"Among Others" reviewed by Malia on January 13, 2015

Title: 
Among Others
Author: 
Jo Walton
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
Mixed feelings about this book. I really liked the way magic worked, and the depiction of fairies and ghosts. I love the idea of an outsider bookworm finding her people. I like the diary format, and that it was more about dailiness than a big plot arc. But, I found the main character annoying, frankly. The outsider bookworm I was as a kid really doesn't relate to her. And I find it so tiresome that she's super smart in everything except math. I know it's a pet peeve of mine, but it really is an obnoxious stereotype.
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

"The Light Between Oceans" reviewed by HDB on January 11, 2015

Title: 
The Light Between Oceans
Author: 
M.L. Stedman
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
I got this off the 7 day rack at the library and got in done with time to spare. Slow at the start (while still engaging), it really picks up by the end. The ending makes me leave off a star, but I love what it has to say about regrets and forgiveness and making the best we can of a situation and of course love in the variety of forms it takes/appears. A really impressive debut with this beautiful lines and images like this: "The rain is falling more heavily, and in the distance, thunder grumbles at being left behind by the lightning."
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

"The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business" reviewed by Miriam B on January 9, 2015

Title: 
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Author: 
Charles Duhigg
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
All about how we develop habits, why we have habits at all, and how we can make the switch from mediocre to awesome. Once I started reading this book, it was a challenge to put it down. Lots of helpful, practical advice and charts.
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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

"Deadline" reviewed by Frank Loar on August 27, 2014

Title: 
Deadline
Author: 
Sandra Brown
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
Nothing like keeping it all in the family. Amelia must be hot, too bad we don't get more details. The main character, named Dawson, comes across as weak.The book needed more of Carl, a true divergent. Overall it started to drag toward the end. I'm going to try one more Sandra Brown book.
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2
Average: 2 (1 vote)

"If I Stay" reviewed by Harin Ok on July 31, 2014

Title: 
If I Stay
Author: 
Gayle Forman
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book
Your Review: 
This story is about a girl named Mia whose dream is to get accepted to the Juilliard School to study the cello. One day Mia and her family have a terrible car accident and everything seems to be falling apart for Mia. While Mia is in the hospital, she thinks about her past and her friends. Her friends try to see her in the hospital. This book is a beautifully written novel.
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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

"The Star of Kazan" reviewed by Link on July 10, 2014

Title: 
The Star of Kazan
Author: 
Ibbotson, Eva
This is a: 
audiobook
Your Review: 
Anika, a foundling taken in by servants in 19th century Vienna has a happy childhood being a useful housekeeper and cook, acting out stories with her friends, and generally bringing joy to her neighborhood community. She dreams of her biological mother finding her, but when her dream becomes a reality, things are not as she imagined. The setting and an ensemble of characters are richly developed. Often small descriptions or objects that initially craft a character development return in significant and surprising ways to the major story arch. The result is charming and satisfying. The narrator’s distinct voice changes enhance the distinctive personalities across the ensemble of characters. Excellent delivery and timing make complex temporal flashback and setting changes easy to follow.
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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

"The Fault in Our Stars" reviewed by Maris Fish on July 9, 2014

Title: 
The Fault in Our Stars
Author: 
John Green
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
It's hard to give a good review for this book because you don't even know where to begin with this brilliant love story. This is a touching, fun, and hopeful story about a 16 year old girl named Hazel Grace Lancaster. Hazel has a thyroid cancer that has spread to her lungs and makes it so she has to walk around with an oxygen tank and also makes life kind of hard to live. Her life is pretty mellow until she meets the love of her life Augustus Waters in a support group for cancer-stricken teens. Then begins the tearful and magnificent story of Augustus and Hazel and their journey and battles with cancer. Not only did John Green create a masterpiece thriving with rhythm, he also created a truth that some may not realize. By reading this book you will get the chance to indulge in the life of another that may be a lot different than yours. I would honestly say that is one of the best books I've ever read and I hope everyone gets the chance to read it. I recommend this book for teens 13 and up who enjoy romance and realistic fiction. There is some maturity required for this book but do not let that steer you from reading it.
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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

"His Day is Done" reviewed by Maris Fish on July 8, 2014

Title: 
His Day is Done
Author: 
Maya Angelou
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book
Your Review: 
This book is basically a poem about President Nelson Mandela of South Africa and the great impact he's made on the citizens of the world. Dr. Maya Angelou uses vivid language to describe how America took the news of President Mandela's death, and also to describe what he has done for his country. "His Day is Done" is a moving poem that speaks for all of us and pays a great respect and vibe of sympathy from America to South Africa. This book is a quick read and I suggest it for readers who enjoy poetry with a hint of biography.
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

"Percy Jackson & the Olympians series" reviewed by Edward S. on April 29, 2014

Title: 
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series
Author: 
Riordan, Rick
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
Overall: Very creative story: based on that if the Greek gods and godess's are real. Lightning thief: Opens the gate to the fascinating story; reveals the antagonist Sea of Monsters & Titan's Curse: Flame of battle is igniting; continues to introduce the Greek gods Battle of Labyrinth: Fully describes the image of dark, spooky labyrinth Last Olympian: In the small city of New York, Riordan specificly describes the battle in a short amount of pages.
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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

"Divergent" reviewed by Rachel H. on April 5, 2014

Title: 
Divergent
Author: 
Veronica Roth
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
I loved this book! It's been a favorite of mine for a while, along with Insurgent and Allegiant. And for all the readers wanting spoilers for the book, I'm not one who likes spoilers. I like to be surprised. But I will tell you this: Tris marries Peter, Eric gets pregnant, Christina and Tobias run away together, Will joins the factionless, and Caleb confesses his love for Marcus. :-)
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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

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