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The Fall of the House of Usher

Blech. THere is no plot until the very end, and what little there is of it is nonsensical. If you know your sister is still alive in her c
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Dec 15, 2009
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5)
Wow. Just. Wow. This is JKR as the best I've seen her. Five stars because it was amazingly well-plotted and well-written, and Rowling certainly knows ...more
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Sep 30, 2009
Digital Fortress
I am writing this from the POV of somebody who's got absolutely no experience in any of the areas dealt with in this book, and almost zero experience ...more
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Jul 03, 2009
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5)
If you read this review, you need to have read Eclipse first or there'll be a major spoiler. If you don't really care about Bree's ultimate fate, keep ...more
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Jul 30, 2010
The Host (The Host, #1)
4 and 3/4 stars. Close enough to five. I have to say, I wasn't expecting much when I picked it up, but I'll pick up anything. And so I read it, and wa ...more
Oct 10, 2009
Jul 26, 2009
Rainbow Boys (Rainbow Trilogy, #1)
I read this book without realising what it was at first (yeah, I didn't read the back cover very closely). Needless to say, I was a bit shell-shocked ...more
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Nov 27, 2009
This book is pretty damn cool. Since the people at my library like to take the dust jackets off the books before they stick them on the shelves, I had ...more
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Mar 22, 2010
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
I read this book and loved it. The style was great, the world was so interesting. I wanted more. However, this book goes completely against my beliefs ...more
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Apr 05, 2009
Mansfield Park
I would love to give it five stars, but the last chapter is basically an epilogue, in which everything is told.

A certain person's elopement came out o
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Feb 05, 2010
Good People
I can't help thinking that this could've been made into perhaps a 150 page book rather than a 300 page book--perhaps even less. That gives you an idea ...more
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Oct 15, 2010
The Doomspell Trilogy
Cliff McNish has an imagination that won't let you down and a writing style that matches perfectly. I was sucked into this world a dozen times over wh ...more
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Jul 29, 2009
The Will of the Empress (Circle Reforged, #1)
Where do I begin?

- the characters were fighting each other all the time. Their very actions were unlikeable, and I found myself wondering: where did t
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Jul 03, 2009
I Do! (Diary of a Teenage: Caitlin, #5)
It's a bunch of fluff, but a very nice end to the series.
However, I know God has a way of making things fall into place (experienced it waaaaay too m
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Jun 26, 2010
Bad Girls (Bad Girls, #1)
I loved this book! I first read it when I was three or four years older than the main characters (and that's a lot in kid years) and loved it because ...more
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Jul 13, 2009
Girl in a Blue Dress
Gaynor Arnold has managed what I appreciate as being a very difficult feat: to portray a charismatic man with a cruel and manipulative streak through ...more
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Feb 28, 2010
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
*minor spoilers way way way into the review. I'll warn you when they come*

This book was really good. Four and a half stars, not four. I actually pick
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Apr 05, 2009
I, Robot (Robot, #0.1)
Travis, you'd be proud of me. I went looking at the library for "famous science-fiction or fantasy books, please" and, wonder of wonders, they had Asi ...more
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Oct 22, 2009
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)
Very good, but very sad. You really see how Rose grows as a person. The ending practically made me cry. I'm so glad this isn't the end of the series!
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Apr 25, 2010
The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next #3)
Very good. But I think Fforde forgot to make sure his characterisation kept the same sort of level as his ingenuity. There are millions of characters ...more
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May 27, 2010
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)
Better than the previous two, and the Time Turner idea was inspired, but I wasn't quite sure of how it all worked. I would have liked a better explana ...more
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Aug 22, 2009
The Strawberry Picker
Nat/Nate/Nathaniel was fascinating. Very well characterised. I mean, I understood his charm, and from the start the reader knows he is the murderer! T ...more
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Apr 13, 2010
The Basic Eight
I first read this when I was eleven or twelve -yes, twelve!-, not realising what I was getting into. Thankfully, a lot of it went over my head. (Proba ...more
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Apr 26, 2009
My Life is a Boob Tube (Fleur Trotter, #3)
Okay, but it sort of strikes me as an adult trying to write from the perspective of a teenager and putting in both:

a) things that are only funny to ad
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Apr 13, 2010
Danny's Wonderful Uncle
Danny's Uncle William has faced dragons, giant pygmies, and knows the reason why the Marie Celeste was abandoned. Needless to say, the stories behind ...more
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Jan 25, 2010
Winter's End
Seemed very disjointed, not quite 'there'. Eg, the way the horse-men and the dog-men are never fully explained, the way one voice could have so much p ...more
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Apr 25, 2010
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)
Finally read this a second time. Four and a half stars, rounded up.

Basically, Aislinn has always had the Sight. She lives with her grandmother, who ha
Oct 13, 2009
Oct 11, 2009
A Streetcar Named Desire
Okay, so while Streetcar is a very good depiction of working-class life, women in the mid 19th-century, and a fantastic example of realism and express ...more
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Jun 23, 2010
Peeps (Peeps, #1)
Wow. This was a weird-as book. Like, it made sense, and it was all connected, but it was gross. And, come on! Vampirism-carrying cats and rats and vam ...more
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May 13, 2009
Going Bovine
Spoilers and massive rant with slight concessions ahoy. It was... entertaining, I'll give it that.

But these comparisons to Douglas Adams are just not
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Oct 03, 2009
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Warning: flames will ensue (if that's the word I want), but with care.

Here we go.

I cannot lie- that cover is dead cool. But you cannot deny the pure t
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May 01, 2009