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Wildlife by Fiona Wood | Estelle Reviews

Wildlife by Fiona Wood ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 16, 2014 Publisher: Poppy/Little, Brown for Kids Pages: 400 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Australia, friendship, sex, relationships, nature, grief Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: Sib and Lou are two students living in the wilderness for the semester while dealing with […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:43 am

Alexa S. - I gave Wildlife another shot recently, and wound up really liking it. It was mostly because I found things about Lou and Sib that I could identify with, which gave me a stronger personal connection with the story! I also really liked the idea of a semester in the wilderness; why didn’t I get to do that in high school?

November 23, 2014 - 10:58 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - The fact that this book takes place in the woods and has some good inner dialogue makes me want to read it when I am in the mood for a slower paced book. And short chapters for the win!

November 18, 2014 - 7:39 am

Felicia - Hey (:

I like how you list pros and cons. It actually makes it a lot easier to read a review and get a quick overall opinion on the book.
Lovely!

– Love, Felicia
( http://asillygirlsthoughts.weebly.com/ )

November 17, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Mawa Mahima - Wow…I’d read it just for the setting…a semester in the wilderness? It get pros just for that I think! Short chapters are also quite awesome, however I don’t see how the pacing can be slow with short chapters…Would that make for a good story or not?

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts | Estelle Reviews

Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/2/2014 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, friendship, family, recovery Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: Zac unexpectedly meets Mia in the hospital while he is recovering from a bone marrow transplant. […]

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November 24, 2014 - 10:33 pm

Alexa S. - While I didn’t quite love Zac and Mia, I did like how Betts portrayed their characters. Zac, in particular, was a favorite for me right off the bat, and the reason that I flew through the pages as quickly as I did. It’s seriously an interesting take on a story about teens with cancer!

October 27, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Brianna - I read two pages of TFIOS before returning it to the library. I could not get behind that book at all. I’ve never read E & P. I always find it interesting when publishers out and out compare a new book to a successful book. Let the new book be a success on its own.

October 27, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Rachele - Hello Estelle

I enjoyed reading your post about this book. I am not familiar with the author A.J. Betts I will have to look up other things that he has written. I agree with you that Fault in Our Stars was a good book and also very emotional, especially the movie, but it was also hard for me to get past all the wording and the metaphor’s these characters used. When I read the book I thought about how people these days do not really talk like that, sure we use metaphor’s here and there, but not as much as these characters did. Don’t get me wrong good book but not my favorite. I am very interested in reading about Zac and Mia so I will have to put that on my reading list. Thank You

October 27, 2014 - 11:10 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’m glad you liked this. I haven’t read it, and I’m not sure I want to with the whole cancer aspect to the book (sometimes that’s just too sad for me to deal with), but it’s always nice to see someone else enjoyed a book.

I do know what you mean, about so many books being compared to E&P and TFiOS. I actually find that helpful as a librarian so I can recommend books to teens, but not so helpful for me personally. What I liked (or didn’t like) about those book isn’t really about the plot, or what the characters were going through were like, but the writing, the tone of the novels, and the characters specifically.

October 27, 2014 - 10:03 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’m glad you liked this!! I feel like I’ve seen way too many “meh” reviews, and I’m so glad you brought up the comparison thing. I feel like comparing extremely popular distinct books doesn’t really help me decide about a book, but I understand it may help sell them.

This is on my NetGalley pile, so hopefully I will be getting to it soon!

October 27, 2014 - 9:24 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Awesome review, Estelle. I have this one on my shelf and you’ve definitely given me some good reasons to bump this up on my TBR. It’s always so great reading about books set in your own country – even better if it’s your own state (which I’m pretty sure it is, since the author hails from my city). Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

Estelle: Complete Nothing by Kieran Scott

Complete Nothing by Kieran Scott ( web | tweet ) Book 2 of the True Love series. Publication Date: September 30, 2014 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Kids Pages: 336 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Greek mythology, pressures of senior year, family secrets Format read: ARC paperback from S&S. (Thanks!) Summary: Cupid a.k.a. True is […]

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June 17, 2015 - 9:42 pm

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October 31, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Book Review: Complete Nothing | Books, TV, and Me - […] Rather Be Reading […]

October 8, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Alexa S. - Not going to lie – I’m VERY excited to read Complete Nothing! Picked up my copy from Books of Wonder the other day, and I can’t wait to dive in. I’m curious to see how everyone is doing, particularly True. And of course I want to see how everything works out for this couple too!

September 29, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been really curious about these Keiran Scott books. Seriously they have the most adorable covers!!

This book does seem really cute, and I’m glad to hear you liked it.

September 29, 2014 - 10:27 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’ve seen quite a bit of praise for the first book, and I knew a lot of people were getting excited about the second one. I haven’t quite gotten around to reading them yet, so I may have to go find the first one at the library soon! This looks really good!

Estelle: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 30, 2014 Publisher: HarlequinTeen Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: historical fiction, 1950s, segregation, LGBT, family Format read: Paperback ARC from HarlequinTeen. (Thanks!) Summary: Sarah is one of the first African American students to enter a predominately white Virginia […]

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October 8, 2014 - 11:05 pm

Alexa S. - I haven’t quite gotten around to reading Lies We Tell Ourselves. It definitely came across as a very ambitious book, considering everything it wanted to tackle! But I’m pleased to hear that you felt it was handled really well and really authentically; that makes me more inclined towards picking up this book soon!

October 6, 2014 - 8:18 am

Nicole @ The Quiet Concert - Beautiful review Estelle! I agree that this is an important story and well-done. And I thought Linda’s through process and how she slowly started forming her own opinions was very realistic. However, I do think it was a little too ambitious having a dual focus on racial segregation and LGBT romance and that it held both stories back a little bit. But nevertheless, this was a strong book!

September 25, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Brianna - This sounds really good. Thanks for sharing your review.

September 25, 2014 - 11:39 am

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’m so glad to see you loved this one. This is one of my most-anticipated books, and I had no idea there was a love storyline in it! But I’m excited to see it didn’t affect anything. I love books with tons of discussion opportunities so I can talk (or tweet, let’s be honest) with other people about them. And it seems like a super relevant book with what’s going on in the world today (sadly). I wish it weren’t relevant, but I’m glad people are talking about it.

Estelle: Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: 9/23/2014 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Pages: 192 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: daredevil, therapy, falling in love, family Format read: ARC paperback from the publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: Dyna loves how she feels when she takes risks. When she gets seriously hurt in a fall, her mom […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Alexa S. - The concept of Adrenaline Crush is pretty neat! I like that it really explores Dyna’s understanding of herself, as well as the relationships in her life. Even though the short length still stumps me, and I couldn’t get into the story well the first time I tried, I’m glad to hear that it was pretty good.

September 24, 2014 - 9:44 am

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton | Review + Giveaway -Katie's Book Blog - […] Rather Be Reading’s review: “All in all, the book kept me interested and was definitely enjoyable, even if it won’t be a forever favorite.” […]

September 22, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Lea @ YA Book Queen - Glad the author managed to fill those 192 pages – short books always make me nervous (although Something Like Normal managed to pleasantly surprise me – that book is amazing).

Nice review! 🙂

September 22, 2014 - 10:39 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I can still remember how shocked I was the first time I learned how short this novel is but I’m happy to hear that (for the most part) it doesn’t negatively affect the depth and resonance of the story itself. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this novel on NetGalley and now I’m even more excited to begin it having read your review. Any sort of examination of familial relationships in YA literature is disappointingly rare, so I was particularly happy to hear that this was something Crompton touched upon. While it may not leave a lasting impression or prove a book I re-read again and again, I’m still really inspired by the subject matter and I can’t wait to experience it all firsthand 🙂 Thank you for the great, balanced review, Estelle!

Magan: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley Publication date: September 9, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 416 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: Military Academy, sexism, hazing and bullying Format read: ARC received from the Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: Dared by her older brother, Amos, to join the military academy when they agree to accept females, Sam accepts. Life […]

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December 17, 2014 - 9:45 am

Reading Challenge: Dive Into Diversity | Intro + Sign Up - […] Girls Club | Everything Leads to You | Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel Even in Paradise | Rites of Passage | Say What You Will | The Tragedy […]

October 8, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Alexa S. - Rites of Passage was a surprise hit for me as well! I honestly didn’t expect to fall for it as hard as I did. I really loved Sam – she was so strong, and brave, and smart, and just a wonderful, kick-ass gal. Plus, all the subtle plot points and relationships you’ve mentioned? Definitely A+ in my book!

October 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Obsessed With the Library, Estelle - […] of Passage by Joy Hensley (Magan’s review) Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt Wildlife by Fiona Wood If You Could Be Mine by Sara […]

September 30, 2014 - 12:01 am

Fifteen Must-Read Tough Subject Books - […] Rites of Passage — bullying, sexism, hazing […]

September 12, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - I’ve been hearing SO many amazing things about this one! It sounds really unique and I just love strong female MCs! I can’t wait to read but I’ve also heard about the abrupt ending from everyone as well. I have a feeling that will bug me, haha.

September 11, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - This sounds like something totally unlike anything I’ve read – which makes me VERY happy! Awesome review (per usual).

September 10, 2014 - 11:23 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I’ve heard NOTHING but positive about this one. Glowing, raving positive! This is awesome because I’m not too sure I’d have picked it up if not for some of my reading friends gushing about it. Thanks, gal, for adding to that number!

September 10, 2014 - 10:58 am

Magan - Brianna! YAY! That makes me so, so incredibly happy! I really hope you love it. The rave reviews are so very deserved!

September 10, 2014 - 10:57 am

Magan - Kelley, I was so, so happily surprised by Rites of Passage. I was pretty blown away and texted Estelle nonstop. The rave reviews are definitely well-deserved and I don’t feel like anyone’s over-exaggerating about it. I definitely hope you decide to give it a try. The writing is too good to pass up.

September 10, 2014 - 10:24 am

Brianna - I’ve read a couple reviews of this one this week and it’s quickly working its way closer to the top of the list.

September 10, 2014 - 9:40 am

Kelley (@KelleyBBTS) - I’ve seen nothing but positive reviews for this, but for some reason I am still not absolutely sold on reading it. The summary just isn’t grabbing me. I’m glad you and many others have enjoyed it so much though! It always nice to hear others thoughts on a book.