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Chains (Seeds of America, #1)
I loved the heroine of Chains. Her name is Isabel and she's feisty, loyal, loving, and truly strong of heart. I don't think I would have mentally surv...more
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Mar 03, 2009
And Only to Deceive (Lady Emily, #1)
I discovered Tasha Alexander randomly while browsing in Borders over the break. I love it when that happens!

I enjoyed this historical mystery so much...more
Jan 06, 2010
Jan 06, 2010
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This is one of those lovely books that stay will stay with me forever. The characters are so charming and quirky that I wanted to sit on the couch and...more
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Oct 28, 2009
I finished this book last night and started the sequel, Zenith, about 2 hours later. Exodus takes place about 100 years in the future. But the future...more
Mar 29, 2009
Mar 25, 2009
Love Walked In
This story is lovely, gorgeous, wonderful. It's one of those books. You know the kind. The story that makes you want to jump in and be friends with th...more
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Jan 04, 2009
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
The Book Whisperer is an inspiring read for anyone who has a passion for reading and sharing books with children. Miller shares her classroom methods...more
Jun 14, 2012
Jun 07, 2012
The Red Necklace (French Revolution, #1)
The cover of this book drew me immediately (as did the cover of its sequel). I think it's fabulous. The book is great too and I'm looking forward to r...more
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 02, 2010
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Stiefvater's writing is beautiful, lyrical, poetic at times. I love the story and the characters. I love the ending and am so ready for Linger a...more
Apr 27, 2010
Apr 16, 2010
Lowcountry Summer (Lowcountry Tales #7)
I received this book from the Goodreads first reads giveaway.

Caroline Wimbley Levine is one meddlesome lady! She is also fiesty, snobby, and totally h...more
Jun 23, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
**spoiler alert** I had a hard time rating this book. I almost wanted to give it four stars because I really did enjoy it and three stars makes it see...more
Oct 20, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
Cousin Kate
Because this book was said to be a Gothic Regency romance, I was prepared for melodrama. This is my third Heyer novel and she hasn't descended to melo...more
Sep 24, 2011
Sep 17, 2011
Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville (Bone, #1)
This is a series that I had heard about from middle school students and wanted to read for a long time. After reading reviews, I decided it was "young...more
Apr 2012
Jun 08, 2012
Viola in Reel Life (Viola #1)
I love Adriana Trigiani, but this book didn't live up to my expectations. I enjoyed the characters and the premise of the story. But Viola was entirel...more
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Sep 28, 2009
Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading
I totally love this book. Skurnick's writing style made me feel like we were discussing old, beloved books on my couch over a cup of tea. She has a kn...more
Nov 15, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
Midnight Magic
I really enjoyed this historical mystery by Avi. It's been a while since I read anything by him and I wasn't disappointed. For such a short book, his...more
Nov 19, 2009
Nov 15, 2009
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
**spoiler alert** Watch an interview with Stephanie Meyer:

This one and Eclipse are my two favorites in the ser...more
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Feb 11, 2009
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)
This dystopian novel was hard to put down. There was always something happening that made me glare at anyone in my family who dared to interrupt my re...more
Apr 15, 2010
Dec 17, 2009
Lock and Key
Sarah Dessen is not only a great storyteller, she is a great creator of characters. You rarely meet a one-dimensional character in her novels.

Lock an...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
The Clone Codes (The Clone Codes, #1)
While the premise for Clone Codes was interesting, the execution was weak. Character development was minimal and disappointing. Instead of drawing sub...more
Jul 2010
Jun 29, 2010
Summer at Tiffany
A fun, light read. I loved going back to the summer of 1945 in New York. Very cool snapshot of a time and place. I particularly loved the details abou...more
May 03, 2010
Apr 27, 2010
The House At Riverton
Wow. I have read book reviews that praised authors for masterful storytelling. Now I know what they mean. Kate Morton is a master storyteller. She pee...more
Feb 18, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
The Daily Five
I read this book as part of a study with teachers at my school. While I won't be implementing the structure directly, the book helped me understand ho...more
Jun 12, 2011
Jul 23, 2011
The Aviator's Wife
Fantastic! This historical novel made me want to explore more about Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It was the perfect blend of historical facts with fictional...more
Mar 2013
Feb 22, 2013
Marcelo in the Real World
I stayed up until one a.m. the other night reading this one. Loved it!

It's about a boy who is on the autism spectrum, but his disability is hard to de...more
Jun 29, 2010
Jun 26, 2010
Heaven to Betsy & Betsy in Spite of Herself
I loved both of these novels set in early 1900s Minnesota. There is no strongly discernible plot. Each book lasted the duration of a school year - Bet...more
Nov 30, 2009
Nov 23, 2009
The Grand Sophy
I've been wanting to read Georgette Heyer for a long time. When I attended ALA this summer, I won FOUR free copies of any of her books that I chose. T...more
Aug 31, 2011
Sep 15, 2011
Murder in Little Italy (Gaslight Mystery, #8)
I love this whole series set in early 1900s New York City. In each book in the series, Sarah Brandt helps detective Sergeant Frank Malloy solve a murd...more
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Feb 09, 2009
Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery, #9)
I love this whole series set in early 1900s New York City. In each book in the series, Sarah Brandt helps detective Sergeant Frank Malloy solve a murd...more
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Feb 09, 2009
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Despite the fact that I didn't relate to Frankie for most of the book, in the end it made me think. It mostly made me think about the differences in t...more
Jun 2010
May 21, 2010
Flora's Very Windy Day
Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful. The story is a sweet one about a girl who wants to get rid of her annoying little brother until she gets an opportuni...more
Jun 14, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
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