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ARC Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

ARC Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Oh man. First of all, I just want to say ten thousand thank yous to Tiemen and the American Book Center for making it possible for me to read this early. It might very well be the most exciting review copy I’ve ever had the honor of receiving. Those who know me will probably know that Uncle Rick is one of my absolute favorite authors. His mix of fantasy, adventure, mythology, and humor just steals my heart every single time. And The Sword of Summer is no different. The Sword of Summer is the start of a new series based around Norse mythology. Now, while […]

Posted September 27, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

ARC Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

I didn’t know much about Bright Lights, Dark Nights before I picked it up – aside from the fact that it had an interracial romance and gorgeous illustrations. I’m delighted to say that I found this an engaging, quick read that had both light and dark tones and some thought-provoking discussion of modern-day racial tensions. A heavy focus of Bright Lights, Dark Nights is on a first love – between the main character, Walter, and an African American girl, Naomi. That romance is not uncomplicated, as interracial relationships often aren’t. And on top of that, Naomi happens to be the younger sister of one of […]

Posted July 30, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

ARC Book Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

By the time I picked up How to Say I Love You Out Loud, I was a little hesitant. I’ve been tempted by so many Swoon Reads titles because of their absolutely gorgeous covers, but they’ve failed for me more often than not. But wow. I’m so glad I read this one anyway. How to Say I Love You Out Loud is powerful and emotional, and it brings autism to light in a way I had never considered it before. Jordyn’s little brother has autism. This is something that has shaped her whole family and her whole life. He doesn’t have the mild kind of […]

Posted July 25, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

ARC Book Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

It’s very hard for me to see a cover and premise that hint at steampunk and then pass that book up – and so it was that Rebel Mechanics entered my eager hands. This alternate history is unique, interesting, and incredibly entertaining – and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next. Rebel Mechanics tells the story of an alternate history where the US never gained independence. This happened because of the existence of magic in the ruling upperclass of Britain – they use their power to dominate the colonies and ruin any chance at industrial revolution. Without machines, the Americans don’t stand […]

Posted July 8, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally

A new Miranda Kenneally book is always cause for celebration. Since reading all 5 Hundred Oaks books last year, I’ve known I can count on her to bring the fluffy swoons and dynamic characters that instantly put a smile on my face. Such is the case again with Jesse’s Girl. Honestly, by this point, I can’t imagine Kenneally ever letting me down. Jesse’s Girl is the first book in the Hundred Oaks series that is completely unrelated to sports – however, there’s another “hobby” to take its place: music. The main character, Maya (Sam Henry’s little sister), dreams of becoming a musician. She adores 80’s […]

Posted July 6, 2015 by Debby in Giveaways, 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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ARC Book Review: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

ARC Book Review: Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen

The Scarlet series by A.C. Gaughen has been one of my favorite ongoing series since I dove into it last year, so obviously I started reading Lion Heart with equal parts excitement and nervousness. Gaughen has been all about the brutal endings so far, but surely she’ll give us a happy ending here, right? Lion Heart delivers a satisfying ending for sure and has cemented this series as one of my all-time favorites. What a wonderful feminist take on Robin Hood! I must admit that I had a bit of trouble getting back into the series when I started reading Lion Heart. It’s been more […]

Posted May 13, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Novice by Taran Matharu

ARC Book Review: The Novice by Taran Matharu

When I first heard about The Novice, with its stunning cover and Wattpad origins, I immediately had high hopes. “This could potentially be the next Throne of Glass series,” my brain screamed, excitedly. After reading it, I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say all that, but The Novice is entertaining for sure, and a series I can’t wait to continue. The world of The Novice is like a creative blend of Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, and Pokemon. That might SOUND odd, but I swear it makes perfect sense if you read the book. Like LOTR, the races of men, […]

Posted May 4, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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