Tag: romance

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: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Book Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Since reading Since You’ve Been Gone, Morgan Matson has pretty much gotten on my auto-buy author list. Especially when her covers turn out to be LITERALLY CUTE AS PUPPIES – LIKE, WITH ACTUAL PUPPIES. I mean, I couldn’t picture a book more fluffy and all about summer fun times – and that’s exactly what this book was. It was DELIGHTFUL. The Unexpected Everything is about Andie, the daughter of a Congressman, who has always been about intense future plans living up to the stringent ideals that her dad’s job kind of foists upon her. So her plan for the summer was to do a pre-med […]

Posted June 11, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Book Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

Book Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

I don’t think I’ve ever been this conflicted about a rating and, even more generally, my opinion about a book. When We Collided is a well-written, important story with characters that are arguably presented in a realistic manner considering their circumstances. It has all the depth that you would expect from an Emery Lord book. And yet. This book made me uncomfortable. When We Collided is a love story. It’s a kind of all-encompassing romance that would potentially turn me off in a different case if it weren’t for these characters in their specific circumstances. Vivi is bipolar, and as quickly becomes apparent in the […]

Posted June 9, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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Book Review: First & Then by Emma Mills

Book Review: First & Then by Emma Mills

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights. I mean, did you really need anything more than that to be like OH MAN I WANT THIS NOW? I sure didn’t. Though the positive reviews from fellow fluff-loving friends certainly didn’t hurt. First & Then was exactly what I expected – a delight. Now, first off, you shouldn’t expect this to be a Pride and Prejudice retelling, because it definitely is not. I kind of made that mistake at the start, and so I was looking here and there trying to draw comparisons between the characters, but it’s not a retelling. There are similar themes though, because […]

Posted June 4, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

ARC Book Review: Out on Good Behavior by Dahlia Adler

I love Dahlia Adler, yadda yadda yadda, so yeah, I needed to read Out on Good Behavior the instant it was available to me. And man. This does it. The Radleigh University series is one of the best and most solid new adult series out there. Consider this my vehement recommendation to anyone who has ever expressed any interest in new adult books. Whereas the previous books in the series have been a combination of romance and familial drama, Out on Good Behavior is pretty much pure romance – and not that drama-filled either. This would be the fluffy and bantery book of the series. […]

Posted May 26, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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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: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

ARC Book Review: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Dear Paula Stokes, How dare you write a book as flawless as this. We both know I was incredibly enchanted by The Art of Lainey and, as a devourer of fluff, there was a big chance that I would fall in love with this book too. But, okay, even I did not expect the level of delight and adoration that Girl Against the Universe brought to me. This book is literally the total package, and then to have my name in the acknowledgements… I repeat. How. Dare. Reasons why Girl Against the Universe is basically perfect: 1. The depiction of anxiety. When I first heard […]

Posted May 5, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

ARC Book Review: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

My fond memories of Sarah Strohmeyer’s Smart Girls Get What They Want were immediately evoked when I heard her newest title: This Is My Brain on Boys. Nerdy cute contemporaries are my jam, you might say. But whereas her debut novel was charming, fun, and practically perfect, this book was… not. Uh oh. The premise of this book sure was a promising one. You have a main character who doesn’t believe in love. She wants to research the biological aspect of it though, with a theory that any two people can fall in love if they’re put into high risk, high stress situations. Heck, she […]

Posted April 26, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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