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Friday Five and Book Reports (44?)...

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). 'R' means it's a re-read. Different colored font means it's an ARC for 2011 (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 -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.



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1. Rosebush, by Michele Jaffe ****+ I definitely enjoyed this mystery, and for once, I didn't guess the would-be killer before the reveal (well, not too much before the reveal, that is). Of course, as I mentioned Weds, practically every person in the story was a little bit insane (and some more than a little), so there were plenty of suspects ;) I liked the tension and the way the story was structured, and I liked the intriguing look into the MC's character (and her relationships). The only quibble I had, really, was that all the guys mentioned in the story seemed to have a thing for her -- and that always strikes me as so completely unrealistic that it bugs me. Even though we learn that many of them have ulterior motives, it still seemed a bit much...and there's no doubt that she was truly a terrible judge of character! Still, an enjoyable read! The story: Jane wakes up in the hospital to find herself paralyzed. At first, she has no memory of what happened to her, but as time moves on, she begins to remember bits and pieces and soon realizes that someone -- someone she knows well -- tried to kill her. Soon she's examining her friends and their relationships with her in a completely different light, even as they visit her, and wondering which of them hated her enough to do this. (YA suspense, released 12/10, publisher: Razorbill)

2. I have a mild migraine today (hopefully it was remain mild). It woke me up around 5:50 am, and so I'm on the tired side, as well.

3. We live on the side of a hill, and much of the city is in a valley below us -- this morning, fog covered everything down there, but we were in the sun...until the wind shifted a bit, and then the fog moved up the hillside. Kind of cool, really.

4. Thanks to comments from my crit group, I discovered something important about my WIP -- and I've been going through and reworking it to better express my MC. I like doing stuff like that, I must admit.

5. I'm hoping to meet with jennifer_d_g this weekend -- yay!!

Happy Friday :)

Comments

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shaelise
Apr. 8th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
Hope your migrane is better. Have a great weekend.
robinellen
Apr. 8th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Shelly. It's annoying but not debilitating, so I'm okay with it so far :) I hope your weekend is also wonderful!
beachdog
Apr. 8th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
I love foggy days ... especially walking on the beach with the fog horns blowing in the distance... one plus of being by the ocean.

A pic I took of the fog at the Grand Canyon ...

From Grand Canyon Trip 2009


Hope your head gets better ;o)
robinellen
Apr. 8th, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, beautiful! :)

Thanks :)
karenbschwartz
Apr. 8th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)
How nice that you live near Jennifer. Enjoy your weekend!
robinellen
Apr. 8th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
It is lovely :) You should move here too (hehe)!
deenaml
Apr. 8th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
It did also bug me that all the guys liked the MC in ROSEBUSH, but yes, they were also all a bit nutso. :)
robinellen
Apr. 8th, 2011 11:49 pm (UTC)
And she liked them back -- talk about desperate for attention! ;)
pobirout
Apr. 10th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
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