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Book Reports (55-58) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***
[Even If We Break, by Marieke Nijkamp -- YA thriller -- five teens visit a mountain cabin to play one last RPG game, but only three make it out alive.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3444805627

***+
[All Eyes on Her, by L.E. Flynn -- YA thriller -- Tabby's and Mark's last date (where he died/was murdered?), their relationship, and the months after Mark's death are examined through the lens of those teens who knew them all best (or so they believe).]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3444823803

**-
The Shadow Wand, by Laurie Forest -- YA fantasy (3rd in a quartet) -- Elloren is continuing to learn her skills to defeat Vogel and his evil minions (ha). [Note: Nothing much happened in this book, despite its length, other than love-triangle stuff that made me very unhappy.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3444834007

****+
Gone Too Far, by Natalie Richards -- YA thriller -- Piper feels horrible when popular girl Stella is humiliated by her peers and then commits suicide, but how far is she willing to go to get revenge on those who have always gotten away with cruelty?

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3444848963

(Tons of YA lately ...)
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Book Reports (48-54) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

This is a long one -- sorry for the delay.

***+
[The Con Code, by Shana Silver -- YA adventure/mystery -- Fiona has learned cons all her life but now must figure out how to save her long-lost mom *and* her dad after the FBI catches up to them; 3 friends help her through the challenges.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431195389

***
[The Assignment, by Liza Wiemer -- YA contemporary -- Logan and Cade, best friends, must decide how to stand up for their beliefs when a favorite teacher assigns a debate asking them to argue the perspective of the Nazis during WWII.]

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431221112

****
The Gravity of Us, by Phil Stamper -- YA contemporary with LGBTQ+ romance -- Cal's dad has just been chosen as the final member of the team working on the next huge space mission to Mars, and Cal and his mom must move with him to Houston to live a new life in the spotlight.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431255162

****
On A Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden -- YA fantasy/space graphic novel with LGBTQ+ romances -- Mia joins a space crew traveling around the universe and fixing things but finds that her small crew becomes family and will help her gain closure with her first love, Grace.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431270058

(R) ****+
The Third Eye, by Lois Duncan -- YA paranormal mystery -- When Karen 'sees' her babysitting charge in the trunk of her boyfriend's car and tells people about it, she has no idea the door she's opened; soon, others are asking her to find missing children with her gift.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431283292

****
Hot Off the Ice, by A.E. Wasp -- adult male/male romance -- Bryce is moving his mom to a farmhouse in CO when he meets Dakota, the man who happens to live on said farm (and run it), all while having to make decisions about the next step in his hockey career.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431293831

***+
Inherit Midnight, by Kate Kae Myers -- YA adventure -- Avery's grandma has put forth a challenge for all her heirs, including Avery (though she is considered the black sheep of the family because her dad -- the official heir -- didn't marry her mom and is currently a recovering alcoholic), where they must all race around the world, find clues, and put them together to win the inheritance.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3431306061

Whew -- though not much to show for an entire month ... (though I did re-read a duology -- The Blueprint and Deeper Blue in there, as well.)
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Book Reports (34-47) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

This is a long one -- sorry for the delay.

(R) *****
The Naturals series, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- YA thriller with teen FBI consultants -- Cassie joins a small group (five total) of teen FBI consultants who each have 'natural' crime-fighting abilities, mostly because each has been through trauma involving serious criminals (especially serial killers) in the past.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376344414

***
The Game, by Linsey Miller -- YA mystery -- Lia wants to win 'The Game' that her high school puts on every year for the seniors, but when people begin dying for real, she ends up looking like the perpetrator and must figure out the true murderer to save herself and others.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376392707

(R) ****-
The Hero Agenda series, by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs -- YA superhero thriller -- Kenna hates that she's powerless in a world filled with heroes and villains, especially because her mom is one of the heroes' leading scientists; but when Kenna witnesses a break-in at their top-secret lab, she discovers a whole new side of the world ... and herself and her mom too.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376399647

(R) *****
When, by Victoria Laurie -- YA paranormal thriller -- Maddie can see death dates, and when a boy dies after she tells the boy's mom about his death date, Maddie's already complicated life becomes incredibly challenging and dangerous.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376430745

****+
Bred in the Bone, by Kendra Elliot -- adult mystery -- the 4th installment of the Widow's Island series and probably my favorite to date.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376441479

(R) ****+
The Testing trilogy, by Joelle Charbonneau -- YA dystopian -- Cia is chosen for The Testing, a process her world (earth many years in the future) uses to narrow down future leaders; however, after she receives this highest honor, she quickly learns that failure means death.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3376452131

As you might guess, I've been using this past month (once my day job eased up) to re-read some favorites. Along with the above, I've also re-read 2 others (which I already reviewed recently -- within the last year -- so I won't do it again here).
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Book Reports (28-33) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

****+
Honor Lost, by Ann Aguirre and Rachel Caine -- YA sci-fi -- the 3rd book in the trilogy, wrapping up Zara's, Bea's, and Nadim's story.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3313024200

***
Subject A36, by Teri Polen -- YA/New Adult dystopia -- story of a teen with unusual abilities who's fighting (along with other rebels) a government who wants to use him.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3312956599

***+
Four Days of You and Me, by Miranda Kenneally -- YA contemporary -- story of Alex's and LuLu's relationship throughout their high school experience.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3312939894

****
Widow's Island series, by Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot -- adult mystery -- take of two childhood friends (Cate and Tessa), both in law enforcement (FBI and sheriff, respectively) and their work on Widow's Island.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3312938169

I have a hard time reading during stressful times (I *think* this might qualify, LOL), so this isn't as great as it should be. Oh, well ...
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Book Report (27) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***
Burn Zone, by Annabeth Albert -- male/male contemporary romance -- story of two men, both smoke jumpers, who fall in love but face resistance from the younger man's family

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3255088299
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Book Reports (23-26) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***+
Love a la Mode, by Stephanie Kate Strohm -- YA contemporary romance -- a story about two teens who win the right to attend culinary school in Paris and how they handle the challenges, both food-related and personal

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3239442129

*****
Honor Among Thieves, by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre -- YA sci-fi -- a story about a future earth where giant space creatures called Leviathan have rescued humanity from itself and asked only that 100 young people each year travel with them and discover the universe ... and a girl named Tara who is an unlikely Honor (and who bonds with her Leviathan in unusual ways) and who discovers secrets that have been hidden from both species

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3239449328

***+
Blind Side, by Josh Lanyon -- adult male/male mystery -- a story about Will and Taylor (book 6 in the series) who take on a new client who happens to be Taylor's ex

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3239457524

***+
Tender Mercies, by Eli Easton -- adult male/male contemporary -- a story about Eddie, who buys a Lancaster, PA, farm to build an animal sanctuary, and Samuel, an Amish man who is shunned by him family because he's gay

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3239467644

I haven't done nearly as much reading as I'd hoped ... first, I was incredibly busy with work. Then, once everything stopped (though not my work, thankfully), I was distracted by worries and anxiety -- though I'm learning to live in the now and take deep breaths. :)
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Book Reports (20-22) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

****+
Fall Through Spring, by Amy Lane -- adult male/male contemporary (romance) -- the story of how Dane and Carpenter (from Winter Ball) find their HEA

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3216871134

***+
Scammed, by Kristin Simmons -- YA mystery (based loosely on Norse mythology) -- the second of a trilogy about a group of students who are 'recruited' for their abilities as con artists

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3216880515

**
The Music of What Happens, by Bill Konigsberg -- YA male/male contemporary -- a story of two boys who learn to love and accept one another through their various challenges

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3216890120
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Book Reports (19) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

****+
Thin Air, by Lisa Gray -- adult suspense -- story of Jessica Shaw, a PI who discovers that she was a missing child 25 years previously, and her search for the truth behind her parentage and 'disappearance'

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3213858644
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Book Reports (18) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***+
Dirty Kiss, by Rhys Ford -- adult suspense/mystery, male/male -- a story about Cole McGinnis, a PI who's asked to investigate a suspicious death (deemed suicide by officials), and the cousin of the deceased and his challenges with being gay and Korean

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3204090480
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Book Reports (16-17) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

***+
Lethal Lies, by Rebecca Zanetti -- adult romance/mystery/thriller/sci-fi -- the continuing story of the Blood Brothers who are on the run from the woman who essentially created them in a lab; this was Heath's story, who, along with Anya, is working to find the Copper Killer, a serial killer who's after red-haired women (with Anya as his endgame)

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3201153254

****
Winter Ball, by Amy Lane -- adult male/male romance -- a friends-to-love tale between two 20-somethings who play soccer together in a winter league

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3201163784