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The Curse of the Pharaohs (Amelia Peabody, #2)
Amelia Peabody Emerson continues to be a woman to be reckoned with and a woman that a mystery always follows. I consider her a younger, even more Brit ...more
Dec 14, 2009
Dec 09, 2009
Haunting Violet (Haunting Violet, #1)
Violet Willoughby doesn't believe in ghosts. She's sat through one two many of her mothers fake séances to believe in the spirits. But, on a trip to g ...more
Jan 23, 2011
Jan 21, 2011
Sad Desk Salad
I don't quite remembering yelling "take a shower" or "change your clothes" quite so much at a fictional character before. So, that was new. More of a ...more
Sep 28, 2013
Oct 03, 2012
Murder on the Bride's Side (An Elizabeth Parker Mystery, #2)
This series continues to entertain - I love how she uses Austen as an overlay to the mysteries, more as a wink to an Austen fan than any real ingraine ...more
Jul 24, 2013
Jul 30, 2010
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
I now miss my days as a student in England, flying off to Amsterdam or leaving from Waterloo for Paris. This book is a love letter to the fun of trave ...more
Feb 24, 2012
Jan 23, 2011
Life of Pi
I enjoyed this book. I read it quickly (over a weekend) and Pi is certainly an intelligent and frank character. Which is why the ending of the book wa ...more
Mar 07, 2010
Aug 08, 2009
Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
Really enjoyed this series at my first meeting with it - I like Armand Gamache a lot! He is, as one of the blurbs on the back cover insisted, indeed a ...more
Jan 05, 2014
Jan 03, 2012
The Betrayal of the Blood Lily (Pink Carnation, #6)
Willig never fails to deliver. Clever, fast-paced, and funny, her plots and characters always entertain. Lady Penelope Staines nee Devereaux has to be ...more
Mar 15, 2010
Mar 14, 2010
Dark Mirror (Dark Mirror, #1)
A friend received an ARC at ALA midwinter and sent this book my way. I am glad that she did. Lady Victoria Mansfield is exiled from her family when it ...more
Jan 21, 2011
Jan 19, 2011
Little Blog on the Prairie
This was a delightful read about how one family's "vacation" to Camp Frontier went very wrong. Genevieve is 14, just got her first cell phone, loves h ...more
May 30, 2011
May 25, 2011
The Malice of Fortune
A well-researched historical "thriller" starring Niccolo Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci, the story tries to explain the origins of Machiavelli's Th ...more
Aug 25, 2012
Aug 18, 2012
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
3 1/2 stars. Interesting start of a series; though at one point the narrator basically describes his grandfather as a Winchester so fans of Supernatur ...more
Jan 12, 2014
Jan 09, 2014
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh (Theodosia Throckmorton, #4)
I was able to read Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh thanks to netGalley!

This is by far my favorite book of the series. Theodosia is once again in troubl
Dec 08, 2010
Nov 25, 2010
This feels a lot like a more serious, more dramatic Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The author is clearly a master at evoking the place ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
It seems appropriate to go back and do this review now. This novella is the reason someone gifted me Atlas Shrugged in the first place. And I still li ...more
Jan 1999
Mar 05, 2010
The House at the End of Hope Street
This does a lot of different things from standard chick lit fare which made it a nice change in the genre. Also, have to love a book with a magical ho ...more
Apr 06, 2014
Dec 22, 2013
The Midwife of Hope River
I really enjoyed this book - the characters were all realistically and likable and the author knew them well. The book has a lot of good common sense ...more
Jul 21, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
First Frost (Waverley Family, #2)
Allen's books always delight. It was wonderful to revisit the Waverleys for this book and see what new magic they had to share.
Feb 17, 2015
Sep 12, 2014
Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures
A wonderful look into the Golden Age of Hollywood when the studio system ruled over all. Laura Lamont is the perfect guide for the reader as we follow ...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 16, 2012
The Orchardist
I really enjoyed the language of this book - the author is quite good at painting a picture of the world in which her characters live. I wanted to cli ...more
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
The Enchanted Truth
A fun, quick story of a very spoiled princess who keeps looking for Prince Charming in all the wrong places. One night, her fairy godmother brings her ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 22, 2012
Princess of the Midnight Ball (Princess, #1)
The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale has always been one of my favorites so I was ecstatic when a friend recommended this re-telling of the tale a ...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling
This is a delightfully creepy gothic fantasy tale with a likable heroine and fantastic visuals. Boccoacino's imagination is a fun curiosity cabinet of ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 08, 2012
Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus (Theodosia Throckmorton, #3)
One of the perks of being able to read a series after it's well begun is reading in quick succession. Which I have been able to do with Theo's grand a ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Nov 25, 2010
Of Mice and Men
This book fascinated me.

It was a play in novel form. I was fascinated. George and Lennie enter stage left and the action begins. It is by far the eas
Jan 25, 2011
Jul 26, 2009
The Scent of Rain and Lightning
I enjoyed this read but I didn't love it. I had some issues with the format of how she chose to tell the story. Build-ups of mysteries are all well an ...more
Aug 19, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
Atlas Shrugged
I have finally finished this book. I am still processing it. At the end of the day...I know the points she was trying to make. She hits your repeatedl ...more
Mar 04, 2010
Aug 08, 2009
The House of Mirth
From my blog post on the novel:

Honestly, I liked Lily Bart, the heroine of The House of Mirth, but I'm still trying to figure out why. I admired her
Nov 03, 2011
Aug 08, 2009
Jane Austen Ruined My Life
The premise of this book is so promising. And in my opinion slightly ruined my its main character. Now, I've never been through what Emma has and I ce ...more
May 14, 2011
Jan 20, 2010
I, Robot
This was a lot different than I was expecting. Mainly because I saw the movie years ago and this is not in any way, shape of form like the movie. I co ...more
Jan 12, 2015
May 07, 2011
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