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ARC Book Review: The Novice by Taran Matharu

ARC Book Review: The Novice by Taran Matharu

When I first heard about The Novice, with its stunning cover and Wattpad origins, I immediately had high hopes. “This could potentially be the next Throne of Glass series,” my brain screamed, excitedly. After reading it, I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say all that, but The Novice is entertaining for sure, and a series I can’t wait to continue. The world of The Novice is like a creative blend of Harry Potter, the Lord of the Rings, and Pokemon. That might SOUND odd, but I swear it makes perfect sense if you read the book. Like LOTR, the races of men, […]

Posted May 4, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 5 Comments
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Audiobook Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Audiobook Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Those of you who’ve been around for a bit longer may remember my adventures in reading Vampire Academy as a vampire hater, practically on a dare. Though I found the overall experience likable enough, I wasn’t exactly over the moon enough to binge the series right away – and I certainly didn’t understand the hype. But this is where a different format can totally come in to save the day! I’m SO glad I decided to listen to this on audio. It has multiple benefits for me. First, I didn’t feel like I was spending that much time or concentration on it because I could […]

Posted September 19, 2014 by Debby in Audiobook Reviews, Reviews / 3 Comments
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Manga Series Review: Hana-Kimi

Manga Series Review: Hana-Kimi

Hana-Kimi, or its official title Hanazakari no Kimi Tachi e, or its English title For You in Full Bloom, was the first manga of our manga project, and it was a great way to kick-off the project. Hana Kimi is a great manga if you want to test the waters and try it out. It uses the tropes we love, introduces you to the wonderful ridiculousness, and gives you a punch in the feels. Hana-Kimi tells the story of Ashiya Mizuki who disguises herself as a boy to enroll in an all boys’ school in Japan and that way get closer to her idol, Sano […]

Posted January 18, 2014 by Debby in Manga Series Reviews, Reviews / 5 Comments
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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: 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: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Writing this review may be one of the hardest things in the world because… how do you gush and still sound original when the whole rest of the world has read and loved this book? Their reviews are no doubt much more eloquent than mine. The solution? GIFS. Basically, the following is the result of reading this book: This book is straight up romance but it is of the highest quality and hard to resist. Slow build up? Check. Swoon-worthy boy? MEGA check. Get me an Étienne… NOW! Irresistibly adorable dialogue? Check. A romance that develops from the best kind of pure-hearted friendship? Check. If […]

Posted March 7, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 24 Comments
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Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I feel… conflicted. Half-Blood was a pleasant read. There’s a lot of nice things, and well, there’s Aiden. But it definitely won’t be taking Lux’s place as my favorite series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Let’s focus on the elephant in the room for a second. A lot of reviewers have pointed out startling comparisons between Half-Blood and the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I have not read Vampire Academy. Why? Vampires just aren’t my thing. I can’t really put my finger on what exactly turns me off to them so much, but I have only ever liked a story involving vampires once, and that […]

Posted February 2, 2013 by Debby in Reviews / 8 Comments
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