September 1st, 2009

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Book Reports (175-177)...

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). For those available for pre-order or order, the titles link to Powell's (for more thorough summaries).

* 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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Another Faust, by Daniel & Dina Nayeri ***+ I'm not big on horror-style tales, but this one is pretty well done (in my limited experience). It's creepy, without a doubt, but I like how some of the characters really fight to find their own way, without the help of the 'devil' and selling their soul. Definitely an interesting look at the passionate emotions of teens and what they might do (if they could) to gain what they want. (YA, releases 8/09)

The Eternal Kiss, ed. by Trisha Telep ****+ I completely enjoyed some of these stories (including those by kaz_mahoney and sarahtales). There's humor, quirkiness, angst...and for most of them, I wanted more (which I think is a good sign of a strong short story). If you like vampire stories, these will definitely entertain. (upper YA, releases 8/09)

Hate List, by Jennifer Brown ****+ With my fascination with school-shooting books, it's no surprise that I very much enjoyed this. Of course, it's not an easy read (none of the good ones are), but I like how the motives and secrets of the victims and the shooter are slowly revealed. In the end, we still don't completely understand how the shooter could have done it, but I, for one, felt just as sorry for him and those who loved him as the other victims. I think it's a worthy read. (YA, releases 9/09)