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The Masque of the Black Tulip (Pink Carnation, #2)
3.91
really liked it
Another excellent book from the author of "The Secret History of the Pink Carnation". I loved being sucked back into the world of flower-named spies. ...more
Jul 2008
Aug 01, 2008
 
Bestseller
3.79
liked it
This wasn't bad -- if you like the author's other books, you'll probably enjoy this one too. It wasn't as juicy as I'd hoped, but it's an interesting ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 16, 2008
 
Fallen Hearts (Casteel, #3)
3.89
did not like it
It's not like the first two books in this series were fine literature, but when the ghostwriter took over, the quality really went downhill. The same ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 16, 2008
 
The Dim Sum of All Things
3.32
it was ok
The protagonist of this book, a young Chinese-American living in San Francisco, is extremely annoying. She's whiny, self-absorbed, and is at the same ...more
Jul 2008
Jul 30, 2008
 
Commitment
3.31
liked it
I picked this paperback up from the "Free" shelf at the library, so it was a good deal. :P This is one of the hefty paperback novels that were so popu ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 06, 2008
 
City of Glory: A Novel of War and Desire in Old Manhattan (Old New York, #2)
3.88
really liked it
This is a great historical novel. It's set in New York in 1817 or so, during the war between England and America. It involves jewels, pirates, trade w ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 29, 2008
 
Austenland (Austenland, #1)
3.54
really liked it
This was one of the better Austen-themed books I've read. Instead of trying to slavishly copy Austen or worse yet, write a horrible sequel, the author ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 01, 2008
 
The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters, #1)
3.98
really liked it
Another wonderful book from one of my favorite authors. This is part of a series that's about elemental mages (they control fire, water, air, or earth ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 01, 2008
 
The Tales of Beedle the Bard
4.06
it was amazing
A must-read for any Harry Potter fan. If you haven't read the books, you probably won't get as much out of this, but it's still very enjoyable. I love ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 29, 2008
 
Heaven (Casteel, #1)
4.01
it was ok
Like any other girl who was in middle school in the 80s-90s, I was obsessed with VC Andrews' books. The drama, the "romance", the incest! So when I sa ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 16, 2008
 
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
3.85
really liked it
This was a really unique book, following an autistic boy as he attempts to solve the mystery of who killed his neighbor's dog. It's written in the fir ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 29, 2008
 
I am Charlotte Simmons
3.40
it was ok
This book made me extremely uncomfortable, and I hated the ending. Tom Wolfe attempts to chronicle (or satirize? the distinction is never made clear) ...more
Aug 2008
Sep 02, 2008
 
Flavor of the Month
3.75
liked it
Whoo, this was one trashy book. Quasi-incest, plastic surgery, bad actors, and lots of other juicy plot elements kept me turning the pages. It's like ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 01, 2008
 
Wizard of the Grove (Omnibus: Child of the Grove / The Last Wizard)
3.86
liked it
This book is actually a duology of two novels written about the same character, Crystal, who is the last wizard. Crystal is a strong female character, ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 17, 2008
 
Dark Angel (Casteel, #2)
3.96
it was ok
More of the same. Incest, money, family secrets, etc. I think this was the last book actually written before VC Andrews before she passed away and the ...more
Dec 2008
Dec 16, 2008
 
Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters, #3)
3.99
liked it
I didn't enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the previous one in this series, The Serpent's Shadow. This book, a loose retelling of the Cinderella st ...more
Nov 2008
Dec 01, 2008
 
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years, #1)
3.52
liked it
Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore (I apologize - I'm sure every other review used this old chestnut). Reading this book was an interesting experience. ...more
May 2008
May 29, 2008
 
Room Mating Season
3.30
it was ok
I usually really enjoy Rona Jaffe's books, but this was one of her weaker efforts. She specializes in books that follow certain characters throughout ...more
Nov 2008
Nov 10, 2008
 
To Have and to Hold
3.61
it was ok
Jane Green's books tend to follow a certain formula (plain-jane heroine changes herself for a man, man turns out to be a jerk, heroine rediscovers her ...more
May 2008
May 05, 2008
 
The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #10)
3.84
really liked it
This book follows two of Henry the VIII's wives: Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard. Of course, since ol' Henry was a pretty raging jerk, neither of ...more
Feb 2008
Feb 19, 2008
 
Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge
3.70
really liked it
This is a fun, juicy, book about kings' mistresses over the centuries. It's like reading US Weekly... but educational! It was fascinating to learn abo ...more
Apr 2008
Mar 25, 2008
 
The Girl Who Invented Romance
3.57
really liked it
Part of my young adult fiction kick. This was one of my favorite books when I was in middle/high school. The plot follows a junior, Kelly, who is obse ...more
May 2008
May 20, 2008
 
Up the Down Staircase
3.93
really liked it
This book made me tear up. It's an epistolary novel (told completely in letters, memos, etc), following a young teacher's first time teaching at an im ...more
Aug 2008
Aug 26, 2008
 
Ghost of a Chance (Karma Marx, #1)
3.68
it was ok
Normally mysteries aren't my style, but I received this book in a free giveaway and decided to give it a shot. It's a light, fluffy mystery with a par ...more
Apr 2008
May 02, 2008
 
Exile's Honor (Heralds of Valdemar, #6)
4.18
liked it
This book is yet another entry in the Valdemar chronicles by Mercedes Lackey, which I'm addicted to. This is a good stand-alone story, but it's best r ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 24, 2008
 
No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days
3.84
liked it
I only read this because I'm thinking about participating in NaNoWriMo this year. It was a cute primer with some useful tips (stock up on snacks, carr ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
The Manny
3.01
it was ok
Yeah, everything you immediately think about the book when you see the bright-orange cover and hear the title "The Manny"? It's true. I keep trying to ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 25, 2008
 
Prep
3.36
liked it
I thought this was pretty similar to Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe... naive girl goes away to school, tries to navigate the social scene while figuri ...more
Oct 2008
Oct 13, 2008
 
A Golden Age
3.76
really liked it
This novel is beautifully-written and evocative of a place and time period I was completely unfamiliar with. It follows a young widow, Rehana, and her ...more
Mar 2008
Mar 31, 2008
 
Girls' Poker Night
3.29
liked it
This was an interesting take on the chick lit genre. The author is a former writer for the David Letterman Show, and the book was more hard-edged than ...more
May 2008
May 09, 2008
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