October 6th, 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!

Lizard Love, by Wendy Townsend ** Definitely different. I liked the ending, though.

all we know of Love, by Nora Raleigh Baskin *** This was interesting -- mostly because of the MC's struggle to find her place in the world. I thought it was well-written. If this was more my kind of book (ie fantasy or super-strong female MC, etc), I'd be all over it :)

Twisted Sisters, by Stephanie Hale *** This is a fun take on teen mysteries. I wasn't sure I followed how the MC figured everything out...but it was cute.

The Ghosts of Kerfol, by Deborah Noyes * Just not for me.

Undone, by Brooke Taylor ***+ I like the ending to this quite a bit, but it felt like it took a while to get there (for me, at least), but certainly the MC's confusion about life and the future came through strongly.

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore ***** Yeah, this is right up my alley :) I'd call it a blend of Megan Whalen Turner and Tamora Pierce (with Turner adding the angsty twist near the end). Thoroughly enjoyable -- can't-put-it-down style. I bought this, and I'm so glad I did!