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The Loch
3.85
This story fits the Thriller genre, specifically the Scientific Thriller genre very well. The biology behind the creature shows detailed research and...more
Mar 09, 2010
Mar 05, 2010
 
Fall of a Kingdom (The Farsala Trilogy, #1)
3.72
I picked this book up solely because the cover was fascinating to me. I love fantasy books anyway and one set in a Persian/Middle Eastern type culture...more
May 2008
Nov 25, 2009
 
Cirque Du Freak: Trials of Death, Vol. 5 (Cirque Du Freak: The Manga, #5)
4.43
Like the last one, this book felt a bit rushed. The artist did an excellent job of portraying events, but he had so many that he needed to show that h...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
 
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
4.19
I would hesitate to recommend this to a younger teen because of language and the political situation that causes a lot of executions. The language is...more
Jun 17, 2010
Jun 18, 2010
 
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire Prince, Vol. 6 (Cirque Du Freak: The Manga, #6)
4.49
**spoiler alert** Okay first off, I know that this whole series is basically some kind of wish fulfillment (you can't make it more obvious than by nam...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
 
Burned (Burned, #1)
4.23
I'm not sure I understand the title, but I guess the titles I'm thinking of right now would give away the ending. I really wish it hadn't ended the wa...more
May 02, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
 
A Dog Called Kitty
4.04
**spoiler alert** This book would have been a lot better if it had been one of the few where the dog doesn't die. There are several really great scene...more
Feb 27, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4.20
I can understand some of the reasons that parents would not want their children reading this book. The language is iffy at times including just about...more
May 08, 2010
May 02, 2010
 
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
3.87
The only problem with this book is that it is severely geared toward the idea that women either have or want children. When Sandberg says family, she...more
Jul 15, 2013
Jul 16, 2013
 
Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles, #4)
4.19
I cried in the car while listening to the last CD. It fit and it was appropriate, but authors tend to take out the character you least wish to see die...more
Oct 30, 2010
Oct 22, 2010
 
The Book Thief
4.37
Through this book I have discovered that I do not like it when the narrator tells the reader about bad things that will happen before getting to that...more
Apr 11, 2010
Mar 29, 2010
 
Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura, #1)
4.14
Some of this book is truly targeted directly at teens, while some of it is clearly better appreciated by some one slightly older.

As a teen, the whole...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
 
The Taking of Room 114
3.45
**spoiler alert** The poetry did a pretty good job of telling the story, but the middle section was a bit disjointed. I realize that the readers neede...more
May 02, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
Cirque Du Freak: Vampire Mountain, Vol. 4 (Cirque Du Freak: The Manga, #4)
4.37
I realize that Darren ages at 1/5 of the rate of a normal person, but I still would have liked to see him look a bit older... I guess it helps the con...more
Jan 24, 2011
Jan 05, 2011
 
Leonardo's Horse
3.94
I love the shape of this book. At first, I was just surprised that it wasn't rectangular, but finding out that it echoes Charlie's dome makes it even...more
Apr 08, 2010
Apr 03, 2010
 
The Land
4.11
It was a little hard to get into this book. As a middle-class millenial white girl, it was hard to relate to Paul and Mitchell. Mitchell had it hard b...more
Feb 04, 2010
Jan 30, 2010
 
Gossip Girl (Gossip Girl, #1)
3.46
It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I can kinda see the draw because it is pretty mindless, but also somewhat fascinating. There were little bi...more
Apr 25, 2010
Apr 16, 2010
 
The Ghost-Eye Tree
3.97
I was expecting this to be a story about overcoming the fear that your mind can create from your surroundings. The little boy does mention that the ni...more
Feb 18, 2010
Feb 13, 2010
 
Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)
3.80
A fronte praecipitium, a trego lupi. I'm certain it is meant to read "In front a cliff, in back wolves" but I think the nouns may be in the wrong case...more
Dec 14, 2009
Nov 12, 2009
 
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl
3.56
It was a quick read with some fairly good poetry, but the message wasn't really all that good. I picked up this book expecting the "bad boy" to be a r...more
May 02, 2010
Apr 26, 2010
 
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
3.88
After seeing this book on the Colbert Report, I came to GoodReads to see what the reviews looked like. At the time, they were mostly rages against Ms....more
May 27, 2013
May 28, 2013
 
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei
3.86
I enjoyed this book, but some of the text was distracting and written in unnecessarily complicated ways. A child might be willing to turn the book aro...more
Apr 15, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
 
Bury the Dead: Tombs, Corpses, Mummies, Skeletons, & Rituals
3.79
This book is clearly endorsed by National Geographic. Not only is the author a senior editor, but his contacts with different photographers and anthro...more
Apr 09, 2010
Apr 03, 2010
 
Black and White
3.74
It was kind of confusing to have four stories running at once even with them as connected as they were. The stories themselves were a little bit odd....more
Feb 02, 2010
Jan 30, 2010
 
Ice
3.71
I liked this book pretty well. It moved well and the characters were realistic despite their supernatural natures. Although there were some parts that...more
Nov 23, 2010
Oct 19, 2010
 
I Already Know I Love You
4.12
I wanted to like this book because it is supposed to be a sweet grandpa telling the kid they're loved. Unfortunately, there isn't really any kind of s...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
 
The 9/11 Report
3.69
I honestly can't imagine reading the full commission report. I had trouble staying focused on the details provided in this version of the report. It w...more
Apr 19, 2010
Apr 16, 2010
 
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned
3.95
This book was a simple, but compelling look at living with HIV. I loved the point Pedro made that he wasn't dying of AIDS, but living with HIV. He had...more
Jun 25, 2010
Jun 25, 2010
 
Bats at the Library
4.16
This book is adorable. The idea of bats enjoying the library is a great way to show kids what the library offers without lecturing them. The pictures...more
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 23, 2010
 
Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein
3.78
I never knew much about Einstein's childhood except that he had trouble in school. It's very interesting to find out that he had a younger sister that...more
Apr 15, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
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