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For Real by Alison Cherry | Review & Chat

For Real by Alison Cherry ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: December 9, 2014 Publisher: Delacorte / Random House Pages: 304 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: revenge, reality TV, sister relationships Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. Summary: Two sisters embark on a reality show adventure but with different objectives: one wants revenge on […]

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December 14, 2014 - 11:57 pm

Alexa S. - Totally think the sister aspect of For Real is really interesting! Like you, reading about Claire and how she felt about Miranda or in relation to Miranda made me wonder if my sisters have ever felt that way about me. Other than that, For Real was a totally fun read!

December 9, 2014 - 4:03 am

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - Great review and I loved hearing from the author, too! Especially her answer to the last question. For Real sounds great and after reading another positive review, I definitely think I’ll be giving it a go. Also, love the idea of Review & Chat 🙂

December 8, 2014 - 7:29 pm

Sandy S. - I just read it too and I really enjoyed it. The book was so fun!

December 8, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Rosie - I’m intrigued by this, it sounds really interesting and like it might be a bit of a tear-jerker if you have a sister too. Last year I read Red by Alison Cherry and and it was good but I wasn’t happy with the ending.

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!

Magan: The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: Sean Griswold’s Head // Going Vintage Publication Date: May 6, 2014 Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Pages: 304 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: family rivalries, loss of a grandparent, secret romance Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss. (Thank you!) Summary: Not only does Holly inherit her grandfather’s wedding chapel in Las Vegas when he […]

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June 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes! That’s exactly how I felt too. It was so cute, really enjoyable, and so well done BUT I was missing that little spark to really push it to the amazing status like I felt with Going Vintage. The Vegas setting was so fun and I love that it was so well incorporated into a YA book!
Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

June 3, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Alexa S. - You hit the nail on the head with your review, M! While I did wind up enjoying The Chapel Wars overall (which is kind of hard to avoid since it’s got such a fun setting and a few really awesome secondary characters), I do think that there’s room for something to be added. I wish, in particular, that Holly was a more accessible character! This won’t deter me from trying Leavitt’s other novels though 🙂

June 3, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Amy - I just finished reading this myself, and YES TO ALL THE THINGS. I just loved Sean Griswold’s Head! It is still one of those YA books that surprised me the most with how much it touched me. This book, though, had me feeling much the same as you. I never really clicked with anything. I didn’t feel butterflies or anxiety or tension or anything. Which is a big shame! I love feeling those things! Alas.

June 2, 2014 - 8:09 am

Lori - Too bad you didn’t love this one. It’s hard to beat Sean Griswold’s Head! <3

June 1, 2014 - 4:59 am

Judith - Too bad you felt just okay about this one, M. I’ve heard amazing things about this book, but it’s refreshing to hear from someone who wasn’t head of heels in love with it (because honestly, it doesn’t sound like I would be in love with it either). I do like the concept and setting, but oh, I like characters that FEEL ALL THE THINGS (like, um, I do, haha).

May 28, 2014 - 10:48 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - Your closing sentiment was PERFECT for this kid as I haven’t read any Leavitt yet but have this one on my shelf! Better find me a copy of Sean Griswold, first!