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The Fury / Dark Reunion (The Vampire Diaries, #3-4)
3.74
really liked it
Don't let the 4 out of 5 stars fool you into thinking this is good, inventive writing. I picked these books up for nostalgic purposes. Back in the ear ...more
Jun 14, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
3.91
it was ok
The basic story is a good and entertaining one, but I could not get beyond the overt prejudices of C.S. Lewis on display throughout this book.

I'm incr
...more
not set
Mar 01, 2008
 
The Awakening / The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries, #1-2)
3.67
really liked it
Don't let the 4 out of 5 stars fool you into thinking this is good, inventive writing. I picked these books up for nostalgic purposes. Back in the ear ...more
Jul 10, 2008
Jul 15, 2008
 
Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
4.05
it was ok
Dear Mrs. McCaffrey,

What were you thinking? You had done a brilliant job with the first two books in this "trilogy", so please do explain why you felt
...more
Jul 24, 2008
Jul 28, 2008
 
Confessions of a Pagan Nun
3.86
did not like it
This is a prime example of why a book shouldn't be judged by its cover. Although, the ridiculous title should have made me a bit suspicious. I was ful ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 09, 2008
 
The Prophet
4.23
really liked it
Somehow I went through the first thirty years of my life never reading this book. As I got older, I became more reluctant to pick it up. I'd heard it ...more
Apr 02, 2008
Apr 02, 2008
 
The Martian
4.40
really liked it
I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. It's hard science fiction, so those with a mind for engineering and mathematics will eat it up. But ...more
Feb 12, 2015
Feb 11, 2015
 
Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
4.17
it was ok
The Little House books were my imagination's sustenance as a child. I read them closely and would accordingly go outside to try and play "olden times" ...more
Oct 27, 2008
Nov 08, 2008
 
A Lion Among Men (The Wicked Years, #3)
3.30
liked it
I'll start this out simple; Maguire has yet to equal the writing he exhibited in Wicked. This being said, A Lion Among Men was a much stronger novel t ...more
Feb 2009
Mar 29, 2009
 
Out Stealing Horses
3.79
it was amazing
It's been a while, no?

Well, that's because I've been juggling many a book while finishing not a one. I've also been on a roll watching mediocre movies
...more
Jun 26, 2008
Jun 26, 2008
 
The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books,  #1)
4.25
really liked it
This is the perfect "beach" book for people who tend to avoid fluff or lite reading. It is a well-written novel that has all the elements of suspense, ...more
Feb 06, 2009
Feb 07, 2009
 
Our World
4.36
it was amazing
This is a book that I never thought I'd see.

Mary Oliver is one of the best poets alive. She has been extremely private about her life. The few poetry
...more
Apr 04, 2008
Apr 03, 2008
 
O Pioneers! (Great Plains Trilogy, #1)
3.85
it was amazing
This is another book I somehow neglected to read during high school and college. High school is excusable, as the school I attended had a joke of an E ...more
Apr 07, 2008
Apr 08, 2008
 
The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)
4.03
really liked it
Well I'll be darned. Lewis did a pretty good job of redeeming himself with this final book in the chronicles. This one I solely listened to on audio. ...more
Jul 03, 2008
Jul 03, 2008
 
It Chooses You
3.89
liked it
3.5 stars.

The interviews July conducted could have been longer. I would have loved more pictures of the people and their homes. Those are my main comp
...more
Apr 16, 2012
Mar 20, 2012
 
The Finishing School
3.02
really liked it
A quick but still enthralling read. Muriel Sparks captures the intensity and jealousy between student and teacher like no other writer I've encountere ...more
Jan 2008
Jan 10, 2008
 
The Sigh
3.34
it was ok
I have to admit that I was more than a little disappointed in this story and its illustrations. I am a huge admirer of Satrapi's work, and this story ...more
not set
Feb 03, 2012
 
A World of Gangs: Armed Young Men and Gangsta Culture
3.47
really liked it
A proper review will be coming soon...I'm doing a review and author interview for a local publication about this book. Once it's done, I'll edit this ...more
May 04, 2008
May 04, 2008
 
Hare Moon (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #0.1)
3.69
did not like it
**spoiler alert** Warning: SpoilersI feel guilty writing negative reviews when I suspect the author is someone I would like in real life. I mean, we f ...more
Jan 11, 2012
Jan 09, 2012
 
Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)
3.89
liked it
If I could give half stars, I would have given this novel a 2.5. Even better would be a 3/4 star option as I think 2.75 better represents my opinion o ...more
Aug 28, 2011
Aug 19, 2011
 
The Captive (The Secret Circle, #2)
3.92
it was ok
Not much to say here as everything I've written about L.J. Smith applies to this one as well. Okay, I do like the character Nick a bit. I'll give her ...more
Jul 30, 2008
Jan 22, 2008
 
All The Way From Texas
4.22
it was ok
This book is one cliche after another. In between there is hack writing and one-dimensional characters. It is marketed as a wholesome romance, an Aval ...more
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 30, 2009
 
The Steady Running of the Hour
3.25
really liked it
My main complaint is that the narrative jumped between past and present too often. Rather than creating tension and suspense, it created a bit of frus ...more
Jul 12, 2014
Jun 25, 2014
 
Why Not Me?
3.90
it was amazing
Given the success of her TV show, The Mindy Project, it seems as though the publishers gave Mindy far more control in this book. That was the smartest ...more
Sep 18, 2015
Sep 15, 2015
 
The House at Riverton
3.94
it was ok
2.5 stars. The extra half star is for the final chapter which drastically improved the novel as a whole. This is not one of Morton's finer works. The ...more
Jul 27, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
 
Wicked: The Grimmerie
4.17
really liked it
I had read Wicked before there was any audible talk of turning it into a musical. When I found out about the musical, I was excited and intrigued. I c ...more
Apr 12, 2009
Apr 13, 2009
 
Orphan Train
4.15
it was ok
2.5 stars. While the history of orphan trains was fascinating, the characters and plot were predictable and stereotypical. I liken this book to a life ...more
Jun 08, 2014
Jun 07, 2014
 
World of Geekcraft: Step-by-Step Instructions for 25 Super-Cool Craft Projects
3.68
liked it
The writing in this book is lively and entertaining. I enjoy the short anecdotes between projects. I wish there were more projects included in the boo ...more
not set
Mar 27, 2012
 
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Star Wars)
4.17
really liked it
3.5 stars. I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did. After seeing the movie, I was left wanting more. I enjoyed the movie, especially the ...more
Dec 18, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
 
Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam, #1)
4.00
really liked it
Atwood's imagination is as vast as is it is disturbing in this dystopian tale. The result is an unsettling story that "follows logic to its end course ...more
Sep 25, 2008
Sep 25, 2008
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