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Tête-à-tête with ONLY EVERYTHING’s Cupid a.k.a. True

Greetings, friends! It’s a special, special day at Rather Be Reading Blog. Contemporary YA author Kieran Scott has granted me special access to the leading lady of her new trilogy, ONLY EVERYTHING. That’s right. Today I am talking to True a.k.a. Cupid. I know, I know… you are wondering why cupid isn’t a chubby little […]

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October 5, 2014 - 9:01 am

Shelve It: Obsessed With the Library, Estelle - […] Summers by Una LaMarche Only Everything by Kieran […]

September 29, 2014 - 9:01 am

Complete Nothing by Kieran Scott (YA Review) - […] Add Complete Nothing to Goodreads | Buy on B&N | Buy on Amazon | My Interview with True […]

May 3, 2014 - 1:53 am

Alexa S. - Based on the description of True’s character, I could totally see Anna Scott playing her role in a movie! After reading this adorable + fun interview, I’m definitely excited to read Only Everything. It sounds like it’s going to be so fun!

April 30, 2014 - 10:06 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Super cute! I also think Anna Scott is so adorable so I love the comparison!
I’m so hesitant about Greek mythology just because I haven’t done well with mythology adaptations lately so they’re not high on my list as of now, but this sounds really fun and totally different! Definitely keeping it on my radar 🙂

April 24, 2014 - 11:26 am

Karen H. - I want go read this book because Kieran Scott wrote it! I love all her books and I think this series will be amazing, just like her other ones.

April 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

Daphne - this is great! it sounds like a fantastic book & I want it now! 🙂 i love a light-hearted mythology book.

April 22, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - I have been loving the fluffy contemporary YA books coming out this year, and glad to hear this is in the same vein!

But, mm, NOT happy about dissing Andrew and Emma! They are so cute together! Especially in interviews. <3

Estelle: When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 7, 2014 Publisher: Simon Teen/Atheneum Books Pages: 240 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Brooklyn, family, friendship, loyalty Format read: ARC from BEA Simon Teen Blogger Party. (Thanks!) Summary: Life in Brooklyn for Ali and his family hasn’t been easy. […]

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June 19, 2015 - 9:08 pm

Stephanie - I absolutely adored this book. The authenticity of Ali’s voice cried out from every page of the novel. When I Was the Greatest is definitely a five-star read.

February 9, 2015 - 8:00 am

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds | Review - […] you read this review, I have to ask: have you read When I Was The Greatest yet? I reviewed it last year, mentioned it everywhere including my End of the Year survey, and, […]

January 4, 2015 - 9:00 am

A Tribute to 2014: End of Year Survey | Estelle - […] When I Was The Greatest by Jason Reynolds […]

January 28, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Wow, do I need to read this!? I never would have picked it up but now that you wrote this glowing review…..

January 28, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - Everytime I see this cover, it jumps out at me. I’m so glad you loved it; will have to check it out!

January 27, 2014 - 1:45 am

Alexa S. - Wow. Just WOW. It’s pretty darn awesome to see that this book really left an impression on you. Books like that are always worth taking a second look at, at least in my case. I’m definitely going to consider checking this one out after reading this review!

January 24, 2014 - 7:56 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - You have made me very excited to read this!

January 24, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Betty - I’m pretty sure this is the book you tweeted or rec’d to me on goodreads a couple of weeks ago. Anyway– it sounds good. I’m a little turned off by names like Noodles and Needles, but maybe I’d get over it?? I like that the focus is on family. I like a book that can give me a break from all the heavy romance. PLUS– YOU CRIED.

January 23, 2014 - 10:45 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - This book was not even on my radar, but you’ve definitely peaked my interest in it. I love the diverse urban setting, the male protagonist, the social issues, sibling relationships, writing that stands out, and especially that knitted gun to the cover. Whatever that is, I want it. You’ve definitely made me wonder what happened at that Party. Thanks for highlight this!

January 23, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I know when I read this (and I will read it) I will like it, but it’s one of those where I feel like I need to be in the right place to read it and I’m hoping I find that right place sooner rather than later.

January 23, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Rachel - I wasn’t even going to give this one a chance because it seems SO FAR from what I usually read, Then you recommended it to me on Goodreads, and I decided to consider it. And now that I know it made you cry, I’m so reading it. I love the themes of brotherhood and friendship, and I’m interested to see what the big thing that got to you is!

January 23, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Lucy - I have this book on hold at the library so I’m happy to see your rave review, Estelle! It sounds like the setting, characters and story just comes together perfectly. I’m worried about that party and the emotional aftermath. Your review makes me so excited to read this one!

Estelle: Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt

Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 9, 2013 Publisher: Simon Teen Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family secrets, divorce, love/hate relationship, road trip Format read: eBook from Publisher via Edelweiss! (Thanks!) Summary: After a whirlwind romance and breakup, Peyton and Jace are not excited to […]

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July 2, 2013 - 10:16 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Aaah, so this is one that I’ve been wondering about but it seemed like I read somewhere that this was a sequel or a companion or something, so I didn’t pursue it. And you sorta/kinda validate that for me. I’ve actually also never read anything by this author but Ginger was kind enough to send me The Thing About The Truth so I’m thinking that I’ll probably read that one when I’m feeling the itch to check her out. Love this review because my little eyes caught the words “North Carolina” in there, which means nothing at all. <3

June 30, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Nailed It: Upcoming July Releases - […] A review of Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt […]

June 30, 2013 - 5:08 pm

molly @ wrapped up in books - This doesn’t sound like one I’ll pick up, but I appreciate the review because I know a lot of readers I can recommend it to!

June 28, 2013 - 5:16 pm

Molli - Hmmmm, Lauren is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to read for some time and haven’t. I’m going to add one of her earlier books, but it’ll just depend on if I find one for sale or something as to which I actually end up reading first.

Man, I hate it when a book just stinks, especially when you’re hoping to like another book from an author you’ve enjoyed in the past. It sounds like the author could have done more to differentiate this one from Two Way Street.

June 27, 2013 - 11:06 pm

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I read and enjoyed Two-Way Street, but I was definitely worried about how similarly Right of Way would end up. I’m sorry to see that it was just too much the same for your tastes. I haven’t read Ex-Mas yet though, so maybe I’ll give that one a shot (probably closer to Christmas!) to satisfy my craving for two exes on a road trip! Great review!

June 27, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Sad that you didn’t like this one. :/ I love Pacey and Joey, too, but I don’t always love the sparring couples. It’s a fine line for me, between awesome banter and awkward/hurtful fighting.

I still need to read Two Way Street, though!

June 27, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’m happy to hear I wasn’t the only one who was forever affected by the wonder that was Pacey and Joey! Between them and Logan and Veronica, witty banter and arguments are essentially a prerequisite for a truly great couple that I’ll root for. All joking aside, I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy Right of Way, although I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. I’ve seen a series of tepid reviews for this sequel recently and the overarching opinion seems to be that it simply didn’t need to be written. It sounds like it re-hashes the same issues as the first novel, Two-Way Street (Which I haven’t read but hear is great!) without adding anything new to the narrative. It’s unfortunate given how popular Barnholdt’s other novel was as I think it has left a bad taste in more than a few reader’s mouths. There are few things I enjoy more than a road trip story, but I think this is one that I’ll have to pass on.

June 27, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Alexa Y. - I haven’t read the first one, but even so, both books sound very similar based on their summaries! I am quite a sucker for a road trip book though, so I might eventually have to check one of these two books out for fun.

June 27, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - Aww, I’m sorry that this didn’t really work out for you Estelle! It sucks that it was SO close to the first book of this companion/series, which I would definitely found annoying. A lot of this also seems unrealistic as well. Like, how could everything get resolved so quickly? Plus, not even everything gets resolved, which is a huge bummer. :/

I’m sorry this didn’t impress you Estelle! Thanks for such an honest and lovely review, though. <3

June 27, 2013 - 11:54 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Sadly, I couldn’t finish this one. I had high hopes since I was a fan of Two-way Street, but this one just didn’t deliver in the same way. I was really turned off by Peyton’s character. The rich spoiled girl routine has been done a lot in YA. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it just annoys me. In this story, it definitely annoyed me.

June 27, 2013 - 11:53 am

Rachel - I have been waiting for this review since you told me you finished it. I had VERY different feelings, but I think I’ve figured out why. First off, I didn’t read the other book, so I felt like I was reading something new. I read the plot summary for that one and they sounds EXACTLY the same, so I would definitely not read that one. That obviously makes a huge difference since I had nothing to compare it to. The other reason why I think our opinions differed is that I looked at this as more of a character exploration and a look into communication (or the lack of), rather than expecting anything to actually happen. I thought it was interesting to see how I’m not the only one that has a difficult time communicating my feelings, but over time Jace and Peyton worked through it and they worked through their issues together. I also loved the ending, but that’s because I love endings that are wide open for me to imagine whatever I want.

June 27, 2013 - 9:36 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yeahhhh I’ve heard some similar things about this book 🙁 How sad! I do like road trip books and I love all that tension! But it seems like this one is just a bit lacking. Sad!!

Estelle’s Shelve It from 6/9/2013

Happy Sunday + Happy Shelve It Day! It has been A WEEK. I’m still reeling from the exhaustion I’ve been experiencing post-BEA. And if you guys remember, I didn’t even attend BEA this year. But with people in town, places to go, people to see, some book events in between, it was one of the […]

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June 12, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Heidi - It was so nice to meet you after BEA, Estelle! I totally understand the complete inability to resist buying books, CLEARLY I had an issue and picked up like 8 that day between The Strand and Books of Wonder even though I’d gone to BEA and gotten tons already. I should have gone to that Harlequin Cocktail party a while back! I was invited, but I honestly didn’t know anyone else who was going and wasn’t sure it’d be worth the schlep into the city. I did really enjoy meeting Elizabeth Scott at the breakfast though, and was lucky enough to meet Lauren Myracle and Cat Patrick during the week as well–both were lovely!

June 11, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - You had a great book week! I love Elizabeth Scott’s books so Heartbeat is a book I would have waited in line for at BEA. Added When You were the Greatest to my TBR- sounds like a good one. And The Infinite Moment of Us also sounds fantastic. I loved Myracle’s book Shine.

And oh how I miss the Strand! I lived in NY long ago and hope to get back soon to do some shopping.

Happy reading, Estelle!

June 10, 2013 - 9:51 pm

Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence - I’m becoming a big fan of your vlogs! One, because it’s so awesome to see your face, and two, because you’ve pointed me toward some AMAZING-SOUNDING contemporaries these days. I put RULES OF SUMMER in my TBR and I definitely want to check out OCD LOVE STORY!

And I know what you mean about that BEA hangover, man. I’M STILL FEELING IT.

June 10, 2013 - 5:13 pm

Alexa Y. - I really, really want to buy When You Were Here because (a) contemporary story and (b) JAPAN. Please convince me not to spend more money… (though I’ve resisted it twice now!). Great selection of books though!

June 9, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Krystianna - You Look Different in Real Life sounds like such a good read! It sounds very unique, which I really like. Just Like Fate sounds pretty good too. I read Cat Patrick’s other book, Revived, and I really liked it. I hope you enjoy your books and thanks for sharing!

Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

June 9, 2013 - 9:31 am

Paige - Wow Heart Beat sounds really really good. I can’t wait to check that one out! I hope you enjoy everything 🙂

My IMM

June 9, 2013 - 5:50 am

VeganYANerds - I have to echo Magz, love the Ron Swanson print!

And HEY!! It’s so good to see your face/hear your voice!! So glad we got to meet and I love that your week was just as hectic as ours 🙂

June 9, 2013 - 5:25 am

Maggie, Young Adult Anonymous - I can’t wait to read When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney. I think it was marketed as Where She Went meets Lost in Translation? Either way, sign me up! BTW I love your Ron Swanson print. 🙂 And there is ALWAYS room for a soda float!

June 9, 2013 - 5:21 am

Amanda - My eyes MAY have turned into giant hearts when I saw you got OCD Love Story. That book has been on my wish list for a couple months now!

I really need to pick up When You Were Here. Everyone and their grandmother has read it, and I feel like I’m being left in the dust, like with most books. 😛