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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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Personal Demons, by Lisa Derochers **** I'm on the fence about this book. I was definitely intrigued, but I struggled to fully suspend my disbelief throughout. However, I wanted to know what was going on, so I read the whole thing (without skimming even). In the end, I still don't quite believe it. I think what held me back throughout was this girl (the MC) was compared to two very important historical figures who arose during times of great possibility and turmoil. And yet, not only did similar turmoil not exist during the MC's time, but she didn't really have much charisma. I don't know...she didn't quite gel for me, I guess. Will I pick up the next one? Maybe. The story: Frannie meets two new guys -- one dark and brooding (dangerous) and the other light and beautiful. Both are clearly interested in gaining her attention, and although she's definitely drawn to Luc (the dark and dangerous one), Gabe also appeals to her. In the end, Frannie learns the truth behind their desires for her and has to make a life-altering decision. (YA urban fantasy, released 9/10, publisher: TOR)

Inside Out, by Maria V. Snyder ****+ This was good! I enjoyed it throughout, even though I started to figure out the mystery before the end. Trella is a strong heroine, one who tries to hide the goodness and caring within (but it's so obvious, hehe). I also liked Riley. The story: Trella is a scrub in a society where scrubs live below all the others, trapped in a structure with no access to the Outside. But when Trella's only friend convinces her to look for hidden information, she triggers a rebellion she never expected to believe in, let alone fight for. And when she meets an Upper, she's shocked at what she finds. (YA science fiction, released 4/10, publisher: Harlequin Teen)

Currently Reading: The Mermaid's Mirror
On Deck: Well, the same ones which were there before ;)

Comments

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jengt
Oct. 31st, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
I think I had a lot of the same issues with PD as you did. The writing was really good, but I felt like there was a lot missing. And the pacing seemed off toward the end.

I'll have to check out Inside Out! It sounds good.
robinellen
Oct. 31st, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
I also liked the writing, but I just couldn't get my head around the whole Sway thing -- Frannie didn't seem to fit, you know?

Inside Out was really good (to me) -- and the sequel comes out next spring :)
anabelgonzalez
Oct. 31st, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
I am takin gnote of this two books for my next purchases. I need books to read!!
robinellen
Oct. 31st, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
I hope you like it :)
kathys_shadow
Nov. 1st, 2010 04:50 am (UTC)
I've read other Maria Snyder's, but never this one. (I guess I've only read the Poison Study series, which is fantasy.) I'll have to check it out!
robinellen
Nov. 2nd, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I've never read her books before -- maybe I should start, huh? :)
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