* 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!
Fade, by Lisa McMann **** I liked this, though not quite as much as the first one. For me, the subject matter was a little darker than I prefer -- but I still love Janie and Cabe. As a mom, I wouldn't let my daughter read this until she was at least 16 -- and we'd discuss it afterward. I definitely feel like this is much more of a cross-over (YA to adult) than the editors are writing on the back, because of the subject matter. (releases this month)
Eyes Like Stars, by Lisa Mantchev **** This is a really neat story! The premise is so unique, and I was completely sucked in to the mystery of Beatrice's origins. It reminded me of Libba Bray's books, except that, for me, the world-building here is more complete (ie: I had fewer questions left unresolved at the end). I'll definitely be picking up the next one of this series/trilogy! (releases spring, 2009)
Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies, by Erin Dionne **** What a fun book! I very much enjoyed Celeste and her life. I like how she gains confidence in herself throughout the course of the book -- and how she learns to experiment and to enjoy where she is, right at that moment. (released last week!)(the MC is in 8th grade, so I'd call this lower YA)
Terminal Freeze, by Lincoln Child **** This is a fun thriller, though I had to work to suspend my disbelief at the premise. But once I did that, I settled back and enjoyed the ride :) (releases this month -- Adult)