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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 the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Different colored font means it's an ARC for 2010 (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well). I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

* 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 -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite.

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Tagged, by Mara Purnhagen *** This was certainly an interesting mystery, but I spent so much of the book being angry with Eli that it kind of took me away from the rest of the story. Even though things were explained well at the end, I still had a lingering resentment for how he handled everything with Kate. The story: Kate, the police chief's daughter, is intrigued like everyone else at the rush of 'tagging' being done. The 'art' is always the same, and it isn't long before suspicion is narrowed to Eli's older brother -- but Kate doesn't like that answer, as she has a crush on Eli. (YA contemporary, released 7/10, publisher: Harlequin Teen)

Academy 7, by Anne Osterlund ****+ I really enjoyed this. It was fluffier than I expected (being that it's science fiction), but I thought the characters were interesting (though not as complex as they could have been -- a very minor complaint), and I definitely liked the mystery. I think there will be another (I hope), and I'll look for it, if there is. The story: Aerin and Dane get invited to the premier academy in the system, and both attend without realizing that their past ties them together. Both believe this is their last chance to escape from the pain of things beyond their control -- and both need to find success...if only they can let it happen. (YA science fiction, released 8/09, publisher: Speak)

Nightshade, by Andrea Cremer ***+ I have mixed feelings about this. One of the aspects I really liked was the complexity of this world/society. I also love that it takes place in Colorado :) Plus, I think Cremer handles the love triangle much better than many I've read lately -- despite Calla's divided affections, her reasoning behind it is pretty solid and consistent with the world in which she lives. I also liked the revelations which came throughout the story. One of the things which has me on the fence a bit was Calla's hardness; I could see how she had little choice, but...well, I guess I prefer a little less angst (big surprise). However, I'll definitely pick up the next one in this series! (Oh, and no surprise that I love Shay!) The story: Calla is the alpha of her werewolf pack; she's betrothed to mate with the alpha of a rival pack, to bring the two together. However, when Calla saves a human, things take an unusual turn -- and Calla begins to learn secrets about her society that change everything...not to mention, she begins to develop feelings for the human, Shay. (YA urban fantasy, released this month, publisher: Philomel)

Currently Reading: Personal Demons
On Deck: Mermaid's Mirror, Crescendo, The Eternal Ones, among others


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Oct. 23rd, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the reviews--interesting to read more about Nightshade. Did you see the webcasts from Shay's POV? I was trying to figure out how that fit with the cover, and your summary is at least pointing me in the right direction.
Oct. 24th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't see those -- are they on Cremer's website? I should check them out...
Oct. 24th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
I got to them via a link in School Library Journal or the PW children's page, I forget which. I think they're on the pages, though.
Oct. 25th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks, -- I'll look for them :)
Oct. 23rd, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
How are you liking Personal Demons so far? I was drawn in immediately, but felt like it lost a bit of the magic toward the end. I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it!
Oct. 24th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
That's a good question :) I am definitely intrigued so far, but it's hard to suspend my disbelief. I mean, this girl has every single guy around panting after her...and although I get it in the case of the two main guys, what's up with the others? I'm only a quarter of the way through, so we'll see how I feel as I get further into it.
Oct. 24th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, that was an issue for me too.
Oct. 24th, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
I haven´t read the books you are reviewing but I will take note of your opinions! Right now I am reading crescendo and I am willing to know your opinion.
Oct. 24th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to it -- I'm trying to get in my 'angel/demon' mood (Personal Demons is also about angels and demons).
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