Tag: diverse books

Book Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Book Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street came pitched to me as “for fans of Samantha Shannon” and came with a blurb by Shannon herself. That definitely caught my attention, but when I heard about what the rest of the book would contain (clairvoyance, Victorian London, Japan, and a heavy focus on characterization), I knew I had to check this book out for sure. This adult historical fiction is something completely different and very imaginative. I definitely enjoyed it. In The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Thaniel Steepleton, a synesthete telegraphist at the Home Office, narrowly escapes the Fenian bombings in 1884 thanks to an intricate and mysterious […]

Posted June 22, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

ARC Book Review: Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

Let it be noted, for the record, that I love Dahlia – who is just a super awesome author person and super fun to talk to. But be that as it may, I wasn’t expecting to fall quite so deeply in love with Under the Lights. This is a wonderfully different and excellently fluffy LGBT book that just filled me with so much happiness. More ladies kissing, forever and always! I started reading Under the Lights when I didn’t quite feel like working on my blog, intending to just take a small break and read, at most, 50 pages or so. Instead, I read more […]

Posted June 17, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

ARC Book Review: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

When I first heard about Made You Up, I was instantly excited about it. I’m usually all about the light and fluffy contemporaries, but a main character with schizophrenia? A completely unreliable narrator, unsure of what is real and what is not? That was a premise that was way too interesting to pass up. And I’m glad I didn’t. This is a stunning debut by Francesca Zappia, and a story that will stay with me for a very long time. Made You Up follows Alex, a paranoid schizophrenic, who is starting out at a new school for senior year after a breakdown at her last […]

Posted May 15, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

ARC Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

How to Make Debby Fall in Love with Your Book: a guide, clearly followed by Becky Albertalli Step One: Create a main character. Let’s say his name is Simon and he’s gay but very much still in the closet. Make him witty and lovable, with a compelling voice and keen observations about how sexuality is perceived in society. Maybe make him a drama nerd, for extra relatability points. He’ll steal Debby’s heart in an instant. Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m […]

Posted March 19, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 6 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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Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

When I saw just how STUNNING the UK edition of My True Love Gave to Me was, I had to go out and buy a copy. My desire to stroke all the pretty covers ever demanded it. It was the first time I ever read a short story anthology, and for the most part I enjoyed it! As expected, some stories are better than others, and some just don’t get enough depth or space by nature of their shortness. But with the shared holiday theme and my timely reading of it, this was delightful! Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: 5/5 Rowell’s story is all about New […]

Posted January 5, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 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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ARC Book Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

ARC Book Review: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

Earlier this year, I absolutely fell in love with Liz Czukas’s debut, Ask Again Later, so when I got the opportunity to read Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless, I was a bouncing bundle of joy. Though less bantery and wonderfully shippy than Ask Again Later, Top Ten Clues was feel good, happy making, and totally reminiscent of epic ’80s movies like The Breakfast Club. Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless immediately captivated me due to Chloe’s wonderfully refreshing and engaging voice. Chloe, I would argue, has a mild form of obsessive compulsive disorder. She goes through all her life making lists. They’re entertaining and pretty clever, […]

Posted November 21, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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