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Katana (Katana, #1)
DNF as of page 66. I cannot in good conscience as someone with a BA in the history, language, and culture of Japan recommend this as even a bit of lig ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Dec 05, 2011
Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse, #2)
This was a very difficult book for me to get through. And when I mean difficult, I don't mean in the "poorly written, oh god do not want" sort of way, ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Apr 07, 2010
Spirit's Princess (Spirit's Princess, #1)
I grit my teeth and got through about 60 pages before I threw in the towel. Here's where I was more or less screaming "YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG" at the b ...more
Apr 13, 2012
Sep 27, 2011
A Bride's Story, Vol. 1
I’ve been keeping up with this series since it started serialization in Japan back in 2008. For those of you into the manga/anime genres, you’ll know ...more
May 30, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
Replica (Replica, #1)
0.5 stars.

Oh, "Replica". How I wanted to like you. Really, I did. You had a fabulous premise - one I couldn't resist. But what I got was a serious cas
May 15, 2013
Dec 11, 2012
Jumping Off Swings (Jumping Off Swings, #1)
This was a fairly quick read, as it was relatively short.

However, this book was fairly dull. No surprises, no new additions to the "teen gets pregnan
Oct 05, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
Two Boys Kissing
Absolutely stunning, definitely in my top five faves for 2013. Review to come.
May 26, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
September Girls
0.5/5 stars.

Originally, this was going to be a NO STARS FOR YOU BOOK. Seriously. It had me that angry, and baffled that Kirkus (among others) gave it
May 21, 2013
Dec 08, 2012
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
Hi, my name is Usagi, and I’m autistic. More specifically, I have Asperger’s Syndrome, one of the “lighter” forms of the disorder on the autism spect ...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 10, 2012
The Art of Asking; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
I cried. Review to come.
Oct 25, 2014
Oct 13, 2014
The Girl in the Steel Corset (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)
This is a gorgeous, wonderful book. I just have to say that right up front. It has all that I look for in this genre (alternate history/steampunk) – m ...more
May 2011
Dec 05, 2010
Pink Smog (Weetzie Bat, #0)
I might be a little biased, as the first five "Weetzie Bat" books (when first published as the omnibus "Dangerous Angels" in 1996) literally changed h ...more
Oct 18, 2011
Nov 20, 2010
Arcadia Awakens (Arkadien, #1)
You know, you’d never think that, when putting together a story using the Italian Mafia and mythology would mix. Kai Meyer’s “Arcadia Awakens” not onl ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
Pretty Crooked (Pretty Crooked, #1)
**spoiler alert** Warning. There are going to be spoilers in this review, but I’ll try to keep them below the cut. While this story is pretty solid in ...more
Feb 27, 2012
Aug 07, 2011
XVI (XVI, #1)
I was born in the 80s, I grew up in the 90s, when the media market image of girls became the most sexualized it’s ever been. Flashbacks of CNN debates ...more
Mar 08, 2011
Dec 16, 2009
Belle Epoque
4.5/5 stars!

This was actually a really educational read for me - the author's notes at the end of the book were wonderful, and it was so gratifying to
Jun 09, 2013
Aug 29, 2012
The Other Normals
3.5/5 stars.

This one was fun, but there's definitely a gender bias. But since there's so few YA lit for guys by guys, in this case, I think that's a g
Sep 24, 2012
Mar 18, 2012
Alice in Murderland, Vol. 1


EDIT (12/17/14): Reading the original JP edition now. It took all of my willpower not to automatica
Dec 23, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2)
Okay. Wow, was this one was definitely an improvement over book one! No middle book syndrome here, folks. There were some twists I definitely did not ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Sep 27, 2011
There's something so gorgeously unsettling about this book, yet I couldn't put it down. I just knew that I had to find out what happened at the end, t ...more
Jan 18, 2013
Jul 07, 2012
The Summer Prince
This book is no less than stunning in nearly every way - a luscious, almost decadent read of a future city in a pyramid, with almost something for eve ...more
Mar 2013
Jun 28, 2012
Out of the Easy
4.5/5 stars!

Other YA historicals, take note. THIS is how you do a YA historical fiction novel that has no paranormal elements to it. My previous sugge
Aug 30, 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1)
Oh, you guys. I was so excited for this one, and it delivered. I think it's safe to say that Blake has proven herself an awesome talent in YA/NA lit ( ...more
Sep 2013
Jan 31, 2012
4.5/5 stars!

Selkies. They're quickly becoming the new mermaids of the YA paranormal world, and I'm happy to see that happen. Two books alone this mont
May 31, 2013
Apr 19, 2012
The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6)

[edit: 23 April 2013] Okay, both were taken back. A shame, because I really liked that cover,
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Apr 23, 2011
Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)
Man, after I got confirmation from Blake herself that this would indeed be the last book featuring Anna, Cas, and the gang, I was bummed out. Why? Thi ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Nov 23, 2011
Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)
Okay, so I'm going to break my own protocol here and start this review all in caps: "STORMDANCER" DESERVES ALL THE STARS.


It's seriously one of
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May 15, 2011
Ink (Paper Gods, #1)
4.5/5 stars!
Finally, guys, a YA book that gets Japanese language use (and culture) correct! I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. “Ink” is a fanta
May 18, 2013
Apr 19, 2012
Amnesia Labyrinth, Vol. 1 (Amnesia Labyrinth, #1)
To those who say that Tanigawa can only write scifi comedy, “Amnesia Labyrinth” slaps you in the face with a fresh new adult-themed mystery story that ...more
Mar 22, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)
Wow, guys. I seriously just can't even after finishing this book. YES, IT'S THAT GOOD. And yes, it DOES live up to the hype, very much so. "Between th ...more
Aug 09, 2013
Mar 26, 2012
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