robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (72-76)...

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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Lady Renegade, by Rachel Hawkins -- recommended for those who *like the rest of the trilogy (Rebel Belles), those who like complex magics, and those who like hopeful endings -- GP Putnam's Sons BFYR, 4/16

[Shutter, by Laurie Faria Stolarz -- recommended for those who like mysteries, those who like dual-POV tales, and those who like **complicated circumstances and complex characters -- Disney-Hyperion, 10/16]

[Never Missing Never Found, by Amanda Panitch -- recommended for those who like ***mind-bending mysteries, those who like suspense, and those who like teen romance (with all its complications) -- Random House BFYR, 6/16]

[Gifted, by H.A. Swain -- highly recommended for those who like ****unusual dystopic tales, those who like sweet YA romance, those who like music, those who like dual-POV narrations, and those who like spunky heroines -- Feiwel & Friends, 6/16]

[This is Our Story, by Ashley Elston -- highly recommended for those who like *****mysteries, those who like suspense, those who like sweet YA love stories, and those who like law stories -- Disney-Hyperion, 11/16]

* I really like the premise of this trilogy, and I enjoyed the first one very much. My enjoyment waned a bit as I read the second, and this one, sadly, seemed a little too drawn out to me...still, it was an interesting conclusion.

** I've read other books by Stolarz, and for those who are familiar with her slow-paced style, this will feel familiar. She often has complex situations and grey areas, and this is no different...but, as also often happens, the ending isn't as resolved as I tend to like (though others might especially appreciate that).

*** Although I didn't love the characters very much (not any of them -- even Connor, though appealing, had one pretty annoying flaw), the mystery and reveal was pretty spectacular.

**** This is such a unique dystopic tale -- rather than apocalyptic-type setting, the world has broken down into plebes and plutes, the very rich and those which are like blue-collar workers. And the very rich 'buy' talents and are then sponsored by patrons to become famous. It took a while for the story to take off (as the world-building took some time), but I liked the characters -- a plebe named Zimri and a plute named Orpheus -- very much.

***** This is tense from the first page, and I enjoyed it very much. I won't spoil anything here by giving too much information, but if you like mysteries where the evidence is slowly exposed, you'll enjoy this.
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