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Dear Emma: A Unique Take on a Classic Austen Story

Dear Emma: A Unique Take on a Classic Austen Story

If you’ve read Emma by Jane Austen, you’d know that the premise of that book is about Emma meddling in her friends’ lives, mostly match-making. She’s endearing in a get-out-of-everyone’s-business kind of way. Katie Heaney takes that story and placed it in a modern, college setting, a concept I was very intrigued by. Overall, I enjoyed Dear Emma, and I found her really relatable, especially to me as an English-major college student who works in the library. But it wasn’t my favorite, which is why it sits at a solid three stars. I really did love Harriet (the main character) in this book. She’s just very relatable […]

Posted May 29, 2016
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You Were Here: A Book Review

You Were Here: A Book Review

When Netgalley sent me an email promoting this book, I knew I had to get my hands on it. They described it as a book for Lauren Oliver fans—aka me. And after reading it, that description is pretty dead-on. But You Were Here by Cori McCarthy is also very much it’s own unique thing. And it was a really cool reading experience for me. This book is about grief. That basically covers the major themes and plot. Jake died in a terrible accident…and he left his friends and family in his wake, not sure how to handle his loss. And this book explores five […]

Posted May 16, 2016
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In Real Life: An ARC Review

In Real Life: An ARC Review

Upon finishing In Real Life by Jessica Love, my first thought is: this book is cute. It’s that cute, feel-good type novel that permeates YA contemporary romances. “Cute” just seems to sum it up nicely in four letters. Personally, I didn’t connect with the main character Hannah a ton because she just seemed a lot younger than I and I think she was a little immature. Like the point of the novel is that she goes to meet Nick, a guy that she’s been talking to over the internet and phone for years. (Pssst, don’t worry. They met through Hannah’s sister and not creepily over the […]

Posted March 4, 2016
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“The Truth” Is…I Didn’t Like This Book: An ARC Review

“The Truth” Is…I Didn’t Like This Book: An ARC Review

Agh, this book. I read The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston back in December and have put off on my review, hoping that maybe some positive feelings would form for the book and the story and the everything…but it hasn’t I didn’t like this book, really at all. So let’s talk about why. First off, let me just say that the plot sounded promising. And that’s why I requested it on Netgalley. I’ve been into the Criminal Minds-y, let’s get into the mind of the psychopath, type of things lately…and the summary of this one seemed to be right up that alley. […]

Posted January 21, 2016
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The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet: A Book Review

The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet: A Book Review

First off, let’s make sure you know everything you need to know. If you don’t already know, there’s a phenomenal Youtube series called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It’s essentially a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, told through a web-series…which is pretty awesome if you ask me. Anyway, I discovered this series like a year and half ago or so during my finals week. Which gave me great reason to procrastinate because I just wanted to watch all of the episodes. I rave about the web-series here. And theeeeen, they wrote a book based on the web-series. Which is also awesome. It’s essentially Lizzie’s diary while they’re filming […]

Posted September 28, 2015
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The Weight of Feathers: A Book Review

The Weight of Feathers: A Book Review

So let’s talk about this book. First off, it’s awesome because it’s a retelling of the ever-so-famous Romeo and Juliet. And if you know me, you’d know that I’m all about the retellings. They’re fun and shed new light and perspective on timeless and classic stories. I actually did my TTT post this past Tuesday on Classic Retellings…so you should check that out if you haven’t already. But one of my biggest pet peeves with retellings is when the story is almost exactly the same. And this was not the case with The Weight of Feathers. WoF brings in the classic rivalry between two […]

Posted September 18, 2015
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