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Magan: Exile by Kevin Emerson

Exile (Exile #1) by Kevin Emerson (twitter | website) Publication Date: April 29, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: music promotion, bands, fame Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: After being burned by her ex-boyfriend once he was signed to a major record label (thanks to Summer’s skills/help/knowledge/hard work), she’s on the hunt for […]

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August 11, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Magan - Thanks, Rachel! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed the playlist too! (Music twins, per usual!) I think the *biggest* downfall is that it’s a series. I’m SO terrible at keeping up with them, especially if it feels like the story could have been told in one book. Thanks for the comment + for stopping by. xo

August 11, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Alexa, if you give it a shot, I look forward to hearing what you think! 🙂

July 25, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Alexa S. - I do enjoy books that feature characters that are passionate about music. While I’m still on the fence about Exile (especially considering the last part of your review), I’m glad that the musical aspect in it is pretty strong 🙂

July 25, 2014 - 11:47 am

Rachel - This book sounds really good! Or, at least something I would like. I’m sorry you found it to be lacking depth in some places :/ That’s always a not-awesome feeling. I also had no clue that this was part of a series. That makes me nervous to read it just because I NEVER keep up with series.

Also, your playlist is A++++, Magan!

Estelle: The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor ( web ) Publication Date: June 24, 2014 Publisher: Harper/Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family, family obligations/traditions, unhealthy relationships, friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Bettina comes from a very protective family (her father uber embraces their Green traditions) […]

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June 17, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Oh yayyyy! I’m so happy to read such a wonderful review. I’ve been anticipating this one but I hadn’t read much about it yet. It sounds just lovely. Can’t wait to pick it up.
(And auto shop guy? Yes please.)

June 10, 2014 - 10:13 pm

Alexa S. - So, I take it this is going to have to be one that I check out? Alright then. But seriously, when you write a review like this, I find it VERY hard to resist a book! The Things You Kiss Goodbye sounds like it read way better than I thought it would. Interesting characters PLUS I love that there’s a lot of self-realization and growth!

June 9, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - I’ve got an ARC of this one, really must get to it. I’m glad it was so focused on family, and I like that it doesn’t sound like a love triangle, just a realistic relationship. But does every person’s name have to begin with a B? =)

June 9, 2014 - 10:02 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been interested in this one. I just love the cover (It makes me think of Jennifer E. Smith’s books, in a way), and the summary definitely grabs me.

I’m glad to hear that you liked this.

Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu: Dedicated to Friendship

I’m so thrilled to share our second BEFRIENDED piece. I became an instant fan of Corey Ann Haydu’s when I read her debut OCD LOVE STORY last summer. Today (!!) her second book LIFE BY COMMITTEE hits bookstores everywhere and I am happy to say that I cannot choose a favorite between the two — I […]

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May 11, 2015 - 9:56 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu - […] Also by Corey Ann Haydu: OCD Love Story | RBR “Befriended” Interview […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:02 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] As a joint venture, BEFRIENDED was a new feature M & I thought of to show another side of authors & books through friendship. Our first post was an interview between the lovely Corey Ann Haydu and her true life best friend. […]

June 1, 2014 - 6:22 am

Judith - So much love for this feature, ladies. Seriously, there is NOTHING I love more than friendships, and this one sounds sooo sweet. “LBC is about the scariest parts of yourself and the things that are difficult to talk about and the vulnerable places that you need to share and want to share and also desperately don’t want to share.” WANT THIS BOOK! What a lovely interview and friendship.

May 14, 2014 - 10:13 am

Alexa S. - I am so, so, so in love with this new series! It’s so fun to read about authors writing about friendships, and I love that you made a play on that. It was great to read this interview, and Corey and Honora both sound really awesome! Really liked Life by Committee too – could totally identify with Tab’s feelings.

May 13, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile - This interview is all kinds of awesome. Gah, I love it.

And yes, I agree with Corey that not all friendships are meant to last. However, the ones that last, like Corey and Honora’s, those are worth it.

I loved Life by Committee and Tab and basically, everything about it. And now I cannot wait to read OCD Love Story.

May 13, 2014 - 10:42 am

Jamie - Love this so much!! (sidenote: I loved Life by Committee and I can’t wait to talk about it on the blog! So much good stuff!)

I loved so much about this and feel like I could comment on every single thing talked about but one thing that really, really resonated with me is about how friendships aren’t always forever. It’s hard to reconcile that sometimes. I try to hang out. I think I need to fix what is broken but that really is the truth sometimes. Sometimes friendships really are only meant to be for a certain amount of time — at least in the same capacity. I need to be okay with that. Doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to make friendships work but I also need to be okay with however they evolve.

Sounds like an awesome bff-ship! Thanks for sharing, ladies! xoxo

May 13, 2014 - 9:40 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - LOVE this interview! I completely agree with the comment about Tabitha’s humanity. She’s every girl.

Estelle: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 13, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperTeen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: secret relationships, online communities, friendship Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Tabitha has been pretty lonely since her friends ditched her, citing her looks and […]

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May 11, 2015 - 8:00 am

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu - […] first love, and the desire to take control but feeling powerless to actually obtain it. Like in Life By Committee, the author has spun another suspenseful contemporary — where will all of this messy behavior […]

January 8, 2015 - 11:37 pm

Sha La La Life | Pub Date, Estelle - […] Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu was one of my favorite reads from last year. Why am I pairing it with this coffee stout? Well, Tab, the main character in LBC is the child of two parents who own an adorable coffeehouse in the Vermont mountains called Tea Cozy. Corey made the place seem so real in the book (and delicious) that I would most certainly be hanging out there if it existed. (Damn you, fiction.) So we have the warm, comforting drinks but to fit in with the new year’s resolution portion of this Pub Date… we also have a character who has been ditched by her best friends for reasons she cannot control and finds herself drawn to an online community where she can post her secrets and be forced to act on them. […]

May 17, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Rebecca - I’ve been interested in this author since she first debuted last year and hearing that you loved not only her debut, but her 2nd as well, makes me want to hurry up and read her books. Very curios and hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on her books soon. You’ve sold me even more.

May 13, 2014 - 9:01 am

Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu: Dedicated to Friendship - […] Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review of LBC […]

April 30, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Pretty sure this is on my TBR almost entirely because of you. This sounds really, really great and so genuine and so real. (Was that redundant? I don’t care.) This sounds like such a great book and I’m so glad I read your review because it was already on my radar but not as such a fantastic read! 🙂

April 17, 2014 - 7:25 am

Ellie - I thought this cover looked familiar and then I remembered…I snagged an arc of this at ALAMW! And now you’ve completely convinced me that I need to move this up on my TBR pile. Imperfect characters are my jam.

April 17, 2014 - 12:07 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Oooh, this sounds so interesting!! You make me want to go request this right now!!

April 14, 2014 - 11:32 pm

Alexa S. - I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS! I haven’t read her first book (OCD Love Story), but I want to. And this one sounds even more delightful! And also thoughtful. So looking forward to it!

April 14, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Whoa, your review got me all anxious, too! I do want to read this, though. I still haven’t read OCD Love Story. I think I need to remedy that ASAP.

April 14, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I’ve been excited to read this one for the premise and since I liked OCD Love Story. However, I didn’t realize there was a whole threatening/foreboding part and that makes me less excited. I trust you that it’s well done, but so often I find those types of situations either too stressful or too cheesy. I have this one to review though and I’m still looking forward to reading it!

April 14, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Cassie G - I still haven’t gotten to this one yet, but I hadn’t actually read any reviews for it until yours! So glad to see you liked it. I am definitely adding this further up on my list of to-reads quickly. And I love when characters don’t always make correct decisions and they’re imperfect—we are too!
(And thanks SO MUCH for your lovely comments about my blog! I’m so glad you like it! It means a TON! 🙂 )

April 14, 2014 - 1:35 pm

elena - AGH even reading the synopsis for this book is nerve-wrecking! i can def see how it’s appealing for tabitha (like you said, empowering) but omg there is a fine line between empowering and life-ruining. loved what you said about change. this really sounds like a great book!

Estelle: Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker

Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: December 23, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books (Harper) Pages: 356 Target audience: Young adult, Paranormal Keywords: afterlife, purgatory, young death Format read: ARC borrowed from Jamie! (Thanks!) Summary: A terrible car accident sends Callie to Prism (a purgatory before she can reach heaven), where she is trained […]

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January 16, 2014 - 11:49 am

Rachel - I’m really excited for this one! I actually like books about the afterlife, probably because I’m terrified of death and they comfort me somewhat (even if they’re not true haha). I’m sorry it didn’t totally work for you, though! It’ll be interesting to see what I think of it when I read it

January 16, 2014 - 1:29 am

Lucy - I liked Catastrophic too, though I’m not particularly passionate about afterlife books. Whoa this cover is gorgeous though! I didn’t realize this was part of a series- hmmm.

January 15, 2014 - 8:39 pm

Alexa S. - I wasn’t particularly interested in reading Ashes to Ashes, if I’m being honest. While I did enjoy Unbreak My Heart a lot, I’m a bit wary of books that are a mix of contemporary/paranormal. Still, I’m glad you found something worth investing in when it comes to reading this series and seeing what happens to these characters.

January 15, 2014 - 10:14 am

Liz (Along for the Read) - I am so intrigued by this one, I always find it interesting when contemporary authors go for something different.

January 14, 2014 - 7:14 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I need to get to my 1st Walker book.

January 13, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Samantha @ Reading-AndCoffee - I saw this at the bookstore today and holy gorgeous cover, but the synopsis didn’t quite sell it for me. I think I might trust your borrow it rating.

January 13, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - Yikes. I bought this book because I’m also a huge fan of Melissa’s, but I had some doubts. Like you, Estelle, I’m a contemp reader and this is way out of genre for me. I’m still going to read it, but now I’m scared that I’m not going to like it…

January 13, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have struggle with books set in the Afterlife. I even struggled with The Catastophic History of You and Me, but I might not have been in the right frame of mind when I tried to read it.

But yay for reading outside your comfort zone, right?

Estelle: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith ( twitter | web ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) Pages: 400 Target audience: Mature young adult (drug use, murder) Keywords: music, family, siblings, summer, family secrets Format read: Paperback borrowed from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner. Summary: Kiri is ready to make this […]

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July 5, 2013 - 12:04 am

Review: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith | books, etc. - […] Estelle from Rather be Reading says buy it! […]

May 5, 2013 - 11:34 am

Estelle's Shelve It >> Cinco de Mayo Books, Estelle - […] Magan’s glowing review of Winger by Andrew Smith My EEE I’m so excited review of Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith A review of Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike, which came out this week. Magan’s exciting […]

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review Description: […]

May 3, 2013 - 4:27 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - I think this is the second good review on this book within the last 30 minutes that I read 🙂 And with every more review, I also get more curious. This book sounds really good – I like those deep, thoughtful contemporaries along with the fluffier, funnier ones :)Great review, by the way!

May 2, 2013 - 6:03 am

Lori - I really loved this book. It was so different from what you usually find in a YA contemp. I really can’t wait to read more form Hilary T. Smith.

May 1, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Lisa Schensted - Gah – this one just keeps coming back on my radar and I’m like OH YEAH I NEED TO READ THIS.

I love that the main character doesn’t always make decisions or respect, but the fact that they feel authentic surely makes it ALL worth it.

May 1, 2013 - 10:08 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Ahhhhh!!! So many amazing releases this month! I’m like freaking out with excitement! I’ve heard such great things about Wild Awake and I’ve really been looking forward to it. But I’m still torn as to whether or not I should pre-order it. I feel like Hamlet. Should I? Shouldn’t I? I already pre-ordered The End Games and The 5th Wave. Hmmmm…your review is definitely persuading me to pre-order it. Sorry, I babble. Great review! 😀

May 1, 2013 - 6:59 pm

elena - MUUUURDER? QUE?!?!

this sounds like an intense rollercoaster ride. i am very excited to read it and get sucked in. i really liked this review btw! like the comparison to edgar allan poe made me even more excited for this book and this feels like a different sort of review for the book.

May 1, 2013 - 10:59 am

Alexa Y. - It is incredibly obvious how much you loved this book – and I love that! It makes me so excited to (eventually) get a copy of this one, and devour it. I’m pretty darn sure that I’m going to love Kiri a whole lot, and her story sounds INCREDIBLE (even with all its twistiness). Wonderful review E!

May 1, 2013 - 10:58 am

Rachel - Great review as always! I am so loving this book right now. I think Kiri might be one of my favorite YA characters ever because I get her so much. I kind of feel like I’m reading about teenage me, or at least getting in the mind of who I was as a teenager. Wild Awake is definitely different from anything I’ve ever read, which makes it even better.

May 1, 2013 - 10:27 am

Cassie - I LOVE WHEN YOU LOVE A BOOK. It makes me so much more excited for it! 😀 And I’m hoping this is a story where the MC DOES get to see what she wants for herself, and not others, cuz those are the best!

May 1, 2013 - 10:00 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wait. What in the world. I think I have this as an egalley and I still haven’t read it!?! This is another great review for this book so clearly I must get to it soon!!! I am SUPER interested and I’m glad it’s not your typical contemporary. It sounds like something that that will totally catch my attention! Can’t wait to start reading it!!