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ARC Book Review: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

ARC Book Review: I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil

I’m Glad I Did is a book that probably wouldn’t be on my radar at all and that I wouldn’t be likely to pick up if it wasn’t at BEA in 2014. But I’m glad it was, because this historical fiction about the music industry is wonderfully written and authentic. Ultimately, I did want a little more from the mystery part – but I did enjoy this quick read anyway. Cynthia Weil is – apparently – a pretty successful songwriter, so it was immediately obvious that the setting within the music industry in the 1960s, in New York City, was wonderfully authentic. I looove music […]

Posted January 2, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

ARC Book Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

I don’t typically read a lot of paranormal books, so I had never yet experienced Holly Black – a pretty big name author in YA. The opportunity to read The Darkest Part of the Forest came about thanks to BEA, and faeries are probably the paranormal creatures I’m most likely to like, so I was really excited to try it out. The result? Well it’s a creative story and world for sure, but it lacked a kind of emotional resonance with me. Hazel and Ben live in a town bordering a forest inhabited by faeries. Faeries are just as pesky and terrifying as all the […]

Posted December 29, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 10 Comments
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Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

It’s here. The end of an era. The end of Percy Jackson. NO NO, DON’T CRY, DEBBY. Breathe. In many ways, this was a nice conclusion to the Heroes of Olympus series, but in other ways, I couldn’t help but be frustratingly disappointed. So this review will be a long one. You’ve been warned. The Blood of Olympus is the climax of the five-book long plot, so obviously, this is where the action really picks up and those mysterious twists are finally revealed. In classic Rick Riordan fashion, it’s complimented with humor, excellent world building, and awesome, quirky secondary characters. Primarily in this one, Nike, […]

Posted December 18, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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Book Review: Venom by Fiona Paul

Book Review: Venom by Fiona Paul

Since reading and loving The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes earlier this year, I was convinced I had to try her previous books under her pen name, Fiona Paul, as well! Venom became our November book club pick and for the most part, I liked it, though it had obvious signs of being the first in a series (and of being a debut novel). Venom is a historical fiction set in Renaissance Venice. Cassandra, the main character, is part of the wealthy elite, trapped in an engagement and unable to experience life due to the strict social conventions. One of her close friends just […]

Posted December 8, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

ARC Book Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

When I heard about The Walled City at the BEA Buzz Panel, I was immediately intrigued. It’s based on an actual city, Kowloon Walled City, in which many of the horrid dystopian-like elements of the book did happen. It sounded action-packed and realistic yet disturbing. Ultimately, though I found the story entertaining, I felt it was bogged down in bad writing, bland characters, and only average world building. The Walled City is a sort of historical fiction dystopia. In this city, crime reigns free. There is no governing body, no laws to be upheld, because… I don’t quite know. Here’s where the world building, to […]

Posted November 12, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Book Review: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Book Review: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

I suppose that with every series, it’s natural to encounter a book you like less than the others. It pains me to say that that is Things I Can’t Forget for me. Though I won’t say this book was bad – I still swooned and enjoyed the romance – there were multiple factors that kept me from really connecting with it. Things I Can’t Forget is less sports-focused than the other books in Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series. Kate used to be a soccer player, but a knee injury put a stop to that. Instead, the story focuses on a summer church camp, where Kate and […]

Posted October 22, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

ARC Book Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Ahh, the book with the too-pretty cover. And it is pretty. Pretty pretty. I find it very hard to look past books with covers like that. But, okay, I need to review more than that. Snow Like Ashes is an entertaining start to what will likely be a fantastic fantasy series. Though I have some reservations, I liked it quite a bit. Snow Like Ashes takes place in Primoria, a fantasy world with 8 different kingdoms, governed by magic. Meira, our main character, is one of the last free citizens of Winter, a kingdom that was taken over by Spring 16 years ago. Together with […]

Posted October 20, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

ARC Book Review: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

A.S. King is one of those BIG NAME YA authors who everyone seems to love, so when I got the opportunity to pick up a copy of Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future at BEA, you bet your ass I was excited. I hadn’t read anything by her before – but I definitely wanted to – and with the future/timey-wimey aspect, I thought this was almost sure to be a hit. But this book was WEIRD, guys. I just. I don’t even know. I will say that what immediately struck me is that King’s writing is definitely beautiful. The more I read YA, the more […]

Posted October 17, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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