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Book Reports (19-23)...

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. Bolded, blue titles mean it's an ARC (linked to Tattered Cover's book page) or e-galley.

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA 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.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book.



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savageferrell *****
The Secret of Ferrell Savage, by J. Duddy Gill jennifer_d_g -- highly recommended middle grade for those who love humor, quirky facts, male protagonists, and very likable characters -- Atheneum Books, 2/14

independentstudy *****
Independent Study, by Joelle Charbonneau -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first book and those who like dystopic worlds with strong heroine and hints of romance and political intrigue -- HMH Books, 1/14

altered ***+
Altered, by Gennifer Albin -- recommended for those who liked the first one and those who enjoy intricate and complex world building, who don't mind love triangles, and who enjoy concepts of time manipulation -- FSG, 10/13

intostillblue ****+
Into the Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the rest of the trilogy, those who like lyrical prose, those who enjoy solid world building, and those who love sweet and faithful romance -- Harper Collins, 1/14

dividedwefall **
Divided We Fall, by Trent Reedy -- recommended for those who like political power struggles, the military, and rebels with a cause -- Arthur A. Levine, 1/14

Currently Reading: Elizabeth Eulberg's most recent (on my Droid Kindle)

On Deck: yep, a huge pile still, including at least 5 or 6 that I recently purchased and want to read

Comments

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deenaml
Feb. 25th, 2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
You read a middle grade! :-D
robinellen
Feb. 26th, 2014 01:51 am (UTC)
Yep :) It just has to be written by a good friend, no?
deenaml
Feb. 26th, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
Totally acceptable! :-D
jennifer_d_g
Feb. 26th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you, Robin!! Next time, coffee shop treats are definitely on me. :-)
robinellen
Feb. 26th, 2014 06:41 pm (UTC)
Hehe...I'm not sure that's fair. I already got a great read in -- I owe *you* treats! :)
boreal_owl
Feb. 26th, 2014 05:57 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reminder about JDG's book, Robin!
robinellen
Feb. 26th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
It's very Jennifer, Barb -- filled with her humor, gentleness, and positive outlook!
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