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ARC Book Review: My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

ARC Book Review: My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

I think I’ve surrendered myself to the fact that I will never not be attracted to a celebrity romance premise. It’s turning out to be kind of a curse, because for the life of me, it seems like I just can’t find one that’s good. Indeed, even My Unscripted Life, written by an author I have loved before, fell short. This story follows Dee, a high school student who fills up her summer by working as a PA on set of a movie after she got rejected from a precollege fine arts project. There, she meets teen heartthrob Milo Ritter – who she has of […]

Posted October 8, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Just a Girl by Ellie Cahill

ARC Book Review: Just a Girl by Ellie Cahill

As a huge fan of When Joss Met Matt and Ellie Cahill’s YA books (under the name Liz Czukas), I honestly couldn’t resist Just a Girl. But if there’s anything this book has proven, it’s that not all new adult books – even by the same author – are created equal. Sure, there are things that I like about Just A Girl. In fact, the whole music / celebrity aspect of the story would have had me picking this up even if I didn’t know the author’s previous works. There’s something about those kinds of stories that always catches my attention. I just like characters […]

Posted May 24, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

ARC Book Review: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

When Joss Met Matt remains one of my absolute favorite new adult books of all time. So, yeah, when I heard Ellie Cahill was coming out with another book, I was practically jumping for joy. (Some air kicks may have been done when I received a review copy.) But anyway, long story short, Call Me, Maybe delivered a few giggles and swoons but did not live up to my (admittedly high) expectations. Call Me, Maybe starts off STRONG. Clementine and Justin accidentally switch phones at an airport and keep in contact until they’re both back home to switch them back. That first part of their […]

Posted February 9, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

ARC Book Review: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

No one is more upset about this than I am. I loved Morrill’s debut Meant to Be so much that I was convinced I could soon add her to my favorite authors list. Cute, romantic books with real characters and personal resonance? That’s instant bait for a fluff-devourer like me. But The Trouble with Destiny was just… not really my cup of tea. And one book does not a favorite author make. The Trouble with Destiny is basically A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a cruise ship between high school performing arts clubs with a super Disney Channel movie-like vibe. Now that’s the hook and, eventually, […]

Posted November 19, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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ARC Book Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

ARC Book Review: When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill

One of my favorite author discoveries in 2014 has to be Liz Czukas – I loved Ask Again Later and Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless – so when she announced a new adult book under a pen name, it was pretty much at the TOP of my wishlist. When Joss Met Matt is banterfluffy perfection, with plenty of swoony sexiness, which all made for the best refreshingly addictive read. So When Joss Met Matt is the quintessential friends-with-benefits romance. Joss and Matt meet in college, and after Joss gets dumped by her loser boyfriend, they come up with the idea of sorbet sex. Their theory […]

Posted December 11, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments
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Audiobook Review: Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans

Audiobook Review: Chasing Before by Lenore Appelhans

I start this review with pain in my heart because I wanted to like Chasing Before so badly. I really enjoyed The Memory of After in spite of a few quibbles, and I’ve met Lenore on multiple occasions. She’s awesome! So awesome that she’s the one who gave me this audiobook! And sadly, I didn’t really like it. I didn’t hate it either, but it was just a bit meh. First off, I shouldn’t have listened to this on audio. I should have read it in print. Right away, I realized that Cynthia Holloway is not the narrator for me. Her voice is high pitched, […]

Posted November 24, 2014 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Book Review: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

It took me a month of scheduled reading to manage fitting A Clash of Kings in with the rest of my towering stacks of books to be read, but I did it. Now, this won’t be my most coherent review ever, because how on earth do you review a book of over 700 pages, but more just my thoughts overall. Enjoy. What I think continues to be Martin’s strength in this series is how he truly encapsulates the importance of each of these characters. Epic fantasies, with their many POV’s, can be slow or boring. There will always be some characters you don’t care for […]

Posted October 5, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Audiobook Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Audiobook Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

At the beginning of the year, I made it one of my resolutions for 2014 to give audiobooks a shot. After discovering that Ready Player One – which I’d already heard plenty of GREAT things about – was narrated by Wil Freaking Wheaton, I decided this would be a great place for me to start. And it was. Great story + great performance = hours of great entertainment. Ready Player One has been raved about, and for good reason. This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys gaming and 80’s pop culture. Basically, it tells the story of Wade Watts, a teenage boy, who participates […]

Posted August 17, 2014 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 9 Comments
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