Lean Reviews

A review site for conservative, libertarian, center-right readers. We'll tell you what's good, what's bad, what's so-so, and what you'll like even if you have to stumble past liberal tropes to get to a good story

Young Adult Fiction: Divergent

By Allie Duzett Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent (2012) is yet another YA dystopian novel set in a future USA. In the novel, a war left America destroyed, and the survivors … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · 1 Comment

Young Adult Fiction: The Amaranth Enchantment

By Allie Duzett Make no mistake: Julie Berry’s The Amaranth Enchantment (2010) is unique. Think Cinderella, but with aliens and a goat that thinks it’s a dog. Orphan Lucinda Chapdelaine … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Movie: The Dark Knight Rises 

First off, for those of you who have not yet seen what is perhaps the biggest movie of the year The Dark Knight Rises , stop here. SPOILERS AHEAD. Now … Continue reading

July 23, 2012 · Leave a comment

Young Adult Fiction: Wither

By Allie Duzett Lauren DeStefano’s debut novel, Wither (2011), takes place in a future United States that has seen almost unimaginable catastrophe: a third world war appears to have destroyed … Continue reading

July 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

Young Adult Fiction: Matched

By Allie Duzett Matched by Ally Condie (2010) is a New York Times bestselling young adult dystopian novel Entertainment Weekly called “the hottest YA title to hit bookstores since The … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · Leave a comment

Inspirational Romance: The Farmer Next Door

by Libby Sternberg The romance genre includes a wide variety of love stories from sweet to sizzling. At the sweet end of the spectrum is the “inspirational romance”—stories that include … Continue reading

July 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

Thriller: Backfire 

By: Amy Lutz Backfire is the most recent addition to Catherine Coulter’s series of FBI thrillers about the exploits of married FBI  agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. In this novel, … Continue reading

July 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Movies: Goodbye, Lenin and The Best Years of Our Lives

by Libby Sternberg The weekend is coming, the weekend is coming! Time for some quick reviews of movies to rent/stream/buy so you can stay out of the heat and in … Continue reading

July 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Historical Fiction: Year of Wonders

by Libby Sternberg Geraldine Brooks’s Year of Wonders (2002), a bestselling historical novel of a plague-ridden 17th century village, has been praised for its “rigorous regard for period detail” and “elegant … Continue reading

July 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Nonfiction: In the Garden of Beasts

by Libby Sternberg Friends and family will be shocked to learn that I read Erik Larson’s In the Garden of Beasts (2011) in hardcover. I own a Kindle, you see, … Continue reading

July 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

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