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Book Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Book Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Once upon a time, I read a cool book with a genie in it. Ever since then, I’ve been weirdly convinced that this is something I need so much more of in my life. And so, it was no surprise that when I heard about The Forbidden Wish it instantly got put on my TBR list. And this book sure did a lot of things well. But other things… were not quite there for me. The Forbidden Wish is kind of a retelling, or more like a reimagining, of Aladdin. Aladdin finds Zahra’s lamp in the desert, where she’s been abandoned for hundreds of years […]

Posted August 30, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Book Review: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Hand me a premise involving fandom and fanfiction, and I’m on the hook, man. It’s no exaggeration that that premise made Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here my most anticipated debut of the year. But, sadly, this book wasn’t quite like I expected. Scarlett is an introverted, fandom-loving loner. She doesn’t have a lot of real life friends, and instead found an online community around her favorite TV show called Lycanthrope High, which, as you may have guessed, involves werewolves. She’s one of the fandom’s biggest fanfic writers, but then… the show is canceled. Scarlett struggles with how to move on after the heartbreak of losing […]

Posted August 11, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger was one of my most anticipated books of 2016, being that it followed the flawless and engrossing The Wrath and the Dawn, one of my favorite books of 2015. Honestly, words will never really do it justice. This book – and this series – is wholly unique. So much so that I finished it thinking, “OH MY GOD SO PERFECT SO MANY FEELINGS,” and yet any time I thought, “Well, I should write that review,” I was kind of left speechless. So I’m going to keep it short. This book is great. Reasons why you should totally read The Wrath […]

Posted July 21, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

Book Review: The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller

Two years ago I fell completely head over heels for Sharon Biggs Waller’s debut, A Mad, Wicked Folly. So the fact that I would pick up The Forbidden Orchid was kind of self-evident. Though well-researched and an interesting exposition of the setting, I didn’t feel like this book quite lived up to my expectations. The Forbidden Orchid is kind of an adventure story in China right around the end of the Second Opium War. It starts in Victorian England, where Elodie, in an effort to save her family, eventually sneaks onto a tea clipper to accompany her father to China. Her father is a plant […]

Posted June 16, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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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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Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The hype for The Wrath and the Dawn took the YA book world by storm this year – and normally that kind of thing would scare me off. I mean, I almost held off on reading this for a while because of it, but then it became our book club pick. Boy am I glad I did not flake out this time. The Wrath and the Dawn is every bit as sumptuous and engrossing as everyone promised. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights – a folk tale I was not actually familiar with but grew to love. […]

Posted October 8, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

Book Review: Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins

When I finished reading Rebel Belle, I knew I needed the sequel in my life as soon as humanly possible – so I ordered it right away. The first book of this series was so much fun and so adorably shippy, that I just needed more of the feels rollercoaster. As such, one might say that my expectations were a touch high. Perhaps too high. Though I still enjoyed Miss Mayhem (which has one of the best titles ever, let’s be honest), I do feel like it has a bit of second book syndrome. Harper’s voice is a delight, as always. Honestly, she is one […]

Posted August 6, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Book Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Ever since I started reading YA actively in 2012, I’ve heard the greatest things about Rachel Hawkins as being an author of excellent entertaining and fluffy paranormal romances. As such, I’ve been meaning to try out her books for ages, but it never quite made it to the top of my priority list. What an idiot am I. Rebel Belle is an absolute delight, and I can’t wait to check out all the rest of Hawkins’s works. Rebel Belle tells the story of Harper, an overachieving southern Belle, who out of the blue, after witnessing the death of her school janitor and being assaulted by […]

Posted July 23, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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