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Midnight Sun (Twilight, #1.5)
4.05
I can't believe she thought she could get away with it. The same damn book, especially once the boy and the girl get together. Ooh! Read it side-by-si ...more
Dec 2008
May 15, 2009
 
Jay's Journal
3.28
I probably should add a "Mormon Propaganda" shelf for this book.

Alden Barrett was a sensitive young man, a leader on his high school debate team, a po
...more
Mar 19, 1980
Feb 09, 2010
 
Isn't It Pretty To Think So?
3.75
2.5 stars
Just because your protagonist listens to obscure indie music artists, just because he references classic authors and their books, just becaus
...more
Aug 05, 2012
Aug 06, 2012
 
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
3.71
4th verse! Same as first! A little bit louder and a whole lot worse! Everything that sucked about the first three books to a factor of ten.

Bella has a
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Nov 2008
May 07, 2009
 
A Man Rides Through
4.00
Terisa has been taken prisoner, Geraden's brother has been taken prisoner (read the book; I promise it will make sense--there are just too many plot t ...more
Jan 1986
May 18, 2009
 
Unteachable
3.91
Actually, 3 stars for the prose, 2 for the story and characters.

Recently I have read several books with 20-and even 30-something protagonists who sti
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Aug 19, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
 
Team Human
3.57
How can one resist a book with the tagline, "Friends don't let friends date vampires"?

Larbalestier and Rees-Brennan's seriocomic treatment of the vam
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Oct 14, 2012
Oct 17, 2012
 
The Mirror of Her Dreams
3.90
Every three years or so, I go back and read these two books. Terisa Morgan is a rich girl living in a high-rise in NYC when a handsome young man from ...more
Jan 1986
May 18, 2009
 
Eclipse (Twilight, #3)
3.71
In which everyone is a bigger douchebag than in the previous two books and paedophilia is introduced and portrayed as romantic.

Bella emotionally abuse
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Oct 2008
May 07, 2009
 
The Romanovs: The Final Chapter
4.04
The Romanovs chronicles the discovery and identification of nine sets of bones found in a shallow grave near Ekaterinburg, where Tsar Nicholas and his ...more
Jan 1998
Dec 03, 2011
 
Virals (Virals, #1)
3.92
As a late-to-the-party fan of the TV series, "Bones," I thought I'd give Kathy Reichs's books a try. Unfortunately, her first foray into YA has not ma ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
 
Between Shades of Gray
4.34
1941. While the developed world was focusing on Hitler and his many atrocities, Stalin was taking over the Baltic states, routing out "subversives" -- ...more
Jan 20, 2014
Jan 24, 2014
 
Reason to Breathe (Breathing, #1)
4.27
The plot is predictable, the characters static, the prose unremarkable and sometimes cringeworthily amateurish.

This book is a throwback to the much-d
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Jul 31, 2013
Aug 03, 2013
 
The Eleventh Finger and the Pirate In the Attic
4.57
3.5 stars for story and the execution and appeal to its target audience
2.5 stars for editing

Ariadne Kane's middle-grade debut, the first of a series,
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Nov 21, 2013
Nov 21, 2013
 
Shattered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #7)
4.25
3.5 stars for the Owen and Granuaile chapters (nice break from Siodhachan Kevin og Suleaibhan Hearne's '80's fratboy musings).

4 stars for plot, where
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Jun 19, 2014
Feb 11, 2015
 
Thirteen Reasons Why
4.06
4.5 stars.

Many readers are criticizing Hannah, stating her reasons for taking her own life aren't "valid." Ironically, some of the harshest criticism
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Dec 26, 2013
Dec 29, 2013
 
Wonder
4.42
Finally, a middle-grade book that doesn't talk down to its audience and an author who cares a great deal about the quality of her writing. Palacio als ...more
May 08, 2013
May 13, 2013
 
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
3.53
The fail goes on. . .

Bella, who was a blank before she met the angelic sparkly marble man of perfection, goes blank again when he leaves. So does the
...more
Oct 2008
May 07, 2009
 
Looking for Alaska
4.16
Miles Halter decides to leave Florida,his parents' house and a school where he's pretty much a cipher to attend Culver Creek boarding school in South ...more
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 25, 2013
 
Two Ravens and One Crow (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #4.5)
4.19
In which we find out in more detail how Siodhachan received the secret of all those herbal teas, of greatest interest the Immortali-Tea that keeps the ...more
Oct 13, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
 
Nicholas and Alexandra
4.24
Many, many books have been published on this subject, but Massie took a different approach to the story. Himself the parent of a chronically-ill child ...more
Jan 1975
Dec 03, 2011
 
The Book Thief
4.35
Someone told me this book was about a little girl in Nazi Germany who steals books to keep them from being burned. While she does save one book from t ...more
May 16, 2011
Jun 04, 2011
 
The Fault in Our Stars
4.38
4.75 stars.

Warning: Strong words for People Who Don't Get it. Read and move on, or skip this review entirely.

"The prose is amazing. You'd really like
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Oct 11, 2013
Oct 12, 2013
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon, #2)
3.73
How can I believe anything this dude writes? He can't even read a map. Interesting story idea that completely fell apart in its execution, and, being ...more
Jun 2007
May 07, 2009
 
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
3.41
It started out as a simple seafaring adventure story. Then Melville met Hawthorne, who had a dream and a vision for an American literary canon; althou ...more
not set
May 07, 2009
 
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
3.56
Shallow characters, no plot and no real conflict, writing that tells and doesn't show, Mary Sue protagonist, purple prose are on my short list of what ...more
Aug 2008
May 07, 2009
 
Shifting
3.95
Pluses: Wiggins's prose was good, especially for a first-time author.
The concept: a girl who can shapeshift. How cool is that?
The inclusion of Dine[p
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Sep 29, 2013
Sep 30, 2013
 
Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones
3.77
3.5 stars, with extra credit for honesty.

I forgot I'd read this book back in seventh grade. At the time, I didn't realize how groundbreaking it was--a
...more
Mar 19, 1973
May 12, 2012
 
Scored
3.35
The apocalypse wasn't nuclear; it was monetary. And Orwell was wrong. Government got smaller, private business got bigger and slowly and insidiously t ...more
Sep 04, 2012
Oct 07, 2012
 
Before I Go To Sleep
3.84
I hardly ever read mystery/suspense/thriller novels, but this one was a gift. Besides, the premise was interesting.

Christine Lucas wakes up every mor
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Sep 10, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
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