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I Kissed Dating Goodbye, by Joshua Harris
Genre: Non-Fiction

Don't freak! I know the title sounds extreme, and it is! The idea of not dating is CRAZY!!! But whether you think that Joshua Harris was either wise or weird, I ask you...No! I DARE YOU TO READ JUST THE FIRST CHAPTER THIS BOOK!!! Then if nothing jumps out at you, then put it down. Josh Harris goes past the "idea" itself (the idea of "not dating") and writes about what the heart feels and needs. And the heart is a huge component in the dating cycle, right? So anyway, take my challenge. If you like it, great, if you don't, that's fine too. Just give it a shot!

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Reviewed by Emily K., from Tomball on Tue. May 5, 2009

Wizard's First Rule, by Terry Goodkind
Genre: Fantasy

This has been a very long book, but it was worth every page. The story was so complex and full of twists and turns, and just when you thought that one thing would happen, something else would occur. This has been the first book I have gone through by Terry Goodkind, and I am very pleased with his work.
The book deals with a woods guide by the name of Richard Cypher, from the land of Westland, who finds out his father has been murdered in a gruesome manner. Even though the story may seem simple enough, each character has a secret that they hold from each other, which when revealed only add more intrigue and complexity to each character.
The story is quite long, and there is a lot of talk concerning magic and honor, as well as responsibilities and power. This was a very good story, and not one so easily put down once started.

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Reviewed by Roberto A. H., from Galena Park on Wed. Apr 22, 2009

Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe
Genre: Fiction

Though many would shy from dissecting what appears to be a very difficult book, I thoroughly recommend jumping into Moll Flanders. Interesting and riveting, this book completely captures your attention. Its difficulties stem from the diction of the story and the narrator who seems dry at times. Regardless, this novel of an initially pristine young girl who, through the course of her life, becomes steeped in sin is a captivating read.

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Reviewed by Scott, from Kingwood on Fri. Apr 10, 2009

The Double Bind, by Chris Bohjalian
Genre: Fiction

The main character of this novel is Laurel Estabrook who works at a homeless shelter called BEDS. Laurel is given a box of photographs taken by Bobbie Crocker, who has recently died and lived at BEDS. Laurel, attacked 7 years ago while riding her bicycle, becomes obsessed with Bobbie Crocker's life and his photographs, particularly one photograph of her on the day of her attack. Not as good as "Midwives" by this author, but a good read with some twists and turns along the way.

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Reviewed by Linda S., from Cy-Fair on Thu. Apr 2, 2009

Guilty, by Ann Coulter
Genre: Non-Fiction

Interesting, interesting, interesting. Whether you like Ann Coulter or not, Guilty will either leave you furious or scared out of your socks. True to form, Ann Coulter continues her abrasive, personal attacks on characters she dislikes. That said, what I found most interesting are the statistics she cites regarding the role of the media in politics over the last 20 years. Of course the personal lives of politicians is always interesting: Did you know Joe Biden was the poorest congressman coming in at a paltry $248,000 in 2006 and giving away .15 percent of his income to charity (roughly 15 cents for every $100.00 earned). I strongly recommend this book, but you have to be able to look beyond the personal attacks. In my personal opinion the attacks are mostly for marketing’s sake and it really works.

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Reviewed by R. Salinas, from Katherine Tyra on Tue. Mar 17, 2009

The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Horror/Scary

As Wanderer gets used to her human host living on Earth she is bombarded by overwhelming emotions and joins a renegade group of humans. Meyer provides a strong sci-fi plot. An easy fun read that is captivating as it unfolds. I enjoyed the Twilight series but felt this book was more mature and would appeal to a wider variety of audiences.

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Reviewed by Julia J., from Octavia Fields on Sun. Mar 15, 2009

Odd Hours, by Dean Koontz
Genre: Fiction

This is the latest book in the Odd Thomas series, and like the rest, it is full of drama and that unique Odd charm that is found since the first one. This time Odd finds himself on a beach coming face to face with a mysterious woman. Almost immediately he finds himself having revelations of an apocalyptic future, having to dodge assassins, and protect a woman who seems to know a lot about him and yet he has nothing on her. What really sets this book apart from the rest is that Odd’s personality has come perilously close to the edge of losing himself in the violence and chaos he tries so hard to prevent. He has had to mature a lot and has had to embrace some of the dark nature of humanity in order to combat and survive every life threatening trial that comes his way. Of course he tries to find another way around the situation, but that is not always the case when his life is concerned. This book doesn’t rely so much on his ability to see ghosts but more on his psychic magnetism, and the possibility that he may have gained a new ability. He is still full of sarcasm, still the respectful troubled young man trying to save the world and find some happiness in his chaotic life.

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Reviewed by Roberto A. H., from Galena Park on Fri. Feb 6, 2009

Satin Nights, by Karen E. Quinones Miller
Genre: Fiction

I checked this book out on CD's and tried listening to it. The reader was excellent. However, the language and drug issues made it unreadable/listenable. There should have been a warning on it. The story could have been a very good one without the language.

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Reviewed by a customer, on Sun. Feb 1, 2009

Forever Autumn , by Mark Morris
Genre: Science Fiction

Somewhere in New England there’s a very old and strange tree, the tree that gave the town of Blackwood Falls its name. When three boys dig up an old and musty book near the base of the tree it begins a Halloween like none the town has ever experienced, or would ever want to experience. What better time and place for a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey and his companion to visit? When the eyes of all the cats take on a strange glow and even the rubber Halloween decorations take on a life of their own, is it magic or just advanced alien technology? Only the Doctor knows.
Will Thorp reads this pleasantly creepy, but not-too-frightening tale at a properly almost breathless pace, as he drags us through the underground lair of the ancient and now awakened aliens or through the eerie greenish fog suffusing the town.

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Reviewed by Bruce Farrar, from Aldine on Sat. Jan 31, 2009

SnowGlobe 7, by Mike Tucker
Genre: Science Fiction

The Doctor promised Martha Jones a relaxing holiday at the beach in Arabia, “Late twenty-first century. Best Beach of the Century in Bartholomew's Planetary Gazetteer and Time Traveler's Guide,” he brags, but when they open the door of the TARDIS they’re hit with an icy blast of wind and a vista of ice and snow.
Actually they’re not too far from their intended destination in space-time. The TARDIS has re-materialized in Dubai, but right in the middle of one of the huge SnowGlobes, giant domes designed to preserve parts of the Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets as a hedge against the climactic effects of global warming. But scooped up with the ice was the slumbering form of an alien menace lying dormant since the last ice age. But now it’s awake and very, very hungry.
Tucker has captured the fast pace of the current television series with this action-adventure science fiction horror tale of world domination. Who will win the epic struggle? On one side are the humans, the second generation Terrans the “mottled green-blue” Flisk, a service robot, and one Time Lord versus the Grappa, flesh-eating, plague-breathing, telepathic giant hairy spiders from the other side of the galaxy.

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Reviewed by Bruce Farrar, from Baldwin Boettcher on Fri. Jan 30, 2009

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