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One Day
Romances that bring friends together should show some reason why the two people like each other. Right? That seems to be the tactic that works for oth ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
Witches of East End (The Beauchamp Family, #1)
Note: If I could give 2 1/2 stars, I would; but, only because I liked the beginning.

There are few things more disappointing to avid readers than when
Jul 20, 2011
Jul 14, 2011
Ape House
I saw Sara Gruen speak about “Ape House” at the BEA before the release of the book. The woman is 199.99% crazy for bonobos, after having spent time in ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
I’m not going to restrain the beast. This book was 800-some-odd pages too long and by some miracle, made a post-apocalyptic vampire novel more uninter ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks: . . . And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy
Of course, I picked up this book because it sounded offensive. “In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks”? Good. Change I can look forward to. But surprisin ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
My expectations were rings-of-Saturn high for “Swamplandia!” after finishing Karen Russell’s “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.” However, no ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Feb 23, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

If you haven’t read “Hunger Games” or “Catching Fire”, I recommend you sit this one out until you have read the books. There will be NO spoile
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Jan 26, 2011
One Summer
Honestly, if I wasn’t so cold-hearted that it takes a volcano to melt the ice in my veins, I would have been bawling through more than 50% of this boo ...more
Jun 07, 2011
Jun 01, 2011
Sense & Sensibility
I was blown out of my swivel chair by “Sense and Sensibility”, the Marvel graphic novel. The thing is just adorable. It’s done in pinks and pastels an ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel
After reading “The Alchemist: The Graphic Novel”, I still felt the same way as I did at the end of the regular “The Alchemist”. Both made me twirl my ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
A Reliable Wife
I have an urge to just put “NOOOOOOOOOOO!” here as the review, and leave it. But that’s not far, right? That’s sort of counter-intuitive for a book re ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
Dead Men Kill: A Murder Mystery of Wealth, Power, and the Living Dead
As pulpy and fictiony as pulp fiction can be, “Dead Men Kill” has everything. Femme fatale? Check. Hard-boiled, lucky, and crazy hunky lead detective? ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
Bitter Memories: A Memoir of Heartache & Survival
(watch the short review:

This book pulls no punches when it comes to the stomach-turning details of an abused child’s upbrin
Dec 09, 2011
Dec 07, 2011
Mildred Pierce
Conveniently in time for the new HBO miniseries, I picked up “Mildred Pierce” knowing in advance it was going to be a firework show. The Joan Crawford ...more
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Mar 21, 2011
The Book Thief
I just finished reading “The Book Thief” moments ago, so excuse me while I mop up my tears and wring out my shirt here. My tender little heart has jus ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 03, 2011
Water for Elephants
Just as there are too many things to describe about a circus, there may be too many things to describe this book. How do I possibly explain it all? Th ...more
Mar 18, 2011
Apr 07, 2011
Thalo Blue
I had the unusual fortune of getting to write a “pre-release” review of “THALO BLUE” before it hits an eBookstore near you. As such, pretty much anyth ...more
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Jan 20, 2011
Just the Way You Are
The realism of these characters and their issues are what make this story so easy to follow and relate to. Most everyone is familiar with the pangs an ...more
Dec 16, 2011
Dec 16, 2011
Capturing the Sunset
Whether you know a little or a lot about cruising, you will love this book. Who wouldn’t enjoy a cruise to Hawaii? Yes, there is the sadness that Anna ...more
Jun 2011
Jul 26, 2011
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
The woman behind the glass – that is what Clara Driscoll could be referred to. Though there is no certainty that Clara was the innovator for the Tiffa ...more
Feb 04, 2011
Feb 01, 2011
Even readers who never have worn a cloak and spoken in a fake British accent while wearing elf-ears can appreciate a good fantasy. Robin McKinley turn ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
The ultimate battle of good and evil in the world of Harry Potter has finally come! The sheer danger, heart-ache, and revelation of questions, which m ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jun 15, 2011
Pride & Prejudice
Marvel comics, most notably known for their colorful tight-loving superhero army, tries their hand at something soft and pretty with a comic adaptatio ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
Unfinished Business
There is so much to admire and enjoy from a story of child-hood sweethearts. Not only is there the inevitable playfulness and immaturity that comes fr ...more
Oct 11, 2011
Oct 07, 2011
Vampires. Let’s talk about ‘em. They have infiltrated our high schools, love lives, and the South. Sometimes they are vegetarians and occasionally the ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
Lakeshore Christmas (Lakeshore Chronicles, #6)
Susan Wiggs’ book covers have the same font and Thomas Kincade paintings as Debbie Macomber, so you can understand what I expected with “Lakeshore Chr ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
Fall For You (The Jane Austen Academy Series, #1)
(watch the video review:

Whether you’re a romantic or a Jane Austen fan, you can’t help falling for this book. And, stumblin
Feb 16, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)
Although I will be avoiding any spoilers here, I will warn you that it is impossible not to reference tid-bits that have evolved from past novels. Tha ...more
May 12, 2011
May 10, 2011
Torment (Fallen, #2)
Okay, I will not be disclosing any spoilers for “Torment,” but there is no way around talking about this sequel without referencing “Fallen.” So, read ...more
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Jan 26, 2011
Sizzle (Buchanan-Renard, #8)
Okay, so the plot has been adequately set up. If you have read any romance novels whatsoever, you have an idea of where things are headed. And, oh yes ...more
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Feb 15, 2011
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