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Poppy and Rye
Avi
3.91
it was amazing
If Avi writes it, I will read it. He's a MASTER of children's books. Few people so cleverly weave political allegories, adventure, and do it as he doe ...more
Jun 26, 2015
Jun 26, 2015
 
The Shifting Sands (Deltora Quest, #4)
3.97
liked it
Like the third book, I felt that this installation in the Deltora Quest series took the whole thing away from the "Adventure" part. But halfway throug ...more
Jul 28, 2015
Jul 28, 2015
 
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Island of the Blue Dolphins, #1)
3.83
it was amazing
I adored this book more than I thought I would. It's My Side of the Mountain meets Robinson Crusoe but without the harsh racism and white, English sup ...more
Jul 31, 2016
Jul 31, 2016
 
Hickory Dickory Death
3.74
really liked it
This book was clever. And what's better, is that it strikes an excellent balance of deceit, misdirection and presents possibly racist routes the reade ...more
Aug 14, 2016
Aug 14, 2016
 
Looking Back: A Book of Memories
4.18
it was amazing
The Giver always has and always will be a staple of my childhood reading experience. It stands up to the test of time every time I reread it. Gatherin ...more
Apr 18, 2016
Apr 18, 2016
 
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #1)
3.93
did not like it
I should have heeded the warning in the beginning of the book and taken it as my giant hint that I would not enjoy it. While I liked the self-referent ...more
Jan 2016
Aug 08, 2014
 
Daja's Book (Circle of Magic, #3)
4.09
really liked it
Even though this book's structure is very similar to the previous two books - character-heavy all throughout, minimal plot that reappears and intensif ...more
Jun 18, 2016
Jun 20, 2016
 
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus, #1)
4.01
liked it
Overall, I liked this book. It had a lot of heart, some really good characterization, a truly original plot that spirals out of control from a child's ...more
Feb 03, 2016
Feb 04, 2016
 
Number the Stars
4.14
it was amazing
I was completely floored by this novel. A book can be very special when it is written so that it tells two very different stories, depending whether i ...more
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016
 
Anastasia Krupnik (Anastasia Krupnik, #1)
3.88
liked it
I ended up liking this book, but not until a few chapters from the end. I thought Anastasia's character was supposed to be a very close emulation of A ...more
Dec 18, 2015
Dec 18, 2015
 
Mrs. McGinty's Dead (Hercule Poirot, #30)
3.83
really liked it
Through no fault of the author, I have downgraded my rating of this book from a five to a four for sheer inability to keep most of the characters stra ...more
Mar 19, 2016
Mar 19, 2016
 
N or M? (Tommy and Tuppence, #3)
3.75
really liked it
I wasn't sure what I was going to think of a book that had absolutely no mention of any of Agatha Christie's usual characters - Poirot, Hastings, Mrs. ...more
May 27, 2016
May 26, 2016
 
Black Beauty
3.95
really liked it
I liked having the horse's POV, because the perspective lends itself to a lot of clever inference rather than direct description, as you would see fro ...more
Apr 11, 2016
Apr 11, 2016
 
The City of Ember
3.86
really liked it
The book was slow at first, but DuPrau is meticulous in her world-building and I think that pays off. Too often when I read children's books, the auth ...more
Feb 16, 2016
Aug 08, 2014
 
Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances
3.80
it was amazing
This book was adorable. John Green only wrote the second story, though he's one of the most well-known authors included.
The first story with Jubilee o
...more
Feb 05, 2016
Sep 30, 2014
 
A Summer to Die
4.02
really liked it
I've only read The Giver quartet, so this was a side of Lowry I had not yet seen. It seems to me like it would be the same kind of side she showed whe ...more
Oct 27, 2015
Oct 27, 2015
 
Carrie
3.95
it was amazing
OH. MY. GOD.
I've seen the recent remake. I've seen bits and pieces of the original film. I know the story. No part of the plot was a surprise. BUT TH
...more
Apr 06, 2015
Apr 06, 2015
 
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)
4.35
it was amazing
My god - er, gods plural - this book was good! It has all the charm and wit and style that the other books had, and even more. It takes the whole "I d ...more
Feb 27, 2015
Aug 06, 2014
 
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
4.22
really liked it
As this essay is dense like a textbook (definitely an Afro Lit and feminist Lit course textbook/reference text) I would not suggest doing what I just ...more
Apr 04, 2016
Apr 04, 2016
 
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
4.33
really liked it
Everyone told me this series was way better than The Mortal Instruments, and so far, they're correct. Clare is much better at pacing (thank GOD), bala ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Aug 06, 2014
 
Before Adam
3.89
it was amazing
As an anthropology minor, I enjoyed my History of Human Evolution classes very much. However, our textbooks didn't capture life faced by an Australopi ...more
Oct 15, 2016
Oct 15, 2016
 
The Good Husband of Zebra Drive
4.07
it was ok
There are always two parts to this book that I take into account when I write the reviews for these books: the characters and the cases. In this book, ...more
May 19, 2015
Aug 06, 2014
 
City of the Rats (Deltora Quest, #3)
3.95
really liked it
Unlike the previous two books in the series, I felt like this book got more political, and strayed away from being a mostly adventure book. At first I ...more
Jul 27, 2015
Jul 27, 2015
 
Rowan and the Ice Creepers (Rowan of Rin, #5)
3.99
it was amazing
Rodda does not disappoint.

When you reach the end of a series, there are very high expectations. It's difficult to write something that encapsulates th
...more
Jul 20, 2016
Jun 29, 2016
 
The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency #15)
3.98
did not like it
At first I thought this was the last book in the series, which would have prompted feelings of both satisfaction and a bit of remorse. This is only th ...more
May 29, 2015
Aug 06, 2014
 
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
3.60
it was amazing
This was a book I rescued from the discard bin at my library because I thought it looked interesting (and because I haven't read Lolita yet and was go ...more
Jun 08, 2016
Jun 09, 2016
 
Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple, #1)
4.05
liked it
This book definitely got the better of me. At least twice. I am very proud to say that I correctly guessed the subplot and discredited 3 of the possib ...more
Jul 26, 2016
Aug 25, 2014
 
Ragweed
Avi
3.88
it was amazing
This book had every bit of wit, charm and allegory that I praised Poppy for. Where Ocax leads a totalitarian regime over the mice, who have been brain ...more
Apr 19, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
3.87
really liked it
This was the palate cleanser I needed after finishing Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse V. I'm a huge stickler/prescriptivist when it comes to typing and punc ...more
Feb 15, 2016
Feb 15, 2016
 
A Holiday for Murder
3.94
really liked it
I've read a lot of Agatha Christie novels, and it's been fairly 50-50 in that I either like them or dislike them. Fortunately, this swings the balance ...more
Jan 30, 2016
Jan 30, 2016
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