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A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
3.98
I've always liked an analogy for reading I once heard from an English teacher: sometimes your relationship with a book can be just like relationships...more
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Jan 24, 2011
 
Half-Moon Investigations
3.76
My name is Moon. Fletcher Moon. And I'm a private detective. In my twelve years on this spinning ball we call Earth, I've seen a lot of things normal...more
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Sep 09, 2009
 
A Whole Nother Story
3.95
Three stars for the story itself, five stars for the smart aleck storytelling and audiobook narrator, so I averaged it out to a four. Because there is...more
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Jun 06, 2013
 
Fly by Night (Fly By Night, #1)
3.74
I have to admit that I almost didn't read this book. The cover art gave the impression it might be a bit light and the banner across it that it might...more
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Apr 30, 2008
 
The Order of Odd-Fish
3.99
This is Jo. Please take care of her.

But beware.

This is a DANGEROUS baby.


Lily Larouche, famous actress, life of the party, and oddball, was missing for...more
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Jun 30, 2011
 
Rise of the Wolf (Wereworld, #1)
4.21
This one was recommended to me by an enthusiastic young male reader, and I can see why. Werewolves for young adults, yes, but none of that romance stu...more
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Nov 20, 2012
 
Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
3.64
Centuries ago the violence and corruption in society came to a head, and the leaders undertook a two-pronged attack. First the scientists created Inca...more
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Jun 09, 2010
 
Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg, #1)
3.89
Nobody lived on Deadweather but us and the pirates, this book opens, the "us" being the family that owns the ugly fruit plantation with labor provided...more
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Oct 17, 2013
 
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)
4.23
Better the devil you know.

I wonder why the only choice is twixt two devils, tho.


What do you do when your only choices are between bad and worse? Espec...more
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Mar 14, 2010
 
Dodger
3.89
The thing I find particularly hard about reviewing Terry Pratchett is trying to come up with anything I might say that would capture the deft, clever,...more
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Apr 29, 2013
 
The Clan of the Scorpion (Ninja Meerkats, #1)
3.60
You might recognize the formula: A group of four, young, unexpected animal ninjas, each with defining character traits and a role in the group, direct...more
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Oct 25, 2013
 
Navigating Early
4.00
In many ways, I feel this review could simply repeat what I said in the last review I wrote, for Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan: that it is a...more
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Mar 24, 2014
 
The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co., #1)
4.19
I was quite excited to see Stroud is writing a new series, because there are certain things that are going to be givens about anything he writes: dept...more
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Feb 27, 2014
 
Templar
3.94
This is a dense graphic medieval adventure, a heist story set during the eradication of the Templar order. Unlike most stories involving the Templars...more
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Jan 22, 2014
 
Man Made Boy
3.73
This is a layered book that allows readers to decide for themselves what balance of entertainment to allegorical/metaphorical/philosophical insight th...more
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Mar 31, 2014
 
The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy, #1)
4.21
I'm of two minds in reviewing this because I was of two minds reading it.

On one side was the experienced, critical adult reader who was thinking thing...more
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Apr 29, 2014
 
Alliance (The Paladin Prophecy, #2)
3.98
In my review of The Paladin Prophecy (book 1), I wrote: There were a few moments near the start that I had the thought that this didn't just read li...more
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Jun 17, 2014
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.77
Information and stories. That's the commonality. Convention prefers to set things in opposition to each other: books vs. computers; analog vs. digital...more
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Aug 01, 2014
 
Dracula vs. Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular (Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features, #1)
4.16
Excellent!
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"Wiley," said Grampa, "if we wanna make it to the truck show in time, we're gonna have to cut through those woods."

"You mean those dark
...more
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Jan 21, 2009
 
The Thief (The Queen's Thief, #1)
3.95
Why have I not read this before now? It's so excellent! I've been hearing great things about the series for years, and now I know why. A well-plotted...more
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Sep 29, 2012
 
Joe the Barbarian
3.82
Meet Joe, a withdrawn, artistic young man with a father who died in the military and a mom who is too busy trying to make ends meet to have much time...more
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Feb 22, 2012
 
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
4.29
For the first time, it hit me how cut off we were; we had no way of knowing what was going on in the outside world, or letting the outside world know...more
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Jun 17, 2010
 
Variant (Variant, #1)
3.91
See, that's one of my big problems with spoilers. A twist only works if you don't see it coming, and this paperback copy is covered--front and back--w...more
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Sep 13, 2013
 
Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)
4.04
I don’t know how Marchetta does it, but she seems to have an ability to affect me like few others. My review of her previous book, Jellicoe Road, was...more
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Jul 29, 2010
 
Malice (Malice, #1)
4.09
Three-and-a-half stars. So here's my debate in trying to tip the scales to either three or four:

Con: The start didn't hook me. The premise is unorigin...more
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Sep 15, 2010
 
Libyrinth (Libyrinth, #1)
3.41
A nice mix of engaging characters and story with the theme of intellectual freedom. This story takes place during war between civilizations in a dista...more
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Sep 25, 2010
 
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
3.40
This is a fun book, in the best sense of the word. Unexpected adventure based on ridiculous happenstance and coincidences piled higher and higher, col...more
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Oct 11, 2010
 
The Nine Pound Hammer (The Clockwork Dark, #1)
3.68
If I hadn't given so many other books four stars today in my flurry of reviews (catching up with my vacation reads) I might have given this four inste...more
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Aug 14, 2013
 
Set to Sea
3.92
A short, simple story that both is delightfully illustrated and excellently illustrates an essential piece of wisdom.

The nameless protagonist is a pen...more
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Aug 14, 2013
 
The Fellowship for Alien Detection
3.95
It occurred to him now that maybe this was what an explorer's life was actually like: lonely, full of tough choices, danger, and now and then a talk w...more
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Jul 30, 2013
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