August 18th, 2008

columbines

Book Reports...

Well, it's been a while, so this is a long one ;) I also have two books that I checked out but just couldn't get into -- however, I know I'll like them, so they're simply 'on hold' for the time being (Suite Scarlett and The Magic Thief).

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 Compound, by S.A. Bodeen ***** Yep, I loved it! The hype was strong, and so was the book :) I can't say I found myself completely suspending disbelief, but I was able to believe it enough to find it very enjoyable ;) Thanks, latteya!

the invisible, by Mats Wahl *** This was pretty creepy...translated from Swedish, and the setting was Swedish, so I suppose that's part of the feeling of surreality (is that a word?) -- anyway, I just couldn't believe the cold-heartedness of the characters. *Shudders*

what my mother doesn't know, by Sonya Sones **** My first Sones novel, and I was pleasantly surprised. I don't know why I didn't think I'd like it -- and truth be told, a good third of the way through, I almost put it down for good. But I kept on (easy to do with verse), and by the end, I decided I liked it :).

QUAD, by C.G. Watson ****+ I definitely liked this! It kept me guessing as to the identity of the shooter (no spoiler there -- the first page is the shooting), and I liked how it showed all the possibilities for teasing/bullying and how teens effect one another. It didn't quite tie things up the way I would've like, so not quite a 'perfect' score from me, but still a very enjoyable read.

prom anonymous, by Blake Nelson **** This was very cute. My only real complaint was that sometimes the best action happened off-screen or with a more distant POV. Like the climax of a couple of the MCs, for example, was narrated through the eyes of another MC. That bugged me, but for the most part, I liked it.

Bras & Broomsticks, by Sarah Mlynowski ** Meh. I did skim to the end, but I guess it just didn't grab me. It was okay, but as I've heard agents say, a little familiar (not the magic part, but the rest of it).

Cherry Heaven, by L.J. Adlington * Hm, so this one sounded great on the flap, but I just couldn't get past the first ten pages. The story started slowly and didn't hook me in a way that kept me reading.

The Life Murder of Bindy MacKenzie, by Jaclyn Moriarty *** This was okay. I didn't love it, I didn't toss it aside. I did skim a lot of it, and I think my biggest challenge with it was that I just didn't really like Bindy that much. I didn't dislike her either -- I didn't care, one way or the other.

The Isabel Factor, by Gayle Friesen *** Another okay tale. That's about it.

Madapple, by Christina Meldrum ****- I say four minus stars because I read the whole thing, so clearly it was engaging. But it was also disturbing, which is obviously what the author intended. Certainly haunted me...well-written!

fake boyfriend, by Kate Brian **** This started slow, but in the end, I liked it. Maybe not as much as the other one I've read by her (The V Club -- or something like that), but I still liked it.

The Patron Saint of Butterflies, by Cecilia Galante **** I'm glad I picked this up! Very interesting look into a cult and the lives of one family dealing with it. It's actually kind of fun to finish a book and realize I've learned something in the midst of entertainment.