November 7th, 2008

columbines

Friday Five, book report style...

(Friday Five begins below -- though it's more like a Friday one, hehe)

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!

1. The really good:

Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins ***** Yep, this totally lived up to the buzz. I can't wait for the next one!!

elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin ***** My first book of hers, and I really liked it. I cried, but I love the whole idea behind the book. Yay!

Harry Potter, 6 & 7, by JKR (R) ***** Well, of course ;) I have to read these over again every 8-10 months, and yes (SPOILER), I still bawled my eyes out when Dobby died.(END OF SPOILER)

2. The fairly good:

Lucky T, by Kate Brian **** Still not up to THE V CLUB, but it was a fun read (though a little cliche, imo).

Tantalize, by Cynthia Leitich Smith ****- I did enjoy this, but I spent much of the book confused about the rules of their world. Is there another book, a prequel, to this that I missed? Because otherwise, the world-building needs some help for readers like me (who are not well-versed in urban fantasy).

3. The okay:

Double Helix, by Nancy Werlin *** This was okay, but the back copy hinted enough at the ending that there was absolutely no surprise for me. NONE. I realize I'm a good guesser, but yeesh!

Dream Girl, by Lauren Mechling ***- My biggest problem with this book was the MC -- she wasn't as...well, I can't think of the word, but I guess I just didn't mesh with her character.

Kissing Kate, by Lauren Myracle *** The only book of hers I've read. It was okay. I liked the characters, but I got tired of the angst after a while.

4. The not-so-good:

exodus, by Julie Bertagna ** I loved the premise, but man, talk about a weird book! It began with a realistic (supposedly) premise set on our future earth, but it quickly veered off into bizarre-ness, and it wasn't for me.

5. There were two others that I couldn't even get into enough to get beyond the first page, but because I know 'of' the authors, I'm going to try again :) Just not now, heh. It's chilly around here today -- cold wind! I'm going to attempt to actually get some work done on revisions...I've been putting them off and crocheting, instead :) Time to buckle down!

Happy weekend, all!