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Estelle: In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy ( web | tweet ) Release Date: July 8, 2014 Publisher: Simon Teen Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: swimming, competition, grief, addiction Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thanks!) Summary: School work, friendships, family, romance — nothing is going to get in the way of Brynn’s swimming. Living for practice and […]

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May 18, 2015 - 8:01 am

Drive Me Crazy by Terra Elan McVoy | Estelle Reviews, Estelle - […] by Terra McVoy on RBR: In Deep ; Criminal ; The Summer of Firsts & Lasts | Being Friends with […]

July 3, 2014 - 8:26 pm

Alexa S. - Let me just get this out of the way first: WHY MUST YOU BE A TRIAL TO MY WALLET? Okay, ahem, this review is amazing. I love how you were able to convince me within 3 paragraphs to want this book, stat! But seriously, 2014 has also been the year of difficult, complex, real characters for me – and Brynn sounds like one I could appreciate. This book is now on my July books to buy list!

July 2, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - Ooo, this looks really intriguing and I haven’t heard anything about it! I absolutely love complicated characters and characters that don’t have the most likable personalities. I’m definitely putting this on my list to read!

Shelve It: A Pre-July 4th V-Log

Hello! I know, two weeks in a row of Shelve It? What?!? I find it motivates me more when I do these + it’s been forever since I’ve done a v-log. (Don’t ask me about Instagram videos though… I am a wreck at those. How how how do you say anything in just a few […]

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July 3, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Alexa S. - YAY, YOU GOT BRUNETTE AMBITION! (And yes, I know that this makes my Lea Michele fan status clear to the world, but I LOVE HER.) I haven’t read it yet, but I plan on possibly doing so during this long weekend 😉 I’m also going to be reading After I Do soon, which will be my first Reid book, and I’m very much excited to do so. And The Good Girl, and Charlie Glass’s Slippers too! Looks like we’ll both have a happy reading month :)

June 30, 2014 - 9:01 am

Big Kids' Table: Books Equal the Best Accessories - […] (I actually chatted about this book in my Shelve It from this weekend.) […]

June 30, 2014 - 8:43 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my gosh, your bangs are sooo cute, Estelle! I’ll have to check out Lea Michele’s album. Also, Summer of Yesterday! I definitely need to check that one out, even if the Disney details are small.

June 29, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Leah - First things first: flawless hair is flawless. I’m seriously loving your bangs. haha, mine are in DIRE need of a trim – they’ve got this awful Farah Fawcett flippage going on. (& are we nail twins?? That looks a lot like Julep’s Harriet!)

I looove Atria! When I made that post a while ago about my go-to imprints, they were my first thought. I have fantastic luck with their books! Okay, so when you first showed After I Do, I instantly thought of Forever Interrupted. TOTAL DERAIL HERE, but I just added AID to GR & saw that Hannah gave BOTH books 5 stars and I basically have the exact same taste, so I need to get on these STAT.

The Price of Inheritance caught my eye the moment I first heard about it. I’m a biiig fan of art/artist/art-related things in books, so I cannot wait to see what you think!!

So according to GR, For Once in My Life is already on my To Read list and, reading the summary again, yes yes yes! It sounds cute and summery and fun.

Shelf Awareness kept advertising The Good Girl and it sounded great. What has me even more intrigued is that GR’s Readers Also Enjoyed has Dear Daughter listed and I plowed through that. YAY THRILLERS. I’m a little confused though – GR lists DD’s release as July, but my copy says August. ??? Either way, definitely one to keep an eye out for!

I’ve been curious about Wiggs for a while – ladies buy her books by the armload at work! – and this one immediately appealed to me (I’ve got this crazy dream to become a beekeeper & lucky for me, Pittsburgh has lots of classes!).

Shelve It: Estelle Talks End of Summer, Books + More

Hi! It’s Labor Day weekend, already! I changed my calendar to September! Where is this year going? Hope all of you had some fun and/or relaxing plans for this weekend! We’ve been sort of just hanging around and it’s been so nice not have to rush off to do anything so yay for that! I […]

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September 22, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - Hey hey! I just bought NEW MONEY because of you + the South. I just can’t resist! Also, love that it’s about a girl in her twenties. Really looking forward to it!

September 18, 2013 - 2:54 am

Alexa Y. - Watching your video makes me miss you more!!! But I will be back soon, so we will have to meet up at some point. Anyway, great haul of books! Can’t wait to hear what you think of Roomies :)

September 3, 2013 - 10:33 am

Rachel - AWW I love watching your videos because then I can pretend we’re actually in the same place haha. I miss you!! I can’t wait to read Roomies and to hear your thoughts on it because it sounds REALLY good. Also, thanks for the shout out! :)

September 2, 2013 - 11:47 am

Kate - Those look like some awesome books! I am so excited for Jessica Darling’s It List! Hope you enjoy all your new books!

September 1, 2013 - 8:24 pm

Jen - YAYAY I love watching vlogs! And I freaking love your hipster glasses, Estelle! Anyways, you got some pretty awesome reads that I’m looking forward to: Jessica Darling’s, Roomies, and Leonard Peacock! I’m excited to see what you think of them. Happy reading!

September 1, 2013 - 6:13 pm

Bookworm1858 - Ooh Roomies-I’m really excited to learn more about that one as i adore the sound of its concept and that it’s written in emails.

Top Ten Tuesday: Five and Five Favorites

Oh hi! It’s Top Ten Tuesday Day thanks to the geniuses at Broke and Bookish! Today we’re teaming up to share with you the top reads we’ve experienced so far this year — no easy task! At all! It’s just so hard to choose when you fall in love with so many things for different […]

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July 2, 2013 - 10:28 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - I just added the Tom Leveen book that Magan has listed to my library wishlist. WOOHOO! Also, E, I just finished the Lauren Graham book yesterday.

June 26, 2013 - 5:20 pm

Alexa Y. - What great picks! I really do agree with a lot of the ones you guys have chosen, particularly Golden, which I ADORED. I have yet to read a few of these titles, but I’m eagerly looking forward to them – particularly Criminal, Dangerous Girls and Starstruck.

June 26, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Daisy @ The Broke and the Bookish and Between the Pages - YAY for Golden!! So much love for that book! And I’m very excited to see I’ve Got Your Number on Magan’s list, I got a copy last week :)
And Estelle: I’m dying to read Nantucket Blue, I’m glad you liked it so much!!

June 26, 2013 - 10:59 am

molly @ wrapped up in books - I’m going to have to read DANGEROUS GIRLS! The synopsis gave me lukewarm feelings, but with such a strong endorsement I’ll give it a shot! I love seeing CRIMINAL get some love — what a fantastic book! FINGERPRINTS OF YOU is also a book I think is underrated so I’m glad you enjoyed it. I need to read GOLDEN soon. I just might have a Jessi Kirby marathon!

June 26, 2013 - 2:20 am

Lucy @ The Reading Date - You both have fantastic taste in books! Winger, Someday Maybe and Dangerous Girls are a few I can’t wait to read. Loved Golden, E&P and manicpixiedreamgirl. Hope the rest of the year is just as amazing for you!

June 25, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Oh hi. Yeah. I haven’t read any of your top books. SADS! But I want to! They’re on my list! I PROMISE!! 😀

June 25, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Great lists, ladies! I’ve read or want to read all of these. I was very pleasantly surprised by Criminal and Someday, Someday Maybe. And I think I’ve Got Your Number is one of Sophie Kinsella’s best (I agree she’s very hit or miss).


June 25, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - Wow, I can’t imagine only being able to choose five books – I had enough trouble narrowing my list down to only ten! Hehe. I was really excited to see so many books on my own TBR list on your TTT lists this week. I own Nantucket Blue, Golden, Fingerprints Of You and Eleanor & Park and have yet to read any of them, but their inclusion on your list made me all the more excited to read them now :) The fact that they’ve appeared on a number of TTT lists this week is comforting.

June 25, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Anna - Some lovely picks, ladies! Winger’s high up on my “GAH I NEED TO READ THIS” list for sure.

June 25, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Hollie @ Music, Books and Tea - I am definitely borrowing I’ve Got Your Number when I next go to the library as it looks awesome. I’m really looking forward to reading Nantucket Blue as it seems like everyone who has read it has loved it!

June 25, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Natalie @Natflix&Books - I loved Winger and Golden. Both made my list, too. I really liked Someday, Someday, Maybe and Nantucket Blue. I’m so excited for Dangerous Girls. Great lists!
Natflix&Books’ TTT

June 25, 2013 - 11:58 am

Rachel - I’m reading three of the books Estelle listed in like the next two weeks so YAY because she/you have the best taste ever IMO. Golden was AMAZING. And obviously Nantucket Blue. I especially liked the sex scene in that one. And that’s going to sound totally awkward to anyone that hasn’t read the book, but it was handled so well which I really appreciate.

June 25, 2013 - 11:51 am

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Nantucket Blue and Someday, Someday, Maybe were both phenomenal, as was Golden! I especially enjoyed Lauren Graham’s humor and voice in SSM.

June 25, 2013 - 11:35 am

Sash and Em - We’ve only read one book off this list – Eleanor & Park – Looks like we’ve got some good reading ahead of us :)

June 25, 2013 - 11:03 am

Jamie - Estelle I own all of the books except Criminal on your list so I’m excited! I started Starstruck on the beach but only got like 2 pages in because I was chasing Genevieve. I love that so many of my “must reads” for my beach bag are on your list so I know I’ll be doing some good reading!

Magan — E&P <333 I have you to thank for that one. I also LOVED Golden and really wanted to put it on my list but I split it into 2013 releases and backlisted. SIGH. Dying to read Winger because of how much you are raving about it! And I own Manicpixiedreamgirl but I haven't seen much about it so I'm glad to see it make your faves list!

June 25, 2013 - 11:02 am

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - How is it that I have read NONE of these books yet? I really need to get on that! I’ve been on the library waiting list for Someday, Someday, Maybe for entirely too long, and I’m still waiting! *sigh*

June 25, 2013 - 10:49 am

Olena - Nantucket Blue is on my list. Golden was amazing and life altering! It definitely changed my way of thinking.

My TTT: http://www.bookythoughtsandme.com/top-ten-books-ive-read-so-far-in-2013/

June 25, 2013 - 10:43 am

Daphne - there is so much on here that i want to read, but i have to agree with magan on E&P and I’ve Got Your Number, great, fantastic books. I haven’t read any of Estelle’s books, but I think they’re all on my tbr list already :)

June 25, 2013 - 10:18 am

Stacy Renee @ LazyDayLiterature - I’m waiting on Nantucket Blue to get to me via mail and I plan on reading Eleanor & Park in July. It seems to be on everyone’s list.
Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

June 25, 2013 - 10:15 am

Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros - I’m so glad Golden is making everyone’s lists! I loved that one! Eleanor & Park is another popular choice this week (I need to read that one!) And I definitely want to pick up Someday Someday Maybe! Great list guys!


June 25, 2013 - 9:43 am

tabithasbookblog - I’m so behind on my 2013 releases! The only book on your guys’ list that I’ve read is Nantucket Blue! Which I enjoyed, but it didn’t make it onto my list! Hopefully I’ll be reading Golden this week!

June 25, 2013 - 9:25 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes! Loved E&P and Nanctucket Blue! And ESTELLE. You are killing me!
*goes to Edelweiss… downloads my copy of Dangerous Girls.. puts work aside and starts reading* HAPPY? Haha :)

June 25, 2013 - 9:17 am

Andi - I have heard excellent things about Winger. I’m going to have to make sure I read that.

Great list!

My TTT List

June 25, 2013 - 8:49 am

Bookworm1858 - I really dislike Becky in the Shopaholic series too-my sister loves them but I find her just too annoying. Thankfully I tend to like her standalones like I’ve Got Your Number a lot. Eleanor & Park would definitely be on my list for this year but I will need to spend some time thinking about what else should be there.

June 25, 2013 - 8:33 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I’ve only read 1 book from E’s picks & 2 books from M’s picks. I always trust your judgement, so I guess it’s time I add a few of these to my forever growing TBR list.

June 25, 2013 - 7:41 am

VeganYANerds - E – so glad you loved Fingerprints of You!

M – I want to read all your picks!

June 25, 2013 - 2:31 am

Cee @ The Novel Hermit - I have yet to read any books on your list, but I have Nantucket Blue and Eleanor & Park on my desk rn, waiting to be read!

June 25, 2013 - 1:32 am

elena - meep estelle i haven’t read any of the books on your list besides starstruck but I WILL RECTIFY THAT! i have to check out nantucket blue from my library and you made me so curious about dangerous girls.

auugh magan, I REALLY WANT TO READ WINGER!!! i need to get myself to the library and check it out! also hee to click clack moo. :3

June 25, 2013 - 12:53 am

DannyBookworm - Awesome list girls and some books I have not read yet… I loved Fangirl, but haven’t read Eleanore and Park – must do this soon!!

June 25, 2013 - 12:29 am

Alice in Readerland - I really want to read Golden, and Sophie Kinsella’s books are so cute and fun! :) My TTT list: http://aliceinreaderland.com/2013/06/24/top13/

Alice @ Alice in Readerland

June 25, 2013 - 12:21 am

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I’ve been dying to read Someday, Someday Maybe since you posted your review. Eleanor and Park is currently in my TBR pile. Hoping to get to it soon! :)


June 25, 2013 - 12:13 am

Jasprit - This is a great list ladies, I love it because there are so many books on here that I’m dying to read; Criminal, Nantucket Blue, Someday, Someday Maybe. And also because Golden made it to your list too, I love that book!

June 25, 2013 - 12:10 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Ok, Golden and Nantucket Blue I NEED to move up on my TBR list! These books have been on EVERYBODY’S list!! Love it!

Blog Tour: A Poem about CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy

Thanks to Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit for organizing such a fantastic blog tour! Hello there, friends! Just about a month ago I shared my review of CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy with you. Since starting Rather Be Reading, Terra has become one of my go-to authors, and I was so excited to see her […]

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May 29, 2013 - 11:43 am

Alexa Y. - I love your poem! Once again, you’ve managed to awe me with your creativity. I’m definitely planning on reading Criminal, because it sounds freaking BRILLIANT.

May 23, 2013 - 5:33 pm

Kelly - I haven’t done one of these types of poems since high school, but they’re so effective! I can picture myself thinking of your highlights (great character development, emotional, intense, fast-paced) when I run across Criminal in store! Haha

May 22, 2013 - 2:04 pm

DannyBookworm - I loved Criminal… even though that might be the wrong word to use.. Criminal was intense and sad, but it stayed with me for a very long time!
Love your Acrostic!

May 21, 2013 - 11:23 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Love it! Poetry is amazing and this made me so happy! 😀

May 21, 2013 - 9:52 pm

elena - LOVE your poem! esp the shades of gray line/the gray actually being gray. :) and what a last line! so good.

May 21, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books - hee I enjoyed reading your acrostic poem, Estelle! I’ve heard such good things about McVoy, but I felt like Being Friends with Boys wasn’t quite my type of book. It sounds like I’ll have far more luck with Criminal, so I definitely will have to make some time to read it!

May 21, 2013 - 3:32 pm

Tara - <3<3<3 your poem! You're so freaking creative :)

May 21, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - So creative, I love this! And thanks for the reminder, I wanted to read this but totally forgot about it. I just requested it from the library :)

May 21, 2013 - 11:48 am

Molly @ wrapped up in books - This is such a cute way to summarize and explain why the book is so fabulous!

May 2013 Young Adult Book Releases

Holy almost-summer, Batman! HOW IS IT MAY? Hello warmer weather and lazy days lounging outside with a good book! Let us know which of these May 2013 young adult book releases you’re looking forward to most! ↔ MAY 1 The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr Goodreads | Amazon | Magan’s Review Description: Lucy Beck-Moreau once […]

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May 5, 2013 - 10:00 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - So many good books being released in May. So many beach reads, so little time!

May 4, 2013 - 9:50 pm

Rachel - Sometimes I honestly wish I could pause all these new releases so I can catch up and be ready for them. I want to read almost every May release, excluding September Girls because I will never put myself through the torture that is that book. I’ve already read/own a lot of these, but I really can’t wait for Five Summers to come out. That totally looks like a me book.

May 4, 2013 - 5:49 pm

candy - I never really paid much attention to mentions of The Rules for Disappearing bc for a teen mom’s perspective it sounds like a book about a teen running away,which can be a scary thought for a mom.But now that I read the Description here,I want to read it.I also love this idea of the Author being from Louisiana like me.Thanks for posting about theses books.I also want to read Golden and Parallel.

May 3, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Annie - Oooh, May seems like an amazing month! I’m definitely going to grab Winger as soon as it comes out! Marked it on my calendar! :)

May 3, 2013 - 1:37 pm

Leticia (@osoordinary) - Reboot!Reboot!Reboot! Can’t wait to read it! Also, I won an ARC of Parallel so I’m excited to read that! It’ll be my first parallel universes book and I’m newly interested, after having just completed the Fringe TV series! = )

May 3, 2013 - 11:45 am

Alexa Y. - Oh Lord, there goes all my cash! (Just kidding.) (Not really.) Seriously, there’s a ton of good stuff on here! My favorite, without a doubt, is Golden because I loved that book so.

May 3, 2013 - 10:36 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Holy almost-summer, Batman is right!! My wallet is soooo suffering this month, that’s for sure. I’ve already read a few but there are sooo many more I can’t wait to read! :)

May 3, 2013 - 8:51 am

Bookworm1858 - So many good titles-I want to read almost all of these and the only ones I’ve picked up so far are Reboot, The Rules for Disappearing, and The Book of Broken Hearts. I can’t wait to get these other ones!

May 3, 2013 - 6:39 am

Hannah @ Matter Loved Dust - Some of these have different UK release dates so I picked up ‘Invisibility’ yesterday which I’m excited to start. Also really looking forward to ‘The Originals’ and ‘Winger’!