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The Merlin Conspiracy (Magids, #2)
The first time I read this book I was ten and I did not like it at all. Things have changed.

10-year-old me: Computers? In my fantasy book? Sacre bleu!...more
Jun 22, 2011
Jun 22, 2011
The Forest in the Hallway
Reminded me a little of Breadcrumbs: plucky young girl goes into a forest in order to find people she's lost, encounters strange and dangerous people...more
May 18, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
Fyre (Septimus Heap, #7)
Decidedly "eh." Some irritating parts--specifically, the characterization of the peripheral Heaps, the banality of every single romantic pairing (well...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 05, 2014
Wizards at War (Young Wizards, #8)
When I found this book at my library, I was ecstatic. The Young Wizards series has a fine tradition of excellence which was well carried on in this bo...more
Jun 27, 2010
May 29, 2009
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
Reread over the past month. I'd forgotten just how good it is. The first section I felt as though I could live in the story: as Lyra moved farther nor...more
Nov 27, 2013
May 29, 2009
The Song of Achilles
To be honest, I expected more emotional impact from this book. I expected to feel gutted out and like curling up in a ball and crying. So I can't comp...more
Jul 16, 2014
Jul 19, 2014
The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus, #0.5)
3.5, really. The storyline was engaging but not compelling--even the (view spoiler)...more
Feb 2014
Jan 31, 2014
The Floating Islands
Excellent book. Typically, complete-fantasy worlds with unfamiliar names not drawing from any specific natural language are not my thing, but the stru...more
Apr 12, 2014
Apr 12, 2014
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
That's a 3.5, really. The beginning of the book was more compelling for me than the end, which felt somewhat rushed. The Darkling had better be more c...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
The Kingdom of Gods (The Inheritance Trilogy, #3)
Parts without Deka: 3.5
Parts with Deka: 5

The back of the book lies. Shahar is not the main character; in fact, she is one of the characters I liked th...more
Jul 17, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Light (Gone, #6)

(You can't really say anything else at the end of a six-book series packed with pain and suffering and gore.)

I was ecstatic that my favorites, (v...more
Jul 13, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Goddess of Yesterday
Better than I thought it would be. Might have liked it more if 40% of the book wasn't given away on the back cover; might have liked it even better if...more
Jun 03, 2013
Jun 03, 2013
The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)
I liked this one more than the Lost Hero. Mostly because I liked the characters better, though of course Percy has an advantage over Jason because rea...more
May 18, 2012
May 19, 2012
Welcome to Bordertown (Borderland, #5)
Holly Black's intro says it best:

"It was more than the idea of folklore mixed with contemporary life that compelled me. I was also drawn in by the ide...more
Jul 2012
Jul 01, 2012
Other Earths
The two stars reflects the collection as a whole. For "Csilla's Story" (Theodora Goss), which was the whole reason I checked out this book, I give a 4...more
Aug 11, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
The Broken Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #2)
A fast-paced read; faster than the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, probably because THTK had a lot of politics in it while TBK was on a more personal scale...more
Jul 14, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Deep Secret (Magids, #1)
I read The Merlin Conspiracy several years back and didn't realize it was part of a series until recently. Having liked TMC a lot (the second time I r...more
Jul 2013
Jul 05, 2013
The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)
Annabeth has always been my favorite character, so her relative standing has not changed. But, looking at absolute scores, you'd see something like th...more
Oct 06, 2012
Oct 05, 2012
The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)
Can't wait for Blood of Olympus!

While I did not love this book as much as I loved Mark of Athena (because nothing compares to Annabeth's heroics there...more
Nov 03, 2013
Nov 02, 2013
Many Waters (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #4)
I'd read this book many years ago, so distant that it felt as though I was reading it for the first time. Madeleine L'Engle is a very good author, but...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
The Silver Door (Moon & Sun, #2)
I read the first book in this series over a year ago, but it was not difficult to fall back into the world of Moon and Sun. The cat is my favorite cha...more
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
Rumo & His Miraculous Adventures (Zamonia, #3)
A very long book, but compelling. Lots and lots of stuff, many adventures and twists and turns that in some form came together by the end. My favorite...more
Jul 27, 2013
Jul 27, 2013
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade
A book set on the Mongolian steppes during the reign of Kublai Khan = must read. Because no one writes about Mongolia.

Oyuna was a very, very conventio...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow
I have a lifelong weakness for children's fantasy books. Coupled with the Mayan pyramid on the cover - just the day before I'd been thinking about civ...more
Aug 08, 2011
Aug 07, 2011
The Dragons of Winter (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, #6)
I'm starting to see a pattern to the way I read long series. The first book I devour. The middle books drag on (I swear, no pun intended). Then, somet...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 22, 2013
Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)
Beautiful. Loved the setting - a mysterious Transylvanian wood - and the populating Other Kingdom characters, who were individuals even though they co...more
Apr 02, 2012
Apr 01, 2012
Winter's Tales
Short story collections are always inconsistent: some stories you want to read again and again, and some leave you cold. This collection happened to l...more
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 11, 2012
The Privilege of the Sword (Riverside, #2)
I was tentative about this book at first because Kushner's other Riverside books (Swordspoint and The Fall of the Kings) both left me feeling decidedl...more
Jul 11, 2013
Jul 14, 2013
Ombria in Shadow
Not as good as Bards of Bone Plain. Mag was easily my favorite character. Lots of questions left unanswered/inadequately addressed at the end. Kyel wa...more
Aug 2012
Aug 01, 2012
The Aleph and Other Stories
Lots of interesting stories. I liked the fantastical as well as the historically-based Argentina ones. Some favorites: "The Aleph," "The Two Kings and...more
Sep 06, 2014
Sep 05, 2014
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