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Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)
it was ok
I probably would have liked this better if I'd read it for the first time when I was younger. The heroine is a fairly typical spunky fantasy female, s ...more
Dec 18, 2008
Dec 17, 2008
Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs, #10)
it was ok
Maisie debates making a big change in her life while investigating the months-old murder of an intriguing Indian woman.

This mystery is meatier than th
Jul 2013
Jul 01, 2013
City of Jasmine
it was ok
I loved the lush atmosphere and gorgeous prose of A Spear of Summer Grass, but this one just didn't work for me.

Evie was outwardly more likeable than
Apr 28, 2014
Feb 20, 2013
Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3)
it was ok
Faced with private heartbreak and public scandal, Alexia loses her strongest protection just as she needs it the most. She leaves for Italy, hoping to ...more
Sep 06, 2010
Mar 25, 2010
Ghost of a Chance (Ghost Finders, #1)
did not like it
A kinky geek girl, a pill-popping psychic, and their annoyingly optimistic leader walk into a haunted tube station in London to face both an unusual h ...more
Nov 04, 2010
Sep 01, 2010
A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, #10)
liked it
Rachel hunts a hate group determined to create its own demon, and she faces changes in both her abilities and her personal life.

The first half of the
Feb 27, 2012
Feb 27, 2012
Angel-Seeker (Samaria, #5)
it was ok
This is a somewhat disjointed romantic fantasy set after the events of Archangel.

There are two main plots. Each has interesting moments, but they're b
Sep 02, 2008
May 29, 2008
The Pale Assassin (Pimpernelles, #1)
did not like it
The title and description of the book made me expect something quite different, but on the surface this one still sounds like a winner. A young girl, ...more
Dec 02, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Haunted Ground (Nora Gavin, #1)
it was ok
When a pair of scientists go to investigate an ancient body discovered in a bog, they stumble into a more modern mystery in a small Irish community.

Apr 08, 2010
Mar 04, 2010
The Sunrise Lands (Emberverse, #4)
liked it
I loved the idea of a follow up to the Dies the Fire books that centers around the younger generation. Most of the characters were either born after t ...more
Sep 14, 2008
Sep 11, 2008
Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
it was ok
While this book definitely has its moments, it's more about telling tales from the world of taxidermy and the author's time spent in it than providing ...more
Jul 15, 2011
Jul 10, 2011
Romancing the Countess (Romancing, #1)
it was ok
This heroine is willing to risk ruining three lives for the sake of hosting a dance party and wearing a pretty dress. The hero repeatedly compares her ...more
Oct 30, 2011
Oct 30, 2011
liked it
I often end up with mixed feelings about novels based on fairy tales, and this retelling of one my old favorites, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, is no ...more
Aug 16, 2011
Jul 22, 2011
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It
liked it
Some of the essays in this book include really interesting analysis of Doctor Who from the perspective of women, and there were also some great person ...more
May 19, 2010
May 09, 2010
Lost and Found: One Woman's Story of Losing Her Money and Finding Her Life
did not like it
This was a book club pick that I put down over halfway through. Even considering how difficult I found it to relate to the author's predicament or lif ...more
not set
Apr 28, 2012
Chain Letter (Chain Letter, #1)
liked it
It's drastically better than the last Christopher Pike that I recently reread (Whisper of Death), though this one still has some aspects that my grown ...more
Jan 2012
Jan 01, 2012
Empress (Godspeaker Trilogy #1)
it was ok
I wanted to like this book.

It's an epic fantasy that has a detailed setting and some really unique touches. It's about a common girl who, through a co
Mar 06, 2009
Mar 05, 2009
Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3)
it was ok
Brisingr takes the derivative plot elements and tortured prose of the first two books, then adds a double dose of boring.

Long, descriptive passages a
Nov 19, 2008
Nov 17, 2008
Sparrow Hill Road (Ghost Roads, #1)
liked it
I enjoyed the premise, but I didn't connect with Rose as much as I typically do with the author's characters.

It may have been partly a problem of expe
May 20, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum, #20)
it was ok
Here's a quote that sums up the amount of effort that's now being put into these:

"Victory Hardware was next on the list. It was a hole-in-the-wall sto
Feb 06, 2014
Oct 04, 2013
Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum #17)
it was ok
This series used to be fun, addictive fluff, but it's wearing thin.

The bail bonds crew is working out of Mooner's van and going to desperate lengths t
Jul 06, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13)
it was ok
If a book is going to rely this heavily on magical developments, then that magic needs to feel clear and consistent. The Hollows used to have that. Un ...more
Sep 13, 2014
Sep 13, 2014
The Poseidon Adventure
did not like it
Most are probably familiar with this story about a group of people in an upside-down cruise ship thanks to the classic adventure movie that's based on ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Apr 15, 2010
The Black Swan
really liked it
When Priscilla Harradine meets buccaneer Charles de Bernis on the ship that's carrying her back to England, the appearance of a notorious pirate puts ...more
Aug 15, 2011
Aug 15, 2011
Kraken: The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid
liked it
The first half of this book is fascinating. It gives a quick introduction to the science of cephalopods, explains some of their unique features, and t ...more
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 05, 2011
The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares #3)
liked it
I love reading about these characters. Raine is this adorable mix of scrappy and competent, and it's always fun to see her in action. Tam is getting m ...more
Apr 29, 2009
Jan 31, 2009
The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1)
liked it
This has a solid premise and a really interesting style, but I can tell it's one of those stories that won't stick with me.

It feels as if it was outli
Jan 28, 2016
Jan 28, 2016
Songs of Love and Death: All-Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love
liked it
As with any anthology, this is a mixed bag.

The high points were Carrie Vaughn's "Rooftops" (a nicely-paced story about a playwright whose life changes
Jan 08, 2011
Nov 05, 2010
The Masked Truth
it was ok
I liked the themes of this, but the crime plot was unbelievable to the point of being frustrating.

A group of teens with various mental or behavioral c
Oct 31, 2015
Nov 02, 2015
The Hidden Stars (Rune of Unmaking #1)
it was ok
The author's vivid, descriptive style gave me high hopes for this, but my enthusiasm faded when it took so long for things to really get rolling.

The s
Jan 23, 2013
Apr 15, 2010
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