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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. 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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tandem ****+
Tandem, by Anna Jarzab -- highly recommended for those who enjoy complex world-building, strong heroines, intriguing sci-fi concepts, and an interesting but not all-encompassing romance -- Delacorte Press, 10/13

beforeisleep ***+
Before I Go To Sleep, by S.J. Watson -- recommended for those who enjoy a slowly revealed (adult) mystery with a flawed heroine and a slightly ambiguous ending -- Harper, 2/12

thehereandnow ***+
[The Here and Now, by Ann Brashares -- recommended for those who enjoy time travel combined with dystopic ideas and a forbidden romance -- Delacorte, 4/14]

graduationday *****
[Graduation Day, by Joelle Charbonneau -- highly recommended for those who like the rest of the trilogy and those who enjoy an intelligent heroine who strategizes to solve her dystopic problems -- HMH Books, 6/14]

Currently Reading: a couple books -- I'll pick one, I'm sure :)

On Deck: a pile, as usual


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 17th, 2014 12:43 am (UTC)
Anne Brashares and Joelle Charbonnea will both be in Rochester for our Teen Book Fest in May! So excited and very curious about AB's newest... I also like how fast JC's entire trilogy is being released!
Mar. 17th, 2014 01:32 am (UTC)
I liked Brashare's, but you know from the beginning that her romance is kind of doomed...so I almost wished they'd spent either less time on it or that there was some way around it. I will look for the next one, just to see what she's going to do with it. :)
And yes, I'm thrilled JC's are being released so quickly -- I definitely didn't want to wait after IS (which I read only a few weeks ago), so that was awesome. :D
Mar. 17th, 2014 02:14 am (UTC)
Interesting...kind of like real life...when a relationship is doomed you wish it would just hurry up and fail so the people can move on with the other parts of their lives, lol!
Mar. 17th, 2014 03:48 pm (UTC)
No doubt! :)
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