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Landscape with Invisible Hand
3.57
it was amazing
Terrifying in how timely this is. Aliens invaded Earth, sure, but it's really more colonization than invasion. They've brought technologies, and autom ...more
Jul 2017
Jun 25, 2017
 
St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
3.79
really liked it
On its own, each story in this collection is a treasure, in which children have minotaurs for fathers or hunt for the ghosts of siblings washed to sea ...more
Jan 2008
Oct 02, 2007
 
The Declaration (The Declaration, #1)
3.71
liked it
The premise: technology has advanced to the point that, with just two little capsules each day, everyone can live forever. Hooray! But if nobody's dyi ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 08, 2008
 
The Water Wars
3.21
did not like it
The good news: I finished it! It's over!

The bad news: everything else.

Vera lives in a world without water: it rains very little, and humankind has was
...more
Aug 2011
Aug 24, 2011
 
Story Time
3.51
really liked it
This struck me as what would happen if Lemony Snicket wrote a book with a more realistic setting and plot. And, um, with demons. And standardized test ...more
Apr 2007
Apr 06, 2007
 
Possession (Possession, #1)
3.59
did not like it
What's this? A dystopian romance? Why, how new! How unexpected! And it's the first in a series, you say? My goodness! The vapors!

I slogged through jus
...more
Aug 2011
Jun 07, 2011
 
Crossed (Matched, #2)
3.52
it was ok
**spoiler alert** At the end of Matched, Cassia was off to the Outer Provinces in search of Ky, hoping to catch up to him and be reunited. In her trav ...more
Jul 2011
Jul 22, 2011
 
Never After
3.90
really liked it
Ricky wakes up out of a good dream--one about an Island, a lush green paradise--and is startled to hear a crunching sound outside his window. Trying t ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 15, 2009
 
Duma Key
3.93
really liked it
Eleven thousand "literary" books waiting and I pick up the latest Stephen King tome. Eh, c'est la vie.

Irony alert: in this lengthy review, I accuse Ki
...more
Feb 2008
Feb 18, 2008
 
Rooms
3.30
it was ok
Made it halfway through this one and giving up on it because I'm totally bored and I don't care what happens to these people.

Also, FYI: this is not a
...more
Nov 2014
Nov 10, 2014
 
Red as Blood, or Tales from the Sisters Grimmer
4.03
it was ok
Godliness is next to more Godliness, apparently. This collection of fairy tale re-imaginings could have been good--a lot of her ideas are excellent an ...more
Mar 2007
Mar 28, 2007
 
The Shadow Thieves (Cronus Chronicles, #1)
3.77
really liked it
I have no idea why I expected this to be bland and uninteresting, and I apologize to the author for my supposition. Because it was engrossing, excitin ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 28, 2007
 
The Ferryman Institute
3.70
really liked it
Charlie is a Ferryman, responsible for escorting the newly dead into their new afterlives. He's been at it for over 250 years--an order of magnitude l ...more
Jul 2016
Jul 11, 2016
 
This Monstrous Thing
3.87
it was amazing
I really liked Frankenstein.

I really like stories that (competently) retell other stories with a new angle.

I really, really liked This Monstrous Thing
...more
Aug 2015
Jun 24, 2015
 
The Phantom Tollbooth
4.22
it was amazing
[May 2016]

The Boy (now 6) and I finished this last night. He loved it. He got about half the jokes (a little more, if you count the ones where I slowe
...more
May 2016
Nov 16, 2009
 
All the Lovely Bad Ones
4.02
it was ok
Travis and Corey are spending the summer at the grandmother's isolated Vermont inn--an excellent alternative to the summer camp they got banned from a ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 29, 2009
 
The Rest of Us Just Live Here
3.75
it was amazing
I've been waiting for this book for SO LONG and I finally got my hands on it and aaaaaaahhhhhhh it's everything I wanted it to be.

Every teens-fight-th
...more
Oct 2015
Feb 10, 2015
 
The Red Sun (Legends of Orkney #1)
3.87
really liked it
When a dwarf appears in 12-year-old Sam's garage, Sam hardly knows what to make of his story. Witches are after him? His own mother is a witch, who le ...more
Jun 2015
Jul 07, 2015
 
The Walls Around Us
3.75
really liked it
Amber has been in the Aurora Hills Correctional Facility for a long time, and will likely be there for a long time more. She recounts her days there, ...more
Dec 2014
Dec 17, 2014
 
The Roar (The Roar, #1)
4.06
it was ok
Mika has never gotten over the death of his twin sister--mostly because he's positive she's not dead. He can feel her out there, somewhere, and it's u ...more
Aug 2011
Jul 20, 2011
 
Trollhunters
3.57
liked it
I adore Daniel Kraus and all his weird, deeply psychologically troubled characters and plots.

This was not one of them.

Oh, it was good, and enjoyable,
...more
Jun 2015
Jun 26, 2015
 
More Than This
4.03
it was amazing
The first part of this, I loved completely, solidly 5- star if not six. Mysterious and wonderful and confusing and compelling.

Then it's afflicted with
...more
Jan 05, 2014
Apr 10, 2013
 
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
4.30
really liked it
[June 2012]
So I see that I gave this 5 stars back when I first read it, when I stayed up long past bedtime with an ARC, eagerly devouring page after p
...more
May 2009
May 28, 2009
 
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)
4.09
liked it
I wanted so, so badly to love this, after loving The Monstrumologist series and really digging the apocalypse in general. But this... I liked it. It w ...more
Aug 2013
Aug 08, 2013
 
Clariel (Abhorsen, #4)
3.79
liked it
A return to the Old Kingdom? Yes please!

This is a prequel to the original trilogy, a backstory to a character I had, frankly, forgotten. (A cursory Go
...more
Aug 2016
Aug 28, 2016
 
Bone Gap
3.86
liked it
I struggled with this one. Admittedly, I've been in a Reading slump lately, but I wanted so badly to love this. But..

I love the premise: Finn is the o
...more
Sep 2015
Oct 11, 2015
 
The Marvelous Land of Oz (Oz, #2)
3.83
liked it
Another road-trip formula, with odd creatures going to Emerald City, and then escaping the Emerald City to find Glinda because the EC has been overrun ...more
Apr 2015
Apr 05, 2015
 
Diary of a Haunting (Diary of a Haunting, #1)
3.37
really liked it
After the divorce, Paige's mom enrolls in classes in Environmental Somethingorother at the University of Idaho, which means Paige and her brother are ...more
Jan 2016
Jan 01, 2016
 
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
4.07
it was ok
A particularly unimpressive effort. The tales are brief, and Dumbledore's commentary on them really isn't that interesting. This volume adds nothing t ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 08, 2008
 
Landline
3.55
liked it
Georgie has been living the dream--awesome job writing TV sitcoms with her bff, and get amazing husband and their two daughters. and then she prioriti ...more
May 23, 2016
May 23, 2016
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