* 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 will read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good.
***** I read every word, and I loved it!
I've been going on a reading spree -- what fun! But I'm trying all kinds of books that I normally wouldn't...kind of seeing if my tastes are still the same (they pretty much are). It's been neat to move from one genre to another, however, and I'm liking the variety (for the most part).
November Blues, by Sharon Draper *** This was okay. I liked the MC a lot (which is why I kept reading), but the story was...meh. And the ending didn't fit for me -- there were no surprises, really, and I didn't think the MC handled the final situation realistically. It was too easy, I guess.
You Know Where to Find Me, by Rachel Cohn **- Okay, I read most of this (through skimming) because I kept hoping something would get better. The initial premise is intriguing, but this is a seriously gritty story. I'm not really into gritty -- and the biggest problem for me was that I didn't like any of the characters. I didn't hate them, either -- they weren't the type of people I'd seek out in real life, so although I pitied them, that's as far as it went.
The Declaration, by Gemma Malley **+ I skipped a bunch in the middle of this. It was an interesting look at a possible future (I don't know how realistic -- no one dies anymore) where having children is illegal unless you choose to die (a life for a life). It was okay, and certainly the premise was fascinating.
Dancing with an Alien, by Mary Logue *** This was interesting and short. It's told in alternating POVs, and I found the boy's POV the most interesting (as he's the alien, I suppose) -- I liked the ending, and I actually thought it was a pretty good representation of a lot of teen 'first love' relationships.
Ink Exchange, by Melissa Marr ***+ Caveat: I'm not an urban fantasy person. I don't crave stories about werewolves or vampires...knowing this, I didn't pick up Melissa's book because I couldn't wait to read the story ;) (I 'know' Melissa through Verla's and LJ, and I like her, as a person.) The interesting thing (after reading Cohn's book above) is that 1) I really liked all the characters -- they're all sympathetic to me, and I love the complexity within each of them; 2) there's grit here, as well, but because the characters are likable, it added depth rather than stereotyping; 3) I love Melissa's lyrical prose -- it sucks me in and I get lost in the flow of many of the passages.
The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney, by Suzanne Harper ***** What can I say? I loved this! It was fun, intriguing, and it kept my attention from the first word until the last :) I'd love to read more about Sparrow (even though I couldn't begin to keep her sisters straight -- I got Raven, the mean one, and the twins...but the others were just a bunch of birds, hehe -- but that didn't matter).