Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2016

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2016

April 2016: the busy, social month April was busy busy but also tons of fun! I had a vacation, a business trip, I went out with colleagues, met with friends, and… WOAH. There’ll be a full recap later in this post. April Reads Books Read: The Falconer by Elizabeth May (re-read) The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (re-read) The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (re-read) Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket (re-read) Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes Book of the Month: […]

Posted May 3, 2016 by Debby in Monthly Wrap-Ups, Travel / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

ARC Book Review: Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Ever since I met Claire Legrand in 2014, I’ve been meaning to read her books. I know, I’ve been terrible about getting around to it, but the premise of Some Kind of Happiness was so unique that I decided I had to take the plunge right away. And I’m glad I did, because this book sure is special. While Some Kind of Happiness is a middle grade story, its message is so profound that young adults and adults can easily get deeply engrossed in it, because primarily this story focuses on the main character, Finley, and her struggles with anxiety and depression. First off, I […]

Posted May 1, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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Most Wanted: May 2016

Most Wanted: May 2016

April flew by, I swear. Well, I spent some of that time flying away myself (ha) so that… makes… sense. So it’s almost here. May – the month that’s sure to break all our pocketbooks. The number of pre-orders alone is staggering. Well, for me. But I can’t wait. These are the books I’m most excited about! May 3rd Dream On by Kerstin Gier: IT IS FINALLYYYY HEREEEEEE. You probably know I’m a slightly obsessed fangirl of everything Kerstin Gier. I mean, qualitatively her books aren’t the best but they’re SO MUCH FUN. I really hope my crackship in this series is gonna happen. Please. […]

Posted April 28, 2016 by Debby in Most Wanted / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

ARC Book Review: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

My fond memories of Sarah Strohmeyer’s Smart Girls Get What They Want were immediately evoked when I heard her newest title: This Is My Brain on Boys. Nerdy cute contemporaries are my jam, you might say. But whereas her debut novel was charming, fun, and practically perfect, this book was… not. Uh oh. The premise of this book sure was a promising one. You have a main character who doesn’t believe in love. She wants to research the biological aspect of it though, with a theory that any two people can fall in love if they’re put into high risk, high stress situations. Heck, she […]

Posted April 26, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Haul #33: With All the Pretty, Pretty New Releases

Book Haul #33: With All the Pretty, Pretty New Releases

Okay I may have splurged a little bit this month. But honestly, who can blame me? I mean – it’s April, so we have a shit-ton of awesome new releases coming out. And I went to NEW YORK CITY … AND I ONLY BOUGHT TWO BOOKS THERE. So all things considered, I still did pretty well. Right? Right. Okay. Bye. Purchased Lady Renegades by Rachel Hawkins: It’s the last book in a series I am up-to-date on, so yeah, I had to. Also, how awesome are the titles in this series? I’m a little bit skeptical because after LOVING Rebel Belle, Miss Mayhem was kind […]

Posted April 23, 2016 by Debby in Book Hauls / 4 Comments
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Book Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Book Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Ever since I fell in love with The Falconer almost two years ago, I’ve been anxious to read the sequel. Yeah, it took me a while to get to it, which I’m hitting myself for, but there. I read it. And it was awesome. Arguably, The Vanishing Throne is very much a middle book. There is a fair share of action, and there are a lot of revelations that are driving the series to the next conflicts and battles. But it is kind of an in-between phase that is much more about character building. Aileana comes into this book and is thrust into traumatic events: […]

Posted April 9, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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Book Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Book Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

When Ink and Bone first came out, it got some rave reviews that made me place it on my wishlist and file away under “definitely should check out at some point”. That point arrived in the form of a book club nomination. I went into the book not knowing much about it aside from (a) the good reviews, and (b) it had something to do with the library of Alexandria. But oh man, the way that this book kept me on my toes was something I did not expect. Ink and Bone is a dystopian story set in the near future of an alternate history […]

Posted April 7, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

ARC Book Review: No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

Fake dating, a.k.a. fauxmance – one of my favorite tropes in romance novels. So, yeah, I couldn’t resist No Love Allowed. I like contemporary romances because regardless of quality, they’re breezes to read and I can usually find something entertaining or fun about them. No Love Allowed had that… and it didn’t. It was rather average, though undeniably disappointing in some parts. Caleb and Didi meet and quickly engage in a fake dating arrangement. Caleb is a notorious heartbreaker who needs a “girlfriend” so that he can get away unscathed during all the high society events. (He’s rich as fuck.) Didi is poor, her mother’s […]

Posted April 5, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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