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4.11
4.75

More people must read this book. That is my decree. I know my decrees aren't worth the skin cells I'm leaving on my keyboard, but I'm trying to be
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Jul 10, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
 
The Brothers Bishop
3.94
I cannot remember the last time a book left me sobbing at the end -- especially a book that had me chuckling well past the beginning. The whole day is ...more
Jun 24, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
A Density of Souls
3.90
3.5

The novels of Chris Rice might just become one of my guilty pleasures. In spite of and because of its abundant flaws, this was a whopping good, Fla
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Jul 25, 2011
 
The Little Stranger
3.49
4.25

Time to eat crow. I was being a lazy (and probably stupid) reader when I began this book. Now that I've finished it, I know I must read it again t
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Aug 27, 2011
Aug 14, 2011
 
In Silent Graves
3.85
On page 130, this is said of the protagonist: "He felt as if he'd stepped into the fifth reel of some impenetrably enigmatic foreign art film, one of ...more
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Oct 15, 2011
 
If It Ain't Love
3.93
Nobody -- and I mean nobody -- in the m/m romance genre can craft fiction like Tamara Allen. In fact, her work transcends genre boundaries, whether ga ...more
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Aug 25, 2011
 
Portside
3.97
No one can write grit like a Brit. I began realizing this truth when, as a teenager, I read Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and A Taste of Honey: A ...more
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Jun 18, 2012
 
Matches
3.86
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! A fully realized world with a fully realized main character, and together they pack one hell of an emotional wallop. ...more
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Dec 03, 2014
 
I Am Not Myself These Days
3.95
I hate loving this book as much as I do. I hate that it made me read it so quickly. I hate the depth of my envy for its seamless melding of cynicism a ...more
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Apr 12, 2011
 
The Snow Garden
3.76
**spoiler alert** 2.35

A big let-down, sad to say. There was definitely the skeleton of a good story here, even after a faltering start, but it was bu
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Sep 25, 2011
Jul 27, 2011
 
The Lure
3.92
Evaluating this novel poses a real conundrum for me. It's so filled with implausibility that I could pick away at it for paragraphs on end -- especial ...more
Jun 28, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
 
IM
3.80
I'm going to come at this from a different angle. Yes, IM is a horrifyingly realistic thriller delivered through crisp prose and perfect pacing (I was ...more
Sep 30, 2011
Sep 21, 2011
 
Burial Ground
3.90
Verdict

I'm sorry to say, this novel turned out not to be for me. At all.

Don't read on if you want to avoid spoilers.

There was waaaaay too much mayhem
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Sep 10, 2012
Aug 30, 2012
 
Where the Boys Are
4.02
UPDATE

DNF

Nothing's any better, I'm afraid. The dialogue is more turgid than the characters' winkies ever get, and it's still loaded with mentions of t
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Jun 20, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir
4.06
Toward the end of this book, the author writes: "There is no one story about anything that happens in the world. ... Every second of every day, our he ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Apr 12, 2011
 
Hushed
4.09
Pinging between a 4 and a 5

Excellent, riveting read -- damn, the plot kept me on my toes! -- and a very courageous character study. I'll definitely re
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Oct 30, 2013
Oct 18, 2013
 
Call And Answer
3.78
Until I delved into Call and Answer, I'd never written or read a shifter story. They're a hard sell with me. I just don't like seeing canines, felines ...more
Apr 21, 2011
Mar 28, 2011
 
Criss Cross (PsyCop, #2)
4.18
Damn, these PsyCop stories are like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (which I can cram in my face 'til the cows come home!)

I couldn't settle on what to rea
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Mar 29, 2012
Mar 27, 2012
 
A Choir of Ill Children
3.77
Gotta say, the author's an impressive prose stylist, but I'm already getting the brain jits reading this. There's "bizarre," and then there's "OMFGWTF ...more
Feb 04, 2012
Aug 13, 2011
 
The Dead Will Rise First
3.72
DNF

I'm afraid I couldn't finish this. It's a promising story but one that's seriously in need of polishing. The lack of editing (just one small exampl
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Nov 05, 2013
Oct 15, 2013
 
Widdershins (Whyborne & Griffin, #1)
4.17
Uniquely imaginative and engaging from beginning to end. Wonderful characters, fully realized. I'll happily read anything Jordan publishes from now on ...more
Jul 12, 2013
Jun 30, 2013
 
Whistling in the Dark
4.19
Incredible novel. The kind of book that makes other writers in the same genre want to throw in the towel, because they'll never be this good. I loved ...more
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Feb 23, 2010
 
Devil at the Crossroads
3.80
A surprisingly lovely story, moody and magical, with a surprisingly endearing, even unforgettable character -- and I mean Farfarello. I was enchanted ...more
Nov 16, 2013
Nov 14, 2013
 
The Cranberry Hush
3.93
I don't know how many stars to slap on this novel, because the fact it deserves five and I can't bring myself to award it five gives me the guilts. Th ...more
May 08, 2011
Apr 25, 2011
 
The Boys on the Rock
3.87
4.35

Unique and delightful, especially in terms of the time period, setting, and narrator's voice. I've never read a gay YA story quite like it.

The onl
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Oct 17, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
 
Leave Myself Behind
4.13
4.75 rounded up

Since this is the author's first book, I'm not surprised it isn't as tightly constructed and powerful as The Brothers Bishop. Still, it
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Aug 21, 2011
Jun 13, 2011
 
Penance
4.19
As usual from Rick Reed, a masterly treatment of a very disturbing subject. This book is not for the faint of heart.

What I found most terrifying abou
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Aug 12, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
 
The Bridges of Madison County
3.37
I'll make this brief.

Although I read The Bridges of Madison County quite a few years ago, a warning is still in order. This is one of the worst books
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Mar 27, 2011
 
Miramont's Ghost
3.44
**spoiler alert** 2.5, rounded up

Kudas to Ms. Hall for tackling such an ambitious project. She’s a good writer, for the most part, and she seems to ha
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Jan 20, 2015
Jan 20, 2015
 
The Pines
3.47
4.6, rounded up.

One of the "grabbiest" first chapters I've read in a long time -- beautifully crafted atmosphere, perfect pacing. I love being creeped
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Aug 14, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
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