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Magan: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord, A Vlog Review

Howdy, y’all! Man it feels so incredibly wonderful to type these words. It feels so good to be here talking books. And yes, quite literally below, I talk books in my vlog. I’m really wanting to mix things up a bit and as I’m just on an altogether different schedule with a newborn, vlogs seem like the […]

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March 30, 2015 - 8:01 am

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | Estelle Review - […] THE START OF ME AND YOU to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N ♥ M’s review of OPEN ROAD SUMMER | Collaborative OPEN ROAD SUMMER […]

June 23, 2014 - 9:02 am

Open Road Summer: A Playlist + More Gushing, Estelle - […] on OPEN ROAD SUMMER: Magan’s vlog | on Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Befriended with Emery […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:47 am

Judith - THIS IS JUST SO LOVELY, MAGAN! Please keep vlog reviews a thing, because they’re really great. Of course, I am in love with this book, and I am totally buying my best friend a copy as well. And yes, Reagan and Dee are the best. I don’t think I’ve ever read about a lovelier friendship in books. Their friendship made me cry! Also, Everett is SOOOOO CUTE! It’s great you read this book to (with) her, and I hope she will also find a best friend as great as you and Estelle, or Dee and Reagan.

April 27, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - 1. MAMA MAGAN! You’re baaaaack! Love seeing your cute face 🙂
2. I really love the idea of incorporating more vlogs into RBR. I had so much fun watching this one and look forward to more.
3. Holy cow, I looooved this book. Soooo much.
4. Helllllo, Matt Finch.
5. Yay quotes! I included a bunch in my review, too. The writing was amazing.
6. I like getting a peek at your bookshelf styling.
7. Precious baby! Wish I could meet sweet baby Everett <3

April 22, 2014 - 10:31 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - She is just SO precious. Love the pictures of her!!!
I’m at work so I’ll have to check out your LOVELY vlog later but SO much love for this book too! I loved everything about it. It was just wonderful and made me fall in love with every aspect. (Oops, did I say love too much?)

April 17, 2014 - 12:08 am

Kelly @ Belle of the Literati - Oh my gosh, your beautiful baby!!! Love love love!! And alright, alright! Everyone has been raving about this book, I’ll go read it, geez 🙂

April 14, 2014 - 1:31 pm

elena - hiiii!!! love love loved this, ESPECIALLY the end when you said to give a copy for your best friend. perfect endorsement! i loved the friendship in this so much and everything you said about dee & reagan. they made me so happy! <3

April 13, 2014 - 1:08 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - So happy to see your beautiful face! And your baby girls’s face too — she’s so adorable :). I read aloud to Marko when he was little too…and he’s pretty into books so far, so I think it works! I’m definitely interested in this book, especially after hearing that you loved it so much.

April 12, 2014 - 9:00 am

Shelve It: Books Books Lots of Books, Estelle - […] RETURNS with a vlog review of the highly anticipated Open Road Summer The Summer Spring I Found You by Jolene Perry — high school senior with a secret + an army […]

April 11, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Reading out loud to your child is the BEST THING EVER.
Good for you!
Oh and the review is great too. 🙂

April 11, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Alexa S. - I AM SO HAPPY TO SEE YOUR FACE, M! And I think it’s a perfect combination – your first review vlog AND it’s about Open Road Summer. It’s a gorgeous book, it’s got great characters (HELLO Matt Finch! Oh, and Reagan and Dee!), and it’s just SO ADDICTIVE. So happy to hear that you enjoyed it as much as I did! <3

April 11, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Annette - How precious. Thanks for sharing. Never apologize for sharing pictures of your beautiful girl!

Magan: Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Scarlet (Scarlet #1) by A.C. Gaughen (website | twitter) Publication Date: February 14, 2012 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 292 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: Robin Hood retelling, female thief Format Read: eBook purchased for my Kindle. Summary: Scarlet, a female thief on Robin Hood’s team, is on the run from her past. Letting few people in, she’d rather hide than […]

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January 22, 2017 - 7:06 pm

Monday Amusements 28 - […] by Andrew Smith, at weartheoldcoat A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki, at Outlandish Lit Scarlet, by A.C. Gaughen, at Rather Be Reading Being Sloane Jacobs, by Lauren Morrill, at Geeky […]

February 3, 2014 - 11:37 am

Sash from Sash and Em - So glad you liked this one too! Those eyes! 🙂 The audiobook version is really great too.

February 1, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Alexa S. - I’m happy to hear that you loved Scarlet! I read it when it first came out, and really liked the twists that were put into place for this Robin Hood retelling. It’s unique, and also very entertaining! I’m certainly looking forward to Lady Thief, especially after hearing lots of great things about it.

January 30, 2014 - 10:17 am

Leah - This seems like a book right up my alley and I’ve heard NOTHING but positive things! Looks like I’ll be adding another book to the To Read list. 😀 Thanks, M!

January 29, 2014 - 4:16 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - I’m so happy to see you read this! It surpassed my expectations FOR SURE!

January 29, 2014 - 9:51 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve heard such great things about Scarlet, and I’ve always been a Robin Hood fan. But I’m been a bit nervous to read this one, even though I even own a copy. It might be because my expectations are kind of high. But seriously, I need to read it – especially now that I hear things escalate like crazy!

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: Also Known As by Robin Benway

Also Known As by Robin Benway [ website | twitter ] Publication Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 320 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: spies, high school, New York, mystery Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: Maggie might be a pro at cracking locks all over the world, but the […]

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January 16, 2014 - 9:01 am

Going Rogue by Robin Benway (YA Review) - […] Rogue by Robin Benway  [ website | twitter ] Book 2 in the Also Known As series. Publication Date: January 14, 2014 Publisher: Walker Childrens Pages: 320 Target audience: […]

February 26, 2013 - 9:03 am

Also Known As - […] Be sure to stop by your local bookstore to seek out Robin’s book today! And if you haven’t already, check out my review! […]

February 19, 2013 - 12:03 am

Top 10 Tuesday: Best Families in Contemporary YA - […] 2. Also Known As by Robin Benway: A family of spies? Totally a different upbringing than I’m used to. (You are shocked, I know.) Maggie’s parents had a lot of faith in their daughter to go on a solo mission. (Not like they could have done it, but still.) I think the mom and dad were funny, sweet, protective + they formed quite a tight family unit because of their spy talents and their lifestyle. Definitely a highlight of the book. (My review.) […]

February 10, 2013 - 11:16 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I hate this cover so much, so I haven’t really been interested in reading. But now you’ve got me intrigued! I adored Alias when it was on TV so I still have soft spot for stories about spies.

February 10, 2013 - 7:20 am

Sapir - I LOVED Audrey, Wait! and I can’t wait to read this book (:
New York City is one of my favorite book settings. I always like reading about the urban life there since I’m a small town girl.
Definitely going to pick this up!
Great review.

Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

February 8, 2013 - 6:48 am

Lori - Okay, I’m definitely intrigued. 🙂 I looooved Audrey, Wait! but I didn’t care much for April, May and June. So I’ve been on the fence about this one. Now I want to read it NOW! 🙂

February 7, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Robin Benway is one of my favorite authors, so I absolutely can’t wait for this book! It sounds so fun- I love spy stories and humor is always a plus. (:

February 7, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Alexa Y. - Ditto on your feelings about this book. I absolutely adored Angelo and Roux – they were probably my favorite parts of the book, apart from the fact that it’s set in NYC!

February 7, 2013 - 5:43 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - The Incredibles? Dirty Dancing? I’m in! This sounds like so much fun, and I love the main character’s name. 🙂

February 6, 2013 - 11:01 pm

elena - I LIKE THIS REVIEW A LOT. I love that you said they reminded you of The Incredibles, so spot on and makes me like the book even more. CHERRY ON TOP FOR THE ICE CREAM DATE. xo

February 6, 2013 - 4:22 pm

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - Oh Estelle, I love all the comparisons you’re making to films in this review. The Incredibles, Miss Congeniality, etc. This book definitely sounds sun and unique, and I’m really excited to meet Maggie and the other characters, who sound fabulous!

February 6, 2013 - 3:07 pm

VeganYANerds - This sounds so much fun, I didn’t know it would be so funny – can’t wait to read this and it reminds me that I need to read Audrey, Wait! like now!

February 6, 2013 - 11:46 am

kit - This sounds like a great read – I haven’t read any of Benway’s books, but I’ve seen a couple of different ones around lately, all with great reviews. The mixture of spies and high school (and the whole fish out of water thing) seems like the kind of thing I would like, so I’ll be keeping this book on my radar! Great review.

February 6, 2013 - 11:01 am

Cynthia - From reading the synopsis and looking at the cover this wouldn’t be a book I would pick up.. I know shame on me but I always judge books by the covers. Haven’t learned my lesson yet.. but now after reading your review I’m definitely adding it to my list and looking forward to it. It sounds like it would be a lot of fun and like something I would definitely enjoy. I love that the mc gets to experience lots of first. Great review Estelle! =)

February 6, 2013 - 10:57 am

Taylor @ Reading is the Thing - I love spy books, and I love Robin Benway, so I guess this is a good fit for me! And whoa, a SUPPORTIVE family? In YA? What??? Another super awesome aspect.

February 6, 2013 - 10:32 am

Annette - This sounds like fun! I really enjoy Ally Carter’s Heist Society books and this sounds like it might compare. Thanks!

February 6, 2013 - 9:27 am

Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews - Sounds so interesting! I love that Maggie’s whole family is in the spy business, there aren’t enough books about spies haha. This sounds like a really cute story, will check it out when I can. Great review 😀

February 6, 2013 - 9:19 am

Bookworm1858 - I just read this but am blanking on the Dirty Dancing reference-help a girl out?

I also agree about the pacing, which was a bit slow until the ending when everything just sped up as Maggie took us on quite the run!

Estelle: Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt

Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt ( website | tweet ) Publication Date: October 2, 2012 Publisher: Walker Children’s Pages: 384 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: cancer, popularity, secrets, superstitions Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: For a person who is always prepared and fighting to excel in just about everything, Mia is […]

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October 18, 2012 - 8:00 pm

elena - looking for little signs from the universe is my LIFE but i don’t know how accurate it actually is. i’m sorry this didn’t quite make the emotional impact you wanted but great review! <3

October 15, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The fact that Mia looks for signs everywhere was the thing that drew me towards this book – I love doing that on occasion, or trying to reinterpret things in my life as “signs”. And it did sound like such a great story! I’ll probably still read it, but at least I’m going in forewarned about the lack of breakthrough in Mia’s journey.

October 14, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Tara - Sigh… you know how I feel about this one (as it’s the same way you feel). I had high, high hopes for this book and sadly, it just fell short. I think a few tweaks in the major story lines could have made the book great, but they just didn’t happen.

October 14, 2012 - 5:22 am

VeganYANerds - This one sounds interesting, I definitely want to read it but I know I will probably have mixed feelings, too!

October 13, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Kristen Evey - Hmm… this may or may not be one that I’ll read. I’m drawn to the cover (I have this thing for dandelions), but judging from what you’ve said about it I’m just not sure if it’s the book for me. I totally agree with you. I don’t care if the characters are similar to me, but I want to see them learn and change and grow throughout the story. The fact that she is looking for little signs from the universe intrigues me though. Maybe I’ll pick it up if I see it at the library. Great review Estelle!

October 13, 2012 - 6:04 am

Lori - Yes, yes, yes to everything you said! I’m so happy to see that I’m not the only one that felt this way. I just didn’t like Mia much and I loathed her friends. I really wanted to see her come to some great realization about her life, but alas.

October 12, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Estelle - I’m glad that you had some of the same feelings as I did. I felt like I was beating myself up over how and why this didn’t work for me. There were some little details I really liked (like the beach at the winter scene and the almost end) but… you make some really great points about how we lean on men for their “protection”. It’s a genius idea that I didn’t even start to think about. Maybe Mia almost felt more trust for men because the relationship with her mom was so shakey? It’s possible. Hmm…

October 12, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Estelle - I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts. It’s a shame because I think some tweaks structurally could have made this book very moving… and it just wasn’t there.

October 12, 2012 - 9:21 pm

April Books & Wine - I liked The Probability Of Miracles, so I think I’d dig Send Me A Sign.

I’m sorry Mia didn’t do it for you and that the breakthroughs kind of weren’t there. Alas.

October 12, 2012 - 11:05 am

Jamie - I just finished this one and felt pretty similarly! Like I really enjoyed it but I was so frustrated with some of her decisions and I SO wanted her to also have a girl friend to lean on during this time. Putting everything in the hands of one person (especially when it’s a guy) is not a good idea. I mean I could kind of identify…when my mom was sick it was so much easier for me to let a guy be the one I went to. You kind of feel safe with them..like they can protect you..even though clearly they could have done nothing about the cancer growing in my mom’s brain. SO on one hand, I could identify but I really was hoping she would open up to somebody! AND I agree with you..I loved that little parts with some of the nurses. I just felt so SAD for her that she wouldn’t tell people and had to really go it alone.

Great review! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who had thought I’d be emotionally somewhere else with this novel but didn’t end up there.