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You or Someone Like You
Pretentious. It was obviously a male writing a female protagonist, because she came off slightly empty, flat. This was a vanity piece written for the ...more
Sep 06, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
Bad Moon Rising (Were-Hunter, #4)
Not as well crafted, plot wise. I think a couple of things contributed to this. The primary characters are Fang and Aimee, who have appeared in prior ...more
Nov 07, 2009
Nov 07, 2009
Sarah's Key
**spoiler alert** This was one of the better books I've read lately. I stayed up WAY too late to finish it. It brought me to tears many times, but it ...more
Jul 27, 2009
Jul 27, 2009
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
I have been listening to the audio version of this, narrated by Mindy herself and have been laughing out loud. Luckily in the car, by myself. Unluckil ...more
not set
Jun 06, 2012
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
In the same class as the Hunger Games, maybe not quite as gripping. I will wait for paperback versions of Divergent 2 and 3, whereas I had to download ...more
Feb 11, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
The Raising
There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed and towards the end it was absolutely un-put-down-able. But then at the VERY end, when it was over ...more
Jul 05, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
Sing Them Home
**spoiler alert** I have mixed feelings about this book. I found the first 175-200 pages very difficult to get through. There were times when I felt l ...more
Jan 23, 2009
Dec 30, 2008
Before You Know Kindness
I'm torn. I wanted to like it. There was such potential there, with the tragedy and the cast of characters and how they dealt with the aftermath. But ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Feb 02, 2010
Loved By a Warrior (The Warrior King, #2)
Too much repetition of inner thoughts and feelings of two main characters, which seldom varied. Skimmed a large portion. Won't read others in the seri ...more
Sep 18, 2013
Sep 18, 2013
South of Broad
I'd actually give this 2.5 stars. There were parts that I enjoyed. But so much melodrama was crammed into these folks lives, it seemed contrived at be ...more
Jan 09, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
Surprisingly, this was a book I borrowed from my grandmother! I'm inspired to start watching his Late Late Show, but I'll have to DVR them as I don't ...more
Nov 08, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children, #6)
Meandering trips to visit painted caves, reading this book was a little like having to suffer through your relatives' long winded description of their ...more
not set
May 05, 2012
Under the Dome
While some of his stories are better than others, no doubt about it, Uncle Stevie is one hell of a storyteller. While this novel isn't as mythic as Th ...more
Mar 02, 2010
Nov 18, 2009
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
I'm listening to this. I found a link to a FREE audio download through the website - which linked me to a Kansas state library site wi ...more
Jan 10, 2010
Nov 18, 2009
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Given that the whole trilogy is set in this violence-ridden dystopian world at war, I shouldn't be surprised at the darkness. But I was semi-depressed ...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 05, 2010
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
**spoiler alert** I had trouble with this installment. I couldn't get invested in the new setting, the new "conflict" between the GP and GD. Even thou ...more
Nov 08, 2014
Nov 08, 2014
Sleeping Arrangements
Given the author, I assumed this was chick lit; I was surprised to find that the two men in the story seemed to be the central protagonists. With the ...more
Jul 28, 2010
Jul 28, 2010
Acheron (Dark-Hunter, #8)
From what I've read about the author, she generally cranks out the Dark-Hunter novels quite efficiently, but this big book has been in the works for ...more
May 2009
Apr 17, 2009
Cluster (Cluster, #1)
Couldn't finish this. Use of kirlian aura and tarot themes made this sci-fi novel a bit too hokey for my taste. The hopping from planet to planet and ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 04, 2009
Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander, #8)
**spoiler alert** OK - took me forever BECAUSE I spent the summer rereading the entire series. It was worth it. So much I had forgotten! Overall I lov ...more
Aug 27, 2014
Jan 15, 2014
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
(4.5 stars)
Aside from a slow start and a few passages where the meditations on philosophy were a little heavy handed, this turned out to be a great re
Apr 04, 2010
Jan 08, 2010
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1)
This book was really hard for me to get into. I felt like it could've been two separate plots. I didn't feel like the connection between Blomkvist's l ...more
May 17, 2009
May 13, 2009
Haunted Ground (Nora Gavin, #1)
This book started out paced a little more slowly than I usually like, but I stuck with it and it paid off. Great detail in setting and history without ...more
Jun 27, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Never Knowing
Structurally similar to this author's first book. There were parts that dragged a bit, where I found myself thinking - "I could write better than this ...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 14, 2011
Fifty Shades Trilogy (Fifty Shades, #1-3)
This is not literature. This is escapist fan fiction. I read all three. Above all else, it gives me hope that if I would actually put the effort in, I ...more
Jul 28, 2012
Aug 10, 2012
Still Missing
I enjoyed this novel. Pretty well paced for a debut work. It actually managed to surprise me at the end, which is atypical. I normally have those adve ...more
not set
Aug 13, 2011
A Reliable Wife
This was a quick and easy read, but it seemed kind of hollow. Some of the passages are well-written, and you do get an authentic feel for the setting, ...more
Jul 25, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
Houses of Stone
This novel moved a little too slowly for my taste. It was loosely a modern day gothic tale about a literature professor researching an unpublished got ...more
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 18, 2009
Caine's Reckoning (Hell's Eight, #1)
**spoiler alert** Heavy on the romance/erotica and light on plot. I'm not big on @$$ play, so that part didn't do much for me. I will likely try some ...more
Nov 10, 2014
Nov 10, 2014
Devil of the Highlands (Devil of the Highlands, #1)
Yea, yea, I know. Cheesy romance. It was on the $1.00 rack at HPB. Decent romantic story, historical setting was flimsy. I did appreciate the fact tha ...more
Jan 05, 2010
Jan 11, 2010
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