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Estelle: 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: March 4, 2014 Publisher: Sourcebooks Pages: 283 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: kids + parents, road trip, romance, new friends Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Morgan has never known who her dad is, and when […]

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March 21, 2014 - 11:09 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Ah, the dreaded negative review! Or, constructive 🙂
That’s a shame. I actually don’t even think I ever got approved for this one on EW so maybe that’s a good thing. It sounded cute but sounds like it was a bunch of good ideas that 1) didn’t shape up and 2) were too much for one book. Sorry you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you hoped!

March 17, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Lauren @ Love is not a triangle - I”m sorry this one didn’t work for you :(. Road trip stories are great, but i totally know what you mean about feeling like a book has packed too much into it. But a strong romance, good friend and using current technology in the text (having them on twitter) are all pluses for me. Not sure I’ll read this, but thanks for the review!

March 17, 2014 - 7:16 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Thanks for the warning. I’ve only read 1 Gurtler & it was focused, but created a sense of unease. I’ll pick a different one to give a 2nd chance.

March 16, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Alexa S. - It sounds like the author tried to tackle a few too many things in this novel! Still, there’s something about the elements in this story that make it seem appealing in its way. I don’t think I’ll be reading it, but it will make me curious if any other authors will tackle somewhat similar things in another novel in the future.

March 16, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Was this the one we talked about where you were struggling the write the review? I think it came out really well. I had been interested in reading this, I was never dying to read it, but you’ve definitely tampered down my interest. It’s so hard when there are bright spots among what’s otherwise a not so great book because you think about what could have been!

March 16, 2014 - 4:45 am

The Bookish Manicurist - It’s shame that this book had too many things going on, especially with the page limit. It does sound quite unique and fun, though!

March 15, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Danielle @ Love at First Page - I want to read and like this book, but I’m reading more negative reviews than positive. :/ Maybe I’ll have to skip it. I hate missing out on a potential road trip + romance book though.

Thanks for your thoughts!

March 13, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Bummer. But you highlight the good parts of this while explaining the downfall! Authors, you do not HAVE to put ALL OF THE THOUGHTS IN YOUR HEAD into a book.

March 13, 2014 - 6:08 pm

Molly @ wrapped up in books - That’s too bad — I was interested in the social media aspect of this, but sounds like there is way too much going on.

March 13, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Rachel - This is so sad. I really wanted to read this one! I’ve only read one other book by her and didn’t like it, but I was going to give her a second chance. I strongly dislike it when a book has many plot points but doesn’t go into any sort of depth with them, so I think I’m better off not taking a risk and reading this one. :/

Estelle: The Curl Up & Dye by Sharon Sala

The Curl Up & Dye by Sharon Sala ( tweet | web ) Publication Date: February 4, 2014 Publisher: SourceBooks Pages: 288 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Southern living, childhood friends, small towns, moving forward Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: LilyAnne has been stuck in a rut since her fiance died in […]

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February 20, 2014 - 7:32 am

Molly | wrapped up in books - This doesn’t sound like something I’d normally pick up, but you’ve made me want to check it out! A small town romance sounds like what I need right now 😉

February 17, 2014 - 11:15 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This looks kind of cute! You know how I love the Southern settings and you have described EXACTLY the small town type of atmosphere that I grew up in. This sounds kind of fun and I am curious about what you describe near the end of your review with the 911 calls and such. I’m going to library this one! Thanks E!

February 17, 2014 - 11:01 am

Melissa @ i swim for oceans - I love the sound of this one – especially the title. It doesn’t sound like it’s without its flaws, but it also sounds really fun and quirky – just my type. Lovely review, Estelle!

February 14, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Alexa S. - Curl Up & Dye is such a clever title! But seriously, I would pick it up just because of that. The story sounds pretty cute too, as I’m a sucker for small-town romances 😉

Blog Tour: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson

Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield Thomson ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: November 5, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Pages: 404 Target audience: Adult Keywords: marriage, betrayal, regrets, parenthood Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks Sourcebooks!) Summary: A blind date between Matt (a cop) and Lucy (reeling from a horrible breakup) […]

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April 14, 2014 - 12:15 am

Review: Lies You Wanted to Hear by James Whitfield ThomsonLose Time Reading - […] never would have picked this up had I seen it in stores but after seeing Estelle’s review on it, I knew I had to read it. I’ve slowly teetered away from adult fiction in recent years, […]

November 26, 2013 - 4:24 am

Chloe Lee - The last bok that took me by surprise was Pawn by Aimee Carter. I had expected to like it more. Not to say that I did not like but just not as much as I thouht I would. I guess thats what I get for listening to the hype 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

November 23, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Nicole - Hmm, the last book that took me by surprise was probably Hereafter (Shadowlands #2). I did not expect to like it as much as I did! Glad you liked this one so much and thank you for the chance to win a copy!

November 22, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Alexa Y. - I love that this book took you by surprise! It certainly sounds like a very interesting premise, and I’m curious about these two main characters in particular.

November 21, 2013 - 5:39 pm

Tammy - I just finished A Storm Of Swords audiobook and I’m all caught up with the GOT TV show but I was still surprised by the number of deaths and the detail I got from the book that I didn’t get in the TV show.

November 21, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Ann - Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. I had high hopes for it, but it surpassed my expectations!

November 21, 2013 - 1:18 pm

Christina (My Life In Books) - The last book that took me by surprise was Inferno by Dan Brown because I didn’t predict the ending at all! I still say that Angels & Demons was the best but now Inferno ties Da Vinci Code at number two 🙂

Estelle: Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Pages: 432 Target audience: Adult Keywords: bakery, London, romance, friendship Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley! (Thanks!) Summary: When Issy is laid off from her job, she decides to take the plunge and […]

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July 9, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Daphne - I have read some Jenny Colgan in the past and loved her (Talking to Addison and others). I think I may have to pick this up.

July 9, 2013 - 10:14 am

Jamie - Not going to lie..if I saw this randomly I probably would have never picked it up — mostly the cover haha. BUT I’m digging this whole laid off storyline since well I can relate. MAYBE THIS IS MY LIFE CALLING…to open a bakery? Probably NOT because I can’t bake but this sounds fun and something maybe I can relate to..just in not letting it all get me down and forging my own path in the midst of a setback!

Also, sidenote, I love when books include “extras” like recipes and such!

July 7, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Alexa Y. - This book sounds all sorts of adorable! I’d definitely want to check it out, if only because it sounds like the perfect cute + light read 🙂

July 6, 2013 - 12:00 am

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - This novel sounds like such a fun, cute contemporary read that would be the perfect choice for a summer afternoon 🙂 I’ve always loved stories that involve food in some way, particularly baked goods (Go figure!) so I love the concept of this novel. Who doesn’t love cupcakes? I can’t wait to read this one, although it might prove disastrous to my waist line. This was an absolutely lovely review, as always, Estelle 🙂

July 5, 2013 - 6:38 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Is the book you were talking about at dinner with the character in love with John Cusack?

Anyway, this seems like a good summer read. Lately, all I’ve been able to really handle is lighter contemp romances, both teen and adult.

Thanks for the review.

July 5, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This does sound really cute! I love it when there are recipes included although I have to admit I’ve never actually tried any of the recipes I’ve come across (I just like to read them).

July 5, 2013 - 11:38 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - This book sounds so cute! And I love that she included recipes too. It’s been a while since I’ve baked.. so maybe this book will inspire me to start up again 🙂