June 28th, 2009

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Book Reports (127-133)...

Yes, I did get to read on Saturday -- woo-hoo!! Finished three books and one ms :) I'm a happy camper.

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 might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!

Thirteenth Child, by Patricia Wrede ***+ I enjoyed this, but she certainly covers a ton of territory in this book (as the MC, Eff, goes from 5-17 years of age). I wasn't completely clear on how Eff saved everyone at the end, but I always enjoy magical books (kind of an alternate history tale) with strong heroines.

Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, by Micol Ostow **** This is a fun read! I liked the MC, and I liked how she discovers new aspects of her background throughout the book.

Pure, by Terra Elan McVoy *** This was okay for me. Perhaps because I was raised as a fairly serious 'Christian' (in the traditional sense), parts of it seemed a little trite. But I found it interesting to finish.

Pride, by Rachel Vincint ***+ I liked this one better than the second (very intriguing storyline -- I read it pretty thoroughly). Still a bit of gore, and the resolution to Kaci's story kind of disturbed me. (Definitely adult)

Paris Pan Takes the Dare, by Cynthea Liu cynthea ***+ I very much enjoyed the peek into the Pan family's life, and I think Paris rings true as a twelve year old. I liked the quirks in her family, and I imagine this will be a hit among tweens :) (An ARC, although it's already out!)

Winnie's War, by Jenny Moss jenny_moss **** Although extremely sad (seriously, I cried my poor eyeballs out), I loved the gentle tone of this book. It felt very much like my childhood favorites (like THOSE MILLER GIRLS), and the mood was well set. I could see the prairie and their town of Coward's Creek. Winnie was strong and such a fighter -- beautiful story! (upper MG -- and this came out in January -- when I bought it, heh)

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, by Kate Messner kmessner ***** I loved this! I don't know if it was the use of all the trees (which I love) or Gianna's artistic yet cluttered nature (which reminds me of my daughter) or the poignant but realistic story line, but this is a favorite!

Oh, and btw, the ms I read (by olmue gets ***** from me, as well :)