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Estelle: If You Were Mine by Bella Andre

If You Were Mine by Bella Andre ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Pages: Target audience: Adult/romance fans Keywords: animals, big families, family secrets, unlikely friendships Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other books by Bella Andre: I Only Have Eyes for You | Kissing Under the […]

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November 24, 2013 - 11:51 am

Shelve It: A Pepper Photobomb (Plus Books), Estelle - […] review of IF YOU WERE MINE by Bella […]

November 19, 2013 - 9:00 pm

Alexa Y. - I just LOVE that the dog is named Cuddles! It makes me think of an adorable puppy (even though she’s described as a terror). But yes, this romance sounds really good, especially because it starts off with both parties thinking that there’s nothing else but friends with benefits to it! Glad you enjoyed it.

Estelle: Fault Line by Christa Desir

Fault Line by Christa Desir ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: SimonPulse Pages: 240 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: sexual assault, relationships, reactions Format read: ARC paperback from TLA. (Magan picked this one out for me.) Summary: Ben can’t believe his luck with Ani. She’s gorgeous, she’s sweet, she’s […]

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October 6, 2014 - 9:01 am

Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir (YA Book Review) - […] Add BLEED LIKE ME to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N | Review of Fault Line […]

December 9, 2013 - 7:02 am

Review: Fault Line by Christa Desir | wrapped up in books - […] Estelle at Rather Be Reading: “Fault Line is so tightly written, and feels important without getting preachy. Ben and Ani’s stories could have happened to any one of us or the people we know, and I think that’s why the reading experience was so painful. These horrific things are happening, and people are truly feeling and reacting in these ways in real time. I know it’s not easy to read a book filled with so much sadness, but something has to be said for Desir’s supreme writing style and character development because Ben and Ani have not left me since I closed Fault Line.” […]

November 10, 2013 - 6:45 pm

Shelve It: Upcoming Nook/Kindle Reads - […] for If I Lie by Corrine Jackson | Fault Line by Christa Desir | The Secret Ingredient by Stewart […]

November 7, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - You know what I think of this one and I pretty much agree with everything you’ve said. But mostly I agree with how freaking brilliant Christa Desir is. The way she tackled such a difficult subject was amazing and yeah, I’m dying to read what she comes up with next.

November 7, 2013 - 11:03 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - I am SO glad I had you to talk to while I was reading this book! It’s definitely something you need to emote about while reading.
I felt so incredibly bad for Ani and it was so hard to see how her own opinion of herself changed after the “event” (which was HORRIFYING).
I think everything hit me so much harder too because I know Christa Desir is actively involved with things like this and she’s very vocal about speaking up if something like this has happened to you so I just kept thinking of all of the people this actually HAS happened to and it made me so sad. Also brought an epic amount of reality to the story and it was shocking and heartbreaking.
Wonderful review — Such a tough read, very emotional and definitely riveting.

November 6, 2013 - 8:44 pm

Rachel - I was sooooo nervous about reading your review because I respect your opinion a ton, so I’m so glad you liked this one. I have it out from the library right now and while I’m not going to read it for a little bit (I just finished a book dealing with rape and I need some time to think), but I can’t wait to read it! I’m a little nervous about the intensity, but I don’t think that’ll be too much of a problem. Also, I’m so glad to hear it’s not preachy. That always annoys me.

November 6, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - GREAT review! Your words definitely capture what the novel is about without spoiling it. I’m so grateful I wasn’t eating anything when I read about what happened to Ani…or during any of the book. Poor Ani. Poor Ben.

I definitely can’t wait for Desir’s next book.

November 6, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Alexa Y. - I remember seeing you tweet and update as you read this book, and it made me insanely curious. Your review makes it sound intense and real, and I sincerely want to check this one out now.

November 6, 2013 - 11:58 am

Lisa Schensted - This sounds raw and honest and super well done. I’ll definitely need to read this when I’m in the right emotional state for it!

Estelle: The Vow by Jessica Martinez

The Vow by Jessica Martinez ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 15, 2013 Publisher: Simon Pulse Pages: 432 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: immigration, best friends, family Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: When Mo’s father loses his job, he decides the best decision is to move the family back […]

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October 9, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez - […] Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez (website | twitter) See Also Virtuosity and The Vow by Jessica Martinez Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Pages: 432 […]

December 27, 2013 - 9:01 am

Estelle's End of the Year Survey (So Long 2013), Estelle - […] and Annie in The Vow by Jessica Martinez; they were willing to do so much for each […]

November 10, 2013 - 8:59 pm

Racquel - I’ve also read Virtuosity and loved it but this seems super different and I really super respect Martinez so I can’t wait to read it.

November 8, 2013 - 7:33 am

The Vow by Jessica Martinez - HOBBITSIES - […] Rather Be Reading Reading is the Thing Ashley Loves Books […]

November 4, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Alexa Y. - My sister and I just saw this book in the bookstore the other day and we both wanted to read it. It makes me SO happy to see that you enjoyed it so much! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and indulge in it, and hopefully enjoy it as much as you did.

November 4, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great review! I really liked this one and I absolutely love Jessica Martinez’s writing. But (always a but) I struggled with how alive and dynamic Annie’s chapters felt compared with how stagnant Mo’s chapters were. And I get why they were like that, but I just kept wishing I could hear more about Annie.

November 3, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Shelve It: Double the V-Logs - […] A review of The Vow by Jessica Martinez A Big Kids’ Table Featuring YA Authors Suggesting Adult Reads A Beginner’s Guidebook to Austin via Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker A review of Reality Boy by A.S. King A review of Playing Dirty by Jennifer Echols […]

November 3, 2013 - 9:35 am

Bookworm1858 - I’m glad you mentioned how each chapter leads into the next; when I realized that was happening, I was so enchanted. It’s just a nice touch to see. I really shook my head at their naivety though because it seems like such a crazy idea!

November 1, 2013 - 5:14 pm

alice-jane - It’s really nice that that book worked out so nicely! The premise of it is different and unusual but it’s nice that it focuses on friendship, rather than romance. It’ll definitely be checking this book out of the library soon!

November 1, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Summer - I read this one a week or so ago and really enjoyed it, too. Their friendship really was so deep and necessary in their lives that I almost was on board with the craziness of marrying so youg, but at the same time I didn’t want anything messing with Annie and Reed. There was most definitely a lump in my throat at the end.

November 1, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Judith - Oooh, I am intrigued. The concept sounds kind of insane, but I’m glad it was worked out so well. I love stories about friendship, sometimes even more than romantic ones, so the fact that this friendship is so great makes me even more eager to pick this book up myself. I hadn’t heard of this one, but I’m glad you liked it – and I think I will too.

November 1, 2013 - 9:08 am

Daphne - this sounds fantastic! this is what i love about blogging, i stumble upon a book that i may never have even known about and now i NEED to read this book. great review.

Estelle: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality Boy by A.S. King ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: reality TV, anger management, family dynamics Format read: ARC paperback from TLA. Summary: A small part of Gerald’s childhood was documented on Network Nanny, and 12 years later, he […]

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March 2, 2014 - 10:23 am

Nailed It: Hollywood Edition - […] Reality Boy by A.S. King Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Estelle’s Review […]

November 10, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - The short chapters definitely kept me flipping the pages and Gerald’s voice is fantastic. His story is so heartbreaking and it’s made all the more heartbreaking by the fact that there are real kids who are forced on reality TV shows without their consent.

As always, great review!

November 4, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m glad this book made such an impression on you! I’m a bit of a reality show junkie, so the premise of this one is pretty interesting to me. It would be very fascinating to see the author’s take on what it’s like for one of the kids who was on a reality show as a child to grow up and try to move on from that reputation he’s been accosted with. I’ve never read an A.S. King book yet, but this definitely sounds good!

November 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Judith - I always get angry at reality shows like this. Sure, they are enjoyable from time to time, but I hate when there are kids that didn’t sign up to be on TV. In a way, that can be seen as some form of child abuse. In fact, I feel the same way about parents who put every picture of their child on Facebook. The kid didn’t ask for it, that’s for sure. It’s a weird thing, really. I don’t like it. Just because of this reason, I am interested to see how I will feel about this book. I might just get all ragey like the MC though, haha.

October 30, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Bookworm1858 - I love how this looks at our contemporary entertainment landscape and its effect on families-I didn’t love my first King book (Please Ignore Vera Dietz) but I think I might like this one more and I hope to try it.

October 30, 2013 - 10:25 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I completely agree with EVERYTHING, Estelle! This was my first King as well and I’m definitely going to read her others. I wasn’t sure what I expected when I sat down to read this, but it STILL has an impact on me (I read in back in April-ish for a book tour). Half a year later and I’m still haunted by this book? Bravo, King!

Seriously, the happiest moments in this book were the most heartbreaking.

& I think this is one of the first times where the cover model looked EXACTLY how I pictured the character. That boy IS Gerald.

October 29, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I remember seeing this cover and thinking the book definitely wasn’t for me, then I finally read the description and was intrigued, and after everything you said I really want to read it.

This is the third book I’ve heard about recently that deals with children who were on reality TV shows as kids. I read You Look Different in Real Life (which was about a documentary, but same idea) earlier this year and didn’t like it, but I’m excited to read Something Real which comes out next year.

October 29, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Allison L - I’ve heard good things about A.S. King’s books but have yet to actually read one myself. Reality Boy sounds like it has alot of promise based on your review. I also feel like I need to read more books that have male points of view. Definitely adding this one to my TBR list! 🙂

October 29, 2013 - 10:54 am

alice-jane - I’m glad to hear that Reality Boy didn’t disappoint! I requested it but I haven’t gotten to it yet. A.S King is a great writer who writes about difficult topics and I loved Ask the Passengers.

October 29, 2013 - 9:49 am

BookChic - Great review! I love A.S. King’s books (I think I’ve only read two though- need to get caught up!) and so glad you had a great experience with this one. I’m hoping to get my copy soon (A.S. is sending me one) and cannot wait to dive in!

Blog Tour: How to Love by Katie Cotugno

Welcome to the How to Love blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms blog tours / Mundie Girls Tours! ♥ How to Love by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 10/1/2013 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Pages: 389 Target audience: Young adult/Adult Keywords: teen pregnancy, family friends, romance, friendship Format read: ARC from Rachel. […]

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April 19, 2015 - 8:00 am

99 Days by Katie Cotugno | Review & Giveaway, Estelle - […] 99 Days by Katie Cotugno ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 4/21/15 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray Pages: 384 | Target audience: young adult Keywords: mothers/daughters, summer before college, bullying, romance Format read: ARC provided by Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Previously: a review of How to Love […]

December 27, 2013 - 9:01 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 […]

November 12, 2013 - 8:01 am

On a Personal Note: Reflecting on Foster Care - […] recently stayed up entirely too late finishing How to Love by Katie Cotugno. Estelle mailed it to me and on a highlighter pink post-it note, said it had to be my next read. […]

October 4, 2013 - 2:36 am

michelle - fantastic review estelle! i so agree with you about being annoyed with some of the things sawyer and reena did or how they reacted but i still loved the book to bits anyway. i love reena and sawyer for their imperfections. i didn’t really talk about saywer and reena’s relationship in my review because i didn’t feel as strongly about their story as oppose to reena’s relationship her father and her growth but i completely agree with your comments about them.

October 3, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - YAY! I love seeing people who connected with this one as much as I did. This story sucked me in as well! I started it in June or something when I was unpacking BEA books and flipping through them, and I read the first 2 pages and was completely hooked. I couldn’t stop reading. The prose is gorgeous, but this book reminded me of the messiness of first love. I like how you talk about still caring about these characters and their story even at the lowest points. YES! I agree. I wanted to scream at Reena and Sawyer at times, and tell her to stay away from him! But I was there too and I also hoped so much for them to be able to work it out. I love that they don’t fix each other, but they find a powerful connection despite all of the hurt and grasp on to that despite everything. Lovely review!

October 3, 2013 - 6:42 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Sounds like a must experience.

October 2, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Ellice - Oh gosh, this books sounds SO GOOD. You have completely sold me… Now I’m sitting here trying to decide if I’m patient enough to wait until tomorrow or if I should go ahead and buy it for my Kindle 😉
I LOVE those kind of books that you just can’t put down (even though it almost always results in an epic book hangover! haha). The cover for this one is pretty too. It’s simple, but the blue definitely catches your eye!

October 2, 2013 - 9:54 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - I wanted to wait until after I had written and posted my review to read yours. And you really captured why I loved the book and how good the author’s writing was. It’s been a few days and I still find myself thinking about Reena and Sawyer a bit (and Life Unexpected too haha).

October 1, 2013 - 10:34 pm

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books - I loved HTL so much. It’s one of my new favorites. I love the characters, the plot, and the writing style. I so wanted to hate Sawyer at first, but then I realized — wait, Reena isn’t perfect, and it’s so subtle. I’m glad that you loved it to 🙂 As soon as I read it, I flipped it over and just started reading again.

Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books

October 1, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Meg - Well, I’m certainly convinced! It’s been so long since I fell helplessly in love with a story, and I think I’m long overdue. This sounds like a real winner!

October 1, 2013 - 2:15 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I completely ignored this book for a while, but lately I’m only hearing good things about it from people whose opinions I trust and you all are making me rethink my personal ban on pregnancy books (I read a bunch all close together a while ago and kind of overdid it).

October 1, 2013 - 11:52 am

Tirta @ I Prefer Reading - Been seeing lots of positive reviews about How to Love 😀
Need to get my hands on the book soon!