Month: May 2014

ARC Book Review: Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

ARC Book Review: Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

Here’s the thing: if you write a book about nerdy characters who are into geeky pastimes like gaming, I’m probably going to read that book. Simply put, when I read the blurb of Guy in Real Life, I knew I was reading this. Overall, I did enjoy myself, though I may not be able to clearly articulate why. However, I do have a couple reservations. As an occasional gamer, I absolutely adored the view this book gave on the gaming world. There’s MMORPGs and Dungeons & Dragons… characters who are obsessed with them. I love MMORPGs. There’s something so addictive about them – and the […]

Posted May 21, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Top Ten Friendships in Books

Top Ten Friendships in Books

This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here. As I looked at the topic for this week I had a moment like, “Wait, didn’t we do this topic just last year?” Well, we didn’t, but roughly a year ago I wrote an elaborate mushy post including examples of best friendships in books as a part of my “Keys to My Heart” discussion series. Awwwwwww. Year-ago-Debby was so cute. So, much of this list is repeated from that, but there are also some new examples of books I’ve read in the meantime. Smart Girls Get […]

Posted May 20, 2014 by Debby in Memes, Top Ten Tuesdays / 7 Comments
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Book Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

Book Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

After just fifty pages of Cora Carmack’s debut, Losing It, I knew that I 100% needed Faking It in my life, so I ordered it right away. And this author just keeps impressing me. If all new adult were like this, it could easily become one of my favorite genres. Faking It follows the absolutely awesome Cade, who we got to know in Losing It – where he did not have such a happy ending. In fact, the book is told from the alternating perspectives of him and Max (Mackenzie), a new character who quickly becomes his love interest. Right off the bat I was […]

Posted May 19, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

Book Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

The new adult genre and I have a pretty complicated relationship. Well, as far as relationships go. I mean, I think I can still count the number of new adult books I’ve read on one hand. But the ones I’d read did not really entice me to go back for more. New adult, until now, has pretty much just been an excuse for explicit sex scenes. And typically, it’s romantic drama llama that ties into some tough subjects or dark pasts. All typically not my thing. But here comes Losing It, proving that new adult can be done right. Ideally, what I want from new […]

Posted May 16, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Book Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Book Review: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Hourglass is mostly pitched as YA time travel for fans of Doctor Who. Well. I can’t think of a description that would have me more desperately convinced I need a book in my life, honestly. So I finally got my hands on it and read it, and I did really enjoy it! It didn’t completely blow me away, but it was definitely a fun book and a series I want to continue. Our main character, Emerson, sees “ghosts” – at least that’s what it seems like at first. Since the death of her parents, she’s been plagued by these visions, which later turn out to […]

Posted May 14, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Help Me Graduate!

Help Me Graduate!

Hi there, kiddos! As you probably guessed by the title, I don’t have a Top Ten Tuesday post for you today. Instead, I come to you with a bit of a request. As you may know, I’m currently a grad school student, and low and behold, the time has come for me to complete my thesis. This means I have a survey and need, only, well, you know, 240 respondents. When I first heard the number, I kind of choked and just wanted to hide and make it all go away… but then I thought about it. You know, I have over 900 followers across […]

Posted May 13, 2014 by Debby in A Personal Note, Blog News / 9 Comments
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Book Review: Emma by Jane Austen

Book Review: Emma by Jane Austen

I have a bit of a rocky relationship with classics. Basically, we rarely get along. Mostly it’s just because I was forced to read many classics in grade school and the simple act of being forced to go through books I was not ready to read and analyze made me despise reading. But, now that I love to read more than anything, I do want to explore more classics on my own time, which is why I suggested to my book club that we read 1 classic every few months. I still need that added pressure of a commitment to read a classic to actually […]

Posted May 12, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Meridian by Josin L. McQuein

ARC Book Review: Meridian by Josin L. McQuein

When I read Arclight last year, I enjoyed it immensely. I’ll be the first to admit it was one of my favorite debuts of the year. The writing was vivid and beautiful, and the story was unique and haunting. However, almost a year later, my interest in the series has sadly waned. Meridian definitely did not live up to its prequel. First off, I will say in all fairness that I could hardly remember anything that happened in Arclight. And yes, my memory is not the best, but it was truly a unique case in the extent to which all memory of Arclight had faded. […]

Posted May 9, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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