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ARC Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

ARC Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

As a true reader of my generation, I’m still tempted any time witches and witchcraft are mentioned. The Witch Hunter popped up on my radar with quite a bit of buzz, but at the end of the day, this is a debut that failed to impress. The Witch Hunter is a kind of historical fantasy. I say kind of, because it’s extremely hard to tell where this splits off from history. The story takes place in “Anglia”, which is obviously meant to be the UK, and “Gaul” is mentioned across the channel, for France… But other than that, and aside from the usual patriarchy, it […]

Posted June 3, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Audiobook Review: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

Audiobook Review: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

I did it guys. I finished this series and sadly… I remain the black sheep who was passively entertained but a long way from enthralled. The Bitter Kingdom did some things that I liked, but in other ways remained boring to me. The series’ peak was The Crown of Embers for me, and I will just stay here in my corner, forever puzzled about all the hype. There are things that The Bitter Kingdom did well, admittedly. Elisa has grown throughout the series, and in The Bitter Kingdom she fully embraces her role as Queen. She gets involved in politics, negotiating with other parties and […]

Posted February 13, 2015 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

ARC Book Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Though the hype sort of kept me from full-fledged fangirling over These Broken Stars, I definitely still enjoyed that book immensely. Unfortunately, This Shattered World did not exactly live up to its predecessor. Though the sci-fi aspects were still pretty cool, the characters just didn’t charm me. This Shattered World takes place in the same universe as These Broken Stars a few months later, on a new planet called Avon. Avon is in the process of terraforming (a sci-fi concept I still completely love) but it seems to be stuck in the developing stages. The main characters this time around are Jubilee (AKA Lee), a […]

Posted December 5, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Audiobook Review: Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans

Audiobook Review: Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans

I start this review with pain in my heart because I wanted to like Chasing Before so badly. I really enjoyed The Memory of After in spite of a few quibbles, and I’ve met Lenore on multiple occasions. She’s awesome! So awesome that she’s the one who gave me this audiobook! And sadly, I didn’t really like it. I didn’t hate it either, but it was just a bit meh. First off, I shouldn’t have listened to this on audio. I should have read it in print. Right away, I realized that Cynthia Holloway is not the narrator for me. Her voice is high pitched, […]

Posted November 24, 2014 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

Book Review: Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone

As a time travel geek, I was intrigued by Time Between Us, but at the same time I knew not to expect too much from it. Instead of a heavy sci-fi adventure, I was more expecting a fluffy romantic book, not unlike The Time Traveler’s Wife, which would hopefully give me a punch in the feels. Sadly… That didn’t happen. I enjoyed this read, but I’m not entirely impressed by it. So basically, Anna meets Bennett and, in the vein of a paranormal series, immediately realizes something’s off about him. She does some snooping, of course, and then eventually finds out that Bennett is a […]

Posted May 5, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

ARC Book Review: The Secrets of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer

I absolutely LOVED Sarah Strohmeyer’s Smart Girls Get What They Want and I liked How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True, so when The Secrets of Lily Graves appeared, I just KNEW I had to read it – regardless of the fact that this was not a fluffy romance but a mystery. Sadly, Strohmeyer’s foray into a new genre didn’t work too well for me. Lily Graves is a murder mystery. Lily’s classmate Erin is found dead. First it is assumed to be a suicide, but quickly it becomes clear that there was foul play involved. Lily is one of the last people who […]

Posted May 2, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

ARC Book Review: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

*sigh* I so badly want to find a great mermaid book, but the hunt must continue. That’s not to say that Deep Blue is bad – but it’s very middle of the road for me, and I hoped for more. Deep Blue tells the story of Serafina, a mermaid princess on the cusp of being named the next Regina and being betrothed to Prince Mahdi, her childhood crush. Before any of this ceremony can take place, her kingdom is attacked, her mother is, likely, fatally wounded, and she and her friend Neela flee. It becomes apparent there’s a prophecy involving her and five other mermaids, […]

Posted April 28, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

Book Review: Inferno by Dan Brown

*sigh* Inferno… There were good parts and there were bad parts. To be fair, Dan Brown delivers with another thrilling story that his true fans will love. However, it is not his best novel by any means. The most telling sign of that is that it took me about a month to finish reading this book. Now I love Dan Brown, for the most part. Angels & Demons is one of my favorite books ever and I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code as well. However, The Lost Symbol disappointed me, I just felt it was very boring. Luckily, Inferno¬†is better than The Lost Symbol, […]

Posted July 19, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 9 Comments
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