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Book Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

Book Review: The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall

WARNING: I am spoiling this entire book for you and I don’t care. *deep sigh* It’s been almost 3 months since I read this book, but I’m just getting around to reviewing it now. It’s so laughably terrible that I needed to have the right energy and enough time to fully explain why. Honestly, before I dove into the book, I’d already seen that the public opinion on it was largely negative – but I still went into it with an open mind. It has such a beautiful cover and awesome premise (YA Da Vinci Code!), that I desperately wanted to like it. However, by […]

Posted July 18, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 11 Comments
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ARC Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

ARC Book Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes is easily one of the most hyped up 2015 debuts / releases overall. Ever since it was announced, people have been clamoring for the book – excited by this “Gladiator style” high stakes middle eastern-inspired fantasy. So, obviously, this book had a lot to live up to. Fellow bloggers who read this before me have been excitedly shouting about its perfection. Unfortunately, it didn’t really work for me. An Ember in the Ashes tells a fantasy story from two points of view: Laia and Elias. Laia is a Scholar – a native resident of the area which has been conquered […]

Posted April 26, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Book Review: Venom by Fiona Paul

Book Review: Venom by Fiona Paul

Since reading and loving The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes earlier this year, I was convinced I had to try her previous books under her pen name, Fiona Paul, as well! Venom became our November book club pick and for the most part, I liked it, though it had obvious signs of being the first in a series (and of being a debut novel). Venom is a historical fiction set in Renaissance Venice. Cassandra, the main character, is part of the wealthy elite, trapped in an engagement and unable to experience life due to the strict social conventions. One of her close friends just […]

Posted December 8, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Have you ever had a book give you butterflies? I have, and that book was Isla and the Happily Ever After. By far my favorite of Stephanie Perkins’ books, Isla is dripping with chemistry, happiness, and love. I can’t even describe just how happy this book made me. It is fluffy romantic perfection. Right from the start, I knew this book and I were golden. I had recently reread Anna and the French Kiss, so I remembered seeing Isla fawn over Josh from afar, and in essence I already shipped it. Isla’s voice is so freaking wonderful. She’s a bit nervous, a bit insecure, and […]

Posted November 19, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Book Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

With Isla and the Happily Ever After selected as our October book club book, I finally got around to reading Lola and the Boy Next Door. Cute? Definitely. Swoony? A little. Enjoyable and refreshing? Hell yes. Stephanie Perkins is the place to be for wonderful contemporary romances. What stands out most about Lola and the Boy Next Door is its main character. Lola is quite the quirky little character. She reminded me of Jeane from Adorkable, in that she marches to the beat of her own drum. The crazier the fashion, the better. In fact, she designs her own clothes, which is super awesome. Crazy […]

Posted November 17, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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Audiobook Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Audiobook Review: Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

In spite of this somewhat happy achievement of finishing a series, Last Sacrifice was one of the most painful things for me to read. Nay, listen to. Listen to. And check out the book info – yeah SEVENTEEN HOURS LONG. Painfully long, horrendously boring, and leading to the most clichéd and sickening ending. I should have stopped after book 3. I honestly do not know why I did this to myself. It’s one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made. I don’t even really want to talk about this anymore because for the majority of listening to this audiobook, I was yelling, “FUCK YOU ROSE!” […]

Posted November 14, 2014 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 4 Comments
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Audiobook Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Audiobook Review: Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Urgh. Series. Why do you anger me so yet still keep me going. (Adrian.) On the bright side, Spirit Bound was an improvement over Blood Promise, but then again that wasn’t too hard. The RAGE this book filled me with though. Sadly, you do not read Vampire Academy for plot. You read it for swoons. And well. I’m no longer swooning. To be fair, compared to many of the books in the series, Spirit Bound is probably the most action-packed book so far. A lot does happen in this installment. Rose finally graduates from St. Vladimir’s, and she goes around kicking ass. She goes after […]

Posted October 27, 2014 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 3 Comments
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Audiobook Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Audiobook Review: Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

* Contains spoilers for Shadow Kiss, proceed with caution! * Aww, man. Just when I thought this series was kind of getting on the right track to work with me… it does this. *sigh* Unlike Frostbite and Shadow Kiss, Blood Promise has left me feeling meh and confused and I don’t know what even. Okay, basically my problem is that it feels like nothing freaking happened in this book – in spite of the audio being over 13 hours long and the print over 500 pages. At the beginning, I thought this was going to be pretty good. Rose is on a mission, ending up […]

Posted October 3, 2014 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 4 Comments
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