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The Beginning of Everything
The Beginning of Everything

Review: Fairly good story but the characters developed too fast. I appreciated the ending, how Ezra didn't need a girl to define the rest of his life. Until the end, I expected a typical manic pixie dream girl story but was reluctantly surprised. Read more

The Way I Used to Be
The Way I Used to Be

Review: This is not a story that needed to be told. This is the most mundane chain of events masquerading as a novel. You could learn all of the effects of rape on a young woman that this book illustrates by watching one season of Law & Order SVU. There is nothing special about it. Nothing gripping, or heart-wrenching, really.

This is a book that will either work for you or it won't. I, for one, prefer my books to have some sort of, you know, story. I understand that the point of this book wa... Read more

This Is Where It Ends
This Is Where It Ends

Review: ​Very confusing in the beginning trying to keep all the players straight with so much back and forth between the characters. Once you settle in and become familiar with everyone "this is where it ends" becomes more and more of a page turner. Ms Nijkamp did an excellent job of making the reader feel we were right there sharing in all the emotions. I know this is suppose to be Young Adult Fiction, for ages 14 and up. I am well beyond that age and thoroughly enjoyed the story. I was given an ea... Read more

The List
The List

Review: Okay I haven't read the book yet but I think it would be great. I'm just getting it today and I can't wait but I'm giving the book 4 stars because I think its going to be little hard trying to figure out who's who I don't like books like that but I think it would be different this time I just can't wait. Get this book :) Read more

Pandemonium (Delirium Trilogy)
Pandemonium (Delirium Trilogy)

Review: I really enjoyed going back and forth between the past in the Wilds and the present in NYC.

There were several things about the ending that really frustrated me, and I did not like at all, but hey, this is a trilogy. The second book is required to have major cliffhangers, and especially ones that make you unhappy -- there have to be those resolutions in the last book.

Not a favorite, but I cannot wait for the last book to come out! Read more

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Reissue with bonus short story)
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Reissue with bonus short story)

Review: The Noise germ killed every woman in Todd's town and enabled the survivors to hear each other's thoughts. Todd's upcoming birthday and the rituals that follow will make him a man, but until then, his only companion is a dog that he never wanted in the first place. Todd stumbles across something he did not believe existed, a human girl. He quickly realizes that even though he can hear the thoughts of everyone in his settlement, secrets still exist. This one might cost Todd his life.

It... Read more

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Review: Have you ever listened to a wonderful storyteller tell a wonderfully long story with an ending that just makes you say, tell the story again? That is Aristotle and Dante. I finished the prose-like story and wanted to go back - to see the clues that were so obvious now.

I want to say more, but I will give too much away. It is a story that touched me and I have already passed the book on to two other friends.

You fascinate me, Benjamin Alire Saenz. Read more

More Than This
More Than This

Review: Seth drowns and wakes up in abandonment in his old neighborhood in England. Through dreams and other events, he relives his life. Then he starts wondering: is this death, is this hell, what is reality and what is false?

It was boring for the first 1/4 but I was a bit interested in knowing what would happen.
It didn't get remotely interesting until part 2, after he meets Regene and Tomasz in his town. Around here it went from 1.5 starts to about 2 stars.
By the time part 3 came ar... Read more

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (rpkg)
The Girl of Fire and Thorns (rpkg)

Review: The Girl of Fire and Thorns is an unusual book. A book where the main character does a complete 180 throughout the course of the plot, in looks and personality. A book that emphasizes the characters' faith in a way that fits seemlessly with the plot and is never preachy. A book that starts out weak and grows stronger and stronger. A book that incorporates Spanish language, culture, food, architecture, and more. A book where romance is present but not nearly as important as the protagonist. A boo... Read more

Caraval
Caraval

Review: Overall, I liked this book. I really enjoyed the game and the world that Garber created. There was this odd emphasis on colors that was weird to me, but other than that, I genuinely liked it and it's very unique. I loved the eerie carnival/circus feel while also playing up the appeal and awe of just magic in general. You never really know what's real or fake and it walks the line of reality and magic, so I got a kick out of that. I listened to this in audio and was thoroughly engaged and didn't ... Read more

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