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Book Reports (45-46)...

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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Invincible Summer, by Hannah Moskowitz **** The voice in this is fantastic, and I really liked Chase. It's a sad story (which is always hard for me, personally) in many ways; and the family is so dysfunctional that it made me wince throughout. But the relationships between the siblings was well portrayed, and I did feel a sense of hope for them at the end. The story: Chase adores his older brother Noah, but Noah struggles to find his path in life. Each summer, the family (including younger sibs) goes to the beach and stays in a beach house, and as the story opens, Chase is almost 15 -- and Noah's long-time summer girlfriend makes a move on him. Soon both Chase and Noah are in a relationship (of sorts) with the girl -- and it leads to more trouble and anguish than either could imagine, especially after their parents divorce and the siblings are split between them. (YA contemporary, releases this month 4/11, publisher: Simon Pulse)

Demonglass, by Rachel Hawkins ***** I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I really like how Sophie is struggling with her heritage (as a demon) and how she remains true to herself and her longings throughout. I also like how she uses her head -- all too often, it seems, characters do something that everyone can see is stupid, and it's explained away because of their teen emotions. Well, Sophie has strong emotions, but she tries to do the right thing, despite what she really wants. I also like how clean these books are -- there's little to no swearing, and the violence is distanced (rather than graphic). There were some inconsistencies at the end, but I think they're probably fixed in the published version (since I read the ARC) -- they certainly aren't strong enough to detract from how much I enjoyed the book. And now I can't wait for the next one! The story: Sophie agrees to go to England with her dad, although she's still determined to have the Removal. Her dad begins working with her to control her demon powers, but he's distracted by the two other demons living in the castle with the Council -- demons who shouldn't exist. Before long, Archer resurfaces, and Sophie is torn between her continued feelings for him and her father's goals for her and the Council. But above all, they need to discover who is creating the new demons -- and soon, Sophie discovers that her loyalties can't be as obvious as she'd hoped. (YA urban fantasy/paranormal, released 3/11, publisher: Hyperion)


Currently Reading: well, I haven't started the next book yet, but I have a couple from the library that I'll consider next...

On Deck: ...and that covers this, as well. I have so many I want to read -- it's hard to keep them all straight :)

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olmue
Apr. 16th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Rachel Hawkins has such an awesome command of voice that lets her jump to all the most interesting parts of her story smoothly--something I really admire about her writing! I'm looking forward to reading her new book.
robinellen
Apr. 16th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed this book (although it's a HUGE cliffhanger -- practically ends in the middle of the climax), and I'm pretty certain the inconsistencies have been edited out of the final copy (as the rest of it was very smooth already).
olmue
May. 22nd, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
Just coming back after reading to agree with you! Ack! And we have to wait another year to find out what happens next?!

Seriously, I feel like I need to take these books apart and really study them, because they're so good with voice and romantic tension and just tension and pace overall. Even the triangle felt organic and believable, and as you know, I'm not really a fan of triangles. But this didn't feel contrived at all, nor did I want to slap anyone for being stupid. Just really, really well done.
robinellen
May. 22nd, 2011 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, I thought the build-up was quite well done and smooth -- but what a cliffhanger!! Yeesh...(and I also liked how the MC stayed pretty true to her feelings, even though there were opportunities to turn from the one she wanted).
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