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ARC Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

ARC Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

I was already a fan of Emma Mills’s first book, First & Then. It was cute and happy and romantic, and so I thought, this is an author I should keep an eye on. I did NOT think that she would level up so supremely for her sophomore title. This Adventure Ends is heartfelt, lovely, and so, so meaningful. Sloan is a soul friend. I mean this in the sense of the side characters that she befriends, but also because she’s such an understandable and relatable character. Her voice is awesome, and her personality is one that just instantly draws you (and other people) to […]

Posted October 4, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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Book Review: First & Then by Emma Mills

Book Review: First & Then by Emma Mills

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights. I mean, did you really need anything more than that to be like OH MAN I WANT THIS NOW? I sure didn’t. Though the positive reviews from fellow fluff-loving friends certainly didn’t hurt. First & Then was exactly what I expected – a delight. Now, first off, you shouldn’t expect this to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, because it definitely is not. I kind of made that mistake at the start, and so I was looking here and there trying to draw comparisons between the characters, but it’s not a retelling. There are similar themes though, because […]

Posted June 4, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Whoa, whoa, whoa, WHOA! I’ve been a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s since reading her Grisha series, but man, she knocked it out of the park with Six of Crows. This is an instant favorite, and one of the very best books I’ve read this year. Intense, creative, well-written, and well-developed… if you haven’t read this, I’m basically ordering you to. Now. Six of Crows is basically Ocean’s Eleven in a fantasy world. That already sounds awesome as fuck, RIGHT? Well it gets better. This story takes place in the same world as The Grisha – starting out in the city of Ketterdam. Ketterdam, and Kerch, […]

Posted December 10, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

ARC Book Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Trust me, no one is more surprised than I, but I actually really liked The Heart of Betrayal. After reading the first book in the series, The Kiss of Deception, I was dreading even reading this at all despite having a review copy. But wow. Now this is a series I can get behind. My primary complaint about The Kiss of Deception was that there was hardly a plot and way too heavy a focus on the love triangle which I found insufferable. The Heart of Betrayal shuts down both of those complaints. The cliffhanger at the end of The Kiss of Deception indicated that […]

Posted July 4, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Ugh. *moan* *sigh* Oh boy. The Kiss of Deception came out last year to a generally positive reception – in fact, plenty of my closest blogging friends clamored about it as being one of the best new YA fantasy series out there. I am baffled, because I do not understand at all. This book was boring as hell. Honestly, I should have paid more attention to what this book was about than all of the positive reactions it had gotten. The title conveniently has the word ‘Kiss’ in it, and the premise already introduces the fact that there are two handsome strangers who enter the […]

Posted June 24, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

ARC Book Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

As a huge fan of Kerstin Gier’s Precious Stone Trilogy, when I heard that Macmillan would be releasing the Silver trilogy as well, my heart LEAPED in delight. Dream a Little Dream was a super fun adventure that I just tore through. What appealed to me most about this book is the cool, creative concept of lucid shared dreaming. Honestly, it’s just such a cool freaking idea, and the execution was excellent! I loved getting the flashes of Liv’s dreams and the recurrence of the door that would allow her to enter the shared dreams. The settings in the dreams were wonderfully vivid, and I […]

Posted March 23, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I finally did it! I’ve had Ruin and Rising on my bookshelf for ages – since its publication day, actually – but I kept putting off reading it for some reason. I think I was scared that I would be let down. But no. Though there are some things that I would maybe have liked differently, Ruin and Rising is a solid ending to what I believe is a truly excellent YA fantasy series. Right away, what struck me upon reading Ruin and Rising was how gorgeous Leigh Bardugo’s writing is. I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately – in a row, even – […]

Posted March 12, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

ARC Book Review: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

Show me a book with an absolutely stunning cover and tell me it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and that book will go to the TOP of my wishlist. Such was the case with Beastkeeper. This middle grade fairy tale retelling is an absolute delight from start to finish. What struck me about Beastkeeper right away was that, BOY, Cat Hellisen knows how to write. Her world building and storytelling abilities are just top notch. She creates a setting with so much atmosphere that it just sucks you straight into the story and you never want to leave. Her take on Beauty and the […]

Posted February 5, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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