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The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)
I enjoyed The Alchemyst more than I thought I would. It didn't sweep me away with the "must finish this book now" feeling, but I also was never bored. ...more
Dec 19, 2008
Oct 21, 2008
The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1)
This is Highlander meets Buffy, and a lot of fun! A centuries old Game is played out involving warriors, wizards, sorcerers, enchanters and soothsayer ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
Book of a Thousand Days
I enjoyed this a lot - so much so that I DIDN'T finish it last night. I wanted to save it so that I would have something to look forward to reading th ...more
May 25, 2008
Dec 29, 2007
The Green Glass Sea (Green Glass #1)
When I was in high school, I did an extra credit report on Oppenheimer, "Little Boy," and "Fat Man." It was all new to me, and so interesting and horr ...more
Feb 03, 2009
Dec 13, 2008
The Book Thief
This is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read - and I almost didn't read it at all. The first time I checked it out from the librar ...more
Jan 07, 2009
Dec 19, 2008
Grip of the Shadow Plague (Fablehaven, #3)
This is a book I will like more in the future as I think back on it than I do right now having just finished it. The storyline was fine, but the execu ...more
Aug 18, 2008
Jan 26, 2008
When You Reach Me
Wow. Easily five stars. This is a MUST for all Madeleine L'Engle fans - and anyone who enjoyed watching The $20,000 Pyramid game show! Once I really g ...more
Jan 2010
Dec 14, 2009
White Sands, Red Menace (Green Glass #2)
This is a very nice sequel to The Green Glass Sea. I loved being back in Dewey's world and finding out what happened next as she moved with the Gordon ...more
Oct 18, 2009
Feb 03, 2009
The Anybodies (Anybodies, #1)
What a fun book! I've never had a book dedicated to me, so I started the book with a smile on my face. I loved the author's commentary as the story we ...more
Mar 23, 2008
Mar 23, 2008
Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary (Fablehaven, #4)
**spoiler alert** I really like the Fablehaven series as a whole, and highly recommend them. I have enjoyed some of the books more than others, but th ...more
Jun 19, 2009
Aug 04, 2008
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
**spoiler alert** WOW. I was not prepared for the ending. I was so caught up in the story, I wanted it to continue on and on - or at least come to a h ...more
Feb 12, 2009
May 24, 2008
Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles, #4)
**spoiler alert** This wasn't my favorite of the Underland Chronicles so far. Mostly, I think, it just felt like a prelude to the final book. I did li ...more
Aug 09, 2009
Jul 15, 2008
Inkdeath (Inkworld, #3)
My favorite in this trilogy is still Inkheart. I think I enjoyed this one slightly more than Inkspell. At some point I would like to go back and rerea ...more
Oct 29, 2008
May 22, 2008
Hattie Big Sky (Hattie, #1)
Hattie is a sixteen-year-old girl who has been shuttled from relative to relative for most of her life after the death of her parents. When her uncle ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Aug 23, 2008
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley
Excellent. Walker succinctly and clearly explains complicated scientific processes involved in the excavation, conservation, and preservation of the C ...more
Dec 20, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn (Eon, #1)
**spoiler alert** This reminded me of Anne McCaffrey - if her dragons were more fantasy than science fiction and if her setting was an Asian historica ...more
Jun 12, 2009
May 12, 2009
The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3)
Reading this was actually an accident. I read the first one in the series when it came out, but didn't plan to read any others. There are just so many ...more
Jan 15, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
The Battle for Skandia (Ranger's Apprentice, #4)
I am LOVING this series! This fourth book was GREAT! I wasn't sure how much I would like it, since the book description made it clear that Will and Ev ...more
Aug 12, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
More amazing photographs by Nic Bishop, this time featuring frogs. I really enjoyed his accompanying text as well. Simple yet fascinating. Facts I lea ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 20, 2009
Blizzard: The Storm that Changed America
Brr! Reading this made me cold! Blizzard: The Storm That Changed America is a well-written account of the blizzard that struck the East Coast in March ...more
Dec 21, 2008
Dec 20, 2008
The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1)
Just finished reading this - and wow! What a great book! It has elements that reminded me of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider ...more
Apr 26, 2008
Apr 24, 2008
Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, Book 1)
I usually tend to stay away from scary-type horror books, but I read some reviews of this that really made me curious. I'm always getting requests fro ...more
Sep 26, 2009
Sep 24, 2009
Amazing close-up photographs of spiders are paired with easy-to-read yet very interesting text. Facts I learned: Spiders have blue blood. A spider can ...more
Feb 20, 2009
Feb 20, 2009
Charlie Bone and the Shadow (The Children of the Red King, #7)
A must-read for those who have read all of the previous Charlie Bone books, but nothing much of substance happens here. I was hoping for much more.
Jan 05, 2009
May 22, 2008
Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth
This is a "joint biography of the Booth brothers, played out against the backdrop of the Civil War." Pair this with Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russe ...more
Feb 08, 2009
Jan 02, 2009
In the Days of the Vaqueros: America's First True Cowboys
I always enjoy Russell Freedman's books, and "In the Days of the Vaqueros: America's First True Cowboys" was no exception. Freedman gives clear and co ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
Fascinating stuff! Thimmesh did a great job of keeping the technical aspects simple, yet at the same time not dumbing them down. The photos are breath ...more
Dec 30, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
The Graveyard Book
For me, enjoying this one was all about the characters and the interesting setting. Who else but Neil Gaiman could write a Jungle Book-type story and ...more
Jan 29, 2009
Nov 23, 2008
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
When I read the summary of Savvy, I worried it might be too much like Graceling. I loved Graceling, but I wanted Savvy to be its own book. It is.

It di
Jul 03, 2009
Sep 29, 2008
Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)
Wow, wow, wow! This felt SO real! Several times while I read, I stopped and looked outside just to reassure myself that the outside world was still th ...more
Mar 12, 2009
Jul 28, 2008
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