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A Tale Dark & Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm, #1)
4.00
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
 
Star Crossed (Thief Errant, #1)
3.80
You often hear that books transport you to different times and places, that through them you travel to magical, far off lands. And while that’s true, ...more
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Nov 08, 2010
 
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
3.96
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
 
I Kill Giants
4.16
I have a personal quibble with this book in that it reinforces the stereotype that the only people who play Dungeons & Dragons are socially awkwar ...more
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Jan 09, 2010
 
Fly by Night (Fly By Night, #1)
3.75
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
 
Smek for President!
4.01
I've been selling people on The True Meaning of Smekday for years, as it's a favorite. I've even been lucky enough to meet the author. I read it befor ...more
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May 06, 2015
 
The Nethergrim
3.90
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, a dark fantasy with a good dose of gritty feudal realism. Often fantasy stories for young readers feel sketchy and simp ...more
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Sep 18, 2014
 
Magic Marks the Spot (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, #1)
4.08
When someone had been nimble enough to lace Hilary into a dress, her father would kiss her on the forehead and say, "Run along and be a good little gi ...more
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Feb 17, 2015
 
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)
4.19
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
 
The Lost Tribes
4.29
Combining world travel, video games, puzzles, archaeology, advanced technology, mysterious parents, growing danger, and a group of ambitious teenagers ...more
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Apr 09, 2015
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
Not realistic or believable, but felt honest and true.
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Aug 29, 2010
 
City of Thieves
4.26
A rousing buddy adventure wrapped in a desperate, tragic setting. Amusing, entertaining, philosophical, eminently quotable, humane, and poignant; also ...more
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Dec 26, 2013
 
The Emerald Atlas (The Books of Beginning, #1)
3.91
Bravo and well done. I was hooked while I read it and am hooked on the series because it was such a fun, satisfying reading experience. I very rarely ...more
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Dec 15, 2011
 
Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg, #1)
3.91
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
 
Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror (Falcon Quinn, #1)
3.88
Everyone needs a label, a category in which to fit. If you don't claim one for yourself, others will assign you one. Emos, goths, athletes, geeks, mon ...more
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Dec 27, 2011
 
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)
3.67
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
 
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
 
The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)
4.21
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
 
The Hero Revealed (The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, #1)
4.06
I wasn’t that impressed with the first one, The Hero Revealed, but it was good enough that I read the second one. I thought The Return of Meteor Boy? ...more
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May 08, 2008
 
Saga, Volume 4
4.51
I suddenly find myself wishing I hadn't given the previous volumes 5-star ratings, because I've left myself nowhere to crescendo. This one had less ac ...more
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Jul 09, 2015
 
Man Made Boy (Man Made Boy #1)
3.72
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
 
Dreamwood
3.74
A 3.5 star rating that I'm rounding down rather than up because I found the ending just a little too superficially neat and easy, and that's lingering ...more
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Dec 16, 2014
 
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
3.76
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
 
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
 
Egg & Spoon
3.59
I quite enjoyed the story at the heart of this book and its central characters. As long as the narration was focused on the misadventures of Elena and ...more
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Dec 01, 2014
 
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 ...more
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Mar 24, 2014
 
Dracula vs. Grampa at the Monster Truck Spectacular (Wiley & Grampa's Creature Features, #1)
4.12
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
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