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vN (The Machine Dynasty, #1)
I admit it: this low rating is mostly due to reader failure. I'm just not a science-fiction person, when it comes right down to it. I much prefer dram ...more
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
Where Things Come Back
This is an entirely different novel from what I thought I was picking up, and I am so very glad. Where Things Come Back has a mystery in it, but the f ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 24, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
It's been a very long time since I read a book so page-turning that I spent several days thinking, "I'd rather be reading," even when I was doing some ...more
Feb 02, 2012
Jan 29, 2012
The Doomsday Vault (Clockwork Empire, #1)
Do you like steampunk? Read this book! Do you hate steampunk? You should still read this novel. Seriously. Watching a male author write from the femal ...more
Dec 26, 2012
Dec 31, 2012
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Beautiful Creatures, the first in this series, melds history and modernity together in a highly entertaining story that further complicates itself wit ...more
Jan 12, 2012
Jan 08, 2012
No Hero
Well... the book was okay. I think part of my problem might be with the whole Lovecraft/Cthulhu thing, because let's face it, when massive tentacled o ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 12, 2011
This is Where I Leave You
It's not often that I read straightforward fiction, but this was recommended (read: thrust into my hands) by a friend. The novel is hilarious, dark co ...more
Apr 26, 2011
Apr 24, 2011
The Secret World Chronicle
Too many cooks.

I'm having a personal war between giving this novel a two- or three-star rating. Overall, I didn't care for the book as a whole, but I
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 14, 2012
Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, #1)
Fans of the television series Castle are the main audience for this novel, and it's enjoyable enough from the perspective of having watched the series ...more
Aug 06, 2013
Jul 31, 2013
Hard Spell (Occult Crimes Unit Investigation #1)
I'm going to be honest: I didn't like this book. Almost every woman the main character met included a description of her sexual features; no female ch ...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 01, 2012
Lamplighter: Part Two (The Foundling's Tale)
I really like this series so far; this book in particular was full of wonder and wonderful characters. Highly recommended--and I'm saving my full five ...more
Apr 02, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

This is the book that comes along so very rarely: one that seeks you and won't let you go until the very end, one that teaches but never
Jun 23, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Graveminder is a solid read, enjoyable and interesting. It's a kind of urban fantasy that never feels truly unrealistic or fantastic, despite the occa ...more
Feb 28, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
The Chronoliths
The Chronoliths, a truly interesting read, is both beautifully written and solidly organized. This would be an excellent gateway novel into the more " ...more
Oct 24, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
The Truth About Style
I already loved Stacy London because of her contributions to What Not to Wear, but readers don't have to have any prior knowledge of her or the televi ...more
Jan 03, 2013
Dec 31, 2012
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse
I'm officially a huge Gischler fan. There aren't a lot of ways to approach the fall of civilization as we know it, but doing so with wry, dark comedy ...more
Jun 05, 2011
Jun 02, 2011
Grey Seer (Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper, #1)
I'm at war with myself on this one... I am an enthusiastic Thanquol fan and found his part of the story interesting and entertaining, and I enjoyed th ...more
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 16, 2012
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (Burton & Swinburne, #3)
If Hodder hasn't plotted out at least a rough arc of this series from beginning to end, he does an impeccable job of creating the illusion of long-ter ...more
Jun 2013
Jul 05, 2013
I admit to coming to this novel skeptically. The first two books in the series were wonderful, and the second novel granted such an excellent sense of ...more
May 15, 2013
Jul 05, 2013
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
Coming out of the series, I feel satisfied and pleased by the scope of the three novels. This last book had a few "telling" instead of "showing" summa ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
Helen and Troy's Epic Road Quest
As a rule, I love Martinez, but this is his best novel in his last several publications. The fantasy/modernity mashup works fairly well, and although ...more
Sep 04, 2013
Sep 08, 2013
The Black Opera
I'm classifying The Black Opera as fantasy, but it's not as fantasy-driven as one might expect. Essentially, a king hires an atheist librettist whose ...more
Jan 26, 2013
Jan 05, 2013
The World House (The World House #1)
To be fair, I read this book very slowly because of having so much other work at the same time; only reading small snippets didn't really do the novel ...more
Mar 07, 2011
Feb 24, 2011
The Damned Busters
Enjoyable and light (in the good way), the autistic-numbers-cruncher-as-superhero is pretty cool for a protagonist. Hughes does a good job of running ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints
I think I'm going to end up liking this entire series. This book was slightly more obvious to me, but only because I've professionally studied literat ...more
Jan 27, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet, #1)
Several friends recommended Ender's Game as a text I might want to use in a freshman composition class.

Two hundred pages in, I ordered the novel for m
Sep 24, 2012
Sep 17, 2012
The Night Circus
Stunningly detailed, impeccably orchestrated, and breathtakingly beautiful, Morgenstern's debut novel avoids tired "dark circus" cliches and instead m ...more
Dec 07, 2011
Dec 02, 2011
The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)
Most readers seem understandably split between four- and five-star ratings; The Wise Man's Fear suffers from being in the second book position, foreve ...more
Dec 31, 2011
Dec 10, 2011
Iron Hearted Violet
I thought I was getting into one of those books that I would have loved when I was a child, simply because of the adventure and the re-visioned fairy ...more
Nov 04, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
Raven's Gate (The Gatekeepers, #1)
I'm actually being pretty generous about this review--I'd typically give it two stars (it was okay), but I think a lot of young readers would enjoy th ...more
Aug 20, 2011
Aug 16, 2011
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