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Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone Trilogy, #2)

I like this series, I do. WIth a few complaints. My biggest complaint is that it is a series, instead of a single book. Not much happened it the...more
Jan 17, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
Midnight in Austenland (Austenland, #2)
One of my goodreads friends said this about Midnight in Austenland: "Shannon Hale writes books about things that women fantasize about happening--like...more
Feb 24, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
The Kissing Booth
This book was pretty terrible. For many reasons.

For brevity's sake, I will limit my review to one main reason it was terrible: it was written by a 17...more
Jun 2013
Jun 20, 2013
The Ladies Auxiliary
I really enjoyed this book. About a convert to Orthodox Judaism who moves with her daughter to a small Orthodox community in Memphis after her husband...more
Aug 28, 2008
Aug 27, 2008
Redeeming Love
**spoiler alert** I need to let you know that this was not a book for me. I have tried reading Christian Fiction (as well as LDS fiction) over the yea...more
Jul 20, 2012
Jul 24, 2012
Eleanor & Park
This book had some major cons that I just couldn't get past:
So much language. So many mean people. Creepy stepdad. Weak mother. Way too heavy for my...more
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Jul 22, 2014
Labor Day
-SUCH an interesting premise.
-Complex characters.

-The author of this book is a middle age woman. The narrator of this book is a 13 year o...more
Feb 13, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
A Prisoner of Birth
A (loosely based) modern day retelling of the Count of Monte Cristo.

This story was fun but I didn't think it was particularly well written and the st...more
Jun 22, 2010
Jun 22, 2010
Delirium (Delirium, #1)
I listened to this book on tape. Most of it. With only a few chapters left, I just stopped. (And by stopped, I of course mean skipped to the end, hear...more
Jun 08, 2011
Mar 23, 2011
A Dangerous Dress
I was looking for some breezy chick lit for an upcoming trip.

This book started out well. I really liked the narrator's voice. The plot was a little f...more
Oct 26, 2009
Oct 28, 2009
The Secret Keeper
3.75 stars. I should bump it up to 4, but my vanity in wanting to be regarded as high brow somehow stops me at 3. (High brow? who am I kidding I mostl...more
Jan 19, 2013
Jan 19, 2013
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever
I should probably admit my bias on the outset: although I align myself often with republicans and conservatives, I am not an O'Reilly fan. And, as som...more
Mar 26, 2013
Apr 09, 2013
A Monster Calls
I have realized that I most often rate a book (or as goodreads puts it: choose the correct number of stars) based on how much I enjoyed reading the bo...more
Jun 05, 2012
Jun 21, 2012
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
This book needed some serious editing.

The writing wasn't bad (for YA fiction.) But just about everything else was. Bad. I will summarize with a list:...more
Mar 2013
Feb 28, 2013
East of Eden
Dear Mr. Steinbeck,

Honestly, I've tried. And I'm just not a fan. You should know first of all that you write beautifully. It's your subjects I don't l...more
Aug 13, 2011
Aug 18, 2011
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
I am giving this a solid 3 stars.

My biggest problem with this book is the combination of dark and creepy with cheerful and quirky. I loved the cheerf...more
Jan 13, 2013
Jan 13, 2013
The Wives of Henry Oades
So, this was another pull off the shelf at the library and give it a go. Such an interesting plot, which may or may not have been taken from an actual...more
Mar 2011
Mar 02, 2011
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2)
This book was like swimming in jello all the while someone cursing at you. Let me explain.

Swimming in Jello:
1. Seems like a good idea. Seems like a gr...more
Jul 07, 2011
Jul 07, 2011
The Romantics
(Yes, I posted a copy of this on my blog.)

This is an interesting book, and not necessarily in a good way. A group of nine college friends - best frie...more
Sep 2010
Aug 31, 2010
Paper Towns
I should start by saying that I don't recommend this book. Tons of language and crass humor, innuendo, as well as uendo. (not a real word but you comp...more
May 19, 2011
May 19, 2011
I suspect that if I read this instead of listened to it, I may not have enjoyed it as much as I did. Which is why I must begin by saying I LOVED the r...more
Jun 21, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Gone with the Wind
I gave this book 5 stars for many reasons. Not the least of which is that it is 947 pages long and held my interest the entire time. (I read it in 5 d...more
Mar 20, 2011
Mar 16, 2011
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
**spoiler alert** Here is where we need to begin: Why Hunger Games and Catching Fire worked. Why they were so loved. These are books about a society w...more
Aug 26, 2010
Aug 23, 2010
Secrets of Eden
Bohjalian is a really talented writer. Exceptional. He likes to tell stories with a mystery, twist, or unexpected ending. He likes to challenge conven...more
May 17, 2011
May 18, 2011
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
So begins my smartypants reads for 2011.

I am really glad I read this book, although I am not sure I am smart enough to understand it all. (But then a...more
Jan 11, 2011
Jan 07, 2011
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
I found this book fascinating for several reasons. First, I think learning about someone's perspective COMPLETELY different from my own in every way p...more
Apr 11, 2012
Apr 10, 2012
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
This book provided exactly what I wanted: a decision, closure and an ending!!!

I know a lot of people didn't like it. They complained that all the ends...more
Aug 04, 2008
Jul 23, 2008
Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1)
According to the goodreads scale 2 stars = it was okay. That may be a bit generous, but this book had some redeeming qualities.

First, what I didn't li...more
Dec 27, 2011
Jan 03, 2012
What Happened to Goodbye
Ah, Sarah Dessen. Her books are predictable. The plots are recycled and similar. Often I read a Sarah Dessen book and promptly forget any and all deta...more
Aug 22, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)
I don't normally read fantasy but I thought this was a great read. THe first 2/3 of the book is a lot of set-up, laying the foundation, intro characte...more
Mar 03, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
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