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Book Reports (119-126)...

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 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!

Magic Bites, by Ilona Andrews *** I've seen Ilona's name all over Fangs, Fur, and Fey, and I figured I should try it out. Definitely unique ideas here, and I liked the heroine. I don't know if I'll read others, or not, though I've also read that the series gets stronger as it goes on, so I might try one other. It was a little gory for me, truth be told. (definitely adult)

Selkie Girl, by Laurie Brooks ** Honestly, the unusual language patterns (which are probably extremely authentic) threw me off this one. I just couldn't get into a rhythm of reading. I love Selkie stories and legends (with my favorite being Westward, by Susan Cooper), and this one had a good overall storyline, but I mostly skimmed.

The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond, by Victoria Foyt ** I guess I could never quite suspend my disbelief for this. I liked the idea of the mystery and how the MC did such a great job figuring it all out -- except for her dead mom talking to her through the computer...I guess it just wasn't for me.

Marked, by PC and Kristin Cast **** I very much enjoyed this book. It's another series I've heard much about and finally got to start. I liked the MC, I liked the world -- I just liked it all. I'm ready for the next one (which I have on hold at the library).

The Anatomy of Wings, by Karen Foxlee ** Okay, someone tell me why I keep picking up literary books! Yeesh...if you like literary, you'll probably really enjoy this. For me, it simply isn't my thing (plus, it's sad).

The Resistance, by Gemma Malley **+ I liked this one better than the first, definitely. It's not nearly as dismal, for one thing. I still mostly skimmed, but it has a good mystery and interesting science fiction ideas.

Dragon Spear, by Jessica Day George ** I know George is one of the main authors of traditional fantasy, and I've never tried her books before. I picked this one from the 'new' section of the library. I'll have to be honest here: although I liked the MC quite a bit, the strange names and talking dragons kind of put me off -- apparently, I'm not a huge traditional fantasy lover. Okay, I shouldn't be surprised, because I don't read any traditional fantasy (other than Tamora Pierce, and I think we all know she's in a world apart). However, if you do like traditional fantasy, and especially if you've read the other books in this series, I imagine you'll definitely like this one.

Soul Enchilada, by David MacInnis Gill ***+ This is very enjoyable in many ways. I started skimming through it, but by about halfway, I was caught up in the wacky characters of Bug and Pesto -- I mean, their names alone are worth it! The quirk factor for this book is high, and it really stands out, in my mind, among recent books published. And I found the basketball 'tournament' at the end hilarious!
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