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!
Gone, by Michael Grant ****+ Okay, this definitely had some gruesome moments, and I wasn't thrilled by all the questions that remain at the end (though I've made my guesses for most of them), but it was certainly compelling!
Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You, by Dorian Cirrone *** The message in this one made up for other aspects I didn't like as much -- certainly it wasn't bad at all, just not enthralling.
oh.my.gods., by Tera Lynn Childs **** Very fun book and quick read. I enjoyed it quite a bit, even though I figured out one of the main points pretty early on.
A POsse of Princesses, by Sherwood Smith ***+ I liked this until the end, which was rushed and...well, I didn't quite get the point of it. I almost felt like the author was trying too hard to send a certain message. But the rest of the story was cute.
Skin Deep, by E.M. Crane **** This was surprisingly good. Surprising because there's no real romance or anything, and it was sad. But I liked the characters a lot -- nicely done!
Aurelia, by Anne Osterlund * Okay, I don't know why I couldn't get into this. There are a ton of holds on it at the library, so I must be missing something! Maybe I'll try again :)
The Kingdom of Strange, by Shula Klinger ** Very apropos title...this was definitely a little strange. Again, I figured out one of the main things very early on, and didn't quite get why it was such a big deal. The entire book (for the most part) is in texts and e-mails -- and it's about a wanna-be writer (a little cliche).
The China Garden, by Liz Berry ** This was...weird. Kind of a mix of gothic romance and Libba Bray. Not really my cup of tea.
angel, by Cliff McNish ** Another really weird one. I can't say this was to my taste, at all.
One Trick Pony, by Daniella Brodsky ***- This was better than I thought it'd be. My only real complaint was that the story unfolded pretty slowly. The characters were rich, though, which helped keep my interest. I also wasn't thrilled with how she resolved everything just a few pages from the end -- barely gave me time to enjoy it before the book was over.
Luxe, by Anna Godbersen **** I didn't think I'd like this, but it was pretty fun. I enjoyed the twists and turns along the way, and how the bad girls were so catty and the good girls not totally good. It was compelling, without a doubt.
Geek High, by Piper Banks ***+ Another fun, quick read. Kind of familiar, but still nice.
Whew! I'll try to do this next time before I reach a dozen ;)