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ARC Book Review: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

ARC Book Review: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

My fond memories of Sarah Strohmeyer’s Smart Girls Get What They Want were immediately evoked when I heard her newest title: This Is My Brain on Boys. Nerdy cute contemporaries are my jam, you might say. But whereas her debut novel was charming, fun, and practically perfect, this book was… not. Uh oh. The premise of this book sure was a promising one. You have a main character who doesn’t believe in love. She wants to research the biological aspect of it though, with a theory that any two people can fall in love if they’re put into high risk, high stress situations. Heck, she […]

Posted April 26, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

ARC Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

“Modern Sherlock retelling.” At the moment, it doesn’t take much more than that to get me salivating over a book. And I know that there is some skepticism if it could ever be done any better than the Every series by Ellie Marney, and whether people should even bother trying anymore. Well I absolutely loved Cavallaro’s take on the concept and I believe it’s a retelling worth reading. There’s one big thing that sets A Study in Charlotte apart from the rest – here, Sherlock is female. Charlotte is an actual descendant of Sherlock Holmes, and James is a descendant of John Watson. The story […]

Posted March 6, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

ARC Book Review: Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

If we haven’t spoken in a year, you may not have noticed the intense love I’ve been consistently proclaiming for A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas. But boy. I love that book. It’s so thoughtful and unique – and though there wasn’t a lot of action, I was completely swept up in the main character and her voice. Well now it’s finally here: the sequel. And it was definitely enjoyable. The end of A Wicked Thing left me with great hopes for the next phase of the story: with Aurora free from the restraints of the royal family and her magic quickly growing more potent […]

Posted February 28, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

ARC Book Review: The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Time travel. Those are magic words to me. Words to which I perk up and think, “OH YES PLEASE.” Throw in some pirate-y shenanigans and how on earth was I supposed to resist this book? Well, maybe I’ll take more care in the future. The Girl from Everywhere wasn’t exactly what I was hoping it would be. The Girl from Everywhere tells the story of Nix, a sixteen-year-old girl on a ship that travels through time. Her father, the captain, is trying to find his way back to her mother in Hawaii, 1868, but to get there he needs to get the right map… which […]

Posted February 11, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

ARC Book Review: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

I’m a glutton for three things: fairy tale retellings, beautiful covers, and high fantasies that come with maps. So, obviously, I couldn’t help myself when it came to The Shadow Queen – also since this is an author who gets quite a bit of hype but I had yet to read. There were parts of this book that I enjoyed, but overall it wasn’t too impressive. The Shadow Queen is a retelling of Snow White, where the princess – Lorelai – kicks freaking butt. In this version, the princess and her brother escaped from the evil queen after she took over the kingdom, and they’ve […]

Posted February 6, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Bounce by Noelle August

Book Review: Bounce by Noelle August

Ever since Boomerang first came out, I thought I’d found a new NA romance writing duo that would suck me into the genre. Sadly, by Bounce I can officially say that it’s not quite the case. I enjoyed Bounce, sure, but it’s more or less like every other new adult title out there. Nothing special. I was super excited about Bounce when it was announced – we’d seen flashes of Grey in Rebound and he was the super fun, wild little brother to Adam. And he just joined a BAND. HELL FREAKING YEAH. I love stories about actors and/or musicians – the behind-the-scenes kind of […]

Posted December 12, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

ARC Book Review: Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

I love art, historical fiction, and Renaissance Italy – so how could I possibly resist Da Vinci’s Tiger? With a premise that evoked loving memories of Sharon Biggs Waller’s A Mad, Wicked Folly – arguably my favorite historical fiction title to date – this book shot up to the top of my to read list. And I am very, very pleased with it. Right away, what struck me upon reading Da Vinci’s Tiger is how well-written and well-researched it is. This makes all the difference in historical fiction to me. You could tell from the first page that Elliott really knew what she was writing […]

Posted October 29, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

ARC Book Review: Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown

Historical fiction is the genre that I’ve been trying to delve into much more this year. This paired with a fondness for (at least the idea of) spy thrillers, as soon as I heard about Velvet Undercover, I was excited. A teenage spy sent into Germany from the UK during World War I? Color me intrigued. This book was entertaining… but not exactly mindblowing. I’ll start with my biggest point of critique and the thing that kept this book from ever really engaging me fully: the writing. I have this thing with historical fiction – especially those set in Britain or with British characters. I […]

Posted October 20, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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