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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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Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I finally did it! I’ve had Ruin and Rising on my bookshelf for ages – since its publication day, actually – but I kept putting off reading it for some reason. I think I was scared that I would be let down. But no. Though there are some things that I would maybe have liked differently, Ruin and Rising is a solid ending to what I believe is a truly excellent YA fantasy series. Right away, what struck me upon reading Ruin and Rising was how gorgeous Leigh Bardugo’s writing is. I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately – in a row, even – […]

Posted March 12, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

ARC Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Oh, oh, The Winner’s Crime. This is certainly one of the most hyped up young adult series at the moment, and yet again I find myself not necessarily the black sheep – because I do like it – but the puzzled sheep, who really doesn’t understand the raving love for this series. With a slow, slow plot of convenience, with far too much focus on a romance I don’t ship too much, The Winner’s Crime was enjoyable but suffered a bit from middle book syndrome. I think I should be upfront with my main stumbling block for this series: I’m not really invested in the […]

Posted February 26, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

ARC Book Review: Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

Show me a book with an absolutely stunning cover and tell me it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and that book will go to the TOP of my wishlist. Such was the case with Beastkeeper. This middle grade fairy tale retelling is an absolute delight from start to finish. What struck me about Beastkeeper right away was that, BOY, Cat Hellisen knows how to write. Her world building and storytelling abilities are just top notch. She creates a setting with so much atmosphere that it just sucks you straight into the story and you never want to leave. Her take on Beauty and the […]

Posted February 5, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

Book Review: My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

When I saw just how STUNNING the UK edition of My True Love Gave to Me was, I had to go out and buy a copy. My desire to stroke all the pretty covers ever demanded it. It was the first time I ever read a short story anthology, and for the most part I enjoyed it! As expected, some stories are better than others, and some just don’t get enough depth or space by nature of their shortness. But with the shared holiday theme and my timely reading of it, this was delightful! Midnights by Rainbow Rowell: 5/5 Rowell’s story is all about New […]

Posted January 5, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

ARC Book Review: The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

Two things I love? Figure skating and best friend romances. So, obviously, when I heard about The Boy Next Door, it immediately went on my, “OH MY GOSH CAN I HAVE THIS NOW PLZ I AM READY FOR THE CUTE” list. *cough* Yeah, that’s a list that may or may not really exist. ANYWAY. Cute and romantic, sure, but this book ended up having a bit too much drama for my taste. This story is told from the alternating perspectives of Maddy and Gabe, two figure skating partners and next door neighbors who have been close all their lives. From just the first couple chapters, […]

Posted December 24, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Book Review: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

Book Review: One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

After hearing Michael Barakiva speak at the Teen Author Carnival, I was immediately sold. I needed One Man Guy in my life – and my instincts were 100% correct, because this book was laugh-out-loud funny and adorable and just left me with the biggest smile on my face. The great thing about meeting Michael Barakiva in person, and what convinced me to buy his book, was that I’d already gotten a taste of his voice. He has such a great wry sense of humor that is perfect in this book. And the way this blends with the authenticity of the Armenian culture and all the […]

Posted September 28, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

ARC Book Review: Blonde Ops by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman

Oh dear. Blonde Ops… where did we go wrong? To be fair, I didn’t have EXTREMELY high hopes for this as being like some kind of mindblowingly awesome adventure story, but I hoped for some fun, some intrigue, hopefully some lovely wanderlust-evoking passages about Rome, and maybe a cute romance. Sadly, I didn’t really get any of those things. First off, the main character is bland as fuck. I can’t get a grip on her personality, because one minute she’s cool and defiant, but the next she just does the stupidest shit ever. I guess reckless is the right word – but she doesn’t have […]

Posted September 7, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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