Month: July 2015

ARC Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

ARC Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

I didn’t know much about Bright Lights, Dark Nights before I picked it up – aside from the fact that it had an interracial romance and gorgeous illustrations. I’m delighted to say that I found this an engaging, quick read that had both light and dark tones and some thought-provoking discussion of modern-day racial tensions. A heavy focus of Bright Lights, Dark Nights is on a first love – between the main character, Walter, and an African American girl, Naomi. That romance is not uncomplicated, as interracial relationships often aren’t. And on top of that, Naomi happens to be the younger sister of one of […]

Posted July 30, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Most Wanted: August 2015

Most Wanted: August 2015

August is almost around the corner! Good thing too, because some of these books I’ve been waiting on for sooooo long, it’s about freaking time. Here are the August titles I’m most excited about. August 4th How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo: This book made me feel sooo many things. I almost cried. Anyway – excellent for its presentation of autism and the importance of familial love. The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak: So basically I heard that this book is adorable and then I wanted it immediately. #suckerforromance August 11th Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond: I just finished […]

Posted July 28, 2015 by Debby in Most Wanted / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

ARC Book Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

By the time I picked up How to Say I Love You Out Loud, I was a little hesitant. I’ve been tempted by so many Swoon Reads titles because of their absolutely gorgeous covers, but they’ve failed for me more often than not. But wow. I’m so glad I read this one anyway. How to Say I Love You Out Loud is powerful and emotional, and it brings autism to light in a way I had never considered it before. Jordyn’s little brother has autism. This is something that has shaped her whole family and her whole life. He doesn’t have the mild kind of […]

Posted July 25, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Book Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Ever since I started reading YA actively in 2012, I’ve heard the greatest things about Rachel Hawkins as being an author of excellent entertaining and fluffy paranormal romances. As such, I’ve been meaning to try out her books for ages, but it never quite made it to the top of my priority list. What an idiot am I. Rebel Belle is an absolute delight, and I can’t wait to check out all the rest of Hawkins’s works. Rebel Belle tells the story of Harper, an overachieving southern Belle, who out of the blue, after witnessing the death of her school janitor and being assaulted by […]

Posted July 23, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity

Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity

This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here. In the past couple of years, the call for diverse books has been enormous, and finally some of those shunted minorities are getting to see themselves in books. This is, obviously, a tremendously good thing. There can never be enough diversity in books because every person deserves to have that one book that makes them feel like they’re not alone. Now, I’ll freely admit that I probably don’t read nearly enough diverse books. Part of that is because they can so often turn out to be […]

Posted July 21, 2015 by Debby in Memes, Top Ten Tuesdays / 5 Comments
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Book Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Book Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

WARNING: I am spoiling this entire book for you and I don’t care. *deep sigh* It’s been almost 3 months since I read this book, but I’m just getting around to reviewing it now. It’s so laughably terrible that I needed to have the right energy and enough time to fully explain why. Honestly, before I dove into the book, I’d already seen that the public opinion on it was largely negative – but I still went into it with an open mind. It has such a beautiful cover and awesome premise (YA Da Vinci Code!), that I desperately wanted to like it. However, by […]

Posted July 18, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 11 Comments
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Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ever since I read Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass, I knew that she was an author to keep up with. This woman is a storytelling master, creating such awesome characters, plots, and worlds that you just can’t help falling in love with. With each book of hers that I read, my love expands even more, and A Court of Thorns and Roses cements her as one of my all-time favorite authors. This creative Beauty and the Beast retelling is an absolute treat. A Court of Thorns and Roses is brilliant as a retelling. I wasn’t quite expecting it to stick so close to the […]

Posted July 16, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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The Cinderella Book Tag

The Cinderella Book Tag

Queen of all things Disney, Mel from The Daily Prophecy, tagged me for the Cinderella Book Tag a while back – and well, you know how much I love tags. And fairy tales. I like the twist on this tag 🙂 so let’s go! Evil Stepsisters A Book with Characters You Hate: Haaaa, I was stumped on this one for a bit, but then I remembered Rose and Dmitri from Vampire Academy. I’ll never let go of my hatred for them ♥ Prince Charming A Book with a Gentleman: When I think of the word “gentleman”, I’ll always think about “Golden Boy”, aka Cade from […]

Posted July 14, 2015 by Debby in Memes / 5 Comments
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