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A Lot like Love - Julie James 3.5 stars
Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11) - J.R. Ward I enjoyed the book, but just fell short a little for a BDB. I think it was because there was not a lot of action or connection with the whole gang. I miss the witty bantering among the brothers.
Ravished - Amanda Quick A little bit of a slow start, but great once it took off.
The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern There are times I hate the "problem" I have of feeling obligated to finish a book even if I'm not enjoying it...
I had a lot of people recommend this book. I am glad they enjoyed it, but I thought it was irritatingly slow moving and the characters lacking and dull. That is not to say the writing was bad, because it wasn’t – it’s just that the promising blurb was more exciting than the book.
Go the Fuck to Sleep - Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortés Although my kids are grown (I guess I still think this sometimes at 2 am about my 18 yr old), I have tried to put many little ones to sleep over the years. This book is HILARIOUS and so true. I think I would have really enjoyed it back then. But it’s probable a good thing I didn’t – would be hard not repeat the awesome poetry.
Poltergeist - Kat Richardson I was hoping in the second book that the “greywalker” ability would start getting cool. Unfortunately it didn’t. Maybe I’m expecting Urban Fantasy - while this seems to read more like a mystery to me. I really want to find out what happens to Harper's ability (embrace it already), I just don’t want it to take 4 books to do so. I don't think I'll be continue the series.
The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, #2) - Jean M. Auel I love a historical with lots of detail. But this read more like a ecological history lesson with a plot mixed in. I don't need the the dictionary type description of every stone, bush and tributary that runs into a river. The author with out a doubt did her research and I applaud her. I just wish she didn't have to stuff it all in. This is a long read with an interesting story that keeps you reading to see how it turns out. So I guess I liked it - but definitely has a lot of slow parts.

Horizon - Sophie Littlefield Wow
Aftertime - Sophie Littlefield

Aftertime (Aftertime, #1) is a realistic Post-Zombie Apocalypse story that is about its survivors, not its zombies. The character-driven story is hard, gritty and totally believable – from its flawed characters, to its “Eww” moments of horror.

Insurgent - Veronica Roth What happened to Four’s personality? Better yet, what happened to that really cool heroin in the first book? Tris became annoying at times. If I had not known their personalities in the first book I'm sure I would have enjoyed them. But going from such great characters to the ones in this book made it hard to love them. Also still shaking my head a little on how some of the things in the book would work. Slow starting again, but the end was great - just like the first book.
Divergent - Veronica Roth This is hard to rate. The first pages are a little slow with a few moments of “not sure how that would work”. But really picks up speed and gets good near the end.
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak I have had this book for some time now. But not being a huge fan of YA, I was reluctant to pick it up. Wow, what a wonderful treasure of a book.

A lot of people feel that the writing style was distracting and disjointed, and I can understand why. At first it felt that way. But after a few pages you’ll pick up the rhythm of the writing, and it will truly lure you in.

Set in Germany during World War II the story is narrated by Death (most ingenious). Death, during this very busy time can’t help himself from being fascinated with one particular human - Liesel Meminger (The Book Thief). Through his narration you become to care about the characters. Sometimes you love them, other times you may hate them. But either way the narration will draw you in as you watch the characters try to keep their humanity during war time.

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a huge fan of fluff. Love the fun, quick easy read. But every once in a while, literary or not, you’ll read a book that will always linger after your next books. Always remaining a part of you – this is one of those books.
Eternal Rider - Larissa Ione Not quite as good as her Demonica Series books - but still a fun read.
Devil's Embrace - Catherine Coulter 3 stars because at the beginning of this book I wasn't sure I would continue. Not sure if it was the writing or the characters. But midway through it finally grew up and became a read that kept we me reading happily. Luckally the characters got better about that time (well most of them).
To Burn - Claudia Dain Melonia is strong willed, which is ok - but she became very annoying. The book was lacking at times, but I really enjoy Wulfred and the story’s ending was great. So it gets it 2 stars.
In Care of Sam Beaudry - Kathleen Eagle Plot was OK - but the righting was unbalanced and awkward.