July 19th, 2009


Book Reports (144-147)...

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. Different colored font means it's an ARC (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well).

* 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!

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Girl, Hero, by Carrie Jones carriejones ***+ As always, Carrie knows how to create a MC with heart and voice. Liliana is a beautiful girl who's surrounded by tough circumstances -- but I love how she not only finds the strength within to do what she needs to do, but she also is willing to take the huge risk of trusting others. A strong book about digging deep and being brave :)

The Rule of Won, by Stefan Petrucha *** I picked this up because it reminded me (through the flap copy) of The Wave, by Todd Strasser. And there are definite similarities, though I didn't find Petrucha's story quite as accessible. However, it's still interesting and creepy -- and I like the mysterious touch at the beginning and end.

Fortune's Folly, by Deva Fagan deva_fagan **** This is a true fairy tale -- sweet, touching, romantic, strong. I think my favorite part was how Nata didn't bother waiting to be saved but searched for a solution to every problem herself. Nice! (released 4/09, tween)

Lady Macbeth's Daughter, by Lisa Klein ** This is a little too literary for my taste -- and although I love Shakespeare, MacBeth happens to be one of the only plays I've never read. I think if I'd read the play, I'd have been much more intrigued -- and those who are Shakespeare buffs or simply love historical fiction will probably find a true gem here. (upper YA, releases 10/09)