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How to Build a Girl
3.69
really liked it
Second reading: December 15 to 16, 2016

This was the (viewer-selected!) December book for the Banging Book Club. I read this over two years ago (God, w
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Aug 07, 2014
Aug 03, 2014
 
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark Is Rising, #1)
3.85
it was ok
Over Sea, Under Stone reminds me of that endless string of ’80s and ’90s movies featuring plucky groups of child protagonists outwitting bumbling adul ...more
Jun 27, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
 
Pure (Pure, #1)
3.75
it was ok
So what if someone set us up the bomb, or several bombs, and instead of nuclear winter and all the survivors dying of cancer, they got fused to each o ...more
Aug 08, 2012
Aug 01, 2012
 
Only Ever Yours
3.83
it was amazing
Louise O’Neill is scary good at writing amazing but depressing books. I thought her second novel, Asking For It , was powerful, but her debut, Only E ...more
Apr 2016
Feb 10, 2016
 
If I Was Your Girl
4.03
liked it
This review contains minor spoilers regarding some characterization but nothing about the end of the book itself.

Moving to a new school, for any reaso
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Jan 13, 2017
Apr 13, 2016
 
Dreadnought (Nemesis, #1)
4.12
it was amazing
Is there a name for the situation where you keep thinking you like a certain genre, but you’re almost unfailingly critical of every book in that genre ...more
Jan 28, 2017
Jan 03, 2017
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
liked it
**spoiler alert** Oh, Mockingjay, I’m just not sure what to do with you.

I suppose that at this point the trilogy has taken on a certain trajectory. Ka
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Apr 06, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
 
Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World
4.25
it was amazing
I suppose I should start with one of those disclaimers about how I received a free electronic copy of this from NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers. ...more
Jan 05, 2017
Oct 15, 2015
 
Zeroes (Zeroes, #1)
3.75
liked it
I’m not sure how much of a compliment this is, what with the low opinion I have of most CW shows (Supernatural notwithstanding), but Zeroes is one of ...more
Dec 30, 2015
Dec 28, 2015
 
Some Girls Are
3.88
it was amazing
Oh my this book made me angry. I started Some Girls Are during lunch on Friday, got about 24 pages in (I know this because the bookmark is still at th ...more
not set
May 11, 2015
 
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)
4.20
liked it
As I reflected in my review of The Sleeper and the Spindle , fairytale retellings are all the rage. With The Wrath & the Dawn, we have a new take ...more
Jun 18, 2016
May 23, 2016
 
A Tyranny of Petticoats (A Tyranny of Petticoats, #1)
3.76
it was amazing
Women don’t need me to say this, because they know this, and many have said this themselves, but I’ll boost it: the thing about representation is that ...more
Jun 08, 2017
Jun 06, 2017
 
Unboxed
4.19
really liked it
I want to teach high school because I want to stay young forever. Seriously. There is nothing like spending your day around teenagers, feeling their e ...more
Dec 07, 2016
Dec 07, 2016
 
Unwrap My Heart
4.44
liked it
It’s almost too easy to write a vampire YA romance. Real authors tackle the hard romances, like mummies. How does a clumsy teenage girl fall for a tho ...more
Dec 2016
Dec 01, 2016
 
Scored
3.36
really liked it
Growing up in Canada and watching American TV shows, one becomes familiar with Americanisms that nevertheless are not applicable in Canada. For instan ...more
May 21, 2015
Oct 25, 2011
 
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
4.04
really liked it
I have a soft spot for urban fantasy in which there is “another” world within our own world— Neverwhere comes to mind as a good example. I think it s ...more
Apr 26, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
 
Half Brother
4.04
liked it
Our capacity for language is one of the attributes often cited as what makes humans so distinct from other animals. It’s a controversial distinction, ...more
Mar 19, 2012
Mar 17, 2012
 
The Threat (Animorphs, #21)
3.82
really liked it
What is this I can’t even.

#21: The Threat strips away any remaining pretensions that this is a “children’s” series. This is YA at its grittiest. Long
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Oct 22, 2015
Oct 22, 2015
 
Pirate Cinema
3.70
liked it
I don’t really know how to start this review, because this is a very important topic for me. It should be an important topic for anyone who loves book ...more
Jul 04, 2015
Oct 08, 2012
 
The Separation (Animorphs, #32)
3.63
it was ok
I’d like to gush over this one and give it five stars because it’s Rachel and my bias for her awesome/tragic character arc knows no bounds. Except. Ex ...more
Jul 25, 2016
Jul 25, 2016
 
The Weight of Water
3.87
really liked it
Talk about come-from-behind challengers. I was so certain I had my Carnegie nominees sorted, and then I read the The Weight of Water. I almost didn’t ...more
Jul 13, 2013
Jul 13, 2013
 
The Grey King (The Dark Is Rising, #4)
4.18
liked it
I’ve been making a slow tour through Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising sequence for a few months now. It’s undeniably an important series in the fanta ...more
Oct 10, 2013
Oct 21, 2013
 
Son of a Trickster
3.97
really liked it
Son of a Trickster came across my Twitter feed one day and I knew I had to read it. I’m trying to read more books by Indigenous authors, and this one ...more
Feb 06, 2017
Dec 20, 2016
 
The Dark Is Rising (Dark is Rising, #2)
4.07
it was ok
I’m trying to think of how many other books’ sequels are more notable than the books themselves. The Dark is Rising is the second book in the sequence ...more
Jun 28, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
 
For the Win
3.80
really liked it
I don’t much like economics. I like Cory Doctorow’s metaphor here in For the Win of the economy like a train: most people have no idea where it’s goin ...more
May 30, 2016
May 07, 2010
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
really liked it
The perverse, contrary part of me enjoys panning books that receive wide acclaim. It's a calling (in the same way that being a creepy funeral home dir ...more
Apr 06, 2010
Dec 31, 2008
 
The Andalite's Gift (Megamorphs, #1)
3.76
it was ok
Seven books into the Animorphs series, and K.A. Applegate has a problem. The series is popular. Too popular. See, it’s so popular that its sales are a ...more
May 2015
May 01, 2015
 
The Experiment (Animorphs, #28)
3.66
it was ok
I am ambivalent about this one. On the one hand, Ax! Being delightfully too human! Soaps! On the other hand … everything else.

The plot of #28: The Exp
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Apr 15, 2016
Apr 15, 2016
 
The Encounter (Animorphs, #3)
3.82
liked it
One of the most important parts of designing a magic system, or a set of superpowers, or anything that allows characters to defy the ordinary laws and ...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
 
The Visitor (Animorphs, #2)
3.79
really liked it
We continue my epic re-read of the Animorphs series with book 2, because I’m boring and read series in order, OK?

Animorphs resembles an after-school k
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Mar 22, 2015
Mar 22, 2015
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