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Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Here we go, issue 328597 in “The Chronicles of Debby, the Heartless Bitch”. As much as I hoped that I would fall in love with Looking for Alaska like almost everyone else and be reduced to a sobbing mess as I was practically promised I would be… it just didn’t work out. Grief stories are officially not for me. I should say up front that I’ve already read The Fault in Our Stars and An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, and thus, I am familiar with his writing style and devices he typically uses. And that’s issue number one. His characters are all extremely […]

Posted December 30, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 17 Comments
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Book Review: Seven Deadlies: A Cautionary Tale by Gigi Levangie

Book Review: Seven Deadlies: A Cautionary Tale by Gigi Levangie

When I was offered to review Seven Deadlies, I thought, “…Cool!” There weren’t many reviews on Goodreads, despite the fact that it was already released, but at least from the summary it sounded like something I would like. With its unique premise of being written like a college admissions letter, combined with the seven deadly sins and some illustrations, this should have been a hit with me. It… wasn’t. And I’m deeply sorry. But it just didn’t work out. Seven Deadlies is set up as seven short stories, each for one of the sins, an introduction and an epilogue. The introduction explains why Perry is […]

Posted November 27, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

ARC Book Review: Just One Year by Gayle Forman

How do I even start this review? I was ecstatic when Judith told me she would send me her ARC of Just One Year, because it was honestly one of my most anticipated books of this year, after I read Just One Day. I honestly thought there’d be no way in hell that I wouldn’t like this book. When Judith didn’t give it 5 stars, I thought she must be crazy. I take back my unspoken thought, Judith. You’re not crazy. WHAT was this book? WHY did it go like this? HOW did Gayle Forman think this was a good idea, that this was the book we wanted?First […]

Posted October 9, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 15 Comments
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Book Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Book Review: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door came to my doorstep with a fair amount of hype. *eyes Judith, Cassie* So when the time came and I was eagerly looking for a contemporary romance to lift my spirits, I knew where to turn to. While the beginning was exactly what I was looking for, it quickly petered off, and at the end of the day, due to the high expectations, I was kind of let down. As a contemporary romance, My Life Next Door delivers on the adorability factor. Sam and Jase are definitely cute together. Jase is just about everything you want in a young adult love interest: he’s […]

Posted August 18, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 17 Comments
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Book Review: The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

Book Review: The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

The Art of Wishing is a sparkling and original story that is just completely enjoyable. Practically from page 1, I was hooked. I was in the mood for something light and compelling, and this book certainly delivered. It’s a refreshing take on the paranormal genre with heavy influences from the contemporary, and all around a stunning debut from Lindsay Ribar. Now, as you can gather from the synopsis, this book is about a genie. Yes. Oliver appears before Margo and can grant her three wishes. I’m not a big paranormal reader, but this was such a refreshing and cute, adorable concept that I couldn’t help liking it. […]

Posted July 25, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 12 Comments
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Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Book Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I start this review with the utmost trepidation because… well here’s a book that pretty much every YA reader on the planet loves. It has crazy amounts of crazy fans and, well, I didn’t think it was fantastic. It wasn’t bad either. It did make me want to bash my head against the wall at some points (we’ll get to that), but some other points were genuinely good. But did it have me jumping out of my chair, bursting with joy, ecstatic about the awesome? Far from it. Let’s add some context of my reading situation, because I don’t want to lead you on. I am […]

Posted June 27, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 25 Comments
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Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Book Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

After the massive disappointment that If I Stay ended up being for me, I was promised, PROMISED I would like Where She Went better. Well. Just like your promises about If I Stay, this sequel wasn’t able to live up to the hype. I apologize in advance for this disjointed review. I’m not sure when I’ve ever felt more detached from the characters. I don’t know why it happened, but it did, and that keeps me from thinking this is a great story. Adam’s point-of-view was slightly more interesting than Mia’s – and indeed, his character had many more dimensions than she did – but […]

Posted March 19, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 12 Comments
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Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Book Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

I blame the hype machine. Part of me wants to be really cynical right now and scream, “Keep your opinions to yourselves people!” But in truth, I think this is more of a case of “It’s not you, it’s me.” Don’t get me wrong, this is a good book, for sure. But it never made me gasp, cry, or any one of a million emotions seemingly everyone had promised me I’d have. If I Stay is a very original and daring story. It takes a concept that just hasn’t been done before, really, and does it really well. The decision Mia faces is dramatic, thought […]

Posted March 10, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 34 Comments
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