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Book Reports (20-23) on a Tuesday...

I'll probably be doing book reports more often now that I have 140 books to read ;) I've organized all the ARCs into piles of those I'm absolutely keeping (even if I end up buying the new copy too, hehe); those I might have to keep (the biggest pile); and those I'm definitely giving away (mostly because I know that even though I might enjoy them, they're not really my thing -- or because I know they'll be really popular). Each of those groups has been divided into release dates -- my goal is to read them in order so that I can use the books for the Contest in time to hopefully create a little buzz ;)

From now until I've read them all, I'll code all my ARC reports in blue. I'll also include the release month, so you know when to look for it. One of my goals (we'll see if I can do it) is to read the books I'm offering up for the weekly contest that week -- and give a 'report' so if you haven't heard of it, you might have some idea if that's a book you want to try for. (That was a little convoluted -- sorry.)

Now on with the show.

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!

Bones of Faerie, by Janni Lee Simner **** This is a very unique take on the faerie genre -- mostly because, as it says on the back jacket, it's a post-apocalyptic view of a faerie-human world. That kept me intrigued from beginning to end. I'm guessing there's another book coming about this same world, because she definitely left a few things unresolved -- but I enjoyed the dark, chilling tone (and the characters who didn't give up). Releases this month. (And yes, this will be in the group of give-aways for Friday.)

My Fairy fair Godmother, by Janette Rallison **** Another very enjoyable read. This book reminded me a bit of The Wizard, the Witch, and Two Girls from Jersey, by Papademetriou in its playing with tropes and blending of the modern and the fairy tale -- though in this case, the play is between Disney style fairy tales and Grimm's tales...and other interesting relationship challenges. It had the humor, without a doubt -- and I thought it was quite well done. Releases this month. (This might be in the give-away -- I haven't decided yet.)

Envy, by Anna Godberson ***+ Like a well-done soap opera, this book sucks you in :) But this one is my favorite of the three so far. The girls (and guys) are scheming away, and it's fun to see how they will out-scheme each other, all of them desperate to reach their (perhaps impulsive) goals. I thought the ending was filled with wonderful cleverness (or supposed cleverness) on the part of all the characters, and I'm looking foward to the fourth, which is supposedly the final book in this series. Supposedly already out there. (This book has already been won.)

Wake, by Lisa McMann (R) ***** I liked this just as much the second time around -- and I had to refamiliarize myself with Janie and Cabel before starting Fade, which I'm reading next. Nice mystery, nice tension -- good pacing.

Today is cold (brrr), but at least the sun is out and the sky is a clear blue...have a happy Tuesday, all!
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