August 2nd, 2009

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Book Reports (153 & 154)...

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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Blue is for Nightmares, by Laurie Faria Stolarz ***+ I like the mystery here, though it seemed a little obvious after a bit (however, the MC didn't figure it out, so it might be less obvious for teens or those who don't read a ton of mysteries), and I like the supernatural elements, as well. Stacey certainly has a lot on her plate...in some areas, it was a little too nebulous for me (in that, I didn't feel like Stacey had enough clear choices -- more like everything was gray). But that's just a taste thing, and others probably won't even notice. (although I got this at ALA, it's been out for a while)

Flash Burnout, by L.K. Madigan lkmadigan ***** Wow! This is an excellent, excellent book! I loved so many things about it -- the photography woven throughout; Blake's humor; the beautiful awareness that often life isn't about 'right' choices versus 'wrong' choices, but simply choices which have consequences that aren't always foreseen; the subtle undertones of minor characters (and the gentle glimpse into their stories)...just, wow! This book reminds me of one of my favorite movies Love, Actually because of the many views of love (and what it means to love). I can't wait until my son is old enough to appreciate this! (YA, releases 10/09)