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Estelle: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Dutton Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: recession, marriage, female/male friendships, love Format read: ARC Paperback from Alexa at Alexa Loves Books! (Thanks!) Summary: Unemployment and then long business trips start to take a toll on Chris and Claire’s marriage. […]

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November 14, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Ellice - I LOVED On the Island, so I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. (I highly recommend On the Island. I think you’ll enjoy it. Also, if you read it, let me know so we can talk about it!! I still need to discuss this one with someone!). Glad to see that you enjoyed this one. I wasn’t sure if I would like this one or not, but then again, I really didn’t think I’d like On the Island, because survivor stories are usually not my cup of tea. I love it when a book is a pleasant surprise 🙂

November 14, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m glad that this story was written realistically, and that you liked it well enough. There is something intriguing about it. I like that it tackles issues that feel very real.

November 14, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I had such mixed feelings about this book. Mostly I sympathized with Chris, I felt like he was really trying to do what was best for his family, even if he was misguided. I get why Claire was frustrated and I don’t think hers was an easy position to be in, but she just got under my skin and seemed like such a spoiled brat. Plus after the first 50 mentions I was so tired of hearing about her damn diabetes.

But, I do think Tracy Garvis-Graves is as talented writer who’s great at writing complex, interesting, and, at times, difficult situations. I really, really liked On the Island and I think the fact that I thought that book was so amazing made this one less enjoyable.

Estelle: Promise Me Something by Sara Kocek

Promise Me Something by Sara Kocek ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 1, 2013 Publisher: Albert Whitman Pages: 311 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: homophobia, bullying, new school, friendships, remarriage Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Starting at a new school for Reyna Fay is tough, especially when all her […]

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November 4, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Alexa Y. - I think it’s really good that you were able to feel like a lot of Reyna’s experiences were relatable. If an author is really able to tap into feelings like that, it’s always very promising. However, it also sounds like Olive and Reyna both could potentially be irritating, especially Reyna when she gets drawn along by the popular crowd!

October 21, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - You know, it always freaks me out a little when I’m reading a book, and it feels like the author had secretly followed me around in high school and wrote about my life then. That happened to me when I was reading the first Ruby Oliver book by E. Lockhart.

Anyway, I’m not sure if this book is for me. I mean, it seems interesting, but maybe too message? Great review, though.

October 21, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Bookworm1858 - Well you know I had mixed feelings about this-some things were so well-done and I found the writing pretty engaging but then there was stuff I found super frustrating. Such a mixed experience but definitely a read to check out for contemporary fans.

October 21, 2013 - 10:02 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Ya know, I haven’t heard about this book, but it sounds really interesting. I’m sure the two main characters(Reyna and Olive) would end up annoying me though, hahaha.

Estelle: Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

Dead Girls Don’t Lie by Jennifer Shaw Wolf ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 352 Target audience:  Young adult / thriller Keywords: murder investigation, friendship, gangs Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Other books reviewed by Jennifer Shaw Wolf: Breaking Beautiful Summary: After not speaking for […]

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November 4, 2013 - 2:57 pm

Alexa Y. - A good thriller/mystery is always a fun read, particularly when it draws you in to the point where you just MUST know what happens and how it all gets tied up in the end. There’s seriously something intriguing about this book, though the gang aspect brings to mind the Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles. I’m glad that this one is focused heavily on friendship though, because that certainly makes it different.

October 16, 2013 - 9:43 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - The fact that this one kept you turning the pages quickly is a big plus for it! I definitely freaked myself out reading your review though. Not only is this story scary, but I’m having trouble with the name Jaycee, since the only reference I have to it is that girl that was kidnapped and in-prisoned in someone’s backyard for like 19 years. Now I’m really freaking myself out. Not sure this one is for me, but I didn’t know a lot about it previously, and I appreciate the review.

October 15, 2013 - 11:01 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love Jennifer Shaw Wolf’s writing, but I always have some issue with her books that stop me from really, really liking them. I think I’m more partial to Dead Girls Don’t Lie over Breaking Beautiful. I loved the twist in Dead Girls Don’t Lie and all the social commentary stuff. Great review!

October 15, 2013 - 7:54 am

Gaby @ Queen Ella Bee Reads - I’m really glad you liked this one even if I didn’t so much!! Maybe I just read it at the wrong time. Or it’s just one of those books everyone else likes but I don’t like as much >.<

October 14, 2013 - 4:13 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - YES E!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I read it over the summer and couldn’t stop gushing over it. The best part was my youngest sister (15 & SO not a reader) devoured it in a single night and couldn’t stop texting me about it. 🙂 How awesome.
I loved both this one & FIND ME and I think it was for FM that you rec’d DANGEROUS GIRLS – definitely reading that one soon!

October 14, 2013 - 3:59 pm

April Books & Wine - This seems like it would be a good fall/Halloween sort of book – in that there is a mystery set in a small town and those are always reserved for fall for me. The whole can’t put down thing appeals to me too. Also, I know my coblogger was a fan of her debut. I think I will wait on picking up a copy of this to see what Allison thinks of it in comparison.

October 14, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Rachel - Yesyesyesyes. I have this one out from the library and I haven’t read any reviews about it yet, so I am SO HAPPY you enjoyed this one. I obviously trust your taste in thrillers because you were the one who introduced me to Dangerous Girls. Everything about this story sounds really interesting, and I’m glad to hear it’s addicting!

October 14, 2013 - 9:23 am

Bookworm1858 - I wasn’t completely engaged by the characters either but found this difficult to put down as well-I just had to know how it panned out. I’m still debating if I want to give Breaking Beautiful a try-I really want to connect more with the characters in that one.

Estelle: Find Me by Romily Bernard

Find Me by Romily Bernard ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: HarperTeen Pages: 307 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: hacking, death, foster family, sisters Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Wick likes to live under the radar, working as a hacker to ensure that her and her […]

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February 13, 2014 - 12:30 am

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November 4, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds like a thrilling read indeed! I must admit that I haven’t made the time to read it yet, but I’m curious to see how absorbed I get when I do. Connecting with the characters is an important thing for me though, so that makes me a little hesitant.

October 10, 2013 - 10:40 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Haven’t seen this one! The cover is really interesting/neat/creepy… so it looks like a book I’d pick up. And the hacker part is kind of interesting… Sounds like it was, but not a total winner. If I get to it, it’ll probably be a library book. 🙂

October 9, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Ellice - I remember seeing this title on Edelweiss recently, but this is the first review I have seen of it! I was afraid to request it because I figured that some of the hacker terminology might go completely over my head. I’m glad to see that it’s not impossible to follow. This book sounds like it has an interesting premise! Probably not one I will read soon, but I will keep it in mind as a recommendation to some of my students, because I think they would definitely enjoy this one!

October 8, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I loved this book. L-O-V-E-D it. It surprised me in the best ways and even when it didn’t I was still enjoying the heck out of it. 🙂

October 7, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - This one intrigued me because of the hacker aspect — my fiance is a software engineer and I guess that rubbed off on me! I do like being able to connect to the characters though… so I’m not sure how I’d feel about this.

October 7, 2013 - 12:58 pm

Sarah - Ahh! I loved this book so much. I started it on Saturday and finished it last night. I actually didn’t see anything coming, so I was shocked when I found out who it was. I don’t know what it was, but I felt like I couldn’t even breathe until the book was over, and then I had trouble falling asleep because I was still so hyped up. Also guessing the second will be called Remember Me? Just a guess.

Estelle: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/17/2013 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Pages: 288 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: bullying, music, high school, suicide, being a loner, self-discovery Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary:  Elise can’t win. After years and years of […]

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October 24, 2013 - 7:38 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - It made me really upset too, seeing her get ostracized for being smart and unique. 🙁 And then really happy seeing her discover the thing she was meant to do/be. 🙂 Great review, Estelle!

September 23, 2013 - 9:30 pm

Ellice Y - I HAVE to read this one because the MC has my name– that RARELY happens (it’s spelled a little differently, but hey, I’ll take it! haha). Great review 🙂

September 23, 2013 - 11:15 am

Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms - I’ve heard a lot of great things from this book, but I’ve never actually wanted to pick it up. I’m reconsidering now that I read this review! Great review!

-Marianne

September 22, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - So, I was already interested in this book because I love the cover. But I was debating buying it so I got on Goodreads. I saw your review posted there, read through it and BAM! bought the book. So happy loved it and can’t wait to read it for myself!

September 21, 2013 - 9:58 pm

VeganYANerds - I got this at BEA and still have not read it, despite hearing amazing things about it! Glad you loved it, too!

September 20, 2013 - 3:50 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I just got this and can’t wait to read it!

September 20, 2013 - 1:21 am

katy - This one sounds awesome! I’ve seen a lot of good things about it but haven’t read any reviews before this one. Elise sounds like a fascinating character,and DJing seems awesome. I have always wanted to learn to DJ but I’m pretty sure I’d be notsogreat at it.

“Learning to like yourself and accept your lot in life is a task we have to commit to every day. There is always someone who isn’t going to like our decisions, or agree with us, or like us for whatever reason.” So true, so true.

I’m glad to see it has great supporting characters and family dynamics, too. This was already on my TBR but now I want to read it anymore, awesome review!

September 19, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Bookworm1858 - The search for identity really resonated with me too. Though I wasn’t bullied at school, I still never really felt like I fit in and it hasn’t been until now, after graduating college, that I’m feeling more in place.

September 19, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Daphne - this is one of my favorite books this year, it was so special. great review.

Estelle: The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace

The Truth about You and Me by Amanda Grace ( tweet ) Amanda Grace is also writes as Mandy Hubbard. Publication Date: September 8, 2013 Publisher: Flux Books Pages: 235 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: student/teacher romance, family pressure, sibling rivalry Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: When Madelyn is given the opportunity […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I didn’t realize this one was about a relationship between a teacher and a student, but that’s probably because I haven’t really read anything about it aside from noticing the cover popping up around the blogosphere. I’m a little turned off by the premise, but you’ve managed to make me interested in it with your review. Definitely one I’d consider picking up if I saw it at the library!

September 20, 2013 - 1:12 am

Katy - I’ve been wondering about this one! I have a (weird?) interest in fictional teacher/student stories. There isn’t usually much hope for a positive ending, but they are interesting. I like that he doesn’t know she’s that young and, it isn’t about him preying on her. “Being book smart does not necessary mean being street smart” is so true! Their relationship sounds really fascinating and I really want to try this one sometime!

September 18, 2013 - 3:07 am

Alexa Y. - This book sounds great! I love that it really tackles the whole student-teacher relationship dynamic, right alongside the incredible age gap. It should be interesting, if slightly worrying, to read this story. But I do believe that romances can form between people you least expect. My only problem? The dishonesty. I’ll definitely be checking this out!

September 10, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Ooh this sounds really interesting. I don’t know if it would have stood out if I had come across it any other way, but your reviews are always so enticing! I am definitely adding this straight to the top of my TBR, I need something different to spice things up.

September 9, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I was really surprised at how much I liked this one, I had a really difficult time motivating myself to pick it up, but I was glad I finally did. I’m on board with pretty much everything you said and the book definitely raises a lot of though-provoking questions.

September 8, 2013 - 9:13 pm

Joli @ Actin' Up with Books - I always enjoy reading your reviews. When I first learned of this book, I wanted to read it. It isn’t one that I have to read asap, but will get to eventually. I appreciate your honest review and am glad to know that it is worth it.

September 8, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Jess - Hmmm, this isn’t a book I’m familiar with but I’m willing to give the premise a change. I also like the character names.

September 8, 2013 - 5:25 pm

Jen - I had some problems with the romance and whether it was real or not, but I agree, Madelyn’s book smart was definitely not equivalent to her level of maturity. And yes, this book certainly was engaging for that matter. It looks like we share pretty much the same opinions for this book! Brilliant review, Estelle!

September 8, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I have yet to read this but I’m happy to hear you liked this, Estelle! I enjoyed Miranda Kenneally’s Stealing Parker and aside from the student-teacher thing, it seems like the two books have more in common, specifically the main character’s immaturity. I agree with you though- the things people do aren’t always so black and white. Wonderful review!

September 8, 2013 - 2:34 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - I have this one but haven’t gotten to it, but your review definitely makes me intrigued. I really loved JH Trumble’s What We Know, and also felt that the it took an icky subject matter and didn’t ignore the consequences/problems with a student-teacher relationship, but also portrayed it in a way that made it incredibly compelling. When I’m looking for a short, quick read I’ll pick this up!

September 8, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - I’m glad you ended up liking this one, Estelle! I just couldn’t get past my own personal ick factor, but I do agree that it’s a quick, easy read.

September 8, 2013 - 10:19 am

Bookworm1858 - I ended up really liking this book too-I wasn’t sure due to the subject matter but found that it handled the topic sensitively.