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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
I wrote the review below before this book came out and it is still one of my favorites. So glad to promote it to a new crop of readers. The second boo...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
If all the books I read could be like this one, I'd be a happy person - good plotting, great characters, cliffhanger ending that leaves me lusting for...more
not set
Jul 15, 2011
Kill You Twice (Gretchen Lowell, #5)
I know there is something very sick about me as I'm drawn to the serial killer books. Dexter has nothing on Gretchen Lowell though and this one is eve...more
Sep 02, 2012
Sep 03, 2012
This was one of the hardest books to read - hard in that Anderson brings Lia's story to life is such a disturbing way. Lia suffers from anorexia and a...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
Anything But Typical
Nothing makes me more angry then finding lots of mistakes within a book that isn't a pre-pub. I counted five and that just detracts from the story. Do...more
Apr 19, 2012
Apr 19, 2012
Breaking Stalin's Nose
This title caught my eye when I was shelving books so a grabbed it then two weeks later it appeared on the Caudill list. Thus it went to the top of th...more
Feb 10, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
I'm into the smirk-worthy books but this one gives this ex-English teacher's heart a jolt. Scott is beginning his freshman year and to his horror, fin...more
Dec 13, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, #1)
I sincerely hope I can figure out a way to enjoy these books for younger students so I have a means of encouraging them to read. One thing I need to g...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
Daughters of the River Huong
I inter-library loaned this book as I though it sounded fabulous. This is several hours I will never get back. I kept hoping it would get better. The...more
not set
May 01, 2011
Five Flavors of Dumb
Five Flavors of Dumb is the name of the band in the story not a commentary about the book. It's a fun read about kids coming together with various lev...more
Feb 13, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
Still Missing
I rarely swear when I talk about a book but what happened to this girl (yeah it's fiction but I put myself in a character's place and that terrifies m...more
Aug 2011
Aug 04, 2011
The Scorpio Races
I've been having fun handing books to kids and I had heard wonderful things about this one. I knew just who I was going to give it to if it turned out...more
Nov 22, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
Candy Bomber
This was a great non-fiction read for younger students to introduce the Berlin Airdrop and the fun twist that is Lt. Gail Halvorsen. I knew a lot abou...more
Feb 06, 2013
Feb 13, 2013
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
I hate the writing style. I love the writing style. Tahereh uses the strikethrough technique effectively to let you know what the main character is th...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
Out of the Easy
Josie had to learn to do for herself at a young age and still loves her mother after basically being abandoned and then robbed of her college fund tha...more
Dec 25, 2013
Jan 10, 2014
I Hate Picture Books!
Spoiler alert - things are revealed....
I believe this will be one of the favorite books of the year. The boy loudly states he hates his picture books...more
Jan 16, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It
My other challenge will be books that hit you over the head with their "message." Even if it is a good one, I prefer it to happen naturally in the cou...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 07, 2012
City of Whispers (Sharon McCone, #29)
Read it in an afternoon. Muller doesn't disappoint. I was thinking it was someone else up until the reveal. I LOVE IT when a writer can trick me. AND...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
The Sleepwalkers
I rarely ever read books twice. This is that exception. I like the premise so much that I started reading it last week and realized I had already done...more
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May 09, 2011
Judgment Call (Joanna Brady #15)
I pick up her series books and occasionally her singletons. I love a kickass more-my-age character so Johanna Brady is my gal. Her daughter is touted...more
Sep 09, 2012
Sep 08, 2012
I Am Not A Serial Killer (John Cleaver, #1)
This book emphasizes the CREEPY in creepiness! John Wayne Cleaver (love the last name) believes he has been named after a notorious serial killer comp...more
Jan 02, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
What She Left Behind
I wanted to like this one but some things didn't click for me. I don't have any experience with family abuse so being downtrodden is probably true. I...more
Dec 22, 2013
Jan 09, 2014
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)
This is such a fun book albeit full of bullying kids that are pretty flip about it. Told through the voices of many kids talking about their experienc...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
How to Survive Middle School
Crazy video - must show.
David and Elliot are video nerds. They are always putting together videos until the summer before middle school when Elliot go...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 30, 2012
Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel #2)
Just finished listening to erotica in the Dragon form of Katie Macalister. Love those sex-crazies dragons and the reader is FABULOUS. So slipping to t...more
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Jun 27, 2012
The Jefferson Key (Cotton Malone, #7)
I've fallen in love with this series and will always be waiting to grab the next. Cotton now owns a bookstore in Denmark. How cool is that? Unfortunat...more
Aug 2011
Aug 16, 2011
Codename Zero (The Codename Conspiracy #1)
Twelve kids reading this in prep for the pre-pub event Jan 8. Ten 5s and 2 not done. I like this silly protagonist who unknowingly is called on to sav...more
not set
Jan 06, 2014
Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta, #19)
Halleluiah, Cornwell is back! I have missed her hard-hitting investigative forensic work but she is back on form. I thought I would never pick up anot...more
Jan 03, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
Bats of the United States and Canada
I've always been batty about books but what lots of people don't know is that I'm batty about bats. This books is well done looking at the facts about...more
Apr 18, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
The Bone Chamber
In the vain of The da Vinci Code but with a kick ass FBI female forensic artist female.... I now need to go find the first in the series and I look fo...more
not set
May 17, 2011
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