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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: Exiquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

ARC Book Review: Exiquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

I’m going to be straight up honest with you guys (I mean, when am I ever not?) and tell you that I didn’t have high expectations for this book at all. I’d seen so many negative reviews and some friends of mine didn’t even finish it… I totally thought it would be terrible, and that I’d quit after 50 pages or so. Well… it wasn’t. Maybe those low expectations helped, because I actually quite enjoyed this one. I really thought the world of Exquisite Captive was super creative. I love jinnis. I don’t know why there aren’t more books about them, though there are some […]

Posted October 13, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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Book Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

Book Review: The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

The Boyfriend App came to me highly recommended by Christina, and judging by how often we agree on contemporary romances, it did not take much for me to bite and put this on my TBR list. Then Gaby graciously gave me her extra copy, because she is the bestest, and I couldn’t resist sneaking it into my TBR pile soon after. This book was entertaining FOR SURE, but also just a bit… odd. What makes The Boyfriend App so hard to place is that it’s clearly a story in two parts. The first part shows Audrey’s first efforts to create an app for the Public […]

Posted September 21, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

ARC Book Review: The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

The Perilous Sea, or as I like to call it “THE SEA DRAGON COVER I HAS A SEA DRAGON FWEEEEEEEEEEE”, was – as you might already be able to tell – one of my very highly anticipated books of 2014. It’s the sequel to The Burning Sky, which I absolutely loved in spite of its flaws. Though The Perilous Sea continues to fall short in certain areas, by the end of this book I was fully engaged and swamped with feels yet again. The biggest weakness to The Burning Sky was admittedly the world building. Sadly, The Perilous Sea does not exactly make up for […]

Posted September 3, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

ARC Book Review: Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

Here’s the thing: if you write a book about nerdy characters who are into geeky pastimes like gaming, I’m probably going to read that book. Simply put, when I read the blurb of Guy in Real Life, I knew I was reading this. Overall, I did enjoy myself, though I may not be able to clearly articulate why. However, I do have a couple reservations. As an occasional gamer, I absolutely adored the view this book gave on the gaming world. There’s MMORPGs and Dungeons & Dragons… characters who are obsessed with them. I love MMORPGs. There’s something so addictive about them – and the […]

Posted May 21, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 2 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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Book Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

Book Review: How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer

I picked up How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True because (1) I was in need of some wonderful fluff, and (2) I loved Smart Girls Get What They Want so hard. Sarah Strohmeyer really knows how to get you giggly and relaxed, but ultimately this one never really reached the “amazing” level. How Zoe tells the story of Zoe, a high school girl, who is slowly recovering from the loss of her mother, and decides to spend the summer interning at a Fairyland Kingdom theme park. She quickly becomes selected to be the personal assistant of the “Queen” – the head boss. She’s […]

Posted February 3, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 13 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

ARC Book Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty absolutely blew me away. So much so that roughly a week later, I’m still too speechless to write a review. I don’t know how to talk about this book without gushing. How to express in words just how much I loved it. But here we go. I will make a valiant effort. That promo comparison “Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast”? Yeah, forget that. That’s not going to work for this book. If anything, it’s Greek mythology meets Beauty and the Beast. Though I have not yet read Graceling, I feel like many other readers were kind of deceived with the comparison. This […]

Posted January 20, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 15 Comments
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