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Disneylanders by Kate Abbott | Estelle Reviews

Disneylanders by Kate Abbott ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 12, 2013 Publisher: Orchard Hill Pages: 242 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Disneyland, starting high school, growing up, romance Format read: Paperback provided by author. (Thank you!) Summary: Casey is on her annual trip to Disneyland with her parents the summer before high school. This year […]

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January 28, 2015 - 4:55 pm

Emma @ Miss Print - This sounds adorable. My only reservation about reading it is that I might be miserable about not being able to go to Disney World immediately! For some reason reading your review also reminded me of Don’t Expect Magic and Unbreak My Heart–two other fun, younger YA reads.

January 26, 2015 - 10:49 pm

Alexa S. - I was so grateful when you gifted me a copy of Disneylanders, because it was such a great read! I thought it was charming and delightful, and infused with the magic of Disney – which is the best. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

January 26, 2015 - 6:28 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - It sounds like there is a lot to relate to in this book. Being 14 is so tough! I should definitely read this book. I love little Disney facts.

Estelle: Five Summers by Una LaMarche

Five Summers by Una LaMarche ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 16, 2013 Publisher: Razorbill Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer camp, friend reunion, old crushes, secrets Format read: ARC paperback lent to me by Lena from Addicted 2 Novels. (Thanks!) Summary: It’s been three years since four best friends have […]

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August 25, 2014 - 9:01 am

Like No Other by Una LaMarche (YA Book Review) - […] Add to Goodreads | Buy on B&N | Buy on Amazon | Review of Five Summers […]

August 11, 2013 - 10:47 am

Alexa Y. - Well. I’m a sucker for stories about friendship, so I’m inclined to pick this one up! I do love that it’s set at summer camp. And I love that it tells the story of how their friendship started and where it is now. This DEFINITELY sounds like a book I would probably enjoy!

August 5, 2013 - 9:55 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ok, I’m stopping before going past the first paragraph to say 1) I’ve never read Summer Sisters (don’t hit me) and 2) I started Traveling Pants today!!! #winning (yes, a hashtag) Okay, this sounds so fun. I like this idea of the love triangle – judge me if you want to – so I just put this one on hold for me at the library. Also, how cute is that cover??? I love it.

August 5, 2013 - 7:44 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Im a sucker too. Indian Summer has long made me want to experience the summer camp thing. Sigh. I think I’m a tad old. Summer Camp for 40 year olds would just be sad. Well I guess summer conferences with field trips to 6th Str is all ill have. Kind of sad.

August 3, 2013 - 8:55 am

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - I have a strong feeling that I’m going to enjoy this one since I like friendship stories so much. I hated summer camp and made it my mission in life to try to get out of it when I was growing up, but that could have something do with how sucky the one is in my hometown. Still, I like summer camp stories where I can sort of rewrite those horrible memories with the characters’.

The relationship with Adam is going to cause me a serious anxiety attack, isn’t it? All those mixed feelings of anger and regret is going to drive me bananas especially when I think I know what you’re trying to say about that bit. I’m going to be so righteously angry on her behalf, I just know it. I’ve bumped this one up to my tbr for this week and I hope I enjoy it!

August 2, 2013 - 1:35 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I really love the fact that this novel seems to focus on the friendship between the four girls as opposed to romance. I’ve always found stories about summer camp fascinating, likely because I never went to one myself growing up (I suspect the novelty might wear off rather quickly) I will say that I often struggle with novels in which there is more than one protagonist, as like your experience with Emma and Skylar, I always tend to favour one or two characters and resent the time when I have to read about someone else instead. I think I’ll follow your advice and borrow this one instead of buying it outright as I love the concept but am not sure how much I’ll actually enjoy this one 🙂

August 1, 2013 - 7:17 pm

Bookworm1858 - I loved the friendship here but got a little tired of the boy drama. I just wanted Skylar to fess up and reconnect with Emma and ditch Adam.

August 1, 2013 - 9:52 am

Cynthia - I had high hopes for this one, it sounds like a really great contemp but I don’t like it when it has several characters and they all sort of sound like the same voice just different circumstances. I might still give it a chance though, since you ended up liking it anyways. Great review Estelle! =)

August 1, 2013 - 9:15 am

Hazel Ureta - I need to read this one! I have a weakness for good stories about friends, really. And stories about camp too. I never went to camp and honestly I feel like I missed out a lot because of that so I guess that’s why I read books about it instead.

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fourth of July in Nantucket Blue

There’s only one time I’ve spent Fourth of July somewhere other than home or at the park, watching the fireworks on a blanket. It was a few weeks after I got engaged, we were on a short vacation with my now husband’s parents, and we built a fire on the beach and watched the fireworks […]

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July 4, 2013 - 1:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fourth of July Romance | Fiction Folio - […] shared excerpts from Endless Summer and Second Chance Summer Estelle featured a scene from Nantucket Blue Magan shared a first date scene from Fifteenth […]

July 3, 2013 - 8:00 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Fourth of July First Date - […] Read Estelle’s Excerpt from Nantucket Blue […]

July 2, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Tara - Girl, you had me at stolen champagne 🙂

July 2, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Emma @ Hopeful Happiness - I completely agree with you about the fourth of July. I think it’s the fireworks that make it so romantic! I loved that scene in NB and I love when they make it to their destination. That little old lady had some oomph! haha

I’m beyond excited that there will be a second book! I for one have not had enough of Cricket’s adventures!

July 2, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved this scene! It’s really cute, and it’s the kind of Fourth of July I would like to have myself 🙂

July 2, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - BUTTERFLIES.
I love that scene. And this book. YAYYYY

July 2, 2013 - 11:22 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really liked this scene in NB 🙂 gosh I loved the setting for this story so, so much. She did a phenomenal job of placing you inside the story — I mean, I’ve never even been to Nantucket, yet I felt like I could picture it all so well.

Your 4th of July spent on the beach with a bonfire while fireworks went off in the distance sounds DIVINE. I think the 4th can be romantic, too 🙂 I mean HELLO! look at the books we chose, hehe.

July 2, 2013 - 11:08 am

Hazel - I still haven’t read Nantucket Blue but I really want to. I’m still debating whether to stick to an ebook or get an actual copy. Would the latter be worth it? 🙂

July 2, 2013 - 10:05 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, see this post makes this book sound really great PLUS I love the cover. I think I messed myself up because I read a couple of reviews of it early on in which the readers didn’t like the book for reasons I can’t even remember. But you mention beach read, forbidden romance – these things I LOVE. So doggone it, I want to read it now. Thanks, E!

July 2, 2013 - 9:14 am

Bookworm1858 - There’s going to be a second book? I don’t usually like sequels to contemporaries but if this will help mend the relationship between Cricket and Jude, I would be very happy!

Estelle: Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller

Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 5/28/2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: country music, children, cowboys Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Casey is a well-known country music artist who has traveled all over the world, and Walker continues the […]

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September 5, 2013 - 9:00 am

Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller (Romance Review) - […] Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller  ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: 384 Target audience: Adult Keywords: life changes, ranch, romance, baggage Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other book I reviewed by Linda Lael Miller: Big Sky Summer […]

June 3, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Alexa Y. - This basically sounds like the perfect romance novel to read during the summer. I mean, come on COWBOYS. It doesn’t get much more attractive than that 😉

May 31, 2013 - 8:32 am

Daphne - i read the first book in this series & loved it & actually have the others but haven’t gotten to them yet. this looks really cute, though i’m kind of confused why they have TWO kids together and they’re still not trying to make it work. one i can understand. but anyway, i will definitely get to this one eventually. 🙂

May 30, 2013 - 2:40 pm

Molli - Well, it just so happens that I LOVE both country music AND cowboys. It’s been awhile since I read many adult contemporary romances, but I’m definitely looking to get back into reading a few more. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one, or another one by the author, since you seemed to enjoy it, and loved the dialogue. Nice review, Estelle!

May 30, 2013 - 10:08 am

Natalie @ Books, etc. - I soooo want to read this! It’s about cowboys and country music, TWO OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS!!!! Great review, Estelle 🙂

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Estelle: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To by Katie McGarry ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Pages: 462 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family secrets, baseball, new school, romance Format read: Paperback ARC from Harlequin Teen (Thanks!) Summary: Ryan and Beth couldn’t be anymore different. While Ryan is maintaining focus on the […]

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June 4, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Magan: Take Me On by Katie McGarry, Magan - […] Me On by Katie McGarry (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Pushing the Limits // Dare You To // Crash Into You Publication Date: May 27, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin TEEN Pages: 544 Target […]

August 13, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Sweet Summertime Reads: The Yearbook, Magan - […] Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdoch: Goodreads | Amazon Dare You To by Katie McGarry: Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

June 3, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Kelly - I’ve been putting this one off because a) 400+ pages?! and b) I just don’t know how it can live up to PtL. BUT you are one of several bloggers who have promised me that this story is better, so I think I’m just going to have to put on my big girl panties and get this read!

May 31, 2013 - 1:49 pm

tabithasbookblog - I finished this one in one sitting as well! it was so good, and I loved Ryan and Beth’s chemistry! This one was better than the first, and I can’t wait to see how the next book plays out. (:

May 30, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Estelle! I loved Pushing the Limits more than Dare You To. I still loved this book, but PtL was just, I don’t know. Love love love for me.

Haha, yes Ryan is always telling us he doesn’t lose, which didn’t get a little frustrating. But I still loved this book. Katie McGarry writes my kind of books 🙂

May 30, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Bookworm1858 - I definitely agree that this book is better than PTL-I loved Beth and Ryan’s stories and he brought the swoon hard for me.

May 29, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Molli - Glad you liked this one, Estelle! I didn’t, but I really do want to maybe snag it from the library to give it another try at some point. I loved PTL SO much that it seems wrong I didn’t love DYT. Maybe if I read it again, I’ll be more into it. 🙂

May 29, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Alexa Y. - Oh, your review is PERFECTION. It explains perfectly how I felt about Ryan and Beth and Ryan-and-Beth. It’s such a good book! I’m still swooning thinking about Ryan. Just saying.

May 29, 2013 - 12:45 am

Suzy Soule - Sounds like a must read to me–can I skip book one, do you think?

May 28, 2013 - 3:35 pm

Rachel - Well, now I have to read this book. There’s something about your review that makes it sound so addicting. I know I tried it earlier and couldn’t get into it, but I don’t think I was in the right mindset at the time.

May 28, 2013 - 9:35 am

Cassie - This is up next for me and I must read it before Rules of Summer comes to my Kindle! SUPER EXCITED since I know how much you loved it 😀

Estelle: Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols

Levitating Las Vegas by Jennifer Echols ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 6, 2013 Publisher: Pocket Books / Simon + Schuster Pages: 300 Target audience: Adult / mature young adult Keywords: paranormal, Vegas, mind reading, levitation, conspiracy Format read: ARC via Edelweiss from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: For the past 7 years, Holly and […]

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September 16, 2013 - 12:01 am

Levitating Las Vegas | Jennifer Echols | DNF Review - […] Clear Eyes, Full Shelves – “largely failed to to deliver.” Katie’s Book Blog – “The writing was mediocre at best” Rather Be Reading – “the plot felt a bit discombobulated” […]

May 14, 2013 - 6:35 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - I’m not a huge fan of paranormal romance myself, but I do appreciate a good work of speculative fiction. Perhaps Jennifer Echols was just a bit out of her element here? I mean, it sounds like what she does best in her contemporary novels (the romance) is where you found this novel to really shine. I haven’t read anything by her myself, but, after reading your review, I think I’ll definitely look instead to trying one of her contemporaries instead.

May 13, 2013 - 11:14 am

Tara - Sigh. You know my thoughts on this one. I really wish I could have finished it but am looking forward to Dirty Little Secret and everything else she writes.

May 9, 2013 - 10:37 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - When I read the description of this book I just think “why are there so many things happening?” I love Jennifer Echols SO MUCH, but her adult stuff just doesn’t work for me. I did read an egalley of Dirty Little Secret and it’s pretty much everything I love all at once. I practically died from happiness the entire time.

May 9, 2013 - 5:36 pm

elena - Aw, I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you! I know it’s a bummer when you don’t like a fav author’s book. The dialogue sounds like it would be annoying. It’s jarring when characters seemingly don’t act their age and huh over a character always wearing bathing suit tops. Thanks for your honest review!

May 9, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Daphne - i was kinda iffy with the description, but held out hope because it’s JE, but I think I will skip it. There are better JE books out there that I haven’t read yet, so I’ll just read those instead.

May 9, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Allison (Allure of Books) - yeah, I’ve been hesitant about picking this one up. The plot sounds a little too bizarre for me! I am a Jennifer Echols fan though, so I’m sure I’ll pick it up eventually. At least I’ll have fairly low expectations going in!

May 9, 2013 - 3:30 pm

April Books & Wine - This makes me sooooo sad. Boo. BOOOOOO.

I am really looking forward to this one, but oh well, at least Dirty Little Secret was great and I still have Such A Rush and Going Too Far and Major Crush to look forward to.

Sigh.

I think I need to read this soon, so that way I don’t review it during Jennifer Echols week if it’s not great.

May 9, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Alexa Y. - It makes me a bit sad to hear that this book seems to have missed the mark! I’m a JE newbie, as you know, but I’ve enjoyed the two books I’ve read by her (both young adult). I’m always wary of paranormal these days, so I think I’ll pass on this one for now. Sad it didn’t end up being as good as you’d hoped!

May 9, 2013 - 10:16 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ohhh that’s a bummer. I was really curious by the concept of this one… Sadly just not what I was hoping it would be, apparently!