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Estelle: Paradise by Jill S. Alexander

Paradise by Jill S. Alexander Publication Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: country music, Texas, pressure from parents, siblings, romance Format read: Borrowed from library. Summary: The only think Paisley has ever wanted to do was be a drummer. Right now, she’s playing in a country […]

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February 17, 2014 - 3:46 am

The Bookish Manicurist - You have me so intrigued about the ending now, Estelle! Plus this sounds different to most YA I read

February 15, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, this sounds really good. Why have I never heard of it before? You’re scaring me with the talk of the twist at the end, but I guess I’ll have to read it and see what I think because of rest of it sounds like I’ll really enjoy it.

February 13, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Ellice - Yet another thing you and I have in common (cowboys!). I have always been attracted to them (we have quite a few around here though!). And also? Country music!! I grew up on it, so any book that sounds even remotely country-related, I snatch it up. This one is going on the TBR for sure. Great review 🙂

February 13, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Annette - Blindsided — totally. I just didn’t think that ending was at all necessary….Enjoyed the rest of the book, though. It’s been a while. Thanks for the reminder.

February 13, 2014 - 11:40 am

Alexa S. - PARADISE sounds like such a fun read! I love that fact that the relationship between the sisters, and within Paisley’s family, is an important part of the story. Plus, I can never resist a story set in the South OR one with country music these days 🙂

February 13, 2014 - 10:23 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have a thing for Cowboys, too. I think I just like the idea of really laid back guys. Hard working guys, but laid back, too. Also, I think of them as really manly.

Oh, and yeah, The Naked Cowboy doesn’t do it for me either.

I’m not sure if I would like Paradise, but I’m really curious about the BIG TWIST at the end.

February 13, 2014 - 9:22 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Awesome review, hon! I really liked this book up until I got to the ending. The ending made me want to vomit all over myself, hahaha.

Estelle: Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Publication Date: May 30, 2011 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children Pages: 309 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: technology, digital age, dystopian Format read: Borrowed from the library. Summary: The year is 2060 and the world and everyone’s life is basically run by a computer. Maddie lives her life on a […]

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November 19, 2012 - 9:02 am

YA Review: Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky - […] my review of Awaken from a few weeks ago, I talked about how much I loved the premise of this series. What happens when technology completely takes over our lives? Sure it seems like […]

October 7, 2012 - 9:29 pm

Kristen - I hadn’t heard of this one yet. The premise definitely sounds eerily plausible, and I’ve actually been thinking about these very same themes recently. When I spend too much time on my computer and not enough time in the outside world I feel strangely depleted and incomplete. I also haven’t read a dystopian in awhile, so I’ll be checking this out soon. Great review, Estelle. 🙂

October 4, 2012 - 10:52 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I must say, the premise of this book is SO DARN INTRIGUING. I love that, to me, it feels very realistic – it is possible that the world will devolve into that state after years of exposure to all these technological advancements. It’s a little scary, and also, it’s something that I really DO NOT want happening. I want to be able to impart to my own kids and the future generations that there is significance in actual contact with the physical world and with others.

Okay, getting off my little soapbox now, but only to say that I’m definitely going to have to read this book for myself. Thanks for the awesome review!

October 3, 2012 - 1:51 pm

Anna - Wheee I love it!

October 3, 2012 - 10:25 am

Annette - I love the premise of this one and I’ve had it on my list for quite a while. I really enjoyed your review. Made me want to read it now!