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This is one of those books where I agree with the general message but don't necessarily like the delivery. Rework is a very slight read. It feels more ...more
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
This Lullaby
Probably my favorite Dessen novel. Remy is cynical about love, but she's looking forward to heading off to Stanford with no boyfriend attached. There' ...more
Jan 2007
Jun 29, 2007
The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #1)
**spoiler alert** An interesting take on the old folktales where humans are lured into magical hills and appear to all the world to have disappeared o ...more
Oct 05, 2008
Sep 29, 2008
Ill Wind (Anna Pigeon, #3)
My take so far on the Anna Pigeon mysteries: no single book is a standout that I feel like I need to read again. That said, there are so many elements ...more
Nov 17, 2010
Nov 20, 2010
The Element of Fire (Ile-Rien, #1)
Yay for free ebooks on Stanza/iPhone! This had been recommended to me in passing, but I didn't follow-up on it until I found myself in this recent moo ...more
May 20, 2009
May 19, 2009
The Thirteenth House (Twelve Houses, #2)
**spoiler alert** Sequel to Mystic and Rider. Kirra, a shiftling, impersonates her sister during the Twelve Houses' social seasons--partly so her sist ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 11, 2011
Cats are Weird and More Observations
Why yes, I am a crazy cat lady who loves comics. How could I not like this book? It helps, of course, that the observations are spot on. most
Feb 25, 2014
Feb 26, 2014
The Walnut Tree
Sentimental fluff from the authors of the Bess Crawford & Ian Rutledge mysteries. Very basic uplifting holiday tale; there's none of the depth of ...more
Dec 05, 2012
Dec 09, 2012
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
I've seen many people argue that this is a great time for YA sf/f, and I don't know if I agree. Certainly there's a lot of it being published in this ...more
Mar 15, 2010
Jul 01, 2008
Vanishing Point
I've become pretty jaded about post-apocalyptic fiction thanks to current trends in YA fiction, simply because the ideas in a lot of it are not partic ...more
Sep 11, 2010
Jul 06, 2007
Paper Towns
This actually does feel almost exactly like the bizarre lovechild of Green's two earlier books: Margo is a little bit like Alaska of Looking for Alask ...more
Oct 31, 2008
Apr 22, 2008
In Search of Mockingbird
After learning her of her father's plans to remarry, sixteen-year old Erin runs away from home and seeks out Harper Lee, the author of her late mother ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 10, 2008
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse, #12)
Better than I expected! When I read #11 in this series, series fatigue had definitely set in--it felt like Harris had written herself into a lot of co ...more
May 10, 2012
May 10, 2012
Earth Logic (Elemental Logic, #2)
Don't judge this book by its cover, which is awful. This is a solid continuation of the Elemental Logic series. Characterization is the great strength ...more
Jul 2007
Jun 30, 2007
The Pink Ribbon Diet: A Revolutionary New Weight Loss Plan to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk
My family history means I have a high-risk of breast cancer, so I took note of this book when it showed up in my library's new section. I generally av ...more
Feb 03, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Still Star-Crossed
I only picked this up because of the positive Kirkus review; otherwise I would have steered clear. This is basically Romeo & Juliet profic. In wee ...more
Aug 08, 2013
Aug 08, 2013
What Happened to Goodbye
**spoiler alert** The good thing about Sarah Dessen is that you always know exactly what you're getting when you pick up one of her books. The bad thi ...more
May 12, 2011
May 11, 2011
A Lonely Death (Inspector Ian Rutledge, #13)
**spoiler alert** Latest book in Charles Todd's long Ian Rutledge detective series, and a bit of an improvement over some of the previous ones. There ...more
Feb 06, 2011
Feb 06, 2011
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)
**spoiler alert** Diana Bishop is a historian of science and also, incidentally, the daughter of two of the most powerful witches of their generation. ...more
Aug 2011
Aug 01, 2011
Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)
I have lots of mixed feelings about this one. I liked how the plot drew upon the series' own continuity (view spoiler) ...more
May 24, 2013
May 25, 2013
Fortune and Fate (Twelve Houses, #5)
**spoiler alert** Set a couple years after Reader and Raelynx. The Rider Wen has left Ghosenhall due to her guilt over failing to protect King Baryn. ...more
Apr 30, 2011
Apr 30, 2011
Blue Smoke and Murder
**spoiler alert** Following the death of her great-aunt, river guide Jill Breck discovers that her inheritance--an old farm, and twelve unsigned paint ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
When Beauty Tamed the Beast
**spoiler alert** Historical romance loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast and, of all things, the tv show House. When rumors claim that society be ...more
Mar 03, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
Fire (Graceling Realm, #2)
**spoiler alert** A companion novel to Graceling, which I hardly remember; looking back at my review of Graceling, that's unsurprising, since apparent ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 03, 2011
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
**spoiler alert** I have reached the point in my reading life where I tend to cast a jaded eye on star-crossed lovers in YA fiction. You know, been th ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
His at Night
Victorian-era historical romance. The Marquess of Vere is a secret agent for the crown who pretends to be a slowtop (due a convenient riding accident ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
The Bards of Bone Plain
A recurring theme in McKillip's work is the pursuit of knowledge or excellence, taken near the point of obsession. If it's not music, it's poetry, or ...more
Sep 23, 2011
Sep 19, 2011
Last Night's Scandal (Carsington Brothers #5)
Sort of sequel to the mediocre Lord Perfect, though it's not really necessary to have to read that one. Loretta Chase is one of my favorite genre roma ...more
Oct 18, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
Tiassa (Vlad Taltos, #13)
**spoiler alert** Once upon a time, Brust's Dragaera books were some of my favorite and most reliable fantasy reads--I loved the way they played with ...more
Apr 24, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)
**spoiler alert** The novel benefited from the focus on Eric rather than Bill as Sookie's primary love interest; it helps keep the formula from gettin ...more
Jul 30, 2010
Jul 30, 2010
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