* 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!
Geek Abroad, by Piper Banks *** This was okay. I liked it, but it didn't stand out to me that much. It's the sequel to one I read last year (Geek High).
Torched, by April Henry *** This was definitely an interesting set-up, and I like how I learned something about extremist groups (environmental extremists, in this case); the thing which kept me from loving it was the parents...it's just hard for me, as a parent myself, to imagine parents who would have this kind of tunnel vision. (YA mystery, releases 3/09)
Freaky Monday, by Mary Rodgers & Heather Hach *** This was cute, though not as good (imo) as Freaky Friday. (MG, releases 5/09)
Wings, by Aprilynne Pike ***** I really, really like this one. It's a very different approach (in my experience) to urban fantasy. It's intriguing but sweet. I can't wait for the next one! (YA urban fantasy, releases 5/09)
A Kiss in Time, by Alex Finn **** This is really cute. It's a little fluffy, but I liked it. As a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, it also has some corny moments, but I read the whole thing :) (YA fantasy, releases 5/09)
Swoon, by Nina Malkin ***+ This one is actually hard for me to rate. I read the whole thing, but some of the teen culture characteristics which are displayed in the book as commonplace disturbed me a bit. I know there are teens out there who do live like this, but...well, I didn't. And my friends didn't. And I certainly don't want my kids to. In some ways, the MC reminded me of Parker from Cracked Up to Be, though Candice isn't nearly as innocent. I liked aspects of the book very much; but overall, the culture and dark edges diminished my enjoyment. (Just my opinion, of course, and I'm sure there are many teens out there who will love it for those very reasons!) (upper YA urban fantasy, releases 5/09)