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Book Reports (82-83)...

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. Brackets mean it's an ARC or e-galley. I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

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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.



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Destined, by Aprilynne Pike ****+ This is a great end to the series. I liked how Laurel slowly accepted her role as a faerie rather than as a human. And I found the resolution to the particular love quartet (ha) very realistic and satisfying. I would've liked a little more about David and the adjustments he was facing, but I thought the Author's Note regarding him was insightful and beneficial. Really, although this is clearly the end of Laurel's story (this section of it, that is), I could see having more books about Avalon and how they recover from this battle and the upheaval it brought to their entire society and its structure. I found the caste system (my term) of winter ruling over the other seasonal faeries to be very interesting, and I would be interested in reading more about it (especially more in depth about it). Still, this is a satisfying conclusion. The story: Laurel, David, Chelsea, and Tamani have captured Yuki, the winter faerie, but are no closer to discovering her goals or plans for Avalon. Before they can get anything out of her (other than her feelings for Tam), she escapes with Klea's help, and the only safe place for the four teens is Avalon. However, humans aren't allowed in Avalon...but when the exception is made, they discover that there has been at least one human -- Arthur -- and his sword remains, a sword which can only be wielded by a human. Using Excalibur, David joins the faeries as they prepare to fight for Avalon, though soon Klea's trolls and her skills with poisonous potions bring the battle to an end...unless Laurel can find the counter-poison (especially challenging, as Tamani's life hangs in the balance). (YA paranormal/urban fantasy, released 5/12, publisher: Harper Teen)

Kill and Tell, by Linda Howard **** I enjoyed this, and although it got fairly poor reviews, I thought it was one of her better suspenseful tales. I wasn't as fond of the whirlwind romance (but in all honesty, I tend not to like those at any time...how someone can fall in love in a couple days is beyond me!), but I liked the characters a lot. The story: Karen's mom just died, and now she gets notice that her dad is also dead. Of course, she hasn't seen her dad in years, but when asked to come and identify the body, Karen agrees. In shock (and still grieving for her mom), Karen travels to New Orleans and does her job. The detective in charge of the case believes Karen's dad was murdered (rather than simply mugged), and some of the coincidences of the case are driving him to look more deeply. Although his first impression of Karen isn't great, when he realizes that shock is motivating her coldness, he becomes more protective -- and soon, he's romancing her and has decided he won't let her go. Karen, of course, isn't as sure, and although she succumbs originally, she runs in the morning and flees back to her home -- where two attempts are made on her life within 24 hours. Will Karen and Marc figure out why her father is killed in time to save Karen's life? (Adult romantic suspense, released 2003, publisher: Pocket Star)

Currently Reading: Midsummer's Nightmare

On Deck: a free-verse novel (by Lynch Williams) and...? :) Something good, I'm sure.

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