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ARC Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

ARC Book Review: This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

I was already a fan of Emma Mills’s first book, First & Then. It was cute and happy and romantic, and so I thought, this is an author I should keep an eye on. I did NOT think that she would level up so supremely for her sophomore title. This Adventure Ends is heartfelt, lovely, and so, so meaningful. Sloan is a soul friend. I mean this in the sense of the side characters that she befriends, but also because she’s such an understandable and relatable character. Her voice is awesome, and her personality is one that just instantly draws you (and other people) to […]

Posted October 4, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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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: 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: No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

ARC Book Review: No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista

Fake dating, a.k.a. fauxmance – one of my favorite tropes in romance novels. So, yeah, I couldn’t resist No Love Allowed. I like contemporary romances because regardless of quality, they’re breezes to read and I can usually find something entertaining or fun about them. No Love Allowed had that… and it didn’t. It was rather average, though undeniably disappointing in some parts. Caleb and Didi meet and quickly engage in a fake dating arrangement. Caleb is a notorious heartbreaker who needs a “girlfriend” so that he can get away unscathed during all the high society events. (He’s rich as fuck.) Didi is poor, her mother’s […]

Posted April 5, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments
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Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Ever since I first read Cinder, almost three years ago, I knew that this series would likely be one of my all-time favorites. Now here we are. The end of the road. And I was not wrong. At a whopping 824 pages, your first thought upon opening Winter may rightfully be, “Holy crap this book is massive.” That size is daunting to most readers – especially to me. But it’s a testament to Meyer’s skill as a writer that the story never truly drags and no moment ever feels unnecessary. Every book introduces two additional main characters – so by Winter, with Winter and Jacin […]

Posted February 3, 2016 by Debby in Reviews / 1 Comment
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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Whoa, whoa, whoa, WHOA! I’ve been a fan of Leigh Bardugo’s since reading her Grisha series, but man, she knocked it out of the park with Six of Crows. This is an instant favorite, and one of the very best books I’ve read this year. Intense, creative, well-written, and well-developed… if you haven’t read this, I’m basically ordering you to. Now. Six of Crows is basically Ocean’s Eleven in a fantasy world. That already sounds awesome as fuck, RIGHT? Well it gets better. This story takes place in the same world as The Grisha – starting out in the city of Ketterdam. Ketterdam, and Kerch, […]

Posted December 10, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted is one of those books that had a pretty quiet release, but then a massive tidal wave of hype in the book blogging community. People who know me probably know that hype and I aren’t exactly friends. And I feel like the book would have benefited if I waited a year or so to read this, so that some of those hyped thoughts would have faded from my mind. So ultimately though I won’t praise this book as utter perfection, I think it is a brilliant book that is worth reading. Just.. maybe not quite at all-of-the-feels level. Uprooted is another fantasy take on […]

Posted September 16, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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ARC Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

ARC Book Review: Bright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Emond

I didn’t know much about Bright Lights, Dark Nights before I picked it up – aside from the fact that it had an interracial romance and gorgeous illustrations. I’m delighted to say that I found this an engaging, quick read that had both light and dark tones and some thought-provoking discussion of modern-day racial tensions. A heavy focus of Bright Lights, Dark Nights is on a first love – between the main character, Walter, and an African American girl, Naomi. That romance is not uncomplicated, as interracial relationships often aren’t. And on top of that, Naomi happens to be the younger sister of one of […]

Posted July 30, 2015 by Debby in Reviews / 2 Comments
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