Other

Masthead header

Tag Archives: january 2014 book release

Why in 5: Unraveled by Jen Frederick

Unraveled by Jen Frederick ( web | tweet) Part of Woodlands series; read out of order. Publication Date: January 18, 2014 Publisher: Pear Tree LLC Pages: 280 Target audience: New Adult Keywords: military, life decisions, young widow, risks Format read: ARC provided by PR. (Thanks!) Summary: Gray is on leave from the Marines as he […]

View full post »

May 4, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - This sound f’ing amazing!!!!! I’m buying this immediately. No joke.

May 3, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Alexa S. - Well, Unraveled definitely sounds like it could be fun to read! I love it when there’s great chemistry between the two characters involved in the main romance – and steamy chemistry at that 😉

May 2, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - I don’t know what it is about Marines but they have always been my weakness. I’ve wanted to read this series before but somehow never got to it. This definitely sounds like something I’d like!! I’m assuming these can be read out of order but I think I have the first one so may start off with that!

Estelle: When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 7, 2014 Publisher: Simon Teen/Atheneum Books Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Brooklyn, family, friendship, loyalty Format read: ARC from BEA Simon Teen Blogger Party. (Thanks!) Summary: Life in Brooklyn for Ali and his family hasn’t been easy. […]

View full post »

June 19, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Stephanie - I absolutely adored this book. The authenticity of Ali’s voice cried out from every page of the novel. When I Was the Greatest is definitely a five-star read.

February 9, 2015 - 8:00 am

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds | Review - […] you read this review, I have to ask: have you read When I Was The Greatest yet? I reviewed it last year, mentioned it everywhere including my End of the Year survey, and, […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:00 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds […]

January 28, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wow, do I need to read this!? I never would have picked it up but now that you wrote this glowing review…..

January 28, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - Everytime I see this cover, it jumps out at me. I’m so glad you loved it; will have to check it out!

January 27, 2014 - 1:45 am

Alexa S. - Wow. Just WOW. It’s pretty darn awesome to see that this book really left an impression on you. Books like that are always worth taking a second look at, at least in my case. I’m definitely going to consider checking this one out after reading this review!

January 24, 2014 - 7:56 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - You have made me very excited to read this!

January 24, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Betty - I’m pretty sure this is the book you tweeted or rec’d to me on goodreads a couple of weeks ago. Anyway– it sounds good. I’m a little turned off by names like Noodles and Needles, but maybe I’d get over it?? I like that the focus is on family. I like a book that can give me a break from all the heavy romance. PLUS– YOU CRIED.

January 23, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - This book was not even on my radar, but you’ve definitely peaked my interest in it. I love the diverse urban setting, the male protagonist, the social issues, sibling relationships, writing that stands out, and especially that knitted gun to the cover. Whatever that is, I want it. You’ve definitely made me wonder what happened at that Party. Thanks for highlight this!

January 23, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I know when I read this (and I will read it) I will like it, but it’s one of those where I feel like I need to be in the right place to read it and I’m hoping I find that right place sooner rather than later.

January 23, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Rachel - I wasn’t even going to give this one a chance because it seems SO FAR from what I usually read, Then you recommended it to me on Goodreads, and I decided to consider it. And now that I know it made you cry, I’m so reading it. I love the themes of brotherhood and friendship, and I’m interested to see what the big thing that got to you is!

January 23, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Lucy - I have this book on hold at the library so I’m happy to see your rave review, Estelle! It sounds like the setting, characters and story just comes together perfectly. I’m worried about that party and the emotional aftermath. Your review makes me so excited to read this one!

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 […]

View full post »

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: Going Rogue by Robin Benway

Disclaimer: This review may include some spoilers if you have not read Also Known As. Proceed with caution. 🙂 Going Rogue by Robin Benway  [ website | twitter ] Book 2 in the Also Known As series. Publication Date: January 14, 2014 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: teenage spy, adventure, relationships with family and friends, […]

View full post »

January 28, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I was totally thinking Michael Caine too, combined with Tim Gunn for some reason haha. But I love the Dumbledore vibe too! I love Angelo. He is so my favorite.
I just love these books! They’re so much fun and light but at the same time, serious and full of meaningful relationships. I’m a Robin Benway fan, for sure.

January 28, 2014 - 6:58 am

Judith - Everyone keeps saying how this book is (much) better than Also Known As, and that makes me so curious! I liked AKA enough, but it was missing something for me as well. The fact that this takes place in Paris (maybe my favorite place in the world) is great, and I’m so glad that Benway did not disappoint with this sequel. Can’t wait to read this!

January 25, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Bookworm1858 - I kept feeling like Angelo was going to turn out to be a traitor-he just seems a little too good to be true to me. I like the Dumbledore comparison though as he was on the cryptic side to us readers as well.

January 19, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - Angelo IS like Dumbledore!! He is seriously one of my favorite characters in the series, though they’re all phenomenal.

January 18, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - At this point I kind of feel like Robin Benway can do no wrong, I never expected to love this one as much as I loved AKA, but like you I totally did. I really like your points about how good of a job she does with secondary characters. In my review I talked about how even though so many of the situations Maggie finds herself in are pretty out there the way she feels and the way the characters interact is so relateable to just normal life and I feel like that’s all tied together.

January 16, 2014 - 3:05 pm

Alexa S. - It makes me happy that you enjoyed Going Rogue too! It was such a great follow-up to Also Known As, and I loved learning more about these characters and meeting a few new ones, as well. I have to say though, your assessment of Angelo as being like Dumbledore? GOOD CALL.

January 16, 2014 - 11:50 am

Nicole - Lovely review! So glad to hear that Going Rogue is just as strong as Also Known As. I am looking forward to more spy work and since I love this set of characters, I’m happy to hear that they shine in this book! I’ll probably be reading this next 🙂

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert

January 16, 2014 - 11:05 am

Lucy - Love this series! Glad you’re a fan too. Such a great cast of characters, and I like the Angelo/Dumbledore comparison!

January 16, 2014 - 9:57 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really liked Going Rogue, although it didn’t quite stand out as much as Also Known As did to me. I do love the characters, though, and you are so right – Benway does such an amazing job with not only the primary characters, but the secondary ones as well.

I defintiely picture Angelo as looking like Michael Caine. And I can see you Dumbeldore comparisons, definitely.

Glad you liked this, Estelle.

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 […]

View full post »

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? 🙂

Coming Soon: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott (Giveaway!)

The countdown is on… Elizabeth Scott’s newest book, Heartbeat, is going to be making its way to shelves on January 28th! I just read it last week, and I really liked it. In fact, I’m making easy for you today. Here are three reasons this book should be on your radar: Are you convinced yet?! […]

View full post »

December 26, 2013 - 12:36 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m so excited about this one as I adore Elizabeth Scott’s writing and I feel like she hasn’t got enough buzz. Hoping to read it this weekend!

December 20, 2013 - 7:44 pm

Alexa Y. - I honestly can’t wait to get to this one! I’ve had it for what feels like FOREVER, and I’m still intrigued by what I heard about it at BEA. Your 3 reasons are enough of a reason to encourage me to pick it up sooner rather than later, so that’ll definitely be happening!

December 19, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Shelly - I’ve read an ecopy of this and I really enjoyed it! I think the discussions surrounding Heartbeat are going to be really interesting. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

December 19, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Devyn - This definitely sounds like a winner to me and I think I may be in love with that cover! I love a good story about a bad boy 🙂