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Eleanor & Park
This story felt very true and very authentic. From start to finish, I was fully engaged. I can't find any faults. Books like this come along so infreq ...more
Oct 18, 2012
Oct 15, 2012
The Ghost's Child
Another deep one from Harntnett. It was a very quick read and I always wanted to pick it up and see what was going to happen next. I don't see too man ...more
Jul 30, 2008
Jul 29, 2008
Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs, Volume 8
Wow - this one was so sad! Poor Lupin runs away during a thunderstorm and no one knows where he is. And then he gets attacked by another dog!

No furth
not set
Mar 04, 2008
Inubaka: Crazy For Dogs, Volume 1
This is *my* graphic novel :)

I love it because it is set in a Japanese dog store and there are always cute little furry critters gracing the pages!
Feb 2007
Jan 25, 2008
Tricks (Tricks, #1)
from page 295...


Why doesn't life come
with them? "Go straight
until you hit sixteen then take a

then proceed slowly
until you're positiv
Sep 03, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
I read this one in a few sittings. All today. Completely engrossing. It felt very powerful and raw.
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
My Book of Life by Angel
Keturah and Lord Death is one of my favorite books. When I heard Martine Leavitt had a new book out (in verse!) I knew it would be excellent. With suc ...more
Oct 22, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Kind of like Catcher in the Rye for today's teens. In a very overt way. I really liked it but it depressed the hell out of me. At times Leonard felt t ...more
Oct 2013
Sep 30, 2013
Jumping Off Swings (Jumping Off Swings, #1)
I liked the book - great characters, believable storyline.

However, I thought Corinne was a little overly emotional...I can't really see a teenager act
Apr 15, 2009
Apr 15, 2009
The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3)
I feel like this whole series probably wasn't fully outlined before the first book was finished. It felt a lot like LOST. The first few seasons were a ...more
Oct 28, 2011
Oct 10, 2011
Cryer's Cross
I'm not really sure who I can recommend this to. I felt like the innocent romance was juxtaposed strangely with the random swearing. It makes it hard ...more
Feb 22, 2011
Feb 21, 2011
Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses
*Reviewing the ARC from Candlewick*

Full of grisly details, these in-your-face retellings and continuations of familiar fairy tales are accompanied by
Dec 22, 2011
Dec 22, 2011
Ghetto Cowboy
If I hadn't seen G. Neri speak at the YA Lit Symposium, I never would have picked this one up. It was well written and I liked the characters but the ...more
Nov 09, 2012
Nov 04, 2012
This Dark Endeavor (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #1)
Frankenstein has never interested me all that much and so I was surprised that I liked this book even a little bit. The audio version was well done. I ...more
Sep 22, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Blood Wounds
ARC from Book Expo.

I'm shocked that the same author who wrote Life As We Knew It wrote this. The narrative felt stilted and monotone. I think the conc
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 08, 2011
Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)
The chemistry between Brittany and Alex was definitely palpable. The problem I had with this book is the way Brittany uses sex to get what she wants f ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 04, 2011
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
Kristin Cashore is not afraid of broaching taboo subjects. This book includes so many without being preachy or didactic: the morning after pill, homos ...more
May 03, 2012
Oct 03, 2009
Eighth Grade Bites (The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, #1)
I'm not going to be nice in this review. I felt like this book was really poorly written. The back story was not adequately addressed and the characte ...more
Jul 11, 2012
Jul 07, 2012
The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)
This is a hard review to write. I did like the book. I liked Rory's character and Jerome and Jazza and the others. However, the book felt disjointed a ...more
Jul 2012
Jun 12, 2012
Something like Normal
This was a quick read. The main character is a 19 year old Marine returning home from his first year in Afghanistan. His mom and dad are fighting, his ...more
Nov 16, 2012
Nov 15, 2012
Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)
Far-fetched psychological issues, check.
Teen with dead parents, check.
Teen with wicked step-mom, check.
18 year olds falling in "forever" love, check.

Nov 28, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
Okay for Now
Reviewed from netGalley advance copy. I Gary Schmidt.

This man can write. The book made me smile and laugh and cry. It's a very endearing story about
Jan 30, 2011
Jan 28, 2011
I devoured this book. My "break" at work got extended a bit today because I just had to finish it. Rose, Briony, Eldric - they all warmed my heart the ...more
Mar 30, 2011
Mar 22, 2011
The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass, #0.5)
The novellas were interesting. I hope Throne of Glass lives up to they hype.Throne of Glass
Aug 31, 2012
Aug 31, 2012
Loved it. I think this will resonate very strongly with the Harry Potter generation. Rainbow Rowell has two in a row with 5 stars from me. Her charact ...more
Sep 17, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Last night at book discussion, I gave it a 5.5 out of 10. I felt like the author needed to her "Show don't tell" as advice to make this better. I even ...more
Sep 14, 2012
Aug 13, 2012
Far Far Away
I love a good book with some ghostly magic. Jacob Grimm was a great choice for narrator here. I would have gone with 5 stars if the end hadn't been so ...more
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 19, 2013
How It Ends
I liked the idea of the book within the book but Helen's story was just a bit too bizarre for me. Hanna on the other hand was a multi-dimensional char ...more
Aug 16, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
Whew! What a doozy! The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I had to skip some of the "historical" parts of Mia's narrative to get back to ...more
Aug 06, 2009
Aug 01, 2009
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
Loved it. A very engrossing story. The second half or maybe the final third flew by. So, maybe I'd have to say it had a slow start because all of the ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
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