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Display Name: A.E.C.M.
Reading Interests: I am a fan of historical mysteries, expecially anything written by Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers-it is a pity no one writes that way now-a-days. I love Sherlock Holmes, and the traditional mysteries. But I also read pretty much anything, from romance, to thrillers, to non-fiction, to fantasy, to teen, and the occasional children's books. Basically, I just love reading.

A.E.C.M.'s Book Lists
Top Ten Books/Series I read of 2013 (10 titles)

Top Ten Books/Series I read in 2012 (10 titles)
I think the title says it all. Most of these books are part of series-say for Killing Kennedy (And I wouldn't recommend any more in The Silence of the Lamb Series).
Best Historical Mystery Series (13 titles)
These are my favorite mysteries, from modern to classics-mostly historical-, and from adult to children's books. I plan to keep adding as I read more mysteries. (If you like any of these books, all of them are just the first book-or second.)
Top Ten Books/Series I read in 2011 (10 titles)
Some of these books are the first in series (Abarat, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Hunger Games, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, A Spy in the House, Coronets and Steel, and Crown Duel) and I highly recommend reading all the books in the serieses

A.E.C.M.'s Comments    
Cover ArtHave his carcase : a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery with Harriet Vane
by Sayers, Dorothy L. 1893-1957.
This is the second novel in the Sir Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mystery Series. Having seen the movie already, I knew the solution to the crime even before starting to read this. Usually, this would mean I would find the book quite taxing and slightly boring. However, I was pleasantly surprised that there has been a lot I have missed in the movie, especially concerning character development and details of the plot. Not only is this an exceptional mystery, it is one of the few mysteries that boasts of having incredibly developed characters. I found it an excellent read, for mystery and romance lovers alike.   posted May 12, 2014 at 8:43PM

Cover ArtThe art and craft of writing historical fiction
by Thom, James Alexander.
While the idea of writing historical fiction has always fascinated me, I went away from this book knowing nothing that I didn’t know before I read it. Though the book has some interesting points on research and details, these points are all pretty obvious to a logical writer. Besides this, the author spends far too much time on the "politically correct" things to do, without balancing it with deep information about how to understand different eras. I found the book a great disappointment. However, if you know nothing about history-and possibly have been living under a rock-, then maybe this book would be for you.   posted May 12, 2014 at 8:37PM

Cover ArtSecret keeper
by Mitali Perkins
For a teen book, this book was fascinating. Though the characters were very stereotypic, the plot was actually very interesting. The ending is slightly sad, but I thought the author built up to it very well. However, I cannot call this a good book with such boring, unmotivated characters. I wish I could, for the plot was very good. Still, it wasn’t a terrible experience reading it.   posted May 8, 2014 at 9:59AM

Cover ArtScots on the rocks : a bed-and-breakfast mystery
by Mary Daheim
A Bed and Breakfast Mystery. An all around good mystery. The secondary characters blended slightly, but the main character was at least interesting, if at times a bit difficult to relate to. The mystery, however, was light-hearted and fun. Although not the most complex mystery I’ve read, it was still an enjoyable read and, if you’re looking for just a fun mystery to read on a rainy day, this one is for you.   posted May 8, 2014 at 9:55AM

Cover ArtRomeo’s ex : Rosaline’s story
by Lisa Fiedler
Being a fan of Shakespeare, I found the concept of this book to be very interesting. Sadly, the plot and characters did not live up to the concept. Not only were the characters shallow and very foolish, but there was little in them that was reminiscent of the original classic. The ending, as well, was highly unsatisfactory, and strayed widely from the original. Even not considering this book as an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, this book still had nothing to uplift it. It could have been so much better, if the author had merely understand Shakespeare’s intent better.   posted May 8, 2014 at 9:51AM

Cover ArtGlamorous illusions
by Lisa T. Bergren
This period novel, set in the Edwardian era, tells the story of a girl thrown into a world of high society and romance. Sounds pretty much like any typical period plot. In fact, everything about this book was mediocre. The characters could have been better, and often came across as boring and stereotypic. The plot didn’t seem to have any focus, and merely seemed to be a journey that didn’t really lead anywhere. There was little conflict, no apparent climax, and the moment it started getting interesting, it ended. Also, it merely got into the ’surface world’ of the Edwardian era, but it did not examine in any way whatsoever the deeper ideals and understands of the time. This story could have been so much better, if the author had simply decided what the point was of this book, instead of simply floundering around in the dark for a purpose-at least, that’s what it seemed like. Saying that, this wasn’t a terrible book, and certain aspects-such as the main character at certain points-were interesting. It just needs a lot more work before I could ever consider it a good book.   posted Apr 28, 2014 at 6:42PM

Cover ArtUpstairs & downstairs : the illustrated guide to the real world of Downton Abbey
by Warwick, Sarah
Although I have never seen the TV series, I have always been fascinated by the Edwardian Era, especially life in countryside England. This book certainly examines the life of the downstairs, though it doesn’t really examine the life of the upstairs in as much detail. On this point, I was slightly disappointed, but all the information it did talk about was fascinating. If you’re a fan of the Edwardian era and want to learn more about the life of a servant, this is probably a good starting tool.   posted Apr 28, 2014 at 6:31PM

Cover ArtNancy’s mysterious letter
by Carolyn Keene
Book 8 of the Nancy Drew Series. Like all the books before it, this one has stereotypic characters, shallow plot, and anticlimactic ending. Saying that, however, there is something about this series, including this book, that is ever so endearing. Perhaps it is the strong sense between good and evil, instead of blurring the lines like many modern books do. Or it’s the magical simplicity to it. Either way, though the plot and characters weren’t the best, this book was still a pleasure to read.   posted Apr 28, 2014 at 6:11PM

Cover ArtThree blind mice and other stories
by Christie, Agatha
This is a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie, including those featuring Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. For some reason, I prefer her short stories to her full length books. Perhaps it is the lack of character development, and character development is less important in a short story because there doesn’t seem to be enough space for it. The solutions to the stories were slightly obvious, but ingenious all the same. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for some really good short stories.   posted Apr 16, 2014 at 1:54PM

Cover ArtNorth by Northanger, or, The shades of Pemberley : a Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery
by Bebris, Carrie.
This is the third book of the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series. I must admit, I liked it much better than the previous book in the series and, though the characters were still lacking, the mystery itself was really interesting. Again, the solution was pretty obvious, but the story itself was interesting and well plotted. Now, if only the characters were better.   posted Apr 15, 2014 at 2:18PM

Cover ArtOnce there were castles : lost mansions and estates of the Twin Cities
by Millett, Larry
This book is completely fascinating. Having lived in Minnesota for years, this book was particularly fascinating to me because of my love of history and the Victorian era. I don’t think most people realize that, just because they don’t live in London or Rome, it doesn’t mean their city doesn’t have amazing history. A brilliant read-and the beautiful pictures didn’t hurt either.   posted Apr 7, 2014 at 2:16PM

Cover ArtThe mummy case
by Peters, Elizabeth
This is the third book of the Amelia Peabody Series. The plot was interesting and the Egyptian history was fascinating, but I found the relationships and characters very disappointing. And don’t even get me started on the anti-religion sentiment permeating this book. Saying that, the book is still funny and amusing: I just couldn’t take most of it seriously. Still, a fun read, and if you’re looking for a lighthearted, slightly sarcastic book, this one is for you.   posted Apr 7, 2014 at 2:13PM

Cover ArtThe Odyssey
by Homer
Having read the Iliad years ago, I thought it was about time that I read this. Although the imagery was exceptional, I found many of the characters’ actions less honorable than the first book and I disliked Odysseus intensely. Saying that, this is a famous Greek classic, and, in my opinion, everyone should read it at least once.   posted Mar 30, 2014 at 2:24PM

Cover ArtThe hidden goddess
by Hobson, M. K.
This was actually a pretty good book. I found it was drawn out too much and some parts were quite boring, but the larger plot was interesting and the ending was exceptional. The characters were lacking, but I expect that in most fantasies. It could have been a better book, but it wasn’t a bad book. If you like societal fantasy stories, this one is probably your cup of tea.   posted Mar 21, 2014 at 1:26PM

Cover ArtPrincess at sea
by Cook, Dawn.
Although the idea is not a bad one and the characters aren’t too shallow, this book is filled with unimaginative, unreal coincidences which are both simple and unrealistic. It just felt as if everything that happened was outside the realm of logical, no matter in what emotion way you looked at it. However, I suppose it could just not be my cup of tea. I suppose I simply look for logic behind every book and, when I don’t find it, I’m disappointed. The character dialogue was interesting, thought.   posted Mar 9, 2014 at 5:30PM

Cover ArtThe postmortal : a novel
by Drew Magary
I still haven’t decided if I liked this book or not. It was difficult to like it simply because the main character was an antihero type. However, the plot really seemed to analyze the human condition, and how the world would react if the cure to aging was found. And personally, I thought the author did a magnificent job in doing this. Despite how I understood it from an intellectual perspective, I just couldn’t get past the egotistical main character. Still, an interesting read.   posted Mar 9, 2014 at 5:25PM

Cover ArtThe quest for Shakespeare
by Pearce, Joseph
This book really got me thinking. I picked it up out of curiosity and wasn’t really believing what it addressed. After reading, however, I’m not so convinced. Anyway, it was a very thought-provoking read and, if your a fan of Shakespeare like I am, you must read this. Pearce brings Shakespeare out into a whole new light, forming a man out of the mystery. An exceptional book, even if you don’t agree with it.   posted Mar 4, 2014 at 8:29PM

Cover ArtSecrets of Shakespeare’s grave
by Hicks, Deron R.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this, considering it is written for a 5th grader. Personally, I wish I had found this book when I was that age. Not only was it adventurous and quick-paced, but it was also surprisingly intelligent. It must be Shakespeare-he has that affect on people. A brilliant read, and I highly recommend it.   posted Mar 4, 2014 at 8:26PM

Cover ArtSuspense and sensibility, or, First impressions, revisited : a Mr. & Mrs. Darcy
by Bebris, Carrie.
The second book of the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series. While this constitutes a very badly written mystery, there is something about it that is enjoyable. It is almost like reading a historical fantasy novel. The characters aren’t the best, but the plot is interesting. However, I don’t think this one was quite as good as the first book, and hardly as original. Still, an interesting read.   posted Feb 27, 2014 at 9:33PM

Cover ArtPrincess of the Midnight Ball
by George, Jessica Day
I was surprised by how much I liked it. Yes, the characters weren’t deeply developed, but how can you expect an author to develop twelve main characters? Saying that, the plot was adorable and I loved the twists. For a teen book, I found it very enjoyable.   posted Feb 26, 2014 at 1:52PM

Cover ArtPrada and prejudice
by Hubbard, Amanda
Being a huge fan of Jane Austen’s work, I assumed I would enjoy this teen parody of the original. However, I was sadly disappointed. The idea was funny and inventive, but the characters fell short and the plot was often annoying. It could have been such a good book, but sadly it failed miserably.   posted Feb 26, 2014 at 1:49PM

Cover ArtShakespeare : the biography
by Peter Ackroyd
Having read another of Peter Ackroyd’s book, I thought this one would be interesting. But, although it was well organized and well-written, I found the lack of proof and jumps in logic often unbelievable. He made assumptions that seemed be biased, not the simply facts I was looking for. However, the book was still a good read.   posted Feb 26, 2014 at 1:46PM

Cover ArtThe curse of the Pharaohs
by Elizabeth Peters
The second book of the Amelia Peabody/Emerson series. Although not as good and original as the first book, I still enjoyed it. The background characters were often interchangeable, but the main characters were brilliantly developed. The ending seemed a bit obvious, but the mystery certainly kept me on my toes. It was an amusing and pleasant read.   posted Feb 13, 2014 at 11:29AM

Cover ArtCrocodile on the sandbank
by Peters, Elizabeth
This is an entirely too enjoyable book. The kind that encourages you to spend late nights reading this instead of doing work or-more importantly-sleeping. Though the characters weren’t perfectly developed, they were enjoyable. And though the plot was simple, it never stopped being entertaining. This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time, and I look forward to reading its sequels. I highly recommend it.   posted Jan 24, 2014 at 8:54AM

Cover ArtNorth and south
by Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
I remember reading this years ago and, after seeing the miniseries, I reread it recently. It’s one of my favorite classics, following in the same air as Pride and Prejudice. It shows a lot of the society changes during the Industrial Age, and I found the balance to history and romance perfect, not to mention the brilliant character development. I highly recommend this book. In fact, I would say its even better than Pride and Prejudice.   posted Jan 20, 2014 at 12:15PM

Cover ArtShakespeare saved my life : ten years in solitary with the Bard
by Laura Bates
This is a great book-heartwarming, yet intelligent. Being a fan of Shakespeare, I picked this book up with no prior knowledge of its contents. I was not disappointed. In fact, I was impressed by the heart and friendship dotted through this book. These kinds of programs are just what we need in prisons, and outside. If kids studied Shakespeare, they might not end up in prison to begin with. A brilliant narrative, and I highly recommend it.   posted Jan 20, 2014 at 11:53AM

Cover ArtFor whom the bell tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
When I think of classics, I often think of complicated words and endless paragraphs. However, I was surprised how simple this book was to understand, despite having so many deep underlying concepts. A great easy read, that made me think about things I’ve never thought about before. I found it fascinating, and well worth reading the near six hundred pages this book gives. The characters and conflicts kept me engaged to the final page. I highly recommend it.   posted Jan 15, 2014 at 8:19PM

Cover ArtThe Dante Club : a novel
by Pearl, Matthew.
I wasn’t expecting this book to be half as good as it was. It almost felt like I was reading one of the old classical mysteries, like those by Agatha Christie. Now, while the characters weren’t developed and blended together-I was often confused about who was who-, the plot was brilliant. It had me guessing up until the last pages. If you’re looking for a good old mystery, this one is for you.   posted Jan 15, 2014 at 8:15PM

Cover ArtWrite away : one novelist’s approach to fiction and the writing life
by George, Elizabeth
A truly fascinating book. It was much better than I thought it would be. If you are a writer curious about learning the ropes of the writing business and how to work out a novel, this is the book for you. Even I learned a couple new things that I didn’t know before, and the author brought even things I already new to a new light. An excellent read.   posted Jan 7, 2014 at 4:14PM

Cover ArtPride and prescience, or, A truth universally acknowledged : a Mr. & Mrs. Darcy
by Bebris, Carrie.
This is the first book in the Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mystery Series. I really liked this book, but I still admit it could have been better. It took a long time to get to the actual mystery, and the solution was a bit obvious. Also, the character differed slightly from the original book, and weren’t as fleshed out. Saying that, once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. It was quick moving in the second half, and, even though there was no murder through most of the book, the stakes still were high. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.   posted Jan 7, 2014 at 4:12PM

Cover ArtVlad the Impaler : the real Count Dracula
by Goldberg, Enid A.
This is one of the funniest books I have ever read. Oddly enough, it shouldn’t have been. It talked about serious topics such as killing and maiming, but something about it made me laugh out loud once in a while. Being a fan of the original Dracula, I was curious about who he was based on. Unfortunately, Vlad hardly compares to the infamous count, though they both have a worrisome fascination of human blood.   posted Dec 29, 2013 at 1:53PM

Cover ArtMiss Match
by Toliver, Wendy.
This is one of the strangest books I have ever read and, trust me, that is not a compliment. The main plot was a good idea, but the behavior of the main character was so bizarre and foolish it bordered on frightening. If this is the real behavior of teen girls-I certainly hope it isn’t-, there may be little hope in saving the human race. Saying that, this book had the potential of being good, it just wasn’t as it was.   posted Dec 29, 2013 at 1:49PM

Cover ArtMysterious messages : a history of codes and ciphers
by Blackwood, Gary L.
A truly fascinating book, going back Ancient Greek and giving many interesting types and ideas of codes and ciphers. Despite this book being more of a kid’s book, I found it exceptionally written, putting many of the concepts into easily understand terms. Anyone who likes puzzles, like myself, will thoroughly enjoy this book.   posted Dec 27, 2013 at 9:35AM

Cover ArtMillicent’s gift
by Rinaldi, Ann.
I’m not quite sure who decided to publish this, because it isn’t a good book in any way. The plot was underdeveloped, and the characters were annoyingly shallow. If the author had done more with the plot, I think it might have not been that bad a book, but as it is, I won’t be reading or recommending it any time soon.   posted Dec 26, 2013 at 7:57AM

Cover ArtMe, my elf & I
by Swain, Heather
The idea was really interesting, but that’s the only positive I can say about it. The characters were shallow, and the entire plot line was about how romance in the only important thing, and nothing else matters. Seriously? I’m not going to get lower myself to contradict that, because I would be writing all day. So no, I do not recommend this book.   posted Dec 26, 2013 at 7:53AM

Cover ArtA matter of magic
by Wrede, Patricia C.
It was an exceptional book, composed of two books-Mairelon the Magician and The Magician’s Ward. Usually, I don’t enjoy teen books, but I enjoyed this book immensely, and, as I have done extensive research on that time period myself, I can appreciate the author’s knowledge of the Regency era. My only complaint was that the characters were a little flat, say for the main character, but I have come to expect that in teen books.   posted Dec 23, 2013 at 2:51PM

Cover ArtThe Luxe
by Anna Godbersen
After reading this, I was frankly surprised it was in the teen section. Half the time, I was sure I was reading an adult romance. While the characters weren’t too frustrating, the morality was clearly absent in the book. I was sickened by the immorality portrayed is normal. If this is what teens are reading, no wonder teen pregnancy is high. The book could have been so good, if it hadn’t been for the adult content.   posted Dec 21, 2013 at 9:24PM

Cover ArtLook to the East
by Muareen Lang
While it was a little too much of a romance for my taste, it wasn’t that bad of book. The main character was a bit annoying, but the plot and dialogue was entertaining at times. The character development was better than many books and the romance could be sweet...at parts. It wasn’t an excellent book, but it was pretty good.   posted Dec 21, 2013 at 9:20PM

Cover ArtLook for me by moonlight
by Mary Downing Hahn
It was well written and very interesting, but a little too much of a horror story for my taste. Since I liked the original Dracula ever written, I enjoyed it rather more than I thought I would. It kept the brilliance of classical vampire stories without getting into the weird vampire fetish people seem to have now-a-days. It was written for younger teens, but I still highly recommend it.   posted Dec 18, 2013 at 12:22PM

Cover ArtImmortal
by Gillian Shields
The book wasn’t the worst book I read, although it wasn’t that good of book either. The ending was a complete disappointment and very sad. Also, the plot was missing something, probably since it was a teen book. Some scenes just felt too jumpy. Saying this, I did enjoy some aspects of it, I just won’t be reading it any time in the future.   posted Dec 18, 2013 at 12:19PM

Cover ArtHouse of dark shadows
by Robert Liparulo
It is the first in the Dreamhouse Kings Series. Not only was it well written and kept you on your toes, but the plot was intriguing. Although written for younger teens, I liked the author’s style. My one beef was that the author seemed to forget that characters are supposed to have personalities. But I’ll be forgiving, because the plow was so interesting.   posted Dec 18, 2013 at 11:57AM

Cover ArtHouse
by Frank E. Peretti and Ted Dekker
Usually, I don’t like horror, and the only reason I read it is because it was a Christian horror. At least, I assumed it was Christian, since it ended with them finding God and being sorry for their sins. I thought it was a pretty good book, though it may have emphasized a bit too much that people who do wrong will die horribly. In reality, this doesn’t happen in real life. I still liked it, though.   posted Dec 18, 2013 at 11:55AM

Cover ArtGreen angel
by Alice Hoffman
A very depressing book. I’m not saying it was badly written, I’m just saying it was a bit too depressing for my taste. The character development was moderately good, but the characters really handled their hardships foolishly, especially the main character. If you’re in the mood for a sad book, I guess this one might do.   posted Dec 18, 2013 at 11:52AM

Cover ArtVampire stories
by Doyle, Arthur Conan
It is nice to read some of the old classic stories about vampires. It is amazing how different people back then looked at vampires. Now, they are a sexualized symbol of power, but back then they were powerful, certainly, but they weren’t immoral. In my opinion, they were cool, not just puffed-up models-don’t even get me started on about Twilight. The stories were thought-provoking and action-packed, and I highly recommend this book.   posted Dec 10, 2013 at 2:52PM

Cover ArtFairest
by Gail Carson Levine
I really liked the book; it had a good story plot, and addressed issues I had never really considered, but that are part of everyone’s life. The main character had insecurities that were highly relatable, even though I thought the background characters were a bit flat. This is a good book, and I highly recommend it.   posted Dec 7, 2013 at 7:23PM

Cover ArtFace of betrayal
by Wiehl, Lis W.
This book is the first in A Triple Threat Novel series. The book was extremely well written, combining law, politics, criminal investigation, and relationships all in one. It left you guessing up to the last page. Even though I am not usually fond of thrillers, I enjoyed it immensely. It was very adult, however, so I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone under seventeen.   posted Dec 6, 2013 at 10:37PM

Cover ArtWithout a net : middle class and homeless (with kids) in America : my story
by Kennedy, Michelle.
While this book was interesting and the beginning was very fascinating, I found that later on it seemed to turn into a fiction story. Everything just seemed to work out too well. I’m not saying this story isn’t about Michelle, I’m just saying she got lucky. Many do not have that luck. She’s the exception, not the rule. But it was a pretty good book besides that.   posted Dec 3, 2013 at 2:01PM

Cover ArtWitness for the prosecution, and other stories
by Agatha Christie
I got this book because I thought it featured Hercule Poirot, and I was disappointed to find it only contained one short story featuring him. If you put aside that fact, I enjoyed most of the stories. Some of them I felt were a little obvious, and others I thought would have worked better if they had been further developed into a long book, but I still enjoyed reading this. But then, I feel that way about all of Agatha Christie’s books, so don’t take my word for it.   posted Dec 2, 2013 at 12:51PM

Cover ArtDaughter of the flames
by Marriott, Zoe
I thought it was a good book overall. The main character was kind of flat and the plot didn’t fit together at all points, but there were interesting plot twists and surprising turns. I still don’t understand why teens books seem to spend 0 time on character development. What? Do writers think teens have no personalities or something? I guess the book was interesting though, besides the characters.   posted Dec 1, 2013 at 12:28PM

Cover ArtClimbing the stairs
by Padma Venkatraman
Knowing little about the Indian culture, I found this book fascinating, even if it was fiction. The characters were interesting and, though not highly developed, there was something likable about them. I found the main character relatable. The plot was good all up to the end. I won’t give anything away, but I thought the ending was very disappointing. Even so, it’s still a good story.   posted Nov 30, 2013 at 6:13PM

Cover ArtBrooklyn Rose
by Rinaldi, Ann.
I thought it was an interesting love story taking place in 1900. I enjoyed finding out that the main character had been the author’s grandmother, though the story was fiction. My only complaint was that Rose was kind of incompetent, but I liked her anyway. That, and the characters could have been developed more, but that is the case with most books.   posted Nov 29, 2013 at 12:06PM

Cover ArtBeastly
by Alex Flinn
Being a fan of the original tale of Beauty and the Beast, this book would have to be pretty bad for me not to like it. So, yes, I enjoyed it and I liked that it was more from the perspective of Beast, whereas most versions focus on Beauty’s perspective. My only problem is that I’m not sure how well it fit in a modern setting. There is a reason every fairytale is set in some historical era. But still, I recommend reading it; it was a fun book.   posted Nov 28, 2013 at 7:28PM

Cover ArtAurelie : a faerie tale
by Tomlinson, Heather
It was an interesting book, and I think it could have been really good, if it had been longer. The development of the characters and the plot was stuffed in such a short story, it felt like everything had to be rushed. It just felt like the moment it was getting good, the book ended. But it wasn’t a really bad book either.   posted Nov 26, 2013 at 2:15PM

Cover ArtAurelia
by Osterlund, Anne.
While the plot is interesting and serious at many points, I found myself having trouble taking the main character too seriously. Her reactions seemed to show that she had as much sense as a two year old; half the time I wanted to strangle her and the other half I wanted to have a sit down talk with her. But if you can get past the main character, it was an interesting book.   posted Nov 25, 2013 at 12:06PM

Cover ArtGlazed murder
by Beck, Jessica
This is the first book of the Donut Shop Mystery. Even though this isn’t the historical mystery I usually read, I enjoyed it, probably because it was a cozy mystery. The plot was a little slow, but because the main character was interesting, it made up for it. I would have liked for the background characters to be more developed as well, but I still liked this book and plan to read others in the series.   posted Nov 24, 2013 at 12:26PM

Cover ArtAn earthly knight
by Janet Elizabeth McNaughton
The plot wasn’t bad, though I was a little surprised at how sensual it got at one point. The main character was a bit stupid at some points, but at least she made the right decision in the end. I just wouldn’t let anyone under 14 read this book.   posted Nov 23, 2013 at 2:27PM

Cover ArtA little yuletide murder : a Murder, she wrote mystery : a novel
by Donald Bain
I simply picked up this book because I am a fan of the TV Series, but I’ve never read one of these books. Without Angela Lansbury, I just thought it would be lacking But this book was actually really good. Yes, the characters were like the characters in every other Murder, She Wrote plot, but there is something so likeable about these stories that you can really do no wrong. I feel I’m shooting myself in the foot saying that.   posted Nov 23, 2013 at 2:24PM

Cover ArtA kiss in time
by Flinn, Alex
I liked the idea, and I absolutely love fairytales, but I found the main character actually really annoying. She acted so modern, it just didn’t fit with the setting and plot of the book. It wasn’t a bad book-in fact, the plot was interesting-, but I guess her character ruined it for me.   posted Nov 23, 2013 at 2:17PM

Cover ArtA countess below stairs
by Ibbotson, Eva.
This book looked interesting, and I think the plot could have been quite good if the characters weren’t so dull. I liked how it wasn’t entirely a romance, but I found the author just didn’t show good character interaction. Good idea, poor development.   posted Nov 23, 2013 at 2:15PM

Cover ArtThe mermaid in the basement
by Morris, Gilbert.
First book of the Lady Trent Mystery Series. I liked this book. It portrayed women a little bit off, but besides that the character interaction was good and the plot was great. I look forward to reading more of this series.   posted Nov 23, 2013 at 2:13PM

Cover ArtA conspiracy of ravens
by Morris, Gilbert.
This is the sequel to The Mermaid in the Basement. It is a Christian mystery/romance novel. Usually, I don’t like Christian books because they can have pretty stereotypic characters, but I really liked this book. It was a great mystery, and interesting characters. A little too much unrealistic human reactions, but I liked it anyway.   posted Nov 23, 2013 at 2:10PM

Cover ArtHow to murder the man of your dreams
by Dorothy Cannell
First of all, I’d like to make it clear that I am not a fan of romance novels, to say the least. I’ve read a couple, as my past reviews can attest, but I’ve learned quickly that they are boring and repetitive. When I picked up this book, I thought it sounded amusing, because it sounded like it made fun of romance novels. And besides the main character, I thought the book was witty and funny. The main character, however, was a disappointment. The plot was really good, though, and I didn’t figure how what was going on until almost the ending.   posted Nov 7, 2013 at 7:42AM

Cover ArtClosed for the season : a mystery story
by Hahn, Mary Downing.
This is yet another kid’s book I ended up reading for some reason. I picked it up off the shelf on impulse, and I mostly enjoyed it. The plot was interesting and quick moving. The ending was a little confusing, and I thought the author tried a bit to hard to have everyone be involved. But the mystery part and intensity was perfect. The characters, however, I cannot say the same for. While the characters were interesting, I found myself getting disgusted at just how stereotypic the author portrayed types of people, such as rich people and conservatives. Though I am sure that some rich people are snobs and bullies and some conservatives are a bit crazy, I was annoyed how the author put them in such a fixed box, without exception. However, the book was interesting and, if you’re looking for a book simply for good plot, this is the one for you. I, however, cannot say I plan to read it again any time soon.   posted Oct 17, 2013 at 12:03PM

Cover ArtCarbohydrates can kill
by Su, Robert K.
Usually, I don't read health books, but this book was really interesting. I have no idea how much fat some foods had in them. It will teach me to stay away from donuts and ice cream, let me tell you. If you're interested in this kind of health stuff, it is a good book.   posted Oct 10, 2013 at 3:15PM

Cover ArtThe oath
by John T. Lescroart
The idea was good and, I think, if the plot was compacted into half the pages it was, it would be a pretty good book. But it got forever to get from point A to point B and, when you got there, you found out there was a point C. The characters weren’t very interesting and personable. For a thriller, I found it less then thrilling.   posted Oct 10, 2013 at 3:13PM

Cover ArtTaken at the flood
by Agatha Christie
An Hercule Poirot Novel. I was surprised at how disappointed I was by this book. It took over half to book before the murder happened, leading up with dull build-up. Even when Poirot came in, he could not save the boring plot and un-relatable characters. The murder was solved in an ordinary way, in my opinion not up to pare to Agatha Christie’s exceptional writing.   posted Oct 10, 2013 at 3:11PM

Cover ArtKorea : the impossible country
by Tudor, Daniel
I confess, I don’t know much about South Korea, and I thought I would find this book boring, but that was not the case. The book was well written and entertaining. I really liked how the author was completely unbiased, naming the facts and other people’s opinion, giving both the bad and good things about Korea. I wish more journalists wrote as unbiased as he, and it makes me more interested in learning about South Korea.   posted Aug 31, 2013 at 9:49AM

Cover ArtStrong poison : a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery with Harriet Vane
by Sayers, Dorothy L. 1893-1957.
The first book of the Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Series (just a note, this is not the first book, I believe, which featured Peter Wimsey, just the first that featured Harriet Vane). This is one of the best books I have read in quite a long time, possibly ever. The mystery was simple, but quite ingenuous as well. But, oddly enough, though I do love mysteries, I liked this book because of the character development. It is so rare to find such beautiful characters who strike me as real people. Even the minor characters all had their individual quirks, unlike Agatha Christie’s characters. I do believe I have just found a favorite author, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.   posted Aug 10, 2013 at 10:25AM

Cover ArtThe lost city of Z : a tale of deadly obsession in the Amazon
by Grann, David.
Frankly, I was hoping it would be more of a historical account, whereas I found it more like reading a thriller. I’m not saying that’s bad, it just wasn’t for me. The book was very interesting, though, and I did learn a lot about South America, and legends in certain parts. I did like how it incorporated both modern and historical, but I would never what to read it again.   posted Aug 10, 2013 at 10:18AM

Cover ArtThe family way
by Rhys Bowen
The 12th book of the Molly Murphy Mystery Series. I’m not being prejudiced because I love this series, but this book was excellent. The plot wasn’t the best and the conclusion seemed a bit farfetched, but it did have a distinct taste similar to Agatha Christie’s novels, in which everything seems to be connected. I found the ending a little bittersweet, but the characters were fun and I liked the setting in the convent. I cannot wait till the next book in this series comes out.   posted Aug 9, 2013 at 10:25AM

Cover ArtThe labors of Hercules : a Hercule Poirot novel
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. Not one of my favorites of Agatha Christie. I found the mystery a little boring and obvious. There is a reason it is not one of her more popular books. But still, it was interesting and, as always, Poirot makes even the most dullest book interesting.   posted Aug 6, 2013 at 10:10PM

Cover ArtHow they croaked : the awful ends of the awfully famous
by Bragg, Georgia
I thought this book looked hilarious, if not a bit depressing. However, as I went through the book I noticed more than a few facts claimed by the author that I knew off hand to be false. And I only found a few; there are probably many more that I missed. However, if you aren’t looking for a historically accurate book, it as an amusing book if you want to learn about rather depressing stories of deaths.   posted Jul 24, 2013 at 9:51AM

Cover ArtMurder your darlings : an Algonquin Round Table mystery
by Murphy, J. J.
I confess I had never heard of the main character, and I’m not quite sure what the title has to do with the story. The mystery wasn’t the best, but it was not bad. I think the thing that really made the book great in my humble estimation was the interesting characters. And most of them are real historical figures. I look forward to reading the sequel, when it comes out.   posted Jul 5, 2013 at 3:17PM

Cover ArtUglies
by Westerfeld, Scott.
I have read many teen books that are really bad, so I was surprised how much I liked this book. The supporting characters weren’t developed much, but all the characters were still interesting and the plot was better than many books I’ve read. The book really got into the culture of now-a-days and the fascination of being beautiful and looking young forever. And anyone who doesn’t have the mindset of trying to be beautiful is considered to be stupid and bad. I highly recommend this book, and I look forward to reading the sequel.   posted Jun 27, 2013 at 3:13PM

Cover ArtThe hollow
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. Again, while I liked the mystery, I found the characters rather boring and shallow. I know that mysteries are supposed to be more focused on plot and not characters, but there should be at least some character development. If you just focused on the plot, though, the book was great. I thought the murderer was one person from the beginning, and I was wrong.   posted Jun 22, 2013 at 4:00PM

Cover ArtThe evil empire : 101 ways that England ruined the world
by Grasse, Steven A.
I’m not quite sure if the author meant to be serious when he wrote this book. Maybe this book is meant to be more of a satire. Sadly, I didn’t find it amusing. Naturally every country has problems in its history, but to say that a country is evil because it is the only one who did this or that is outrageous. Many countries did the same thing, even before England. For example, child labor was going on in Ancient Egypt, thousands of years before England starting employing children to work. And that is only one of the hundred examples. The book was interesting, though it was hard to take it seriously.   posted Jun 20, 2013 at 7:51PM

Cover ArtMaureen O’Sullivan : "no average Jane"
by Fury, David.
I remember watching Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane in Pride and Prejudice-one of my favorite movies-, but I’ve never been a fan of the old Tarzan movies. But why does it seem that all the great actors are dead? Anyway, this book was fascinating. If you are a fan of old movies, you have to read this book, because this book gives a moving account of one of the greatest actresses in history.   posted Jun 19, 2013 at 10:09PM

Cover ArtBetter than fiction : true travel tales from great fiction writers
by George, Donald W.
This book was really interesting, although I knew only a couple of the writers. You could really tell that many of the stories were close to the authors’ hearts and I really felt like I was in the places they were talking about. I really enjoyed it.   posted Jun 15, 2013 at 8:46PM

Cover ArtMatched
by Condie, Allyson Braithwaite
I was surprised by how much I like this book, and there are very few teen books that I like. The backing characters weren’t really developed, but the main character was interesting and the plot was really well developed. The story did go slow for most of the book, but I still enjoyed reading it and I look forward to reading the next books in the series.   posted Jun 15, 2013 at 8:44PM

Cover ArtZombies of Byzantium
by Munger, Sean
I randomly decided to read this books because it looked really good, and I was sadly disappointed. The main plot was so interesting, but the author failed miserably in even other aspect. The characters were shallow, and the main character was weak both emotionally and morally. The character’s way of speaking and acting was surprisingly modern, considering this story is supposed to take place in the seven hundreds. I know that this is a fantasy, and it certainly focuses more on plot, but there is no excuse in setting a story in a historical time period and not doing the research on how people would behave. I think if the author had done more historical research and worked on getting better characters, the book would have been good. But as it is, I wouldn’t recommend it.   posted Jun 12, 2013 at 6:59PM

Cover ArtJane and the Canterbury tale
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book 11 of the Jane Austen Mystery Series. Although I do love this series, I don’t understand why some series have to be that long. Eventually, they become repetitive and boring. So, however good this book was, it seemed to be just like all the previous books. The mystery was interesting, but the characters seemed a bit flat. Despite that, I still would recommend the series, because it’s one of the few good series out there.   posted Jun 7, 2013 at 1:44PM

Cover ArtNovel destinations : literary landmarks from Jane Austen’s Bath to Ernest Heming
by Schmidt, Shannon McKenna
This is a very interesting book, and it has a lot of interesting places to visit, though I noticed most of them are in America, England, or France. I guess that was where most of the famous authors lived. The only one that they missed was Jules Verne, who happens to be a personal favorite of mine. But the places were varied and the book was organized. If you want to learn about interesting places associated with famous authors of history, read this book.   posted Jun 3, 2013 at 3:57PM

Cover ArtThe Steampunk Gazette
by Tinker, Thaddeus
This book is absolutely fascinating. Not only does it have interesting facts about the Victorian Era and origins of Steampunk, but it also has tons of pictures of gadgets built in Steampunk style and clothing made to resemble the Victorian era. If you are a fan of Steampunk or the Victorian Era, this is a must read.   posted Jun 1, 2013 at 10:54PM

Cover ArtThe big book of words you should know : over 3,000 words every person should be
by Olsen, David
I know this book is pretty much just a dictionary, but it doesn’t have just any words in it. It has words that everyone should know-and words which I don’t. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book, something I would never imagine I would do. I knew at least half of the words, but I was surprised at how many I did not. I shall have to go and heighten my vocabulary.   posted May 31, 2013 at 8:43PM

Cover ArtAlfred Hitchcock and the three investigators in The mystery of the stuttering pa
by Arthur, Robert.
I cannot believe that this is the only book at the library that I could find. After watching the movie based on this series, I couldn’t wait to read it. And it does not disappoint. Jupiter is almost like a miniature Sherlock Holmes, and the plot was ten times better than other kids’ mystery series-such as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. I look forward to reading more of these books, and I highly recommend this series.   posted May 27, 2013 at 9:55PM

Cover ArtThree empires on the Nile : the Victorian jihad, 1869-1899
by Green, Dominic
This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. I know little about Egypt during the Victorian Era-despite being a great fan of both Egypt and the Victorian Era-, so I found this book very informative. But it didn’t just throw a bunch of facts at me. Instead, it told stories about people and places, which kept me interested from page one to the last word. I highly recommend it if you want to know more about Egypt, especially the recent history of Egypt.   posted May 24, 2013 at 3:26PM

Cover ArtJane and the madness of Lord Byron : being a Jane Austen mystery
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book 10 of the Jane Austen Mystery Series. Frankly, I am surprised there are already ten book to this series-actually, eleven, I think. It seems like just yesterday when the fifth one was coming out-that was when I first discovered it. But now unto to book ten. I confess, I guessed the culprit and the victim even before the crime had taken place, but that didn’t detract from the absorbing quality of the book. I just couldn’t put it down. It was nice to see Mona again, as I think she was first introduced in the third book. That, and she reminds me of Harold. The women in this book did seem extremely caddy, however, which made it even funnier. I highly recommend it.   posted May 24, 2013 at 3:21PM

Cover ArtThe Mandie collection. Volume one
by Leppard, Lois Gladys.
I remember reading this series when I was younger, and I like it just as much now as I did then. I wouldn’t recommend the movies because the acting is atrocious, but I highly recommend the books. They do give a bit of a stereotypic view of Indians and life in the frontier west-a.k.a., it isn’t really historically accurate-, but the stories are really cute. It’s one of the kids books that is always going to be a classic.   posted May 19, 2013 at 2:13PM

Cover ArtThe book of bad things : a sinister guide to history’s dark side
by Gifford, Clive.
What an interesting book. The story was just strange, but the parts about the history of murders, plagues, and other things was really interesting. I don’t know why it was in the non-fiction, though, because it certainly told a fiction story. But I guess it was put in non-fiction because there are some historical facts in it. It was an interesting read, but not as good as many historical kids books I’ve read.   posted May 19, 2013 at 2:06PM

Cover ArtThe secret of the mansion
by Campbell, Julie
The first book of the Trixie Belden Mystery Series. This book eerily reminds me of one of the books in the Nancy Drew Series. Besides the main character being younger, the two series have a lot in common. That is probably why the Trixie Belden Series never became as popular as the Nancy Drew Series; because it came after Nancy Drew and was so similar. But it’s still a great book that you should read sometime in your life. I remember first reading this book as a child, and it’s still as good as it was back than. I would highly recommend this book, for adults as well as children.   posted May 13, 2013 at 8:00PM

Cover ArtJudaism : history, belief, and practice
by Stefon, Matt
A great book if you want to learn about Judaism. I confess, I didn’t know much about Judaism, but while reading this, I started to become fascinated with the traditions and history of Judaism. It’s amazing how many traditions they have, and how far back their history goes. After all, they were really the first religion ever. I highly recommend this book.   posted Apr 24, 2013 at 9:38AM

Cover ArtMisty Gordon and the mystery of the ghost pirates
by Kennedy, Kim.
For a kid’s book, I enjoyed it immensely. I’m not sure why the book was called the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates, because the Ghost Pirates didn’t really play that big of part until the end. But it was nice to have pirates shown as being the bad guys, instead of being the sort of good guys in shows like Pirates of the Caribbean. Because in real life, pirates were really bad men-and the occasional woman. The plot was interesting and it had a lot of nice twists. It was almost as if it were a mystery combined with a fantasy book. A good book, and I recommend it.   posted Apr 24, 2013 at 9:35AM

Cover ArtAgatha Christie’s true crime inspirations : stranger than fiction
by Holgate, Mike
What an interesting book. I have always been a fan of Agatha Christie and real life murder mysteries from the Victorian era, so this book is just my forte. The similarity to some of real life cases and some of her books were uncanny, and it was impressive how she could take a real murder and turn it into a book that is almost completely unrecognizable to the original. I think, instead of saying the word based, it should be inspired. She was inspired by real life things to write fiction ones. And that is something every author does.   posted Apr 10, 2013 at 9:45AM

Cover ArtFive little pigs : a Hercule Poirot mystery
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. I liked the book, but I don’t think it’s one of her best. I guessed the murderer-or murderess-quite early on, but the mystery was still interesting. The characters seemed a little repetitive, like I had seen them in other books written by Agatha Christie, but I suppose there are only so many characters you can create without making some similar to others. But still a very good book, and I highly recommend it.   posted Apr 10, 2013 at 9:40AM

Cover ArtLiberty and its price [sound recording] : understanding the French Revolution
by Sutherland, Donald
This series is brilliant! I know that they have pretty much any time period at the library, and I hope to listen to more of them. Donald Sutherland delivers brilliant lectures on the French Revolution, and you can almost see yourself there. I would highly recommend this series if you want to brush up on your history, but don’t want to take the time to read books.   posted Apr 3, 2013 at 9:42AM

Cover ArtMiss Jane Austen’s guide to modern life’s dilemmas : answers to your most burnin
by Smith, Rebecca
I happen to be a huge fan of Jane Austen and I adore all her books. But I have a feeling that this author skipped the books and just watched the movies. It was almost like reading a book comparing cats and dogs and saying they were the same thing. The relationships that Jane Austen wrote about were deep and thoughtful, whereas this author goes as deep into things as a fish bowl. The answers were materialistic and wouldn’t help two cents in working on relationships, both romantic and otherwise. And most of the things were not even remotely addressed to in one of Jane Austen’s writings. On that happy note, I would not recommend this book.   posted Apr 3, 2013 at 9:38AM

Cover ArtLondon : the biography
by Ackroyd, Peter
Being a huge fan of London, I absolutely adored this book. The detail it went into was magnificent. The only thing I found confusing was that the author did not go in consecutive order and kept jumping around in time. Not that that was really bad, but I found it was harder to go back and find things later. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a fondness for London.   posted Apr 3, 2013 at 9:32AM

Cover ArtThe murder of King Tut : the plot to kill the child king : a nonfiction thriller
by Patterson, James
My only problem was that this book is called a nonfiction thriller. I’m sorry, this book is the epitamy of a fiction thriller, possibly inspired by true events. I didn’t really dislike the parts about Carter, but the parts taking place in ancient Egypt were mediocore at best and I disliked how James Patterson kept jumping back and forth between time periods. It made for a very confusing book. The ancient story I found to be completely inaccurate with what I know about King Tut, and the characters were dreadful. It was as if the author was writing about modern people in an ancient setting. Naturally, it is possible that Tut was murdered, but the how, why, and by whom he was murdered was completely fiction. That is why I go back to my first point; if you want to read a historical account of what is known of the boy king, read something else. And even if you want a fictional story about King Tut, I would still read something else.   posted Mar 26, 2013 at 6:12PM

Cover ArtJane and the barque of frailty
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book nine of the Jane Austen mystery series. I actually liked this one much better than I have liked the last couple of books, but it still lacked originality. It seemed to be the same type of story as all the books before it. But I suppose that it what is so endearing about this series. I’m glad, however, that I’m almost done with the series. The books are good, and the historical detail is amazing, but the mysteries just lack an interesting quality. Still, if you’re a fan of Jane Austen, you must read this series.   posted Mar 26, 2013 at 6:05PM

Cover ArtWeird things customers say in bookstores
by Campbell, Jen
This book is one of the funniest books I have ever read. I saw it on the shelf and I thought it looked amusing, but it was even better than I thought. Some of the things I had heard before-having spent far too much time in bookstores-but some of the things just showed how obnoxious people can be. I would highly recommend this book because it is just so funny.   posted Mar 10, 2013 at 2:17PM

Cover ArtThe lake house : a novel
by Patterson, James
This is the sequal of When the Wind Blows and the first book that I’ve read written by James Patterson. I have been wanting to read one of his for a long time, but, if this is any indication of his other books, I never plan to read others. The twelve year old child was sexualized and the ending was horrible. The entire situation between the two older children was disgusting. If they was sixteen, it wouldn’t be as bad, but these children were twelve and younger. Even if the rest of the plot was interesting, that situation completely ruined the entire book for me.   posted Mar 10, 2013 at 2:08PM

Cover ArtCulture warrior
by O'Reilly, Bill
I am not really into politics, but I found this book really interesting. It seemed to press the same point a lot, but the examples were both interesting and horrific. It really surprised me at how far left the media is. Actually, it’s quite scary. It makes me want to read more books by Bill O’Reilly. He is such a great writer, as well as a wonderful reporter.   posted Mar 2, 2013 at 10:32AM

Cover ArtSo you think you know Shakespeare?
by Gifford, Clive.
I happen to be obsessed with Shakespeare and have read about seven-five percent of his plays (say for a couple histories and trageties), so most of these facts I already knew. But it was an interesting book all the same. The format was easy to read, and it gave a lot of info about both William Shakespeare and his plays. Most of the things were famous lines and things that every person should know about Shakespeare, but a couple of the things were pretty obscure. I really liked it.   posted Feb 12, 2013 at 8:35PM

Cover ArtOne, two, buckle my shoe
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. I absolutely adored it. I remember that this was, I think, the third book I ever read of the Hercule Poirot series. It’s interesting, as there have been many times when I have wanted my dentist dead, and then I remember that I’m paying him to turture me. And that I could just let my teeth rot. This book was actually one of the few cases where I liked the movie better, but the book was still great. I cannot wait to read the next one.   posted Feb 6, 2013 at 12:17AM

Cover ArtThe best of ghosts caught on film : the paranormal and the supernatural caught o
by Willin, Melvyn J.
A very interesting book. It was obvious that about 90% of these photos were faked, but some of the pictures were taken in the early 20th century, which was interesting. Some of them were just so weird, though. A camera flash or some dust on the camera and it has to be a ghost. I am not the kind of person that does not believe in ghosts, but seriously, some of these picture were just so ridiculous. But I did enjoy the book, just for the fun of it.   posted Jan 18, 2013 at 9:06AM

Cover ArtAlex O’Donnell and the 40 cyber thieves : a fairy tale retold
by Doman, Regina.
Book 5 of the Fairy Tale Series. As suggested in the title, Alex O’Donnell is the starring character of this book, having been first introduced in Waking Rose-book three of the series. I must say, this book far is by far my favorite book of the series. Despite being a quick read, the plot was interesting and Kateri was my favorite character. I love how the author encourages morality and taking of responsiblity. I highly recommend this book, and the rest of the series.   posted Jan 16, 2013 at 2:24PM

Cover ArtSad cypress : a Hercule Poirot mystery
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. I guessed who did it about halfway through, it didn’t make the ending any less thrilling. It’s interesting. Despite it being more an intellectual book and with little action, this book was far more gripping then any thriller I have ever read. I just wish they wrote more books like this now. But authors seem to have lost all intelligence for emotional and shallow plots and characters. So sad, but I cannot wait to read the next Poirot.   posted Jan 14, 2013 at 4:30PM

Cover ArtLost London
by Guard, Richard
What an incredible book! It’s non-fiction, giving many places in London that have been torn down, as well as certain interesting sort of jobs and slang. It found it fascinating, and I highly enjoyed it. I found most of the buildings were either from the Elizabethian era or the Victorian era, and it made me realize how many historical landmarks London has lost over the years, for new and "better" buildings.   posted Jan 12, 2013 at 12:51PM

Cover ArtThe clue in the diary
by Keene, Carolyn
Book 7 of the Nancy Drew Mysteries. This is by far my favorite book I have read in the series. And I am not just saying that because it is the introduction of Ned Nickerson. It’s really an interesting story, especially because they don’t bring in twenty different badguys at the very end of the story. The badguy was obvious all along, but it was the finding him that was interesting. There was one slight discrepancy I noticed, though. In the Secret of Shadow Ranch, Ned is actually mentioned, while this book-which comes after The Secret of Shadow Ranch-is when Nancy first meets him. So either this book took place before the other book, or the writers missed that. I’m just saying.   posted Jan 11, 2013 at 9:44PM

Cover ArtIf ignorance is bliss, why aren’t there more happy people? : smart quotes for dumb times
by Lloyd, John
What a brilliant and funny book! I highly recommend it. The quotes were from people as far different as Jay Leno and G. K. Chesterton. But it was really interesting. Some of the quotes were a little impractical and untrue, but most were insightful and hillarious. And I completely agree, if ignorance is bliss, why aren’t there more happy people?   posted Jan 8, 2013 at 10:39PM

Cover ArtHercule Poirot’s Christmas
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. I remember seeing the movie years ago and liking it, but the book was ten times better. It didn’t hurt that I read it just after Christmas. Though not really a Christmas story, it does take place at Christmas. Japp was hillarious, and Poirot was, as usaul, brilliant. Agath Christie always delivers a completely perplexing plot, and conclusion. I look forward to reading the next Hercule Poirot book.   posted Jan 6, 2013 at 12:29PM

Cover ArtWaking Rose : a fairy tale retold
by Doman, Regina.
Book 3 of the fairy tale retold series. I really liked this book much better then the two previous ones, especially Black as Night. I didn’t really like Rose in the first book, but I really liked her in this book. And, of course, Fish is such a fun character. I wonder who came up with his nickname anyway? I don’t remember if they mentioned it in the first book. But the plot was really interesting. But I must admit, Paul and Alex were my favorite characters. I can’t wait to read the books that star them as the main characters.   posted Jan 4, 2013 at 4:19PM

Cover ArtSoulless. Vol. 1 : the manga
by Carriger, Gail
Usually I don’t review manga, but I happen to be a great fan of the orginal books. It was certainly not as good as the original book, but not that bad. I liked the Victorian costumes-though many of her day dresses were a little low in the neck. Ball gowns in the 1880s were low in the neck, but any other dresses-day dresses, tea dresses, riding dresses-were not. So that really bugged me, but the rest was really funny. How they drew all the characters was perfect. They were exactly how I pictured them. I look forward to reading more of the manga.   posted Jan 2, 2013 at 4:42PM

Cover ArtJane and the ghosts of Netley : being a Jane Austen mystery
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book seven of the Jane Austen Mystery series. pause...I am speechless. The ending, I just cannot find the words. I don’t want to give it away, but the ending made me never want to read another Jane Austen Mystery. It was horrid! I actually cried. The rest of the book was great. The characters were interesting and the plot was fast moving. But the ending! If you do read this book, don’t read the last twenty pages. Then you should be fine. But really; the ending was completely a shock.   posted Dec 31, 2012 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtAppointment with death : a Hercule Poirot mystery
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. This book actually broke my rule that the book is always better then the movie. For whatever reason, I liked the movie better. I’m not saying the book was bad-it was quite good-, but I think the movie explained things in a more clean manner. But the book and movie were a lot different. It does kind of get boring, though, to have the person who gets killed be someone that everyone hates. I mean, how often does that happen in real life? But then again, nothing from Agatha Christie would be likely to happen in real life.   posted Dec 29, 2012 at 12:37PM

Cover ArtThe secret of Red Gate Farm
by Keene, Carolyn
Book 6 of the Nancy Drew Series. More of an adventure then a mystery, as the solution was so obvious I guessed it not fifty pages in. None of the characters were really interesting either. I just found it was a bit repeditive to the earlier Nancy Drew Books. Bess and George were still fun, though, and the part about the cult was interesting. But not as good as the previous books of the series.   posted Dec 27, 2012 at 9:32AM

Cover ArtBlack as night : a fairy tale retold
by Doman, Regina.
It’s the second book of the series, and a retelling of Snow White. I found it quite good, but much more mature and serious then the first book. Blanche was going through a lot throughtout the book, and as a result most of the book was depressing. But it ended well, and I really liked the twists. I cannot wait to read the next book! I believe it has Rose as the main character.   posted Dec 23, 2012 at 6:13PM

Cover ArtThe shadow of the bear : a fairy tale retold
by Doman, Regina.
The retold fairytale of Snow White and Rose Red. I have read numberous retellings of fairytales, but none as good as this one. It was nice to actually have characters striving to do the right thing. Even if you’re not Catholic, this book is just a fun enjoyable adventure. The only thing that seemed a little far-fetched was that the teens kept quoting Chesterton, Shakespeare, and more. I guess there are teens out there that can quote classic writers, but I’ve never met them. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.   posted Dec 19, 2012 at 10:44AM

Cover ArtMurder in the mews
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. This is actually a collection of four short stories, instead of one long one. Because of their length, I found most of their solutions a bit obvious and the characters weren’t really developed, but the mysteries were still quite good. And it had Hercule Poirot in it, so it had to be good. I wish Agatha Christie had written more short stories. Whether she writes long or short, her mysteries are the best.   posted Dec 17, 2012 at 4:36PM

Cover ArtGarment of shadows : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Hol
by King, Laurie R.
Book 12 of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Suspense Series. When this series first started, I adored it. But now it just seems like I’m reading the same book again. With the exception of Russell’s anmesia, this book was almost identical to the last three or four books. I was really disappointed. The story was good-the ending had an interesting-, but it just seemed to be lacking the originality the first books of the series had. Saying that, though, there is something about this series that I just have to keep reading; I’m not sure why.   posted Dec 14, 2012 at 2:52PM

Cover ArtJane and the prisoner of Wool House
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book Six of the Jane Austen Mystery Series. Even though it didn’t have Lord Harold in it-my favorite character-, I really enjoyed it. The plot was brilliant, and I never would have guessed the murderer. As usual, Jane was a bright and gutsy character that handled everything grandly. And I really liked her brother. Some of the characters were a bit similar to each other, but on a whole the characters were good. I look forward to reading the next book.   posted Dec 7, 2012 at 6:01PM

Cover ArtThe secret of Shadow ranch,
by Keene, Carolyn
Book five of the Nancy Drew Series. In my opinion, this book in the real start of the series, just because Bess and George join Nancy in her investigation and Ned, although not actually in the book, is mentioned to be Nancy’s boyfriend. As for the plot, it was interesting. I played the video game-totally different-, but I really liked reading the book version. I wonder if the cliff dwellings they mention in the book are Mesa Verde-after all, this story does take place in Colorado. But then, the Anasazi-the Indians who built the cliff dwellings-built a lot of cliff dwellings in Colorado. But I’m getting too much into the history. The bottom line is I really enjoyed this book.   posted Dec 5, 2012 at 5:17PM

Cover ArtDumb witness : a Hercule Poirot novel
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. The dog in this book was so adorable! And how Poirot handled him was so cute! The plot was interesting and the solution was complicated-as all of Agatha Christie’s books are-, but I really think it was the dog that made this book. I watched the movie as well, and the dog was cute, but there was just something about the dog in the book that I liked even more. Of course, the movie and book was almost entirely different, even with some different characters. I think I prefered the book better, even if the movie was good too. Again, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.   posted Dec 3, 2012 at 1:21PM

Cover ArtKilling Kennedy : the end of Camelot
by O'Reilly, Bill
After reading Killing Lincoln and enjoying it thoroughly, I was really looking forward to reading this book. And historically, it does not disappoint. It really turns learning about history into an adventure, and that aspect was really great. I suppose the only reason I personally didn’t like it much was because of all the wierd stuff going on his Kennedy’s life-affairs, bringing women into the White House, stuff like that. It just creeped me out, even though I knew he was having affairs before reading this. And the scene of his death was so gory-much worse then Lincoln’s death. But besides that, I really enjoyed the book and highly reccomend it-if you have a good stomache.   posted Dec 1, 2012 at 3:01PM

Cover ArtThe eloquence of blood
by Rock, Judith
I just picked up this book because it looked like it might be good, but I wasn’t expecting a great book. But this was a great book. The kind of book that you stay up late just to read the end of. It was historically acurate, had interesting-though maybe a bit undeveloped-characters, and an intriguing plot that kept me want to keep reading up to the last page. Charles was just such a fun and dignified character, not messed up like most of the main characters you find in modern mysteries and thillers. And this is only the first book of the series. I can’t wait for more to come out!   posted Nov 29, 2012 at 9:43AM

Cover ArtBoys over flowers. 1 = Hana yori dango
by Kamio, Yoko.
Usually I don’t review comics-or in this case, mangas-, but I just have to comment on this one. I remember first reading it when I was twelve or thirteen, and it has stuck with me ever since. It is not that the story itself is unique-we’ve seen it in literature such as Pride and Prejudice and North and South-, but there is something very endearing about the charecters as well as the story. Having seen all the versions based on it-the anime, Hana Yori Dango (Japan), Boys Before Flowers (Korea), Meteor Garden (Taiwan), and Let’s Go Watch the Meteor Shower (China, but not officially based)-I love this series. But even I have to admit, these characters’ relationships would even work out in the end, and Makino and Domyouji would be divorced within a couple years. And if they have has much problems in their married life as they had in their dating life, there is no hope for them. Saying that, I still love this manga, and all the version made of this-except for Meteor Garden (I swear, they hired the worst actors possible). What can I say: it’s a classic in the manga world.   posted Nov 27, 2012 at 10:42PM

Cover ArtCards on the table
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Noval. This isn’t one of my favorites, but it’s still good. I guessed the culprit pretty early on, but the twists were still interesting. Not as complicated and mindboggling as most of Agatha Christie’s books, but I think that was because there were only four suspects. Even so, I still enjoyed it.   posted Nov 25, 2012 at 12:47PM

Cover ArtThe mystery at Lilac Inn
by Keene, Carolyn
Book 4 of the Nancy Drew Books. I liked this book, though not as much as other Nancy Drew Books. I guessed the badguy pretty early on, but the adventure was interesting. And I just love that everyone automatically believes Nancy when she says she is being impersonated. These people must be pretty naive, especially the ones that don’t know you well. And I found at the end they threw in a lot of characters without introducing them properly; it was actually annoying. But it was still good.   posted Nov 23, 2012 at 3:21PM

Cover ArtJane and the stillroom maid
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book Five of the Jane Austen Mystery Series. I enjoyed this one much better then the previous one, mostly because I like Lord Harold so much. The mystery was interesting, but I found the characters-except for Lord Harold and Jane-rather dull. A good book, but the series seems to be getting a little repedative.   posted Nov 7, 2012 at 4:10PM

Cover ArtThe dead witness : a connoisseur’s collection of Victorian detective stories
by Sims, Michael
A brilliant collection of short detective stories, most of which paved the way for mystery writers like Sir Arthur Doyle and Agatha Christie. I recognized most of the authors- Edger Allan Poe, Charles Dickens-and I enjoyed every story. I believe all of them were orginally published in the Victorian era in either newspapers or magizines. Each were brilliantly written and very original. I did guess most of the solutions, but the stories were still good and I highly recommend this book to anyone were is a fan of the early detective stories, like I am.   posted Nov 4, 2012 at 3:25PM

Cover ArtMurder in Mesopotamia : a Hercule Poirot mystery
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Mystery. I had never read this previously, nor seen the movie, but I wasn’t surprised at how much I liked it. As in many of the Hercule Poirot books, Poirot doesn’t actually come in until almost half-way through the book. The main character, a nurse, was actually a very bland character. She didn’t seem to have much personality, but I still really liked her. The mystery, as always, was complicated and I never guessed the solution until Poirot revealed it. I’ve said this before, but I wish that mysteries written now were written like this series.   posted Nov 2, 2012 at 3:02PM

Cover ArtBad girls don’t die
by Alender, Katie
I have trouble deciding whether this book is a really bad teen horror or a really really bad teen drama. The characters were ridiculously boring, and they kept doing things completely out of character. And the main character had no personality to speak of. I must admit, the horror idea was interesting, and it could have been quite good, but the development was so slow and there didn’t seem to be any conflict. It really was a waste of my time, and I was sadly disapointed.   posted Oct 31, 2012 at 3:24PM

Cover ArtThe bungalow mystery
by Keene, Carolyn
Book three of the Nancy Drew Series. Why is it that there always seems to be a completely helpless girl in the Nancy Drew stories? In this one, it was Laura. She was sweet, but kind of annoying. Of course, Nancy was great, as always, and the plot was great. I do wish the characters were a bit more realistic, but what can you expect from a kid’s book? Anyway, I remember never liking this one as a kid, but I don’t know why.   posted Oct 29, 2012 at 4:11PM

Cover ArtJane and the genius of the place
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book four of the Jane Austen Mystery Series. This wasn’t one of my favorite books of this series, but it was interesting. I missed Harold in this one, but he does make a short appearance. The characters seemed a bit flat, but the plot was interesting. I did, however, guess the culprit an little over half way done with the book. As usual, Jane was magnificent and I really enjoy her character. I highly recommend this series if you are a fan of Jane Austen.   posted Oct 26, 2012 at 5:38PM

Cover ArtThe A.B.C. murders : a Hercule Poirot novel
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. I was completely off on the solution. I was sure I had guessed who had done it, and the Agatha Christie delivered an ending I could never have predicted. It was nice to have Hastings back too. For some reason, I always prefer the books that he is in. I suppose it’s because he brings Poirot down to earth, and adds a main character that is in the same position as the reader. It’s hard to imagine yourself as Poirot, but Hastings, on the other hand, is easier to see yourself as. As usual, I loved the book, and highly recommend the series.   posted Oct 24, 2012 at 4:10PM

Cover ArtObsession : an Alex Delaware novel
by Kellerman, Jonathan.
I know there is a whole series of Alex Delaware books, but this is the first one I’ve read. I kind of liked the story. The characters were a bit repeditive, and the plot seemed to drive the characters instead of the other way around. My main problem was the plot was so slow moving, and the author seemed to add a lot of things that didn’t seem vital. I never would have guessed the end, but I don’t think it’s worth reading all the book to find out the ending.   posted Oct 22, 2012 at 4:08PM

Cover ArtThe hidden staircase
by Keene, Carolyn
Book 2 of the Nancy Drew Mysteries. This book is a lot different then the first book. Whereas the first book was more of an adventure, this book was more of a mystery, though it has aspects of adventure. Growing up, this was one of my favorite Nancy Drew books, even more then the first one. Personally, I always liked Helan more then George and Bess. I wonder why they changed Nancy’s best friends? Maybe because Helen is so much like Nancy herself, and George and Bess are so different. Anyway, great book, great series.   posted Oct 20, 2012 at 4:01PM

Cover ArtThe Lady Elizabeth : a novel
by Weir, Alison
I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It was a little biased, making Elizabeth seem like an exceptional person and her sister Mary seem like a cold person, but everything else was very historically acurate. It was almost like reading a biography, instead of fiction. It seemed a little slow moving and redundant, but I liked it. If you are a fan of the Elizabethian era, you will certainly like this.   posted Oct 17, 2012 at 3:54PM

Cover ArtDeath in the clouds
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. I remember watching the movie of this years ago, but I never actually got around to reading it. Let me just say, as in the case of every Hercule Poirot novel I have read, the book is much better then the movie. The characters did seem to have a limited amount of depth, but the mystery was brilliant and Poirot was, as he always is, a darling and funny character.   posted Oct 15, 2012 at 7:47PM

Cover ArtWired for story : the writer’s guide to using brain science to hook readers from
by Cron, Lisa
Yet another how to write book I have read-I think I must by nearing at least a dozen. As usual, it used a lot of words and didn’t really say anything I didn’t already know. The parts where it cleared some myths about writing were interesting, but the author seemed to use a lot of fancy words to talk about very simple things. I could have just read the check list at the end of each chapter and learned the same things that I did reading the entire book. It wasn’t bad, but it could have been so much better.   posted Oct 12, 2012 at 4:09PM

Cover ArtThe faerie ring
by Hamilton, Kiki
I was surprised how much I liked this book. I got it on a spur of the moment and wasn’t expecting it to be a good book, especially because it is a teen book. But I found the plot well developed and the story flowing easily. The moment I got to the one quarter mark, I couldn’t put it down. The historical accuracy wasn’t very good, but the main characters were understandable and the plot was intiguing. I really found the main character was a real person, even though the romance became a little unrealistic. I wonder if the author, who is named Kiki, purpusefully named her name character Tiki-wierd similarity. Anyway, I enjoyed the book and would highly recomend it, if you’re not looking for a historically accurate book.   posted Oct 9, 2012 at 4:50PM

Cover ArtStardust
by Gaiman, Neil
I have always admired Neil Gaiman’s skill at creating an imaginary world, and this story does not disapoint. The world was incredible, and the plot was fast moving and imaginative. I liked the movie, but the book was ten times better. I could have enjoyed it even more if the characters had not been so boring and unrealistic. Tristan was the most annoying character of all, and I was hoping for a stronger character from him. But it was still a good book.   posted Oct 6, 2012 at 4:53PM

Cover ArtThree act tragedy : a Hercule Poirot mystery
by Christie, Agatha
A Hercule Poirot Novel. I was surprised that I didn’t really like this book. The mystery was interesting, but I found the characters were rather dull. I didn’t guess who had done it, though, and was completely fooled up till the very end. But the characters blended together so much that I found the book a bit boring. I’m glad I read it, but I can understand why this is one of Agatha Christie’s books that is less popular then many of her others.   posted Oct 3, 2012 at 4:56PM

Cover ArtThe innocent
by Coben, Harlan
I picked up this book thinking I wouldn’t like it, but I was surprised how much I did. The characters were interesting and the plot was fast paced. It certainly isn’t a mystery-instead, it was a thriller-, but I liked it anyway. My only complaint was I guessed the solution about halfway through the book, but it was still interesting to read the climax and resolution. I have never read one of Harlan Coben’s thrillar’s, but now I just might consider reading them now.   posted Sep 30, 2012 at 3:52PM

Cover ArtMurder in the Supreme Court
by Truman, Margaret
It was an interesting book. It wasn’t one of my favorite mysteries, but it wasn’t that bad. The plot was unique and the characters were realistic. I found the solution a bit obvious, but the plot was lively and quick paced. I think the reason I didn’t like it more was because I couldn’t relate to the main character-he was flat and rather screwed up mentally. But it was a good mystery, I suppose, as far as mysteries go.   posted Sep 27, 2012 at 4:10PM

Cover ArtThe age of reform and industrialization, 1896-1920
by Espejo, Roman
A non-fiction book describing the changes that happened in America between 1896-1920. I found it a bit disorganized and not very explanatory. It was an interesting book, but I didn’t learn anything that I did not know before I read this. But it was an interesting book, that explained some things that happened around the turn of the century in a way I have not read before. Than again, that may not be a good thing.   posted Sep 25, 2012 at 4:05PM

Cover ArtMurder on the Orient Express : a Hercule Poirot mystery
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot Novel. This is actually one of the best known of Agatha Christie’s books-next to Murder on the Nile-, and that’s probably because the solution is so ingenious. I personally have never liked the movies based on this book, but the book itself is one of my favorite of hers. The characters are funny, and no one is what they appear to be. There is a reason why this book is one of her most popular; it is also one of her best.   posted Sep 23, 2012 at 3:17PM

Cover ArtHanna’s daughters
by Fredriksson, Marianne.
It was an interesting book, though not really my type of book. I found many of the characters rather passive-especially the women-, but for the most part the story was interesting and realistic. The writing style was very simple and easy to read, though the author’s jumping around from perspectives and times made it a bit difficult to understand at times. It was pretty historically acurate, but a bit emotional for my taste. All-over, I liked it, though I will not be running to read it again anytime soon.   posted Sep 21, 2012 at 4:09PM

Cover ArtThe picture of Dorian Gray and three stories
by Wilde, Oscar
I never really wanted to read this-probably because it is so depressing-, but I decided that I had to read it at least once. And I actually enjoyed it. I found it easy to read, compared to most classics. It was a bit slow moving and used very long descriptions, but the book was much more intellictual then any movie I have seen based on it. If you analisysed it and read it on a completely unemotional level, it was an excellant book with many interesting motifs and strong conflicts. It simply tells a story of an intelligent young man who destroyed his life by becoming selfish and cruel. I highly recommend it.   posted Sep 19, 2012 at 4:05PM

Cover ArtLady killer; [and] Secret admirer
by Jaffe, Michele.
Secret Admirer-the plot was slighly more interesting then Lady Killer, but it could not make up for the terrible characters. I just do not think the author really knows how to develop characters. She intoduces the characters-when she introduces them, the are actually pretty interesting-, and then she has them do things out of character without giving them a good reason for doing it. I just thought the entire book was poorly written, and it was a waste of my time.   posted Sep 17, 2012 at 4:13PM

Cover ArtLord Edgware dies
by Christie, Agatha
A Hercule Poirot Novel. This certainly wasn’t one of my favorites of Hercule Poirot books, but it was still quite good. The mystery wasn’t the best, but the characters were hillarious and I was glad to see Hastings back. It really works well, having the Hasting/Watson and Poirot/Holmes thing in mysteries like this, probably because you need a down-to-earth main character to balance a brilliant detective that is hard to relate to. I look forward to reading more of this series.   posted Sep 16, 2012 at 4:14PM

Cover ArtThe bad beginning
by Snicket, Lemony.
Book one of the Series of Unfortunate Events. I remember reading this as a child when this first came out, and loving it. At age eight, it was something so different and like nothing I had ever read before. Being much older and wiser now, I still think that it is one of the most different series I have ever read. Everything about it is so creative, from the unique characters to the plots marred with strange twists and turns. Everyone should read this series at one point in their life, just to say they did-I’ve read it twice.   posted Sep 15, 2012 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtLady killer; [and] Secret admirer
by Jaffe, Michele.
Lady Killer-I can not believe I actually read this book. The plot sounded so good when reading the back, but the story sadly disapointed me, mostly because of the characters. First, the main heroine was an idiot, emotional, and on the point of being irrational. Second, the author seemed to have taken modern characters and placed them into a fourteenth century setting. For example, Clio seemed to be some sort of private detective, which would not even exist in the fourtheenth century. It just did not work. The plot idea was interesting, but it was so slow and predictable that even the mystery couldn’t lift the book out of the gutter. I would have expected more from an author who has a history degree. It just was not worth my time.   posted Sep 14, 2012 at 4:13PM

Cover ArtThe secret of the old clock
by Keene, Carolyn
Book one of the Nancy Drew Series. I loved reading Nancy Drew as a child, and I find that I still enjoy it, no matter how old I get. It is a true children’x classic, and I wish they wrote children books like that now-a-days. It shows good people that are trying to do what is right, while I find a lot of books written now are egotistic and shallow. I would reccomend this series to anyway, no matter if you are eight or eighty.   posted Sep 13, 2012 at 5:06PM

Cover ArtRed land, black land : daily life in ancient Egypt
by Mertz, Barbara.
When I heard that Barbara Mertz, who wrote the Amelia Peabody Series, had written some non-fiction books about ancient Egypt, I had to read them. I have read many non-fiction books about ancient Egypt, but none are as great as this one. It almost transports you back to that age and place. So many books just talk about the pharaohs and high priests, but what was really incredible about this book was that it talked about the ordinary people in Egypt. I would definitely recommend this book-and the first of the series, Temples, Tombs, and Hieroplyphs-if you want to learn more about ancient Egypt.   posted Sep 12, 2012 at 4:36PM

Cover ArtCrazy cool [electronic resource]
This is actually book two, but I inherited it from an aunt and I thought I might as well read it. I regret taking the time. The plot was a good idea, but the development was sloppy and the characters were horrendous. I will say that the action and descriptions weren’t that bad, but they couldn’t make up for how bad the book was. I just found that the characters were so unrealistic, I couldn’t even relate to them, especially the main character. I do not plan to read any more of the series.   posted Sep 11, 2012 at 4:13PM

Cover ArtTempest in the tea leaves
by Townsend, Kari Lee
It was one of the strangest books I have ever read. It was like someone mashed a teen love story with bad characters and boring plot with a emotional-not logical, as mysteries should be-mystery with predictable plot. The main character reminded me of the typical rebellious and emotional teenager. It was all so strange, and makes me wonder if some people really do stay in the ’high school’ mentality all their lives. The mystery wasn’t even that good, and it could not make up for the bad characters, especially the main character. This is why I prefer to read only historical mysteries, because none are as bad as this. It was a good idea, but somewhere along the line it went so wrong.   posted Sep 4, 2012 at 4:32PM

Cover ArtPeril at End House
by Christie, Agatha
An Hercule Poirot mystery noval. Like all of Agatha Christie’s books, this one was incredible. This was actually one of the first mysteries I have ever read, and it really hooked me on mysteries. I think the reason why Agatha Christie in considered the queen of crime is because she comes up with these plots that have incredible twists at the end that you could never have predicted. It is such a pity that there are not writers like her now-a-days. Mysteries seemed to have died out and turned into thrillers. But this book was magnificent, and I highly recommend it.   posted Aug 15, 2012 at 4:30PM

Cover ArtJane and the wandering eye
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book three of the Jane Austen Mystery Series. I enjoy this series immensely. The characters are a bit boring, but the plot is interesting and the writing style is brilliant. I figured out the murderer pretty early on, but it didn’t ruin my enjoyment of this book in the slightest. I very much recommend this book, and this series.   posted Aug 14, 2012 at 5:12PM

Cover ArtDracula in love : a novel
by Essex, Karen.
Going in to read this, I was naturally sceptical, as I am a great fan of the original and could not see how they could make it better. Luckily, I didn’t have to worry about it being better, as it was one of the strangest books I have ever read, and not in a good way. I will never understand the modern writer’s perverse fascination with turning everything pure and good into something disgusting and immoral. There was several times-no, many times-that I had to put this book down because of how disgusted I was. Not only were the characters twisted in such a way as to make them intorable, but the complete plot merely circled around the evil in people’s hearts, and did not show any good. I am begging anyone who wishes to keep their sanity to not read this, to not make the mistake that I have.   posted Aug 13, 2012 at 4:14PM

Cover ArtMagic lost, trouble found
by Shearin, Lisa.
Book one of the Raine Benares series. I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, it was interesting and the action lively, but on the other hand the characters weren’t very developed about the plot predictable. I prefer reading books where I’m on the edge of my seat, guessing what will happen next. But it wasn’t that bad of book, but, unfortunately, the library has no copies of the second book, so I won’t be reading any more of the series. I liked it, though.   posted Aug 8, 2012 at 4:10PM

Cover ArtThe mystery of the Blue Train : a Hercule Poirot mystery
by Christie, Agatha
A Hercule Poirot noval. As always, Agatha Christie delivers a perplexing and intriguing mystery that I could not put down. I was surprised that I actually guessed who had done it-or should I say, what had been done-, which is rare for me when reading one of Agatha Christie’s books. A pleasure reading, and I highly recommend this book as well as any other book by Agatha Christie.   posted Aug 6, 2012 at 4:42PM

Cover ArtThe hollow kingdom
by Dunkle, Clare B.
The first book of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy. I first read this book as a teen when it first came out. I always loved this book, but I was never very fond of the sequels. I would, however, recommend this book. It is so different from most stories, showing vulerability in humans hearts and how practicully every word that comes out of our mouthes are a lie. It is not only a fun, indearing story, but it also gives the reader a valuable lesson. I couldn’t put it down; the second time through!   posted Aug 3, 2012 at 5:07PM

Cover ArtJane and the man of the cloth : being the second Jane Austen mystery
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book two of the Jane Austen mystery series. I enjoyed it immensely, as I did the first book. The writing style impresses me because it is so close to the way Jane Austen wrote. Also, the mystery and characters are interesting. I am, however, a little annoyed that every book or movie I see about Jane Austen has to have romance in it. Why cannot she be a strong woman that does not fall in love? Why are people obsessing with making her fall in love and be tragically seperated with the man she loves as an excuse to why she never married? But besides that, I liked it and I highly recommend this series.   posted Aug 1, 2012 at 8:27PM

Cover ArtHannibal
by Harris, Thomas
After reading Silence of the Lambs and enjoying it, I was sadly disapointed by this book. The character of Clarice Starling had completely changed from the first book and I could not relate to her at all. The plot was boring and predictable, at best. I might have thought it was an okey book if not for the ending, which completely did not make sense with the rest of the book-books, I should say-and was a step above bizzare. I have never seen the movie, but I’m told it is actually better then the book, with not surprising, considering how bad the book was. Honesty, it was a waste of my time.   posted Jul 31, 2012 at 4:04PM

Cover ArtThe big four : a Hercule Poirot novel
by Christie, Agatha
I was really surprised that I didn’t like this book as much as any of the others Agatha Christie wrote. It was more of a thriller and less of a mystery. Also, instead of being one main story, it almost seemed like a group of small stories with one similar plot line. It wasn’t bad, but it’s probably my least favorite Hercule Poirot book I have read to date. Even so, I’m glad I read it; Agatha Christie is in a genre all by herself, in my opinion.   posted Jul 30, 2012 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtThe Goblin King
by Husk, Shona
When I read the back, it sounded interesting-almost a combination of Labyrinth (1986) and The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle. When I actually read it, however, I was sadly disapointed. Not only was the plot slow moving and predictable, but I was almost hoping the goodguys would lose. Whenever that happens, I know the book must be really bad. I certainly do not plan to read any more books of this series. Every time I read a modern romance, I’m hoping that it will be good, but it never is. So disapointing!   posted Jul 23, 2012 at 5:09PM

Cover ArtThe insane train
by Russell, Sheldon
It was an interesting book, a bit predictable and the characters were a bit flat, but I liked it for the most part. I figured out the murderer pretty soon, though, and found the plot a bit slow. I liked it, but I don’t plan reading it again in the future.   posted Jul 20, 2012 at 4:22PM

Cover ArtThe murder of Roger Ackroyd : a Hecule Poirot mystery
by Christie, Agatha
A Hercule Poirot Novel, the fourth book to come out. A truly incredible mystery. There is a reason why Agatha Christie is considered the queen of crime. I was completely confused the entire way through the book, and could not put it down. It is a pitty that mystery novels are not as good as this one, or everyone would be reading mystery novels. I highly recommend it, although the movie is not half as good-starring David Suchet.   posted Jul 17, 2012 at 4:12PM

Cover ArtJane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor : Being the First Jane Austen Mystery
by Barron, Stephanie.
Book one of the Jane Austen Mystery Series. One of the best books I have read in a long time. The historical detail was exiquisite and the mystery kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. I just couldn’t put it down. I have read this book several times, and I never tire of it. It’s one of those books that you cannot get enough of. Unfortunatly, later in the series my favorite character dies. Even so, I highly recommend this series.   posted Jul 14, 2012 at 5:34PM

Cover ArtUndead and unemployed
by Davidson, MaryJanice.
This book isn’t that bad, but then again it isn’t that good. The plot is interesting and the characters are funny, but I found the characters also materialistic, shallow, and a bit boring. I slightly enjoyed this book, but I won’t be jumping any time soon to read more of this series. The book could have been so much better, but it wasn’t.   posted Jul 11, 2012 at 7:09PM

Cover ArtHush now, don’t you cry
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book 11 of the Molly Murphy Mystery Series. Rhys Bowen is one of my favorite mystery writers, and this book, like all the ones before it, does not disapoint. The killer was a bit obvious, but the mystery was interesting and the twists kept me reading from first to last page. I highly recommend this series, as well as Rhys Bowen’s other books.   posted Jul 9, 2012 at 4:04PM

Cover ArtFrom Potter’s field
by Cornwell, Patricia Daniels.
It had an interesting plot and the characters weren’t that bad but I found something about it a bit flat. It was slow moving, unclear, and the ending was terrible. The development lacked any organization and I was sadly disapointed. I would not waste my time reading this book.   posted Jul 5, 2012 at 9:12AM

Cover ArtHarry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone
by Rowling, J. K.
This is book one of the Harry Potter Series. A brilliant book for all ages. I enjoy it as much now as I did when I was a child. It is not the character nor the plot that makes the book so exceptional; it is the world. J.K. Rowling created an entire world beneath our own, like other writers such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien before her. I didn’t like the later books, as they lost a lot of their imagination and uniqueness, but this series is certainly going to become a classic for many generations to come.   posted Jul 3, 2012 at 10:16PM

Cover ArtThe silence of the lambs
by Harris, Thomas
A truly brilliant book, and even better then the movie, if that is possible. I was on the edge of my seat through the entire book; I couldn’t put it down. The author captured perfectly the psychology of a serial murderer and an insane lunatic. Who could forget the brilliant, though mentally unsound, character of Hannibal Lector? For my part, I thought it was Clarice Starling who made the book. Through all the insanity around her, she keeps the reader from completely losing it. I would highly recommend this book, but be warned, there is a reason why the movie is rater R and the book is in the adult section.   posted Jul 1, 2012 at 5:29PM

Cover ArtLove comes softly
by Oke, Janette
My grandmother recommended Janette Oke books and, after liking the movie, I decided to read it. It was like reading a bad Laura Ingalls book. The history was alright, but it was so boring. The characters were moderately good, but they were so stylized and didn’t react the way people do in real life. The idea was good, but it was a bit dull.   posted Jun 27, 2012 at 5:18PM

Cover ArtPersuasion
by Austen, Jane
I have never liked any movie made of it, and for that reason I never took the time to read it. Now I regret not reading it sooner. This book may not be as popular as Pride and Prejudice or Emma, but it is now one of my favorites. It’s so different then any of Jane Austen’s other books, as her other main characters are much younger. I could hardly put it down throughout, laughing at the funny parts and being exasperated at the annoying parts. I highly recommend reading this book, at least once, as well as all of Jane Austen’s books.   posted Jun 25, 2012 at 4:09PM

Cover ArtDouble dating with the dead
by Kelley, Karen.
This book is terrible. From the back cover, I thought it would be a romantic comedy, with the two main charects bickering all though the story. But it wasn’t and, honestly, it was a waste of my time. Frankly, it was all about sex. That is one aspect to a relationship, but it is a very small one, and this book covered none of the other aspects. It was a good idea, but I was sadly disapointed, and am begging everyone not to read this book.   posted Jun 23, 2012 at 4:47PM

Cover ArtYou belong to me
by Clark, Mary Higgins
I have never read one of Mary Higgins Clark’s books, but I watched the movie of this book on Lifetime channel and loved it. After reading this book, I’ve decided I should read all of hers. This books was excellant. I may have known who the killer was from the movie, but it didn’t make it any less exciting. Usually, I only read mysteries, but I’m starting to think I should start reading more thrillars, if any of them are as good as this one. I highly recommend it.   posted Jun 21, 2012 at 8:50AM

Cover ArtDanger overseas
by Keene, Carolyn
Book two of the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery. I wasn’t much of a fan of the first book, so I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one. The mystery wasn’t complicated and I figured it out quickly, but the characters were fuuny. The one thing that bothered me so much was how nice Nancy was to the kleptomaniac/Lily. Even so, I plan to read the rest of the series. Maybe I only liked it because it had Nancy Drew in it.   posted Jun 17, 2012 at 1:16PM

Cover ArtPoirot investigates.
This is a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie, starring my second favorite detective-besides Sherlock Holmes-, Hercule Poirot. Most of the story were interesting, but they weren’t as complicated at most of Agatha Christie’s mysteries, but that was probably just because they were so short. I was surprised that there was only one copy at the entire library; it’s a petty that only some of her books are popular.   posted Jun 15, 2012 at 5:59PM

Cover ArtThe boxcar children
by Warner, Gertrude Chandler
This was one of my favorite books as a child, and it still is. Its simply a cute story about four kids who make the best of a bad situation and are so nice. The book combines adventure with mystery with family. Its the best kind of story, and I wish they would write stuff like this for kids now-a-days.   posted Jun 13, 2012 at 3:53PM

Cover ArtBooks can be deceiving
by McKinlay, Jenn
This is the first book of A Library Lover’s Mystery. I liked it. The characters were interesting and I only figured out who did it right before the main character did. I liked it, but it wasn’t one of the best mysteries I’ve read. I really like Lindsey, though and I do, plan to read more of the series when it comes out.   posted Jun 11, 2012 at 6:01PM

Cover ArtNorthanger Abbey
by Austen, Jane
After reading Mansfield Park and not enjoying it, I was not looking forward to reading this one. Fortunatly, I was happily surprised by how good a noval it was. The main character, Catherine is certainly immature, but she’s kind hearted and imaginative. The plot wasn’t as complicated as, say, Pride and Prejudice, but it was interesting and the conversation was lively. Before I read this, I watched the movie made in 2007 by Masterpiece Theater, and now I find it not half as good as the book. I would certainly recommend taking the time to read this book, and all the other Jane Austen books.   posted Jun 6, 2012 at 4:04PM

Cover ArtBless the bride
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book 10 of the Molly Murphy Series. A delightful read. I don’t know much about Chinese immagrants during that time, so I found it fascinatig. I figured out who did it pretty early on, but I still couldn’t put it down. But frankly, over the course of the series, I have decided that Molly and Daniel do not work together. But even so, I highly recommend this series.   posted Jun 4, 2012 at 3:52PM

Cover ArtThe last illusion
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book 9 of the Molly Murphy Mystery Series. I happen to be a huge fan of magicians and Houdini, so to mix mystery with magic was just my cup of tea. The characters were interesting and the twists were incredible. I found the organization a bit messed up near the end, but nothing major. I recommend this series.   posted Jun 1, 2012 at 1:29PM

Cover ArtIn a gilded cage
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book 8 of the Molly Murphy Mystery Series. I liked the story, but it wasn’t half as complicated as some of the earlier ones. I figured out who did it a quarter of the way through the book, and usually it takes me as least half way through the book. But the characters were interesting. I really do like this series.   posted May 30, 2012 at 4:09PM

Cover ArtMary, Queen of Scots : queen without a country
by Lasky, Kathryn.
A book of the Royal Diaries Series. This is my favorite book in the series, and much more historically acurate then the others. The story is interesting, and the characters are likable. I only noticed a couple of places where there were not historical facts. But, even so, a very good book.   posted May 28, 2012 at 3:56PM

Cover ArtTell me, pretty maiden
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book seven of the Molly Murphy Mystery Series. I enjoyed it better then many of the previous ones. In fact, I was actaully stumped while reading it, which is rare for me. I couldn’t figure out how all of the mysteries would come together. As usaul, I overcomplicated my conclusions. Anyways, I enjoyed the book; the characters were great and the plot was exciting. This series actually broke my ’in a series only the first three or four books are good’ rule. I recommend it.   posted May 26, 2012 at 10:39AM

Cover ArtCleopatra VII, daughter of the Nile
by Gregory, Kristiana.
This is one of the books of the Royal Diaries. I used to love reading these when I was young, when I first started falling in love with history. But, as I learned more about Cleopatra, the less I liked this book. It is not historically acurate, and her character is nothing like I imagined her to be in real life. Even so, it isn’t a bad book, but don’t read it if you are looking for something historically acurate.   posted May 25, 2012 at 3:48PM

Cover ArtOh Danny boy
by Bowen, Rhys.
This is book five of the Molly Murphy Mystery Series. I absolutely loved it! It was heartwretching, confusing, and intriguing. I was on the edge of my seat half the time, wondering what would happen next. There was a few things I didn’t like about it-like not having the badguy be much of a main character-, but I did enjoy the fast pace action. I look forward to reading more of the series.   posted May 21, 2012 at 3:33PM

Cover ArtIn like Flynn
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book 4 of the Molly Murphy Mystery Series. Although I enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the twists, I found it a little repeditive with the previous three books. I liked the twist of bringing back someone thought to be dead, but I would have liked if some lose ends would have been tied up. I am also getting a little annoyed with Danial, but then who wouldn’t be. Molly was a complete idiot near the end for what she did with him, but I won’t reveal anything. Mostly, though, I did like it, although it was not as good as the previous books.   posted May 16, 2012 at 4:05PM

Cover ArtFor the love of Mike
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book three of the Molly Murphy Mystery Series. The book wasn’t so bad, but it wasn’t as complicated and interesting as the first two. The plot was a bit predictable and the characters actions a little old, but I still enjoyed it. The way the author showed how the working class was overworked was excellant, and reminded me of Elizabeth Gaskell’s writings.   posted May 14, 2012 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtTerror on tour
by Keene, Carolyn
This is the first book of the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Super Mystery Series. I was a big fan of Nancy Drew growing up, but something about the modern Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys just doesn’t ring right. It was a good book, maybe a bit predictable, but I really missed the orginal Nancy Drew back in the 30’s. However, it has inspired me to go back and read all the Nancy Drew books and the Hardy Boys books.   posted May 9, 2012 at 4:03PM

Cover ArtDeath of Riley
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book two of the Molly Murphy Series. I enjoyed it even better than the first one. The characters were splendid-Riley reminded me a bit of Sherlock Holmes-, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked how the author interwove the real president’s assassination into the plot. My only complant was that it was such a short book-less then three hundred pages. It would have been better with more details. But other then that, I loved it and plan to read the rest of the series. I highly recomend it.   posted May 7, 2012 at 9:37PM

Cover ArtMurphy’s law : a Molly Murphy mystery
by Bowen, Rhys.
This is the first book in the Molly Murphy Series. It may not be a long book, and the mystery isn’t that complicated-nothing in the line of Agatha Christie-, but I enjoyed it. The main character is easy to relate to. Some of the incidents are a little repeditive, but all-over the mystery was well thought out. I have read several books by Rhys Bowen and have enjoyed them all. I cannot wait to read the other books in this series.   posted May 6, 2012 at 3:54PM

Cover ArtMansfield Park
by Austen, Jane
Although this is written by Jane Austen, I didn’t enjoy it half as much as I enjoyed most of her other books. The main character was annoyingly sweet and most of the characters did the most stupid things. I liked the writing style, and it was a good idea, but I see now why this book is one of the least popular books of Jane Austen. Still, it’s a book everyone should read at least once.   posted May 6, 2012 at 3:50PM

Cover Art1000 steampunk creations : neo-Victorian fashion, gear & art
by Grymm, Dr.
It was absolutely amazing! The pictures were intricate and creative. I am not into steampunk- I got it for my sister-, but I wouldn’t even let her have it I was enjoying it so much. You really have to be eccentric to like it, though.   posted May 5, 2012 at 3:30PM

Cover ArtHeart of ice
by Wiehl, Lis W.
This is the third book of the Triple Threat Novel Series. Although I usually don’t read suspence novels, I read this because I see Lis Wiehl on The O’Reilly Factor. Surprisingly, I loved it! The expertise about the law was impressive, the plot kept me on the edge of my seat, and I could both emphasize and despise the characters. I wish they wrote more books as good as this one. I plan to read the rest of the series.   posted May 4, 2012 at 1:22PM

Cover ArtThe garden intrigue
by Willig, Lauren.
Book 9 of the Pink Carnation. This book was alright. I have had ups and downs while reading this series. Some books are great, and some are terrible. This book I found neutral. The characters were okay and the plot was interesting, but it seems rather repeditive. Even so, I recomend reading the entire series.   posted May 1, 2012 at 2:49PM

Cover ArtEleanor : crown jewel of Aquitaine
by Gregory, Kristiana.
This is a book from the Royal Diaries Series. I happen to love history and when I first read this book when I was younger, I liked it. But as I got older and started to learn more about Eleanor, I realized that this book is not historically acurate nor are the characters acurate. Even so, it’s a cute story, but I read it for the fun, not to actaully learn history.   posted Apr 29, 2012 at 3:27PM

Cover ArtThe orchid affair
by Willig, Lauren.
Book 8 of the Pink Carnation Series. I enjoyed this book better then any of the early books in the series-with the exception of the second book, perhaps. The characters were interesting and the plot kept my on my toes throughout the entire book. It did, however, remind me a bit of ’The Sound of Music’ in the plot, which scared me a bit. Putting that aside, however, I wouldn’t say it was the best book ever, but it was certainly a good book.   posted Apr 27, 2012 at 4:08PM

Cover ArtThe mischief of the mistletoe
by Willig, Lauren.
Book 7 of the Pink Carnation Series and the Christmas Special. After reading the first six books, I almost didn’t read this one, because the first three were great and the second three were dreadful. But this book was much better. It combines adventure, romance, and mystery, all in one. The characters are hilarious and the plot is quick moving. I couldn’t put it down. But my favorite thing about it was the historical details. I reccomend it.   posted Apr 25, 2012 at 3:10PM

Cover ArtThe murder on the links
by Christie, Agatha
This is the second book of the Hercule Poirot Series by Agatha Christie. I saw the movie years ago, and have only recently decided to read all the books in order (I read many of the previousl out of order). I loved this book. It was so much better then the movie. The twist at the end was even surprising to me, who vaguely remembered the movie. The only thing that bothered me was how dense Hastings was. He was so annoying! But Poirot made it up with his polite brilliance. I highly recommend this book, and all the rest of the series.   posted Apr 23, 2012 at 3:43PM

Cover ArtBetrayal of the blood lily
by Willig, Lauren.
Book 6 of the Pink Carnation Series. The series started off so well, and then the author comes out with a book like this. The characters were predictable and unrealistic. The plot had me so bored I just skimmed through most of the book. And I despised the two main characters. I had such hopes of this book being better then the last two, but alas, it merely sank farther into the gutter. I’m begging you, don’t make my mistake and read this book. Just read the first three of the series and be content with that.   posted Apr 21, 2012 at 1:13PM

Cover ArtThe temptation of the night jasmine
by Willig, Lauren.
This is the fifth book of the Pink Carnation Series. It wasn’t bad book, but not half as good as the first three books. In the majority of series I read more then four books, by the fourth book I start to not like them as much. The plot kept moving and the characters weren’t so bad, but the author gets to be predictable and I couldn’t get into it as I have for the previous books. But it does have some interesting history, some of which I didn’t know.   posted Apr 18, 2012 at 3:00PM

Cover ArtThe seduction of the crimson rose
by Willig, Lauren.
This is the fourth book of the Pink Carnation. Honestly, I was disapointed. The characters weren’t exceptionaly bad and the plot was mostly interesting, but the romance of the two main characters was just too unbelievable. In real life, after the book ended, they would have probably both cheated on each other. It’s just, their romance was too unbelieveable. But still, it wasn’t one of the worst books I’ve read.   posted Apr 16, 2012 at 2:30PM

Cover ArtThe deception of the emerald ring
by Willig, Lauren.
This is the third book of The Pink Carnation Series. Although it’s not as good as the first two books, it is interesting. I look forward to reading to next book, which is about Lord Vaughn, who was my favorite character in this book and the previous book. The characters, I found, weren’t as interesting as the previous ones, but the plot still has some interesting twists. It’s worth reading, in my opinion.   posted Apr 13, 2012 at 5:49PM

Cover ArtPerfect princess
by Cabot, Meg
Does anyone really read this? Personally, I can’t believe I took the half hour it took me to read this. Many of the historical facts are inacurate-for example, Anastasia’s body was found, Queen Isabel did not have much to do wit hte Inquisition, and Maria Antoniette did not tell the peasants to eat cake. All the tips were irrlogical, shallow, and politically correct. But then again, it was my own fault for reading it and thinking it might be good.   posted Apr 12, 2012 at 4:59PM

Cover ArtThe masque of the Black Tulip
by Willig, Lauren.
This is the second book of The Pink Carnation Series. Surprisingly, I liked this one ever better then the first, which is an accomplishment in itself. Just when I’m finding the plot predictable, something happened that I would never have guessed would have happened. The characters were interesting, but I would have liked it if the plot was more finalized, especially concerning Miles and Richard. But maybe the author will address that in the next book. But my favorite thing about this series is the historical acuracy which, although it is not overt, shows itself in the behavior of the characters and most of the scenes. I highly recommend this series.   posted Apr 11, 2012 at 3:42PM

Cover ArtThe garden of Eve
by Going, K. L.
This book was surprisingly good, considering the plot didn’t sound great and the entire idea sounded depressing. But, in fact, the characters were rather interesting and it wasn’t half as sad as I thought it would be. What really struck me as interesting was the twists in the plot, which I never would have predicted. But I won’t give anything way. It might not be an epic book, but I enjoyed it.   posted Apr 10, 2012 at 9:03PM

Cover ArtThe three musketeers
by Dumas, Alexandre
I am well aware that this book is a classic, and a well written book at that, but I simply couldn’t enjoy the book for several reasons, dispite trying to analyse it logically. First, although the plot was realistic, it was so depressing. I kept hoping that it would have a bit happier ending, without Constance dying at least. Second, the main characters, especially D’Artagnan, are so annoying because they do so many stupid things. Half the time you’re wishing they will make logically decision and the other half you’re wanting to shake them. Third, the organization, because it was translated from French to English, is not quite right, making the book hard to read. After saying all this, however, it isn’t a bad book and I’m glad I read it at least once.   posted Apr 7, 2012 at 1:17PM

Cover ArtThe Camelot spell
by Gilman, Laura Anne.
This is the first book of the Grail Quest Series. The idea may have not been that bad, but everything else about it was. The characters were simply terrible, the plot moves so slow I almost fell asleep when reading it, and the adventure was almost entirely unexistant. I am a great fan of medieval adventures, but this one did not meet any of my hopes.   posted Apr 7, 2012 at 1:07PM

Cover ArtDracula
by Stoker, Bram
This is one of the most classic books of all time and everyone should read it sometime in their life, and not just because it spurned a love of gothic horror that is still continuing to this day with Twilight and The Vampire Diaries-both traiters to the name of vampire, in my opinion. The best thing about horror written in the 19th century is that it is not overtly violent, but instead uses suspense and subterfuge to scare the reader. The characters were magnificent, the plot was well organized, but it was the grand imagery that stood out most to me. I highly recommend it.   posted Apr 5, 2012 at 3:49PM

Cover ArtThe secret history of the Pink Carnation
by Willig, Lauren.
This is the first book of the Pink Carnation Series. I enjoyed the book, although there were several things I found lacking. First, the characters were interesting, but not very highly developed. Although the historical acuracy was brilliant, the plot itself seemed to be strikingly similar to The Scarlet Pimpernal, with many of the same ideas, and not very unique. I really liked how the past was inter-mingled with the modern, but I would have liked to have the characters in the modern part more developed. I do, however, plan to read the other books of the series and I recommend others do so as well.   posted Apr 4, 2012 at 3:11PM

Cover ArtGhost stories of Minnesota
by Teel, Gina
Although many of the stories were interesting, the organization of the book was seriously lacking. In some parts it was unclear what place they were talking about, and throughout the book there was little facts and mostly just stories. I was sadly disapointed, hoping there would be more historical landmarks that I would recognize, but there weren’t.   posted Apr 3, 2012 at 9:08PM

Cover ArtThe world’s most haunted places : from the secret files of Ghostvillage.com
by Belanger, Jeff.
While this was an interesting book-and I am not particulary into the whole ghost thing-, I found it missing a lot of famous haunted places, such as the Winchester Myster House or Alcatraz. And they had less famous places. Also, while their were some places in Canada and Europe-one in Japan-, the book seemed to be focused more on America’s most haunted places. They should have at least included the Taj Mahal in India and catacombs in Rome.   posted Apr 3, 2012 at 9:05PM

Cover ArtThe capture of the Earl of Glencrae
by Laurens, Stephanie.
The third book of the Cynster Sisters Trilogy. This one was much better then the first two. It almost made it worth reading the first two-almost. The plot was interesting, but sometimes slow moving. The character may have been unrealistic, but they were ever so funny. I would recommend skipping the first two books of the series, and just reading this one. You’ll only miss a bit of the main plot, and you won’t go through the agony of reading the first two.   posted Apr 1, 2012 at 3:08PM

Cover ArtA tale of two cities
by Dickens, Charles
This is an interesting book. On one hand, the plot and analysis on the French Revolution was good, but the only character I liked was Sydney Carton[edit for publication]. This is, however, one of the best written books I’ve ever read. It may have a rather sad ending, and very miserable scenes thoughtout, but it’s a book that everyone has to read once in their lives.   posted Mar 30, 2012 at 3:41PM

Cover ArtVampires
by Taylor, Joules
I’m not the kind of person that was obsessed with Twilight, but I love a good old vampire story like Dracula. This book had interesting facts I never knew about the orgin of vampires, and real life vampires. It combines traditional vampire history with the influence of pot culture on the vampire craze. I fun read.   posted Mar 30, 2012 at 3:32PM

Cover ArtBecause of Winn-Dixie
by DiCamillo, Kate
It was so cute, it was rather annoying. People do not get all nice to you just because you have a dog by your side. Still, it was a nice kids story, but not something you could read more then once with being annoyed by how unrealistic everything was.   posted Mar 28, 2012 at 3:10PM

Cover ArtIn pursuit of Eliza Cynster
by Laurens, Stephanie.
This is the second book of the Cynster Sister Trilogy. I have to admit, this book was a bit better then the first book of the series, but only by a bit. I just don’t understand how Eliza could be running from the badguys and still have enough time to jump into bed with a scholar, several times. The characters were interesting, but not great and the plot was more predictable then a turtle. Personally, I can’t believe I actually read this book; it was that bad.   posted Mar 28, 2012 at 3:08PM

Cover ArtViscount Breckenridge to the rescue
by Laurens, Stephanie.
They consider this book romance? Obviously, there are aspects of romance. In fact, for the first hundred and fifty pages, I actually liked the book. But then it went from two people starting to fall in love to ’let’s jump in bed every four seconds.’ The characters were shabby, at best-the only character I liked even a little bit was the badguy-, and the plot was slow and faulty. I hoped for a romanctic adventure; I got a flat boring romance. Really, why are the only good romance books those written a hundred years ago?   posted Mar 26, 2012 at 3:19PM

Cover ArtPride and prejudice and zombies : the classic Regency romance-- now with ultravi
by Grahame-Smith, Seth.
I didn’t read this book for the longest time, probably because it was combining Pride and Prejudice-one of my favorite books-and zombies. The combo just didn’t seem to work for me. I’m not even sure now, after reading it, it does. The idea was good, I suppose, but it didn’t strike me as an exceptional book. All the author did was write a few scenes of fighting zombies-or fighting other humans. It seemed highly overrated. Saying that, it wasn’t a bad book, just not great. Still, read it just for the sake of saying you did.   posted Mar 26, 2012 at 3:14PM

Cover ArtThe Castle Corona
by Creech, Sharon.
I first heard this as an audio recording, and I liked it so much I decided to read it. One of the funniest stories I’ve ever read. And surprisingly deep for a children’s story. Oddly, it is one of my favorite children’s books, just because it is so ridiculous.   posted Mar 21, 2012 at 5:23PM

Cover ArtNicola and the viscount [electronic resource]
Like most of Meg Cabot’s-wait, ALL-books, the plot was good and the characters were horrible. There isn’t much more to say. How could you ruin such a great plot by making the heroine an idiot and the hero someone who actually falls for her. Simply dreadful!   posted Mar 21, 2012 at 5:21PM

Cover ArtThe salamander spell
by Baker, E. D.
A Prequal to the Frog Princess Series. This book is not half as good as the first four books in this series. The story is alright, but the characters aren’t very enjoyable and seem to be completely different characters then they are years later in the Frog Princess Series. I was sadly disapointed.   posted Mar 21, 2012 at 5:14PM

Cover ArtNo place for magic
by Baker, E. D.
The fourth book of the Frog Princess Series. Finally Emma and Eadric get married! I waited for this for four books! Anyway, I enjoyed this book immensely. It was interesting how the author balanced the magical people and the magic-hating people. This is also the last book in the series, and although there are other books following in the same vane, they are not half as good.   posted Mar 21, 2012 at 5:13PM

Cover ArtOnce upon a curse
by Baker, E. D.
The third book of the Frog Princess Series. This book, in my opinion, is even better then the two previous books, maybe because they go back in time or maybe because Emerelda finally breaks the spell on her family for hundred’s of years. This is such a cute series, for any age.   posted Mar 21, 2012 at 5:09PM

Cover ArtDragon’s breath
by Baker, E. D.
The second book of the Frog Princess Series. In this story Emeralda and Eadric must solve a spell to free her aunt’s beloved from a curse. An adorable story, maybe not the best of books, but so inventive. Growing up, this was my favorite series. Well worth reading, although some of the later books about their children aren’t half as good.   posted Mar 21, 2012 at 5:07PM

Cover ArtThe frog princess
by Baker, E. D.
The first book of the Frog Prince Series. I highly enjoyed this book, having read it when it first came out. The characters are hardly realistic and the plot is predictable, but it’s still a funny story. Much better then the movie, although it’s a little annoying the fourteen year olds fall in love, but I supose it does take place in a fantasy world.   posted Mar 21, 2012 at 5:03PM

Cover ArtAbe Lincoln at last!
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 47 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Missions Series. This book was very unique from the other books, as Jack and Annie go bad in time twice, once to when Lincoln was a teen and then when he became president. I liked how they dealt with it. A very fun book.   posted Mar 21, 2012 at 3:24PM

Cover ArtVictoria and the rogue
by Cabot, Meg
I have never been a fan of Meg Cabot’s books-I simply couldn’t stand the Princess Diaries-, but I read this only because it takes place in the Victorian era, of which I am quite fond. The idea was interesting, but, as usaul, the characters were dull and predictable. I would not recommend this book-to ridiculous.   posted Mar 20, 2012 at 4:10PM

Cover ArtDogs in the dead of night
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 46 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Missions Series. This takes place in the Switz Alps, and includes St. Bernard dogs, my second favorite dog. The history was interesting and the story was inventive. And the dog was adorable!   posted Mar 20, 2012 at 4:05PM

Cover ArtA crazy day with cobras
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 45 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Mission Series. In this one, Jack and Annie have to break a spell on an adorable penguin by finding four things, the first of which they find in India. A cute story, but it real life they surely would have been executed for speaking to the Mogul.   posted Mar 20, 2012 at 4:03PM

Cover ArtUncle Tom’s Cabin
by Stowe, Harriet Beecher
It is one of the most serious books I have ever read. It certainly showed how dreadful African Americans were treated during that time, and, although the book was a very well written book, I found that I couldn’t enjoy it because there were no uplifting parts. Pretty much all the characters I liked died or ended up miserable. It’s a book you have to read sometime in your life, but now that I’ve read it, I don’t plan to read it again.   posted Mar 19, 2012 at 5:04PM

Cover ArtA ghost tale for Christmas time
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 44 of the Magic Tree Houser Merlin Missions Series. It was an interesting story that combined the fiction story of A Christmas Carol with the real life story of Charles Dickens. I liked it, and they portrayed the author much of how I would imagine him to be.   posted Mar 19, 2012 at 5:02PM

Cover ArtLeprechaun in late winter
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 43 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Missions. In this one, Jack and Annie travel to Ireland to help a girl become inspired to collect legands of Ireland. It is an adorable story, including even more adorable leprechauns.   posted Mar 19, 2012 at 5:00PM

Cover ArtA good night for ghosts
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 42 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Mission Series. In this one, Jack and Annie travel to New Orleans in 1915 to help Louis Armstrong show is talent for music to the world, carrying bananas and fighting ghosts on the side. It was such a cute book, a little politcally correct, but still such a fun story.   posted Mar 17, 2012 at 5:59PM

Cover ArtMoonlight on the magic flute
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 41 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Missions Series. I couldn’t get over how cute Annie looked in curls! As to the story itself, it is exceptional, maybe just because I love music so much. In this one, Jack and Annie travel to sixteenth century Austria to help an artist gives his talents to the world. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.   posted Mar 17, 2012 at 5:56PM

Cover ArtAn old-fashioned girl
by Alcott, Louisa May
Having grown up reading Little Women, I enjoyed this book. Classics have such a different outlook on the world then we have today, so much more logical and less emotional. But it is that logic that makes us still love the classics, and catergorize them as such. To this particular story, I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are few people alive today that have not felt peer pressure to not stand out in the crowd for the wrong reasons. But it takes so much courage to be yourself and stand out for the right reasons. Most people, myself included, easily judge others and ignore our own flaws. I would highly recommend this book, and any number of other books written by Louisa May Alcott.   posted Mar 16, 2012 at 3:14PM

Cover ArtEve of the Emperor penguin
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 40 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Mission Series. Although the story wasn’t particularly interesting compared to some of the books before it, I thought the penguins, especially Penny, were adorable. I have a dog and I concurr that loving an animal would make anyone more happy. A very cut story.   posted Mar 16, 2012 at 3:08PM

Cover ArtDark day in the deep sea
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 39 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Mission Series. This book reminded me oddly of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, one of my favorite books. There was a lot of interesting facts, and the plot was well thought out. A very cute story.   posted Mar 15, 2012 at 5:37PM

Cover ArtNaughty in Nice
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book five of Her Royal Spyness Series. I have both good and bad opinions on this book. On one hand, I loved everything about most of the book-the charecters, the mystery setup, the twists. On the other hand, the ending is lacking in a proper conclusion, leaving my with hundreds of questions. I like this series and I recommend it, but it could have been so much better.   posted Mar 14, 2012 at 5:19PM

Cover ArtMonday with a mad genius
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 38 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Mission Series. This book takes place in Venice during the time of Leonardo da Vinci. Although not one of the best of the series, it’s still a good book with an interesting twist on the Mona Lisa.   posted Mar 14, 2012 at 5:11PM

Cover ArtDragon of the red dawn
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 37 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Mission Series. Jack and Annie travel to Japan, again, to find the key to happiness, and during their journey they have to avoid samurai, help a poet, and save the city from burning to the ground. A very interesting book.   posted Mar 14, 2012 at 5:10PM

Cover ArtRoyal blood
by Bowen, Rhys.
Book four of Her Royal Spyness Series. Reading it, it was one of my favorites of the series, but the ending was sadly boring. The murderer was too obvious, and it left several questions unanswered. Even so, I liked the book. The characters were hillerious, though sometimes predicatable, and I enjoyed the drama. I highly recommend this book, and the entire series.   posted Mar 13, 2012 at 7:46PM

Cover ArtBlizzard of the blue moon
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 36 of the Magic Tree House Series Merlin Mission. Jack and Annie rescue a unicorn in New York City during the depression, and proved they could use magic. It was an interestin book, but it didn’t have as much history as many of the other books in the series. Still, it was cute.   posted Mar 13, 2012 at 7:42PM

Cover ArtNight of the new magicians
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 35 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Series. This one takes place in Paris in 1889, a timeperiod that I am fascinated by (I do a lot of research on the Victorian Era). It was harly historically acurate, but I was still a fun book that showed that all magic does not have to be the kind that Merlin and Morgan Le Fay preform. I liked it.   posted Mar 12, 2012 at 8:50PM

Cover ArtThe traitor in the tunnel
by Lee, Y. S. 1974-
Book three of The Agency Series. This series may not be the best of books, but for some reason I enjoyed it. The characters are likeable, and very realistic. The plot may be obvious at times and a bit slow, but I still would recommend this book.   posted Mar 12, 2012 at 8:48PM

Cover ArtSeason of the sandstorms
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 34 of the Magic Tree House Series Merlin Missions. An excellant story, taking place in the middle east during the middle ages. It has a twist at the end that even I could not have predicted. Much better then several of the books before it.   posted Mar 12, 2012 at 8:42PM

Cover ArtCarnival at candlelight
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 33 of the Magic Tree House Series. In this one, Jack and Annie travel to Venice to save the city from a flood. It was a good idea, but not very well organized and they spent most of the book stumbling around.   posted Mar 9, 2012 at 3:43PM

Cover ArtLost horizon
by Hilton, James
I have never been a fan of any of the movies I’ve seen of it, but I was still willing to pick up the book and read it after several people recommended it to me. The characters were interesting and the story was easy to follow, but something seemed missing-like sanity. I’m glad I read it, but I’m not putting it on my favorite book list any time soon.   posted Mar 9, 2012 at 3:41PM

Cover ArtWinter of the Ice Wizard
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 32 of the Magic Tree House Series. For the last four books,the plot have been completely about magic in Camelot, and this one is the last one. Jack and Annie have to get an eye back for a wizard. It’s interesting, but not one of my favorites.   posted Mar 9, 2012 at 3:39PM

Cover ArtSummer of the sea serpent
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 31 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Mission Series. Merlin send Jack and Annie to find a magical sword. Not as interesting as some of the books in the series, but still interesting and fast moving. And, as usaul, my favorite character was the serpent.   posted Mar 8, 2012 at 3:14PM

Cover ArtHaunted castle on Hallows Eve
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 30 of the Magic Tree House Merlin Mission Series. Jack and Annie have to save a castle in Camelot from the Raven King. It was a fun story, although this one and the ones following it are directed towards older kids then the previous books were.   posted Mar 8, 2012 at 3:12PM

Cover ArtChristmas in Camelot
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 29 of the Magid Tree House Series. This is the beginning of the new adventures in Camelot for Jack and Annie. In this one, Jack and Annie have to save Camelot, which shows what idiots run Camelot if it only takes to little kids to save it. Just pointing out. A cute story; very adventursome.   posted Mar 7, 2012 at 8:46PM

Cover ArtHigh tide in Hawaii
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 28 of the Magic Tree House Series. Jack and Annie travel to Hawaii long ago, where they learn how to surf and make friends. A very fun book. This is also the last book of the series, before they go have adventures in Camalot.   posted Mar 7, 2012 at 8:38PM

Cover ArtThanksgiving on Thursday
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 27 of the Magic Tree House Series. Jack and Annie travel to the first Thanksgiving in Massachusetts. There, they meet Indians and the Pilgrims. A fun story, but not extremely informative.   posted Mar 7, 2012 at 8:36PM

Cover ArtGood morning, gorillas
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 26 of the Magic Tree House Series. In this one, Jack and Annie travel to the Rainforest and play with gorillas. Of course, if this had been a real story, the gorillas would have torn them to bits, but this is a kids story, after all. I liked it, but not one of my favorites.   posted Mar 7, 2012 at 8:34PM

Cover ArtStage fright on a summer night
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 25 of the Magic Tree House Series. My absolute favorite book in this series, probably because I am such a huge fan of Shakespeare and have read most of his plays (except the histories).; This book was exciting, with quotes from some of Shakespeare’s plays. I loved it!   posted Mar 7, 2012 at 8:32PM

Cover ArtRoyal flush
by Bowen, Rhys.
This is the third book of Her Royal Spyness Series. It’s not as inventive as the first and second books, and the characters are even more superficial, but I still liked the book. It’s very historical acurate, unlike many historical novels written in the twenty-first century. I recommend this book and the rest of the series.   posted Mar 7, 2012 at 5:12PM

Cover ArtEarthquake in the early morning
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 24 of the Magic Tree House Series. Jack and Annie travel to San Fransico in 1906, on the day of the huge earthquake. This is one of my favorites, but it’s rather depressing, seeing how many people lost their homes and even their lives in the earthquake. This is the last book of the seventh quartet of the series. I highly recommend it.   posted Mar 7, 2012 at 5:08PM

Cover ArtTwister on Tuesday
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 23 of the Magic Tree House Series. On their quest to find four writings to save Camelot, Jack and Annie travel to the pairie in the 1870s, go to school in an old schoolhouse, and save everyone from a twister. Very exciting.   posted Mar 7, 2012 at 5:06PM

Cover ArtRevolutionary War on Wednesday
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 22 of the Magic Tree House Series. This was one of my favorites, just because I love learning about the Revolutionary war, so much that I went to see George Washington’s house. Anyway, the book was great. Jack and Annie have to find a second writing to ’send’, and in the meantime they meet George Washington.   posted Mar 6, 2012 at 3:34PM

Cover ArtCivil War on Sunday
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 21 of the Magic Tree House Series. I have always been a fan of the Civil War, and I enjoyed this book immensely. It showed how bad the war was in a way that kids can understand. My only complaint was that it said that the war started because the two sides were fighting about slavery, which wasn’t the main reason the war started. The war started because the South wanted to break off from the North, and Lincoln would do anything to preserve the Union. Just a fun fact, but I loved the book.   posted Mar 6, 2012 at 3:31PM

Cover ArtA royal pain
by Bowen, Rhys.
This is the second book in Her Royal Spyness Series. It may not be one of the best mystery series I’ve read, but it’s sertainly funny. The characters are a bit predictable and certainly not realistic, but the plot is well thought out. My only complaint is that the main character comes upon the answer to the mystery by luck, and not by drawing the conclusion from the clues. Still, I recommend the book.   posted Mar 5, 2012 at 3:45PM

Cover ArtDingoes at dinnertime
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 20 of the Magic Tree House. This book is so cute! Jack and Annie go to Australia and meet a kangaroo and koala, and free Teddy from his spell. This is one of my favorites, just because it’s so interesting.   posted Mar 5, 2012 at 3:41PM

Cover ArtTigers at twilight
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 19 of the Magic Tree House Series. In this one, they travel to the jungle in India. I found it rather similar to their visit the the rainforest, but it was still an interesting book.   posted Mar 5, 2012 at 3:39PM

Cover ArtBuffalo before breakfast
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 18 of the Magic Tree House. The history of the way Native Americans live is absolutely fanscinating. In this one, Jack and Annie find the second thing to free Teddy and get chased by buffalos. Exciting!   posted Mar 4, 2012 at 3:27PM

Cover ArtTonight on the Titanic
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 17 in the Magic Tree House Series. In this one, Jack and Annie find a dog that is under a spell, and they have to find four things to free it. To find the first one, they travel to the Titanic and get off it moments before it sinks. A very sad story, but this is one of my favorites in this series.   posted Mar 4, 2012 at 3:20PM

Cover ArtHour of the Olympics
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 16 of the Magic Tree House Series. In this one, Jack and Annie save the last story from Ancient Greece, where they see chariot races and plays. A very good book, with an intersting twist about Annie disguising herself as a soldier. They did get lucky, but then when are they not lucky?   posted Mar 3, 2012 at 4:31PM

Cover ArtViking ships at sunrise
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 15 of the Magic Tree House Series. I happen to be a great fan of the vikings. As this is a children’s story, I noticed it wasn’t very violent, as viking were in real life. But a very fun story, with realistic facts about monks and the way they lived.   posted Mar 3, 2012 at 4:29PM

Cover ArtDay of the Dragon King
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 14 of the Magic Tree House. In this one, Jack and Annie travel to ancient China to save a legend/scroll from being burnt by the emperor. I cannot imagine anything sane burning books. It seems to be the ultimate control attempt. Anyway, I enjoyed the book.   posted Mar 2, 2012 at 3:21PM

Cover ArtVacation under the volcano
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 13 of the Magic Tree House Series. This one starts the fourth quartet of the series, when Jack and Annie have just become Master Librarians and go on their first mission to rescue books, this one from the doomed city of Pompeii. A very fun book, with a lot of interesting history. A little sad, though.   posted Mar 2, 2012 at 3:10PM

Cover ArtPolar bears past bedtime
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 12 of the Magic Tree House Series. Jack and Annie travel to the Arctic to solve the last puzzle to become Master Librarians. My only quam about it was that, in real life, a polar bear with most likely hav eaten them, but helped them. But a very fun book.   posted Mar 1, 2012 at 3:03PM

Cover ArtLions at lunchtime
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 11 in the Magic Tree House Series. In this one, Jack and Annie must solve the third puzzle to become Master Librarians. They travel to Africa, where they run into some hyenas, elephants, giraffes, and lions. Not one of my favorites of this series, but it’s still a good book.   posted Mar 1, 2012 at 3:01PM

Cover ArtGhost town at sundown
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 10 of the Marigc Tree House Series. In this one, Jack and Annie travel to the Old West to a ghost town, where they follow horse thieves to save horses, meet a very interesting cowboy, and find the second item needed for them to become Mast Librarians. This one was always one of my favorites, but then I am a great fan of westerns   posted Feb 29, 2012 at 3:25PM

Cover ArtDolphins at daybreak
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 9 of the Magic Tree House series. This starts the third quartet of the series. In this one, Morgan asks Jack and Annie to become Mast Librarians to help her collect books, but first they have to solve four puzzles. This is the first, where they travel to a coral reef and go in a mini-sub beneath the ocean. A great adventure; very hair-raising.   posted Feb 29, 2012 at 3:22PM

Cover ArtThe mysterious affair at Styles : a detective story
by Christie, Agatha
This is the first book writen by the queen of crime, Agatha Christie and the first book of the Hercule Poirot series. It is also one of my favorites. The ending is so unexpected and, although I have read this book several times, it never gets old. I would highly recommend this book, and every book by Agatha Christie.   posted Feb 29, 2012 at 3:19PM

Cover ArtMidnight on the moon
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 8 of the Magic Tree House Series. In this one, Jack and Annie find the last thing to free Morgan from her spell. It is actaully a very interesting story because it takes place in the future, while all the books before and most after take place in the present or the past. A really interesting story.   posted Feb 28, 2012 at 4:29PM

Cover ArtSunset of the sabertooth
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 7 of the Magic Tree House Series. In this one, Jack and Annie continue their search for the four things beginning with an M to save Morgan from her spell. They go to cave man times, so a sabertooth tiger, cave drawing, and mammoth. An interesting, book, but not as good as some of them.   posted Feb 28, 2012 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtAfternoon on the Amazon
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 6 in the Magic Tree House Series. In it, Jack and Annie travel to the dangerous Amazon jungle, where they encounter ants, a snake, a crocadile, and a monkey. Also, they get the second item to free Morgan Le Fay from her spell. A great book.   posted Feb 27, 2012 at 5:39PM

Cover ArtNight of the Ninjas
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 5 of the Magic Tree House Series. This book starts the new ’set’ of four books. In it, Jack and Annie discover something has happened to Morgan Le Fay and they have to find four items to free her. The journey to Japan, where they must trust nature to get them the item they need, with the help of some ninjas. A fun book.   posted Feb 27, 2012 at 3:00PM

Cover ArtHer royal spyness
by Bowen, Rhys.
The first book of A Royal Spyness Series. I enjoyed it immensely. It wasn’t particularly deep or complicated, but the characters were funny and interesting, the scenes were well organized, and the plot kept me on the edge of my seat. I would highly recommend this book, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.   posted Feb 27, 2012 at 2:57PM

Cover ArtPirates past noon
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 4 of the Magic Tree House Series. In it, Jack and Annie get taken to the time of pirates, where they are captured by pirates and forced to help them find treasure. It is a fun and historically acurate story. In the end, they finally find out that Morgan Le Fay is the owner of the tree house.   posted Feb 26, 2012 at 6:25PM

Cover ArtMummies in the morning
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 3 of the Magic Tree House Series. This one is about Jack and Annie traveling to ancient Egypt, where they endeavor to help an ancient queen’s ghost journey to the next life. Every historically acurate, great for kids, and excellant pictures.   posted Feb 26, 2012 at 3:01PM

Cover ArtThe knight at dawn
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 2 of the Magic Tree House series. A great book, historically acurate and great for kids. In the book, Jack and Annie return to the tree house and wish to go back to the Middle Ages, where they sneak into a castle to see a feast, get caught by the guards, barely escape, fall into the moat, and get carried back to the tree house by a knight and his horse. It is a very fun book.   posted Feb 25, 2012 at 5:13PM

Cover ArtBelle : a retelling of "Beauty and the beast"
by Dokey, Cameron.
The story of Beauty and the Beast was always my favorite fairytale going up, and I have seen every movie and read every book based on it. This one, however, is not one of my favorites. The plot is rather slow moving, the characters were ill-developed and boring, and the beauty is lost for me from the original story.   posted Feb 25, 2012 at 4:27PM

Cover ArtDinosaurs before dark
by Osborne, Mary Pope
Book 1 in the Magic Tree House Series. This is such a fun book, about a brother and sister who discover a magic tree house filled with books that take them to different places. In this one, they go to the time of dinosaurs, where they meet several dinosaurs, run for their lives, and find a medalion with a M on it. I loved this series growing up because it was a fun series and taught me a lot about history. I highly recommend it.   posted Feb 24, 2012 at 6:31PM

Cover ArtEldest
by Paolini, Christopher.
The second book of the Inheritance series. I enjoyed the first book immensely, but this one lacked any enjoyment for me. The characters were boring (Eragon became a stalker) and the plot was so slow moving and depressing I thought I was at a funeral. I thought it was a lot of a let down after the first one was so good.   posted Feb 23, 2012 at 4:08PM

Cover ArtEragon
by Paolini, Christopher.
This is the first book of the Inheritance Quartet (although orginally it was suppose to be a trilogy). I enjoyed this book, unlike the ones following it in the series. The characters were interesting and the plot kept you on your toes for half the book. The style was interesting, but a bit repetitive. All-over, it was a book book.   posted Feb 23, 2012 at 4:04PM

Cover ArtPirate king : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
by King, Laurie R.
This is the eleventh book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Series. I love this series and, although the books do get a little repeditive, I liked this book. The characters are humorous, the plot is perplexing, and the descriptions are imaginative. I would highly recommend this book, as well as all the other books in the series.   posted Feb 21, 2012 at 5:02PM

Cover ArtThe dark enquiry
by Raybourn, Deanna.
This is the fifth book of the Lady Julia Grey series. Although my favorite of this series in the second book, I liked this one better then the third and the fourth. The plot kept me guessing until the very last chapters, and the characters were much better developed then the previous two books. I would highly recommend this series.   posted Feb 19, 2012 at 5:54PM

Cover ArtThe phantom of the Opera
by Leroux, Gaston
This is one of my favorite books and, although I am not a fan of any of the movies based on it, I love the book. The characters are interesting a sometimes even funny, and the plot grabs you at page one and doesn’t let go unto the last page. I laughed, I cried, it was a great book. I highly recommend it.   posted Feb 17, 2012 at 1:32PM

Cover ArtDark road to Darjeeling
by Raybourn, Deanna.
This is the fourth book of the Lady Julia Grey Series. I liked the story, but it wasn’t half as good as the second or third books. The characters blend a bit and the story is slow moving, but all-over an interesting book.   posted Feb 15, 2012 at 4:39PM

Cover ArtNew moon
by Meyer, Stephenie
This is the second book of the Twilight series. While I thought the first was one was ok, I disliked this one immensely. Not only were the characters simple and obvious, but the entire plot was depressing. If I wanted to read a depressing book, I would just go read a unfiction murder mystery, not a vampire romance book with irrational characters. Saying that, the book was better then the movie, and that’s just saying how bad the movie was.   posted Feb 12, 2012 at 3:25PM

Cover ArtCharlie and the chocolate factory
by Dahl, Roald
I only read the book after the movie starring Johnny Depp came out, and was surprised how much better it was then either of the movies. It is just a cute children story with an interesting lesson. I would highly recommend it for any age.   posted Feb 12, 2012 at 3:20PM

Cover ArtSilent on the moor : a Lady Julia Grey novel
by Raybourn, Deanna.
The third book of the Lady Julia Grey series. It was a good book, although I didn’t like it as much as the second book of the series. It was certainly better then the first, though. The characters are incredibly indepth, and while the plot was good, it was a bit slow at times. I happen to love Egytology, however, and thought that aspect in the book was interesting. I would reccomend this book and all the series.   posted Feb 12, 2012 at 3:12PM

Cover ArtSilent in the sanctuary : a Lady Julia Grey mystery
by Raybourn, Deanna.
This is the second book of the Lady Julia Grey Series. I almost didn’t read this book because I disliked the first one so much, but I am glad I ended up reading it. The plot was complicated and intriguing, the characters, while sometimes not the most realisitc, was interesting, and the description was outstanding. I highly recommend this book.   posted Feb 9, 2012 at 9:11AM

Cover ArtThe Iliad
by Homer.
It is an excellant book, and I found it more understandable then everyone warned me it would be. The story is extremely slow moving, however, with every detail of the battle. The book wasn’t really my type, but it is a classic. Everyone should read this book sometime in their life.   posted Feb 7, 2012 at 5:21PM

Cover ArtSilent in the grave
by Raybourn, Deanna.
This is the first book of the Lady Julia Grey Series. It isn’t the ’Agatha Christie’ type of mystery novel, inserting clues to help the main character discover the identity of the killer, but I liked it. The characters were exceptional, especially the main characters, and the chapters ended with the reader wanting to read the next chapter. My only complaint was that it isn’t my kind of mystery, a.k.a. Agatha Christie or Arthur Conan Doyle type. It was laced with homesexuality which, mostly, I found ’politically correct’ and modern. I liked the book, but it was more of a modern novel then anything set in the Victorian Era.   posted Feb 5, 2012 at 1:36PM

Cover ArtThe body language of dating : read his signals, send your own, and get the guy
by Reiman, Tonya.
I found it interesting, but I was looking for something more about compadibility then just about sexual attraction. Sexual attraction lasts about a year, compadibility lasts a lifetime. For those reasons, I didn’t find it helpful.   posted Feb 3, 2012 at 1:49PM

Cover ArtGone with the wind
by Mitchell, Margaret
It was an excellant book. I have never been a fan of the movie, and I was pleased to find the character of Scarlett is totally different in the book compared to the movie. In the movie she comes accross as vindictive and manipulative, but in the book she was more of a spoiled child. The character of Rhett I found the only character with any humor. It did have a sad end, but a happy ending with him staying would not have watched with the plot Margaret Mitchell created. My one complaint of the book was that it moved rather slow, but I have come to expect that in classics. However long it may be, it is well worth the reading.   posted Feb 1, 2012 at 1:01PM

Cover ArtDeath on the Nile : a Hercule Poirot mystery
by Christie, Agatha
This is one of my favorite Hercule Poirot mysteries. It also takes place in Egypt, which I am fascinated by. Agatha Christie is one of the only murder writers of whom I can never figure out who did it. I would highly recommend this book, and every book featuring Hercule Poirot or Jane Marple.   posted Jan 30, 2012 at 3:51PM

Cover ArtThe lion, the witch, and the wardrobe
by Lewis, C. S. 1898-1963.
This book is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia. It is also one of my favorite children books growing up. It tells the story of four children who enter the magical world of Narnia. They embark on amazing adventures, and save Narnia and its creator, Aslan. It is the kind of book that everyone should read, from eight to eighty.   posted Jan 28, 2012 at 5:30PM

Cover ArtDeryni rising
by Kurtz, Katherine.
One of the best books I have ever read. It was shorter then I thought and rather a simple plot, but the pure genious of the plot and characters was brilliant. I highly recommend it, along with all the other books written by Katherine Kurtz.   posted Jan 27, 2012 at 2:08PM

Cover ArtThe Robe
by Douglas, Lloyd C. 1877-1951.
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I don't care if you're Christian or not, it is still an exceptional book. It is a fiction novel taking place around Christ's death in 33 A.D. The characters are some of the most realistic I have ever read, the plot is intriguing and keeps the reader engaged till the last page, and the historical details are unsurmountable. I highly recommend it.   posted Jan 25, 2012 at 11:56AM

Cover ArtThe amber spyglass
by Pullman, Philip
The third and last book of the His Dark Materials Trilogy. It was an interesting book, but it is not a book I would ever want to read agian. The basic plot was a good idea, and even the sometimes boring characters I could overlook, but the complete fancination for discriminating against the authority of the church was a appalling. Because of this, I would not recommend this series, although the second book is the best.   posted Jan 22, 2012 at 8:24PM

Cover ArtThe subtle knife
by Pullman, Philip
The second book in His Dark Materials Trilogy. I liked this book much better then the first book, although I had several complaints. One was that the characters had no depth, and many of the non-main characters blended together. The storyline was alright-and this book didn’t seem as much anti-Christian as the previous one-, but it lacked interesting points and left many questions unanswered. Altogether, it wasn’t a bad book, but not close to one of the best I’ve read.   posted Jan 20, 2012 at 10:55AM

Cover ArtThe golden compass
by Pullman, Philip
This is the first book of the His Dark Materials Trilogy. It was also made into a movie by the same name. All-over I liked the book, but I have several complaints that made it a less enjoyable read. First is the obvious fascination the author had for cutting down the Church. I can understand making people inside the Church evil, but to have the whole institution itself evil is a bit unbelievable. The characters were interesting, but they weren’t realistic and often did things out of character. The plot was an interesting idea, but there weren’t many light points in the story; most of the book was depressing. Saying that, I thought it was an interesting book worth reading once, if only to say you did.   posted Jan 17, 2012 at 5:48PM

Cover ArtRobinson Crusoe
by Defoe, Daniel
The book was interesting, but the plot wasn’t very engaging. The character of Robison Crusoe is arrogent and closed-minded at the beginning, and, although he finds God in his years marooned on the island, he still treats the other people he meets as though they are below him. The details were magnificent, though, and I was surprised to find out that this was the first novel ever written-in the early 18th century. I would highly recommend it, if merely because it is a well written classic.   posted Jan 15, 2012 at 1:42PM

Cover ArtThe chase
by Sands, Lynsay
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, the plot idea was hillarious, the main characters intriguing, and the Scottish accents brilliant. On the other hand, the characters often acted out of character, the ending left a lot of questions unanswered, and the scenes weren’t very discriptive. All-over, it wasn’t a terrible book, but not close to one of the best romances I’ve read. I always say, stick to Jane Austen and William Shakespeare.   posted Jan 12, 2012 at 9:18AM

Cover ArtThe girl who could fly
by Forester, Victoria
This is a children’s book and, although I tend to read more adult and teen books, I was surprised to find I actaully enjoyed it. The plot was simple and a bit obvious, but the characters were imaginative and the idea was inventive. Although not one of the best books I’ve read, I would recently recommend it for people of all ages.   posted Jan 10, 2012 at 1:41PM

Cover ArtCity of Glass
by Clare, Cassandra.
This is the third book of the Mortal Instruments Trilogy (although there are more books following this one in the series). In my opinion, it was better then either of the previous books. The characters were much more understandable and the plot was more organized. My only complaint is that the perspectives jumped around a bit, but I still had no trouble following it.   posted Jan 7, 2012 at 3:10PM

Cover ArtMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Riggs, Ransom
I was hoping for a much better written book, but besides the interesting pictures, there was not anything else good in the book. The plot was predictable and the characters were often frusterating. It was certainly a good plot idea, but many of the scenes didn’t quite make sense in regard to the all-over plot.   posted Jan 4, 2012 at 4:14PM

Cover ArtCity of ashes
by Clare, Cassandra.
This is the second book of the Mortal Instruments series, following City of Bones. I enjoyed the first book, but although I liked the second book, it wasn’t as well organized as the first. Several plot points seemed repeditive and sometimes predictable. The characters were a bit predictable as well, but there were some interesting character developments. All-over, I enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.   posted Jan 2, 2012 at 3:18PM

Cover ArtCity of bones
by Clare, Cassandra.
I was surprised how well written this book was. The plot was interesting and the characters humorous. However, I do have several complants. The first of which is the story was slow moving in the beginning, although the second half makes reading the first half well worth it. The characters are not as developed as some books, but certainly better then most teen books. Although I have not read any of the other books of the series, I certainly plan to and highly recommend it   posted Dec 30, 2011 at 2:57PM

Cover ArtCrown duel
by Smith, Sherwood.
I enjoyed this book immensely. The plot might have been a little predictable and the charecters not the most deep, but I still would highly recommend this book.   posted Dec 19, 2011 at 5:39PM

Cover ArtBlood spirits
by Smith, Sherwood.
This is the second book of the series after Coronets and Steel. I liked the book, but I didn’t find it as interesting and well planned out as the first one. Saying that, I would still highly recommend it.   posted Dec 19, 2011 at 5:37PM

Cover ArtCoronets and steel
by Smith, Sherwood.
This is a first book in a series, and I enjoyed it immensely. In combines modern romance, fairy tale fantasy, and interesting mystery. I loved it, and would highly recommended it.   posted Dec 19, 2011 at 5:35PM

Cover ArtThe sweet far thing
by Bray, Libba.
This is the third book of the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. It is also the most depressing. Even if I loved the first two books and most of this one, the ending was so sad it ruined my enjoyment for the entire series. I recommend it if you keep in mind how sad the ending is.   posted Dec 18, 2011 at 2:40PM

Cover ArtRebel angels
by Bray, Libba.
This is the second book in the Gemma Doyle Trilogy, and well worth reading. I was very disapointed with the first book, but this book, though still flawed in plot and characters, is much more interesting.   posted Dec 18, 2011 at 12:24PM

Cover ArtA great and terrible beauty
by Bray, Libba.
This book nothing like I expected it to be. The overall plot idea interesting, but the execution was often slow and flimsey. The characters were alright, but not deeply developed. It is an interesting book, but not near one of the best I’ve read.   posted Dec 16, 2011 at 2:20PM

Cover ArtEver
by Levine, Gail Carson.
I did not like this book all over. The plot was a good idea, but it was executed is such a way as to make it boring and predictable. Some of the characters were interesting, but they didn’t have much depth.   posted Dec 13, 2011 at 4:26PM

Cover ArtEmma
by Austen, Jane
This has always been my second favorite Jane Austen book (after Pride and Prejudice). The story is about a young woman who makes it her calling to match her friends. After much error and stupidity, most everyone ends up happy. The book is brilliant, and I highly recommend it.   posted Dec 13, 2011 at 4:21PM

Cover ArtEnter three witches : a story of Macbeth
by Cooney, Caroline B.
I happen to be a huge fan of Shakespeare and have read most of his plays (except for his histories), and had to read this book when I heard it was based on the story of Macbeth. I enjoyed it, although it wasn’t an excellent book. It is, however, a fun book and I would recommend it.   posted Dec 13, 2011 at 4:15PM

Cover ArtThe adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Doyle, Arthur Conan
Sherlock Holmes is really an ionic character, although how unrealistic he may be, and everyone should read his stories at some point in their lives. I personally adored it, and would recommend it to people of all ages and preferred books.   posted Dec 13, 2011 at 4:12PM

Cover Art20,000 leagues under the sea
by Verne, Jules
Jules Verne is often considered one of the first science fiction authors, and this book in one of his greatest, in my opinion. The book is ageless, about the remarkable submarine built by the brillient Captain Nemo. The story tells of Professor Aronnax, and his two companions who are taken aboard Nemo’s Nautilus and taken on all sorts of amazing adventures. The sea imagary is incredible, uncompared to by any book I have ever read. This books is a must read, even if you aren’t a science fan.   posted Dec 13, 2011 at 4:03PM

Cover ArtSense and sensibility
by Austen, Jane
This book is the first Jane Austen ever published, and although I have seen both the 1996 movie and the 2008 mini-series, I never took the time to read the book until now. The book is about two sisters, Elinor and Marianne, who endeavur to find love. They do, although first they must overcome many obstacles. I enjoyed the book immensely, but Pride and Prejudice is still the best of Jane Austen’s books. It is a must read.   posted Dec 13, 2011 at 3:56PM

Cover ArtThe god of the hive : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Ho
by King, Laurie R.
This is the tenth book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Suspense series. It is also one of my favorite mystery series, and this book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire book. I would highly recommend it.   posted Dec 11, 2011 at 4:30PM

Cover ArtHow to be a writer : building your creative skills through practice and play
by Baig, Barbara
I have read many different How to Become a Writer Books, and this one was quite unique. This is to not to say I liked it, because I found it emotional and unless.   posted Dec 10, 2011 at 4:47PM

Cover ArtThe god of the hive : a novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Ho
by King, Laurie R.
The tenth book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. The plot is a continuation of book nine.   posted Dec 10, 2011 at 4:46PM

Cover ArtHe’s just not that into you [videorecording]
by Kwapis, Ken.
This movie was alright, as far as the idea and humor goes. Most of the characters were dull, and the storyline was a little mixed up. Gigi was my favorite character, but even she wasn’t developed. I liked it, but it’s not one of my favorites. It is, however a movie you should watch if you aren’t looking for a good movie, but just one with funny parts   posted Dec 9, 2011 at 5:50PM

Cover ArtJane Eyre
by Bronte, Charlotte
After seeing most of the movies, I didn’t have much hope that I would like the characters of this book. But I did, and soon realized all the movies are completely wrong on how they portray Jane and Edward. I loved this book; it is one of greatest love stories of all time. A must read.   posted Dec 7, 2011 at 7:27PM

Cover ArtPride and prejudice
by Austen, Jane
This book is one of the best books I have ever read, and not just because it is a classic love story. It is entertaining, though not quite realistic, and one of my favorite books of all time.   posted Dec 7, 2011 at 7:25PM

Cover ArtThe language of bees : a Mary Russell novel /
by King, Laurie R.
The ninth book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.   posted Dec 7, 2011 at 7:23PM

Cover ArtLocked rooms : a Mary Russell novel /
by King, Laurie R.
The eighth book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes   posted Dec 7, 2011 at 7:22PM

Cover ArtThe language of bees : a Mary Russell novel
by King, Laurie R.
This is the ninth book in the suspense series of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. I have been a fan of the series for years, and this book is one of my favorites. It is almost as good as the first book. The plot to brillient, the characters intriguing, and the theology interesting. I would highly recommend it.   posted Dec 7, 2011 at 3:18PM

Cover ArtLocked rooms : a Mary Russell novel
by King, Laurie R.
This is the number eight in the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes suspense series. It was an excellant plot, with development on the characters and twists that made the book interesting even for someone who just read the other seven and was sick of the series. I would highly recommend it.   posted Dec 5, 2011 at 3:02PM

Cover ArtInside the Victorian home : a portrait of domestic life in Victorian England
by Flanders, Judith.
While doing my research on Victorian England, I ran into this book-and absolutely adored it. The details in this book are brillient, and even I am surprised at how much I didn’t know. I would highly recommend it.   posted Dec 3, 2011 at 10:31AM

Cover ArtMockingjay
by Collins, Suzanne
This is the third book of the Hunger Games trilogy. I liked the series, but this book was my least favorite. The author could have written an ending where they destroyed the Capital and everyone ended up happy. Instead, she killed off half the main characters and even the ending was sad. Even saying this, I would recommend it.   posted Dec 1, 2011 at 9:36AM

Cover ArtThe savage damsel and the dwarf
by Morris, Gerald
This book was quite an unexpected pleasure to read. I have very few critisisms for this book, except may the characters are not as developed as I would usually like. Besides that, I loved the plot, characters, scenery, and, most of all, the ending.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 9:12PM

Cover ArtThe season
by MacLean, Sarah.
Although I liked this book, it was not actually a very well written book. It was not historically acurate, the characters were stereotypic, and the plot was simple. Saying all this, I liked the book.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 9:08PM

Cover ArtHowl’s moving castle
by Jones, Diana Wynne.
This book is so different from any book I ever read, at first I didn’t quite know what to think. But by the time I got halfway through, I couldn’t put it down. Unlike the movie, I would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to pick up a funny, imaginative fantasy book.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 9:06PM

Cover ArtThe two princesses of Bamarre
by Levine, Gail Carson.
I love this book, although I prefer not reading it to the end and making up a happier ending. Saying that, I don’t think a happy ending would have worked, and this book is brilliently written.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 9:03PM

Cover ArtElla enchanted
by Levine, Gail Carson.
I read this book first when I was young, and recently I read it again. I can see why it is so popular. Not only it is a fun, fairtale book, but it’s realistic and comedic. I would highly recommend it.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 9:01PM

Cover ArtThe mislaid magician, or, ten years after : being the private correspondence bet
by Wrede, Patricia C.
This series (this is the third book, preceeded by Sorcery and Cecelia and The Grand Tour) is one of my favorites, and this book is no exception. I love the comedy, as well as the mysterious plot.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:57PM

Cover ArtThe Grand Tour, or, The Purloined coronation regalia : being a revelation of mat
by Wrede, Patricia C.
This is the second book about Kate and Cecelia; this one is about their honeymoon. Although this one may not have been as good as the first, I couldn’t put it down until I was done. I would highly recommend it.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:54PM

Cover ArtSorcery and Cecelia, or, The enchanted chocolate pot : being the correspondence
by Wrede, Patricia C.
This was one of my all time favorite books growing up because of the fun plot and rather silly characters. I would highly recommend it, even if it is not the deepest nor most brilliant book.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:53PM

Cover ArtSaving Juliet
by Selfors, Suzanne.
I happen to love Shakespeara, although Romeo & Juliet is not my favorite of his plays. I had thought this book would be absolutely terrible, but I actaully liked the plot, although the characters were rather unrealistic.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:50PM

Cover ArtTwilight
by Meyer, Stephenie
This book is one of the best teen books I have ever read. Although I am not one to be obsessed with vampires, I actually liked the book. I won’t comment about how terrible the movie was, but the book was excellant.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:46PM

Cover ArtThe scarlet pimpernel
by Orczy, Emmuska Orczy
I saw the old movie starring Lesley Howard when I was younger, and I finally got around to reading the book. Not only were the characters well developed and the plot brillient, but the history was so well executed. I would recommend it. After all, it’s a classic for a reason.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:36PM

Cover ArtThe princess diaries
by Cabot, Meg
I only read this because it was so popular, and I wanted to know what other teens like in books. And I can see why some girls would like it. The idea was great: a normal, unpopular girl finds out she’s a princess and finds herself. However, because all the characters are unbelievable, I must confess I did not like it.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:34PM

Cover ArtBetraying season
by Doyle, Marissa.
I liked the book, although it is not half as good as the first one, Bewitching Season. It plot was alright, but the characters weren’t interesting and unrealistic. Even so, I would recommend the book.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:30PM

Cover ArtBewitching Season
by Doyle, Marissa.
I like the book all-over, although it was not very historically acurate and the characters rather shallow. The plot was interesting, however, and it was very inventive.   posted Nov 27, 2011 at 8:28PM

Cover ArtThe importance of being Earnest [DVD]
by Parker, Oliver.
Usually I do not do reviews on movies, but as this movie is based on a classic, I have made an exception. I absolutely adored this movie. I an a real Victorian buff (although my knowledge in more for the 1870’s, but the turn of the century), and I loved the costumes. The one and only complaint I have is that the characters were modernized, but overall it was an excellent movie.   posted Nov 26, 2011 at 12:27PM

Cover ArtThe Hunger Games
by Collins, Suzanne
When I picked up this book, I must confess I did not have high hopes for it. After all, sending kids into a game where they kill each other and only one survives is not my idea of a great book. Nevertheless, after a total of five people recommended it to me, I gave in and read it. And was surprisingly impressed. Not only is it an interesting plot, but the way the author describes incidents that usaully would be depressing into an intriguing suspense is brillient. Although it is not one of my favorite books, it did have me on the edge of my seat till the end. I would highly recommend it.   posted Nov 26, 2011 at 12:01PM

Cover ArtThe game : a Mary Russell novel
by King, Laurie R.
This is the seventh book of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes suspense series. Not only is it a brilliant book with excellant characters and an intriguing plot, but it is also one of my favorites of the series. I would highly recommend it, for both suspense fans and everyone else.   posted Nov 22, 2011 at 5:47PM

Cover ArtJustice Hall : a Mary Russell novel
by King, Laurie R.
This is the sixth book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. It is also a continuation of O Jersusalem, with several of the same supporting characters. I liked it, and would highly reccommend it.   posted Nov 21, 2011 at 10:33AM

Cover ArtThe game /
by King, Laurie R.
The seventh book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.   posted Nov 20, 2011 at 8:33PM

Cover ArtJustice Hall : a Mary Russell novel /
by King, Laurie R.
The sixth book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.   posted Nov 20, 2011 at 8:32PM

Cover ArtO Jerusalem : a Mary Russell novel /
by King, Laurie R.
The fifth book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. This series is getting rather old.   posted Nov 20, 2011 at 8:32PM

Cover ArtThe moor : a Mary Russell novel /
by King, Laurie R.
The fourth book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.   posted Nov 20, 2011 at 8:31PM

Cover ArtA letter of Mary : a Mary Russell novel /
by King, Laurie R.
The third book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes   posted Nov 20, 2011 at 8:30PM

Cover ArtThe Victorian visitors : culture shock in nineteenth-century Britain
by Christiansen, Rupert.
I got this book to learn about particular people in Victorian England, but by the time I was done with the first chapter I was ready to put it down. Not only does this book only talk about three or four people, but it does not get much into the Victorian world, as I would have liked. Because of this, I regret I cannot recommend it.   posted Nov 20, 2011 at 8:25PM

Cover ArtO Jerusalem : a Mary Russell novel
by King, Laurie R.
This is the fifth book of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes suspense series. But, in fact, it is set in a period of time in the middle of the first book. It was a good book, as all the series has been, but it was not half as good as the earlier ones, especially the first and second. Even for this fact, the book is still well written and well worth reading.   posted Nov 20, 2011 at 1:43PM

Cover ArtThe body at the tower
by Lee, Y. S. 1974-
I found the first book of this story when I was looking through the teen section. I liked it, especially for a teen book, enough to read the second. It isn’t a bad story, although not very historical, not well developed characters, and badguy I figured out after the fifth chapter. Even so, the idea was good and it wasn’t such a bad book. I would recommend it as a fun book, but not one that I would ever consider immersing myself into.   posted Nov 15, 2011 at 3:17PM

Cover ArtAbarat
by Barker, Clive
I orignally read this book, the first in the Abarat series, years ago when it first came out. I read it a second time recently, as the third in the series came out in 2011, and enjoyed it just as much the first time. The plot may not be the best or the characters the most developed, but it is a fun fantasy/horror novel that would be interesting to any age.   posted Nov 12, 2011 at 12:01PM

Cover ArtAbsolute midnight
by Barker, Clive
I read the first two novals of this series when they first came out, and have been praying and hoping for when the next one would. Now it has, and I enjoyed it immensely. Although not the best book, it is so unique in its combination of horror, fantasy, and characters, its a must read for any book lover.   posted Nov 12, 2011 at 9:29AM

Cover ArtKilling Lincoln : the shocking assassination that changed America forever
by O'Reilly, Bill.
I disagree with Bill O’Reilly thoughts on Lincoln being our best president, but I read the book anyway because I watch the O’Reilly Factor every weekday night. I thought the historical acuracy was brilliant, and the organization was perfect. I would recommend it as a fun, historical read.   posted Nov 12, 2011 at 9:24AM

Cover ArtThe moor : a Mary Russell novel
by King, Laurie R.
This is the fourth book of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes suspense series, and although I did not enjoy it as much as the first three, I would recommend it. The plot was taken from the Hound of the Baskervilles, one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes stories and the characters were well developed, as all the characters in this series are.   posted Nov 10, 2011 at 9:49AM

Cover ArtA letter of Mary : a Mary Russell novel
by King, Laurie R.
This is the third book of the suspense series of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmesm, and I enjoyed it immensely. With vivid characters, interesting plot, and indepth conversations, I would recommend it.   posted Nov 10, 2011 at 9:46AM

Cover ArtThe exorcist
by Blatty, William Peter.
Although I am not a fan of horror books and hardly ever read them, when I learned the writer was a Catholic and had not planned to write it as a horror, I finally consented to pick it up. The book itself I did not like, but there is something about it that you can hardly put it down, and I found myself entranced in the deeper meanings. I enjoyed it, but would hardly recommend it to anyone under eighteen.   posted Nov 5, 2011 at 7:21PM

Cover ArtA monstrous regiment of women /
by King, Laurie R.
This is the second book of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed it immensely and plan to buy the entire ceries. It is certainly worth taking a week out of your busy schedule to read it.   posted Nov 1, 2011 at 11:35AM

Cover ArtA spy in the house
by Lee, Y. S. 1974-
The book was well written, although the supporting characters may not as well developed as many books I’ve read. Even so, the character of Mary Quinn is interesting and I would recommend it as a fun teen mystery novel.   posted Nov 1, 2011 at 11:31AM

Cover ArtA secret affair
by Balogh, Mary.
I have hardly any comment to make, because this is the kind of book which is all about sex, and not about anything substantial that I could try to comment on. For that fact, I would not recommend it.   posted Oct 29, 2011 at 8:31PM

Cover ArtEvil under the sun
by Christie, Agatha
As I am a great fan of Agatha Christie and adore Hercule Poriot, I would have to recogmend it. Upon saying that, I did think it wasn’t one of her best novels, and seemed to have quite a few elements similar to that of some of her other books. I still enjoyed it, though.   posted Oct 28, 2011 at 11:01AM

Cover ArtA monstrous regiment of women
by King, Laurie R.
This is the second book of the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes Mystery series. I liked this one much better then the first one, as it was better organized and the plot not so mixed up. The characters were better as well, and I would highly recogmend it.   posted Oct 27, 2011 at 9:48AM

Cover ArtThe beekeeper's apprentice : or, on the segregation of the queen /
by King, Laurie R.
This book is so much fun to read, even if it is a bit disorganized. I enjoy it immensely, the characters are fun and well thought of, and I am a great fan of Sherlock Holmes.   posted Oct 21, 2011 at 12:22PM

Cover ArtThe soul mirror : a novel of the Collegia Magica
by Berg, Carol.
I liked the book, but did not think it was very well organized. I wasn’t quite sure whether it was real or a dream, but the book is still a fun read and the plot has some good ideas in it.   posted Oct 21, 2011 at 11:56AM

Cover ArtQueen of hearts
by Brooks, Martha
I liked the idea of the book, but found myself being a bit concerned about how good it was when I read it within two hours. Although it wasn’t a badly written book, the characters blended and the plot was simply not worth reading through the entire two hundred pages. I could sum up the entire plot in one paragraph.   posted Oct 18, 2011 at 6:32PM

Cover ArtDays of magic, nights of war
by Barker, Clive
Being the second of the Abarat series, it starts off from where the last was left off. The ideas are incredible, but a bit recurring and the characters tend to blend together. I do look foward to reading to next book, though, and hope it is more defining of the characters.   posted Oct 8, 2011 at 1:11PM

Cover Art2012 writer’s Market
by Brewer, Robert Lee
As a writing trying to break into the business, I found it quite helpful and informative. I must admit, I took down quite a bit of notes and put together a list of agents, publishers, and magizines that I liked.   posted Oct 5, 2011 at 11:57AM

Cover ArtChangeless
by Carriger, Gail
This is the second book in the series The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. The stories of this one and the third one, Blameless are very similar and I would recommend that the two be read together. This one was a bit better then the first of the series, Soulless, but hardly good enough to be called a great book. An interesting read, surely, but not a great book. It is a good book if you are not looking for a great book and just want to read something.   posted Oct 5, 2011 at 11:55AM

Cover ArtBlameless
by Carriger, Gail
This book is the third book is the series of The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Tarabotti. Although the plot is rather inventive and humorous, I find at many times the details quite boring and skimming a necessity. The characters, though interesting on the surface, are very weak and rather undeveloped. Dispite my many dislikes of material in the book, I found the book a simple, fun read, and would recommend it only if one is not looking for a particularly good book, just something fun to take one’s mind off troubles of life.   posted Oct 5, 2011 at 11:43AM


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