Month: July 2016

Most Wanted: August 2016

Most Wanted: August 2016

It’s almost August! Cue the drama, the calls of, “I’m not ready,” because yes, time has flown by once again and oh my god I’m almost a quarter of a century old. But for books, it’s just good news. We’re approaching the end of the summer “slow season” and there are some GREAT titles coming up. August 2nd The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson: I’ll be the first to admit that I had a rocky start with this series, but the second book turned it around completely, and now I can’t wait to see how it ends. If it’s anything like the cover […]

Posted July 30, 2016 by Debby in Most Wanted / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

ARC Book Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

I did it. I killed the beast – this 600+ page monster of a novel. It took me three weeks to get through it not only because Pokémon Go was released in the same time. And it pains me to say it, but I do feel like it was a waste of those three weeks. When I saw an opportunity to read the much hyped Nevernight early, I LITERALLY jumped at the chance. I did love the first book I read by Kristoff, Stormdancer, and at the time, a bloody book about assassins in a dark fantasy world sounded like a fantastic idea. I feel […]

Posted July 28, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Graphic Novel Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Graphic Novel Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The hype for Nimona started long before it was published as a book. Several of my friends were already raving about it as it was gradually being posted online. That plus Noelle’s STUNNING drawing style made this a graphic novel I definitely could not resist. And I can say with certainty that I feel it deserves the hype. Nimona is made up of everything I love: fantasy, dragons, magic, comedy, anti-heroes, and a morally complicated storyline. It’s all about Nimona, a shapeshifter. She’s fun and bubbly and has a penchant for trouble, which is why she joins up with the country’s leading supervillain. Blackheart is […]

Posted July 23, 2016 by Debby in Graphic Novel Reviews, Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger was one of my most anticipated books of 2016, being that it followed the flawless and engrossing The Wrath and the Dawn, one of my favorite books of 2015. Honestly, words will never really do it justice. This book – and this series – is wholly unique. So much so that I finished it thinking, “OH MY GOD SO PERFECT SO MANY FEELINGS,” and yet any time I thought, “Well, I should write that review,” I was kind of left speechless. So I’m going to keep it short. This book is great. Reasons why you should totally read The Wrath […]

Posted July 21, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Top Ten Books Set Outside of the USA

Top Ten Books Set Outside of the USA

This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here. This list is not entirely fair because it makes me want to pack up my bags and head out on vacation IMMEDIATELY. And I’m not going anywhere until November. *sobs forever* Bring on the Wanderlust 1. Just One Day by Gayle Forman: This book WHICH I AM STILL PRETENDING IS A STANDALONE was pretty much perfect. You see parts of London and a ton of Paris with a side of a tiny bit of Holland, all as a beautifully fleshed out backdrop to an amazing character […]

Posted July 19, 2016 by Debby in Memes, Top Ten Tuesdays / 4 Comments
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Book Haul #36: Gotta Have ‘Em All

Book Haul #36: Gotta Have ‘Em All

I’m not completely obsessed with Pokémon Go, what are you talking about? I also like books. Sometimes. Maybe not so much this week. BUT WHATEVER, I must complete my collections. Purchased The Skylighter by Becky Wallace: It’s been a while since this book came out, but I read it as an eARC and LOVED it, so it was just a matter of waiting until the price went down a bit. If you’re new to fantasy or want super fun, fast paced entertaining fantasy, you need this series. Run by Kody Keplinger: HELLO NEW BOOK FROM ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS EVER. HELLOOOO. I am excite. […]

Posted July 16, 2016 by Debby in Book Hauls / 0 Comments
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Book Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Book Review: Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Sometimes you just need something cute. After being sick for a week and falling slowly into a reading slump, I couldn’t help but order, receive, and then immediately read Wanderlost, which Christina was all atwitter about. This book is basically the perfect summer book: cute, sweet, funny, and full of European love. Wanderlost is about Aubree, a recently graduated high school senior, who secretly takes over her sister’s position guiding a senior tour through Europe. Except, she doesn’t know anything about Europe. Actually, she’s just fine staying at home. But throughout her journey she discovers another side to herself, another side of the world, and […]

Posted July 9, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Book Review: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Sigh. This is one of those series that gets raved about all the time by everyone. It’s one of the bestselling YA series of all time. And in theory there’s nothing that “wrong” with it. But I do not get everyone’s fascination. Not one bit. I enjoyed the first book quite a bit, but right from the start, Hollow City was not the same. There was more action at the start, so arguably it should be exciting. But in terms of plot and world building, this is very much a middle book. They’re chasing down Miss Peregrine the whole time, but dawdling here and there […]

Posted July 7, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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