Tag: dystopian

Book Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Book Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

When Ink and Bone first came out, it got some rave reviews that made me place it on my wishlist and file away under “definitely should check out at some point”. That point arrived in the form of a book club nomination. I went into the book not knowing much about it aside from (a) the good reviews, and (b) it had something to do with the library of Alexandria. But oh man, the way that this book kept me on my toes was something I did not expect. Ink and Bone is a dystopian story set in the near future of an alternate history […]

Posted April 7, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

ARC Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen is probably one of the most hyped up 2015 releases. To be honest, promise me magic and courtly politics, offer me that kind of beautiful cover, and I’m all in. I definitely enjoyed Red Queen and think it’s a promising start to an awesome series, but some parts of it fell a little bit flat. I will say that Red Queen and I got off to a very rocky start. I was hit over the head with so many Hunger Games parallels that I almost considered giving up. Though Red Queen is a high fantasy, it’s very much set in a dystopia. In […]

Posted February 11, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

It’s important to note that I’m sitting down to write my review of The Mime Order roughly three weeks after finishing the book. The reason for this is quite simply that I was stunned, speechless, and didn’t know how I could possibly convey in words just how amazing this book (and this series) is. How do you do epic perfection justice?? HOWW???? HELP ME, BENNYKINS. OKAY THANK YOU. In the interest of full disclosure, I have met Samantha Shannon and we are Twitter friends. Seriously, she’s a super awesome, amazing, generous person, but I don’t feel like that should invalidate my opinion that I think […]

Posted January 25, 2015 by Debby in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews / 11 Comments
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Audiobook Review: Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans

Audiobook Review: Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans

I start this review with pain in my heart because I wanted to like Chasing Before so badly. I really enjoyed The Memory of After in spite of a few quibbles, and I’ve met Lenore on multiple occasions. She’s awesome! So awesome that she’s the one who gave me this audiobook! And sadly, I didn’t really like it. I didn’t hate it either, but it was just a bit meh. First off, I shouldn’t have listened to this on audio. I should have read it in print. Right away, I realized that Cynthia Holloway is not the narrator for me. Her voice is high pitched, […]

Posted November 24, 2014 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 2 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: The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans

Book Review: The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans

I’ve been meaning to read The Memory of After (previously known as Level 2) for AGES, but it’s one of those books I just never got around to. After meeting and hanging out with Lenore in New York during BEA, I finally decided to really put it on the priority list, and I’m so glad I did! This book is unique and creative, and I’m just kind of… stunned. I’m not a religious person at all, but the idea of the afterlife has always intrigued me. Before you make any assumptions: this book doesn’t carry a heavy religious theme. The fact of the matter is […]

Posted October 30, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

ARC Book Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

I’ll admit that I started Stitching Snow with some trepidation – most of my friends that had read it had given it 3 stars max. But lo and behold, in a strange twist of fate, I’m a positive black sheep, because I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. It was creative, fun, sci-fi-tastic, and a well-executed stand alone debut novel. The first thing that got me on the “this-book-is-awesome” bus was our main character, Essie. I hadn’t read the book’s premise in a while, so the exact nature of her identity was somewhat of a mystery to me – and that worked really well to keep me […]

Posted October 2, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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Audiobook Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Audiobook Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Deep breaths, Debby. Just.. deep breaths. Before I launch into what is sure to be a rant about all the different ways I dislike this train wreck of a book and series and how undeserving I believe it is of the hype it gets, let me be upfront with you guys. I did not have high expectations for this book. I practically had no expectations, to be honest. After I was thoroughly disillusioned by Insurgent, I knew that more likely than not, Allegiant would be just as bad, if not worse, for me to read. That would be why I put it off for 10 […]

Posted September 10, 2014 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 14 Comments
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