robinellen (robinellen) wrote,
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Book Reports (16-20)...

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).

* 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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****+
Erebos, by Ursula Poznanski, Judith Pattinson (translator) -- highly recommended for those who like YA suspense, computer games/hacking, male POV, and romance on the side -- Annick Press, 1/12

***+
Ash & Bramble, by Sarah Prineas -- recommended for those who like fractured fairy tales, those who like clever and strong heroines, those who like romance, and those who *don't mind a heroine who doesn't know her own heart for most of the tale -- Harper Teen, 9/15

**+
Lock & Mori, by Heather Petti -- recommended for Sherlock Holmes' enthusiasts, for those who like YA re-imaginings, for those who enjoy **broken characters fighting their way back, and for those who like angsty romance -- Simon & Schuster BFYR, 9/15

(R) *****
Crash, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended (still) for those who like YA thrillers and emotional romance -- Simon Pulse, 1/13

****+
Hush, by Karen Robards -- highly recommended for those who like adult romantic suspense, those who like gutsy heroines, those who like 'manly men' (secret operatives), and those who like family loyalty -- Gallery Books, 12/14

*I really liked the premise of this book, but Pin/Pen's lack of understanding of her own feelings (which were completely obvious to everyone else, especially the reader) made it hard for me to really get into the story. She was such a fighter and so strong...so that huge lack of awareness annoyed me.

**Okay, so I should have known going in that the characters would have some serious issues...but for me, their problems overcame the rest of the story (which could have been the intent?).

On Deck: perhaps the rest of the Crash trilogy, The Infinite Sea, and a couple others.
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