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The Buried Pyramid
I'm disappointed. The plot seems so contrived, and the characters feel flat and uninteresting to me--emotionless, humorless and just not fully fleshed ...more
not set
Sep 06, 2007
Winger (Winger, #1)
Guhhhhhhhhhhh. Seriously.

So, even before I knew anything at all about this book I knew I was going to be forced to give it 5 stars, because I am ALWA
Jun 14, 2013
Oct 10, 2012
The Stone Key (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #6)
Okay, seeing some definite improvement here--this one very almost earned four stars, but I still ended up skimming a bit, so I didn't feel I could qui ...more
Oct 18, 2010
Jun 04, 2010
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
Well, it seems that quite a lot of folks really didn't like this book much. Mostly, I get the impression that it's because of the way it ends--there's ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Oct 05, 2010
The Archived (The Archived, #1)
I couldn't resist the combination of the gorgeous cover and the super intriguing premise on this one, and it didn't let me down. It's a quiet story, s ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 08, 2013
 Beholding Bee
So, this one...really surprised me. I wasn't enjoying it much at all at first. I found Bee's way of constantly referring to her birthmark as "my diamo ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
The Tragedy Paper
Ugh, ugh, ugh. So disappointed in this one. I was, unfortunately, drawn in by the gorgeous cover and the somewhat intriguing premise, which, sadly, di ...more
Mar 03, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
Maggot Moon
I had a difficult time with this one at first--the short, choppy chapters annoyed me, and this is one of those books where you're just dropped right i ...more
Apr 29, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes
I enjoyed this, I guess--at least, enough to read the whole thing. But it also...confused me. The first half is fairly straightforward Holmes stuff, o ...more
Dec 24, 2011
Dec 07, 2011
The Ice Museum: In Search of the Lost Land of Thule
Hmmmm. I really thought I would eat this up, despite the mediocre reviews I kept seeing for it. It has all the elements that usually entrance me--trav ...more
Jan 13, 2012
Dec 19, 2011
Tiger Moon
On the one hand, this was kind of a beautiful story! Fiction becomes reality, words bring life, the princess is saved, heroes are born, and all is wel ...more
Jul 16, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
The Archimedes Codex: How a Medieval Prayer Book Is Revealing the True Genius of Antiquity's Greatest Scientist
I thought this was pretty fascinating! The writing is very engaging, but really the story of the Archimedes Codex is amazing enough on its own.

The bo
Oct 27, 2009
Oct 02, 2009
Hero on a Bicycle
I'm actually kind of disappointed in this one. It seems like it should have been an exciting story, but something in the telling made it seem...well, ...more
Jun 03, 2013
May 31, 2013
I'm once again in the minority here, but...ugh. I couldn't finish this.

I thought the premise sounded really interesting, and the very beginning seeme
not set
Mar 10, 2013
At the Mountains of Madness: A Graphic Novel
I picked this up because it takes place in Antarctica, and I had no idea it was an adaptation of a Lovecraft story until I actually started reading it ...more
Mar 04, 2013
Mar 04, 2013
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
Some folks have complained about this book being boring. To any who might think otherwise, this is NOT an action book, or even, at heart, a sci-fi boo ...more
Apr 30, 2009
Apr 08, 2009
My Father's Arms Are a Boat
This one...was not at all what I expected. The cover doesn't let you in on the fact that this is really a sad story about death and loss, and it also ...more
Feb 13, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
I should probably make a magical realism tag on Goodreads already, but whenever I make a new tag I feel compelled to go back and look at every book I' ...more
Dec 09, 2014
Aug 08, 2014
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
Definitely an engrossing book. The Forest of Hands and Teeth takes place sometime in the future, and the world is overrun with zombies. Mary lives in ...more
Aug 27, 2009
May 06, 2009
The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
Loved, loved, loved this! It's been a long time since I came across a book like this one, that felt reminiscent of Roald Dahl's stories--whimsical and ...more
Mar 17, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
I feel pretty conflicted about this one.

I really loved some of Fukuda's descriptions of Xing's surroundings. The absolutely gorgeous cover art perfec
Jul 23, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
The Graveyard Book
I can't say I absolutely LOVED this--there were a few things that I wasn't quite sure about. For instance, I did not much like the illustrations by Da ...more
Jul 2009
Mar 22, 2009
Imaginary Girls
Not entirely sure what to think of this one, which disappoints me, because I really assumed I would love it as much as I did Nova Ren Suma's first boo ...more
Jun 16, 2011
Jul 22, 2010
The Marbury Lens (The Marbury Lens, #1)
Wow., this is... I don't even totally know what to say about this book, so I'll start with the fact that it feels to me somewhat like a com ...more
Jan 06, 2011
Jun 21, 2010
Unwind (Unwind, #1)
Gah--so disturbing and sad and good! It's told mainly from the points of view of three kids destined for "unwinding", Connor, Risa and Lev. This devic ...more
Oct 05, 2009
Apr 19, 2009
Her Fearful Symmetry
I really kind of expected not to like this one, based on all the negative reviews of it. But I did. I can see why people might have been disappointed ...more
Aug 02, 2010
Jul 14, 2009
Meridian (Fenestra, #1)
**spoiler alert** Things I loved:

1) TENS! He is adorable. I really loved his character.
2) It's an interesting twist on the typical teen supernatural f
Oct 12, 2009
Jul 21, 2009
The Martian
Sooooooo, I feel kinda bad that I didn't love this as much as everyone else seems to. It's possible it was just a case of my expectations being too hi ...more
Jun 25, 2014
May 04, 2014
The Trials of Renegade X (Renegade X, #2)
Reread it out loud to my husband and almost cried again! Oh, Damien...


...aaaaaaaand, totally worth the wait!

This series
Jul 23, 2014
Feb 03, 2012
Anna Karenina
I started out really enjoying this. I kind of loved Stiva Oblonsky despite his cheating ways, and I loved the somewhat socially awkward Levin and his ...more
Jan 30, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
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