February 27th, 2009

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Friday Five Contest (Hurry Spring Style)...(Hints added)

This is my next-to-last (or penultimate)contest...(I hope I spelled that right, heh). Today's topic is Hurry Up, Spring!
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I think I made this way too hard, so I'm adding a couple of hints (and even those who already guessed can guess again): 1) The clue is #1; 2) There's something strongly relating to the author's name. Still have two winners to go...so I'll leave it open for a while longer :)
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The Winners...

Yep, I made this one a little hard, didn't I? Sorry about that -- I was horribly rushed this morning. D didn't get much sleep last night (but didn't wake us up, for which I'm grateful. There wasn't anything we could do for him, sadly); he wanted to go to school anyway, but it took a while to come to that decision. So I wrote this very quickly, and I didn't do the best job.

Anyway, three of you figured it out, regardless -- Wings, by Aprilynne Pike.

1. Autumn has always been my favorite time of the year, but this year, with the wind and the ridiculously slooooow February, I'm ready for spring (but not trading loyalties -- don't worry, fall). The kiddos are too. D, of course, is already planning his birthday party (which doesn't arrive until the end of April); E wants me to fill up our little baby pool (when it's only fifty degrees out). They're both ready to soak up the sun, eat some summer fruit (E's favorite is peaches; D's is strawberries), and spend some time in that fresh air (and go to the zoo with Uncle David). Around here, daffodils and tulips are the first flowers to bloom and announce the change...just like the flowering trees which hum with the presence of bees and their pollen-seeking...and love fills the air, of course (love of nature, love of people, love, love, love).

It was hard because the description (other than faeries and portals) was a little generic; most of these clues you'd only guess if you'd read the book. But Aprilynne's name is in there (kind of), and as a couple of you got, I hint at Laurel's name (flowering tree) and mention her human attraction (David). Her favorite food is peaches, and, of course, much of the story is about blooming and pollen and love and loyalties :) Also, Laurel is an autumn faery...but again, you have to read it to know that.

Okay, winners (ravelda, authorwithin, and shaelise), I will e-mail/PM you with the list of possible books. You can choose your top two :) Thanks for playing! Next week, I promise I'll make it easier (except, don't I say that every week? Maybe it's too hard for me to make it easy....)

Book Reports (46-51)...

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!

Geek Abroad, by Piper Banks *** This was okay. I liked it, but it didn't stand out to me that much. It's the sequel to one I read last year (Geek High).

Torched, by April Henry *** This was definitely an interesting set-up, and I like how I learned something about extremist groups (environmental extremists, in this case); the thing which kept me from loving it was the parents...it's just hard for me, as a parent myself, to imagine parents who would have this kind of tunnel vision. (YA mystery, releases 3/09)

Freaky Monday, by Mary Rodgers & Heather Hach *** This was cute, though not as good (imo) as Freaky Friday. (MG, releases 5/09)

Wings, by Aprilynne Pike ***** I really, really like this one. It's a very different approach (in my experience) to urban fantasy. It's intriguing but sweet. I can't wait for the next one! (YA urban fantasy, releases 5/09)

A Kiss in Time, by Alex Finn **** This is really cute. It's a little fluffy, but I liked it. As a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, it also has some corny moments, but I read the whole thing :) (YA fantasy, releases 5/09)

Swoon, by Nina Malkin ***+ This one is actually hard for me to rate. I read the whole thing, but some of the teen culture characteristics which are displayed in the book as commonplace disturbed me a bit. I know there are teens out there who do live like this, but...well, I didn't. And my friends didn't. And I certainly don't want my kids to. In some ways, the MC reminded me of Parker from Cracked Up to Be, though Candice isn't nearly as innocent. I liked aspects of the book very much; but overall, the culture and dark edges diminished my enjoyment. (Just my opinion, of course, and I'm sure there are many teens out there who will love it for those very reasons!) (upper YA urban fantasy, releases 5/09)