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Book Reports (60-67)...

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).

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 [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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None of the Above, by I.W. Gregorio -- recommended for those interested in a better understanding of intersex struggles and issues, those who like angst, and those who like character growth and triumph -- HarperTeen, 4/15

***
Tunnel Vision, by Susan Adrian -- recommended for those who like paranormal mysteries, those who don't mind teen angst, those who enjoy stories where everything is stacked against the protagonist, and those who like male POV -- St. Martin's Griffin, 1/15

*****
[In the Distance, by Nikka Michaels -- highly recommended for those who enjoy male/male adult romance, those who like foodie tales, and those who like character growth and change -- Carina Press, 6/15]

*****
earth & sky, by Megan Crewe -- highly recommended for those who enjoy sci-fi time-travel stories, those who like mysteries (with aliens), and those who like slow-moving hints of romance -- Skyscape, 10/14

****
[Sight, by Juliet Madison -- recommended for those who enjoy paranormal mysteries, those who don't mind somewhat shallow and/or simplistic characters, and those who like teen romance -- Diversion Publishing, 7/15]

****
The Replaced, by Kimberly Derting -- recommended for those who liked the first (The Taking), those who like teen romance (and who don't mind that the MC is obsessed with someone she barely spent any time with), and those who like the mysteries surrounding alien abduction -- HarperTeen, 4/15

*****
Just Desserts, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who enjoy male/male adult romance, those who like foodie tales, and those who like angsty novellas with happy endings -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/15

****
Quiet Nights, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who enjoy male/male adult romance, those who don't mind a few cliches, and those who like novellas -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/15

Currently Reading: Acrobat (a re-read)

On Deck: Clouded Sky (sequel to earth & sky), among others

Comments

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deenaml
May. 10th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
I loved NONE OF THE ABOVE bc I'd never read a YA novel like it! And the supportive Dad character was awesome.
robinellen
May. 10th, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
I liked reading a book from that perspective -- but man, it was so hard on her (which I'm sure is pretty realistic), and it kind of overwhelmed me. I'm glad I read it, but I wouldn't call it entertaining (nor is it meant to be, I suspect). ;) And yes, the dad was awesome, but some of the other teen reactions were horrifying. :(
deenaml
May. 10th, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, definitely a difficult book to read, and sadly realistic I suspect, in terms of teen reactions. I was glad for the "happy ending," yet almost felt it was too unrealistically happy -- even though I'm glad it went that way.
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