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The Distant Hours
it was amazing
I read the last hundred pages of The Distant Hours in the middle of a pretty intense storm. This just brought me even deeper into the story, where I f ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Apr 22, 2010
The Garden Party and Other Stories
it was amazing
Oh, Katherine Mansfield, where have you been all my life?

I'm no expert on this type of writing, but I know beautiful stuff when I read it. With 15 sto
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
Blue Asylum
really liked it
Imagine being sent off to a mental hospital because you did not obey your husband, because you thought your own thoughts and asked questions. Well, th ...more
Dec 20, 2011
Dec 15, 2011
Cinnamon and Gunpowder
it was amazing
I need to preface this review with the statement that lady pirates are most likely my favorite all-time historical subject. I study and read about the ...more
May 03, 2013
Feb 19, 2013
The Villa Triste
it was amazing
The Villa Triste was a fabulous piece of fiction that I'm glad I came across. I enjoyed the book immensely and was gripped the entire time.

The story o
Jul 26, 2011
Jan 04, 2011
it was amazing
I wouldn't call this a review post, mainly because I doubt I'd be able to write a suitable one. However, I couldn't just let it pass without writing s ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
liked it
I loved this story for the beautiful writing and the intricate way of exploring the life of a tragic woman. I saw this as a tragic story, not as the e ...more
Dec 17, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
Daughters of the Witching Hill
really liked it
Daughters of the Witching Hill is a beautifully crafted story of what was a horrifying moment in history.

Not knowing much about the 1612 witch trials
Apr 03, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
The Light Between Oceans
really liked it

The Light Between Oceans was a story that dealt with deep, important issues with an unusual setting: a small isolated island, home to a lighthouse.
Jul 07, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
Agnes Grey
really liked it
When venturing forth on Anne's work, I decided to start with Agnes Grey, rather than her more popular The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Agnes Grey is more ...more
May 21, 2010
May 13, 2010
The Charioteer
it was amazing
My heart. Is it still there? Because I feel like someone tore it out and stomped on it.

I stayed up way later than I usually do, last night, to finish
Sep 16, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
While England Sleeps
it was amazing
Initial reaction:

Argh, my heart.

Actual review:

Sometimes, when I finish a book, I loved it so much that I have to write a review right away, However, s
Oct 19, 2011
Sep 16, 2011
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)
it was amazing
I have ASCENDED! What a book!
Jun 08, 2016
May 22, 2016
Charlotte and Emily: A Novel of the Brontës
it was amazing
Charlotte and Emily (originally published as The Taste Sorrow) was a brilliant and beautiful novel. I am on such a Brontë high after finishing it.

Mar 31, 2011
Jan 23, 2010
The Painted Girls
really liked it
I have been sort of skimming books lately, not really engrossed with any of them. So, The Painted Girls came at the right time. I was completely taken ...more
Dec 15, 2012
Dec 06, 2012
Alias Grace
really liked it
My first Atwood. I was very excited to dive into this seeing as how her books have been on my list for ages.

Alias Grace is a fictionalized account of
Sep 13, 2010
Sep 07, 2010
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
really liked it
What the heck did I just read? Well, whatever it was, I feel accomplished for finishing it.

Seriously, though, what an imagination this author has. I f
Oct 18, 2011
Mar 18, 2010
The Heir (Duke's Obsession, #1; Windham, #1)
it was ok
There were a few things I liked about this book, but most of the time I found myself just wanting the book to be over with.

Let me start with the thing
Oct 19, 2010
Aug 19, 2010
A Desperate Fortune
really liked it
Whenever I'm in a reading slump I can always count on a Susanna Kearsley novel. They're readable, engrossing, and just plain good.

A Desperate Fortune
Mar 17, 2015
Feb 18, 2015
The Monk
really liked it
It's hard to believe that this book was published in 1796. I can't even imagine how shocking this book was back then, because it certainly shocked me ...more
Sep 22, 2008
Aug 14, 2008
Junction X
it was amazing
I knew before I started reading this that it had a tragic ending, and I braced myself for it. As I started reading, I started to figure out just how i ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
Her Highness, the Traitor
really liked it
Her Highness, the Traitor opens with the death of Henry VIII and ends after the execution of Lady Jane Grey.

The book is told from the point-of-view o
Apr 13, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
Mrs. Poe
liked it
The entire book is told from the point-of-view of Frances Osgood, a poet who has to support her two daughters after her husband skips out on them. She ...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 08, 2013
The Night Circus
really liked it
A unique, magical story surrounding a mysterious circus that only opens at night, and two competitors, playing a game neither one of them knows the ru ...more
Sep 19, 2011
Sep 14, 2011
Every Secret Thing (Kate Murray, #1)
it was amazing
There are going to be more books with these characters, right? RIGHT? Because I need there to be!

Ahem, anyway, yes, I loved this book. It had everythi
Apr 30, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
Lolly Willowes
really liked it
That’s why we become witches: to show our scorn of pretending life’s a safe business, to satisfy our passion for adventure. It’s not malice, or wicked ...more
Sep 04, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
Splendors and Glooms
it was amazing
I was sort of sad when I finished this. I just loved the world, and the characters, and the magic, that I really was caught up in it.

Young Lizzie Rose
Jul 14, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
The Absolutist
it was amazing
I would compare how I read the last 100 pages of this book to ripping off a a band-aid: I didn't want to do it, but I did it really fast, knowing the ...more
Jun 14, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose, #1)
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** There are many words to describe this book: Marvelous. Spectacular. Epic. To name just a few.

When I first started this book, I didn'
Jan 16, 2009
Sep 07, 2008
The Rose Garden
it was amazing
Guh, I loved this book. I've pretty much prepared that I will be flailing whenever I finish a Susanna Kearsley novel in the future. And the sad thing ...more
Jul 13, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
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