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Immortal (Immortal, #1)
Evie: Oh no, I have to go to this stupid boarding school since my grandmother is sick, my dad’s in the army and my mom is dead! Stupid boarding school ...more
Jan 08, 2011
Jun 15, 2009
Before I Fall
Warning: Major Spoilers below (including the very ending). And foul language. MUCH foul language

La la la, spoilers.

Still spoilers.

And language to make
May 2011
Mar 16, 2011
When God Was a Rabbit

I read these book descriptions. They sound on the far side of boring. They almost scream: "I
Jul 2011
May 31, 2011
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation (Pink Carnation, #1)
This is what I get for being lulled into a false sense of security by a nice cover and an interesting premise. This book promised to be a historical f ...more
Jan 2010
May 31, 2009
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)
**spoiler alert** I was originally going to give this three stars because of lingering fondness for this series plus the fact that despite stupid plot ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder, #2)
Me: So, Violet, congrats on not getting killed and all by that serial killer in your first big adventure.

Violet: I’m just so happy Jay was there. I wa
May 2011
Dec 15, 2010
The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Oh, Holmes. I know you can be a miserable bastard but I love you so. Even though the actual crimes and solutions are not overly interesting, your nonc ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2010
Parrot and Olivier in America
Great idea, poorly executed.

This is a fictionalized version of Alexis de Tocqueville's journey to America. Alexis is now "Olivier." His (not really) l
Jun 2011
Dec 08, 2010
Townie: A Memoir
I have never read any of Dubus' books, because back when he was popular I Didn't Do Tragic. His memoir got good buzz, though, so I decided to give it ...more
May 2011
Mar 01, 2011
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
This felt like it was trying to be the next The Tipping Point or Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything and just faile ...more
Mar 15, 2010
Feb 21, 2010
The Enchantress Of Florence
I'm surprised with the hatred I feel towards this book. I mean, it's Salman frickin' Rushdie, right? Isn't he some kind of literary god? I'm going to ...more
not set
Jun 21, 2009
The Wednesday Wars
At first I thought this book was too young for me. The protagonist is a 7th grader, an age I am far past. It was a bit slow at first and my initial co ...more
Dec 24, 2010
Dec 24, 2010
Skipping Christmas
What a way to end 2009: reading one of the worst books I've read this year, and I've read some real stinkers. Usually I have to at least contemplate g ...more
not set
Dec 26, 2009
Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall
Wow, I’ve never read so many stories in which nothing happened. And that all involved musicians/people who loved music who were spectacularly unsucces ...more
not set
Sep 05, 2010
The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3)
This was my first Agatha Christie novel. It's kind of a random one to start with. It's not Murder on the Orient Express or And Then There Were None or ...more
May 2012
Oct 16, 2011
When You Reach Me
So much in such a little book and not what I expected at all. Miranda's (the main character's) favourite book is A Wrinkle in Time, which pretty much ...more
not set
Dec 27, 2009
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores (Y: The Last Man, #10)
Reflecting on this series, I'm going to say: not impressed.

The series tended to irk me a lot. The idea is still thought-provoking and fascinating (yo
not set
Jun 29, 2012
Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)
I have no idea why so many people loved this book. I thought it was TERRIBLE. I am trying to figure out what was the disconnect between me and nearly ...more
Oct 2011
Mar 08, 2011
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)
I love Melina Marchetta. Like, love. She's one of those authors I want to grow up to be. On the Jellicoe Road and Saving Francesca were some of the mo ...more
Feb 2011
Oct 08, 2009
The Winter's Tale
Abridged version: (inspired by Madeline's great abridged versions)

Act I
LEONTES, KING OF SICILY: You are my bestest friend since childhood, Polixenes!
Feb 23, 2011
Dec 26, 2010
Girl With a Pearl Earring
I am astounded by how much I disliked this book. The more I think about it, the more I hate it. It's only saved from a one star rating because I feel ...more
not set
Feb 08, 2009
The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution & Future of the Human Animal
I've read Diamond's Collapse and Guns, Germs and Steel and had never heard of this book before, so when I saw it at the bookstore I picked it up becau ...more
not set
May 20, 2010
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
Okay, I need to just stop reading romance novels like this. Full stop. I can’t read them because I reject their central premise: that the love interes ...more
Nov 2012
Oct 12, 2010
Book of Love (Knight Angels, #1)
Why the hell do YA authors these days not seem to understand the nuances of "smirk"?!?!? I have come across this multiple times in the past few years ...more
Jul 2011
Dec 28, 2010
Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era
I can't recommend this biography highly enough. It's brilliant. It reads like a novel and Lucie was a strong, vibrant woman who puts all those anachro ...more
Dec 2010
Feb 21, 2010
Cast In Courtlight (Chronicles of Elantra #2)
This is the kind of book that makes me forget I like reading. It is so excruciating for me to get through that I don't only not want to read it, I don ...more
May 2012
Jun 15, 2011
Guardian's Key
I love this book. I've already re-read it four or five times since I first picked it up six years ago and I plan to re-read it again. And this is from ...more
not set
Jun 02, 2009
Fallen (Fallen, #1)
This book has a breathtaking cover I want to enlarge and hang on my wall. Unfortunately, the inside was as dull and insipid as the cover is gorgeous. ...more
Feb 28, 2011
Mar 01, 2010
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
The Bone Season was an unimpressive debut that got far more hype than it deserved. I cannot believe it got a seven book deal. Because this does not sh ...more
Dec 2013
May 07, 2012
I did not realize what a phenomenal historical writer Donoghue is. She hits the timeperiod full-on. It’s very David Mitchell-esque in its ability to r ...more
Mar 2013
Aug 21, 2012
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