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Finnikin of the Rock

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Wow, I really enjoyed this book, way more than I thought I would! I admit that the first bit was a bit tough going, I had a hard time keeping all the politics straight, but once I was through the first few chapters, I was thoroughly absorbed. I just really loved all the characters!
Dime Store Magic

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Well, I like the characters in this book, but I have to say the plot was a little bit boring. I did appreciate getting some background info on the Cabals and the Coven, and there were a couple of surprises, but nothing major, nothing to make this book memorable. Hopefully the next in the series will have a bit more oomph to it.
The Help

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It was good, but honestly, I was expecting more from all the hype. I almost gave up on it in the beginning because I found that I wasn't emotionally involved with any of the characters. Anyway, I'm glad I stuck it out until the end. There were some interesting bits and parts that had me laughing out loud, but it wasn't the type of book that I can give a five star rating to.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel

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A good book, very interesting at times. I found I was riveted during the first half, especially by the descriptions of foot binding, but had a hard time getting through the last half. Things slowed down, and the language became repetitive.
Hate List

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I really enjoyed the depth of the main character, Valerie. Through the author's descriptions, I was able to fully empathize with her. I just found myself getting bored in parts - possibly I've been reading too many YA books and need to get out of this genre for a bit.
Indian Horse

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Just finished this book today, and I honestly can't believe it was that good! I would never have chosen to even read this book if it wasn't chosen for my book club by someone else, but once I got into it, I could barely put it down. Some real tear jerking moments, and some very uplifting moments. Really wonderful, I'll be recommending it to everyone!
Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

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When I first saw this book and read the cover, I thought the premise just wasn't for me - a bit too sci-fi, I guess. My 7 year-old daughter, however, was enthralled with the idea of a cyborg Cinderella. After seeing decent reviews, I picked up the hard cover version for $5.99, and was pleasantly surprised. The characters were well-drawn, and the pacing was pretty good, and while it didn't end up being one of my favorites, it is still worth a read and I am definitely excited to see where this series leads.
Switched

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This book was just okay. There were things I liked, and things I didn't like. That said, I haven't decided whether I will read the rest of the series just yet.
Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

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Ugh, I don't know why I keep reading these books. Sometimes, I guess I need something quick and familiar, but I'm getting tired of Stephanie, Lula, and even Ranger. I still like Morelli, and even Grandma Mazur, but the plot of each successive book is pretty much interchangeable with all the others. Not sure I will continue reading this series, because it's just going NOWHERE!!!
Jellicoe Road

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Incredible, loved it, 'nuff said! Read it yourself!
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