Top Reviewer Ranking: 183
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (374 of 417)
Location: Seattle, WA USA
In My Own Words:
I am a voracious reader of historical fiction, and I prefer it meaty with a well written storyline instead of barbie doll dress up time. I know we aren't all going to like the same books all the time, but I still believe it's important to review the bad books as well as the good - how does a consumer stay informed otherwise?

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 183 - Total Helpful Votes: 374 of 417
Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades&hellip by E L James
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A lust story, June 12 2012
I think most readers know the bare bones of this book and its main characters - supposedly written as fanfic based on the Twilight books (never read them, and don't intend to), and was eventually picked up by a big publishing house. I could have sworn big publishing houses had things called editors, but the version I read was filled with geographical errors (more on that later), along with endless repetition (I was ready to kill that "inner goddess" just to shut her up).

Anastasia (Ana) is a young college student in Vancouver Washington who meets Seattle billionaire Christian Grey during an interview for the school paper. Why sophisticated Grey is hot for clumsy Ana (she falls… Read more
Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bah! (2.5 stars), May 7 2011
Those of you familiar with all things Tudor already know the basics of the long-suffering Katherine of Aragon and the husband who dumped her when she couldn't produce a male heir. Those who aren't might consider this review rather spoilerish so consider yourself warned. That said, since the author skims through a big chunk of the latter part of Katherine's life and "The King's great matter", I wouldn't recommend this for newbies as you'll be scratching your head at the end wondering what in the heck you missed. Just be warned, this is Tudor history PG style so expect historical accuracy at your own peril...

In this book, Gregory purports that the marriage between Catalina… Read more
The Land of Painted Caves: A Novel by Jean M. Auel
40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
This review is based upon an advance copy I received from Amazon Vine (US). There is always the hope that an editor will be allowed free rein and the final edition may vary from the copy I read, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it to happen.

The first part of this book picks up the story of Ayla and Jondalar left off in the last book, The Shelters of Stone. Still living with Jondalar's family, Ayla is training as an acolyte to the First Among Those Who Serve and hopes to receive a calling to become a Zelandoni (a wise woman/healer of sorts). Ayla and Jondalar join the rest of the members of the Ninth Cave for the Summer Meeting, and spend lots and lots of time visiting… Read more