Tag: diverse books

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

With Isla and the Happily Ever After selected as our October book club book, I finally got around to reading Lola and the Boy Next Door. Cute? Definitely. Swoony? A little. Enjoyable and refreshing? Hell yes. Stephanie Perkins is the place to be for wonderful contemporary romances. What stands out most about Lola and the Boy Next Door is its main character. Lola is quite the quirky little character. She reminded me of Jeane from Adorkable, in that she marches to the beat of her own drum. The crazier the fashion, the better. In fact, she designs her own clothes, which is super awesome. Crazy […]

Posted November 17, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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Book Review: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

Book Review: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

After hearing Michael Barakiva speak at the Teen Author Carnival, I was immediately sold. I needed One Man Guy in my life – and my instincts were 100% correct, because this book was laugh-out-loud funny and adorable and just left me with the biggest smile on my face. The great thing about meeting Michael Barakiva in person, and what convinced me to buy his book, was that I’d already gotten a taste of his voice. He has such a great wry sense of humor that is perfect in this book. And the way this blends with the authenticity of the Armenian culture and all the […]

Posted September 28, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

ARC Book Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

This book is so meta and so cool. And for its 600 pages, it read immensely smoothly and quickly. There’s no book quite like this one, and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s my first but definitely not my last adventure with Scott Westerfeld. Now, Afterworlds is essentially two books in one. On the one hand, we have a contemporary story of an author getting ready to publish her first book. And on the other hand, we have the book that she’s written. As such, I feel it’s only right to have this review be in parts as well. There’s just so much to cover. Lizzie’s […]

Posted September 22, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

ARC Book Review: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves is easily one of the most buzzed about books of 2014 and for good reason. This book is so incredibly important. It’s a book about an icky time in our history, but it’s still so relevant to societal issues going on today. It’s a well-written, well-researched debut that should be on everyone’s list. Lies We Tell Ourselves tells the story of Sarah, an African American high school senior, and Linda, her new white classmate, in the period of desegregation. Their school district is fiercely against integration and went so far as to close the schools for half the year to oppose […]

Posted September 17, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners is one of those books that has been on my TBR list and my bookshelf for AGES, but I just never got around to. And, I mean, really, who can blame me – it’s almost 600 freaking pages. So this is when book club comes in to save the day! Book Club: The Way to Get Debby to Read Chunky Books™. Though I needed that extra push, I’m so glad I finally did it – finally read this wonderfully creepy book, which happens to be my first (and certainly not my last) encounter with Libba Bray. What immediately struck me upon reading The […]

Posted August 29, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

ARC Book Review: Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler

First off, I need to be upfront with you guys and say that I’ve met Dahlia, and we’ve talked quite a bit, and she personally gave me a review copy of her book at BEA. Sooo, that might affect my opinion in some small way, but as always, I’m striving to be as honest as possible in my review. But let it also be known that Dahlia is wicked awesome, and even if you don’t pick up her book, you should definitely follow her on Twitter. Now. With that out of the way. In case you’re new here, one of the things you’ll quickly learn […]

Posted July 25, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

ARC Book Review: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

When I heard about Otherbound, it instantly went on my must-read list. I mean, it’s a diverse as all hell standalone fantasy book by a Dutch author. Uhhh, yeah, I was all kinds of down for this. Getting the review request made my day. And the book itself? Definitely enjoyable. I suppose where this book is strongest is in it’s intensely unique story. I honestly have never read anything like it. Duyvis must have some pretty awesome plot bunnies as pets. So Nolan is a teenage amputee of Spanish heritage living in contemporary Arizona. Every time he closes his eyes, he gets transported into the […]

Posted May 30, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Book Review: Eon by Alison Goodman

Book Review: Eon by Alison Goodman

Eon is a Chinese mythology-inspired fantasy story involving dragons and genderbending, so obviously when I heard about it, it went on my GAH-MUST-HAVE-THIS-NOW list. Due to its length, I needed some extra persuasion to actually read it, but that’s when I can always count on book club. I breezed through and absolutely adored this story. Right off the bat I’ll just say that while this book is a daunting 530 pages, it doesn’t feel like it at all. It reads so easily that you just blaze through the pages and soon are at the ending begging for more. It has a lot to do, I […]

Posted May 23, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 9 Comments
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