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The Mirk and Midnight Hour
3.53
Excellent civil-war era story that kept me on the edge of my seat and deftly incorporates fairy tale themes.

Violet Dancey is a Mississippi girl, mourn
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Sep 2013
Sep 28, 2013
 
Cathedral of the Wild: An African Journey Home
4.05
Excellent memoir about growing up in a conservation minded family in South Africa. Gerald Durrell for the new Millennium, where saving animals doesn't ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 28, 2013
 
Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)
3.86
Interesting new sci-fi world, based on the star systems of the zodiac. There was a little too much dramatic zooming around the universe and mooning ov ...more
May 2014
Jun 06, 2014
 
The Devil's Cloth: A History of Stripes and Striped Fabric
3.51
I was disappointed with this book. The problems as I see it:
1) It's too small to really provide the illustrations needed to buttress his argument.
2) W
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Feb 2008
Feb 12, 2008
 
The Smell of Apples
3.58
I read this book for the portrait of South Africa, which was moving. I feel that it connected me to a time and a place in a believable way. I do not u ...more
Oct 2007
Oct 08, 2007
 
This Wicked Game
3.23
On the whole, an engaging, if somewhat rote teen-romance-adventure. The characters lack depth, but the focus on voudoun is an interesting twist. Unfor ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 28, 2013
 
The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden
3.86
Very nicely done exploration of the harder parts of being a young teenager with an out-of-control temper and mysterious new body developments (you kno ...more
Sep 2013
Sep 28, 2013
 
Lark Rising (Guardians of Tarnec, #1)
3.71
Mesmerizing and lovely, an all-consuming fantasy world that draws us and Lark into the path of conflict. It reminds me strongly of work by Juliet Mari ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 26, 2014
 
Blythewood (Blythewood, #1)
3.86
I alternately couldn't put it down and wanted to savor every minute of this richly portrayed world.

Avaline Hall survives. I was going to say what she
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Sep 2013
Sep 30, 2013
 
Blessing the Hands That Feed Us: What Eating Closer to Home Can Teach Us About Food, Community, and Our Place on Earth
3.26
Meh. I am struggling to get through this book. There is a ton of good information in it, but you have to get past the author, with her clumsy self-rev ...more
May 2014
May 03, 2014
 
The Dolls
3.44
I don't know why I have such disdain for recent YA attempts at voodoo novels, but boy howdy, this is not the one to change my mind.

1) The small town
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Jul 2014
Jul 13, 2014
 
How To Be a Heroine
3.96
Oh this book! I really feared to read it -- that it would be dull, that it would be sappy or disappointing. But no. Samantha successfully holds the ba ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 07, 2014
 
The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13)
4.43
**spoiler alert** I hate that this is the last book in the wonderful Hollows series, but if it has to be the last book, at least it is a well written, ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 10, 2014
 
Saved: How I Quit Worrying About Money and Became the Richest Guy in the World
3.25
**spoiler alert** I like the manifesto, and I think that this could have been a really stellar essay.

If you're into philosophical contemplations of wh
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Oct 2013
Oct 22, 2013
 
How to Be a Victorian
4.23
Really excellent nonfiction depiction of the everyday life of Britains in the age of Victoria. I found the author's personal commentary on her hands-o ...more
Nov 2014
Nov 16, 2014
 
Smile at Strangers: And Other Lessons in the Art of Living Fearlessly
3.65
I love this book. It is honest. Screamingly, hilariously and empoweringly honest. Admittedly, as a Texan girl with an anger problem, I might be just b ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 06, 2013
 
Written in Stone
3.70
Rosanne Parry has gotten a lot of flack for this book, and I think that's unfair. I found it to be a sensitively written, sincere attempt at writing g ...more
Jul 2014
Jul 17, 2014
 
Written in the Stars
4.50
This book was so hard to read. So full of betrayals and so true to life that I found it gut-wrenching. If you want an excellent book on the plight of ...more
Oct 2014
Oct 10, 2014
 
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
3.86
Holly Black just doesn't disappoint. She wrote fairy stories, and never forgot to make them as scary as all the traditional tales. She wrote stories a ...more
Jul 2013
Jul 07, 2013
 
Totem
3.11
On the whole, this story of a white orphan boy raised in a native residential school had a lot of compelling details and a decent plot. I enjoyed the ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 19, 2014
 
The Halcyon Bird
3.78
16 year old Mia is suddenly swept away from her homework into a terrifying demonic possession she is not expected to survive. Enter the mysterious, lo ...more
Apr 2014
Apr 19, 2014
 
Murder Is Bad Manners (Wells and Wong, #1)
4.09
Oh, I'm so torn! I liked this book. I liked the story and the characters -- yay for kid British sleuths, yay for a smart, Asian girl main character. B ...more
Aug 2014
Aug 22, 2014
 
Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1)
3.86
Phenomenal world-building, here, and wonderful, interesting characters. The world has become a much smaller place, one ruled by careful genetic mixing ...more
Jul 2013
Jul 07, 2013
 
The Wolves of Midwinter (The Wolf Gift Chronicles, #2)
3.61
My copy provided by Edelweiss.

Not at all what I was expecting -- less paranormal tale than philosophical contemplation on the role of religion among i
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Apr 2014
Apr 17, 2014
 
The Brixen Witch
3.78
Somewhat of a retelling of the Pied Piper, in the same way that Neil Gaiman's "Odd and the Frost Giants" feels like a retelling of a traditional tale. ...more
Jul 2013
Jul 07, 2013
 
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
3.81
Very pleasing continuation of the Jane Austen Mystery series, one I have long enjoyed. Jane's voice remains consistent and the story is engaging, not ...more
Jul 2014
Jul 09, 2014
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.77
So one of my friends dragged me over to hear about this book -- he was excited about the glow-in-the-dark cover, and he thought I would love it, becau ...more
May 2014
May 08, 2014
 
Curtsies & Conspiracies (Finishing School, #2)
4.12
Just as great as Etiquette and Espionage, which blows me away! I think I love this series even more than the Parasol Protectorate, and I didn't think ...more
Jul 2013
Jul 07, 2013
 
Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
4.14
Oh, Joel Salatin, you fascinating curmudgeon. If the mild and joyful farmer’s memoirs leave you wanting more, jump into the thick of the agribusiness ...more
Apr 2012
Apr 20, 2012
 
Out of the Easy
4.06
**spoiler alert** Josie Moraine is girl living in the seedy side of New Orleans, pulled between her prostitute mom and her seemingly impossible colleg ...more
May 2014
May 08, 2014
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