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Spellcheck rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman
The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3)
by Lev Grossman (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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3.7

While I eagerly ate up the series, my departure from the Magician's land left me feeling "meh." I can't quite put my finger on what disappointed me; I was happy to see significant growth in Quentin's character. I loved the "adult" take on magic, b...more
Spellcheck rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Magician King by Lev Grossman
The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)
by Lev Grossman (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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I'm continuing to love this series. It's so refreshing to read about a magical environment from an adult perspective. My only complaint is with some of the language. Some of the profanity seems over the top, and some of the slang feels like an attemp...more
Spellcheck rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
by Lev Grossman (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2014
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I really enjoy the fantasy genre which means I wind up reading a lot of Young Adult fiction. Being an adult, sometimes this gets old. Thankfully, someone recommended this series to me (as I write this I'm halfway through the final book in the trilogy...more
Spellcheck rated a book 3 of 5 stars
A Burnable Book by Bruce   Holsinger
A Burnable Book (John Gower, #1)
by Bruce Holsinger (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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I wanted to love this book, but honestly, I struggled through and ultimately finished about three weeks ago. (I even put off writing the review.)

I picked it up because I remember loving Anya Seton's Katherine in college. I was researching her online...more
Spellcheck rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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This book was highly recommended to me, but I can't say I enjoyed it. I really did not care for the writing style at all. The story is told from the perspective of the Grim Reaper, and he foreshadows EVERYTHING. This significantly detracts from the e...more
Spellcheck rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Paris in Love by Eloisa James
Paris in Love
by Eloisa James (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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I read this book after returning from paris, hoping it would help me relive some of my vacation. It didn't. I'm not a fan of the short story, and this was a series of even shorter stories (tweets actually, interspersed with stage setting for each cha...more
Spellcheck rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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3.4 stars.

I enjoyed this story very much. Despite the difficult subject matter, this is a light summer read.
I loved how Green was realistic in showing that "heroism" attributed to most sufferers of serious illness is inflated, and that in reality m...more
Spellcheck rated a book 4 of 5 stars
An Available Man by Hilma Wolitzer
An Available Man
by Hilma Wolitzer
read in August, 2014
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I enjoyed this book. Being married and middle-aged, it was interesting to get a perspective on "dating after death." The only issue I had with the story was that I did not have an understanding that two years had gone by before the protagonist become...more
Spellcheck rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
The Here and Now
by Ann Brashares
read in August, 2014
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YA post-apocalyptic fiction. This was a quick, fun, read. There are definitely issues with the story, but as a YA book, they are acceptable. I would recommend this book to my niece.
Spellcheck rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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3.7

I enjoyed the story. I thought the author did a good job of portraying the characters personal growth. Sam starts out as someone to hate, and in a remarkably short time (too short, really) she matures into a thoughtful human being. I especially li...more
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