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The Windup Girl
**spoiler alert** There were some truly fascinating ideas in this book, but despite that, it just wasn't for me. Possibly this is less a fault of the ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Oct 25, 2010
Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)
**spoiler alert** I really loved Wither. Fever, though, was a massive disappointment.

This book was all over the place; I couldn't believe it at all. S
Mar 15, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
**spoiler alert** I had a very mixed reaction to this book.

On the positive side: The writing was sparse, but very pacey; the characterisation was str
Aug 25, 2011
Mar 08, 2011
Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)
Warning: spoilers for both books.

Without question, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the best books I've ever read in any genre, not just because i
Nov 12, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
Poison Study (Study, #1)
It's official: Maria V. Snyder has rekindled my love of classic - by which I mean, non-urban - fantasy.

There is so much to love about this story. As t
Jun 14, 2010
Jun 13, 2010
The Obituarist
Patrick O'Duffy's latest work is a swift, sharp crime story characterised by the well-placed combination of deadpan humour and self-awareness. Part ho ...more
May 03, 2012
May 01, 2012
Hunter's Moon
I picked up this book when it first came out, but stopped reading at the point at which the main character essentially becomes a rapist by sleeping wi ...more
not set
Jan 07, 2013
Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, #1)
Something I really appreciated about this story was the extent to which every member of Eff's very large family was a real, distinct character - someo ...more
Jan 2010
Feb 15, 2010
Forsaken (The Demon Trappers, #1)
**spoiler alert** Here's the thing about worldbuilding: regardless of whether you've gone for details or simplicity, the whole thing needs to be coher ...more
Nov 2012
Nov 01, 2012
Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)
**spoiler alert** Somehow, I'd forgotten how awesome this book is in the years since I first read it.

Sabriel is a truly magnificent character. Though
Mar 30, 2012
Mar 30, 2012
Water to Burn (Nola O'Grady, #2)
Last night, I stayed up until 2am finishing my ARC of Water to Burn, the second Nola O’Grady novel by Katharine Kerr. Despite being set in San Francis ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 10, 2011
Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, #1)
For a number of reasons, this book starts out quite shakily. The overwrought ye olde dialogue of Mouw Awa in the opening passages, for instance, is an ...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 25, 2012
This is Shyness (This is Shyness, #1)
Three things:

1. This is not the story you think it is.

2. That's a good thing. Go with it.

3. Also, there are monkeys.

This is one helluva graceful book.
Aug 13, 2010
Aug 11, 2010
Deadly Cool (Deadly Cool, #1)
This was a fun, quick read - the narrator voice was fun and real, though the rest of the characterisation was incredibly stock and un-fleshed out. The ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
**spoiler alert** Alright.


I'll be honest: I read this book because I'd seen it criticised frequently enough that I wanted to see for myself how tru
Mar 26, 2011
Mar 24, 2011
The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)
The Iron King is a strong first novel, and one I recommend. Meghan is a very believable character, both in terms of her strengths and weaknesses, and ...more
not set
Mar 19, 2010
Time of Trial (The Laws of Magic, #4)
If you haven't yet discovered the Laws of Magic series by Michael Pryor, grab the first volume and start reading immediately. Set on an alternate, mag ...more
Feb 21, 2010
Feb 15, 2010
Shadow Bound (The Binding, #2)
Here is what's awesome about this series: the strings are invisible, because there are none.

To clarify: most authors create characters with the intent
Sep 22, 2010
Sep 06, 2010
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)
Thanks to the awesome of Twitter contests, I recently won an ARC of Catherynne M. Valente’s new book, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship ...more
May 26, 2011
May 09, 2011
A Spy in the House (The Agency, #1)
At first, I was uneasy about this book. The conceit of a Victorian spy school for girls is a charming implausibility, but an implausibility nonetheles ...more
Apr 27, 2012
Apr 17, 2012
Wake (Dream Catcher, #1)
I borrowed Wake from the library this afternoon. It was 11:30pm when I started reading. I thought, it's a slim book. Just a chapter or two to start, b ...more
not set
Feb 15, 2010
Jack Cloudie (Jackelian, #5)
**spoiler alert** I read the first Jackelian book, The Court of the Air, on my honeymoon, and ever since then I've been a Stephen Hunt fan. Each new b ...more
Nov 19, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Jack Cloudie
** spoiler alert ** I read the first Jackelian book, The Court of the Air, on my honeymoon, and ever since then I've been a Stephen Hunt fan. Each new ...more
not set
Sep 29, 2010
Empress of Mijak
**spoiler alert** The world of Mijak is brutal, unrelenting and savage. Every aspect of daily life is ruled over by a nameless, genderless god who req ...more
Jan 2011
Sep 22, 2010
Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)
**spoiler alert** Wither is beautifully written, richly characterised and utterly compelling. From the first page, DeStefano's writing style pulled me ...more
Aug 30, 2011
Oct 29, 2010
Girl Saves Boy
I got off to a shaky start with this book, due in part to having started it very late at night, so that when I picked it up again the next morning, I ...more
Jan 04, 2011
Mar 31, 2010
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
**spoiler alert** Following on from my review of The Name of the Wind - or rather, from the concerns I had about the development of the female charact ...more
Mar 24, 2011
Dec 29, 2010
The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)
**spoiler alert** I first read The Name of the Wind back in - I think - 2008, and decided to reread it in preparation for tackling The Wise Man's Fear ...more
Mar 19, 2011
Feb 15, 2010
Cold Magic (Spiritwalker, #1)
This is going to be a longish review and also a rambling one, so I’ll ask you to bear with me.

Despite having purchased the third volume in Kate Elliot
Jul 02, 2010
May 12, 2010
Lirael (Abhorsen, #2)
**spoiler alert** As with Sabriel, it's been so long since I first read this book that I'd forgotten how awesome it was.

Lirael is a heartbreakingly re
Apr 07, 2012
Feb 15, 2010
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