December 26th, 2008

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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!

Things that Are, by Andrew Clements ** I just couldn't get into this. I've heard good things about this author, so I might try another of his books, just to see :)

Trouble, by Gary Schmidt **** Yeah, this was good. It took me a while to get into it, and I figured out very early on what was happening with the boy who was blamed for everything, but I still really liked the relationship between the MC and that boy -- cool idea, and well done, imo.

Protector of the Small Quartet, by Tamora Pierce R ***** I read these at least once a year. I love Kel -- and I love this series! The character development with Kel is phenomenal and so believable.

Prom Kings and Drama Queens, by Dorian Cirrone ***+ Cute story. It took me a while to get into, mostly because Emily's struggles didn't seem real to me (her struggle between what she wanted to do and what she thought she should do, I mean). But I did think the 'boy next door's character was very realistic. It was a fun read.

confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, by Jody Gehrman **** When I first started this, I didn't like it at all. I didn't like the MC that much, actually. But as it went on, I strangely couldn't put it down ;) In the end, it turned out pretty well, and I look forward to the next one by Gehrman, coming out next year, I believe.

The Juliet Club, by Suzanne Harper ***- Okay, this was kind of a disappointment to me. After LOVING her first book (The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney), I expected a lot from this one...and for me, it didn't deliver. I found the story kind of contrived and predictable. And I didn't connect much with the MC, truth be told. I hope the next book by Harper is another Sparrow book :)

I might have one more list before the end of the year -- and then I'll post my year-end totals and overall top ten list of Robin's reads...it might be more than ten -- all the five-star books :) I'm sure you're dying to know, hehe.