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Book Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Book Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Once upon a time, I read a cool book with a genie in it. Ever since then, I’ve been weirdly convinced that this is something I need so much more of in my life. And so, it was no surprise that when I heard about The Forbidden Wish it instantly got put on my TBR list. And this book sure did a lot of things well. But other things… were not quite there for me. The Forbidden Wish is kind of a retelling, or more like a reimagining, of Aladdin. Aladdin finds Zahra’s lamp in the desert, where she’s been abandoned for hundreds of years […]

Posted August 30, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

A little birdie told me that I would absolutely like this book – by which I mean to say, Christina raved about it for weeks and then shoved it in my face by way of a Christmas gift. Yeah. I got the hint. But Christina knows me, so yes, I loved this book. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is not a contemporary romance I would ordinarily go for. The blurb seems very much like it’s saying there’s some instalove, some all-encompassing first love, which to me would be a warning sign for sap. That’s so not this book. It’s cute. It’s light. It’s heartfelt. […]

Posted August 16, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 2 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: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison

Book Review: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison

I basically love all fairy tales, but the tale of Rapunzel has a special place in my heart – mostly because I think Tangled is probably my favorite Disney fairy tale movie. So, obviously, Grounded sounded like something I had to have in my life. I don’t read a lot of middle grade books, but occasionally they’re just the thing I need in life: light, not too complicated, and FUN. And Grounded sure was all of those things. In this version of the beloved fairy tale, Rapunzel is a young and sheltered girl who has been living in a tower all her life, cut off […]

Posted March 8, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 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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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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Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy and indeed the His Fair Assassin trilogy is one of those super hyped up YA series that I sort of never really considered until an explosion of hype seemed to appear last year. That one’s on me. Whyyyy did I not pick this up earlier?? I absolutely adored this historical fiction with light touches of fantasy and amazing, amazing characters. Grave Mercy, you’ve probably heard, is about assassin nuns. Our main character, Ismae, ends up at a convent for St. Mortain, the god of death. Mortain is supposedly her father, so she trains in all manner of weapons and poisons to do his […]

Posted March 5, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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Book Review: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Book Review: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

I loved The Archived when I first read it back in May, but then I put off buying The Unbound for forever – for some reason. LUCKILY, Gillian is a very very lovely bookish friend, and her giving this to me finally gave me the push I needed to read this most excellent sequel. All I can say is, “DEBBY, WHY THE HELL DID YOU WAIT SO LONG, YOU DOOFUS?!?!??!” From page 1, I was instantly smitten with how lovely every aspect of this series is. But let’s be honest, at the top of the list has to be THAT FREAKING SHIP. Wesley and Mac […]

Posted December 22, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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