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Book Reports (90-95)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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****+
Get Dirty, by Gretchen McNeil -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first (Get Even), those who like mysteries, those who enjoy multi-POV tales, and those who like friendship tales -- Balzer & Bray, 6/15

****
Jessie's Girl, by Miranda Kinneally -- recommended for those who enjoy Kinneally's books (especially Catching Jordan, as Jordan is part of this cast), those who like sweet (though fast-moving) romance, those who like music/bands/singing, and those who like tales of overcoming hardships -- Sourcebooks Fire, 7/15

(R) ****+
Midnight Rainbow, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended for Howard fans and those who like adventure/romance tales with spunky heroines -- originally published in 1986

(R) *****
Cover of Night, by Linda Howard -- as always, highly recommended (and yes, I do read this about once every 10 months or so) -- Ballantine Books, 2007

****
Blood Will Tell, by April Henry -- recommended for those who enjoyed the first one (Body in the Woods), those who like multi-POV tales, those who enjoy a nice mystery, and those who like deepening friendships -- Henry Holt, 7/15

(R) *****
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card -- highly recommended for those who love intrigue, those who enjoy complex science fiction, and those who like thoughtful and complicated characters -- Tor Books, 1986

On Deck: some more re-reads (especially now that I've taken up Ender again -- it's been years since I re-read, and I think I'll definitely have to follow up with Speaker next) and a couple new ones

Book Reports (84-89)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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*****
Souffles at Sunrise, by M.J. O'Shea and Anna Martin -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who enjoy foodie novels, and those who like TV shows like Chopped or Master Chef -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/15

***
The Cutting Edge, by Linda Howard -- recommended for those who like romance, those who like a minor mystery attached, and those who don't mind 'love at first sight' type scenarios -- Harlequin, 12/12

****-
Model Citizen, by Lissa Kasey -- recommended for those who like adult male/male romantic mysteries, those who doesn't mind a very self-centered (and insecure) main character, and those who like triumphant hero tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/15

****
White Lies, by Linda Howard -- recommended for those who like romantic suspense, those who don't mind much of the action off-screen, and those who are Linda Howard fans -- Harlequin, 10/03

**
Flame, by Amy Kathleen Ryan -- recommended for those who read the other two in the trilogy (Spark and Glow), those who like sci fi mixed with cult-like features, and those who like teen romance -- St. Martin's Griffin, 1/14

****
The Forgetting, by Nicole Maggi -- recommended for those who like paranormal mysteries, those who like angsty teen romance, and those who don't mind some glossed-over holes in the plot -- Sourcebooks Fire, 2/15

On Deck: a couple of re-reads and a ton of new books (yay)

Book Reports (80-83)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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***** (R)
Independent Study, by Joelle Charbonneau -- highly recommended for YA dystopic lovers -- Harcourt Brace, 1/14

***
Whisper the Dead, by Alyxandra Harvey -- recommended for those who read the first one (A Breath of Frost), for those who like family and romantic relationships, and for those who like historical paranormal mysteries -- Bloomsbury, 10/14

****+
Hold Me Like a Breath, by Tiffany Schmidt -- highly recommended for those who like modern-day fairy tales, those who like mafia-style tales, and those who like a sweet romance -- Bloomsbury, 5/15

****+ (R)
Graduation Day, by Joelle Charbonneau -- highly recommended for YA dystopic tales -- Harcourt Brace, 6/14

On Deck: a bunch for our trip (week long) :)

Book Reports (76-79)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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****
Infected, by Sophie Littlefield -- recommended for those who enjoy sci-fi thrillers, those who like loyal teen romance, and those who don't mind weak parents -- Delacorte Press, 1/15

(R) *****
When, by Victoria Laurie -- highly recommended for those who enjoy solid (and angsty) teen paranormal thrillers -- Disney-Hyperion, 1/15

(R) *****
The Testing, by Joelle Charbonneau -- highly recommended for those who enjoy dystopic teen thrillers with intelligent characters -- Harcourt Brace, 6/13

****
What Waits in the Woods, by Kieran Scott -- recommended for those who enjoy suspense thrillers (teen), those who don't mind a little teen over-reacting, and those who are okay with less in-depth characters -- Point, 3/15

Currently Reading: Independent Study

On Deck: a couple of sequels ;)

Book Reports (72-75)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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*****
The Living, by Matt de la Pena -- highly recommended for those who like natural disaster survival stories, those who like smart and original heroes, and those who like science fiction thrillers -- Delacorte, 11/13

*****
Kalahari, by Jessica Khoury -- highly recommended for those who like science fiction thrillers, those who like Michael Crichton-type plots, and those who like vulnerable yet courageous heroines -- Razorbill, 2/15

****
The Clouded Sky, by Megan Crewe megancrewe -- recommended for those who enjoyed the first (Earth & Sky), those who like science fiction thrillers, and those who like strong heroines -- Skyscape, 5/15

***** (R)
After the Sunset, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who like male/male adult romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/11

Currently Reading: Infected

On Deck: more sequels...and probably some re-reads ;)

Book Reports (68-71)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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****+
Burning Nation, by Trent Reedy -- highly recommended for those who like political intrigue and complex choices and those who enjoy a study in contrasts where there's no clear right or wrong -- Arthur Levine, 1/15

****
A Breath of Frost, by Alyxandra Harvey -- recommended for those who enjoy historical fantasy, who like romance, who like strong heroines and friendships, and who don't mind sometimes confusing magical rules -- Bloomsbury USA, 9/14

****
[The Weight of Guilt, by Jon Ripslinger -- recommended for those who enjoy a mystery built on circumstantial evidence, those who like characters fighting against the odds, and those who enjoy loyalty and hard work -- Red Adept Publishing, 5/15]

(R) ****
Foundation of Love, by Scotty Cade and ZB Marshall -- recommended for those who enjoy male/male romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/11

Currently Reading: The Living

On Deck: the pile is dwindling, but I have more coming... :)

Book Reports (60-67)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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***+
None of the Above, by I.W. Gregorio -- recommended for those interested in a better understanding of intersex struggles and issues, those who like angst, and those who like character growth and triumph -- HarperTeen, 4/15

***
Tunnel Vision, by Susan Adrian -- recommended for those who like paranormal mysteries, those who don't mind teen angst, those who enjoy stories where everything is stacked against the protagonist, and those who like male POV -- St. Martin's Griffin, 1/15

*****
[In the Distance, by Nikka Michaels -- highly recommended for those who enjoy male/male adult romance, those who like foodie tales, and those who like character growth and change -- Carina Press, 6/15]

*****
earth & sky, by Megan Crewe -- highly recommended for those who enjoy sci-fi time-travel stories, those who like mysteries (with aliens), and those who like slow-moving hints of romance -- Skyscape, 10/14

****
[Sight, by Juliet Madison -- recommended for those who enjoy paranormal mysteries, those who don't mind somewhat shallow and/or simplistic characters, and those who like teen romance -- Diversion Publishing, 7/15]

****
The Replaced, by Kimberly Derting -- recommended for those who liked the first (The Taking), those who like teen romance (and who don't mind that the MC is obsessed with someone she barely spent any time with), and those who like the mysteries surrounding alien abduction -- HarperTeen, 4/15

*****
Just Desserts, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who enjoy male/male adult romance, those who like foodie tales, and those who like angsty novellas with happy endings -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/15

****
Quiet Nights, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who enjoy male/male adult romance, those who don't mind a few cliches, and those who like novellas -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/15

Currently Reading: Acrobat (a re-read)

On Deck: Clouded Sky (sequel to earth & sky), among others

Book Reports (54-59)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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**
Miss Mayhem, by Rachel Hawkins -- recommended for those who liked the first one (Rebel Belle), for those who like spunky heroines, and for those who like the mixture of mythology and contemporary -- GP Putnam and Sons, 4/15
(a/n -- I will probably try this again...I just couldn't get into the MC this time around)

***
we all looked up, by Tommy Wallach -- recommended for those who like teen angst, those who like sci-fi/disaster tales, and those who like nebulous endings -- Simon & Schuster BFYR, 3/15

****
The Third Twin, by C.J. Omololu -- recommended for those who enjoy thrillers, sister tales, teen romance, and those who don't mind a bit of unbelievability -- Delacorte, 2/15

****
We Can Work It Out, by Elizabeth Eulberg -- recommended for those who enjoy teen romance (with some angst thrown in), those who like sweet characters, and those who like happy endings -- Point, 1/15

****
For Real, by Alison Cherry -- recommended for those who like reality TV shows (like Amazing Race), those who like sister tales, those who don't mind teen drama, and those who like spunky heroines -- Delacorte, 12/14

***+
Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard -- recommended for those who like fantasy, who like political intrigue and betrayal, and who like complex teen love -- Harper Teen, 2/15

Currently Reading: Tunnel Vision and In the Distance

On Deck: many, many others...

Book Reports (50-53)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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(R) *****
In the Fire, by Eileen Griffin and Nikka Michaels -- highly recommended for those who enjoy male/male romance and foodie books -- Carina Press, 11/14

****+
Charisma, by Jeanne Ryan -- highly recommended for those who enjoy sci-fi, gene therapy speculation, teen angst, and sweet teen romance -- Dial Books, 3/15

****+
[I Am the Traitor, by Allen Zadoff -- highly recommended for those who read the first two, for those who enjoy male POV, for those who like spy stories, and for those who like the lone teen hero (with mild romance, as well) -- Little, Brown BFYR, 6/15]

*****
Tether, by Anna Jarzab -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first one (Tandem), who enjoy parallel universes, faithful teen romance, complex world building, political intrigue, and an on-going mystery -- Delacorte Press, 3/15

Currently Reading: Well, I just got a huge pile from the library, plus I have one on the way from Megan Crewe (which will encourage me to read her first new one, which I bought last fall but haven't read yet)...

On Deck: see above :D

Book Reports (46-49)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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(R) *****
All Kinds of Tied Down, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who enjoy male/male adult romance and police drama -- Dreamspinner Press, 7/14

***+
Avalon, by Mindee Arnett -- recommended for those who enjoy sci-fi adventure and mystery, those who like slow-moving romance, and those who like space drama -- Harperteen, 1/14

****
Soulprint, by Megan Miranda -- recommended for those who like reincarnation, sci-fi, mystery, and a determined heroine (along with sweet romance) -- Bloomsbury, 2/15

****
The Cipher, by John C. Ford -- recommended for those who like a male POV, cyber-thrillers, cons, and those who don't mind a rather distant narrative (with subdued emotions and reactions) -- Viking, 2/15

Currently Reading: Charisma

On Deck: ...the usual ;)

Book Reports (35-45)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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****
Unleashed, by Sophie Jordan -- recommended for those who liked the first one (Uninvited), those who like sci-fi thrillers, those who like romance, and those who don't mind a heroine who struggles to know her own mind until the very end -- Harper Teen, 2/15

****
All Fall Down, by Ally Carter -- recommended for those who like spy/adventure mysteries, slightly unreliable narrators, a slow-developing reveal, and the promise of more to come -- Scholastic Press, 1/15

***** (R)
Shades of Twilight, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended adult romantic suspense -- Pocket Books, 9/97

*****
[There You Stand, by Christina Lee -- highly recommended (adult male/male romance) for those who enjoy broken heroes finding their way -- InterMix Books, 4/15]

****
Getting It Right, by A.M. Arthur -- recommended (adult male/male romance) for those who like gritty cop suspense and slow-moving romance -- Carina Press, 3/15

***
Salt & Stone, by Victoria Scott -- recommended for those who liked the first (Fire & Flood), those who like sci-fi adventure (with a hint of mystery), and those who like teen drama -- Scholastic Press, 2/15

****+
[Signal Boost, by Alyssa Cole -- highly recommended (New Adult male/male) for those who like sci-fi adventure with a hint of romance thrown in -- Carina Press, 5/15]

****
Bet Your Life, by Jane Casey -- recommended for those who like mysteries, teen romance, complicated characters, and British life -- St. Martin's Griffin, 2/15

***** (R)
Frog, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who like adult male/male romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 2012

**** (R)
Again, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who like adult male/male romance novellas -- Dreamspinner Press, 2011

Currently in between (shocker)

On Deck: about 7-8 more from the library + 7-8 that I still haven't read from my Christmas stash ;)

Book Reports (31-34)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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***-
Twisted Fate, by Norah Olson -- recommended for those who enjoy unreliable narrators, those who don't mind many POVs (5+), and those who like twists and turns that aren't always supported by the text in the story -- Katherine Tegan Books, 1/15

****
[Served Hot, by Annabeth Albert -- recommended for those who enjoy hurt/comfort stories, those who like male-male romance (adult), and those who like self-image reflections -- Kindle, 3/15]

**
[The Hurt Patrol, by Mary McKinley -- recommended for those who like teen angst and triumph over bullies, LGBTQIA issues, and loose-timeline narrative -- Kensington Books, 3/15]

****+
Rebel Belle, by Rachel Hawkins -- highly recommended for those who enjoy mythical tales merged with contemporary characters, a bit of paranormal, sweet romance, and butt-kicking heroines -- Putnam BFYR, 8/13

Currently Reading: another e-galley, amongst others

On Deck: a whole bunch of good stuff -- you can tell when I get stressed (with the busy-ness of life), as I suddenly start reading everything I can get my hands on...

Book Reports (25-30)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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seeker **+
[Seeker, by Arwen Elys Dayton -- recommended for fans of steampunk type stories, a spunky heroine, dual POV, and a slow-growing romance -- Delacorte Press, 2/15]

catalyst **+
Catalyst, by S.J. Kincaid -- recommended for those who read the other two (Insignia and Vortex), those who enjoy science fiction and suspense, and those who like romance and friendship against all -- Katherine Tegan Books, 10/14

prey ****+
The Prey, by Tom Isbell -- highly recommended for those who enjoy dystopic tales, those who like unlikely heroes, those who enjoy dual POVs, and those who like sweet romance and adventure tales -- Harper Teen, 1/15

promposal *****
Promposal, by Rhonda Helms -- highly recommended for those who love romance, dual POV, GLTBQIA relationships, and sympathetic and compassionate teens -- Simon Pulse, 2/15

glassarrow ****
The Glass Arrow, by Kristen Simmons -- recommended for those who enjoy dystopic tales, those who like strong and unusual heroines, those who enjoy dual POV, and those who enjoy triumph over evil -- Tor Teen, 2/15

fivestages ****
The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley, by Shaun David Hutchinson & Christine Larsen -- recommended for those who enjoy angst, triumph over guilt and depression, unlikely heroes, and GLBT romance -- Simon Pulse, 1/15

Currently Reading: All Fall Down, by Ally Carter

ON Deck: Unleashed, among others

Snowiest February ever?

That's what they're saying. I have a hard time believing it, though. After all, for our anniversary (the 6th) and Valentine's Day, it was close to 70...that's two weeks in a row. We certainly weren't getting any snow then. Of course, we're supposed to get more snow tomorrow too (one last chance, I suppose). Here's my favorite bench, taken this morning:

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(We do have about 2.5 feet on our back deck...but some of that is from the wind piling it up.)

Book Reports (20-24)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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betrayal ***+
Betrayal, by Gregg Olsen -- recommended for those who enjoy mystery with an old-fashioned feel (step-by-step guessing), along with some paranormal aspects and older mysteries coming into play, as well -- Splinter, 9/12

bookofdavid ****+
The Book of David, by Anonymous -- highly recommended for those who enjoy sweet romance (GLBT), contemporary challenges, football, and overcoming teen angst -- Simon Pulse, 6/14

conspiracyofus *****
The Conspiracy of Us, by Maggie Hall -- highly recommended for those who enjoy political conspiracies (like DaVinci Code), sweet romance, intrigue, and those who don't mind a somewhat cliff-hanger-y ending -- Putnam Juvenile, 1/15

copout (R) ****+
Cop Out, by KC Burn -- highly recommended for those who enjoy family stories, coming out tales, and male/male (adult) romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/11

youwere ***+
You Were Always the One, by Hollis Shiloh -- recommended for those who like a more distant writing style, those who enjoy loyalty, and those who like male/male (adult) romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 10/13

Currently Reading: ...I started a couple, so we'll see which one takes ;)
On Deck: oh-so-many...

Book Reports (18-19)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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culling ****+
The Culling, by Steven dos Santos -- highly recommended for those who enjoy a dystopic thriller, those who like romantic tension (including LGBT), and those who don't mind gore -- Flux, 3/13

beast ****
The Beast, by Faye Kellerman -- recommended for fans of Peter Decker and those who enjoy police mystery/suspense -- HarperTorch, 3/14

Currently Reading: an e-galley

On Deck: another pile is starting to grow...yikes :)

Book Reports (13-17)...

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact that I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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trustme **+
Trust Me, I'm Lying, by Mary Elizabeth Summer -- recommended for those who enjoy smart heroines, a light-hearted narrative, some angst, and a tricky ending -- Delacorte Press, 10/14

painless ****
*Painless, by S.A. Harazin -- recommended for those who enjoy realistic stories, those who like honest writing, those who like male POV, and those who like to see triumph over physical challenges -- Albert Whitman, 3/15

blindmansbluff ****+
Blindman's Bluff, by Faye Kellerman (R) -- highly recommended for those who enjoy 'Law & Order' style stories (adult), those who like Kellerman's Peter Decker series, those who enjoy detective tales mixed with family life, and those who like sympathetic and realistic characters -- William Morrow, 8/09

hangman *****
Hangman, by Faye Kellerman -- highly recommended for all the same reasons as above + for those who enjoy a teen element thrown in -- William Morrow, 8/10

relativity ****+
Relativity, by Cristin Bishara -- highly recommended for those who enjoy science fiction and the idea of parallel universes, those who enjoy sweet romance, those who like family drama, and those who don't mind a slightly flat ending -- Walker Children's, 9/13

Currently Reading: another Faye Kellerman (yes, I'm on a Peter Decker kick...)

On Deck: some awesome books I bought for Christmas :)

Thankful Thursday...

Nature offers so much beauty and insight into life...the seasons always tell me that there is good in everything (somehow, someway), and no matter how bleak things may seem, life always move on to sunnier days again.

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(Summer pic is missing because although I took one, it got lost in the great computer crash of fall, 2014.)

Thankful Thursday...

I haven't done this in ages, but that doesn't mean I'm not thankful every day. In fact, I don't go to bed at night without consciously turning my mind to all that I'm thankful for.

Many people have taken up the idea of selecting a word as their theme for each year. I haven't done it publicly, but I usually do it. Thing is, my word(s) are always the same --

gratitude

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grace

storm

What might your word(s) be?

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