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Lab Rat One (Touchstone, #2)
Congratulations Ms Host!

Most middle-books-in-a-trilogy seem to be the low point of the story. Book one is shiny and new, book three has a climactic c
Oct 29, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
Imitation (Clone Chronicles #1)
Just never clicked for me - I wish I hadn't taken the time to go past the sample.

The single biggest disappointment was the clear setup-for-a-series en
Nov 29, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
A Modern Witch (A Modern Witch, #1)
This gave me a small tad of the same comfort that Gratuitous Epilogue by Andrea K. Höst did: watching someone's everyday life. The book didn't move qu ...more
Sep 27, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
The Whisper of Leaves (Kira Chronicles, #1)
* Interesting story.
* Seems like it's going to be almost as fast-paced as promised.
* I really like the physical look and feel of the book.

* To
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 19, 2011
The Line (Witching Savannah, #1)
I'm going to have to start taking the Kindle First recommendations more seriously. I was interested in but skeptical of Timebound which turned out to ...more
Jan 18, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
Gratuitous Epilogue (Touchstone, #Extra)
I feel so calm and happy after reading the last part of this epilogue book that I think this series is going to be what I turn to every time I need so ...more
Dec 31, 2013
Nov 28, 2011
Breaking the Code: A Father's Secret, a Daughter's Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything
This is a story of a daughter's attempt to learn more about her father's WWII experiences so that she can help him over the nightmares and flashbacks ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
Emily and Einstein
(Note to readers: I really, really dislike romance novels, and even many books with highly emphasized romantic subplots. Ms Lee is labeled as a romanc ...more
Feb 27, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
Endurance (Stardoc, #3)
This book isn't bad, it's just nowhere near as good as the first two (which were sufficient, but not extraordinary). The plot was pretty decent ('it s ...more
Apr 20, 2011
Apr 18, 2011
In the future, we've learned how to live perpetually, change our bodies how ever we wish, and travel instantaneously over distances of any length - we ...more
Apr 07, 2011
Apr 06, 2011
Pathfinder (Pathfinder, #1)
Delightful book. I really loved the structure.

I realized partway through that there was one realization that I should have come to much sooner, and th
Dec 30, 2010
Jan 01, 2011
Dragons of Wendal
Zoe keeps ending up in annoying situations, and then doing the Right Thing To Do - which lands her in deeper trouble.

This is a high 3, and a very cut
Nov 26, 2014
Dec 02, 2014
How to Eat a Small Country: A Family's Pursuit of Happiness, One Meal at a Time
A fun, quick read. Part travelogue, part food history, part non-fiction about the author's family. The first two topics were definitely, definitely be ...more
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
In the early 1950's the cells of a black woman's cervical cancer are discovered by researchers to be the first cells they can keep alive indefinitely ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Aug 03, 2011
Tampico's Gold
Overall I was pretty unenthusiastic about this book. I had trouble getting into the story, found the writing barely enjoyable, and only continued with ...more
Nov 04, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)
Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book. A quick reminder of how I used 5's: they mean something about this book stuck with me long-term, and in this ...more
Aug 28, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
Cassidy Jones and Vulcan's Gift (Cassidy Jones Adventures, #2)
Not bad. Still lots of very accurate teenage hands-over-ears oblivious angst, which given I'm not a teenager and Cassidy isn't someone I know I actual ...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 06, 2013
Blade of the Avatar, Chapters 1-3 (Shroud of the Avatar #1)
The writing style isn't really to my liking, but I'm also not the target audience of this story.

Writing is too formal and yet unrefined. Very short se
Jan 03, 2014
Jan 03, 2014
Foolproof Machine Quilting
*I'm updating this review as I read. I have yet to get into the meat of her technique descriptions, so the other reviewer might have a great point abo ...more
Jun 19, 2011
Dec 17, 2010
Stray (Touchstone #1)
A very, very good book. Intriguing world building without being overly contrived. Lot's of unanticipatable twists and turns in the plot. And a strong ...more
Oct 25, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Shockball (Stardoc, #4)
These are starting to get boring. The author appears to be taking advantage of this series to write whatever ideas cross her mind, rather than having ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 21, 2011
St. Sebastian (Ruse #1)
Sarah *
I liked the way there were two chapters told from the point of view of each character, and that they were consecutive instead of alternating so that w ...more
Mar 19, 2014
Apr 27, 2014
The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker: 12 Quilt Projects
I really enjoyed Ms Hartman's approach to quiltmaking - modern, flexible, and most importantly with an emphasis on enjoying yourself and making quilts ...more
Dec 28, 2011
Dec 26, 2011
White Night (The Dresden Files, #9)
Harry and many of the usual allies take on the serial killings of a number of minor practitioners. We see character development in Molly, Thomas, and ...more
Jul 14, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Caszandra (Touchstone, #3)
The final book in the Touchstone trilogy, we find Cassandra, Kaoren, and their friends trying to solve the problem of ever increasing Ionoth attacks a ...more
Nov 27, 2011
Nov 28, 2011
The Help
This book is so, so much better than it sounds from the book jacket (or repeat of that description on GoodReads). I found it yesterday at our library' ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot Unravels the Mysteries of Swatching, Stashing, Ribbing & Rolling to Free Your Inner Knitter
I enjoyed this book, especially the tables of average garment sizes. (I already know enough to come up with all of her recipes on my own, but for a le ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
Stained Glass Monsters (Eferum, #1)
Another delightful, female-led story by Ms Host. I'm finding her writing consistently enjoyable, and her settings and tone different from series to se ...more
Feb 10, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
Forty Signs of Rain (Science in the Capitol, #1)
While I've greatly enjoyed other books by Kim Stanley Robinson (especially The Years of Rice and Salt), this one felt a little contrived and preachy. ...more
Jul 25, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Tiny Quest
Very short but very cute. Some mildly amusing culture references like Sir Broseph who calls everyone dude. I wasn't a total fan of Sassafrass, but it ...more
Dec 24, 2013
Dec 24, 2013
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