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My Beautiful Enemy (The Heart of Blade Duology #2)
3.93
liked it
I increasingly feel Thomas is constrained by the artificiality of publishing a historical romance novel. The Hidden Blade, a supposed prequel, was a b ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Aug 09, 2014
 
Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story
4.04
it was amazing
I resented having to place this book down and exit the world that Sara and Gerald Murphy invented for themselves. It was all too easy to slip into the ...more
Aug 25, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
 
Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School
3.80
liked it
I was tempted into this book by a youtube clip from an interview with the author. That clip hit the highlights of this book: namely, that elite second ...more
Jul 14, 2012
Jul 14, 2012
 
Heart of Obsidian  (Psy-Changeling, #12)
4.51
did not like it
I'm terribly afraid that the Psy-Changling series is suffering from something I will call Honor Harrington disease. When you have a series that is bas ...more
Jun 07, 2013
Jun 08, 2013
 
Eastern Approaches
4.39
really liked it
I was turned on to Eastern Approaches while reading about the Soviet purges of 1937-1938. MacLean was a young British diplomat who requested transfer ...more
May 04, 2012
May 04, 2012
 
Carolina Home (Dare Island, #1)
3.95
liked it
This reminded me strongly of Nora Roberts's Chesapeake Bay series (Sea Swept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Blue), my very favorite of her se ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jul 04, 2012
 
A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses, #3)
4.03
it was ok
What makes a great romance is not only a clever structuring of the central tension between the leads, but also all the grit and texture that makes the ...more
Jan 26, 2017
Jan 26, 2017
 
Ten Days that Shook the World
3.93
liked it
I gave this a go after the Arabist noted that no one had yet to write the 'Ten Days that Shook the World' of the Arab Spring: http://www.arabist.net/b ...more
Oct 27, 2012
Oct 27, 2012
 
The Duchess War (Brothers Sinister, #1)
3.83
really liked it
Most readers and reviewers seemed less than impressed with Robert, and that's exactly why I adored him to bits. How delightfully subversive was the dy ...more
Dec 25, 2012
Jan 02, 2013
 
Ida: A Sword Among Lions
4.26
it was amazing
A monumental biography for an amazing woman, A Sword Among Lions walks through Ida B. Wells's childhood in Mississippi, her defining moment confrontin ...more
Mar 25, 2015
Apr 30, 2014
 
Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises, #2)
4.21
it was ok
I finished this at the same time as Rosario's Reading Journal, which posted a review I am on board with: http://rosario.blogspot.com/2012/01/b...

The f
...more
Jan 14, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
 
Her Ladyship's Companion (Spymasters, #0.5)
3.50
liked it
Fascinating to see what has changed (and what remained the same!) since this book was published in 1983. It has all of the clear, striking prose of Jo ...more
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 07, 2012
 
The Martian
4.40
really liked it
Clever, grounded in workable science, and darkly funny, The Martian works because Mark Watney feels real. Left behind for dead, Watney's ability to co ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Dec 10, 2014
 
Hold Me (Cyclone, #2)
4.04
it was amazing
This book made me giddy. It left me high on emotion and catharsis. I love Milan for making her characters so sharply, fiercely unique. Classic tropes ...more
Oct 27, 2016
Oct 26, 2016
 
Devil in Spring (The Ravenels, #3)
4.09
it was ok
Meh. In some ways Pandora and Gabriel were written with interesting and real flaws. Pandora is very young and very naive. It was like riding around in ...more
Feb 24, 2017
Feb 25, 2017
 
The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History
4.19
it was amazing
It's lovely to see such broad incorporation of sources, including extensive Chinese-language research, tied to a tight, focused argument. Tonio Andrad ...more
Mar 03, 2018
Mar 03, 2018
 
Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers, #4)
4.30
liked it
Books in this series have an odd sense of humor. That said, the characters trend toward absolutely delightful and Beau and Shelly are no exception. Be ...more
Aug 16, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
 
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)
3.97
it was amazing
The kind of complicated, wrenching space opera that enthralled me growing up, and apparently still can... Useless to try and condense the intricate pl ...more
Feb 23, 2014
Dec 08, 2013
 
The Proposal (The Survivors' Club, #1)
3.79
did not like it
Oh, Mary Balogh. If I lived in the same country as a public library, I would never shell out cash for a new release ever again... First, let's start w ...more
Oct 26, 2012
Oct 26, 2012
 
Once a Rake (Drakes Rakes, #4)
3.80
did not like it
i did not like it sam i am.

I had the misfortune of picking this up as an escape from The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie. Unfortunately, I found that
...more
Nov 2013
Nov 02, 2013
 
After All These Years (Hometown Memories #1)
4.07
really liked it
Kathleen Gilles Seidel is a fantastic author and I have been plumbing her backlist. Although some of her books are trapped in their dated-ness, I find ...more
Feb 07, 2014
Feb 15, 2014
 
Lily
3.61
really liked it
I first caught on to this book via a brief and complimentary namedropping by http://www.readreactreview.com, whom I always respect. This review at dea ...more
Feb 18, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
 
Girl from Mars
3.82
it was amazing
Fil is great- she's also awkward as fuck, intense, self-protectively callous, and utterly oblivious when she wants to be. The book plunges forward int ...more
Sep 06, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
 
Anna Akhmatova
4.33
it was amazing
Haunting and cold and devastating. "I was gay, and bold, and wicked/And never knew I was happy" (pg. 51).

It's been over a month since I finished this
...more
Sep 07, 2014
Oct 19, 2014
 
A War Like No Other: How the Athenians & Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
4.09
really liked it
I started this book under the impression that this would be a conservative's take on the Juan Cole Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East model of ...more
Nov 10, 2012
Oct 06, 2012
 
The Long Week-End: A Social History of Great Britain, 1918-39
3.90
really liked it
A sharp, clever, gossipy review/revue of the UK of the 20s and 30s by war-poet Robert Graves and Alan Hodge (whose wife Graves shortly swept up and ra ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
 
A Lady's Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless, #5)
4.00
really liked it
A very cerebral book, this story is intellectually satisfying without compelling much emotion, if any. Duran has the ability to write scenes of great ...more
Mar 04, 2017
Mar 04, 2017
 
Every Little Kiss (Harvest Cove, #2)
3.79
liked it
I found Emma more difficult to relate to than her sister Sam, from For the Longest Time. While intellectually understandable, Emma's reactions to othe ...more
Jun 21, 2015
Jun 21, 2015
 
When Love Isn't Enough
3.89
liked it
Fascinating take on work-life, from 1984- Seidel argues there are healthy relationships born of the nuclear family and unhealthy relationships that gr ...more
Nov 05, 2013
Nov 28, 2013
 
Pegasus in Flight (The Talents Saga Book 2)
4.12
it was ok
A recent sci-fi book put me on a nostalgia kick for all the sci-fi loves of my childhood. This one could not endure the scrutiny. All of McCaffrey's b ...more
Apr 07, 2016
Apr 09, 2016
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