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We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Another great book with a great introduction that proves one should always read the introduction, at least halfway. From this one, I learned that Shir ...more
Mar 14, 2015
Mar 07, 2015
The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
My, oh my was this exactly as promised. I picked up this book because I misread the review from the Daily Mail on the back. I thought it read "an exot ...more
Apr 13, 2013
Jan 31, 2013
The Casual Vacancy
It is no mystery that the world cannot get enough of J.K. Rowling's writing. Her style, so burned into our reading psyches, is one that I believe will ...more
Feb 02, 2013
Jun 14, 2012
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I think it was very important for me to read this, especially at the time when I did. This may or may not be the saddest thing I've ever read. It's no ...more
Jul 22, 2013
Feb 10, 2013
The Fault in Our Stars
John Green, with this book, gave us everything he had. And it is not a question of whether it was enough, because we of course, all know it was. How c ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 12, 2012
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce, #1)
Flavia de Luce most certainly tosses Nancy Drew to the curb, and even gives sassy Trixie Belden a run for her money as far as witty, biting, and drive ...more
Jan 07, 2012
Oct 10, 2011
Yes Please
Firstly, this book is heavy in hardcover. And nearly impossible to read under any sort of light. That's because there are so many pictures in this boo ...more
Nov 02, 2014
Nov 01, 2014
Once I was into this, it was very well written and the story was quite magical. I never really appreciated any other magical worlds outside of the one ...more
Oct 14, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories
More sad than funny, but filled with clever ideas, realistic human feeling and a surprising amount of wit.
Oct 25, 2014
Oct 11, 2014
Why We Broke Up
Hit exceptionally close to home. Challenging to write an objective review without re-reading.
Oct 11, 2014
Oct 07, 2014
The Vortex
I am inescapably drawn to stories in which there is something glaringly twisted, wrong, or psychologically off-putting about the characters. This scri ...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
A Tiny Bit Marvellous
Dawn French, absurdly witty, hilarious, and otherwise charming woman that she is knows how to write a properly dysfunctional family. While the charact ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag (Flavia de Luce, #2)
Not quite up to the standards of 'The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,' but still a stellar turnout for Alan Bradley. Flavia de Luce is precocious ...more
Mar 08, 2015
Jan 06, 2012
Sarah's Key
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, other than that I wanted it to be good. I've heard such great things and know a few people who love ...more
Feb 04, 2013
Feb 02, 2013
A Shade of Vampire (A Shade of Vampire, #1)
While surprisingly different from what I had expected, 'A Shade of Vampire' feels like a work in progress. The characters are sound, with personalitie ...more
Feb 17, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
The Silent Deal (The Card Game, #1)
Russia is a grand setting for any sort of nineteenth-century novel because Russia is such a huge place. Citizens thereof forgive me, but towns could g ...more
Sep 08, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
The Marriage Plot
Thick, littered, and packed tightly together, 'The Marriage Plot' is at heart, a romance, but like no other. As Madeleine, Mitchell, and Leonard all c ...more
Dec 27, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
This ended the only way it could. It was a logical plot progression.
That doesn't mean I have to be happy about it.
Dec 30, 2013
Dec 27, 2013
A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg
A difficult piece of work, as it covered many prejudices and challenges of the age in which it was written, and also those of having a disabled child. ...more
Jan 27, 2013
Jan 25, 2013
The Old Man and the Sea
I understand why this is considered to be a classic. Ernest Hemingway gives a great description of what would ordinarily be an exceptionally disconcer ...more
Apr 18, 2014
Jul 31, 2012
Shadow of the Hegemon (Ender's Shadow, #2)
While sophomore syndrome is occurs far more frequently in series literature than we'd like it to, this book escapes that epidemic. Like its precursor, ...more
Aug 22, 2012
Jun 03, 2012
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Enjoyable and endearing, Hugo Cabret speeds through this story as if in a film. Brian Selznick's beautiful drawings only add to that feeling, giving a ...more
Jan 29, 2013
Nov 06, 2011
Shadow Puppets (Ender's Shadow, #3)
The third in the Shadow I wanted to enjoy it more. However, most of this plot was spent on exposure. Card, I feel, was setting us up for ...more
Jan 13, 2013
Jul 31, 2012
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
I can't give enough credit to the ending. Perhaps it's my love of musical theatre, or maybe that it just came together in the end in a way that can't ...more
Apr 11, 2012
Mar 24, 2012
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
The reason I give this four stars is only due to the fact that I couldn't put it down. I wanted to like what these characters had going. I wanted Anna ...more
May 27, 2012
May 26, 2012
The Darwin Conspiracy
This book was surprising. I was expecting narration from only one perspective, but the point of view changed many a time. Some of the copies of the le ...more
Aug 06, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
The Tower, The Zoo, and The Tortoise
A clever romp though many a storyline, the tale of Balthazar Jones and the animals he keeps, which in the end lead him to confronting the challenges i ...more
Mar 24, 2012
Mar 11, 2012
I Capture the Castle
There is little else that can be said about this novel other than that it is quietly beautiful. The journal of a girl on the precipice of adulthood st ...more
Nov 18, 2012
Jul 31, 2012
Rick Mercer Report: The Book
I still prefer listening to him, but this was almost as good.
Jan 18, 2012
Dec 19, 2011
An Abundance of Katherines
Not my favorite of the John Green collection, but interesting and witty enough for me to appreciate immensely.
Mar 04, 2012
Jan 26, 2012
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