* 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.
Desires of the Dead, by Kimberly Derting ****+ I definitely enjoyed this. The tension between Violet and Jay is still there, along with the lovely chemistry. I liked how Violet's 'gift' is progressing. I think the main reason I didn't love it as much as the first is that this feels a bit like a transition book. Yes, there are things going on and a mystery to solve, but by the end, I really wanted to read more about what had been set up throughout the rest of the book (I'm guessing this is what book three will touch on). And I'm very excited about the next book now! The story: Violet continues to struggle with being able to sense those (animal or person) who have met with a violent death, and when she feels an echo at a shipyard and anonymously calls it in, it draws attention she never expected (and isn't sure how to handle). At the same time, one of her best friends has a crush on a new boy at school, and Violet is torn between her duties as friend, her growing passion for Jay, and the tugs of echoes of the dead. (YA paranormal mystery, releasing 3/11, publisher: Harper Collins)
Across the Universe, by Beth Revis ****+ This is another very enjoyable read! I really liked how it was different from what I expected (that's always fun), and I also liked the alternating POV. Elder is a wonderful character, and Amy's frustration and fear are very realistic. The mysteries on the ship were compelling, as well. I kept waiting for something a little more, and it never quite came. I can't even explain what I was looking for, but I felt like there was another level that never quite poked through...despite that, I still liked it very much, and I'm passing it along to my husband (who will also enjoy it, I'm certain). The story: Amy is cryo-frozen (my term) along with her parents and put on a ship which is finding a new planet. Strangely, Amy is able to think while frozen (though she's not sure how much of it is dreams), and she's aware when someone thaws her. Meanwhile, aboard the ship, a couple of centuries have passed, and the leader of the ship is training his successor, Elder. Elder is fascinated with Amy, and when she's thawed, he befriends her -- but everyone else on the ship finds her a freak (with the help of Eldest, Elder's mentor). Soon, another person is thawed, but this one is left to die. Amy and Elder work together to find the killer -- and in the process, discover more secrets than either ever suspected. (YA science fiction, released 1/11, publisher: Razorbill)
I stayed up late last night finished AtU, and I haven't picked my next book yet...but I'm also partway through an e-galley (a sequel to a book I really liked last year), so it's never boring :)