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Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel

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Great debut novel! Can't wait to read the next one. The book kept me interested through the whole thing and (more surprisingly) kept me guessing. I had guessed mostly correctly, but I didn't KNOW I had it right until the end. I kept thinking I could be wrong. I rarely find books that can keep me guessing until the end. If you like intelligent thrillers, this one's for you!
A Clash of Kings

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Still very good, but this one dragged a bit for me and didn't capture me as much as the first. I don't think it just dragged because I was really busy and had almost no time to read. I read very quickly normally, but this book seemed to take a bit longer to get through than the first. There were parts I found really uninteresting.I definitely recommend reading it, though, since the next book is worth it!
The Replacement Wife

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Sadly, I think I would have enjoyed this book more if there had been a decent editor involved. I'm a grammar freak and it's a bit hard for me to overlook sentences that are clearly misconstructed. In many places, it's like two sentences were put together and there was no thought to the fact that different forms of the same word now appear one word apart from each other and that it looks like one sentence starts and it switches over... The typos and grammatical errors were ones that anyone reading the book could have picked out, so if the editor had done their job and actually READ the book, they would have been easy to fix.I thought the story was pretty good, but parts of it annoyed me, too. I don't want to give anything away to those who haven't read it, but some of the way a couple of the characters acted annoyed me. The ending was fairly predictable, but for the most part the story was interesting.I definitely think this book is worth reading if you have the time. It's a short read, in spite of my start and end dates. I was moving and had no time to read for more than two weeks. The book only took a few hours to read and was entertaining.
Intensity

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I'm not normally a horror fan, but a friend gave me this book and assured me it wasn't as scary as most horror. She was right. I really enjoyed Intensity and would have finished it a LOT faster if I hadn't been busy watching the Olympics and traveling to visit relatives. I definitely recommend this to those who like suspense.
Hate Mail from Cheerleaders: And Other Adventures from the Life of Reilly

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Great collection of stories. Some of them were incredibly moving and some were hilarious. The editor should be shot, though... Who puts a tear jerking story about a kid with MS who runs cross country and has his team run his final laps with him back to back with a 9/11 story? REALLY? If I wanted to be a mess of tears during a lunch break at work there are many other things I could do. Not the best choice of order, but still a great book overall. Glad I found it in the Kindle store for next to nothing and decided to buy it.
The Wolf Gift

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This is the first Anne Rice book I really enjoyed in years and years... I'm so glad she took a step away from religion. I've enjoyed a lot of religious fiction, but I could not stand hers...This is a return to what she does best and I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next book!
The Submission: A Novel

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Very well written first novel. Incredibly moving. Naturally, very sad given the subject matter and definitely a book that might make someone close to the 9/11 tragedy (as most who knew people in NYC at the time were) cry a bit, but well worth reading. It's sad to see the truth of the way Muslims were treated after the 9/11 tragedy portrayed so well, but it'd be nice if more people could get the point of the novel. Maybe someday...
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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Written by a high school friend, so I am a bit biased, but I REALLY enjoyed this book even though I read it first when it was released and I was already way past high school at that point. I think I enjoyed it even more when I reread it after the movie was released. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy young adult novels and suggest you watch the movie, too!
Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

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I really enjoyed this book, which is why I gave it to my best friend to read. I think he'll enjoy it, too. Perhaps more - I think he may have seen a couple episodes of one of the Housewives series... The only part I didn't like of the book was the section on the Housewives, since I really couldn't care less about them. I found the rest of the book very interesting and engaging and think Andy's story is entertaining and interesting.I definitely recommend it for pop culture fans - especially if you like the housewives, since it'll probably interest you even more.
Because I’m Small Now and You Love Me

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First, I need to say that I'm only able to review MOST of the book. I was first sent the PDF file, which is completely illegible on the Kindle (it's horribly created). I was next sent the mobi file and must recommend that you avoid the KINDLE version of this book at all costs. On a normal Kindle (like mine - not backlit, just a book), you will NOT be able to see some of the chapter titles or ANY of the complete first pages of the chapter. Fortunately, the next page starts with a new paragraph every time and you don't seem to miss much, but if you get this in Kindle and are unwilling to flip pages twice per sentence on your iPhone Kindle app, you'll never read the entire book.In addition, I'd avoid the publisher at all costs, since the guy I dealt with was a complete jerk (which is being nice about it). I'll never purchase one of their books or request one to review on here if I notice the publisher.I enjoyed this book about a child's eye view and raising a child in different countries and cultures, but it never really grabbed me and made me want to keep reading it without putting it down. Since I've been very busy, it took me a bit longer than it would have otherwise, but it's a very fast read, so that wasn't long.I think parents would be even more interested in this book - especially if (like my cousin and a couple friends) you've raised your children in various countries or are interested in other cultures.
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