Month: October 2015

Most Wanted: November 2015

Most Wanted: November 2015

Finally, the wallet-killing month of October is almost over. Now, in November, we have room to breathe and catch up on the amazing fall releases. BUT – November has some exciting books coming up too. Don’t forget about them! Here are the titles I’m most excited about. November 3rd Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray: Though most people were a bit lukewarm about A Thousand Pieces of You, I liked it more than most. That romance got to me, and I loved the creative settings. Can’t wait to see what happens next! Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins: Time travel romance!! It’s […]

Posted October 31, 2015 by Debby in Most Wanted / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

ARC Book Review: Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

I love art, historical fiction, and Renaissance Italy – so how could I possibly resist Da Vinci’s Tiger? With a premise that evoked loving memories of Sharon Biggs Waller’s A Mad, Wicked Folly – arguably my favorite historical fiction title to date – this book shot up to the top of my to read list. And I am very, very pleased with it. Right away, what struck me upon reading Da Vinci’s Tiger is how well-written and well-researched it is. This makes all the difference in historical fiction to me. You could tell from the first page that Elliott really knew what she was writing […]

Posted October 29, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Music Match-Up #8: The Archived & The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Music Match-Up #8: The Archived & The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Every once in a while, I come across a song that fits perfectly with a book I’ve read. In this feature, I’ll tell you about them! The Archived & The Unbound by Victoria Schwab Yeahhh, this feature has been on a long hibernation – but the perfect match between book and music isn’t something you stumble upon on a daily basis. Honestly, I’ve been sitting on this one for a while though and now I just have to get it out. The Books My love for The Archived and The Unbound honestly knows no bounds. It is one of my favorite series of all time, […]

Posted October 27, 2015 by Debby in Music Match-Up / 1 Comment
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Book Haul #27: The Month of Pre-Orders

Book Haul #27: The Month of Pre-Orders

Oh man. October is a wallet-killer, amirite? Seriously, so many new releases, so many pre-orders… between that and my computer issues this month I am dead broke. *sniff* But. I mean. Especially considering HARRY POTTER ASDFJKL; I kindaaaa regret nothing. Purchased Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay: Yeah, ummm HELLO GORGEOUS. I was going back and forth on ordering this for a while, but I am SO GLAD I DID. It may be my 3rd copy of this book, but I regret nothing. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I’ve been meaning to do a Harry […]

Posted October 24, 2015 by Debby in Book Hauls / 4 Comments
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Book Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

Book Review: End of Days by Susan Ee

A couple of years ago, Angelfall by Susan Ee, an indie-published, unknown book took the reading world by storm. And now, we’re finally there: the end. End of Days was, for me, a very highly anticipated 2015 release and one I greatly enjoyed. I should say up front that I reread Angelfall and World After before diving into End of Days. And I feel like that helped me so much. I was once again fully on board my ship, I remembered all the creepy creatures and horrific scenes, and I was cheering for Penryn and Raffe all the way. Had I not done this, End […]

Posted October 22, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

ARC Book Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

Historical fiction is the genre that I’ve been trying to delve into much more this year. This paired with a fondness for (at least the idea of) spy thrillers, as soon as I heard about Velvet Undercover, I was excited. A teenage spy sent into Germany from the UK during World War I? Color me intrigued. This book was entertaining… but not exactly mindblowing. I’ll start with my biggest point of critique and the thing that kept this book from ever really engaging me fully: the writing. I have this thing with historical fiction – especially those set in Britain or with British characters. I […]

Posted October 20, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The hype for The Wrath and the Dawn took the YA book world by storm this year – and normally that kind of thing would scare me off. I mean, I almost held off on reading this for a while because of it, but then it became our book club pick. Boy am I glad I did not flake out this time. The Wrath and the Dawn is every bit as sumptuous and engrossing as everyone promised. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights – a folk tale I was not actually familiar with but grew to love. […]

Posted October 8, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

ARC Book Review: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

I’m a sucker for all things gender bending, so when I heard that Newt’s Emerald would be using this beloved trope in a regency historical setting with bonus magic, I was immediately excited. Not to mention, the author, Garth Nix, is somewhat of a legend – one I had yet to experience. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it never crossed the line from “good” to “great”. In Newt’s Emerald, Lady Truthful Newington (our main character) is a young girl about to debut in London’s high society. Her coming of age would also come with the inheritance of the family’s legendary emerald jewel – a […]

Posted October 3, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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