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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
Beautiful, but boring. Filled with super-uptight christian/pro-life/right-wring craziness (aka, nothing I would read by choice) that made me curse out ...more
Mar 13, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
Wow. I mean... wow.
Not very articulate today, mostly because I stayed up way, way too late to finish this damn book.

One sentence recap: After a lega
Sep 14, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
Terrier (Beka Cooper, #1)
Tamora Pierce is one of my all time favorite young adult writers. She always seems to write characters that speak to me in a way no other writer in th ...more
Jul 22, 2010
Dec 06, 2009
I love to read Neil Gaiman no matter what mood I'm in. The man could write a treatise on insurance and I'd read it like it was the next best seller. S ...more
Jan 2008
Jun 10, 2009
The Uninvited: The True Story of the Union Screaming House
A quick, easy, terrifying read. Obviously his first effort based on the writing, but a worthwhile read. Could have used another heavy edit, the pacing ...more
May 31, 2009
Jun 10, 2009
Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery (Rat Queens Vol. 1: 1-5)

Comic books are known to be a boy’s club. With few (but notable) exceptions, female characters not drawn as hu
Jun 2014
Oct 27, 2014
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)
It's kind of amazing to me how they packed so much into such a short book. The first thing I have to say is I LOVED the main character. I am so, so si ...more
Jan 24, 2010
Jan 14, 2010
This is my first Angela Knight book and Wow, was I unprepared! The sex is mostly hot and dirty, but sometimes almost laughable, it's so over-the-top.

Nov 15, 2009
Jul 15, 2010
Broken Monsters
Review as published in the Des Moines Cityview (

I like my horror subtle and my thrillers, well, thrilling. A
Sep 30, 2014
Sep 30, 2014
Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1)
I loved this book. It was just what I was looking for in terms of urban fantasy; different, dark and not afraid to b real. I really loved Chess- to me ...more
Aug 09, 2010
Jun 20, 2010
Paper Lantern: Love Stories

Reading like the lyrics from a sad love song with a surreal twist, Stuart Dybek has built an exquisite set of
Apr 22, 2014
May 07, 2014
Life After Joe
This was a very sweet, romantic story, but I had a real issue with the character development.

One Sentence recap: After Matt's longtime love, the epony
Jul 20, 2010
Aug 07, 2010
Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1)
This is a lovely book with some incredible world building. I adore good world building, to me it really makes or breaks a fantasy book/series. I like ...more
Sep 05, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, after reading some early reviews. I didn't really want 'Harry Potter' for grown-ups. Harry Potter was writ ...more
Oct 23, 2009
Aug 31, 2009
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5)
This is, quite simply, the most playful, emotional, lyrical bit of story I've read in ages. I wept at the aching beauty of the language, laughed aloud ...more
Oct 26, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
The Legend of Vinny Whiskers
I received this book from a giveaway here on goodreads. It took me a while to get to on the TBR pile, but I have to say, it really was a fun book to r ...more
Jul 30, 2009
Sep 11, 2009
Ill Wind (Weather Warden, #1)
This series has gotten a lot of attention. I’ve been pumped to read it for a while so I finally grabbed a cheap copy at the local used bookstore and t ...more
Apr 23, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
Naamah's Kiss (Moirin's Trilogy #1)
I adored this book. For me, it was almost like reading Kushiel's Dart again, with regard to how much I enjoyed it. The writing was superb, as usual an ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Jun 22, 2009
The Help
I cared about the characters, but it seemed to drag quite a bit for me. Ending felt imcomplete or just thrown together. The whole thing stank of force ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Jan 26, 2010
Greywalker (Greywalker, #1)
Good book, the writing is obviously amateur though. The conversations are really hard to get into and the metaphors go a bit crazy. The descriptions i ...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac, #1)
Good, inventive story, somewhat choppy writing. It was a bit depressing actually, a lot of people die. The main character bugs me, but I think it may ...more
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
Unclean Spirits (The Black Sun's Daughter, #1)
This was just about as good as you can get in the flooded paranormal subgenre these days. It was just so well written! The characters are really flawe ...more
Aug 28, 2009
Aug 04, 2009
Poltergeist (Greywalker, #2)
Good book, better than the first. I'm still having trouble with the writing style a bit. Harper and the more minor characters have been fleshed out ni ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 17, 2009
The Graveyard Book
Perfect, how does Neil Gaiman always manage to leave me breathless, giddy, sleepy and sad all at the same time? The man is magic I tell you. I listene ...more
Dec 2008
Jun 10, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
A sweet easy read. I cried at the end, which doesn't happen often. The writing was superb and the characterization was just about perfect. My biggest ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
Wow, this was both a super quick and super disturbing read. I swallowed it in one big gulp. Pfeffer writes so well, I couldn't pull myself out of it a ...more
Apr 29, 2010
Mar 21, 2010
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
I'm a sucker for good writing, no matter the the topic. Combine the lovely, spare, painfully clear writing with a zombie filled dystopic love story an ...more
Feb 16, 2010
Dec 07, 2009
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
This was fantastic! I read a lot of paranormal books and it takes a lot to thrill me, this one did so from the first page. Funny, romantic, action-pac ...more
Jun 06, 2010
Jan 15, 2010
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
Really good characters for the most part, some of the actions scenes needed work and there were a few times when I yelled, "Where is your mother littl ...more
Jan 23, 2010
Sep 11, 2009
When You Reach Me
I loved the story and the writing was spot-on. I was a little disappointed by the lack of description of the neighborhood. I was expecting more from t ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Dec 07, 2009
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