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This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan | Magan’s Mini Review

This Christmas by Katlyn Duncan [twitter | website] Previously reviewed on RBR: This Summer Publication Date: November 18, 2014 Publisher: Carina UK Pages: ebook novella Target Audience: Mature Young Adult / New Adult Keywords: Christmas in the woods, Format Read: ARC from Publisher (Thank you!) Summary: After their first semester together in New York, Hadley and Will need some time together to reconnect. […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:58 pm

Alexa S. - Ah, novellas. I don’t normally read them, but I do make exceptions! I haven’t read This Summer yet, but I’m intrigued by This Christmas. It’s always interesting for me to read about a couple facing REAL struggles, and that’s what this sounds like!

December 11, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Brianna - I’m not a huge fan of novellas, but it seems like so many of the Christmas stories are. I wonder why that is?

December 10, 2014 - 11:20 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I do like novellas, especially around Christmas time (no idea why that is), but they can be tricky to pull off, I think. I’m glad you enjoyed this.

December 10, 2014 - 9:47 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I love novellas for that same reason! And they help me catch up on my GR challenge goal. 😀 This sounds really cute and I may just have to buy it. Thanks, Magan!

Estelle: Make It Right by Megan Erickson

Make It Right by Megan Erickson ( web | tweet | facebook ) Part of the Bowler University series but can be read as standalones. Publication Date: September 8, 2014 Publisher: William Morrow Impulse Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult/new adult Keywords: college, forgiveness, post-graduation plans, trust Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: After mistakes he […]

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January 12, 2015 - 9:00 am

Make It Last by Megan Erickson | Estelle Reviews, Estelle - […] Make It Last by Megan Erickson ( web | tweet | facebook ) Part of Bowler University new adult series. Published January 6, 2015 from William Morrow Impulse Pages: 384 Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Last reviewed: Make It Right […]

October 8, 2014 - 10:40 pm

Alexa S. - I really enjoyed Make It Right! I’m a sucker for a good redemption story, and Erickson did a great job with Max. I liked getting to know him a little bit better, and understanding what makes him the way he is! Plus, his efforts to change and grow? Solid. I also really liked Lea! Plus, their romance just made me very, very happy 🙂

September 19, 2014 - 9:19 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Great review! I just read both books back to back and was very happy with how light and fun they were. Not too much angst or pain-filled baggage. I agree – Max’s journey was very realistic and we get a great understanding of why he behaved so badly in the first book.
Very excited for Cam’s book!

September 12, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - This sounds really good! I like that the baggage is relatable! When characters have baggage that just starts to be over the top and way too much, it totally bugs me. I’m definitely going to have to check out this series!

September 12, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I recently read Make It Right. I thought it was cute. I haven’t read Make It Count, so I didn’t know Max from that. But I got the feeling he was a total jerk. I actually really like when authors take total jerks and make them into heroes, although that isn’t always easily done.

Have you read Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas? That’s a historical romance and whoa does Kleypas create a total jerk and then redeem him.

September 12, 2014 - 11:50 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - This is the second review I’ve seen for this book and they’ve both been positive! It sounds like something I’d like. I read yesterday that this one is kind of like a second chance story, and I always tend to like those. ALSO I like it when there is a character that I’m not too sure about but he/she ends up winning me over in the end – in the past that character has sometimes been my favorite of the series. This sounds fun, E!

#lonelyheartsclub: a review in tweets

The Lonely Hearts Club, a new NA novel from Brenda Janowitz, really kicks into gear when the main character, Jo, blogs about how love is a total sham. Her boyfriend has just broken up with her after she’s loaned him money and let him live in her dad’s loft for free. (Truth: she’s living there for […]

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June 1, 2014 - 5:16 am

Judith - I already told you this, but I really love this format! It’s so unique and fun. Besides the fact that the concept sounds really great, I love that this book has realistic family dynamics. Also, a NA that does NOT just focus on sex? WANT! I really, really want to read this book now. Lovely review, E! (Don’t drink and blog is a great tip, haha.)

May 20, 2014 - 1:44 pm

CeCe - I loved the format of this post! Sounds like there is a lot of good stuff going on in this book.

May 19, 2014 - 11:56 am

Alexa S. - What a great way to review this book, E! All the things you pointed out in each “tweet” are really straight to point (as it should be since we only have 140 characters), and they all captured my interest right away. Excellent job!

May 19, 2014 - 5:40 am

Holly - This is such a fun and unique way to review a book! Love it! 🙂

May 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Oh Hello + Books, Estelle - […] The Lonely Hearts Club by Brenda Janowitz (my first review in tweets) Estelle writes about Cricket from Nantucket Blue + Nantucket Red Magan reviews Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson Befriended with Corey Ann Haydu + her BFF (plus friendship in YA) Estelle reviews Broken Hearts, Fences… by Katie Finn […]

May 17, 2014 - 8:24 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Considering me wanting to buy it.

May 16, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Lucy - Love your tweetastic review. This premise sounds so fun- thanks for putting it on my radar! Music + NYC + family + love + blogging = sold! Drunk blogging on the other hand I try to avoid 🙂

Why in 5: Unraveled by Jen Frederick

Unraveled by Jen Frederick ( web | tweet) Part of Woodlands series; read out of order. Publication Date: January 18, 2014 Publisher: Pear Tree LLC Pages: 280 Target audience: New Adult Keywords: military, life decisions, young widow, risks Format read: ARC provided by PR. (Thanks!) Summary: Gray is on leave from the Marines as he […]

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May 4, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - This sound f’ing amazing!!!!! I’m buying this immediately. No joke.

May 3, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Alexa S. - Well, Unraveled definitely sounds like it could be fun to read! I love it when there’s great chemistry between the two characters involved in the main romance – and steamy chemistry at that 😉

May 2, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - I don’t know what it is about Marines but they have always been my weakness. I’ve wanted to read this series before but somehow never got to it. This definitely sounds like something I’d like!! I’m assuming these can be read out of order but I think I have the first one so may start off with that!

Estelle: True by Erin McCarthy

True by Erin McCarthy ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: 5/7/2013 Publisher: Penguin Intermix Pages: 238 Target audience: New adult (mature young adult) Keywords: virginity, family problems, college You should know: Sexual situations, drug use are involved. Format read: eBook provided by publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Rory has never had an easy time […]

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July 7, 2013 - 3:15 pm

A Pair of New Adult Reviews: A Terrible Love by Marata Eros and True by Erin McCarthy | wrapped up in books - […] You can also find a review of True by Erin McCarthy at YA Asylum and from Estelle at Rather be Reading. […]

May 16, 2013 - 7:56 am

Review: True by Erin McCarthy | Smexy Books - […] Reviews: Book Savvy Babe – 3.5/5 Rather be Reading – ‘skip it’ Dear Author – B Romance Around the Corner – 2/5 […]

May 8, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Andrea @Cozy Up With A Good Read - I do find that New Adult has more of a focus on sex, I’ve seen this one around a lot and haven’t really taken much of an interest. And by the sounds of it I’m kind of glad, I hate books where the character has friends that are like these girls. I don’t know anyone who would actually do something like that, if they were truly her friends they would respect her decision. Things like that really anger me. Thanks for the honest review!

May 7, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Erm, yeah. That whole concept makes me super uncomfortable. Just like we shouldn’t shame girls for having romantic partners, neither should we shame them for being virgins. It’s not that hard to just be respectful, really. That concept is so problematic. It’s great that the chemistry between the characters was good, though—makes the story a bit more tolerable, at least. Hmm.

May 7, 2013 - 9:16 am

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - What the fuck did I just read? Her best friends PAID some guy to rape her? Is this real life? No. Just no. In Losing It, I got her best friend’s desire to help Bliss lose her virginity, but paying some dude to rape her? That’s not even close to the same thing. Ew. I am so enraged and I haven’t even read the damn book.

May 7, 2013 - 5:30 am

VeganYANerds - I am already over all this New Adult, they all seem to have the same plot – bad boy, nice girl, sexual assault that is not dealt with, and too much drama.

The plot of this one reminds me of Pushing the Limits which I strongly disliked, so I know I will be skipping this.

Also, the friends sound awful!

May 6, 2013 - 5:15 pm

Savannah - I haven’t heard many nice things about this book… I’ll go ahead and use your rating as the closed door on that possibility for reading material. 🙂

May 6, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Alexa Y. - I don’t think I have to elaborate on how I feel about this book. What you saw on Thursday was probably telling enough. (Seriously, though. Those references in the first chapter KILLED me.)

May 6, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Eek, I just don’t like that whole concept of the book. I agree with you — Is being a virgin really that bad? Why do her friends feel the need to meddle? That’s not cool. And paying him to sleep with her? Isn’t that some form of prostitution? Yikes. Yeah, I think I will pass on this one! Doesn’t sound like my type of book.

May 6, 2013 - 10:31 am

daphne - i am a big fan of Erin McCarthy’s adult books, but i’m very wary of any New Adult books because they generally feature some kind of sexual assult, from what i understand and I want to be entertained and rape doesn’t entertain me. but i do have this from netgalley and intend to read it, but i’ll try to keep an open mind.

May 6, 2013 - 10:18 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I’m so interested in this one even though it sounds like it may be part of the NA trend that is overshadowing the rest of the good NA stuff. I hate that it didn’t work out for you but it just makes me want to push things aside so I can check it out for myself. I swear, there are great NA books out there! Don’t give up on the genre altogether – that doggone hype and buzz about the same cookie-cutter books (that I don’t always mind when done *well*) are just making it hard for people to see the other stuff that doesn’t fit that mold.

An example: Fight or Flight by Jamie Canosa – I’m covering this one on the blog in a few days. Issues-driven contemp, no blushing involved. Great contemp. Love your honest thoughts, as always.