Genre: Science Fiction

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 / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

If you haven’t heard of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, you may well be living under a rock. Aside from the movie adaptation hitting theaters later this year, this has been one of the most consistently hyped YA series for the past 5 years. And yet I’m only getting around to it now. Whoops. This book has a killer concept, but didn’t fully resonate with me. The best thing and major selling point of Miss Peregrine’s has to be its concept. Ransom Riggs collected strange and eerie photographs and created a dark and twisted story around them. Peculiars are people with paranormal abilities, and […]

Posted June 23, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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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 / 2 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: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

ARC Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Time travel. Those are magic words to me. Words to which I perk up and think, “OH YES PLEASE.” Throw in some pirate-y shenanigans and how on earth was I supposed to resist this book? Well, maybe I’ll take more care in the future. The Girl from Everywhere wasn’t exactly what I was hoping it would be. The Girl from Everywhere tells the story of Nix, a sixteen-year-old girl on a ship that travels through time. Her father, the captain, is trying to find his way back to her mother in Hawaii, 1868, but to get there he needs to get the right map… which […]

Posted February 11, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Ever since I first read Cinder, almost three years ago, I knew that this series would likely be one of my all-time favorites. Now here we are. The end of the road. And I was not wrong. At a whopping 824 pages, your first thought upon opening Winter may rightfully be, “Holy crap this book is massive.” That size is daunting to most readers – especially to me. But it’s a testament to Meyer’s skill as a writer that the story never truly drags and no moment ever feels unnecessary. Every book introduces two additional main characters – so by Winter, with Winter and Jacin […]

Posted February 3, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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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: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

ARC Book Review: Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell

I am a huge fan of fairy tale retellings, steampunk, and beautiful book covers, so as soon as Mechanica appeared on my radar, I simply had to have it. And the results are… mixed. We had a slow start, some shining moments, and then a very wince-worthy ending. So Mechanica retells Cinderella in a way that will be pretty familiar to you. A lot of the elements of the Disney version are the same, but the steampunk twist definitely helps to add some originality. The book starts off with some long flashbacks and exposition to reveal Nicolette (Cinderella)’s backstory and reveal the twists on the […]

Posted August 8, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 9 Comments
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