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Here is an archive of past critiques, and further down, my features. Not all of the links work well, so if the link isn't shown, I'll tell you where to find them in my Blog Archive.
example:
Author Last Name, First Name
   I'll tell the Book Title (which is the link), if it is part of a series, applicable genres, and my reading age advisory.

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My Favorite and Least Favorite Reads of:
   2014

Author, By Last Name:

A

Alcott, Louisa May
   The Inheritance, a classic Gothic novel about an orphan of mysterious heritage, Ages 12+

Andrews, Ilona
   Magic Bites, Kate Daniels #1, an Urban Fantasy about a mercenary magician with a sword called Slayer, Ages 18+
   Magic Burns, Kate Daniels #2, wherein Kate encounters some Irish myths, Ages 18+
   Magic Strikes, Kate Daniels #3, Kate tries to seek vengeance during the Midnight Games, Ages 18+
   Magic Bleeds, Kate Daniels #4, Kate has a slightly unpleasant family reunion, Ages 18+
   Magic Slays, Kate Daniels #5, Kate starts her own business, but not without roadbumps. Ages 18+
   Magic Rises, Kate Daniels #6, Kate must survive the panacea panic in Europe, Ages 18+
   Magic Breaks, Kate Daniels #7, Kate must solve a murder in time to save the Pack, Ages 18+

Ashley, Amanda
   Beauty's Beast, a Paranormal Romance slash Fairy Tale Retelling about Beauty and the Beast, Ages 18+

Atwood, Margaret
   The Handmaid's Tale, about a Dystopian society in which women have no power, Ages 18+

B

Beukes, Lauren
   Moxyland, a standalone cyberpunk dystopia about everything not being as it seems, Ages 18+

Bishop, Anne
   Written in Red, The Others #1, a surprisingly funny dark urban fantasy with harnessed wolf puppies, Ages 16+
   Murder of Crows, The Others #2, where things in the Courtyard take a darker turn, Ages 18+

Block, Francesca Lia
   The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold, a Short Story collection of urban fairy tale retellings, Ages 16+

Brennert, Alan
   Moloka'i, a Historical fiction about a girl from Honolulu with leprosy, Ages 18+

Butcher, Jim
   Storm Front, Dresden Files #1, an Urban Fantasy about a wizard private investigator, Ages 18+
   Fool Moon, Dresden Files #2, the continuing misadventures of a wizard private eye, Ages 18+
   Grave Peril, Dresden Files #3, where Harry gets a little skeevy with vampires, Ages 18+
   Summer Knight, Dresden Files #4, my favorite so far due to the faeries, Ages 18+
   Death Masks, Dresden Files #5, where Harry proves his adulthood, Ages 18+

C

Canavan, Trudi
   Thief's Magic, Millennium's Rule #1, about a fantasy universe that can be traveled using magic, Ages 18+

Carriger, Gail
   Soulless, Parasol Protectorate #1, Alexia accidentally kills a vampire, Steampunk, Ages 18+
   Changeless, Parasol Protectorate #2, Alexia goes to Scotland to find the source of vamp/werewolf mortality zones, Ages 18+
   Blameless, Parasol Protectorate #3, Alexia flees to Italy after ladybugs prove vicious, Ages 18+
   Heartless, Parasol Protectorate #4, Alexia must save the queen after a ghost rumors of her death, Ages 18+
   Timeless, Parasol Protectorate #5, Alexia travels to Egypt after being called there by an ancient queen, Ages 18+

Chevalier, Tracy
   The Girl With a Pearl Earring, a historical fiction about the tale behind the famous Vermeer masterwork, Ages 16+
   Remarkable Creatures, a historical fiction about Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, Ages 16+

Clarke, Cassandra Rose
   The Mad Scientist's Daughter, a standalone Sci-fi Romance about a robot and a human falling in love, Ages 18+

Collins, Suzanne
   The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games #1, a gladiatorial game determines your fate in this YA dystopia, Ages 14+
   Catching Fire, The Hunger Games #2, where Katniss must prove her love of Peeta- or else, Ages 14+


D

Danticat, Edwidge
   Breath, Eyes, Memory, a Vintagey fiction about the women of Haiti, Ages 16+

Davies, Elizabeth
   The Spirit Guide, a Historical Paranormal Romance about a woman who sees ghosts, Ages 18+

Demick, Barbara
   Nothing to Envy, an O.o.O.C. about North Korean defectors, Ages 16+

Doctorow, Cory
   The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, a Sci-fi novella about a Disney-esque dystopia, Ages 18+

Draven, Grace
   Entreat Me, a Romantic Beauty and the Beast Retelling, Ages 18+

Duncan, Rod
   The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter, The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire #1, a steampunk mystery featuring a cross-dressing heroine, Ages 16+

E

Erikson, Steven
   Gardens of the Moon, Malazan Book of the Fallen #1, Epic Fantasy, Ages 18+

Erin, Aileen
   Cipher, Shadow Ravens #1, a light sci-fi about a girl with unstable DNA, Ages 16+

Evans, Chris
   Of Bone and Thunder, a Standalone Epic Fantasy novel based on the Vietnam War, with Dragons, Ages 18+

F

Farmer, Nancy
   The House of the Scorpion, Matteo Alacran #1, YA dystopian about being a clone, Ages 12+

Fenn, J. Lincoln
   Poe, a Standalone Horror/Urban Fantasy about a young man who dies on Halloween, Ages 18+

Fenton, Maggie
   The Duke's Holiday, Regency Romp Trilogy #1, Funny Historical Romance about a girl trying to save her family's castle, Ages 18+

Fleming, Ian
   Casino Royale, James Bond #1, where I root for the villain and begrudge the hero, Ages 18+

French, Albert
   Billy, a standalone historical fiction based on real-life racial injustice in 1930s Alabama, Ages 16+

Frost, Jeaniene
   Halfway to the Grave, Night Huntress #1, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance about a half human half vampire huntress of vampires, Ages 18+
   One Foot in the Grave, Night Huntress #2, UF/PNR about Cat and Bones's continued adventures.
   At Grave's End, Night Huntress #3, UF/PNR focuses more on Cat's relationships with people other than Bones.

G

Gaiman, Neil
   Stardust, a standalone about a young man's quest to bring a star home for his lady love, Ages 16+
      Stardust: Book to Film Comparison

Gischler, Victor
   Ink Mage, Ink Mage #1, Epic Fantasy with Tattoo Magic (Yantra Tattoos), Ages 18+

Gordon, (Emmanuel) Taylor
   Born to Be, O.o.O.C. a Roaring Twenties memoir about an African American man who becomes a famous spiritual singer, Ages 16+

H

Haggard, H. Rider
   She: A History of Adventure, She #1, a Victorian Fantasy/Adventure about She-who-must-be-obeyed, Ages 16+

Harris, Charlaine
   Dead Until Dark, Sookie Stackhouse #1, a fun Paranormal Romance with Vampires and Mind Readers, Ages 18+

Hieber, Leanna Renee
   The Eterna Files, (unsure if it will be a series), a Victoriana read that pits America and Britain against each other in the battle to find immortality, Ages 16+

Hoffman, Alice
   Second Nature, a Magic Realism story with elements of Beauty and the Beast, Ages 18+
   The Foretelling, a Young Adult about a tribe of Amazons, Ages 14+
   Practical Magic, a Magical Realism about two sisters who may or may not know some practical magic, Ages 18+
   The Dovekeepers, a Magical Realism Historical about the Siege of Masada, Ages 18+

Hunter, Elizabeth
   The Scribe, Irin Chronicles #1, Paranormal Romance with Fallen (and Forgiven) Angels. Ages 18+
   The Singer, Irin Chronicles #2, Paranormal Romance, Do Not Read unless you've read The Scribe, Ages 18+
   The Secret, Irin Chronicles #3, PNR/UF, the last Ava and Malachi hurrah, Ages 18+.

Huong, Duong Thu
   Paradise of the Blind, Historical about a woman reminiscing about growing up in Communist Vietnam, Ages 16+

I

J

James, Elliott
   Charming, Pax Arcana #1, Urban Fantasy about an outlaw Werewolf, Ages 18+

Jordan, Kelsey
   The Lycan Hunter, A Gardinian World Novel (#1), Mythology-rich paranormal romance dealing with shapeshifters, Ages 18+
   Heart of a Rocky, Gardinian World Novellas (#2), PNR/UF Omar and Asim Tyson's stories.

K

Kay, Susan
   Legacy, a Historical Fiction account of Elizabeth Tudor's life, Ages 18+

Kaye, Rainy
   Summoned, a Paranormal Romance about a genie whose master has infinite wishes. Ages 18+

Kaysen, Susanna
   Girl, Interrupted, a Memoir about a teen in a mental health facility during the late '60s, Ages 16+

Kennedy, Jeffe
   The Mark of the Tala, The Twelve Kingdoms #1, Romantic Fantasy, Ages 18+

Kenyon, Sherrilyn
   Night Pleasures, Dark Hunter #1, Paranormal Romance about immortal hunters of Daimons, Ages 18+

Knight, Edward M.
   A Thirst For Vengeance, The Ashes Saga #1, Dark Fantasy, the-Name-of-the-Wind-esque, Ages 16+

Koontz, Dean
   Odd Thomas, Odd Thomas #1, Paranormal Fiction with Romance, Ghosts, and Horror, Ages 18+
   Forever Odd, Odd Thomas #2, about Odd's continuing adventures seeing dead people, Ages 18+

Kostova, Elizabeth
   The Historian, Historical Fiction/Paranormal about if Dracula truly lives, Ages 16+

L

Lackey, Mercedes
   The House of Four Winds, One Dozen Daughters #1, a romantic pirate fantasy romp, Ages 14+

Lafferty, Linda
   House of Bathory, a Historical/Contemporary Vampire Tale, Ages 18+

M

Mallory, James
   The House of Four Winds, One Dozen Daughters #1, a romantic pirate fantasy romp, Ages 14+

Márai, Sándor 
   Embers, a classic novel about friends meeting after 41 years apart, Ages 16+

Marion, Isaac
   Warm Bodies, Warm Bodies #1, a zombie/human love story, Ages 14+

Martin, George R.R.
   A Game of Thrones, A Song of Ice and Fire #1, an Epic Fantasy with Multiple POVs and gray morality, Ages 18+
   A Clash of Kings, ASoIaF #2, continues the epicness of the first, Ages 18+
   A Storm of Swords, ASoIaF #3, a book where Mr. Martin tests his mad wedding planning skills, Ages 18+
   A Feast For Crows, ASoIaF #4, where I relate to characters I haven't related to before, Ages 18+
   A Dance With Dragons, ASoIaF #5, where Mr. Martin leaves me wanting, Ages 18+
   Fevre Dream, a Historical Standalone about vampires and steamboats, Ages 18+

Masson, Sophie
   Trinity, The Koldun Code #1, a romantic thriller with paranormal aspects, Ages 18+

du Maurier, Daphne
   Rebecca, a Historical Classic of Mystery and Suspense, Ages 16+

McCaffrey, Anne
   The Rowan, The Tower and the Hive #1, Sci-fi with a touch of Romance, Ages 16+
   Crystal Singer, The Crystal Singer #1, Sci-fi with singers and without a save the world plot, Ages 16+

McKinley, Robin
   The Hero and the Crown, Damar #1, High Fantasy with a dash of Romance, Ages 14+
   Sunshine, Standalone Urban Fantasy about Vampires and Magicians, Ages 18+

Meredith, David C.
   The Reflections of Queen Snow White, a Fairy Tale Retelling of Snow White's Story, Ages 18+

Milan, Courtney
   The Governess Affair, Brothers Sinister Prequel, a historical romance without Lords and Ladies, Ages 18+
   The Heiress Effect, Brothers Sinister #2, a historical romance where the gowns are hideous, Ages 18+.

Mitchell, Margaret
   Gone With The Wind, a Classic Epic Historical Romance of the Old South, Ages 16+

Moran, Michelle
   Rebel Queen, a Historical about the 'last queen of India' Rani Lakshmibai, Ages 16+

Morrison, Toni
   Beloved, a Classic Historical/Magical Realism about an escaped slave who isn't free, Ages 18+

N

Natusch, Amber Lynn
   Unborn, Unborn #1, an UF/PNR with a fast pace and elements of Greek Mythology, Ages 18+
   Unseen, Unborn #2, an UF/PNR sequel which reminded me of American Gods. Ages 18+

O

P

Pehov, Alexey
   Chasers of the Wind, Cycle of Wind and Sparks #1, Epic Fantasy about married assassins, Ages 18+

Penelope, L.
   Song of Blood and Stone, Earthsinger Chronicles #1, Epic Fantasy Romance about a woman trying to help a spy, Ages 18+

Q

R

Rand, Ayn
   Anthem, a novella about a dystopian society where 'I' doesn't exist, Ages 14+.

Rees, Celia
   Pirates!, a Historical YA I read as a teen about an unusual friendship between two girls, Ages 14+

Rice, Anne
   The Wolf Gift, The Wolf Gift Chronicles #1, about a man attacked by a wolf who gains strangeness, Ages 18+
   Interview With The Vampire, The Vampire Chronicles #1, a vamp named Louis recounts his life to a budding journalist, Ages 18+

Rosoff, Meg
   How I Live Now, a standalone look at a future war in England, dystopia-style (YA), Ages 16+

Rostand, Edmond
   Cyrano de Bergerac, Classic Historical Fiction about the aforementioned man, written as a play, Ages 14+

Rowling, J.K.
   Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter #1, about an orphan who gets into an exclusive magic prep school, Ages 9+

S

Sanderson (the Benevolent), Brandon
   The Way of Kings, Stormlight Archive #1, Epic Fantasy with Multiple POVs, Ages 16+
   Words of Radiance, Stormlight Archive #2, Epic Fantasy with Battles ect., Ages 16+
   Warbreaker, Warbreaker #1, a FREE book of Epic Fantasy, (see critique for link), Ages 16+

See, Lisa
   Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Historical about female friendship and nüshu script. Ages 16+

Setterfield, Diane
   The Thirteenth Tale, Historical about a mysterious author's true biography, Ages 18+

Shankman, Helen Maryles
   The Color of the Light, Contemporary and Historical Vampire, Ages 18+

Shors, John
   Beneath a Marble Sky, a Historical Love Story about a princess in Hindustan during the construction of the Taj Mahal, Ages 18+

Sijie, Dai
   Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, Historical Fiction about China's Cultural Revolution, Ages 18+

T

Tessaro, Kathleen
   The Perfume Collector, a Historical about a woman's mysterious inheritance, Ages 16+

Tsukiyama, Gail
   The Samurai's Garden, Historical about a young Chinese man recovering from TB at his grandfather's Japanese beach house pre-WWII

U

Ung, Loung
   First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, Out of Orbit Critique #1, Memoir about the Cambodian Genocide through the eyes of a young girl, Ages 14+

V

Velde, Vivian Vande
   Dragon's Bait, Young Adult Fantasy about a girl accused of witchcraft left on a hillside as Dragon's Bait, Ages 12+

W

Warren, Kaaron
   Walking the Tree, a Standalone Sci-fi/Fantasy about a woman setting out to find her place on the island, Ages 18+.

Weeks, Brent
   The Black Prism, Lightbringer #1, Epic Fantasy world where magic is derived from sunlight, Ages 16+
   The Blinding Knife, Lightbringer #2, Kip becomes his own man, the Guile family connives, Ages 18+
  The Broken Eye, Lightbringer #3, Gavin and Kip struggle to return to the seat of power, Ages 18+

Wells, H.G.
   The Invisible Man, a classic Sci-fi thriller about a man who becomes invisible, Ages 14+

Welty, Eudora
  The Optimist's Daughter, a woman deals with her father's death while unraveling her past (Classic), Ages 16+

Wilde, Oscar
   The Picture of Dorian Gray, a classic Gothic Horror about an immoral immortal, Ages 14+

Wilson, C.L.
  Lord of the Fading Lands, Tairen Soul #1, Epic Fantasy Romance with truemates and shifters, Ages 18+

X

Y

Yolen, Jane
   Briar Rose, The Fairy Tale Series, a Fairy-Tale retelling combined with Holocaust fiction, Ages 14+

Z

Zafón, Carlos Ruiz
   The Shadow of the Wind, The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1, a Mysterious Historical Fiction, Ages 18+


Out of Orbit Critiques
   #1: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung (Memoir)
   #2: Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick (Nonfiction about North Korean defectors)
   #3: Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen (Memoir about being a teen in mental health facility)
   #4: Born to Be by Taylor Gordon (Memoir about an African American spiritual singer)

Mini Macabre Review Monday (October)
(A scary short story review feature with links to where you can read them for free)
   #1: "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell
   #2: "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allan Poe
   #3: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving and "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe
   #4: "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier and "The Oval Portrait" by Edgar Allan Poe

Confessions of an Insomniac Book Devourer: (sporadically every other Sunday)


   #1: E-books And My Switch to Them
   #2: Book Buying Binger
   An Interlude: Why "We Need Diverse Books"
   #3: Never Enough Classics!
   #4: Writer's Dysfunction
   #5: YA is Not My Cup of Joe
   An Interlude: Blog News: Liebster Award
   #6: All's Well That Ends Well (With Gifs)
   An Interlude: The Lazy Vacationer, featuring photos of my trip to Flathead Lake
   #7: On Judging a Reader By Their Books (With Gifs)
   An American Photo Array
   #8: The Series Devourer
   The Best (and Worst) Reads of My Year, So Far
   How To Make Your Blog Look Really, Really Ridiculously Good-Looking (For Free)
   A Montana Book Roundup, and Guardians of the Galaxy
   #9: Not Born Reading, A Reluctant Bookworm's Tale
   Blog News: Liebster Award #3
   September 11, 2001
   #10: On Banning Books
   #11: An Explanation of My Weird GR Shelves
   #12: Staying Safe on the Wild Wild Web
   #13: Book Ratings are in the Eye of the Beholder
   #14: Looking Back at 2014 and My New Year's Resolutions For 2015
   #15: What's with the Dust Jacket?
   #16: How NOT to Plagiarize


Not Quite a Confession: Biweekly Update (sporadic fill-in for Confessions of an IBD)
   #1
   #2
   #3
   #4 Winter is Coming...
   #5 A Kindle Fire HDX... Possessed?
   #6 The "Good" Bibliophile
   #7 The Golden Fleece
   #8 Book Buying Binge, Zoolander Face, and Hardcore Chew Toys

Sunday Fun Five: (every other Sunday)


   #1: The 5 Stages of Reading a Bad Book
   #2: The 5 Literary Antagonists You Hope You Never Meet
   #3: The 5 Realms of the Written Word You Wish You Never Left
   #4: The 5 Authors You Would Revive, If Only For a Day
   #5: The 5 Books that Define You as a Person and a Reader
   #6: The 5 Genres (or Subgenres) You Never Get Tired Of
   #7: The 5 Husband-Material Characters You Wish Were Real
   #8: The 5 Books You'd Rather Steal Than Wait For (To Be Published)
   #9: The 5 Alternate Blog Names For Your Blog
   #10: The 5 Books That Make You Want to Go Places
   #11: The 5 Fatal Mistakes of an Author
   #12: The 5 Stories/Books That Never Cease to Scare You
   #13: The 5 Unluckiest Characters in Books
   #14: The 5 Books You're Most Grateful For (that you've read in 2014)
   #15: The 5 Things Book Bloggers are Most Thankful For
   #16: The 5 Best Gifts For Book Lovers
   #17: The 5 Books You Hope to Read in 2015
   #18: The 5 Characters You Have New Year's Resolutions For
   #19: The 5 Books To Kickstart Your Reading Journey

Readathons, Challenges, Hauls, and Etcetera:
   I'm Joining In on the Travel the World In Books Readathon
   Travel the World in Books: Map Mini Challenge
   NQAC and Travel the World In Books Readathon Update
   Travel the World in Books Readathon Wrap-Up
   Feelin' Crafty: the-pile TBR Jar Project
   Happy Thanksgiving!
   Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge: Participation Announcement
   An Ugly (Dog) Sweater Holiday Card, and Where to Find My Guest Post
   An Unusual Christmas Greeting
   A Montana Book Roundup: Christmas Edition!
   Snowflake and Spider Silk Sci-fi/Fantasy Bingo Challenge
   Happy Valentines Day!
   A Birthday, a Holiday, and a Reason to Watch TV


Month/Year in Review:
  In 2014:
   For April
   For May
   For June
   For July
   For August
   For September
   For October
   For November
   For December
  2014: A Year in Review
  In 2015:
   For January
   For February
   For March

Last Updated: 1/29/15 (The Perfume Collector)
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