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* 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.
Fracture, by Megan Miranda ** The premise behind this book was very intriguing, but for me, it didn't quite pan out (even though I read the first third and skimmed closely the rest). I felt for Delaney as she sought a reason why she'd survived when so many others don't, but I couldn't find any real empathy with any of the other characters -- except maybe Decker (who was my favorite character). Even Decker, however, didn't quite reach what I felt he was supposed to be. And the adults here were my least favorite kind of characters -- they showed little understanding, leadership, or growth. All in all, it didn't work for me (a more detailed explanation here -- it's friends-locked). The story: Delaney survives what should have been her death -- she was trapped underwater for eleven minutes. When she awakens, however, something's changed. Now she can sense when someone else is drawing near to death -- and she's not alone. She meets another survivor, and he also seems to have strange feelings...but soon Delaney becomes suspicious about his actions and motives -- and their burgeoning friendship develops an underlying feeling of fear. AT the same time, Delaney is strugging in her other relationships: her mom continues to baffle her, and Delaney's best friend is pulling away. Delaney has to find a way to live again...even as another tragedy strikes. (YA contemporary, released 1/12, publisher: Walker)
On Deck: I got Cinder and the next Hex Hall book from the library yesterday -- and my book order just shipped! *bounces*