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Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)
***EDIT: This was not in my original review, and while I did say it on my blog, twitter and several other bookish communities, I think it ought to go ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
The Omen Machine (Richard and Kahlan, #1; Sword of Truth, #12)
This is somewhere between four and five stars for me, though I think the tendency toward the fifth star is because I'm just so darn happy to be back i ...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 20, 2011
This is NA lit done right. I love the more-permanent feel of NA love stories - I'm more apt to believe a 22 year old finds true love than a 15 year ol ...more
not set
Jul 31, 2013
This gets five stars, but with a few caveats.

I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I laughed out loud, I snorted and giggled and just generally was
Jul 08, 2015
Jul 05, 2015
Variant (Variant, #1)
Holy Snot Balls, this book was good.

I picked this up as a direct result of my love of Dan Wells' I Am Not A Serial Killer series, and I was not disa
Dec 15, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
Delirium (Delirium, #1)
This is somewhere between three and four stars, but I tore through it so fast, I just have to give it the little boost.

I'm going pro-con list on this
Jan 28, 2012
Feb 12, 2011
The Queen's Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile
This was like an origins story. She doesn't become queen until about seventy percent of the way through the novel, and the most interesting and contro ...more
Jun 03, 2013
May 24, 2013
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
I am stunned.

This is an epistolary upmarket literary mystery women's fiction...? I think...? I don't know. There's no neat little box for this to be
Jun 24, 2014
May 02, 2014
Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)
I was never going to not love this book.

***MILD SPOILERS (Tone, voice, etc - no plot spoilers)***

Okay. I mean... I've been disappointed by other seri
Feb 06, 2014
Dec 18, 2012
The Edge of Darkness
The story, the characters and the premise for this book are refreshingly original, and the root cause of this not being a four or five star book is th ...more
Nov 07, 2011
Oct 15, 2011
Lock In (Lock In, #1)
Say what you want about John Scalzi (and saying what you want about him is like a spectator sport these days), but this man knows how to write a frigg ...more
Jun 13, 2015
Nov 17, 2014
Looking for Alaska
I liked this, but can't bring myself to say I loved it. There's a lot of humor in this one, and I snort-giggled a lot. It grabbed me and hooked me and ...more
Jul 24, 2015
Jul 21, 2015
The Help
This is one of those books that will be used in high school English classes for the next several generations as a way to teach about the racial tensio ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
This was pretty darn near perfect. It gets the perfect five star rating because I just couldn't put it down. I was willing to risk zombie-infested-nig ...more
Sep 14, 2014
Mar 11, 2011
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
Normally I would say I'm not particularly into science fiction, at least not the science fiction of this persuasion: it's who knows how long into the ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Mar 22, 2010
I don't read a lot of historical fiction. I am the one sitting there asking, "Well, how did you guess that? What makes you think that's how it happene ...more
Aug 19, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Torment (Fallen, #2)
OK, I literally just changed my review from three to four and back to three and back to four stars, and then finally settled on three.

So I remembered
Apr 16, 2011
Apr 14, 2011
Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

I read portions of this while staying at my MIL's house, but I cannot bring myself to read the whole thing. The title is catchy, and sounds like
Sep 08, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
I think I had too high of expectations for this. People have been raving about it, but it's just another in a long line of paranormal YA fantasy. It's ...more
Nov 23, 2014
Dec 28, 2012
A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1)
This is the kind of book that makes me fall in love with books all over again. A wholly imaginative world that isn't too complicated to understand or ...more
Jul 05, 2015
Jun 29, 2015
Rebel Queen

I cannot figure out how Moran does this. She takes historical figures that are close to the action, but not actively involved in the histo
Jun 02, 2015
Jun 02, 2015
Fracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5)
I just can't even.

It's so so so different than Juliet's voice or Warner's voice, and that's how you know Tahereh Mafi is a genius. I can't explain an
Dec 18, 2013
Dec 18, 2013
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide, #5)
I'm not sure if I'm better off having read the essays by Gaiman and Adams about how these books came to be. I feel like knowing Adams' story gives me ...more
May 02, 2014
May 01, 2014
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

It was less gory than I expected, but still earns the horror genre it's been shoved into. It focuse
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 19, 2012
The Goblin Emperor
This book is on all kinds of lists and shortlisted to win some cool awards, and frankly I don't understand why. It's not bad. It's just… fine.

The nam
May 16, 2015
May 07, 2015
How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World: The Art of Living with Style, Class, and Grace


I expected something in the vein of "Girls Gone Mild" - a well-researched exploration of a subculture that encourages women to respect them
Jan 11, 2015
Oct 29, 2011
Playing For Keeps
I had the immense pleasure of reading this one during the editing stages and I promise you, it is a delight. If you like Melanie Jacobson, this is rig ...more
Apr 03, 2015
Apr 01, 2015
The Kindling (Middle School Magic #1)
This book is in the same boat as Percy Jackson for me. If Harry Potter had never existed- turning the concept of juvenile/middle grade fiction on its ...more
Jul 10, 2012
May 31, 2012
The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms, #4)

I love these books.

The worst part about reading this book is that the series is over.

I love the world. It's so complete and fantastical witho
Jun 07, 2014
Feb 15, 2011
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness
Here's what I love about Mitt Romney: He recognizes that there is NO single approach that will fix any of our problems, the nation's biggest problems ...more
Feb 07, 2011
Apr 19, 2010
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