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Verity Brown rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
Night Calls
by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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More of a 3.75 than a 4. Although I enjoyed the story and liked the alternate history set-up, there were some problems that left me unsatisfied.

I'm not really thrilled with the "Little House on the Prairie meets Buffy" description for this story, as...more
Verity Brown rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Toby Tyler Or, Ten Weeks with a Circus by James Otis
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The Wonderful World of Disney version of this story gave me a great deal of enjoyment when I was child, so I'm a little surprised that I never got around to reading the actual book before.

The storytelling style is quite old-fashioned, and the theme...more
Verity Brown rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Girl on a Wire by Gwenda Bond
Girl on a Wire
by Gwenda Bond (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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I picked this book up only because it seemed like the least uninteresting of the bunch of this month's Kindle First selections. A couple of weeks previous, I'd written a story for the local paper about a one-ring circus that had performed in a nearby...more
Verity Brown rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix
Newt's Emerald
by Garth Nix (Goodreads Author)
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More of a 2.75, really. I finished this book over a week ago, but I'm still having trouble deciding what to say about it. I really wish I had read the author's note before I started reading (even though it's at the end of the book instead of at the b...more
Verity Brown rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun
Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1)
by Terah Edun (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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More of a 2.5 rating. Aside from some missing words here and there, the grammar and editing were competent enough not to bother me. And the story certainly wasn't hard to continue reading--the ideas behind the story were actually pretty engaging. But...more
Verity Brown rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Pig Plantagenet by Allen Andrews
The Pig Plantagenet
by Allen Andrews
read in August, 2014
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More of a 2.5 rating. I enjoyed the style of this book, but the lack of substance really got to me. Ultimately I ended up with the impression that the author decided that hey, animal fables are popular after Watership Down, so I should write one. Unf...more
Verity Brown rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Added comment: I always feel sad when I begin this book, because that means the story is almost over. As Tolkien himself said, it's not long enough.

Previous comments: Rereading for the 30-somethingth time. I hate this cover, but when it's the only co...more
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Founding Gardeners by Andrea Wulf
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"Alas, I already donated it to the library book sale last month. :( "
Verity Brown rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn
Silent on the Moor (A Lady Julia Grey Novel)
by Deanna Raybourn (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2014
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This book is a real step up from volume 2 in the series. The multiplicity of secrets and motives, and the wonderfully tangled web they weave together, makes this book intriguing from beginning to end. Lady Julia has compared Nicholas to Heathcliff mo...more
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