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Book Reports (93-96)...

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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(R) *****
The Fixer, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who like political thrillers, those who like feisty yet vulnerable teen heroines, and those who like family intrigue -- Bloomsbury, 7/15

****
Dark Energy, by Robison Wells -- recommended for those who like YA alien tales, those who like *plotty books (that might not be as thorough on character development), and those who like teen romance -- Harper Teen, 3/16

* I liked the set-up here and how it develops, but I will say that I wished there'd been a little more character development. I liked the characters, but more would have been nice.

****
Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch -- recommended for those who like Italy, **family intrigue, and a sweet (though angsty) teen love story -- Simon Pulse, 5/16

** One of the intriguing aspects here is what happened with the MC's mom when she was in Italy years before...but it was also frustrating to see so many stupid choices.

***
The Crown, by Kiera Cass -- recommended for those who like teen sci/fi fantasy (simply because it's a future society), those who liked the rest of the series (The Selection), and those who don't mind ***slightly self-centered heroines -- Harper Teen, 5/16

*** This is a pretty intriguing world set-up, but the heroine really turned me off. She's so self-centered (though she gets better in this book -- it's the second of her story as America's daughter), arrogant, and not that sympathetic. Honestly, I'm not quite sure why the guy who falls for her does so...

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