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A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family, Book 4)
L'Engle seems to achieve that which Stephenie Meyer is, as yet, technically unable: a respectful, plausible narration of square pegs, alienated dreame ...more
Jan 1992
Mar 05, 2009
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
L'Engle's Time Quartet diminishes in cohesion with each installment. Whether from the author's own under-writing or her publishing house's imprudent h ...more
Jan 1985
Aug 01, 2007
Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities
*** MY THOUGHTS SO FAR, 8/18/14 ***

reading this with my beloved niece, Bananz, as her first pick in our Just-The-Two-Of-Us book club. so far the book'
Nov 11, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
The Young Unicorns
One of the things L'Engle does best is carefully intertwine her otherwise disparate tales. I delighted in stumbling across peripheral characters whom ...more
Jan 1987
Aug 01, 2007
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception (Books of Faerie, #1)
solid mid-3s

trademark stiefvater goodness contained herein: (1) smart, semi-alienated young adults explore a rush of unexpected emotion and chemistry
Nov 04, 2013
Nov 06, 2013
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1)
Tired rehashing of chick-lit stand-bys: narcisistic, thoroughly unsympathetic narrator with no self-awareness (hint: she thinks (a) she's a wit and (b ...more
not set
Apr 26, 2007
The Truth About Sacajawea (Lewis & Clark Expedition)
somehow my history courses never got around to discussing sacajawea in any real depth, so when i found this book in my niece's collection, i was shock ...more
Jan 2011
Mar 05, 2012
I Am the Cheese
3 solid stars for a tense YA thriller that doesn't talk down to its reader.

this book evokes elements of Memento and Shutter Island, with spycraft and
Jul 12, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6)
The narrative tone continued to mature with Harry, as did Dumbledore's expectation of his protege, providing a fresh, suspenseful continuation of the ...more
Jul 2006
Apr 26, 2007
Seventeenth Summer
this was "a dirty book inappropriate for young readers" to me when i was little. i sooooo couldn't wait 'til my mother deemed me old enough to read it ...more
Jan 1988
May 31, 2008
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Unlike any other in my living memory, anticipation for this publication consumed readers across the globe (or across the glob, if you type inattentive ...more
Aug 2002
Apr 26, 2007
Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)
laini taylor does some things really, REALLY well -- like come up with fabulously entertaining, believable modern dialogue (i'm looking at YOU, zuzana ...more
Jun 24, 2014
Nov 06, 2013
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
At long last, the final installment of the Harry Potter series quelled all speculation. That so many of us guessed the essential resolutions to book s ...more
Jul 2007
Apr 26, 2007
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5)
Where were you when Kennedy was shot? Where were you when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was published? I remember first opening my fresh ...more
Aug 2003
Apr 26, 2007
Thirteen Reasons Why
an interesting concept -- a mystery is unraveled as clay, the main protagonist, listens to a series of cassette tapes recorded by hannah, the story's ...more
Apr 03, 2013
May 30, 2011
*** ORIGINAL REVIEW 9/2009 ***

robin mckinley and maggie steifvater remind me of one another, occasionally, as they populate their books with heroines
Dec 29, 2014
Jun 19, 2009
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
poor. i was surprised this has become as popular as it has. i will certainly be ignoring the sequels.

(1) the writing was hackneyed, with indifferent t
Apr 10, 2014
Sep 30, 2009
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
"i don't want peeta to be dead. a pita is a pouch of bread. but that's his name. fucking hunger games."

tonally, i find the book much more compelling t
Jan 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Twilight (Twilight, #1)
So-so writing, crackling sexual tension, indicting Rorschach of the author's view of male-female relationships. An easy, delightful read, I devoured i ...more
Nov 25, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
Popularly considered the weakest of the Harry Potter series, this book is still strong in its own right, proving that Rowling was no flash in the pan. ...more
Jan 2002
Apr 26, 2007
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
"C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander, Kenneth Grahame, and Roald Dahl walk into a bar. . . ." This worthy introduction to the massively pop ...more
Jan 2000
Apr 26, 2007
The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain #1)
The Chronicles of Prydain are my favorites among Alexander's works. I first enjoyed the series when my sister Ruth read it to our family during a seri ...more
Jan 1986
Aug 01, 2007
The Hobbit
a much gentler, folksier, almost cartoon-hued visit to middle earth. it's clear in every portrait drawn, in every gentled peril, that tolkien wrote th ...more
Jan 1985
Apr 26, 2007
The Magician's Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
While prequels, when well done, are always satisfying in providing context and foundation to any beloved series, this installment of the Chronicles of ...more
Jan 1986
Apr 26, 2007
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
i loved the 180 the story took only a short ways in. i loved the challenge that a deepening friendship with jacob offered. i loved seeing bella grappl ...more
Jan 30, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
An Old-Fashioned Girl
i bet that today polly milton would come off as a goody-two-shoes bore to me, but back in my grade-school years, when she so perfectly held my worldvi ...more
Jan 1986
Sep 26, 2007
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor
beautifully written. brave (brazen?) plot, with honest character development. there are a few passages i didn't enjoy, and i'm trying to decide if it ...more
Sep 18, 2010
Sep 02, 2010
Little Women (Little Women, #1)
a little bit trite and a lot a bit preachy, but GORGEOUSLY so for all that.

jo's hot temper cracked me up. meg's canning fail affected me similarly.

Jan 1987
Aug 01, 2007
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
astounding. collins has done a masterful job retaining the essential spirit and urgency of the first two without repeating herself *and* while allowin ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 21, 2010
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Graphic Novel)
Like my jarring first encounter with Shel Silverstein, reading the unvarnished Oz series after growing up on the sugar-coated (but delightful) MGM fil ...more
not set
Aug 01, 2007
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