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When Kat and I first started brainstorming about the direction of we wanted Cuddlebuggery to go in, we had no idea what we were doing. Zero. While we both had our own blogs previously, I don’t think we truly considered ourselves a part of the blogging community until after we stopped being hobbits and became more active. It’s been awesome and we can’t image not slaving away on this blog. We were hoping to create something for all types of readers to enjoy, including us. Well, it’s been a little over 2 years now and I was curious about how our readers really viewed our blog.

Part 1 of this survey focused on our non-blogger readers and really helped shed light on areas where we can improve and things you guys really love. For part 2, we have the results from our blogger readers. Check out the responses, they might surprise you!

Great by Sara Benincasa

How you feel about Great is going to depend heavily on how you feel about The Great Gatsby. If you dislike the original, this is unlikely to change your mind. If you haven’t read the original, I can’t really help you because it’s impossible for me to separate this book from the source material, so I’m going to go with it’s a good story, you should check it out. If you love the original (the camp I hail from) then Great is pretty damn great.

(I had to and I’m not sorry)

As a retelling, this is more of the re, less of the telling. What I mean is it follows the source material pretty much exactly. While Sara Benincasa throws in her own twists (one notable example being gender-flipping Gatsby for no other reason than why the hell not? and yesss, good impulse) and updates the setting and details, she’s basically taking F.

Red Rising

This is the first review I’ve ever written where I’m leaving a book unrated. I both loved and hated this book equally. There were parts that really frustrated me, bored me, excited me, and completely hooked me. I’m not even sure what Red Rising is really classified as. One half of the book feels very Dystopian/sci-fi while the other half reads like an entirely different genre, perhaps High Fantasy. If I were to even attempt to describe what this book is I’d say image Gladiator and Lord of the Flies having an illicit love affair on an acid trip. Their baby would be Red Rising. How do I fit a book like that on a 1-5 star rating scale?

Darrow is a Helldriver on Mars, drilling in mines with the belief that one day his people will live on the surface once the planet is ready. He and his people live under strict rules.

Unteachable by Leah Raeder

It is not a secret that we here at Cuddlebuggery love Unteachable, (see Steph’s review for documented proof) and how could we not? It’s dark and messed up, but also beautiful and poetic and, of course, hawt (très oo-er one might say).

Before we unveil the beauteous new cover, a huge congratulations and many hugs to Leah Raeder for her two book deal with Atria Books. Not only is Unteachable getting a facelift but Atria will be publishing Raeder’s yet-untitled upcoming NA romance. If you haven’t checked the book out already, I strongly urge you to do so and yay you! You can get yourself a copy with the shiny new cover!

And now, without further ado I give you the new Unteachable:

Unteachable by Leah Raeder
March 24, 2014
ISBN 9781476786407
Atria Books

An edgy, sexy USA Today bestseller about falling for the one person you can’t have.

Reality Boy

Warning: This book will give you all the feels. Reader discretion is advised.

You know when you finish a book and just sit there for a long time trying to process why your eyes won’t stop leaking? Reality Boy will do that to you.  I feel like I should be very straightforward and tell you that I am a huge A.S. King. I’ve read all her books and I loved most of them. Some writers are masters at pulling every single one of your heartstrings and creating relatable characters. A.S. King is one of them. If you’re familiar with her stories, this book has a similar feel to Everybody Sees the Ants. If you’re not, think of John Green’s clever writing meets Sarah Dessen’s realistic characters.

In this novel, our main character’s current reputation is based on his behavior as a five-year-old boy on a reality TV show called Network Nanny.

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