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Book Reports (21-25)...

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).

* 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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Thicker than Water, by Brigid Kemmerer -- recommended for those who like sympathetic characters, those who like suspense/mysteries, those who like intense teen romance, and those who don't mind a fairly unresolved story arc* -- Kensington,12/15

(R) *****
Bang, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended for those who like the trilogy and those who like YA thrillers -- Simon Pulse, 8/13

*****
Fill-In Boyfriend, by Kasie West -- highly recommended for those who like realistic teen contemporary, those who appreciate thoughtful teen characters**, and those who like sweet romance -- Harper Teen, 5/15

****+
Forget Tomorrow, by Pintip Dunn -- highly recommended for those who like sci-fi time travel, those who like thoughtful teens, those who like sweet romance, and those who like twists and turns -- Entangled, 11/15

***
Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancey -- recommended for those who liked the first (The 5th Wave), those who like alien tales***, and those who like teen angsty romance -- Putnam, 9/14

*I have really enjoyed Kemmerer's other books (the Elementals series). And this one has many of the same elements that I loved so much...but for me, it really fell down at the end, and too much of the plot remained not only unresolved but unable to suspend my disbelief. :( I'm hoping there will be another book to explain some of this...

**Too many teen books these days spotlight self-centered, whiny teens. I appreciate West's approach, and I like the fact that her MC works to be a more thoughtful person (even though she wasn't that bad, to begin with) -- plus, the love interest is awesome. :D

***I usually love alien tales, and I did like the first one. This one...well, it didn't help that it was no longer from Cassie's POV (it did spend time with her here and there) and I didn't like Ringer (the character we spent most of our time with).

On Deck: more wonderful possibilities :)

Book Reports (16-20)...

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).

* 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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****+
Erebos, by Ursula Poznanski, Judith Pattinson (translator) -- highly recommended for those who like YA suspense, computer games/hacking, male POV, and romance on the side -- Annick Press, 1/12

***+
Ash & Bramble, by Sarah Prineas -- recommended for those who like fractured fairy tales, those who like clever and strong heroines, those who like romance, and those who *don't mind a heroine who doesn't know her own heart for most of the tale -- Harper Teen, 9/15

**+
Lock & Mori, by Heather Petti -- recommended for Sherlock Holmes' enthusiasts, for those who like YA re-imaginings, for those who enjoy **broken characters fighting their way back, and for those who like angsty romance -- Simon & Schuster BFYR, 9/15

(R) *****
Crash, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended (still) for those who like YA thrillers and emotional romance -- Simon Pulse, 1/13

****+
Hush, by Karen Robards -- highly recommended for those who like adult romantic suspense, those who like gutsy heroines, those who like 'manly men' (secret operatives), and those who like family loyalty -- Gallery Books, 12/14

*I really liked the premise of this book, but Pin/Pen's lack of understanding of her own feelings (which were completely obvious to everyone else, especially the reader) made it hard for me to really get into the story. She was such a fighter and so strong...so that huge lack of awareness annoyed me.

**Okay, so I should have known going in that the characters would have some serious issues...but for me, their problems overcame the rest of the story (which could have been the intent?).

On Deck: perhaps the rest of the Crash trilogy, The Infinite Sea, and a couple others.

Book Reports (9-15)...

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).

* 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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***+
Onyx, by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- recommended for those who liked the first, those who enjoy alien and paranormal tales, and those who like angsty teen romance and drama -- Entangled, 8/12

****
Opal, by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- recommended for those who liked the rest of the series, those who enjoy alien and paranormal tales, and those who like angsty teen romance, drama, and relationships - Entangled, 12/12

****
Origin, by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- recommended for those reading the series, those who like twists and turns (and don't mind a bit of torture and violence), and those who like teen romance (including intimacy) -- Entangled, 8/13

****+
Opposition, by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- highly recommended for those who've read the others, for those who like alien invasion, and for those who like high stakes and end-of-world scenarios (along with teen romance) -- Entangled, 8/14*

**
The Perilous Sea, by Sherry Thomas -- recommended for those who liked the first, those who enjoy fantasy mixed with history, and those who like a touch of mythology, as well (along with sweet romance) -- Balzer & Bray, 9/13 **

**+
Court of Fives, by Kate Elliot -- recommended for those who like a blend of fantasy and Roman history, those who like strong heroines, and those who like adventure -- Little, Brown, 8/15

****
Piece of Cake, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who've read the other Matter of Time books, those who like novellas, those who enjoy adult male/male romance, and those who like law enforcement tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/15

*Clearly I'm reading the entire series. I like the premise a great deal, and this is a good example of how sometimes reading a series after they're all out is the best plan. I don't think I would have gone beyond #2 (Onyx) if I'd had to wait for the others to be released. However, I really like many of the ideas presented, and Opposition (the conclusion) is easily my favorite of the group, so I'm glad I was able to read them all right after the other.

**I really want to like this trilogy...but it's more detailed (in the world building) than I currently like. I go back and forth in this -- there are times when I revel in the lush world building. I will definitely be looking for the last book, as I think the characters and situation are intriguing.

On Deck: Erebos and Ash & Bramble

Book Reports (1-8)...

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).

* 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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****+
See How They Run, by Ally Carter -- highly recommended for those who liked the first one, for those who don't mind a slightly (maybe?) unreliable narrator (who's also a bit whiny), and for those who like some nice plot twists and turns -- Scholastic Press, 12/15

(R) ****
Cry No More, by Linda Howard -- recommended for those who enjoy adult romantic suspense, those who don't mind a rather slow build-up, and those who like happy (though delayed) endings -- Ballantine Books, 4/04

**
The List, by Siobahn Vivian -- recommended for those who don't mind serious angst, those who like multiple POV, those who don't mind numerous unlikable characters, and those who like social experiments -- Scholastic, 3/14

***
[Yes, Chef, by Alex Cohen -- recommended for those who enjoy foodie/restaurant tales, those who like male/male romance, and those who enjoy novellas -- Less Than Three Press, 1/16]

****
[Getting Him Back, by K.A. Mitchell -- recommended for those who enjoy NA (New Adult) male/male romance, those who don't mind somewhat shallow feelings, those who like redemption stories, and those who like college tales -- Carina Press, 2/16]

****+
Obsidian, by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- highly recommended for those who like alien stories, those who like teen romance, and those who like good versus evil paranormal tales -- Entangled, 5/12

(R) ****
Floodgates, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for fans of adult male/male romance and for those who don't mind slightly unreliable narrating as a suspense tool -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/14

(R) ****+
Prey, by Michael Crichton -- highly recommended for Crichton fans, for those who like adult thrillers (techno-thriller, in this case), those who like insightful descriptions, and those who like novels that stretch your mind a bit -- HarperCollins, 5/02

Currently Reading: Well, I'm re-reading some books while I wait for holds to come in at the library...still fun, though.

Top 11 ***** YA reads of 2015...

Five-star books are those that I read feverishly from beginning to end, often in one day. These are the ones that keep me at the gym (where I read while on the elliptical) for an extra hour, the ones that keep from getting my work done (ha), and the ones that I dream about at night. :) I probably read 135-140 YA books this year, so these are truly the best of the bunch (in my opinion, of course). Again, they're organized by title (alphabetically):





















Top 7 ***** Adult Books 2015...

Five-star books are those that I read feverishly from beginning to end, often in one day. These are the ones that keep me at the gym (where I read while on the elliptical) for an extra hour, the ones that keep from getting my work done (ha), and the ones that I dream about at night. :) I probably read 30-35 adult books this year (not many compared to the YA/NA), so these are the cream of the crop. Most are male/male romance, but some (as you'll see) are mystery/suspense. Again, they're organized by title (alphabetically):













Top 6 ****+ Adult Books 2015...

And here are the adult books (all of them male/male romance) that I read all the way through (perhaps with a bit of skimming) and will re-read and/or find sequels:











Top 20 ****+ YA books of 2015...

These are books that I read through to the end (though I might have skimmed briefly in places) and really liked (to the point that I'd re-read it and/or look for sequels).

Because I read so many books this year (~170 with re-reads), I will make a couple posts for both YA (or NA) and adult, 4+ and 5 star reads. Here's the YA/NA collection of 4+ stars (alphabetized by title):







































Book Reports (150-154)...

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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This will be the final list for the year -- over 150 books read this year, yay!

***+
Damage Done, by Amanda Panitch -- recommended for those who like suspense, those who like unreliable narrators, those who like psychological thrillers, and those who don't mind messed up relationships -- Random House BYfR, 7/15

****
Pandemic, by Yvonne Ventresca -- recommended for those who like flu/sickness disaster tales, those who like heroines who keep on fighting, and those who like teens working to overcome challenges -- Sky Pony Press, 5/14

***+
[Scent, by Juliet Madson -- recommended for those who've read the first two, those who like paranormal mysteries, those who don't mind a somewhat shallow heroine, and those who like character growth -- Diversion Publishing, 1/16]

****
Love Maybe, by Heather Hepler -- recommended for those who enjoy sweet teen romance, those who enjoy angst (which gets resolved), and those who like friendship tales -- Speak, 1/13

****+
Variant, by Robison Wells -- highly recommended for those who like sci-fi suspense, those who like smart and determined heroes, and those who like hints of romance and male POV -- Harper Teen, 8/12

Currently Reading: Feedback (second in Variant duo)

On Deck: a couple books arriving in the mail -- yay!

Book Reports (138-149)...

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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*****
All In, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who've read the other two (starting with The Naturals), those who like FBI tales, those who enjoy talented teens, those who don't mind teen angst, and those who like thrillers/suspense -- Disney-Hyperion, 11/15

****+
Need, by Joelle Charbonneau -- highly recommended for those who don't mind teen angst, those who enjoy psychological tales, those who like tales of relationships and complexity, and those who don't mind thoughtless cruelty -- Harcourt Brace, 11/15

****+
Dead Zone, by Robison Wells -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first (Blackout), those who like paranormal sci-fi, those who like loyal teen romance, and those who like action thrillers -- HarperTeen, 9/14

****+
Frosted Kisses, by Heather Hepler -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first (The Cupcake Queen, those who like sweet teen romance, those who don't mind mean girls (without much explanation), and those who like friendship stories -- Point, 10/15

****
Storm of Lightning, by Richard Paul Evans -- recommended for those who read the first ones in the series (Michael Vey), those who like paranormal sci-fi, those who like epic battles between good and evil, and those who like talented teens -- Simon Pulse, 9/15

**+
The Burning Sky, by Sherry Thomas -- recommended for those who like cross-over fantasy (ie, our world and a fantastical world), those who like historically based tales, those who like sweet romance, and those who like strong heroines -- Balzer + Bray, 9/13

****
Dinner at Home, by Rick R. Reed -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like foodie books, and those who don't mind tons of drama -- Dreamspinner Press, 5/14

**
The Byte of Betrayal, by Ashavan Doyon -- recommended for those who like male/male cyber-romance, those who don't mind unrealistic situations, and those who don't mind sometimes over-the-top drama -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/14

****
Cherish the Land, by Ariel Tachna -- recommended for those who like the rest of her series (starting with Inherit the Sky), those who like male/male romance, those who like sheep/cattle ranches, those who like Australian settings, and those who like strong family tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/15

****-
King of the Kitchen, by Bru Baker -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like foodie tales (especially based on TV cooking shows), and those who don't mind a very slow-moving plot -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/15

**
Breaking Sky, by Cori McCarthy -- recommended for fans of flying, fans of Top Gun, and those who like teen romance -- Sourcebooks Fire, 3/15

****-
[Dead Ringer, by Jessie Rosen -- recommended for those who like teen angst, those who like thrillers/mysteries, those who don't mind somewhat shallow portrayals, and those who like cliff-hangers -- Full Fathom Five, 11/15]

Currently REading: Scent

On Deck: Well, I have the usual pile, so we'll see what turns up...

Book Reports (132-137)...

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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**+
Public Enemies, by Ann Aguirre -- recommended for those who read the first (Mortal Danger), those who like a blend of paranormal and mythology, and those who like teen romance and suspense -- Feiwel & Friends, 8/15

***+
Hunt for Jade Dragon, by Richard Paul Evans -- recommended for fans of the series (Michael Vey), for those who like sci-fi thrillers, for those who like male POV, and for those who like paranormal powers -- Simon Pulse, 9/14

****
Right Back Where, by C.E. Kilgore -- recommended for fans of male/male adult romance, for those who like coming home stories, and for those who like incorrect first impressions and overcoming your past -- CreateSpace, 7/15

***+
The Devil You Know, by Trish Doller -- recommended for those who like teen suspense, those who like 'first-love' scenarios, and those who like serial killers/murder mysteries -- Bloomsbury, 6/15

****+
Smoked, by Mari Mancusi -- highly recommended for those who liked the rest of the trilogy (starting with Scorched), those who don't mind teen angst and stupidity (ha), those who like fantasy and time travel, and those who like romance, friendships, and character connections -- Sourcebooks Fire, 9/15

****+
Rogue, by Mark Frost -- highly recommended for fans of the series (The Paladin Prophecy), for those who like male POV, for those who like a combo of conspiracy and sci-fi, and for those who like loyalty amongst friends (and adventure) -- Random House BFYR, 9/15

Currently Reading: Sound

On Deck: ~ five sequels (ack)

A/N: although I didn't read all of Public Enemies, I will definitely get the next book in the series/trilogy.

Book Reports (128-131)...

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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****
Rook, by Sharon Cameron -- recommended for those who like dystopic/historical fiction, those who like passion and drama, those who like The Scarlet Pimpernel, and those who like feisty heroines -- Scholastic Press, 4/15

***
Hello, I Love You, by Katie M. Stout -- recommended for those who like family drama, those who are into the music business, those who enjoy teen angst and romance, and those who like different cultures -- St. Martin's Griffin, 6/15

****+
The Islands at the End of the World, by Austin Aslan -- highly recommended for those who enjoy natural disaster sci-fi, those who like strong family relationships, those who like Hawaiian culture, and those who like vulnerable but determined heroines -- Wendy Lamb Books, 8/14

****+
Walk on Earth a Stranger, by Rae Carson -- highly recommended for those who like complex and engaging characters, those who like subtle and sweet teen romance, those who enjoy paranormal historical fiction, and those who like strong heroines -- Greenwillow Books, 9/15

Currently Reading: the sequel to Aslan's book; some re-reads

On Deck: the usual large pile...

Monthly Wrap-Up, September (sigh)...

It's always sad when my favorite month is over...especially when it goes too quickly (and it's crazy hot -- hottest September on record this year).

(Football season is here!)

(Annual trip to Mt. Evans, top of the world)

(Our last field day ever)

(Leaf hunting)

(Enjoying the weeds)

(Finally finding some gold...)









(Start of blood moon eclipse)

Book Reports (124-127)...

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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***
Jubilee Manor,by Bethany Hagen -- recommended for those who enjoyed the first one (Landry Park), those who like social injustice stories, and those who like mystery -- Dial, 8/15

*****
Reborn, by Jennifer Rush -- highly recommended for those who enjoy the series (Altered), for those who like Jason Bourne-type action thrillers, and for those who like sweet romance and male POVs -- Little, Brown BFYR, 1/15

**+
School for Sidekicks, by Kelly McCullough -- recommended for those who like super heroes, those who don't mind a younger-feeling hero (this felt more tween-like to me), and those who like heroic antics -- Feiwel & Friends, 8/15

****+
Fit to be Tied, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who liked the first one (All Tied Up), those who like male/male (adult) romance, those who like U.S. Marshal/law enforcement drama, and those who don't mind (brief) descriptions of torture -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/15

Currently Reading: Rook

ON Deck: I really need to read the next Michael Vey book...make that the next two (as the most recent just arrived in my mailbox yesterday, and I still haven't read the previous one)...

Book Reports (117-123)...

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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**
Never Always Sometimes, by Adi Alsaid -- recommended for those who enjoy teen contemporary drama, teen angst, and those who don't mind betrayal -- Harlequin Teen, 8/15

**
The Heir, by Kiera Cass -- recommended for fans of the series, for those who don't mind self-centered heroines, and those who like Bachelor-type settings -- Harper Teen, 5/15

***-
afterparty, by Anne Redisch Stampler -- recommended for those who like teen drama, those who don't mind repeated foolish choices, and those who don't mind teen romance/betrayal -- Simon Pulse, 12/13

***+
Proof of Forever, by Lexa Hillyer -- recommended for those who enjoy contemporary drama (with a hint of magic and time travel), those who like an intriguing look at friendship (and brief romances, including LGBT), and those who don't mind realistic sadness -- Harper Teen, 6/15

**+ (a/n: I picked this up after all the above and was simply burned out on realistic teen drama...I'm going to try it again after a break, as it has tons of aspects I like)
Adrift, by Paul Griffin -- recommended for those who like survival stories, those who like the complexities of teen relationships (both friendship and new romance), and those who like complex characters -- Scholastic, 7/15

****
Conquer the Flames, by Ariel Tachna -- recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like Australian settings, and those who enjoy ranch life -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/13

****+
Still, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like tales of married love, and those who like contemporary/realistic love stories -- Dreamspinner Press, 5/13

Currently Reading: still working on Ann Aguirre's book (and I re-read three other books -- but I'm not going to mention them yet again, as they've already gotten a call-out this year)

ON Deck: well, I obviously need a break from all the teen angst...so we'll see what else I can find ;)

Book Reports (112-116)...

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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****
Forget Me, by K.A. Harrington -- recommended for those who like suspense/mysteries, those who enjoy determined teens, and those who enjoy romance (especially if you don't care if it's quick-moving) -- Putnam, 8/14

(R) *****
Fade, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended for those who like angsty teen contemporary/paranormal mystery/suspense -- Simon Pulse, 2/09

***+
Stray, by Elissa Sussman -- recommended for those who like fractured fairy tales, those who like spunky though vulnerable heroines, and those who like friendship-to-romance -- Greenwillow Books, 10/14

(R) ****+
Gone, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended as the conclusion to above -- Simon Pulse, 2/10

****+
I am Princess X, by Cherie Priest -- highly recommended for those who like spunky (and slightly one-dimensional) heroines/heroes, those who like graphic novels (this is a mixture), and those who like interesting platonic relationships -- Arthur A. Levine, 5/15

Currently Reading: Mortal Danger
On Deck: a few others (as always)...

Book Reports (104-111)...

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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****+
Con Academy, by Jon Schreiber -- highly recommended for those who enjoy 'sting' operations, those who like male POVs, those who like teens overcoming a challenging past, and those who like subtle and sweet romances (or the beginning of them) -- Harcourt Brace, 8/15

(R) ****+
Mr. Perfect, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended for those who like adult romantic suspense -- Pocket Books, 6/01

(R) ****
Mirror Image, by Sandra Brown -- recommended for those who like adult romantic suspense -- many publishers, 5/90

(R) ****
Good Bones, by Kim Fielding -- recommended for those who like adult male/male romance (with a werewolf flair) -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/12

(R) ****+
Just Desserts, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who like adult, male/male, foodie romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/15

(R) *****
Wake, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended for those who like YA romantic (paranormal) suspense -- Simon Pulse, 12/08

***
[H2O, by Virginia Bergin -- recommended for those who like natural disaster stories (with a sci fi twist), those who don't mind a rambling and babbling narrative style, and those who don't mind a cliff-hanger ending -- Sourcebooks Fire, 10/14]

*****
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli -- highly recommended for those who enjoy a male POV, those who like humor, those who like a gentle (and sweet) love story (GLBT), and those who like YA contemporary tales -- Balzer&Bray, 4/15

On Deck: more in the Wake trilogy and a number of library books that I've had on hold

Book Reports (96-103)...

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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Love Wins, by Rob Bell -- recommended for traditional Christians who might be questioning aspects of their faith but aren't interested in any ideas outside the faith (non fiction) -- HarperOne, 7/12

****
Sweet, by Emmy Laybourne -- recommended for those who enjoy a secure (and not model-like) heroine, those who enjoy horror, those who like sweet YA romance, and those who like a somewhat open ending -- Feiwel & Friends, 6/15

****+
Macarons at Midnight, by M.J. O'Shea & Anna Martin -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like foodie books, and those who don't mind a fluffy tale (with a somewhat weak resolution) -- Dreamspinner Press, 10/14

****+
Devil's Food at Dusk, by M.J. O'Shea & Anna Martin -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like foodie books, and those who don't mind a fluffy tale -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/15

****
[This is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp -- recommended for those who enjoy realistic drama, those who don't mind tragedy (of the school shooting type), those who enjoy reading about different types of relationships (friendship, family, dysfunctional, abusive, LGBTQIA, etc), and those who are okay with vignettes (ie, the story covers one day, and you have no idea how anyone handles the aftermath) -- Sourcebooks Fire, 1/16]

****+
Inherit the Sky, by Ariel Tachna -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like heroes overcoming physical challenges, and those who like stories set in rural Australia -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/12

*****
The Fixer, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who enjoy political mysteries, those who like family drama, and those who like strong (though vulnerable) teen heroines -- Bloomsbury USA, 7/15

***** (R)
Veil of Night, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended for Howard fans -- Ballantine, 8/10

Currently Reading: Well, I have a stack...but I haven't actually started any of them. ;)

On Deck: See above

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)

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