* 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 might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!
Stray, by Rachel Vincent **** As I mention often, I'm not really a huge urban-fantasy enthusiast. But I've seen Rachel's name around the blogosphere (and especially here on LJ), so I decided to at least look into her book -- and I liked it. I like the MC, but I think my favorite part is the way she makes it very clear that the characters are not human. There are things (like the MC and her boyfriend making out in front of her brothers) that I can't see a human doing ;) Anyway, I like Faythe's spunk, without a doubt (though the book has some gory/violent moments that I definitely skimmed over). (adult, btw, not YA)
Rogue, by Rachel Vincent *** I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first, but it was still enjoyable -- enough so that I have the next one on hold at the library. Werecats are definitely interesting critters, heh (and Vincent's depiction is making me look at my sweet kitty differently, hehe).
Genesis Alpha, by Rune Michaels ***+ This is billed as a thriller, and I'd say it fits that. It's more of a psychological thriller, even, and it has some intense moments. I like the science fiction involved -- as well as they underlying moral issues. Interesting read (the MC is 13, but the book is for older teens, imo, because of the intensity -- the MC's brother is accused of a horrible murder).
Shine, Coconut Moon, by Neesh Meminger ***+ This is a very intriguing book! I like the MC, Sammy. I like how she's curious about her culture and her family. I love her loyalty to her uncle...she's very naive in many ways, imo, but she certainly grows throughout. It's one of those books that I'm glad I read and experienced.
Warrior Princess, by Frewin Jones *** I liked parts of this, without a doubt. To me, there were places where the MC seemed pretty passive, however. But she did rise to the occasion in the end, and that's where it counts, right? :) Although I'm not an expert on mythology, I suspect this has its fair share of Norse/Viking influences too, for those who are interested.
Egghead, by Caroline Pignat ** I didn't really like this -- not because of the writing, but because it's troubling. As a parent whose kiddos still have high school ahead of them, it bothers me to read books about bullying like this one. I was very impressed with how Will handled the bullying, but the book made me sad. I wonder how it strikes teen eyes?