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Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs, #2)
it was ok
While I enjoyed the first in this series, this second book has me wondering if I really want to continue reading about Maisie Dobbs. The mysticism/woo ...more
Oct 17, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
Illuminate (Gilded Wings, #1)
liked it
Weirdly addicting page-turner, but I spent probably 60% of the time like this:

Jennifer Lawrence Sarcastic OK Thumbs Up

because many of the plot points involved, though with something of actua
Feb 15, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
The Lost Girl
it was ok
Really interesting concept, but I'm not sure this story uses it effectively. Plotholes galore really hurt this book, so I'm on the edge between two an ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
The Legacy
really liked it
Dual stories (one Victorian, one modern day) about the same family. The question of "What happened to Henry?" goes on for a bit too long--or, rather, ...more
Nov 03, 2011
Nov 04, 2011
Household Gods
it was ok
Time travel to ancient Rome? Yes! Except... ugh. Could we have a better protagonist, please?

So, we've got this nineties single working mother who, upo
Apr 05, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
it was ok
**spoiler alert** The romance community went nuts over this thing, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I very much wanted to love it, but it's left me fe ...more
Apr 06, 2011
Apr 05, 2011
Home Front Girls
did not like it
I severely disliked this book but I'm too disgusted with it to form much in the way of coherent paragraphs, so here are the notes I scribbled down aft ...more
Dec 20, 2013
Dec 23, 2013
The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)
did not like it
My first thought upon finishing this novel was, "I am legitimately angry that I wasted hours of my life reading that." My next was, "This got picked u ...more
Sep 19, 2013
Aug 01, 2013
The Prophet (Graveyard Queen #3)
it was ok
Well, after three books, Amelia never did grow on me. Her voice is still stilted and over-dramatic, and she still occasionally falls into too-stupid-t ...more
Jun 25, 2012
Jun 25, 2012
The Darkest Hour (KGI, #1)
it was ok
Thin plot, too many characters. Rachel's all right, and Ethan's all right, but I never really got why they're together (in fact, it felt like Rachel s ...more
Oct 27, 2011
Oct 29, 2011
Pardonable Lies (Maisie Dobbs, #3)
it was ok
I picked this up on a whim because I thought I'd give Maisie Dobbs one more chance (I was really annoyed with the last book, but I really love histori ...more
Feb 20, 2013
Feb 21, 2013
The Perils of Pleasure (Pennyroyal Green, #1)
liked it
I love Long's writing, but Colin and Madeline were both too two-dimensional for me to buy their romance (plus, I'm not a fan of the "I've known you fo ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Nov 14, 2012
A Crack in the Sky (Greenhouse Chronicles)
liked it
Take the fake, domed town in The Truman Show and drop it in the middle of the video game Fallout 3, add a dash of The Matrix, a smidge of Dune, the si ...more
Sep 09, 2010
Sep 10, 2010
Fannie's Last Supper: Re-creating One Amazing Meal from Fannie Farmer's 1896 Cookbook
it was ok
This book drove me nuts because I apparently had crazy expectations from the title that this was going to be the recreation of a historic meal. If you ...more
Jan 31, 2012
Feb 01, 2012
The Kingdom (Graveyard Queen, #2)
it was ok
Meh. Amelia still doesn't have a believable voice, and this time, she does stupid, never-watched-a-horror-movie-in-her-life things ("I feel a forebodi ...more
May 22, 2012
May 23, 2012
Roanoke: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Colony
did not like it
Miller's argument about what happened to the lost colony on Roanoke island is interesting and unusual. But her writing style is horrifying. Fragments ...more
Feb 27, 2010
Feb 22, 2010
The Night Circus
it was ok
This is probably the most disappointing, over-hyped book I've read this year. Scene-building, descriptive writing, and the circus attractions--the pre ...more
Dec 10, 2011
Dec 13, 2011
The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I am flabbergasted that so many people enjoy a book where the heroine RAPES the hero. To do something so sneaky, underhanded, and ho ...more
not set
May 16, 2009
it was ok
Really one-dimensional characters with a an often passive heroine. This reads very "and then this happened and then this happened and then this happen ...more
Feb 17, 2016
Feb 17, 2016
Make Me (Broke and Beautiful, #3)
did not like it
I felt like I was reading a red-flag-filled romanticizing of the beginnings of an abusive, controlling relationship. I had lots of problems with this ...more
Oct 10, 2015
Oct 13, 2015
She's So Dead to Us (He's So/She's So #1)
it was ok
Kind of like Gossip Girl in the 'burbs, but less trashy and fun. Horrible rich kids being horrible to the world's most indecisive heroine (She [rightf ...more
Aug 09, 2012
Aug 11, 2012
Obsidian (Lux, #1)
liked it
I didn't expect to like this as much as I did, as I'm typically not into books involving aliens. Katy, however, has such a great voice that reading th ...more
Oct 13, 2012
Oct 14, 2012
A Criminal Magic
it was ok
OK, new rule for myself: anything that gets compared to The Night Circus, I'm just avoiding. Didn't like that and haven't liked anything "comparable" ...more
Mar 15, 2016
Jan 27, 2016
The Little Bride
liked it
The blurb on this is weird, because it makes this book sound like a coming-of-age romance. Instead, it's really more of a character portrait of a semi ...more
Jul 25, 2012
Jul 26, 2012
The Selection (The Selection, #1)
did not like it
Such a total mess, I actually encourage others to read it. A fairy tale mashed up with The Bachelor, with some some dystopia (and, WOW, am I ever usin ...more
Jul 05, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
Nightingale Wood
liked it
A book of unlikeable characters whom I found myself rooting for, simply because the satire was so utterly charming. Viola and Victor are both idiots, ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 09, 2012
A Night Like This (Smythe-Smith Quartet #2)
it was ok
Meh characters with an external conflict that doesn't really work. I read these for fluffy, historical wallpaper, but this was REALLY wallpaper-y, wit ...more
Jun 12, 2012
Jun 14, 2012
Ready Player One (Ready Player One, #1)
it was ok
This is a giant 1980s infodump dropped on top of a mediocre adventure story that, to be fair, quite handily recalls the cheesy adventure television pl ...more
Mar 11, 2014
Mar 11, 2014
Breaking the Bachelor (Smart Cupid, #1)
did not like it
OK, I didn't *hate* this, but wow.... I mostly kept reading to see how much more stupid it could get. Two characters with massive mommy/daddy issues w ...more
Sep 27, 2015
Sep 27, 2015
If You Find Me
liked it
Compelling story, with decent pacing. Some problematic things going on here, though: Carey's language is odd and out of place; I'm not sure why she sp ...more
Apr 02, 2013
Apr 02, 2013
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