* 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 Magic Thief: Lost, by Sarah Prineas **** Another enjoyable look into Conwaer's life. He's such a great character -- I just like spending time with him. MG (releases April or May, 2009)
My Big Nose and other natural disasters, by Sydney Salter ***+ Contemporary tales aren't usually my favorites, but the humor in this one kept me reading. I like Jory, even though I couldn't totally relate to her hang-up about her nose -- but I know how true this is for so many teens. They get fixated on something about themselves they don't like, and that's all they see. This book offers good insight into why that might be -- and hopefully can show teens how to see the good in themselves, as well. (releases 4/09)
Silver Phoenix, by Cindy Pon ****+ There's something about the feel of this book...for me, it was like walking into a movie (like House of the Flying Daggers, for instance). I think it's how Cindy uses language in a way that somehow conjures up that beauty and poetic feel of landscape and world apart from our contemporary, American society. I hope there's another one after this -- I'm not ready to let go of Ai Ling yet! I'd call this upper YA. (releases 5/09)
The City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare ***** This is my favorite of the trilogy. I was pretty much riveted from beginning to end. I already suspected many of the main plot outcomes -- I don't know if that's because they're obvious or if it's just me. But it didn't matter -- I still liked watching them turn out just as I knew they would. This is YA (probably more upper than lower)--(releases next month, I believe)