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Nantucket Blue Blog Tour: Review, Leila Howland Q+A, Giveaway!

Huge thanks to Jamie from Disney Hyperion and Leila Howland for making today’s post a reality! I’ve been at the edge of my seat wanting to share my review with you, and finally (cue the trumpets and confetti!), today is the day! (It’s also Nantucket Blue‘s release date… even more exciting!) Nantucket Blue by Leila […]

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May 15, 2014 - 9:00 am

Chirp, Chirp: I Stand with Cricket (Nantucket Blue/Red) - […] on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | My review | Gift pack+ NR on Goodreads | Amazon | […]

February 11, 2014 - 9:45 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] →Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland […]

January 28, 2014 - 9:00 am

Stay Warm: Nantucket Blue Themed Gift Pack, Estelle - […] talk about Nantucket Blue. Debut writer Leila Howland blew me away with her tale of a Cricket’s unexpected summer spent […]

December 27, 2013 - 11:26 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland — this book about summer in Nantucket, broken friendships, and surprising […]

July 2, 2013 - 9:01 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fourth of July in Nantucket Blue - […] My review of NB | Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon […]

May 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

YA Review: Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin - […] There are two of them. And they are very cute. (In fact, I like to call this book Nantucket Blue x 2 because we get to see two girls fall in love for the first time in Rules of Summer.) Isobel […]

May 14, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Stephanie @ Love.Life.Read - Nantucket Blue is the best!! I would say my favorite place to visit in the summer would be either: 1) camping somewhere with my family or 2) North Carolina. Happy Reading!

May 14, 2013 - 8:50 pm

Nikki H - Anywhere with a pool!

May 14, 2013 - 8:47 pm

elena - why are you so good at reviews 🙁 i really liked the line about the scenes seeming strategically placed. that sounds v smart. and the interview is wonderful! i loved what she said about the setting because although i have never actually been out to sea, i’ve been curious.

my fav place to summer is ummmmmmm

i guess


May 14, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Jasmine Baggenstos - I don’t really take vacations or anything, so my favorite spot in the summer is here in Seattle. There’s a little park by the waterfront that’s never too crowded. The view is nice and the ocean breeze keeps it cool :]

May 13, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Erin D. - I love visiting water. The ocean is my favorite, but lakes and rivers are fun too. And camping is a must!

May 13, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - Thanks for the opportunity to win this book. It has been on my wish list for a while.
I love going to the lake in the summer. My family vacations at a lake in North Carolina every year and it is extremely relaxing and I always read a lot of books!

May 13, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Molli - My favorite place to go in summer is Florida! This is my second year going with friends.

Thanks for hosting the interview with the author. I’m really looking forward to reading this book, and I liked seeing her process. I think I’m the same way, as far as the more often I write, the more connected I am to my characters.

May 12, 2013 - 8:19 pm

alicia marie - I love going to the beach : )

May 12, 2013 - 5:01 am

Sheri @ Tangled Up In Books - Favorite place to go in the summer? Probably anywhere on the west coast. So pretty 🙂 Great interview 🙂

May 12, 2013 - 2:16 am

Brianna - My grandparents lake house – The beach, family, boating, and the hammock. It’s my favorite place to curl up with a book or especially if I need to get away from all the fast paced thing we call life.

May 12, 2013 - 2:00 am

Wendy - This sounds like the perfect book to start the summer off with!! Loved reading this review!

May 10, 2013 - 10:10 pm

Cyndi M. - Since I live in Southern California, I pretty much enjoy being here during the summer! I can go to the beach, or up to the mountains!!

May 10, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Ellice - This book makes me crave the beach. I live in Mississippi, so the gulf coast is close enough that I visit it often in the summertime… But it never seems often enough! I need to read this one to get in the summer/beach frame of mind 🙂

May 10, 2013 - 3:54 am

Lucía Valencia - The beach!

May 10, 2013 - 1:13 am

eve - adding it to my to read pile

May 9, 2013 - 10:31 am

Natalie - I can’t wait to read this book! I’ve been seeing so many great reviews for it. Also I like how you included the interview! My favourite place to visit in the summer is Myrtle Beach 🙂

May 8, 2013 - 9:45 pm

SarahS @ WondrousReadings (YA) - I love going to Tennessee , my family lives there and I love spending time with them. Great review and thanks for the chance to win this book. (=

May 8, 2013 - 8:49 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed reading Leila’s answers to your questions. I had no idea she would be continuing the story, so that makes me very very happy. I was left with an unfinished feeling, so I’m glad to see there’s more story coming our way. Also, I LOVE the setting of Nantucket. And that description of “swimming in champagne” – though I’ve never been, it still makes total sense to me!

May 8, 2013 - 12:21 am

Lisa @ Lisa Likes Books - I don’t really go anywhere in the summer. I like to go places that are colder when it’s summer, though. I’m TOTALLY a winter person, so a break from the hot would be nice. I like sitting near the ocean or other bodies of water, but I generally don’t like beaches because I hate sand. (Oh man, it gets ALL over the place. Bleck. Hahha.)

May 7, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I loved this and I’m so excited to hear she’s writing a follow up. I hope it has lots of Zack!

May 7, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Shira S - I cannot wait to read this book! I love visiting Ojai, California in the summer.

May 7, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Bee - Love the interview! thanks for posting it! I love to visiting the beach when it’s sunny 😀

May 7, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Sarah - This book sounds like a great summer read! My favorite place to visit is Door County, WI. It is so beautiful and relaxing up there.

May 7, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’ve been looking forward to reading this one ever since I first heard about it, so I’m really happy you enjoyed this one so much! I can’t wait to get my own copy of it. I loved the interview too, it made me want to visit Nantucket even more haha. Great review! 🙂

May 7, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Tammy - The northwest, Oregon & Washington, the temperature is usually cooler than where I live.

May 7, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Sarah O - So excited to read this book. I’ve been obsessed with the cover since I first saw it and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint. When I was a kid we’d go to Shediac, New Brunswick every summer, where my grandparents lived. We’d usually drive over to PEI too and go to the beach. Good summer memories.

May 7, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - My favorite place to visit during the summer is my hometown – San Diego! You can’t beat the weather!

May 7, 2013 - 11:55 am

shokufeh - I’m excited to read this. I love to go anywhere with water in the summer.

May 7, 2013 - 10:42 am

bookrockbetty - I LOOOOVED this book! I feel guilty entering, but hey… I liked it so much I plan on buying a finished copy anyway. 🙂 Definitely an awesome summer read! Great Q&A! 🙂

May 7, 2013 - 10:41 am

Daphne - i am from Louisiana and my fave place to visit, any time of year, is New Orleans. granted, summer isn’t the best time because it’s outrageously hot, but if i can walk around New Orleans in July when I’m 8 mo pregnant, I can do ANYTHING.

I’ve been hearing really great things about this book and i’m excited to read it.

May 7, 2013 - 10:40 am

Alexa Y. - My favorite summer vacation spot is this sandbar that my family has been going to for years in the Philippines. Known only as Carbin Reef, it’s a sandbar that disappears completely when high tide is. I’ve got a lot of family memories attached to the place, and I hope to make many more to come.

May 7, 2013 - 10:33 am

Alexa Y. - I am super excited to read Nantucket Blue! It sounds like the perfect summer read, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of it – possibly today. I like reading about friendships; I think it’s always cool to read a book that focuses on the strange twists and turns that friendships can take.

Also, this interview was fab! I’ve never been to Nantucket, but now I definitely want to go someday.

May 7, 2013 - 9:57 am

Shane @ Itching for Books - Great review. Wonderful interview!

I love the look of everything on your blog 🙂

Estelle: The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: May 27, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: summer, sisters, motorcycles, parents Format read: Paperback ARC from Simon Pulse (Thank you!) Summary: Jude is banking on the restoration of her father’s prized motorcycle to dig […]

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March 31, 2015 - 8:00 am

Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday - […] The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler | Unbreak my Heart by Melissa Walker | Don’t Let Me Go by J.H. Trumble […]

June 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

#scandal by Sarah Ockler (YA Review) - […] I even opened #scandal, my expectations were high because The Book of Broken Hearts is on my ultimate fav books list. Could Ockler do it again? I was hoping […]

February 11, 2014 - 9:49 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon - […] → The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler […]

December 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] by Corey Ann Haydu Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler Winger by Andrew […]

May 19, 2013 - 4:05 am

Book Birthdays: May 19th - 25th | Alice Marvels - […] Rather Be Reading “This is truly a testament to Ockler’s writing and how much her craft has grown since her ea… […]

May 14, 2013 - 12:00 am

Top 10 Tuesday: The Hard Stuff (in Books) - […] associated with this subject really rock me to the core. Two recent examples in my reading are The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler and Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsay Leavitt; they are completely different books filled with […]

May 4, 2013 - 11:38 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I haven’t read anything by Ockler yet, and I don’t think I’d be dying to grab this one based on the cover. But I love your excitement – and that you read it twice – so I definitely think I’ll be keeping an eye out for it at my library! I’ve been buying way too many books lately, so I can’t follow your “Buy It” instructions but I definitely want to read it now!

May 3, 2013 - 6:02 am

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

April 24, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Rachel - I obviously trust your word when it comes to all things contemporary so I am incredibly pleased that you liked this book so much. We all know I adored Bittersweet, so I couldn’t be more excited to read this one. And it has boys. I like boys.

April 24, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Alexa Y. - Your review of this book is SO compelling and SO you in tone. I LOVE IT. I also really, really want to read this book! It sounds phenomenal, and a bit sad, and a bit happy and a bit of everything in between those two things. I love books about families, as you know, so that’s a point of interest. And of course, the romance that should not be BUT can’t be helped is also a drawing point. Can’t wait to check this out!

April 24, 2013 - 6:17 am

Lori - Oh! I loved this one so much! I was really surprised by how layered it was. It had all the elements I love. I was sad to see it end too.

April 23, 2013 - 8:51 pm


April 23, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I’m excited for this one but I have to admit, I was really disappointed with the ending of Bittersweet. I was LOVING the book and then … the letdown. I’m hoping this brings me back on board.

April 23, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - This is the second really positive review I’ve come across today for this book. I have it as an egalley, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’ve never read a book by Ockler (seriously, there must be something wrong with me!) but now I’m really excited to read this one.

Thanks for the review!

April 22, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Dana - Can I be honest and say that I didn’t even read your whole review before I added this to my TBR list? Sounds like something that I would enjoy. Will favorite your post so I can read it again after I read the book for myself. 😉

April 22, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I’m so glad you loved this, Estelle! After reading Bittersweet by Ockler a few weeks ago and seriously adoring it, I’m really eager to try more of her writing. It’s fantastic to hear that this is just as amazing as Bittersweet was!

April 22, 2013 - 4:14 pm

Annie - I have been anxiously waiting for this to come out so I can read it! It sounds so good, seriously! I can’t believe I still haven’t read a book by Sarah Ockler yet – she sounds exactly like what I look for in an author! So happy you liked this – sure I won’t be disappointed!

April 22, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Cynthia - oooo this sounds amazing!!! I loved Twenty Boy Summer but I haven’t read anything by Ockler since, even though I own Fixing Delilah and Bittersweet. I should really read those since I already have them, but now I want to read this one so bad!!! Ack!! Great review Estelle! =)

April 22, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Natalie - This book sounds really good! I haven’t read anything by Sarah Ockler before, but I really want to! Perhaps on my next book haul I’ll pick up something of hers. I’ve heard really great things about Twenty Boy Summer, so maybe I’ll get that one! Also, I’m excited for this book because I haven’t read one lately that has caused me to have SO MANY FEELS!!! and I think that this book will definitely do that for me 🙂

April 22, 2013 - 10:36 am

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am actually reading Twenty Boy Summer right now, I tried to read it about a year ago and couldn’t get into it, but I am loving it now (I don’t know what was wrong with year-ago me).

Great review, I am really looking forward to reading this. Thanks!

April 22, 2013 - 10:13 am

Kelly - Had I not just read Twenty Boy Summer (and loved it), I would have passed over this book without a second glance. But seeing Sarah’s name on the cover gave me pause, and reading your review makes me want to run out and pick up a copy, like yesterday. I really don’t think I love anything more than a great family dynamic in my contemporaries, so to see that Ockler makes family and bonding and tragedy the core of this is giving my goosebumps – the good kind!

April 22, 2013 - 10:08 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I think you & Anna are trying to kill me with your reviews today, lol. Seriously though, I can NOT wait to read this one! There are so many things you described that really grab me when it comes to what I like to read. I have a feeling I’ll be relating a lot to this one.. particularly with the sick parent, and being the youngest of sisters. I am going to buy this the day it comes out!

April 22, 2013 - 10:02 am

Tara - YES YES YES this is going to be my next read!!

April 22, 2013 - 9:26 am

Bookworm1858 - Looks like another winner from Ockler-so excited to dive into this book. Hey, have you thought about a bookish manicure for this cover?

Estelle: Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy ( web | tweet ) Publisher: Simon Pulse Publication Date: May 7, 2013 Pages: 288 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: dependent relationships, crime, secrets Format read: ARC via Edelweiss from Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: The morning after what was supposed to be the best date of her life, Nikki watches […]

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December 27, 2013 - 11:22 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones How to Love by Katie Cotugno Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy Openly Straight by Bill Konisberg Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando OCD […]

May 21, 2013 - 12:01 am

Blog Tour: A Poem about CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy, Estelle - […] about a month ago I shared my review of CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy with you. Since starting Rather Be Reading, Terra has become one of my go-to authors, and I was so […]

May 17, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Anything for Love: Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy | wrapped up in books - […] Estelle at Rather be Reading: “Criminal is such a tight, well-written story yet still leaves a lot of room for discussion. I really appreciated the leaps that McVoy took with her writing this go-around; this story about power, lust, and love never felt over-dramatized or black and white.” […]

May 12, 2013 - 6:16 am

Sapir - You have definitely convined me to read this book!! I am currently looking for a unique YA book and this one totally sounds like one.
I am really glad to hear that the romance was realistic and not over-dramatic, because from the synopsis I thought differently at first.
Great review and thanks for sharing!!

Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

May 9, 2013 - 12:02 am

Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy + Giveaway - HOBBITSIES - […] Bookworms Ren’s Rambles Rather Be Reading Bunbury in the […]

May 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

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

April 17, 2013 - 11:49 am

Tara - I need to read this book immediately. I have so much respect for the author and even though this book is pretty different from her others, it sounds like she mastered the darkness and created a superb story.

April 17, 2013 - 5:12 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - *Add to-read list* *Check release date* *Tap foot impatiently* The subject matter — WHOA.

April 16, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Elizabeth - I can’t wait to start this book. Once you said you had to hide it in another room so you wouldn’t be tempted to read all night, I knew it was my kind of book! Thanks so much for posting!

April 16, 2013 - 4:03 pm

Alexa Y. - I cannot tell you how intrigued I am by this book. I haven’t read any of her other books, but I’m surprisingly attracted to this one the most, only because it sounds pretty suspenseful. While I’m sure I’d want to shake some sense into Nikki as I read, I’m also curious to see how her character grows and develops in this one. Great review E!

April 16, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I CANNOT WAIT to read this one. I CANNOT WAIT. I am such a fan of this author and the fact that you say “Criminal was one of those books I had to hide in another room so I wouldn’t be tempted to keep picking it up way way past my bedtime.” makes me want to start it TODAY. Perhaps I will. Gah this sounds amazing and discussable which is my recipe for awesome. Great, great thoughts Estelle. Wow.

April 16, 2013 - 10:23 am

Kelly - Ooh I love these kind of books! The ones that aren’t black and white, that leave you thinking well into the night, that you just have to talk to someone about in order to try and make some sort of sense out it all! Here’s hoping that I’m as conflicted about how I feel about Nikki’s blind adoration and seemingly weakness as you were!

April 16, 2013 - 10:02 am

Lisa Schensted - This sounds like the kind of book that I would totally need to read in a sitting.

I like that it sounds as if Nikki grows and develops, but still makes some decisions that leave you WTFFFFF at her – which sounds so authentic and real and relatable.

I hadn’t heard of this one before! Thanks for sharing the review on a book that certainly is different from the others that are out there!

April 16, 2013 - 9:19 am

Cassie - This sounds so good its not even funny. & RIGHT up my alley.

Estelle: The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: Gallery Books Pages: 304 pages Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: bullying, suicide, friendships Format read: ARC from NetGalley via Publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: When Angie’s best friend commits suicide, she launches into a full-on investigation to find out who […]

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May 3, 2013 - 6:01 am

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

April 16, 2013 - 6:12 am

Lori - We are like twins when it comes to this book! I really loved the diverse characters and I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be so dark as well. Fabulous review, Estelle!

April 10, 2013 - 9:23 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve been waiting for your review of this ever since your twitter comments about attempting to review it. It does sound dark, more so than I would have thought, but it really is true that you never truly know anyone, even ppl close to you.

April 9, 2013 - 8:16 pm

elena - Hmm! This one sounds interesting but it doesn’t really sound like a book I would enjoy? I remember already feeling uncomf from the title! I like that you described the setting as “too film noir” though, adding film noir makes me intrigued even though I know that’s not really the book’s purpose. I think?

April 8, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Bookworm1858 - Glad to know that this is so dark and twisted-I’m glad I was warned as I tend to like lighter books but can handle darker stuff when I know in advance.

April 8, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Chelsea Pitcher - Thanks so much for reading and reviewing my book!

April 8, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Kelly - I’ve got this one from NetGalley, and it’s next after my current read. I figured it would be dark, but I’m really glad to hear it’s so twisted! I’ll have to keep in mind that it starts off slow though, and that I will get the answers I want.

April 8, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Rachel - I’ve been putting this one off until I read a review for it and woah. I did not think it was going to be that dark. I mean, I assumed it was going to be a bit of heavier reading, but not quite to this extent. I think the concept sounds really amazing, though. It’s totally something I’d be into.

April 8, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for a while, but I didn’t realise just how dark it would actually be. I’ll definitely only be able to read this one if I’m in the mood to. I’m interested to read all the interwoven plot lines too, especially as they seem to be pulled off really well.

April 8, 2013 - 11:22 am

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - Wow, this sounds like an intense and emotional read. I’m intrigued at the idea that there are so many interweaving storylines and how it shows that you really don’t know the people you grew up with as well as you think you do.

April 8, 2013 - 10:13 am

Alexa Y. - Whoa. This book sounds incredibly intense and a bit dark. It reminds me of the book “I Swear” by Lane Davis, which has a similar vibe and subject matter. I’m actually afraid/nervous about this one now just because of your review – I get the feeling it’s going to make me sad and very uncomfortable if I read it.

April 8, 2013 - 10:05 am

Tara - I immediately scrolled to the bottom of your review in the hopes that you labeled it “Buy It.” I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while now and while I’ll still give it a go, I’m bummed to hear it didn’t quite work out for you 🙁