December 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!

Revealers, by Amanda Marrone **** I definitely enjoyed the mystery here. The MC was fun too -- thanks, amanda_marrone!

The Magic Thief, by Sarah Prineas **** You all know I'm not a middle grade reader, hehe, but this is a great book! I loved Con and his tricky (and confident) ways. He made me wish I'd known someone like him when I was around 12-ish -- fun story, and I can't wait for the next one. Yay, sarah_prineas!

Lament, by Maggie Stiefvater ****+ I wasn't sure I'd get into this one, because urban fantasy just isn't my thing -- but I really liked Dee (the MC), and I really liked Luke -- and I loved James...so yeah, I had to read, read, read to see what would happen to them all :) Good work, m_stiefvater!

The Year My Sister Got Lucky, by Aimee Friedman ***+ This is a tween book, but I liked the dynamics between the sisters, as well as how the change in setting played such a role in the story.

The Dragonfly Pool, by Eva Ibbotson Well, this is a book I wish I'd actually read as a middle grader -- I would have loved it! It has everything I craved when I was that age: a hint of romance, a historical setting, a spunky MC -- and it's long :) So I didn't rate it because it has two ratings. One from me, the adult (***), and one from the girl I was (*****).

Footfree and Fancyloose, by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain ** Meh. I just didn't care enough about any of the MCs to get into this.

Death Angel, by Linda Howard ** It's rare that I don't like Howard's books -- maybe 3 out of the billion romantic suspense she's written? This is one of those 3. Definitely adult, btw, opening with (I kid you not) a sex scene on a balcony between strangers. Urgh.

The Haunting of Safekeep, by Eve Bunting (R) ***+ I loved Eve Bunting when I was a teen -- this is one of those I read over and over...but it lost something now that I'm an adult (whereas the other two haven't: THE GHOSTS OF DEPARTURE POINT and THE CLOVERDALE SWITCH). It was okay, but man, Bunting really moves the relationship between the characters along at a furious rate -- too fast for my taste, these days :)