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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
This was not at all what I was expecting. From the marketing material, I expected a story of survival from the North Korean camps that, until now, has ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street #1)

This is a creative plot and the author does well at giving only hints at information throughout the novel. This builds the suspense in a methodic way
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
The Family Corleone
There many different ways to try and review this novel but I suppose the easiest way is the way that Paramount approached it when they launched the la ...more
May 15, 2012
May 08, 2012
The reviews are mixed on this book and after finishing my ARC copy, I now know why. Even my own view is divided. The story itself is grippingly realis ...more
Sep 2011
Aug 23, 2011
A Partial History of Lost Causes
This was a bit of an uneven story for me so my review, I’m afraid, is going to end up the same. The author has a great command of the written word and ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
The Midnight Palace (Niebla, #2)
As always, Zafon is a masterful storyteller and from the very first sentence I was entranced. His lyric prose alone is reason enough to read his works ...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
Diva (Flappers, #3)
This book wants to be a grownup. It wants to have lyrical language and characters stumbling through adult problems and relationships. Unfortunately, i ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
The Things a Brother Knows
This is one of those books I think everyone should read. As a wife of a military man and coming from a long line of military folks, I’m already biased ...more
May 05, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
Kill Me Softly (Beau Rivage, #1)
This books starts with the cadence of a long forgotten fairytale. It pulls you in from the introductory pages with the wonderful prose and descriptive ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
Slipping Reality
I was discussing this book with some librarian friends and we were all trying to decide the best approach on how to review it. We were honestly surpri ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
This is one of those books that you read the cover and you really, really want to like it. You want to learn something, you want to be pulled emotiona ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process
A slim volume, this book is both a look into Emerson’s writing as well as a tool for aspiring writers. There are many books out there that covering th ...more
Jun 02, 2011
May 10, 2011
You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya
The story of an American priest in Kenya begins on a slow note, long descriptive passageways of text in order to get your mind adjusted to the who, wh ...more
Feb 15, 2011
Feb 15, 2012
Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
For a debut author, this is a commendable first effort. The plot was strong and the characters were realistic and enjoyable to read about. The scenes ...more
May 10, 2011
May 10, 2011
Turquoise: A Love Story
These are by far some of the most arrogant and self-centered characters I've ever read. They go around saying things like "Bad girl, you!" calling peo ...more
May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
White Witch (Coven, #1)
This seems to be one of the more polarizing YA titles out there lately. Either you absolutely love it or find it so-so (few people I’ve talked to actu ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
The Diva Doctrine: 16 Universal Principles Every Woman Needs to Know
Like most women, I went into this book highly skeptical. Boiling down what it takes to be a woman into 16 steps?? Seems like the mental equivalent of ...more
May 19, 2011
May 19, 2011
Sisterhood Everlasting (Sisterhood, #5)
Surprisingly enough, I did not even know this book existed. I had read the earlier YA novels in the series and seen the movies so how I missed this bo ...more
Mar 12, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
The Flowers of War
I really enjoyed the start of this book. It began with a strong setting and interesting characters. Then it oddly turned with the addition of random s ...more
Jan 03, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
Cybertraps for the Young
I pride myself on being involved with a website that is exceptionally well run. It’s a family friendly site and, frankly, has some of the smartest peo ...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet, #1)
This book absolutely captivated me from page one. With lyric pose and just enough mystery to keep you guessing, it was like sinking into a dream world ...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Ambitious (Premiere High #1)
This was a really, really hard book to read. From the very first the short, clipped sentences began to annoy. I think they are meant to be the random ...more
Aug 09, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
Queens of All the Earth
Queens of the Earth by Hannah Sternberg (galley proof) starts off exceptionally dark and bleak when Olivia, on the verge of moving into Cornell Univer ...more
Apr 27, 2011
Apr 27, 2011
Breaking the Code: A Father's Secret, a Daughter's Journey, and the Question That Changed Everything
A story of a daughter forging a relationship with her WWII dad, this promised to be a tear jerker by its description. Unfortunately, I found the book ...more
Sep 29, 2011
Jan 14, 2012
The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox
I have not read other books on this trial so I can’t fairly compare this book to those previously published. I can, however, offer my review of this a ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
There is a lot of buzz about this book but I’m not quite sure why. It’s a creative plot but neither the writing style nor characters really cause it t ...more
May 11, 2012
May 11, 2012
A Greyhound of a Girl
If you ignore the premise given on the jacket, this is a tender, short read about the females of a family and how they cope with changes in their live ...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Inmate 1577 (Karen Vail #4)
Brutal doesn’t quite describe the crime committed in the opening chapters of this book. Frankly, it was almost impossible for me to stomach. Unfortuna ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 03, 2011
Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan
The journal portion of this book is nicely done, providing a rarely seen glimpse into what this world is like. The photos are exquisite as well and no ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
Pieces of Us
There is graphic writing that aids a plot and graphic writing that’s done to shock. Unfortunately, this book is full of shock value scenes. The charac ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
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