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Ella Minnow Pea
I loved this perky, word-exacting fable; it was a quick read--a touch zany at times but thoroughly enjoyable.

And yes, I did intentionally use all the...more
May 13, 2008
May 07, 2008
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
July SciFi/Fantasty Book Club Selection.

This book had real potential for me--and interesting first contact plot saddled with a deeper element of sex a...more
Jul 13, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0, #2)
Just as good as the first. Maybe better. I bought and read it the day I finished the first one--practically in one sitting which is pretty rare for me...more
not set
Jun 18, 2014
Midnight Sun (Twilight, #1.5)

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So you’ve read Twilight and its awesomeness has you screaming for more. I get it. I love a good fried pickle of a beach book myself. I’ve read the or...more
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 14, 2013
Rapture Ready!: Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture
I am, without a doubt, a person who lives a life far apart from Christian (or any religion, for that matter) pop culture. Noone in my family attends c...more
May 06, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
The Selection (The Selection, #1)
Quick and Dirty: It was innocent, fresh, and the characters likeable. A dystopian romance that focused more on the romance than the dystopian society....more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
This series continues to get better with each book as the world grows and the characters develop.

In the Battle of the Labyrinth, Percy and Annabeth co...more
Mar 11, 2009
May 06, 2008
Jeff, One Lonely Guy
I expected so much from this book--it had a fantastic premise but the actual text fell far short. I was expecting some type of narrative or at least s...more
Apr 13, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
I picked up this book from the library a few days ago when I saw the title was a reference to Isis, the Egyptian goddess. I was intrigued by the conce...more
Dec 11, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
Matched (Matched, #1)
I liked the setup for this story--very 1984/big brother. The story itself has some grains of interest; a young girl, controlled by her parents and gov...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 16, 2011
Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
Overall Grade: B+

This book is a tie in for the series Castle on ABC. My husband and I are fans of the show and pre-ordered the book before it was rele...more
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 09, 2009
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)
The kernel of this book was interesting--weaving a version of Red Riding Hood in to the continuing story of Cinderella from Cinder. If you paid close...more
Feb 26, 2013
Feb 25, 2013
The Murder of King Tut
From my glowing review of The Heretic Queen, you have probably guessed I love everything involving Ancient Egypt. With that being said, I wanted to lo...more
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 17, 2009
The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)
Rating: C+

This is my first introduction to Arthurian legend and, while all the TH White books have been on my TBR list for quite some time, I decided...more
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 17, 2009
Prodigy (Legend, #2)
I was not exactly inclined to read this book after finishing the first in the series. The first was, shall we say, thin on plot. It wasn't bad...just...more
Feb 14, 2013
Feb 12, 2013
Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1)
Great premise, adequate execution.

I love retellings of old stories and was excited at the prospects for a Romeo and Juliet twist. There were just so...more
Oct 13, 2011
Oct 06, 2011
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
A strong female lead in a dystopian young adult series--I can already hear the "its the next The Hunger Games!" talk begin. I heard all about that wit...more
Nov 29, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
Ella Enchanted
Overall: B for Adults/A+ for young adults

Geared towards young readers, this is a wonderful reinvention of Cinderella--complete with glass slippers, fa...more
Nov 09, 2009
Oct 20, 2009
Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book in a GoodReads giveaway. I was prepared to dislike the book since I had prejudged it to be another teen...more
Dec 03, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
The Heretic Queen
Overall rating– A

Thanks to an ill-spent youth parked in front of Bob Brier documentaries on the Discovery Channel, I have developed a deep fascination...more
Oct 20, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Knife-Throwing Scene (Divergent, #1.5)
Really nice retelling of the knife throwing scene from Four's perspective. It isn't anything shockingly new but confirms a lot of the backstory of Fou...more
not set
May 22, 2012
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
This book could have used some good editing. I really enjoyed the astronomy aspect--the detail and explanation in the book was excellent. I felt it wa...more
Jan 2011
Mar 09, 2012
The Forever War (The Forever War, #1)
I am probably biased toward military science fiction (I do love Ender's Game, after all). This book was an *almost* winner for me--the Vietnam paralle...more
Jul 03, 2009
Jul 02, 2009
Days of Splendor, Days of Sorrow (Marie Antoinette, #2)
This book really suffered from my own high expectations. The first in the trilogy was incredible and I expected to be even more enthralled with this o...more
May 23, 2012
May 17, 2012
Glow (Sky Chasers, #1)
I wanted to like this book--

an interstellar journey, cut off from help/rescue? check
a society divided by some creepy master plan? check
a smart, intere...more
Nov 12, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
Crossed (Matched, #2)
Honestly, I'm not sure why I even started this book. I didn't love the first in the series but I guess I was hoping the second could somehow transcend...more
Mar 07, 2012
Mar 08, 2012
Overall Grade: B+

After reading The Heretic Queen, I was excited to read Michelle Moran’s first work, Nefertiti. This story is told from the perspectiv...more
Nov 25, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
Old Man's War (Old Man's War, #1)
**spoiler alert** Scalzi's brainstorming session for this book:

I've got this great premise for a book about old people who are given new bodies to go...more
Mar 12, 2012
Dec 26, 2011
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)
**spoiler alert** I picked up the first book in this series on a whim and was completely enchanted. It was inventive, fun and (oddly) realistic. I als...more
Sep 18, 2009
May 30, 2009
The Unusual Suspect: My Calling to the New Hardcore Movement of Faith
After reading some "excerpts" in Rapture Ready, I just had to see how badly composed this book really was.

It didn't disappoint. I didn't read the who...more
May 10, 2008
May 10, 2008
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