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Book Report: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Hey there, friends! So it kind of seemed like our joint reviews/book reports fell by the wayside, huh? We took a hiatus from them for a little while, but we’re excited to be reviving this feature because we just miss talking about books together. There’s just something delightful and wonderful and exhilarating about reading the […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:59 pm

Alexa S. - Ladies, it makes my heart so happy that you’re reviewing together again on RBR! It’s been much too long. And every single thing you’ve said about Isla? I’m pretty much in agreement with it all. I personally will miss Steph’s book because she not only crafts delightful, swoony romances, but she also brings to life characters that are real and flawed and wonderful to be around. And she manages to include family and friends and other things too!

October 8, 2014 - 8:01 am

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL […]

September 27, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - Loved reading all your thoughts! I wish I could hear Stephanie Perkins speak in person, because she sounds like such a sweetheart and so genuine and insightful. I can definitely see how this book was an extension of her feelings at the time while writing. It’s amazing all that she went through and was able to give us a beautiful book.
Isla is definitely my favorite of the series – I enjoyed the progression of their relationship, and I like that they get together almost immediately. That happens much more often than YA books would have us believe. 😛

September 23, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Meg - Love this! And so glad Isla was a winner for you both. I’m eagerly anticipating my own reading of this one . . . I loved Anna and felt strongly positive about Lola, so I was hoping the series would end on a high note.

September 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Brianna - What a fun way to review a book. I wish I had a book BFF.

Travel Tales: Where We Come From

Once upon a few weeks ago, we were pretty psyched to write a post about books set in the places we are from. You might already know that Magan hails in Austin, Texas and Estelle floats around New York (living in Long Island and commuting to NYC for work every day). Unfortunately, not all plans […]

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August 26, 2012 - 12:02 am

Magan: Shelve It -- August 26, 2012 - […] a guest post by sam from realm of fiction the aussies know how to write (australian books to read) alexa: dreams of traveling (book locales) novel sounds: soundtracking your reading adventures alexa: alaska […]

August 20, 2012 - 12:04 am

Novel Sounds - […] Be Reading: Guest post from Pam Mingle, author of Kissing Shakespeare. Also with a giveaway! Settings from home destinations. Fantastic settings in […]

August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult […]

August 17, 2012 - 6:54 am

VeganYANerds - It’s a shame when there aren’t too many YA books set in your home town or state but I bet there are some out there, hopefully some bloggers will let you know!

August 17, 2012 - 2:23 am

Kristen - Can I just say that I LOVE that you included ‘From the Mixed-Up Files’? One of the best. books. ever! 😀 Lovely post, ladies.

August 16, 2012 - 12:09 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - One of the reasons I adore living in New York City is because I’m finally living in the place where lots of books I loved are set. It’s amazing, this place, filled with lots of energy, eclectic crowds and just so many things to do. It’s always fun to read books set in NYC!

But Austin, I have yet to read a book set there. In fact, I have yet to visit. Which I believe ought to be remedied and soon!

August 16, 2012 - 10:04 am

Tara - I cannot help but feel giddy every time I read a book set in Chicago or Michigan. I about fell out of my chair reading An Abundance of Katherines because part of it took place IN MY HOOD. *queue major squealing* I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on for books set in Austin… I’ll let you know if I find any 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 10:00 am

Jaime - I stumbled upon your blog via a mention on Twitter, and thought I’d pop in and mention a book I read recently that was set in Austin. It’s called Austentatious and features a little bit of Austen in Austin and a Scottish love interest. It’s an adult book, and it was pretty decent. Just thought I’d mention it. 🙂

August 16, 2012 - 9:55 am

elena - my first visit to NYC wasn’t that great so I was pretty ambivalent towards it for awhile. then I visited it again last year with friends and it was SO AMAZING. now all I want to do is go back!! I absolutely love that there’s always something to do there. I’d love to live there, especially while I’m still young.

surprisingly, I’ve read one book with Orlando as its hometown (Paper Towns by John Green) and since John Green is from Indiana, I am pretty sure he’s written at least one book with it as its setting? yes/no/maybe? I know Meg Cabot definitely have cos that’s how I heard of John Mellencamp!

love this post, ladies!! <3

August 16, 2012 - 9:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I feel like I’ve read books set in Texas that referenced Austin (maybe the character visited there) but the whole story didn’t necessarily take place there. I need to think on this…

As for NYC: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares come to mind. David Levithan loves NYC 😉

Estelle: Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers

Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers (Twitter) Publication Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Pages: 240 Target Audience: Mature Young Adult Format read: Paperback from ALA! (Thanks!) Summary: Maria is ready to start fresh in New York City, living with her estranged mom and going to a new school. She’s not exactly sure what […]

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June 18, 2012 - 12:37 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - It’s set in New York City and it taps into music for the main story – yup, this book definitely sounds like something I’d want to read!

May 4, 2012 - 9:41 pm

Shelve It: Books Bought, Borrowed, etc. - […] 4/24 book release: a review of Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers. Magan gives you the dirt on TLA (the good kind) + provides some tips for those hoping to attend […]

May 1, 2012 - 12:00 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Books that Should be Movies - […] Supergirl Mixtapes by Meagan Brothers (My review): I think we all know I have a mad love affair with NYC and I live here. Basically. I just finished […]

April 29, 2012 - 8:49 pm

VeganYANerds - I really like the sound of this, though I do agree that some lists of the songs on the tapes would have been a great edition! Also, I too was one of those kids who recorded music off the tv onto my cassette recorder! <3

April 27, 2012 - 10:04 pm

Estelle - E, maybe they were in the final copy? I would be interested to check it out. I kept thinking of you as I read this. You should definitely pick up both. As for God Shaped Hole, that has a huge musical influence too just not as much as How to Kill. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think. Thanks for the comment as always!

April 27, 2012 - 9:50 pm

elena - I’m kind of surprised that the lists for the mixtapes weren’t in the book, it seems to be such an easy and obvious thing! You’ve got me so curious about this book, Estelle. I’m definitely going to try to read How To Kill A Rockstar, that sounds really promising! Music in books is always super interesting to me, ha.

April 27, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Jenny - So glad I wasn’t the only one taping music videos w my boom box by the speaker of my tv! Another great review as always, Estelle!

April 27, 2012 - 9:21 am

Estelle - Eva, sorry to disappoint! I know… the cover/title are sort of tricky things aren’t they? As a fan of Tiffanie’s work, I definitely think you should give it a try tho! 🙂

April 27, 2012 - 9:18 am

Estelle - April, it does the same to me. I think I was warned in advance though when I glanced through a few other reviews. Perhaps it helps to be prepared? I think you should give it a try. It has an edgier feel than other YAs.

April 27, 2012 - 9:09 am

April Books & Wine - I won’t lie, usually the unknown drives me NUTS. So I am not sure how I would feel about Super Girl Mix Tapes, because, on the other hand I LOVE NYC and complex relationships and the 1990s. Hmmmm.

Quite a book conundrum here.

April 27, 2012 - 8:55 am

Eva, The Book Stoner - Aw man, I was expecting “light and fun.” But since it reminded you of How to Kill a Rock Star, I’m still in! 🙂 Thanks for the very helpful review.

Estelle: Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

Other Words for Love by Lorriane Zago Rosenthal Publication Date: January 11, 2011 Pages: 368 Target Audience: Young Adult Format read: Paperback Why I bought it: The cover, and the title. Summary: Set in the 1980s in and around New York City, Ari is a girl under a lot of pressure. Her mom wants her […]

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December 5, 2014 - 10:11 am

Independently Wealthy by Lorraine Z. Rosenthal | Blog Tour - […] has made a good habit of writing about strong, complicated women from the little sister in Queens (Other Words for Love) to this southern belle granted a fairy tale life with a few inconsistencies. The struggle to be […]

August 6, 2013 - 12:02 am

Blog Tour: New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal (+ Q&A) - […] New Money by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 10, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 336 Target audience: Adult/mature YA Keywords: moving to NYC, family secrets/drama, money Format read: ARC provided by Publisher. (Thank you!) Other books I’ve reviewed by LZR: Other Words for Love […]

November 14, 2012 - 10:55 am

Review: Other Words for Love | Giraffe Days - […] “The writing style is stellar, the plotlines are beyond believable and effective, and you will not be able to put it down or stop thinking about it when you reach the final page. It’s just one of those rare books that stays with you.” Rather Be Reading […]

June 5, 2012 - 10:20 am

In My Mailbox (10) and Our 100th Post! - […] reviewed Other Words for Love by Lorriane Zago […]

March 7, 2012 - 11:58 pm

Jasmine Rose - This sounds like it’d be a good thing to insert between a few dystopians or paranormals. It sounds real and refreshing. Great review :]

March 7, 2012 - 7:43 pm

Estelle - Sam, so glad you are adding OWFL to your list. So so so worth it! You’ll have to check in when you get to it so I can hear your thoughts! 🙂

March 7, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Sam @ Realm of Fiction - Wow, amazing review! I hadn’t heard of this book before but it definitely sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for putting it on my radar! 🙂