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Shadow and Bone (The Grisha, #1)
4.09
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
 
The Way to Stay in Destiny
3.91
If you liked Glory Be (and even if you didn't) read The Way to Stay in Destiny.
Theo must learn to live in a community that isn't thrilled to have him
...more
Jan 29, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
 
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
4.06
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
 
One Kick (Kick Lannigan, #1)
3.76
If you enjoy the dark side of mystery - a little horror, some great plot twists - treat yourself to Chelsea Cain's newest book. I fell in love with he ...more
not set
Aug 28, 2014
 
Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story
3.95
As I was reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I wondered what the screenplay Tiny was working on would actually sound like. Wonder no more - at least o ...more
Jan 29, 2015
Jan 29, 2015
 
Counting Crows
3.56
What is black and white and red (read) all over and over and over?
I love the contrast of the red on the pages to make the crows and then the cat pop.
T
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Feb 25, 2015
Feb 25, 2015
 
Mosquitoland
4.21
Arnold gets it. Mim is on a journey to find her mom but more importantly to find herself.
This book was taken to task by Reece for Mim's use of Warrior
...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
 
All the Bright Places
4.22
I don't cry reading anymore. I lose myself in the characters but not to the point that I cry. UNTIL NOW. Niven gets it. Spoiler alert. I have someone ...more
Nov 12, 2014
Nov 12, 2014
 
Anything But Typical
3.87
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
3.79
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
 
Wintergirls
3.99
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
 
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie
3.87
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
 
Kill You Twice (Gretchen Lowell, #5)
4.13
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
 
Daughters of the River Huong
3.65
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
 
The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere, #1)
3.94
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
 
Five Flavors of Dumb
3.90
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
3.94
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
 
Sisters
4.27
Once again, Raina hits it out of the park with excellent artwork and a story that alternates with memory and present day for the character with the ch ...more
Sep 10, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
 
The Scorpio Races
4.08
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
4.11
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)
4.04
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
4.06
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
 
Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything in It
3.52
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
 
I Hate Picture Books!
4.41
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
 
City of Whispers
3.44
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
3.73
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
not set
May 09, 2011
 
Judgment Call (Joanna Brady #15)
3.97
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)
3.76
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
 
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Origami Yoda #1)
3.88
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
 
What She Left Behind
3.88
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
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