July 23rd, 2008

columbines

Book Reports...

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 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 V Club, by Kate Brian **** This was a fun book, and I really liked how KB handled the multiple POVs. I never got confused between the four MCs, and I felt like she explored their complexity nicely.

Head Case, by Sarah Aronson *** Well written, to be sure, but definitely not an upbeat book. Certainly made me think about things, however.

Gem X, by Nicky Singer ** This was okay. I couldn't get through it all, and after the first chapter or so, I definitely just skimmed the rest. Interesting ideas, but a little dense in its prose (just my opinion, of course).

stay with me, by Garret Freymann-Weyr ** I was liking this okay until the MC falls in love with someone that I, personally, don't find even remotely realistic. I skimmed to the end after that.

The Girlfriend Project, by Robin Friedman ** Just meh, for me.

Tim, Defender of the Earth, by Sam Enthoven *** Definitely a unique take on a thriller -- I liked it, though. It was quirky.

Luna, by Julie Ann Peters ** This oozed raw pain -- so I'd say it's well-written, but I just couldn't get through it.

Sisters in Sanity, by Gayle Forman ***- I enjoyed the romance and the complexity in this one. Interesting concept and ideas (and, I guess, based loosely on fact).

Set in Stone, by Linda Newbery ** I read the last third of this pretty closely and found that, for me, that's all I needed to get the story. It's an interesting style, though -- similar, imo, to Victoria Holt.

Mermaid Park, by Beth Mayall *** More interesting ideas, but I couldn't quite get a handle on the MC...she was slippery, in many ways, and I couldn't really tell how much she actually learned/grew by the end.