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The People of Sparks (Book of Ember, #2)
If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. I enjoyed City of Ember as a fun, quick YA read, but this sequel is just as entertaining, while also being ...more
Jan 24, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
This is a difficult book to rate: It was very well-written, with an intriguing plot and engaging wit. That being said, I must admit that it was more f ...more
Mar 06, 2008
Feb 22, 2008
Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)
I would not recommend it, especially to young adults. The story was beautifully woven and the writing is very engrossing, but there is graphic descrip ...more
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Feb 26, 2008
The Bronze Bow
What a beautiful book! I am so thrilled that it won a Newbery medal. Daniel (the main character) is aloof, sullen, and passionate - almost enough to b ...more
Aug 10, 2008
Aug 11, 2008
This was a really pathetic book - a sad departure Levine's other fantastic novels. The idea was interesting (a take on the story of "Snow White" where ...more
Mar 04, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
Crown Duel (Crown & Court, #1)
I would have given this a 3.5, but the anticipation it has kindled for the sequel rounded my rating up. The book is beautifully written, with a vivid ...more
Jan 22, 2010
Jan 22, 2010
Ruby Holler
I enjoyed the story and felt that the interaction between the four main characters was realistic and well-written. I would recommend it for fans of yo ...more
Jul 16, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen
I love this book. I have loved it since I first read it as a kid, and it is one that I read over and over on a regular basis. The layers of storytelli ...more
Aug 29, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
The Prophet of Yonwood (Book of Ember, #3)
When I finished this book, I was left feeling a bemused combination of "huh?" and "so what?" - feelings which had been growing on me since the beginni ...more
May 22, 2009
May 26, 2009
The Convenient Marriage
This plot is almost the same, though rather more fast-paced, than Heyer's "April Lady": Older, rich, eligible bachelor, well-known to have had a mistr ...more
May 19, 2009
May 26, 2009
The Corinthian
Though I wasn't initially engaged with the rather drawn-out and verbose beginning, I quickly found myself hooked into one of Heyer's most madcap adven ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
The Peacegiver: How Christ Offers to Heal Our Hearts and Homes
A friend offered to lend us this book on a Friday, with a very high recommendation. Both my husband and I read the whole thing over the weekend: it’s ...more
Jan 29, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
My inner linguist would love to take credit for choosing this book for easy reading, but I must admit the truth. My interest was actually captured by ...more
May 2008
Apr 14, 2008
Seven Daughters and Seven Sons
This is a beautiful and exotic book set in the ancient cities of Baghdad and Tyre. The story is fairly fast-paced and well-written, and the characters ...more
Aug 30, 2008
Mar 12, 2008
The Open Gate
This book is a darling family romp, with a wonderful push for industry and self-sufficiency. I don't think we all need to give up our current lives an ...more
Jul 20, 2009
Jun 02, 2008
The Man Who Forgot How to Read: A Memoir
This is a fascinating book on a number of levels. The whole concept and detailed description of the author's wrecked perception after his stroke was a ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
Court Duel (Crown & Court, #2)
This book is very, very difficult to rate. I liked it - I really did, but there were just some things that drove me crazy about it, along with a naggi ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
The Sunflower
I'm not a big fan of modern romance novels, but "The Sunflower" was a basically clean, easy read that kept me entertained on a day spent curled up on ...more
May 02, 2008
Mar 02, 2008
Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends
Most of the book was fairly interesting, but nothing amazing. Wilton spent most of time debunking the legends, and very little time on what I wanted m ...more
Mar 18, 2009
Feb 05, 2009
Past Imperative (Great Game, #1)
I would have given up a third of the way through this book if it hadn't have been for the fact that it was recommended by a friend. It was improving s ...more
Feb 22, 2009
Feb 26, 2009
The Princess & the Pauper
The character of Julia was pretty sweet, and I liked that she didn't immediately jump at the chance to be princess for a day - she was realistically w ...more
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 23, 2010
The Singing (The Books of Pellinor, #4)
I really want to give this book 3.5 stars, but it just doesn't make it to 4. I appreciate the fact that the characterizations were stronger and more c ...more
Aug 12, 2009
Aug 13, 2009
The Talisman Ring
Despite a rather slow beginning and a somewhat convoluted plot, this book was a delightful regency romance with plenty of mystery and comedy thrown in ...more
Apr 10, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
The Princess
Though it reads rather more like an episode of "Touched by an Angel" than a romance novel, I was finally able to settle back and enjoy this book by ac ...more
Apr 02, 2009
Apr 06, 2009
The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
This book is a decent example of Alexander's general body of work: quirky but good-hearted characters in a rich, mystical setting; fast-paced plot and ...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 24, 2009
The Crayon Messages: A Visiting Teaching Adventure
I think this book would have been much more successful if the author had not tried to have so many different things going on. I know that this was, in ...more
May 09, 2009
May 18, 2009
I wanted very much, and tried very hard, to love this book. There were certainly some strong points: the main characters are very fervent and likable, ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 21, 2009
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Calpurnia Tate, #1)
If we were allowed half-stars, I think I would have given it 3.5. There were enough great things about it to round it up to a 4, but I've gone back an ...more
Aug 19, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
Cousin Kate
The only other book I've read by Georgette Heyer was a complete farce, so I was expecting the same type of light comedy when I picked up this book; I ...more
Apr 21, 2009
Apr 21, 2009
The Grand Sophy
Fantastic, hilarious, zany, and charming - this book has it all. The eponymous Sophy is an up-beat, matter-of-fact young lady who walks into town and ...more
May 06, 2009
May 18, 2009
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