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For Real by Alison Cherry | Review & Chat

For Real by Alison Cherry ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 9, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte / Random House Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: revenge, reality TV, sister relationships Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: Two sisters embark on a reality show adventure but with different objectives: one wants revenge on […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:57 pm

Alexa S. - Totally think the sister aspect of For Real is really interesting! Like you, reading about Claire and how she felt about Miranda or in relation to Miranda made me wonder if my sisters have ever felt that way about me. Other than that, For Real was a totally fun read!

December 9, 2014 - 4:03 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Great review and I loved hearing from the author, too! Especially her answer to the last question. For Real sounds great and after reading another positive review, I definitely think I’ll be giving it a go. Also, love the idea of Review & Chat 🙂

December 8, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Sandy S. - I just read it too and I really enjoyed it. The book was so fun!

December 8, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Rosie - I’m intrigued by this, it sounds really interesting and like it might be a bit of a tear-jerker if you have a sister too. Last year I read Red by Alison Cherry and and it was good but I wasn’t happy with the ending.

Estelle: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 8, 2014 Publisher: Random House / Delacorte Press Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: semi-dystopian, time travel, romance, secret mission Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley Summary: Prenna has traveled to the present from the future. Due to […]

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April 27, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I actually kept thinking of My Name is Memory while I was reading this one, too! Now I want to re-read it. I couldn’t tell if I was thinking of it because the books were actually similar or if it was just because they both had time travel elements. I think you ended up liking this one a little more than I did, but I can definitely agree on everything feeling a bit thin. I enjoyed several aspects of the story, but I need MORE to really fall in love.

April 18, 2014 - 1:32 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I think I’ll check this one out from the library after reading your review. I love Ann Brashares’ writing and the world building sounds amazing, but that’s disappointing that the story itself isn’t ore fleshed-out.

April 12, 2014 - 10:06 am

Kelly - This was my first Brashares novel, and while I enjoyed it, I don’t think I connected with it for the same reasons you did. I didn’t find the prose overly memorable, if anything I felt it was a bit too sparse, and her characters were pretty cardboard. But I loved the time travel elements and felt compelled to keep reading to figure out all the details! I totally agree that it needed to be longer to flesh everything out more – I might have felt Prenna and Ethan’s relationship was stronger if it had been given more time to develop, instead of relying on their shared history that I had very little access to. It also might have made the ending feel more like an ending, and less like a beginning.

April 11, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Alexa S. - I’m still very much looking forward to reading THE HERE AND NOW. I do like Ann Brashares’ writing, and I really am curious to see how she tackles this new YA story! I’ve been hearing very mixed things, but overall, they do lean towards the positive, which is nice!

April 9, 2014 - 10:33 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’ve never read anything by Brashares (despite owning a couple of the Traveling Pants books). I’m in the middle of reading this one and while it’s good – seriously, fantastic writing – I’m just bored. I’m feeling as though I’m missing something and keep wondering if I’ve skipped a chapter or two. I’m interested in seeing where the plot is going but I have a feeling it will be a very forgettable book for me.

April 8, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Interesting! Glad to see your thoughts on this one because I’ve just been struggling to pick it up. I have an ARC but every time I tried to start, I was just afraid of being disappointed. It sounds like it could use a little more but definitely enjoyable!

April 8, 2014 - 11:30 am

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This one frustrated me so much, because, like you, Estelle, I was waiting for a new Ann Brashare novel. I can’t believe how disappointed I was in it – I think you liked it better than I did, maybe because you connected with the characters more? They fell totally flat for me – I just couldn’t get into them.

I did love the writing, and yeah, there were moments of tenderness, but man, the thinness of the story combined with my lack of connection made it a very disappointing read. I’ll still pick up whatever she writes, but honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever be as happy with her work as I was with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants…

April 7, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - Though I’m a fan of the Sisterhood books, I haven’t read any of Brashares’ other novels. I get the impression that they’ve disappointed readers, and many of the reviews for this one have been so/so. I think I’ll probably pass on it, but I’m glad you got so invested that you wanted more. Thank you for your review!

April 7, 2014 - 11:55 am

Meg - As a longtime fan of Brashares, I’m a little embarrassed to admit I had no idea she had a new work out! This sounds like an intriguing concept, but I always get a little annoyed and skeptical when the world-building in these futuristic stories leaves so very much to the imagination. I’m sure I’ll still give this one a whirl, though. Great review!

The Anatomy of an Author: Daria Snadowsky

If you know me by now, when I love a book I shout it from the rooftops. (Or in this particular case, make it your Facebook cover art!) And this year, upon the completion of only 8 books so far, there are 3 I would go hoarse for. Two of which include Daria Snadowsky’s novels: […]

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January 27, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's Shelve It --> January 27, 2013 - […] Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky [Goodreads | Amazon | Interview With Daria + E's Thoughts on the Anatomy Books] — E has raved about these books on the blog lately and I’ve been on the […]

January 23, 2013 - 1:22 am

Kristen Evey - Fantastic interview! Very insightful questions. I’ve already added these to my list from your glowing review, but now I’m even more excited to dive in. Thanks Estelle & Daria!

January 22, 2013 - 3:56 pm

VeganYANerds - “That’s when I learned there’s a fine line between artist and stalker.” HA!

Loved this interview, Estelle & Daria. I just know I will like these books because the MCs sound like the kind of girls I want to read about (and be friends with!)

E – you might like The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay and The Girl Most Likely. They’re a series but also stand alone, the first is when the MC is a teen, the second is when she’s in her 20s or 30s.

January 22, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Kristin - I was thisclose to buying Anatomy of a Single Girl yesterday, but I refrained. After reading this interview, I think I’m going to have to move both “Anatomies” up higher on my TBR list!

January 22, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Ooh these books sound so good! I had heard about these a few weeks ago and the titles intrigued me, but your rave review and this interview have made me really want to read them. Also, I’ll be able to relate to the protagonist if she’s a Star Wars virgin. (Shamefully enough, I am, too.)

January 22, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Rachel - Hi I love this post so much you don’t even know. Ever since I read your review for Single Girl I’ve wanted to read it (but my library likes to keep me waiting, so we’ll see when I actually get to read it). Dom sounds exactly like me, so I’m really excited for that. I think hers is a perspective that’s rarely written about in books set in college, when I think many college girls feel the same way as Dom. I’m happy that Single Girl works as a standalone, as well. I really like when books are written that way.

Awesome post! 🙂

January 22, 2013 - 11:50 am

Alexa Y. - I love this interview! It’s great to learn more about the books and about Daria. And it also makes me want to read Anatomy of a Single Girl already 🙂

January 22, 2013 - 10:12 am

elena - AHAHAH over the fine line of being a stalker and artist list! ok ok, you’ve convinced me to pick up these books because of your words and this fantastic interview. it sounds like books I would really enjoy and Dom sounds fab! I love that she’s a mixture of Jessica & Carrie AND there is frank sex talk/saucier scenes in these. 🙂

Saturday Short: Never Girls #1: In a Blink Review

Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe; illustrations by RH Disney ( book website ) Publication Date: January 8, 2013 Publisher: Random House Kids Pages: 127 Target audience: 6 + up Keywords: Fairy tales, Tinkerbell, Pixie Hollow Format read: ARC from NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: One minute Kate, Mia, Lainey, and Gabby are playing soccer and the […]

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January 16, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Alexa Y. - I think I might know a little girl who would love this series! I used to read a lot of chapter books like this when I was younger, so this kind of brings me back to those days. Love the cover!

January 14, 2013 - 10:55 pm

Estelle - M, the illustrations are pretty adorable. In the ARC, I think they were tentative but if they remain sketches… I think it’ll be nice.

January 13, 2013 - 12:02 am

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan's January 13, 2012 Shelve It - […] A short Saturday review of Never Girls #1: In a Blink by Kiki Thorpe + Big Kid’s Table: January 2013 Adult Fiction Picks + A review of Through the Ever Night by […]

January 12, 2013 - 4:31 pm

VeganYANerds - This does sound cute, and I love the cover! I bet the illustrations are just as pretty.

I haven’t heard of the Pixie Hollow movie, but I bet Mae does a great voice for Tink!

January 12, 2013 - 2:47 pm

Kristen Evey - Aw, this sounds so cute! I normally stay away from the Pixie Hollow stuff (notable exceptions being the Gail Carson Levine books) because I’ve never really cared for Tinkerbell (read: it’s almost a hatred), but this sounds fun! And I do like the other characters in Pixie Hollow. Vidia being one of my favorites. 🙂 Thanks Estelle!