Tag: young adult

Book Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Book Review: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Once upon a time, I read a cool book with a genie in it. Ever since then, I’ve been weirdly convinced that this is something I need so much more of in my life. And so, it was no surprise that when I heard about The Forbidden Wish it instantly got put on my TBR list. And this book sure did a lot of things well. But other things… were not quite there for me. The Forbidden Wish is kind of a retelling, or more like a reimagining, of Aladdin. Aladdin finds Zahra’s lamp in the desert, where she’s been abandoned for hundreds of years […]

Posted August 30, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Book Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Anytime a new Kasie West book is on the horizon, I get tingly and excited and just cannot even bare the wait. It was about 10 times worse for P.S. I Like You, though. The title alone made me excited, the blurb got me bouncing in my chair, and when I got to post the cover reveal, I damn near fainted. IT WAS SO CUTE, THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY THE BOOK FOR ME — and I was so right. This book is a new favorite. P.S. I Like You, at its essence, is You’ve Got Mail – only my favorite romcom of all time – meets […]

Posted August 23, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Book Review: Run by Kody Keplinger

Ever since I first read The DUFF – which, incidentally, was one of the first books that got me into YA contemporary romances – Kody Keplinger has been one of my favorite authors of all time. Obviously, that means that I have rather high expectations, and reviewing books when they don’t live up to those expectations is ridiculously hard. Run was not exactly a Debby book. I already feel horrible about saying that, because when it comes to own voices, this is one of the most authentic and personal books on the market. Kody is blind, and in this book, Agnes is blind. Bo is […]

Posted August 18, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

A little birdie told me that I would absolutely like this book – by which I mean to say, Christina raved about it for weeks and then shoved it in my face by way of a Christmas gift. Yeah. I got the hint. But Christina knows me, so yes, I loved this book. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is not a contemporary romance I would ordinarily go for. The blurb seems very much like it’s saying there’s some instalove, some all-encompassing first love, which to me would be a warning sign for sap. That’s so not this book. It’s cute. It’s light. It’s heartfelt. […]

Posted August 16, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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Book Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

Book Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

If you’ve been around for a while, reading my reviews, you’ll probably know that Miranda Kenneally is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. Her books are always perfectly timed, because if anything, they’re the perfect summer reads. But, this being the 7th book, it figures that at some point, she’d resort to tropes that are less my thing. Though I enjoyed Defending Taylor, it wasn’t that special to me. All of the Hundred Oaks books focus on a sport or passion and some shippy romance. This time, the sport is soccer – score, one of the only sports I really like. The main character’s […]

Posted August 13, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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Book Review: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Book Review: Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw

Hand me a premise involving fandom and fanfiction, and I’m on the hook, man. It’s no exaggeration that that premise made Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here my most anticipated debut of the year. But, sadly, this book wasn’t quite like I expected. Scarlett is an introverted, fandom-loving loner. She doesn’t have a lot of real life friends, and instead found an online community around her favorite TV show called Lycanthrope High, which, as you may have guessed, involves werewolves. She’s one of the fandom’s biggest fanfic writers, but then… the show is canceled. Scarlett struggles with how to move on after the heartbreak of losing […]

Posted August 11, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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ARC Book Review: Vicarious by Paula Stokes

ARC Book Review: Vicarious by Paula Stokes

Let me start by being completely upfront with you guys. I first read this book last year as a beta reader, and I am now writing my review after having read an advance review copy, so I’m familiar with this story and have seen it develop over time. Paula Stokes is a dear friend. But my blog is nothing if not honest, and I am not lying when I say that this book blew me away. I’m not a typical mystery/thriller reader, and a simple whodunnit is not something that attracts me. But Vicarious is definitely different. I would still describe it as a mystery/thriller, […]

Posted August 6, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 3 Comments
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Graphic Novel Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Graphic Novel Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The hype for Nimona started long before it was published as a book. Several of my friends were already raving about it as it was gradually being posted online. That plus Noelle’s STUNNING drawing style made this a graphic novel I definitely could not resist. And I can say with certainty that I feel it deserves the hype. Nimona is made up of everything I love: fantasy, dragons, magic, comedy, anti-heroes, and a morally complicated storyline. It’s all about Nimona, a shapeshifter. She’s fun and bubbly and has a penchant for trouble, which is why she joins up with the country’s leading supervillain. Blackheart is […]

Posted July 23, 2016 by Debby in Graphic Novel Reviews, Reviews / 3 Comments
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