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Crossed (Matched, #2)
It's like 1984 meets My Side of the Mountain. I took my time reading this book and when I sat back and thought about it, I realized that it was becaus...more
Sep 17, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Midnight in Austenland (Austenland, #2)
The first thing that stands out about Midnight in Austenland is the writing. Shannon’s vocabulary choices give it a Jane Austen feel, but it flows so...more
Jan 29, 2012
Nov 09, 2011
Cruel Beauty
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Cruel Beauty was a very dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast that had an unexpected mix of...more
Nov 29, 2013
Sep 22, 2013
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
Shadow and Bone was like walking through a version of Tolstoy’s Russia that was filled with magic. So many little details reminded me of Tolstoy like...more
Jun 06, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
Halflings (Halflings, #1)
The first thing that caught my attention about Halflings was the beautiful, visual writing. It reminded me of The Mortal Instrument series but more re...more
Jan 06, 2012
Nov 13, 2011
The Forgotten Locket (Hourglass Door, #3)
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I think the best way to describe The Forgotten Locket was melodramatic. Meaning that it felt...more
Oct 07, 2013
Oct 02, 2013
Above World (Above World, #1)
Above World was an interesting mix of mythological creatures and our modern world of technology. You’ll find mermaids and computers in one breath. I w...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
The Gleaning - (The Spellspinners of Melas County, #2)
The Gleaning is about a witch and warlock who are supposed to be enemies instead of lovers. Lily and Logan have been raised to fight each other to kee...more
Oct 13, 2012
Sep 19, 2012
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Everything in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a fascinating juxtaposition of the grotesque and the sublime – the speech, the characters, the setting. I...more
Feb 29, 2012
Apr 27, 2009
The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters, #1)
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The first thing that The Secret Diamond Sisters reminded me of was the song Royals by Lorde....more
Dec 30, 2013
Nov 22, 2013
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
This is the third time I’ve read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I really enjoyed reading this along with Pottermore. Pottermore incorporates a...more
Jul 16, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
Everbound (Everneath, #2)
The tone that I adored from the first book is back. The opening line, which I loved, just sets the tone so well.

“It is by going down into the abyss th...more
Dec 12, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
Harold and the Purple Crayon
I'm trying to read more books from my to-read list and I happened to see Harold and the Purple Crayon at the library. It was on my to-read list only b...more
May 28, 2014
Apr 03, 2009
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)
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The Girl of Fire and Thorns was a beautiful, bittersweet, and refreshing fantasy novel. I fou...more
Jun 2014
Sep 28, 2012
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Insurgent picked up right where Divergent left off which made it nice to read them one after the other. Divergent was good and set up the world really...more
Jun 30, 2012
Jun 26, 2012
The Casual Vacancy
Before I start my review, I want to make it clear that I only read 25 pages of this book (and it took me 5 days to even get that far because it wasn’t...more
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Jul 03, 2012
Remembrance (Transcend Time, #1)
Twilight meets reincarnation with a nice masked ball. I thought it would be historical fiction, but it wasn't. It was more like a supernatural romance...more
Oct 22, 2011
Sep 27, 2011
Our Search for Happiness
I really liked that it presented the basic beliefs of the Mormon church to someone who didn't know anything about it. It was a great reminder to me of...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 20, 2012
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
When I heard this was a Cinderella re-telling with a cyborg sci-fi twist I thought the idea was weird. However, when I started reading it, I went from...more
Jan 09, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
The Limit
The Limit was a mild dystopian about modern workhouses and over-spending money that I thought Dickens would approve of. It was close enough to our wor...more
Aug 24, 2012
Aug 19, 2012
Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale
Shayla Witherwood was like Bewitched goes to high school, but she’s a half-fairy instead of a witch. I got the Bewtiched vibe because Shayla would use...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 03, 2012
Walkabout (Urban Hunters #3)
In Walkabout, Billy goes into the “whitefella” culture for the first time and his culture shock is charming, honest and amusing. I loved the Australia...more
Apr 12, 2012
Apr 11, 2012
Witch's Brew (The Spellspinners of Melas County, #1)
This book felt like Harry Potter goes YA. I found some similarities to Harry Potter like the term "You Know Who," and a a restricted library. I liked...more
Sep 27, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
A perfect re-telling of the 12 Dancing Princesses. It followed the overall story line of the Grimm’s fairytale, but the details were original and inte...more
Dec 29, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine, #3)
Like the rest of the series, The Savage Grace does a great job of blending the supernatural with religion. There’s a lot of outward action scenes and...more
Mar 21, 2012
Mar 14, 2012
A Preface to Paradise Lost
If you have, like me, tried to read Paradise Lost but couldn’t finish it, then this book is a great resource to help you get through it. I learned a l...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
Matched (Matched, #1)
One of the best dystopian novels I've read. It was a world I could really see growing out of the one we live in. It was all the more frightening becau...more
May 31, 2011
May 26, 2011
Asunder (Newsoul, #2)
I was not planning on reading this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book in this series (Incarnate), but the ending had a lot of burning acid an...more
May 15, 2013
May 03, 2013
Dad Is Fat
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Dad is Fatexpands on Jim Gaffigan's staple humor about kids and the challenges of being a par...more
Mar 25, 2014
Mar 21, 2014
The Luxe (Luxe, #1)
The Luxe is like Gossip Girl set in 1899. It was so rich in social history and scandal. You get to know characters from different social classes and e...more
Nov 29, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
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