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House of Many Ways
Diana Wynne Jones
The Woman Who Died a Lot - Jasper Fforde I didn't love the last two Thursday Next books, they just didn't cut it. This one though, loved it!
Moon Over Manifest - Clare Vanderpool It has a been a long, long time since I have read a book that made me laugh out loud one minute, and then crying the next.
Gnomes - Wil Huygen, Rien Poortvliet My parents had this book on the coffee table in the family room growing up. I loved this book, I would frequently look at and make up stories, so I suppose it's unfair to say that I've actually read it, I've read parts of it, but probably not the whole thing - the pictures were far to captivating.
The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition - Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer I have read this book, many many times, I have lost count. (Well not this 50th Anniversary edition, I've only read this edition once, my poor paperback version on the other hand has seen better days.) For the life of me I cannot remember how this book came to me. I really wish that I could. Did we read it for school? Did I buy it at the school book sale? Was it a gift? Even if I can't remember how I was introduced to this book, I can still remember reading it for the first time. I couldn't really relate to Milo's when he was home he wanted to be away, and when he was away he wanted to be home. But I was instantly captivated by the story, the scribbly art and the fantastic imagination, and I stayed captivated with it all the way to the end.
Without a Summer (Glamourist Histories) - Mary Robinette Kowal *Minor, very minor spoilers ahead*

I'm glad I stuck with the series, I didn't care for the first book, I despised Melody, and Jane was irritating. The second book was better, and this third one is definitely the best in the series so far.
Melody has completely redeemed herself, I would probably read a book with her as the main character.
At times, Jane still irritated me, at those times her actions were mainly to move the plot along, even though I didn't feel that they were true to her character - the whole scene at the oculists, seems implausible with Jane's character, and how highly she prides herself on hiding her true emotions and behaving well publicly. I'm sure the intent was to show how deeply distressed Jane was at the time - but it felt more like she was channelling Mrs. Ellsworth, then acting as herself.

Otherwise, I loved the intrigue in this one. Very well done! I wasn't sure how they were going to come through in the end.

Catalogue De Parents Pour Les Enfants Qui Veulent En Changer

Catalogue De Parents Pour Les Enfants Qui Veulent En Changer - Claude Ponti I so wish this was in English, my French is terrible. The premise of this book is brilliant.

Found this description on Pinterest:
"Are your parents sometimes boring? Do they never you do what you want to do? This book offers to switch your parents with the ones of your choice! Just check the catalogue, place an order, and in less than two days your new parents will be delivered while the old ones will be taken to a fancy hotel... until you would like to have them back!"
Down the Mysterly River - Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham I would really love to see this as a graphic novel, truthfully, I think I would have preferred it as one.
Six-Gun Snow White - Catherynne M. Valente I wanted to like this book, I really did. The only books by Valente I have read are the Fairyland series, which I love. I guess this would be her first 'adult' book I have tried of hers. And I really didn't care for it. The story is sometimes vague and choppy. At times it almost feels like an outline of a story that's waiting to be fleshed out more.

I'm not sure if this is just her style and the Fairyland books are different or what. It makes me hesitant to try her other books.
Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of Tales - Tamora Pierce I read the Lioness and Immortal Series when I was younger, so it was a treat to read this book and go back to that world. Tamora Pierce's writing has always hooked me with her strong female leads.

I wasn't crazy about Huntress and Testing - Testing was a good story, but I sort of felt like both stories got thrown in here because there was no where else to publish them. I have to say though I was intrigued by the fact that the Lioness series was originally written for adults. I would love to read that version!
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book) - Jon Stone, Michael J. Smollin Loved this book as a kid. The ebook version for ipad is especially fun!
I Love You Through and Through - Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, Caroline Jayne Church My son loves this book, whether I'm reading it to him, or he's flipping through it on his own.
One of Our Thursdays Is Missing: A Thursday Next Novel - Jasper Fforde It's a shame this book started off so slow. When the story finally got going it was good, just as enjoyable as all the other Thursday books. Could have done without the over description of the Book World, as quite a bit of it had no importance on the actual story.
The Way of Shadows - Brent Weeks I think this book could have been a lot more. The story was good, the writing could have been better. It lacks polish, feels like the author took a lot of plot elements and story and just threw them together.
I really wanted to like this book. There were some twists and surprises and I thought the author could have done a better job with them, when things were revealed, it sort of left you with a 'I'm not surprised moment', the opposite of what it should have been. I also found some of the descriptions overly confusing and vague.

I suppose my biggest gripe with the book is that I didn't relate to anyone in it, and as a result I didn't care what happened to any of the characters.

I'm going to try the second book and hope that it doesn't disappoint quite as much.

Nyphron Rising (The Riyria Revelations, #3)

Nyphron Rising (The Riyria Revelations, #3) - Michael J. Sullivan Best book in the series, so far! The few subtle hints (building since book one) that throw you off course and have you thinking something else entirely. It's only been a day, and I'm going through withdrawal, I wish I had the last three books to devour.
The Crown Conspiracy - Michael J. Sullivan I found this book on Fantasty Book Critic, and then headed over here to read the reviews. Then went to the author's website to buy the books (bought one, two and three), as finding them online isn't a possibility right now. It was definitely an impulse buy, and it's one I don't regret.

The story is fast paced and keeps you hooked. The characters are well written. I really liked Myron, his childlike nature and curiosity made things funny, he also evokes the most emotion/sympathy from the reader. The only one I didn't find well written was Gwen - she's only a minor character (with hints at a larger and important past with Royce), but for someone who owns her own business, a good chunk of a the Artisan Row and Lower Quarter, and a prostitute, she seemed far to soft. But maybe that is only because we haven't seen enough of her yet. Or maybe it's because we've only seen her with Royce, who she clearly has a soft spot for.

My thoughts for the next books: Royce is not fully human, he definitely has some elf in him - or something else. And Hadrian, I'm pegging him for the long lost Novron heir, and a past that Royce isn't even aware of.

I'm looking forward to starting the second one!
Little, Big - John Crowley I'm a bit torn about this book. I really enjoyed the writing, the story on the other hand, parts of it were fantastic and engrossing and other parts were so mind-numbing it was hard to continue with it. But overall, I just felt lost. Like I was missing a key part of everything. You meet people and events happen, and you take it all in, but you're an outsider, and perhaps you either get it, or you don't. And maybe that's the point. It feels like a book I should probably reread to understand it better, but at this point I don't have the patience or interest.