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Using an analog camera to kill evil spirits, one of the last Van Helsing heirs takes to the streets of San Fransisco to fight crime. Some good, creepy ...more
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Apr 16, 2015
A New Darkness (Starblade Chronicles, #1)
Not as good as the Last Apprentice series, but if you miss the County and Tom Ward and reading about being a Spook, you may want to continue on with t ...more
Feb 2015
Apr 16, 2015
Ship Breaker (Ship Breaker, #1)
Imagine your job is to squeeze yourself into a decrepit duct system in the bowels of an ancient oil tanker in order to tear out valuable copper wiring ...more
Sep 2010
Sep 20, 2010
Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
There is a huge supervolcano simmering under Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Does the thought of this volcano erupting sometime in the near futu ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 31, 2012
When You Reach Me
I read this after it received the Newbery Medal so I think I'm examining it with a more critical eye than I would otherwise. I liked it but it didn't ...more
Jan 2010
Jan 25, 2010
The Daykeeper's Grimoire (Prophecy of Days, #1)
December 21, 2012. This date is fraught with misinformation, portents, and fear. Thus, it makes an excellent choice to write about in a book for teens ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 19, 2011
Every summer, Hollywood comes out with at least one shock-and-awe blockbuster alien invasion movie meant to entertain, help us escape and make scads o ...more
May 2012
May 07, 2012
Firestorm (Caretaker, #1)
I hated the sentence fragments. Hardly a "the" in the entire book: how pretentious! The story was ALL OVER THE PLACE, and I didn't care enough about t ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 07, 2008
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Exquisite. I feel in love with the storytelling, the atmosphere, the spare use of just the right words. Everything about this book is really, well, pe ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 26, 2013
Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic, #1)
I would've given this book a higher rating if it hadn't ended so abruptly. It's a fascinating story and the characters are very well drawn. I will rec ...more
Sep 2008
Sep 23, 2008
Sleeping Angel
I admit I couldn't get past the chapter where the car accident victim started having visions of bad things happening in the future to people he comes ...more
Jul 2011
Aug 02, 2011
Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
This is only for those who loved the first two and want to finish up the trilogy. There were loose ends that never got resolved and some stealing that ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 31, 2008
Burn Mark (Burn Mark, #1)
The first YA book I've read in a while that I've been really excited about. It's an alternative universe with witches living alongside non-fae humans ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 22, 2012
The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)
Ooo, I loved this one! It was a bit slow to get going which is why it only gets 4 stars. Rory moves to London from Louisiana to go to boarding school ...more
Oct 2011
Oct 17, 2011
The Marbury Lens (The Marbury Lens, #1)
I'm annoyed by the constant "you must be gay" back and forth between the two best friends, 16 year old heterosexual boys in S. California and England. ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 18, 2011
The Demon Trapper's Daughter (The Demon Trappers, #1)
The idea of demons invading cities in the early 21st century is a fairly unbelievable but exciting storyline. And a teenage girl being one of the craz ...more
Feb 2011
Feb 19, 2011
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)
Come on people! Who is giving this tripe 5 stars? I thought the writing was pretty good for the first half of the book then the whole endeavor went do ...more
Oct 2009
Oct 26, 2009
Tempest (Tempest, #1)
This book is getting a lot of negative buzz on goodreads due to some supposed anti-feminist aspects at the beginning, or so I gather. I haven't read m ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 16, 2012
Princess Ben
Do we really need another princess book? This story seemed like so many others I've read in the past it brought on a strong sense of deja vu. Hasn't t ...more
Jan 2009
Jan 16, 2009
The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)
The night I started reading this I had zombie dreams. Usually books don't make their way into my sub-conscious but this one squirreled its way in. Wow ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 22, 2010
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
What happens when you read a novel about someone who can pull real things from his dreams then you yourself dream about him? I woke up and looked arou ...more
Oct 2013
Oct 07, 2013
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1)
I'm assuming this is set in ancient China although the country is never mentioned. I like books like this where gender identity is a bit of a mystery; ...more
Nov 2009
Dec 03, 2009
City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
Great finish to a great series. Very satisfying ending; everything got wrapped up well - I didn't notice any loose ends. Highly recommended to those w ...more
May 2009
May 09, 2009
Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)
A terrific dragon fantasy that will charm teens as well as adults. The world-building is fantastic in every permutation of that word and the character ...more
Oct 2012
Oct 25, 2012
City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
This is the perfect series to recommend to readers wanting something similar to the Twilight series. This second book doesn't disappoint; I couldn't p ...more
Apr 2009
Apr 11, 2009
Sacred Scars (A Resurrection of Magic, #2)
I said I wasn't going to read this until all three books are out; I reneged on that promise and thoroughly enjoyed this second book in the planned tri ...more
Apr 2010
Apr 28, 2010
Bumped (Bumped, #1)
Warning! Don't go here! I got 180 pages in and the entire time I was reading I had buyer's remorse: why did I purchase this for my library? Argh! I re ...more
May 2011
May 28, 2011
Dragons Keep
You can't tell by this cover in goodreads, but for years I couldn't bear the idea of reading this book because I hated the cover. Yes I know - very sh ...more
Dec 2011
Jan 09, 2012
Station Eleven
This is my type of science fiction; set in the near future where a strain of the flu has decimated 99.9% of the world's human population, the story go ...more
Jan 2015
Jan 21, 2015
Numbers (Numbers, #1)
I thought I'd be able to book talk this one to 7th - 9th graders this spring - it's got a great selling point in Jem's ability to "see" the date of wh ...more
Mar 2010
Mar 08, 2010
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