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ARC Book Review: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

ARC Book Review: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

Having heard amazing things about Dixon’s debut, Entwined, that I have had on my shelf for years but shamefully not read yet, when the option to review Illusionarium came up, I jumped on that instantly. I’m generally a sucker for all things labeled steampunk anyway. But. Well, I think I may have learned my lesson not to jump the gun like that again. From the very start, Illusionarium and I didn’t get along – to the point where I honestly should have just stopped reading. But my sense of obligation bade me to continue. The problem with Illusionarium lies mostly in the premise and the […]

Posted May 18, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

ARC Book Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

I knew that picking up Solitaire would be kind of a risk. It was the kind of blurb that attracted me because maybe I could relate to this main character and it would make me SOB. But it could also be pretentious, sappy, and/or completely boring. Sadly… it went for the boring route, and I just give zero fucks. Part of what attracted me to this book was the knowledge that the main character is a blogger. But that was a big ass mistake. Blogging is hardly even mentioned in this book. It’s just a detail about her character – and she’ll mention a couple […]

Posted March 16, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

ARC Book Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

As with any negative review, particularly of a debut author, this is somewhat painful to write. I picked up Salt & Storm hoping for interesting magic adventures with stunning world building and the possibility of a nice romance. And I’m left extremely disappointed on all counts. So much so that at a mere quarter of the book, I was extremely close to leaving it unfinished (and we know how bad I am at DNFing). I pushed through anyway but… that didn’t change my opinion. My primary complaint about Salt & Storm sadly comes down to the writing. It didn’t work for me at all. It […]

Posted September 12, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 9 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

ARC Book Review: Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike

As a fan of all things timey-wimey, when I spotted Sleep No More being advertised as a thriller with a “change the future” kind of aspect, I was immediately intrigued. I’ll be the first to admit that I had not heard many great things about Aprilynne Pike’s writing, but I thought I might as well give it a shot – because maybe this story could convince me. While I was absorbed by the creeptastic story, the ending was a disaster, and without the illusion of suspense I realized… I didn’t like this book very much. So in Sleep No More, our main character, Charlotte, is […]

Posted April 25, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

ARC Book Review: Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

I thought this book would take a firm stance on the need for privacy and the need to let teenagers make their own mistakes and carry out their own voices. The story did begin that way, and that is what the synopsis and book trailer promised me. But it sadly deviated quite quickly and took a totally different stance. Imogene is not a gifted blogger. When she starts her blog, trying to make a statement against her mother’s overbearing behavior, she posts tiny entries of anecdotes that are specific to her mother and reek of spite. After only two entries like this, she completely gives […]

Posted April 21, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Here we go, issue 328597 in “The Chronicles of Debby, the Heartless Bitch”. As much as I hoped that I would fall in love with Looking for Alaska like almost everyone else and be reduced to a sobbing mess as I was practically promised I would be… it just didn’t work out. Grief stories are officially not for me. I should say up front that I’ve already read The Fault in Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, and thus, I am familiar with his writing style and devices he typically uses. And that’s issue number one. His characters are all extremely […]

Posted December 30, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 17 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

ARC Book Review: The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

The Promise of Amazing promised amazing things. ZING. I had to get that out of the way. I just had to. Now that we’ve gotten the title pun in here, let’s see… did it deliver on its promise? Tragically, no. But I won’t say that this book was completely terrible either. I mean, it has a pretty cover. Look at that! Ain’t it purty? If one enters this book in the right mood, it can be quite enjoyable. Let me clarify what I mean. When I started reading The Promise of Amazing, I was desperately in need of some winter-themed fluff. And this book takes […]

Posted December 27, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 23 Comments
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Book Review: Sealed with a Kiss by Sarra Manning

Book Review: Sealed with a Kiss by Sarra Manning

I have put off writing this review for almost a week. Frankly it’s because it was just average, and it bored me. And I really didn’t want to have to put that in words. While I really enjoyed French Kiss, it came with a sort of caveat that the series would show a lot of character growth and development. Kiss and Make Up was a hot damn mess and I rather disliked it, though I saw the realism in it and the potential for the series ender to impress me again. It… didn’t happen. It just didn’t. By the third book you’ll have gotten used to […]

Posted October 21, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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