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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 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.

If you'd like to see my year-to-date four-plus- and five-star recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* 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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Defiance, by Lili St. Crow ****+ I definitely enjoyed the fourth book in this series. I really like the world-building and the way Dru is growing and changing -- not to mention the shifting loyalties at the Schola. I feel for her, as she really can't tell who to trust, at this point -- so I'm definitely looking forward to the next one. The story: Dru wants only to find Graves, but Christophe prefers that she train and strengthen her skills -- then he says they can look for both Graves and Anna (the other svetocha). But while Dru listens at first, when strange things begin to happen -- and when she senses that there's more to the story than she's being told -- she finally loses patience and takes off on her own, desperate to gain some control in her life and get Graves away from those she fears could be killing him. (YA urban fantasy, released 4/11, publisher: Razorbill)

The Very Thought of You, by Rosie Alison ***- I read most of this, but it's definitely the type of literary which doesn't appeal to me, personally. However, the hook is strong, and the setting is quite vivid (and I love this time period -- England during WWII) -- and of course, the prose is lovely. The story: When Anna is sent to the countryside at the opening of WWII, her entire life shifts. The couple with whom she (and numerous other children) stay are having marital issues, which culminate in tragedy before the end of the war. At the same time, Anna's mother waffles between her excitement at living on her own for the first time (while Anna's father is off fighting) and her loneliness...leading her to an affair and more tragedy. In the end, Anna, now an older woman, returns to the house where she spent those few years, still wondering at her attachment to the place and the memory of all who lived there. (Adult literary, releases 7/11, publisher: Washington Square Press)

Currently Reading: ? I'm actually in between right this second...
On Deck: Cassandra Clare's next book (in the Mortal Instruments series) and a couple of others

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