The Summer King (The Chronicles of Faerie, #2)
4.09
it was ok
This was definitely not as good as The Hunter's Moon. The characters started out interesting, but never seemed to go anywhere. I definitely liked Gwen ...more
May 16, 2010
May 11, 2010
 
Circe
4.43
Madeline Miller gets an automatic "to-read" from me.

Based on the strength of ONE book.

That's how amazing The Song of Achilles is. (Yes, this is a sh
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not set
May 11, 2017
 
The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse
3.75
liked it
**spoiler alert** I read this for school, and really enjoyed getting to know the story (WHY is this not more well-known?) The glimpse it gives into th ...more
Apr 2009
Jul 13, 2010
 
Desperate Hours (Star Trek: Discovery #1)
3.96
really liked it
3.5. The Discovery characters were all perfectly in character, as far as I know about them, anyway. The star and a half taken off are due to:

The write
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Nov 15, 2017
Aug 03, 2017
 
The Secret Life of Mrs. London
4.29
liked it
**spoiler alert** I'm not sure if it's a 2.5 or actually a 3.

This book wins when it concentrates on the relationship between Jack and Charmian London.
...more
Dec 14, 2017
Jul 25, 2017
 
The Passion of Dolssa
3.95
it was amazing
YA continues to surprise me, and I've followed the genre since the beginning of its most recent explosion of growth.

I doubt highly that any of my col
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Sep 12, 2017
Dec 22, 2016
 
Behave
3.53
really liked it
This was about the most toxic of toxic masculine men I've ever had the misfortune to read about.

Which isn't to say that I didn't like the book, becaus
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Feb 21, 2018
Jun 01, 2016
 
The Count of Monte Cristo
4.22
it was amazing
Anyone around my age who grew up on PBS remembers Wishbone, the Jack Russell terrier who acted out abridged versions of classic literature on TV every ...more
May 24, 2017
Feb 27, 2010
 
The Song of Achilles
4.28
it was amazing
EDIT: Reviewing this again after a fourth re-read.

Sing, O, Goddess...

There's a reason I think the Iliad is the greatest story in all of Western litera
...more
Apr 26, 2013
Aug 30, 2011
 
Fortune's Pawn (Paradox #1)
3.96
it was ok
Can it just be a thing from now on that books are marked by how much romance they contain? Because it's super easy for people to tell that if a book c ...more
Jul 25, 2017
Nov 14, 2013
 
Fangirl
4.11
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** This is the kind of book that I want to thank for existing. That I want to thank the author for; not only for writing it but for por ...more
Sep 14, 2013
Aug 13, 2013
 
The Paris Wife
3.80
really liked it
I actually really love novels about writers, artists and composers, even if I don't know or like anything the person in question has actually done. So ...more
Nov 13, 2012
Oct 18, 2012
 
0.00
Well I have to say I never thought I'd add another YA dystopia to my TBR but I guess I have to make the exception for new Uglies books.

Kind of the or
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not set
Feb 03, 2018
 
Queen of the Waves (American Tapestries)
3.88
liked it
So I didn't know this was Christian fiction when I picked it up, and that's not usually what I read, so keep that in mind.

I found the plot kind of con
...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
 
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
4.34
really liked it
Really 4.5. Finally decided to read this after hearing so much hype. I don't like to read hyped books. (hello, Twilight! Which most certainly is NOT a ...more
Mar 29, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter, #1)
4.02
liked it
3.5

There are some book to screen adaptations that prove the rule that the book is always better than the movie (see: Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, The
...more
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 19, 2013
 
Secrets of a Lady (Rannoch/Fraser Chronological Order, #11)
3.81
it was ok
I felt this was really a great idea but it fell short of its potential. There were too many twists and turns, which is to be expected in a spy thrille ...more
Jul 04, 2014
Jun 21, 2014
 
The Gospel of Loki (Runemarks, #0.5)
3.69
really liked it
I enjoyed this even though I'm more of a Greek mythology fangirl. Loki's narrative voice is as entertaining as you'd expect (and all too easy to pictu ...more
Oct 14, 2017
Feb 03, 2014
 
The Best of All Possible Worlds
3.61
liked it
I really liked the world and the characters and the story, but I felt the writing style was very choppy. It felt like I was reading a series of discon ...more
Sep 20, 2017
Nov 25, 2012
 
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
4.03
it was amazing
This was probably one of the best explorations of the use of media, and the effects of war and trauma I've ever read. And one of the most interesting ...more
Apr 02, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
 
The Last Sherlock Holmes Story
4.06
liked it
I think there must be a hardcore Holmes scholar who's donating stuff to the library bit by bit because I keep finding lovely editions of the Holmes st ...more
Jan 26, 2015
Jan 25, 2015
 
The Light-Bearer's Daughter (The Chronicles of Faerie, #3)
3.96
really liked it
Much better than The Summer King, although now I see why that entry in the series was important. I definitely liked seeing more of the different types ...more
May 20, 2010
May 11, 2010
 
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
4.25
it was amazing
I love Neil Gaiman. Ever since he wrote an episode of Doctor Who, I've been reading his stuff and I'm hooked. I've never read Terry Pratchett before t ...more
Dec 23, 2012
Dec 19, 2012
 
The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar
3.90
really liked it
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this...I haven't read much historical fiction about the Romanovs before, but I think I have to look for more now. I ...more
Jun 13, 2010
May 13, 2010
 
The Book of Dreams (The Chronicles of Faerie, #4)
4.17
liked it
I liked how all the plots and characters from the earlier books were intertwined in this book...was very glad to see some favorite characters from ear ...more
not set
May 11, 2010
 
Beauty in Thorns
4.08
Ask and ye shall receive...literally the other day I was thinking how great it would be if someone wrote a novel about the Pre-Raphaelites :)
not set
Apr 11, 2017
 
The Royal Road to Fotheringhay (Stuart Saga, #1; Mary Stuart, #1)
3.74
really liked it
Good intro to Mary Queen of Scots, brings her story to life, but drags slightly due to the existance of a second volume.
not set
Feb 02, 2010
 
The Romanov Bride
3.55
it was amazing
I really think this was the best of the three books Robert Alexander wrote about the Russian Revolution. It showed the entire revolution and the cause ...more
Jul 02, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
 
The Lady in the Tower (Queens of England, #4)
3.94
it was amazing
Well thought out novel of Anne Boleyn, great attention to historical details.
Jan 2006
Feb 02, 2010
 
A Distant Mirror:  The Calamitous 14th Century
4.09
really liked it
An interesting study of the fourteenth century that went into detail on the social, economic, intellectuall, poltical and religious trends of the day. ...more
Feb 13, 2010
Feb 03, 2010
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