Tag: simon & schuster

ARC Book Review: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

ARC Book Review: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

The Storyspinner came to me recommended by Christina – which is to say that she really liked it, so I figured I would as well. I was correct, of course, because Christina has such spectacular taste. The Storyspinner is a fun fantasy debut with super awesome shiiiiiiips. The Storyspinner and I did get off to a bit of a rough start. There are quite a lot of POV characters, and while they are necessary to show the different storylines and events in different locations, it was just a lot to take in at once. The character’s unique voices weren’t a problem, because everything is written […]

Posted March 2, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans

Book Review: The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans

I’ve been meaning to read The Memory of After (previously known as Level 2) for AGES, but it’s one of those books I just never got around to. After meeting and hanging out with Lenore in New York during BEA, I finally decided to really put it on the priority list, and I’m so glad I did! This book is unique and creative, and I’m just kind of… stunned. I’m not a religious person at all, but the idea of the afterlife has always intrigued me. Before you make any assumptions: this book doesn’t carry a heavy religious theme. The fact of the matter is […]

Posted October 30, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Book Review: Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Book Review: Magnolia by Kristi Cook

Everyone and their mother said that I would love Magnolia, and everyone was absolutely 100% correct. Once this book was in my hands, I couldn’t help but ditch my towering stack of review books to read it instead – and it ended up being one of the best decisions I made in a while. I devoured it in one sitting, riding the tidal wave of feels, until I finally finished at 2:30 am… and I’m not a late-night reader. Damn this book was good. Now, you’ll probably know how much I love hate-to-love romances. I’ve written a whole post about it, after all. Most of […]

Posted October 6, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 12 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

ARC Book Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

This book is so meta and so cool. And for its 600 pages, it read immensely smoothly and quickly. There’s no book quite like this one, and I definitely enjoyed it. It’s my first but definitely not my last adventure with Scott Westerfeld. Now, Afterworlds is essentially two books in one. On the one hand, we have a contemporary story of an author getting ready to publish her first book. And on the other hand, we have the book that she’s written. As such, I feel it’s only right to have this review be in parts as well. There’s just so much to cover. Lizzie’s […]

Posted September 22, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Book Review: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

Book Review: The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick

So if you know me, you’ll probably have heard at one point or another that I’m seriously obsessed with the webseries The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube. For those who are unfamiliar (where have you been??!?!) the webseries is a modern day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, which takes place in the form of vlogs in which Lizzie Bennet tells the audience about her daily life and her familial and romantic drama. The adaptation was actually an immersive transmedia experience, using multiple platforms including Twitter accounts for the characters, Instagram accounts, Tumblr posts, etc, in which the audience’s reactions also played a role sometimes. For […]

Posted July 28, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

ARC Book Review: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

When I was offered Noggin for review, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. From the blurb it just sounded unique and sort of weird. With the head cut off element, I thought it would be a bizarre kind of sci-fi, but nope. This book surprised me in the best possible way.

Posted March 12, 2014 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

ARC Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

Hyperbole and a Half is probably my favorite non-bookish blog out there. Allie Brosh is just a genius in her posts, and many of the feelings she expresses in her stories are very relatable. So when I heard a while back that she was getting a book published, I was all kinds of excited. When I saw it was on NetGalley, my excitement increased tenfold. Then I got approved… oh man, you should have seen the look on my face. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened has a beautifully creative long title that immediately hints to the kind […]

Posted October 28, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 4 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

ARC Book Review: Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

In the first half of this year I discovered a sub-genre I’m totally in love with: stories involving alternate/parallel universes. I adore Pivot Point to pieces and Parallel was surprisingly endearing and good. Then I made it my goal to read all the books in this sub-genre coming out this year, and Just Like Fate popped up on my radar. I was excited, and I wanted to love it, but it brought nothing new to the table (except maybe eye rolls). Within 50 pages, warning bells went off for me. It was something I should have realized when I first read the synopsis, but the set up for […]

Posted July 6, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 12 Comments
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