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The Star of Kazan
3.96
by Eva Ibbotson

Opening line: “Ellie had gone into the church because of her feet.”

When Ellie goes into the church, she discovers a baby left behind by
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Dec 15, 2010
Nov 03, 2008
 
The Book of Jhereg (Vlad Taltos, #1-3)
4.22
This is actually comprised of three books: Jhereg, Yendi and Teckla. They’re the first three Vlad Taltos books to be published, but they’re all over t ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet, #2)
4.01
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Speaker For the Dead
by Orson Scott Card

I read Ender's Game way back in August and somehow, in spite of being c
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Nov 09, 2008
Nov 09, 2008
 
Sunshine
3.84
First review:
I wanted to like this book. And on a certain level I do. Rae is a very likable character and one who I feel a lot of sympathy for and ide
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not set
Sep 14, 2008
 
The Winter Prince (The Lion Hunters, #1)
3.88
by Elizabeth Wein


I kept hearing this title and author in the book recommendation threads on Sounis and then several other people mentioned it. So I f
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Dec 28, 2009
 
The Silver Branch
3.92
Up until very recently I was unaware that Eagle of the Ninth, one of my all-time favorite Sutcliff books had a sequel. This is not the first time some ...more
Mar 17, 2008
Nov 04, 2008
 
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
4.30
by J.R.R. Tolkien (duh)

A quick note on spoilers: In general when I'm doing these reading notes I will try to avoid spoilers or at least mark them and/
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not set
Nov 04, 2008
 
Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits (Tales of Elemental Spirits, #1)
3.61
by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson

This is the first in a planned series called Elementals, all consisting of short stories by Dickinson and McKinle
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not set
Nov 03, 2008
 
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
4.12
Opening line: “‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’ the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.”

First of all, I really like Clary. I think
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Nov 10, 2010
Nov 12, 2010
 
Star Crossed (Thief Errant, #1)
3.81
by Elizabeth Bunce

Opening: “I couldn’t think. My chest hurt from running, and I wasn’t even sure I was in the right place.”

Digger is a thief, an outsi
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Nov 12, 2010
Dec 02, 2010
 
The King of Attolia (The Queen's Thief, #3)
4.38
by Megan Whalen Turner


After this review I won't have anything else to say about Attolia* until March 23, which is when Conspiracy of Kings will be re
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Aug 07, 2008
 
Arabella
4.00
by Georgette Heyer


I have a few favorite Heyer books: Devil's Cub, The Grand Sophy, Frederica, and Sylvester. Arabella is the latest addition to this
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Jan 29, 2011
May 25, 2008
 
Lavinia
3.70
Opening: "I went to the salt beds by the mouth of the river, in the May of my nineteenth year, to get salt for the sacred meal."

I will sum up the rest
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Nov 29, 2008
 
Rowan Farm
4.24
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Years ago I read The Ark by Margot Benary-Isbert and fell in love with it. I found out pretty quickly that it
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Mar 05, 2008
Nov 07, 2008
 
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
4.10
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by Kristin Cashore

Also known as the book that saved me from reading doldrums. So obviously this review will be
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Sep 17, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
 
False Colours
3.77
I had a vague idea when I started this one that I had really disliked it the first time I read it and vowed to never read it again. By the time I fini ...more
not set
Sep 02, 2008
 
The Year of Secret Assignments (Ashbury/Brookfield, #2)
3.90
This book was fun. It didn't touch me very deeply, although I cared about all of the characters, and it was a very quick read. Any book with a smiley ...more
Mar 17, 2008
Nov 04, 2008
 
Cotillion
3.96
This was my second time reading this one. I remember not liking it very much the first time I read it. I think I had just read Devil’s Cub or one of t ...more
Sep 27, 2009
Sep 28, 2009
 
Here be Dragons (Welsh Princes, #1)
4.31
by Sharon Kay Penman

Remember when I read A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver and ended by saying that "I’d like to read a more thorough biography o
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Mar 11, 2010
Mar 10, 2010
 
Book of a Thousand Days
3.94
I asked for this book to be sent to me thinking that it was the third in the series starting with The Goose Girl. Oops. As it turns out that book is R ...more
Feb 12, 2008
Nov 12, 2008
 
East
4.13

Okay, it helped that "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" has always been one of my favorite fairy tales, but this re-telling is just great! I loved th
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Mar 17, 2008
Nov 11, 2008
 
Holy Women of Russia: The Lives of Five Orthodox Women Offer Spiritual Guidance for Today
3.40
Since I grew up in the Orthodox Church I grew up hearing and reading Lives of Saints. In a way, Brenda Meehan's book seemed a great deal like a non-Or ...more
Sep 16, 2007
Nov 11, 2008
 
The Sunne in Splendour
4.39
Opening: "Richard did not become frightened until darkness began to settle over the woods."

This was billed as a novel about Richard III, but Edward is
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Sep 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
In This House of Brede
4.30
This is, in my opinion, a most enchanting book. It is the story of a number of years in the life of Brede Abbey, a fictional English Catholic woman’s ...more
Jan 16, 2006
Apr 07, 2008
 
The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries
3.37
Opening: "People have been slipping out of this world in occupational clusters, I've noticed, for years. Four journalists passed their deadline one da ...more
Jun 22, 2011
May 19, 2011
 
A Long, Long Sleep (UniCorp #1)
3.83
Opening: "I'd try to hold on to my stass dreams as long as I could. It's a game I would play, struggling to keep track of those misty images that were ...more
not set
Aug 25, 2011
 
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)
4.00
i hunt killers
Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old
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Jan 12, 2013
Jan 02, 2013
 
Bonnie Dundee
3.83
by Rosemary Sutcliff



Well, Rosemary Sutcliff did it again. In her marvellous way, she spun a beautiful and tragic story out of a fairly obscure histor
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Nov 13, 2009
Sep 29, 2009
 
Devil's Cub (Alastair, #2)
4.17
by Georgette Heyer

Opening line–”There was only one occupant of the coach, a gentleman who sprawled very much at his ease, with his legs stretched out
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not set
Sep 02, 2008
 
The Brides of Rollrock Island
3.72
Opening: "'The old witch is there,' said Raditch, peering over the top to Six-Mile Beach. 'Well settled with her knitting.'"

In The Brides of Rollrock
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Dec 21, 2012
Oct 16, 2012
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