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Prized (Birthmarked, #2)
This is one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever had to write, both because the book left me heartbroken, and because it was so confusing that it left me ...more
Oct 08, 2011
May 29, 2011
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

I knew this wouldn't be a feel-good book, but somehow the evocative title and the tragically poetic cover led me to be unprepared for the shocks that
May 04, 2012
May 08, 2012

I'm not kidding when I say every single person from 10 years to adults should read this book. The blurb made it sound special, but how special I had
Jun 15, 2012
Feb 13, 2012
State of Wonder

A scientific jungle experiment/investigation involving an elderly and rather secretive matriarchal doctor who leads the experiment, a missing/decease
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 19, 2012
Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)

I cannot wait for the sequel! I thought this would be a heavy read, but I was so wrong. It is everything a gripping dystopian should be, but has wond
Jun 05, 2011
Jan 24, 2011

This is one of those rare reads where you can allow your heart to open up wide and let the story sink deep. A series for every teenage girl: just rea
May 2009
Apr 28, 2010
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
Frankie is a 15-year-old knockout who graduated so recently from geeky girlhood that’s she’s still dusting its dirt from her clothes. With her newfoun ...more
Jul 2009
Jun 16, 2010
Summer of My German Soldier (Summer of My German Soldier, #1)

This book is still a beautiful ache in my heart long after I finished it. I don't know why it never came up in lists of recommended modern classics.
Apr 20, 2012
Apr 21, 2012
Please Look After Mother

A beautiful story about the small but heroic sacrifices made by a Korean mother for her family, and the lack of recognition her family gave her until
Sep 28, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
The Shoemaker's Wife

An epic tale about leaving the old country to set up life in the new, with all the uncertainty, hard work, devotion and spirit of adventure that it e
Mar 21, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
This review will probably not be popular, but it's good to talk about these issues. It is taken from a longer article written for Mercatornet http://w ...more
Oct 11, 2009
May 13, 2010
The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

This is the funniest, cleverest, most entertaining story I've read in ages. Keep the tissues handy, because it will have you crying with laughter.

Dec 09, 2012
May 23, 2012

What an amazing book! Three dumpsite boys live by sifting rubbish and looking for things to sell. One day they discover a deadly secret which they mu
May 25, 2011
Jan 26, 2011
The Dressmaker
Here is a sweet historical romance, and though it is light on realism and tends towards idyllic fiction, several slightly deeper themes make the sweet ...more
Jul 10, 2012
May 03, 2012
Promised (Birthmarked, #3)
My hopes for Promised:
- That Gaia remembers her parents' wisdom. More dad flash-backs please!
- That Gaia looks beyond her feelings to learn what is r
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Nov 10, 2011
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #0.5)

Perhaps even more enjoyable than the Mysterious Benedict Society; I really liked the young Nicholas Benedict and his adventures at a new orphanage. I
Jun 26, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
When You Reach Me

This intriguing modern day story draws inspiration from Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.

When Miranda's mother unexpectedly fell pregnant during
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 08, 2010
Code Name Verity
Here goes another controversial review. Verity is a complicated story. It is difficult to write it off because it deals with the harsh reality of bein ...more
Jul 05, 2012
May 23, 2012
The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle (The League of Princes, #2)

5 stars; not because Storming the Castle is the same as Hero's Guide #1, but because it sequels it so well. The first book in a series is a surprise,
Mar 24, 2013
Dec 09, 2012

Just lovely! Highly recommended for teen girls and young adults looking for a fun read with some substance. As well as being an entirely pleasant sto
Dec 20, 2011
Dec 11, 2011
The Abolition of Man
How could I have done an Arts degree without reading this book?! Lewis was a genius, and everything he writes here feels indescribably relevant to the ...more
Aug 21, 2011
Jul 04, 2011
The Ghost's Child
Permit a philosophical review, for it is a philosophical book. It is a superbly written story that immediately submerges the reader in lyrical prose. ...more
Apr 04, 2010
Jun 14, 2010
The Everlasting Man

A brilliant study of comparative religion from earliest known human history to recent times. Chesterton looks at the essence of each religion and wha
Dec 11, 2011
Aug 23, 2011

A complex work of great scope that I will need to read a few more times. Chesterton uses metaphors to explain the meaning of his theses, and the read
Feb 05, 2012
May 26, 2010
Halo (Halo, #1)
This book is a Catholic Twilight. The story has an interesting but highly problematic premise: Angels come to live on earth in human form, they’re on ...more
Sep 20, 2010
Aug 09, 2010

Julian Twerski's honest, self-deprecating and waggish voice finds its way to your heart before he's uttered as much as a sentence. And by the time he
Apr 13, 2013
Mar 21, 2013
Divergent (Divergent, #1)

The first novel of this dystopian series for young adults offers a melodramatic introduction to a story that could go in two directions: either becom
Jun 17, 2011
Feb 04, 2011
On the Shoulders of Hobbits: The Road to Virtue with Tolkien and Lewis

Having seen a lot of books on The Hobbit and Tolkien lately, I knew I would like this one when I read in the introduction of the author's belief in t
Dec 11, 2012
Dec 11, 2012
The Complete Thinker: The Marvelous Mind of G.K. Chesterton
I was delighted to meet the author, Chesterton fanatic Dale Ahlquist, in November this year when I visited Alabama. You know those people who, having ...more
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 12, 2012
Ethics: A History of Moral Thought
A brilliant, brilliant audio presentation which every person needs to hear. Please, listen to this, take your time, consider the questions, even argue ...more
Apr 25, 2013
Mar 03, 2013
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