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ARC Book Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

ARC Book Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

By the time I picked up How to Say I Love You Out Loud, I was a little hesitant. I’ve been tempted by so many Swoon Reads titles because of their absolutely gorgeous covers, but they’ve failed for me more often than not. But wow. I’m so glad I read this one anyway. How to Say I Love You Out Loud is powerful and emotional, and it brings autism to light in a way I had never considered it before. Jordyn’s little brother has autism. This is something that has shaped her whole family and her whole life. He doesn’t have the mild kind of […]

Posted July 25, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

ARC Book Review: Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

It’s very hard for me to see a cover and premise that hint at steampunk and then pass that book up – and so it was that Rebel Mechanics entered my eager hands. This alternate history is unique, interesting, and incredibly entertaining – and I can’t wait to see where the series goes next. Rebel Mechanics tells the story of an alternate history where the US never gained independence. This happened because of the existence of magic in the ruling upperclass of Britain – they use their power to dominate the colonies and ruin any chance at industrial revolution. Without machines, the Americans don’t stand […]

Posted July 8, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

ARC Book Review: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

Trust me, no one is more surprised than I, but I actually really liked The Heart of Betrayal. After reading the first book in the series, The Kiss of Deception, I was dreading even reading this at all despite having a review copy. But wow. Now this is a series I can get behind. My primary complaint about The Kiss of Deception was that there was hardly a plot and way too heavy a focus on the love triangle which I found insufferable. The Heart of Betrayal shuts down both of those complaints. The cliffhanger at the end of The Kiss of Deception indicated that […]

Posted July 4, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Ugh. *moan* *sigh* Oh boy. The Kiss of Deception came out last year to a generally positive reception – in fact, plenty of my closest blogging friends clamored about it as being one of the best new YA fantasy series out there. I am baffled, because I do not understand at all. This book was boring as hell. Honestly, I should have paid more attention to what this book was about than all of the positive reactions it had gotten. The title conveniently has the word ‘Kiss’ in it, and the premise already introduces the fact that there are two handsome strangers who enter the […]

Posted June 24, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

ARC Book Review: Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

When I head about Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, three main things convinced me to pick it up: that adorable illustrated cover, the fun and quirky premise, and the promise of a hate-to-love romance. For all intents and purposes, this should have been the perfect book for me. But somehow, it ended up being something completely different. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters tells the tale of the town called Grimbaud, where love fortunes, charms, and hints of magic are real. These love fortunes are seen as binding, so when a group of high schoolers gets less than optimal fortunes, they decide to fight back and […]

Posted May 6, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Novice by Taran Matharu

ARC Book Review: The Novice by Taran Matharu

When I first heard about The Novice, with its stunning cover and Wattpad origins, I immediately had high hopes. “This could potentially be the next Throne of Glass series,” my brain screamed, excitedly. After reading it, I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say all that, but The Novice is entertaining for sure, and a series I can’t wait to continue. The world of The Novice is like a creative blend of Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, and Pokemon. That might SOUND odd, but I swear it makes perfect sense if you read the book. Like LOTR, the races of men, […]

Posted May 4, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

I’d never before read a book by Courtney Summers, but I’ve been hearing amazing things about them all the time. So when the opportunity arose to read All the Rage, I figured I should grab it. I was slightly scared of it, because books with such heavy topics are usually far outside my comfort zone. But the subject matter is important, and I wanted to see how this could completely crush my feels. All the Rage is an important and powerful book, for sure. If you missed it in the blurb, All the Rage is about Romy, a rape victim, who is subsequently ostracized in […]

Posted April 21, 2015 by Debby in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

ARC Book Review: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

I’ve been super excited about this mini-genie trend that’s popped up in YA the last couple of years, having loved The Art of Wishing and liked Exquisite Captive, but I suppose it was only fitting that at some point I’d come across one that I really didn’t care for. Becoming Jinn is – unfortunately – a boring flat mess. I think the biggest issue Becoming Jinn has is that the plot is so weak, it’s near non-existent. Azra turns sixteen and inherits her jinn powers, and then it just kind of plods along. She has to grant her first wishes and finds out some more […]

Posted April 15, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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