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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: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

ARC Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Oh man, oh man, oh man. File under: most exciting giveaway winnings ever, because I can’t even begin to describe how lucky I feel that I got to read this masterpiece early. Yeah, it probably will surprise basically no one to hear that I fell in love with yet another book by V.E. Schwab. A Gathering of Shadows actually cements A Darker Shade of Magic as one of my all-time favorite series. If you liked A Darker Shade of Magic, it will probably please you immensely to hear that Schwab excellently continued her tradition of nailing all of the elements that make up this book. […]

Posted January 31, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

As big a fan as I am of Victoria Schwab, it’s taken me ages to get around to reading A Darker Shade of Magic for the simple fact that the hype surrounding this book was freaking insane. And yeah, I don’t cope that well with hype. But I should know by now that when V Schwab’s books get hyped, it’s for a good reason. A Darker Shade of Magic is OUTSTANDING. Whenever I get into an adult fantasy book there’s always a few expectations I need to manage. World building is gonna be intense, so I can set my standards for them to be pretty […]

Posted January 29, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

ARC Book Review: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross

The premise of Tangled Webs instantly caught my attention, as it contains so many things I usually love: London, blackmail, masquerade balls, slight genderbending. For all intents and purposes, I should have fallen hard and fast for this book. But no. And wow, it sure takes skill to make a story about blackmail so boring. Let’s start there, because I feel like more readers will be disappointed by the blackmail aspect of this novel. Arista, or Lady A, is a “notorious blackmailer”, but no – she’s actually only the messenger. She picks up secrets, sealed in envelopes, and trades them for money. She doesn’t actually […]

Posted June 15, 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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ARC Book Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

ARC Book Review: Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

As a huge fan of Kerstin Gier’s Precious Stone Trilogy, when I heard that Macmillan would be releasing the Silver trilogy as well, my heart LEAPED in delight. Dream a Little Dream was a super fun adventure that I just tore through. What appealed to me most about this book is the cool, creative concept of lucid shared dreaming. Honestly, it’s just such a cool freaking idea, and the execution was excellent! I loved getting the flashes of Liv’s dreams and the recurrence of the door that would allow her to enter the shared dreams. The settings in the dreams were wonderfully vivid, and I […]

Posted March 23, 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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ARC Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

ARC Book Review: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You quickly rose to the top of my most wanted list because I am the shallowest human being ever and THAT FREAKING COVER. I’m happy to say that I actually really enjoyed it too. I was scared that it would be disappointing, but it was really entertaining, and I believe the series has potential, even though some parts could have been a little better. A Thousand Pieces of You tells the story of a world where a new invention allows travels between parallel dimensions. Marguerite, our main character, travels through these dimensions together with Theo, as they hunt down Paul, who […]

Posted November 10, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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