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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!

Estelle: The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis

The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: June 11, 2013 Publisher: Delacorte (Random House) Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: adoption, cooking, family, summer Format read: Paperback ARC from Shanyn. Thanks! Summary: Olive has a great family — two days that love her and a brother, Jeremy, who […]

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November 10, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Racquel - I’ve always had this book on my tbr because of “For fans of Sarah Dessen” statement in the summary but your review definitely made me bump this up to a priority read! It seems like a sweet book.

November 10, 2013 - 6:46 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads - […] Reviews for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis […]

November 7, 2013 - 10:46 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I’m so glad you liked this one! I read this a while back, not having read any of his books before, and I really enjoyed it! I liked the cookbook part of the story too but I didn’t fall in love with it. I think I didn’t like how it ended. Lovely review as always!

November 6, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - OOOOO, I haven’t heard of this book, but it’s on my radar now. Cooking? Sweet romance? Intelligent protagonist? Sign me up!

November 6, 2013 - 8:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I had no idea they were making a movie of this! I remember how it made me so hungry while reading because all of her food sounded so delicious.

November 4, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m so glad that you enjoyed this one! The cooking aspect of this book is really what drew towards it initially, but I’m happy to hear that it’s got a great story to boot. I’ll definitely be checking this one out!

November 4, 2013 - 1:07 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - There are few things I appreciate more in a young adult novel than a protagonist who has a special talent or passion, none more so than one who’s able to cook or bake well as that’s a skill that has always largely alluded me 😛 I also love the fact that The Secret Ingredient seems to focus less on romance and more on the family dynamic between Olive and her father(s) and brother, something which in my experience is quite unusual in the young adult genre. I’ll definitely be adding The Secret Ingredient to my to-be-read list as it sounds like precisely the sort of story I would normally enjoy! 🙂 Thanks for bringing it to my attention with this thoughtful and lovely review, Estelle.

November 4, 2013 - 10:50 am

Lisa - You Have Seven Messages is on my TBR, and I’ll definitely be adding this one as well!

I LOVE the idea of an old soul who is also confident in her talents, has solid relationships and is a character that is genuine and one I want to read about without cringing or rolling my eyes! Sounds like Olive might be my person.

Estelle: Piece of My Heart by Lynn Maddalena Menna

Piece of My Heart by Lynn Maddalena Menna Publication Date: June 18, 2013 Publisher: Merit Press Pages: 218 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: budding singer, New York City, music scene Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: Marisol has been working hard to get her voice noticed by someone in the music industry. […]

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July 31, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Book Review: ‘Piece of My Heart’ by Lynn Maddalena Menna | Ink and Page - […] Reviews: Goodreads Rather Be Reading: Borrow It (@readinggals) The Mad Reviewer: 3 of 5 Stars […]

July 21, 2013 - 9:39 pm

Alexa Y. - As you know, I’ve been meaning to read this one! There’s just something quite intriguing about the sound of this story and this sassy main character, and I like the fact that she’s dead set on pursuing a musical career. It does make me wary that you felt like it lacked a bit of depth, as we usually feel the same way about things. But still, I’ll give this one the good ol’ college try!

July 15, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Hmm, I don’t really remember seeing much about this one around so this is nice, to be able to read a review on it. I like that you mention that it reminded you of Audrey, Wait! because I absolutely LOVE that book so hard – but then again I like that you mention the things you don’t like, which would probably be things I would find a little off as well (like the age-appropriate thing and the non-supportive boyfriend). I love music, though, so maybe this one will cross my path at some point. (Love that you put the Jay-Z lyrics up.)

July 12, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - It’s a shame that this story lacked a certain amount of depth as I normally adore stories that are set in the music scene! I particularly love the fact that Menna went to the trouble of penning original songs and included them in the narrative – Creative touches like that always make a novel extra special 🙂 I might still borrow this from the library as I’m intrigued by your comparison of it to Audrey, Wait!, which is one of my favourites of the novels I’ve read thus far this year. An absolutely lovely and insightful review, as always, Estelle! 😀

Estelle: Island Girls by Nancy Thayer

Island Girls by Nancy Thayer ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: June 18, 2013 Publisher: Random House/Ballantine Books Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Nantucket, family secrets, sister, summer Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: Three sisters (two step, one half) are forced to spend 3 months together at their recently deceased father’s […]

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July 9, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Alexa Y. - Ooh, another book set in Nantucket! I really want to visit after seeing it pop up so frequently as the setting for books and blog posts lately. I also really like the way this book sounds, because it looks like it’s about the relationship between three sisters which I am a sucker for since I have two sisters of my own. Great review E!

July 9, 2013 - 11:00 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds like a nice summer-y book to read. I just put both the print and audiobooks on hold at both of my libraries. No telling when it’ll come in but it’ll be a nice surprise! Thanks E!

July 9, 2013 - 10:10 am

Jamie - Oooh! I think I need to see if the library has this one because it sounds perfect for the family reunion/beach vacation I have at the end of this month! I love love love stories about sisters because my up and down relationship story with my sister is one of the most important things in my life. And knowing how hard it was for my sister and I to live together without killing each other…well this sounds so fun! And Nantucket…sigh..I’ve always wanted to go there!

July 8, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Cynthia - I haven’t been online in so long I miss your reviews! This one sounds perfect for summer and I’ve been hearing a lot about Nantucket too. I’ll be adding this one to my list, I’m getting more and more interested in reading adult fiction again. =)

July 8, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - From the sounds of things, Nantucket is certainly the location of choice for literature this summer! The ideal backdrop for a seasonal contemporary, Nantucket certainly seems to be a contributing factor in the success of these books. I must say I’m intrigued by the concept of this novel. I love the idea of the three sisters being forced to spend time with one another and inadvertently healing their relationship in the process. There are few things I enjoy more in a novel than one which delves deeply into an examination of a family’s dynamics. That said, I’m not sure if the apparent melodrama is something I would enjoy. I think I’ll be borrowing this one from the library as opposed to buying it outright, but you’ve definitely made me interested in picking this one up for myself, Estelle 😀 Great review!

Estelle: Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery

Two of a Kind by Susan Mallery ( web | tweet ) Part of the Fool’s Gold series. Publication Date: June 25, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 379 Target audience: Adult Keywords: romance, new jobs, surprises Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Felicia and Gideon had one night together many moons ago. […]

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July 3, 2013 - 10:12 pm

Kortney - I agree with every book that Susan comes out with in this series it just keeps me hooked and wanting to read the next one. I am so glad that she has a christmas one and a cookbook coming out this fall too!!

July 3, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Shari - Loved the story Of Felicia and Gideon. A few twists and turns that I did not expect makes a for fun read. These Fool’s Gold books just keep getting better and better.

July 3, 2013 - 9:50 am

Allyson Brann - I loved this book! This is my favorite yet! I loved Gideon and Felicia, they were such a great couple!

July 3, 2013 - 7:01 am

The Book Momster - I loved this book! My favorite of the series so far and I can’t wait for Three Little Words. I’m giddy for Gideon!

July 2, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Patsy - Once again I am in love with Fools Gold. Susan has an awesome gift! With each story she builds the community while keeping the story unique. I love Gideon and Felicia. If I’m completely honest mostly Felicia, she is so painfully honest I adore her. My favorite to date.

July 2, 2013 - 8:31 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m intrigued. I’m kind of a sucker for books with an awkward main character. I also like that in TV shows (Monk, The Big Bang Theory). I have to check this one out.

July 2, 2013 - 10:10 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I think out of all of the adult contemp romances that I’ve been reading, the one Susan Mallery may be my favorite so far? I’m thinking, anyway. I have these three newer ones and at first I was thinking OH ASH YOU’RE SUCH A STICKLER ABOUT THESE THINGS!! YOU SHOULD STICK TO THE ORDER. But now I think I’m just skipping and going to the One, Two, Three. (I’m also LOVING the Thunder Point.) You and your recs, lady. Haha, “the obsession grows…” Love it.

July 2, 2013 - 1:19 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - First of all, I just want to say a very big ‘thank you!’ because thanks to Rather Be Reading, I’ve begun reading Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series from the beginning and I’m really enjoying it so far. All your reviews finally convinced me to give the series a chance and I am so thankful for that! This book sounds like it’s right up my alley and I’m really looking forward to reading it. The premise sounds a little like Sarah MacLean’s ‘One Good Earl Deserves a Lover’, which is another book I’m eagerly looking forward to reading. I’ve always loved the ‘tutorial’ trope where one socially awkward person is gently tutored by the more sophisticated of the two. It’s definitely a personal favourite of mine. This was a really great review, Estelle!

July 1, 2013 - 9:44 pm

Dee - Felicia is my ‘new’ favorite Fool’s Gold character!! Susan Mallery wrote the best dialogue for Felicia, her clincal, textbook conversations with the other characters was so hilarious! Great review.

July 1, 2013 - 3:07 pm

elena - “sounds a little like a robot” I’M SOLD!! love stories about v awkward girls and people who teach the ways of the ~world~. this probably speaks more about me than I’m comf to admit.

July 1, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Alexa Y. - I love romance novels! They’re like the PERFECT sort of summer read. I’ve yet to start the Fool’s Gold series, but this book sounds SO CUTE. I love that Felicia seems pretty awkward – that always makes a character even easier to relate to for me!

July 1, 2013 - 9:38 am

Daphne - I just posted my review today, too. I loved this book! great review

Estelle: The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard

The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: June 25, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 336 Target audience: Adult Keywords: disappearance, family dynamics, flashback, small towns Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: When Kirsten is 9 years old, her brother’s girlfriend disappears in a winter storm. Told […]

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October 30, 2014 - 9:01 am

The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard | Fiction Review - […] a year later, I’m still recommending The Mourning Hours, Paula DeBoard’s debut, to people. It’s had a lasting effect on me; what can I say? […]

June 10, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds utterly fascinating. I know you already mentioned it to me, but your review has really convinced me that I WANT to read this book. It sounds mysterious and thrilling and very different — and I’m always a big fan of stories like that.

June 9, 2013 - 12:01 am

Estelle's Shelve It: 6/8/2013 (Books Bought + Books Found) - […] Table with a Blogger Rec from Novel Sounds Recap (and review) of Judy Blume Tiger Eyes Movie event The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard (suspenseful adult thriller) Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (sexy, fast paced […]

June 8, 2013 - 3:09 pm

Lisa - A crazy addictive mystery with a well written 9year old narrator? YES.

June 6, 2013 - 11:02 pm

elena - I WANT ANSWERS JUST FROM READING YOUR REVIEW!! i just want to KNOWWW. v intriguing review.

June 6, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, this doesn’t really sound like a book I would find coming from Harlequin, but it sounds absolutely enthralling. I’m really interested in the idea that the story is told from the perspective of a 9-year-old who will never get the full story herself. I’m so intrigued by your review and I really want to know what happens!

June 6, 2013 - 2:50 pm

Jess, Books and Sensibility - This sounds like a thrilling read and I’ve been trying to read more adult fiction. I think I’ll add this to my goodreads.

June 6, 2013 - 11:15 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Oh my gosh! I can’t tell if I should read this one! On the one hand, this cover has teased me since I first saw it because it really is beautiful and you know I’m drawn in by beautiful covers. But on the other hand, the thriller-y stories tend to make me all up in knots! I don’t know! I’ll have to let you tell me if this is an Asheley book. And I’ll trust you. It sounds interesting with the young narrating voice but also kind of creepy with the secrets and the snowstorm and disappearance! Great review, though, because my mind is turning and turning…

June 6, 2013 - 9:37 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Wow! This one sounds AMAZING! Definitely going to hunt this book down and read ASAP!