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Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs #2)
While I enjoyed the first in this series, this second book has me wondering if I really want to continue reading about Maisie Dobbs. The mysticism/woo ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
Illuminate (Gilded Wings, #1)
Weirdly addicting page-turner, but I spent probably 60% of the time like this:

Jennifer Lawrence Sarcastic OK Thumbs Up

because many of the plot points involved, though with something of actua
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
The Legacy
Dual stories (one Victorian, one modern day) about the same family. The question of "What happened to Henry?" goes on for a bit too long--or, rather, ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
The Lost Girl
Really interesting concept, but I'm not sure this story uses it effectively. Plotholes galore really hurt this book, so I'm on the edge between two an ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
**spoiler alert** The romance community went nuts over this thing, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I very much wanted to love it, but it's left me fe ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Household Gods
Time travel to ancient Rome? Yes! Except... ugh. Could we have a better protagonist, please?

So, we've got this nineties single working mother who, upo
Apr 05, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
The Prophet (Graveyard Queen #3)
Well, after three books, Amelia never did grow on me. Her voice is still stilted and over-dramatic, and she still occasionally falls into too-stupid-t ...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
My first thought upon finishing this novel was, "I am legitimately angry that I wasted hours of my life reading that." My next was, "This got picked u ...more
Sep 19, 2013
Aug 01, 2013
The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green, #1)
I love Long's writing, but Colin and Madeline were both too two-dimensional for me to buy their romance (plus, I'm not a fan of the "I've known you fo ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 14, 2012
Home Front Girls
I severely disliked this book but I'm too disgusted with it to form much in the way of coherent paragraphs, so here are the notes I scribbled down aft ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
A Crack in the Sky (Greenhouse Chronicles)
Take the fake, domed town in The Truman Show and drop it in the middle of the video game Fallout 3, add a dash of The Matrix, a smidge of Dune, the si ...more
Sep 09, 2010
Sep 10, 2010
Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook
This book drove me nuts because I apparently had crazy expectations from the title that this was going to be the recreation of a historic meal. If you ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1)
Thin plot, too many characters. Rachel's all right, and Ethan's all right, but I never really got why they're together (in fact, it felt like Rachel s ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
The Night Circus
This is probably the most disappointing, over-hyped book I've read this year. Scene-building, descriptive writing, and the circus attractions--the pre ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen, #2)
Meh. Amelia still doesn't have a believable voice, and this time, she does stupid, never-watched-a-horror-movie-in-her-life things ("I feel a forebodi ...more
May 22, 2012
May 23, 2012
The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)
**spoiler alert** I am flabbergasted that so many people enjoy a book where the heroine RAPES the hero. To do something so sneaky, underhanded, and ho ...more
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May 16, 2009
Obsidian (Lux, #1)
I didn't expect to like this as much as I did, as I'm typically not into books involving aliens. Katy, however, has such a great voice that reading th ...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
The Little Bride
The blurb on this is weird, because it makes this book sound like a coming-of-age romance. Instead, it's really more of a character portrait of a semi ...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
She's So Dead to Us
Kind of like Gossip Girl in the 'burbs, but less trashy and fun. Horrible rich kids being horrible to the world's most indecisive heroine (She [rightf ...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Such a total mess, I actually encourage others to read it. A fairy tale mashed up with The Bachelor, with some some dystopia (and, WOW, am I ever usin ...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet #2)
Meh characters with an external conflict that doesn't really work. I read these for fluffy, historical wallpaper, but this was REALLY wallpaper-y, wit ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
Ready Player One
This is a giant 1980s infodump dropped on top of a mediocre adventure story that, to be fair, quite handily recalls the cheesy adventure television pl ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
If You Find Me
Compelling story, with decent pacing. Some problematic things going on here, though: Carey's language is odd and out of place; I'm not sure why she sp ...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
The Distance Between Us
This book is written in first person present, so if that drives you crazy, you've been forewarned.

Up until the last bit of this, I was leaning toward
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 07, 2013
Altered (Altered, #1)
Utterly engaging action with a Bourne Identity feel to it, and why isn't this already a TV show? That being said, HOLY CRAP do I wish this had been wr ...more
Feb 07, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
The Grey Beginning
Great, gothic setting, bizarre ending. I don't think I can read many more of Michaels' books because I just can't stand her heroines. I get that these ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 05, 2011
His Good Opinion: A Mr. Darcy Novel (Brides of Pemberley, #1)
Of the published Pride & Prejudice fan fiction that is out there, this ranks as one of the better-written, though this sometimes feels like a pale ...more
Jan 22, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
Entertaining from beginning to end, though there was a bit in the camp that felt like it was dragging. However, the pacing and excitement of the last ...more
Jan 18, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
I have mixed feelings about this one. I *should* have been unable to put it down (Teenage boys locked in a maze? Lost memories? Awesome!), but instead ...more
Mar 31, 2010
Mar 09, 2010
Starts out promising, then ends an utterly bemusing mess. The voices between main characters are practically indistinguishable, but they're so bland a ...more
May 06, 2012
May 08, 2012
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