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Estelle: All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin

All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: October 9, 2012 Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Pages: 240 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: siblings, re-marriage, insecurity Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Sister relationships are never easy, but ever since their mother’s remarriage to a wealthy […]

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November 20, 2012 - 12:08 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books We're Thankful For - […] 1. All You Never Wanted: A review copy that set me on a rampage to read any Adele Griffin I could get my hands on. This book is about sisters, lies, and secrets when a family is torn apart by their new money and pressure to fit in. I fail to come up with the right words to classify Adele’s writing but it’s crisp and to the point. But not impersonal. Her stories are complex, kind of dark, and full of hidden treasures. (My review.) […]

October 28, 2012 - 8:03 pm

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (10/28/2012) - […] + Review: Dante’s Girl by Courtney Cole + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Estelle + Dear Teen Me: A Letter From Magan + Review: Better than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts + Helping Books of Wonder in NYC  + Review: All You Never Wanted by Adele Griffin […]

October 26, 2012 - 10:49 am

Kelly - It seems totally justifiable that a family could be at odds without even knowing it, nostalgic about the way things used to be but ignoring the reality of their current situation.

THIS! Yes! Pretty much perfectly sums up this book.

And like you, I’d love to give this another go, just to see what I missed the first time around!

Oh, and thanks so much for mentioning my review Estelle!

October 25, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Estelle - April, so jealous you got a signed copy! I’m hoping Adele will be in NYC sometimes soon! Backstabby is a good word. Very good.

October 25, 2012 - 12:46 pm

Estelle - Kristen, thanks so much for your comment (as always)! I definitely think you should give it a shot too + look into Adele’s other books. I haven’t been disappointed yet!

October 25, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Estelle - Alexa, this is probably unlike any sister book you have encountered. (At least I think so.) The dynamics are so interesting. I do hope you pick this up.

October 23, 2012 - 7:21 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - This cover is such a stand out..it looks like nothing out there right now, and reading what the story is about makes it so dang intriguing!! I hadn’t planned on reading this one, but I’m totally adding it to my wishlist after your review, Estelle. 🙂

October 23, 2012 - 5:44 pm

elena - Dark and twisty, ooh! This book sounds so intriguing and one I need to keep in mind if I want a darker, compelling read. Fantastic review, E! <3

October 23, 2012 - 12:53 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I definitely have a soft spot for books about sibling relationships, especially sisters. I’ve had my ups and downs with my own sisters, and there are definitely things I wish I had or was capable of that they are. I’d definitely be interested in learning more about Thea + Alex and seeing how things work out for them in this novel.

October 22, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Kristen Evey - The synopsis on Goodreads makes it seem like I wouldn’t like it, but your review makes me want to give it a shot. It sounds very… complicated, but intriguing. Great review, Estelle. 🙂

October 22, 2012 - 11:51 am

April Books & Wine - I’m glad to see All You Never Wanted is excellent, because I purchased a copy at full price from a signing and this sounds SO good.I feel like I didn’t waste my money haha.

ALSO. I love complex backstabby stories and dysfunction so I’m on tenterhooks to read this!

October 22, 2012 - 9:18 am

Lori - I’ve been really curious about this book, but now I must read it! I have a sister so I always find sister books fascinating and easy to relate to.

Estelle: Death & the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Death & the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones Book 1 of Darklight series (trilogy) Publication Date: October 2, 2012 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: paranormal, missing parents, high school, forbidden love Format read: ARC from Netgalley (Thanks!) Summary: It’s coming upon the 10th anniversary since Lorelei’s parents vanished […]

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October 21, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan + Estelle Shelve It (10/21/2012) - […] A review of Death & the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones […]

October 18, 2012 - 8:13 pm

elena - aw, i’m sorry this book didn’t work for you (i would definitely be annoyed by the juvenile aspects) but i think this is a fair & honest review! i’m not the biiiiggest paranormal fan so i doubt this would change it.

October 18, 2012 - 7:11 am

Lori - I haven’t heard much about this one, but I think I’m going to do just what your ratings says and skip it. I don’t read paranormal much either. It has to be from an author that I already love or something that has spectacular reviews already.

Great review, Estelle!

October 18, 2012 - 12:32 am

Kristen Evey - Once again, a fabulous review. I actually haven’t heard of this one yet, but judging just by the premise I probably wouldn’t have read it. It takes something REALLY special to get me to read paranormal nowadays (or a rave review by someone I trust). Sad when books are not all you thought they would be, but you’re right, we can’t like every book we read unfortunately.

October 17, 2012 - 7:55 pm

VeganYANerds - I wasn’t going to request this and then a couple of positive reviews changed my mind but I’ve been hesitant to read it and now I have some good reasons why thanks to your review, hun! This does sound a little disappointing, and I have an issue with really young characters with the odd older character thrown in who sounds like a guy from a romance novel – it’s odd!

Great review, Estell!

October 17, 2012 - 11:45 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really like how you expressed your thoughts on this book. The premise sounds quite mysterious, but I do appreciate the warning about the information being clumped together and the story itself not being too… intriguing is the best word I can think of.

October 17, 2012 - 10:44 am

Estelle - Thanks G! It means a lot that you said so.

October 17, 2012 - 10:23 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I think you did a good job of explaining what didn’t work for you in this book. The summary for this one does sound intriguing and something I would pick up, but after reading your review I may wait on it.

Estelle: Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: October 2, 2012 Publisher: Walker Children’s Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, popularity, secrets, superstitions Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: For a person who is always prepared and fighting to excel in just about everything, Mia is […]

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October 18, 2012 - 8:00 pm

elena - looking for little signs from the universe is my LIFE but i don’t know how accurate it actually is. i’m sorry this didn’t quite make the emotional impact you wanted but great review! <3

October 15, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The fact that Mia looks for signs everywhere was the thing that drew me towards this book – I love doing that on occasion, or trying to reinterpret things in my life as “signs”. And it did sound like such a great story! I’ll probably still read it, but at least I’m going in forewarned about the lack of breakthrough in Mia’s journey.

October 14, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Tara - Sigh… you know how I feel about this one (as it’s the same way you feel). I had high, high hopes for this book and sadly, it just fell short. I think a few tweaks in the major story lines could have made the book great, but they just didn’t happen.

October 14, 2012 - 5:22 am

VeganYANerds - This one sounds interesting, I definitely want to read it but I know I will probably have mixed feelings, too!

October 13, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Kristen Evey - Hmm… this may or may not be one that I’ll read. I’m drawn to the cover (I have this thing for dandelions), but judging from what you’ve said about it I’m just not sure if it’s the book for me. I totally agree with you. I don’t care if the characters are similar to me, but I want to see them learn and change and grow throughout the story. The fact that she is looking for little signs from the universe intrigues me though. Maybe I’ll pick it up if I see it at the library. Great review Estelle!

October 13, 2012 - 6:04 am

Lori - Yes, yes, yes to everything you said! I’m so happy to see that I’m not the only one that felt this way. I just didn’t like Mia much and I loathed her friends. I really wanted to see her come to some great realization about her life, but alas.

October 12, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Estelle - I’m glad that you had some of the same feelings as I did. I felt like I was beating myself up over how and why this didn’t work for me. There were some little details I really liked (like the beach at the winter scene and the almost end) but… you make some really great points about how we lean on men for their “protection”. It’s a genius idea that I didn’t even start to think about. Maybe Mia almost felt more trust for men because the relationship with her mom was so shakey? It’s possible. Hmm…

October 12, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Estelle - I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts. It’s a shame because I think some tweaks structurally could have made this book very moving… and it just wasn’t there.

October 12, 2012 - 9:21 pm

April Books & Wine - I liked The Probability Of Miracles, so I think I’d dig Send Me A Sign.

I’m sorry Mia didn’t do it for you and that the breakthroughs kind of weren’t there. Alas.

October 12, 2012 - 11:05 am

Jamie - I just finished this one and felt pretty similarly! Like I really enjoyed it but I was so frustrated with some of her decisions and I SO wanted her to also have a girl friend to lean on during this time. Putting everything in the hands of one person (especially when it’s a guy) is not a good idea. I mean I could kind of identify…when my mom was sick it was so much easier for me to let a guy be the one I went to. You kind of feel safe with them..like they can protect you..even though clearly they could have done nothing about the cancer growing in my mom’s brain. SO on one hand, I could identify but I really was hoping she would open up to somebody! AND I agree with you..I loved that little parts with some of the nurses. I just felt so SAD for her that she wouldn’t tell people and had to really go it alone.

Great review! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who had thought I’d be emotionally somewhere else with this novel but didn’t end up there.