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ARC Book Review: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

ARC Book Review: Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

I’m a sucker for all things gender bending, so when I heard that Newt’s Emerald would be using this beloved trope in a regency historical setting with bonus magic, I was immediately excited. Not to mention, the author, Garth Nix, is somewhat of a legend – one I had yet to experience. Overall, I enjoyed this book, but it never crossed the line from “good” to “great”. In Newt’s Emerald, Lady Truthful Newington (our main character) is a young girl about to debut in London’s high society. Her coming of age would also come with the inheritance of the family’s legendary emerald jewel – a […]

Posted October 3, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

ARC Book Review: The Immortal Heights by Sherry Thomas

Ever since I first cracked open The Burning Sky, I’ve been completely infatuated with The Elemental Trilogy. Sherry Thomas created such awesome characters and such an amazing ship, that I got swept up in their adventures instantly and any complaints I had were largely ignored. So, my expectations might have been a bit high for The Immortal Heights, but nonetheless, Thomas met them and delivered an awesome ending consistent with the quality of the rest of the series. I did actually reread The Burning Sky and The Perilous Sea before diving into the conclusion, because I wanted to be sure that all of the previous […]

Posted September 24, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

ARC Book Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Oh man. Ever since my first encounter with Patrick Ness, I’ve known I can count on him to deliver smart, original, and compassionate diverse books. But this one basically took it to a whole new level. The Rest of Us Just Live Here made me laugh, sigh, and put tears in my eyes. Whether you’re a contemporary or fantasy reader, this one is not to be missed. First point of awesomeness: this concept. Ness strikes the perfect balance between fantasy and contemporary. The Rest of Us Just Live Here is set in our world, but magic, paranormal creatures, and chosen ones (referred to as “indie […]

Posted September 18, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Book Review: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Book Review: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

As soon as I heard that All Played Out would be about the studious Nell and hilarious goofball Torres, I was absolutely desperate for this book. I want more humor and hilarity to accompany my sexy NA – and with Cora Carmack, you know she’s bringing the sexy. All Played Out was a fun, romantic read, but one that still left me a tiny bit disappointed. There’s no question that my expectations for this book were rather high. And on a lot of counts, Carmack delivered. Torres is a funny, fun guy, for sure, and him falling for the sweet, studious girl was pretty adorable. […]

Posted September 10, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

ARC Book Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Oh how I wish I had loved this more. Rae Carson and I have had a kind of rocky relationship till now. Though I wouldn’t say I really disliked the Fire and Thorns series, I was never really impressed, and the hype completely baffled me. Despite that, I decided to give Walk on Earth a Stranger a shot, hoping that different characters in a different setting with a different story would finally let me fall in love with this author like almost all of my friends are. But… unfortunately… I’m still unimpressed. Walk on Earth a Stranger is a perfectly adequate and average novel, but […]

Posted August 22, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Book Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Book Review: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

Kasie West is one of my absolute all-time favorite authors, as anyone who has read my blog probably knows. I will pre-order all of her books from now until the end of time, and read them almost as soon as they enter my hands. Such was the case with The Fill-In Boyfriend, which wasn’t only promising me excellent romantic fluff, but also one of my favorite tropes of all time: fake dating. This book is fluffy, awesome, and filled with meaningful character growth. The Fill-In Boyfriend tells the story of Gia, who is dumped… at prom. This was going to be the first time her […]

Posted June 19, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

ARC Book Review: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

Last year, Rachael Allen’s debut got a pretty mixed response within the YA blogging community, but as my closest friends loved it, she definitely got on my radar. So when The Revenge Playbook popped up on Edelweiss, with the premise being female friends teaming up to take revenge on the football team, I couldn’t resist. It sounded like just the kind of summer fluff I needed in my life. And I was 100% correct. This book is absolutely excellent. The Revenge Playbook tells the story of four unlikely friends, Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana, who spontaneously team up against the football team. Why? The […]

Posted June 8, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

ARC Book Review: Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

Having heard amazing things about Dixon’s debut, Entwined, that I have had on my shelf for years but shamefully not read yet, when the option to review Illusionarium came up, I jumped on that instantly. I’m generally a sucker for all things labeled steampunk anyway. But. Well, I think I may have learned my lesson not to jump the gun like that again. From the very start, Illusionarium and I didn’t get along – to the point where I honestly should have just stopped reading. But my sense of obligation bade me to continue. The problem with Illusionarium lies mostly in the premise and the […]

Posted May 18, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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