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Book Reports (19-22)...

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 (linked to Tattered Cover's book page) or e-galley.

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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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Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi ***+ I enjoyed this, but (for some reason) the world-building seemed too complicated for me to follow this time around. It's been a while since I read the first book, and I just couldn't remember the names of the places or their significance (I had similar issues with some of the characters). That's why I ended up skimming most of the middle. The last third was good, though, and I still like the relationship between Aria and Perry. I'll look for the next one too, but I think my enthusiasm for the overall trilogy has waned. The story: Aria and Perry are back together again, but Aria is having more trouble than ever fitting in with his tribe. Worried that her differences will affect Perry's ability to rule, she sneaks away with her friend (another Aud), and they look for Perry's sister and younger brother. Perry understands, but when another girl starts to pressure him, he begins to doubt Aria's loyalty and feelings for him. However, further troubles with the Aether drive all that from his mind when the two are reunited again and must flee to the Still Blue. (YA dystopia, released 1/13, publisher: Harper Collins)

Cop Out, by KC Burn (R) I still like this one -- it's good for angst and self-realization. :)

Shades of Earth, by Beth Revis ** I started this (and very much like the direction in which it's heading), but then (as I always do), I skipped to the end...and now, I'm going to have to wait and absorb the path of the characters before I'm ready to read this for real. :) I'm pretty sure I will because I'm still interested in how they got there. The story: Elder and Amy work together to get the shuttle down to the new Earth -- but strange creatures await them. That, along with challenges on the way down, put them in a less-than-ideal situation when they land. Amy immediately thaws her parents and the others -- but her father takes over in a way she wasn't expecting, and she feels torn between Elder's leadership and the position her father is assuming. Plus, it's very clear that her father knows something about this planet (and something about the creatures) that will greatly affect them all. (YA science fiction, released 1/13, publisher: Razorbill)

So Close to You, by Rachel Carter **** Okay, so I have a mini-rant here -- publishers should make it clear, imo, when a book is the first in a series (or even a duo). There were so many unanswered questions by the end of this book that I was really frustrated! In fact, by the time I read the last page, I felt like this book had simply been a set-up to whatever's coming next -- and that doesn't thrill me. On the other side, however, there's no doubt I'll pick up book two. :) What did I like? Well, I usually enjoy time-traveling, and this was no exception. I liked the characters, though Lydia's a little flaky, at times. Wes is awesome, though. So yes, there are positives, but my overall impression was not great, and I'm still a little frustrated by all the remaining mysteries. The story: Lydia has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life, and her grandfather insists that his father (who disappeared when he was only a child) was involved. Lydia's unconvinced, until one day when she finds the bunker door open and enters the underground facility. When running from a stranger, she enters a room -- which ends up being a machine. The machine transports her back to the time to a few days before her great-grandfather disappeared, and Lydia finds herself living with her great-great aunt (who is also seventeen)! Can she save her great-grandfather? Or will the stranger (Wes) convince her she must leave the timeline unaltered? And how does Wes know so much about the Montauk Project, anyway? (YA science fiction, released 8/12, publisher: Harper Teen)

Currently Reading: The Paparazzi Project and The Cassandra Project -- two completely different books, despite their similar titles. :)

On Deck: A long list, including the next Heist book (yay).

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