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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.

Blog Tour: A Poem about CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy

Thanks to Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit for organizing such a fantastic blog tour! Hello there, friends! Just 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 excited to see her […]

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May 29, 2013 - 11:43 am

Alexa Y. - I love your poem! Once again, you’ve managed to awe me with your creativity. I’m definitely planning on reading Criminal, because it sounds freaking BRILLIANT.

May 23, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Kelly - I haven’t done one of these types of poems since high school, but they’re so effective! I can picture myself thinking of your highlights (great character development, emotional, intense, fast-paced) when I run across Criminal in store! Haha

May 22, 2013 - 2:04 pm

DannyBookworm - I loved Criminal… even though that might be the wrong word to use.. Criminal was intense and sad, but it stayed with me for a very long time!
Love your Acrostic!

May 21, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Love it! Poetry is amazing and this made me so happy! 😀

May 21, 2013 - 9:52 pm

elena - LOVE your poem! esp the shades of gray line/the gray actually being gray. 🙂 and what a last line! so good.

May 21, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - hee I enjoyed reading your acrostic poem, Estelle! I’ve heard such good things about McVoy, but I felt like Being Friends with Boys wasn’t quite my type of book. It sounds like I’ll have far more luck with Criminal, so I definitely will have to make some time to read it!

May 21, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Tara - <3<3<3 your poem! You're so freaking creative 🙂

May 21, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - So creative, I love this! And thanks for the reminder, I wanted to read this but totally forgot about it. I just requested it from the library 🙂

May 21, 2013 - 11:48 am

Molly @ wrapped up in books - This is such a cute way to summarize and explain why the book is so fabulous!

Estelle: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: April 30, 2013 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: friendships, tech, mobile world, contests, computers Format read: ARC from Edelweiss via Publisher. Summary: It’s been three years since Audrey lost her dad and her life changed. Her […]

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January 13, 2015 - 8:00 am

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October 30, 2013 - 12:05 am

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April 29, 2013 - 6:07 am

Lori - I thought this was a fluffy book as well. I’m happy to hear it’s more than that! It sounds really fun.

April 28, 2013 - 5:52 am

VeganYANerds - This is the most positive review of this book that I’ve read! Most say the ending is unrealistic and it was putting me off reading it but yours has set me straight. I really like the sound of Audrey, she sounds like a clever, geeky girl!

April 26, 2013 - 10:31 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Estelle, to be honest, when I first saw this book, I totally thought that it was going to be that fluffy high school book. So it’s a bit surprising that there’s so much depth in this book! The whole thing about building apps sounds really cool, and since I find this kind of stuff interesting, I think I’d enjoy this book. Plus, Audrey really sounds fantastic! She sounds like a MC I’d totally be able to fall in love with.

I’ll have to get my hands on a copy of this book now, Estelle! It seems like something I can’t miss. Fantastic review! <3

April 25, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Kimmy - Yay, I’m looking forward to this book even more!

April 25, 2013 - 4:19 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - As soon as I heard about the Boyfriend App I was so excited, so I’m glad it’s so great! It’s awesome that the MC has such great friends and that she’s a proper computer nerd. I can’t wait to read this one!

April 25, 2013 - 4:07 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - I have to be honest with you. Up until now, I had seen this book around but never really read the synopsis. But your review definitely has me intrigued! I love how tech savvy Audrey is and I think she would be a favorite character of mine! Great review! I’ll have to check this out.

April 25, 2013 - 1:38 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m glad that this book worked out for you! It sounds pretty cute, and I’m definitely interested in reading it. I think Audrey is a character I can definitely fall in love with, and I look forward to reading it!

April 25, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Rachel - This book sounds so me. I need an app like that. But, I also love how tech savvy the MC is because that stuff is basically my life. I kind of REALLY want to know what the plot twist is because I’ve seen some people say that they hated it and it totally derailed the book, while others liked it. Ugh. WANT.

April 25, 2013 - 10:45 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ohhh I’m so glad to read your review of this! For some reason I was really iffy about it. You have renewed my hope! 🙂 It sounds super cute, and I love all the geeky/technical terms!

April 25, 2013 - 9:24 am

Bookworm1858 - I didn’t end up liking this one as much as you did because the characters didn’t much pop. I did really love Lindsay though especially because she has a blog!

Estelle: 15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins

15 Days Without a Head by Dave Cousins ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: May 8, 2013 Publisher: Flux Pages: 312 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: alcoholism, siblings, family secrets Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Laurence is forced to keep up appearances for his 6-year old brother, Jay, and any […]

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May 3, 2013 - 11:25 am

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

April 11, 2013 - 9:20 pm

Bookworm1858 - Reading about this story, I’m glad to know that there are moments of hope that keep the book from being too dark and overwhelming. Looking forward to checking this one out for myself!

April 11, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Savannah - Wow! I’ve never heard of this book before, either. You seem really passionate about the book, and it’s definitely a unique plotline: the only thing that comes to mind in comparison, is the relationship between brothers in S.E.Hinton’s The Outsiders, and even that was an entirely different situation. Maybe I’ll have to put it on my “To-Read” list…

April 11, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Alexa Y. - This is a book I had NO idea about before I read your review. And I must say – you make a pretty convincing case for why I should read it. I do love that it’s about siblings, first of all, and it’s always been a particular favorite situation of mine to see the older sibling loving and caring for the younger one (even if they’re in a crappy situation like this one). I’m intrigued!