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 the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.
* 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!
The Compound, by S.A. Bodeen ***** Yep, I loved it! The hype was strong, and so was the book :) I can't say I found myself completely suspending disbelief, but I was able to believe it enough to find it very enjoyable ;) Thanks, latteya!
the invisible, by Mats Wahl *** This was pretty creepy...translated from Swedish, and the setting was Swedish, so I suppose that's part of the feeling of surreality (is that a word?) -- anyway, I just couldn't believe the cold-heartedness of the characters. *Shudders*
what my mother doesn't know, by Sonya Sones **** My first Sones novel, and I was pleasantly surprised. I don't know why I didn't think I'd like it -- and truth be told, a good third of the way through, I almost put it down for good. But I kept on (easy to do with verse), and by the end, I decided I liked it :).
QUAD, by C.G. Watson ****+ I definitely liked this! It kept me guessing as to the identity of the shooter (no spoiler there -- the first page is the shooting), and I liked how it showed all the possibilities for teasing/bullying and how teens effect one another. It didn't quite tie things up the way I would've like, so not quite a 'perfect' score from me, but still a very enjoyable read.
prom anonymous, by Blake Nelson **** This was very cute. My only real complaint was that sometimes the best action happened off-screen or with a more distant POV. Like the climax of a couple of the MCs, for example, was narrated through the eyes of another MC. That bugged me, but for the most part, I liked it.
Bras & Broomsticks, by Sarah Mlynowski ** Meh. I did skim to the end, but I guess it just didn't grab me. It was okay, but as I've heard agents say, a little familiar (not the magic part, but the rest of it).
Cherry Heaven, by L.J. Adlington * Hm, so this one sounded great on the flap, but I just couldn't get past the first ten pages. The story started slowly and didn't hook me in a way that kept me reading.
The Isabel Factor, by Gayle Friesen *** Another okay tale. That's about it.
Madapple, by Christina Meldrum ****- I say four minus stars because I read the whole thing, so clearly it was engaging. But it was also disturbing, which is obviously what the author intended. Certainly haunted me...well-written!
fake boyfriend, by Kate Brian **** This started slow, but in the end, I liked it. Maybe not as much as the other one I've read by her (The V Club -- or something like that), but I still liked it.
The Patron Saint of Butterflies, by Cecilia Galante **** I'm glad I picked this up! Very interesting look into a cult and the lives of one family dealing with it. It's actually kind of fun to finish a book and realize I've learned something in the midst of entertainment.