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ARC Book Review: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

ARC Book Review: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

A.S. King is one of those BIG NAME YA authors who everyone seems to love, so when I got the opportunity to pick up a copy of Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future at BEA, you bet your ass I was excited. I hadn’t read anything by her before – but I definitely wanted to – and with the future/timey-wimey aspect, I thought this was almost sure to be a hit. But this book was WEIRD, guys. I just. I don’t even know. I will say that what immediately struck me is that King’s writing is definitely beautiful. The more I read YA, the more […]

Posted October 17, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Why is this a classic? Why is this one of the “great” American novels? Jesus, did this book make me want to throw my e-reader across the room. I don’t get it. So, a little bit of context: I read this for one of my book club’s classics months. I had heard from multiple people that it’s horrible, and that I would not enjoy it, but I was curious anyway. That mainly came from two reasons: (1) it’s such a highly regarded classic, and I felt kind of bad not having read it, and (2) it’s noted as having inspired (or at least a large […]

Posted September 14, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

ARC Book Review: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

As with any negative review, particularly of a debut author, this is somewhat painful to write. I picked up Salt & Storm hoping for interesting magic adventures with stunning world building and the possibility of a nice romance. And I’m left extremely disappointed on all counts. So much so that at a mere quarter of the book, I was extremely close to leaving it unfinished (and we know how bad I am at DNFing). I pushed through anyway but… that didn’t change my opinion. My primary complaint about Salt & Storm sadly comes down to the writing. It didn’t work for me at all. It […]

Posted September 12, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 9 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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Book Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Book Review: The Falconer by Elizabeth May

The Falconer is… whoa. Just WHOA. This is a debut? Are you kidding me? I’m addicted, I loved every second, and I want more. First point of love in this beautiful book with its lovely cover is the unstoppably fierce main character, Aileanna. Holy crap do I love Aileanna. She takes badass to a whole new level. She actually toes the line of morality. She kills faeries and actively loves it. I love a good vengeance story, and with her memories of her mother’s brutal and horrible death, it’s understandable where she’s coming from. I sympathized with her and was drawn into her mission. I […]

Posted June 5, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 12 Comments
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Book Review: Emma by Jane Austen

Book Review: Emma by Jane Austen

I have a bit of a rocky relationship with classics. Basically, we rarely get along. Mostly it’s just because I was forced to read many classics in grade school and the simple act of being forced to go through books I was not ready to read and analyze made me despise reading. But, now that I love to read more than anything, I do want to explore more classics on my own time, which is why I suggested to my book club that we read 1 classic every few months. I still need that added pressure of a commitment to read a classic to actually […]

Posted May 12, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

ARC Book Review: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

*sigh* I so badly want to find a great mermaid book, but the hunt must continue. That’s not to say that Deep Blue is bad – but it’s very middle of the road for me, and I hoped for more. Deep Blue tells the story of Serafina, a mermaid princess on the cusp of being named the next Regina and being betrothed to Prince Mahdi, her childhood crush. Before any of this ceremony can take place, her kingdom is attacked, her mother is, likely, fatally wounded, and she and her friend Neela flee. It becomes apparent there’s a prophecy involving her and five other mermaids, […]

Posted April 28, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

ARC Book Review: Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton

*exhales* First off, NO. I had to get that out of the way. I tried really hard to like Witch Finder. I went in with the lowest expectations possible, because several of my reader friends were reading it just before I did and warned me that it didn’t look that good. A pity, because I still absolutely adore the cover. But, as it was a review copy, I went ahead and read it anyway. For the most part, I was not amused. I received this review copy rather late and was in a bit of a reading slump, so to still have my review up […]

Posted January 6, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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