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Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
4.00
it was ok
This was not at all what I was expecting. From the marketing material, I expected a story of survival from the North Korean camps that, until now, has ...more
Mar 15, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
The Family Corleone
3.88
liked it
There many different ways to try and review this novel but I suppose the easiest way is the way that Paramount approached it when they launched the la ...more
May 15, 2012
May 08, 2012
 
The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street, #1)
3.80
it was ok

This is a creative plot and the author does well at giving only hints at information throughout the novel. This builds the suspense in a methodic way
...more
Aug 23, 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
4.07
it was ok
There is a lot of buzz about this book but I’m not quite sure why. It’s a creative plot but neither the writing style nor characters really cause it t ...more
May 11, 2012
May 11, 2012
 
Lie
3.47
it was ok
The reviews are mixed on this book and after finishing my ARC copy, I now know why. Even my own view is divided. The story itself is grippingly realis ...more
Sep 2011
Aug 23, 2011
 
A Partial History of Lost Causes
3.63
liked it
This was a bit of an uneven story for me so my review, I’m afraid, is going to end up the same. The author has a great command of the written word and ...more
Mar 25, 2012
Feb 28, 2012
 
The Way We Fall (Fallen World, #1)
3.69
it was ok
While the premise is a good one, I had a LOT of problems with this book. Supposedly, it is a collection of letters written to her former best friend L ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
 
The Midnight Palace (Niebla, #2)
3.59
really liked it
As always, Zafon is a masterful storyteller and from the very first sentence I was entranced. His lyric prose alone is reason enough to read his works ...more
May 04, 2011
May 04, 2011
 
The Things a Brother Knows
3.85
it was amazing
This is one of those books I think everyone should read. As a wife of a military man and coming from a long line of military folks, I’m already biased ...more
May 05, 2011
Apr 15, 2011
 
Diva (Flappers, #3)
3.87
it was ok
This book wants to be a grownup. It wants to have lyrical language and characters stumbling through adult problems and relationships. Unfortunately, i ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
 
Kill Me Softly (Beau Rivage, #1)
3.71
it was ok
This books starts with the cadence of a long forgotten fairytale. It pulls you in from the introductory pages with the wonderful prose and descriptive ...more
Apr 26, 2012
Apr 26, 2012
 
Unbreak My Heart
3.80
it was ok
Full of teen angst to the nth degree and a summer locked on a boat with her family, this story is going to appeal to a wide group of teen girls. It’s ...more
May 11, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
 
The Lotus Eaters
3.85
it was amazing
I jumped into this book as I do all mainstream fiction – fast, furious and expecting to be done in less than an hour. It took three chapters for me to ...more
Jul 23, 2010
Jun 24, 2010
 
Flyaway
3.66
did not like it
This is one of those books that you read the cover and you really, really want to like it. You want to learn something, you want to be pulled emotiona ...more
Jun 10, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
 
Trapeze (Marian Sutro, #1)
3.61
really liked it
Perhaps once in a decade you come across a book like this. With fluid prose that carries you along, this book joins every major genre under one cover. ...more
May 08, 2012
May 03, 2012
 
Something So Right
3.06
did not like it
From page 2, you are confronted with what is assumably some great physical attraction between these two characters. Unfortunately, it was so fast that ...more
Sep 06, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
After Midnight
3.82
really liked it
A tiny gem of a book, this is one of those books you just happen to stumble upon by chance and then it won’t let go of you. Recently re-released here ...more
Jul 2011
Aug 09, 2011
 
Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)
3.84
did not like it
I wanted to like this, I really did. I enjoyed the first in the series and then this drops into my lap. It could get better, I suppose but I gave up o ...more
Oct 22, 2010
Aug 06, 2010
 
The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox
3.49
really liked it
I have not read other books on this trial so I can’t fairly compare this book to those previously published. I can, however, offer my review of this a ...more
Aug 10, 2011
Aug 09, 2011
 
Slipping Reality
3.67
did not like it
I was discussing this book with some librarian friends and we were all trying to decide the best approach on how to review it. We were honestly surpri ...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 15, 2012
 
First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process
3.98
liked it
A slim volume, this book is both a look into Emerson’s writing as well as a tool for aspiring writers. There are many books out there that covering th ...more
Jun 02, 2011
May 10, 2011
 
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)
3.90
really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It felt like I had walked into a dusty attic and was riffling through a stranger’s old trunk – stories, photographs an ...more
Jul 06, 2011
May 10, 2011
 
If I Tell
3.67
did not like it
As with many reviewers, I was torn with this book. It had its moments of wonderment but overall it seemed too far reaching. The writing was good for a ...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 01, 2011
 
Saving Zoë
3.80
really liked it
**spoiler alert** As someone who works with youth online, we do our best to teach them of the dangers and pitfalls that can hide online. Unfortunately ...more
Aug 12, 2011
May 25, 2011
 
Every Shallow Cut
3.93
liked it
A fast read that kept me engaged. It was a dark, gritty read from an emotional sense and managed to convey a deep portrait of despondency despite its ...more
Jul 06, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
 
Pieces of Us
3.58
did not like it
There is graphic writing that aids a plot and graphic writing that’s done to shock. Unfortunately, this book is full of shock value scenes. The charac ...more
Mar 02, 2012
Apr 12, 2012
 
Saint's Gate (Sharpe & Donovan, #1)
3.70
liked it
I’ve found Neggars books to be hit or miss. By far, my favorite book of hers has to be Angel where we meet Keira and Simon. It’s one of those books th ...more
Aug 03, 2011
Aug 02, 2011
 
Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan
3.67
liked it
The journal portion of this book is nicely done, providing a rarely seen glimpse into what this world is like. The photos are exquisite as well and no ...more
Oct 19, 2011
Oct 19, 2011
 
Turquoise: A Love Story
3.42
did not like it
These are by far some of the most arrogant and self-centered characters I've ever read. They go around saying things like "Bad girl, you!" calling peo ...more
May 15, 2012
May 15, 2012
 
Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
3.97
liked it
For a debut author, this is a commendable first effort. The plot was strong and the characters were realistic and enjoyable to read about. The scenes ...more
May 10, 2011
May 10, 2011
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