Fiction

C
The Runaway Princess

I was really looking forward to this book, because from the summary it sounded like an amusing read. The beginning starts out entertainingly but the story begins to lag towards the middle, and for me it never recovered. In fact, I put it down and only picked it up again so I could write the review. ...

B
The Casual Vacancy

I’m sure I was one of many Harry Potter fans who bought J.K. Rowling’s new adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, on day one. I decided to go ahead and review it as well, mostly because I’m sure there are other readers who have the same question I did: “If I loved Harry Potter, will I love this to ...

B
City Girl, Country Vet

One of the blurbs about this book states “Emily Giffin meets James Herriott in this charming and original tale of adventure, mishap, and romance centered around a vet's practice in the English countryside.” Honestly, that is a pretty accurate assessment since the book is part chick lit and anima ...

C+
Bond Girl

In the same style as roman à clef books The Nanny Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada, Bond Girl takes on Wall Street, illuminating the excesses, sexual harassment, and hazing type working conditions for women as they take on one of the last bastions of the “old boy club”. While I can't say that ...

B
Light from a Distant Star

Novels about young southern girls coming of age have abounded since Harper Lee wrote the brilliant To Kill a Mockingbird. Most of them fall far short of that masterpiece simply because it is nearly impossible to create a narrator as outstanding as Scout. This novel sort of turns the idea of the narr ...

D
Butlers

This sounded exactly to my taste: Chick lit set in London, featuring a heroine trying to open a restaurant. Within a few pages I knew I’d gone wrong since this clearly isn’t chick lit. And, while the heroine does open a restaurant in London, she and the rest of the characters are completely unli ...

B
Tomorrow River

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Ah, the summer of '69. I didn't get to enjoy it (or remember it if I did) being only an infant, but apparently it was really something. There are songs. There are books. There are undoubtedly films. This latest offering introduces us to Shenny and Woody Carmody as they face entering the turbulent t ...

D+
The Lost Symbol

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The Lost Symbol isn’t my first book by Dan Brown, but I’m pretty sure it will be my last. I don’t really think any of his books hold up to close scrutiny, but in the past I’ve found them entertaining in an exciting, page-turner kind of way. I picked this up hoping for more of the same, and r ...

C
The Snow Globe

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I read The Snow Globe in a very festive mood. The story was not exactly what I was expecting. When I get a book this length, I don’t expect Gone with the Wind style characterizations. But still, the breakneck speed of the three connected stories left me feeling disoriented, dizzy, and not very che ...

D
Out of the Shadows

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Let’s just get this out of the way: I hated this book. I was actually excited to review it, because the plot sounded interesting. Hah! This book was annoying to me on so many levels, and pushed a lot of hot button issues. Add the heavy-handed foreshadowing (that our PhD heroine couldn’t recogni ...