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Something like Normal
Okay, this is tough, because some of my reading friends have liked this one a lot, and I can see the story in there that was liked so much, but.

When T
Jul 20, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
We Were Liars
Well, crap. I was all ready to write a very short, rather dismissive review, saying that there was one thing I loved about the book but only that one, ...more
May 17, 2014
Jul 10, 2013
I was going to give this a two-and-a-half-star rating, rounded up, but then saw the average rating here and decided to go with my first thought, which ...more
Jun 2012
Jul 03, 2012
Rondo Allegro
I'm going to rate this one, despite my own sensible policy of not rating books by friends, family, and other animals, and may revert once (!) this has ...more
Sep 15, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
The Goblin Emperor
4.5 stars.

This book. I simply can't think of another book that I found simultaneously so slow and so gripping. It was a slow read in part because of t
Apr 14, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #1)
Well, I'm going to spend a bit of time doing one of the things that "shouldn't" be done in talking about a book: talking about why it isn't another bo ...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Every Breath
4.5 stars.

This one is all thanks to Katie, and it was intense enough an experience that I'm actually feeling smug about following up on the rec before
Oct 15, 2014
Sep 26, 2014
The Story of Owen (Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, #1)
I think, to answer the question posed by the review form, that I really want to see the discussion when friends have read this one. That desire is not ...more
May 02, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
Laura's Wolf (Werewolf Marines, # 1)
Lia Silver is a friend's pen name, so no rating, as per my friend-rating-policy.

Some day I'll have to write a -- thing - somewhere, about what I do an
Apr 06, 2014
Mar 08, 2014
The Perilous Gard
This is one of the most often re-read books in our house - definitely the one I read to the daughters the greatest number of times. And with good reas ...more
not set
May 07, 2008
A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family, #5)
Battle is over for this book, at any rate.

Before anyone starts throwing stones or even worse missiles, I have to point out that this is not a review,
Feb 18, 2015
Feb 15, 2015
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
I should have written this up immediately after finishing, rather than letting the friend reviews pile up and then being the cranky outrider, but all ...more
Feb 2013
Sep 12, 2012
Lhind the Thief
This was the exact book I was in the mood for at the exact time I read it: fun but not too light; YA but no angst or triangles or Instalove; a thief i ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)
This was all set to be a four-star rating, and it feels a bit mean to have down-rated it because I raced through roughly the second half, to find out ...more
Jul 02, 2014
Feb 18, 2014
Shakespeare's Champion (Lily Bard, #2)
[Editing because I slipped into the descriptors of race used in the book, which I shouldn't have done. Not good.]

As I said in my brief write-up of the
Apr 12, 2014
Apr 13, 2014
So, this is OUR Melissa, you guys! I got to read this a while ago, and back when I was writing the title and author down in my reading notebook over a ...more
Sep 2013
Jan 02, 2015
Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant, #5)
Peter goes out of London?!

Only question is whether to buy it *first* on Audible or break with tradition and just snap it up in the bookshop... Now pu
Nov 21, 2014
Jun 12, 2014
Fatal Affair (Fatal, #1)
This one crossed my radar because of Katie and Jess, and I can really see what they both liked about it - the heroine being the cop, and being compete ...more
Oct 03, 2014
Sep 24, 2014
Among Thieves (Tales of the Kin, #1)
I *think* I came across this when someone linked something somewhere about under-appreciated fantasy books/series and I read one review of a different ...more
May 25, 2014
Jun 28, 2012
An Old-Fashioned Girl
I could never quite stomach Little Women, as a child or adult, but An Old-Fashioned Girl has all the positives of LW with less sentimentality, a prope ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2013
Crown Duel (Crown & Court #1-2)
Before I start this review, I’m just going to do a bit of basking in the feeling that I was wonderfully smart to abandon my huge to-read and maybe-rea ...more
Mar 16, 2014
May 07, 2008
Binny for Short
Maybe 4.5, but only because my expectations for new Hilary McKay books are *ridiculously* high by now.

So far behind on writing up books read that I w
Mar 03, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
Welcome to Vietnam (Echo Company, #1)
Oh, do I ever wish these books would be republished. It's a disadvantage in some ways to have started with The Road Home , as I was so completely won ...more
Jan 25, 2013
Jan 24, 2013
Shades of Milk and Honey (Glamourist Histories, #1)
I can see why a lot of people enjoyed this, but it kept missing for me, at least in terms of the story and characters, which were often painfully obvi ...more
May 07, 2014
Aug 10, 2010
Just One Year (Just One Day, #2)
Reader advisory: don't expect much in the way of objectivity about the book. Forman has plenty of success, and plenty of rave ratings, so I don't feel ...more
Dec 03, 2013
Jun 04, 2013
Dreamer's Pool (Blackthorn & Grim, #1)
Dull, tedious and boring. (YEAH, WELL. There are three narrators and at least two of them are unnecessary too.) Also, just pay attention to the poor d ...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 11, 2014
Prisoner (Echo's Wolf, # 1) (Werewolf Marines # 2)
Lia Silver is the pen-name for a friend, so no rating, as per my "policy".

I enjoyed this even more than Laura's Wolf, for reasons which probably have
Aug 29, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
Tuesdays at the Castle (Castle Glower #1)
Cute and funny and smart MG fantasy, which I enjoyed very much. Like many of my friends who've read this, I was equally taken with the castle itself ( ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. (Butterman Travel series #1)
More like a 2.5, really, but I'm rounding up because I was negatively influenced by the poor quality of the audiobook. (Entirely irrelevant, but there ...more
Jun 24, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)
My computer had a tantrum and I lost what I'd written - don't have the energy to try to recreate it all, either. Bullet-points again it is.

1) LOVED th
Oct 28, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
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