October 1st, 2009


Book Reports (197-203)...

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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Love is the Higher Law, by David Levithan **** I found this to be an intriguing look at three teens who experienced 9/11 in New York City. It brought home to me how different that whole tragedy was for those living in NYC compared to those of us living elsewhere around the country. I think it was just so much more personal.

So Yesterday, by Scott Westerfield ** This won't deter me from eventually reading The Uglies; I think this book just isn't my personal taste. It seemed a little too 'cool', hehe.

The Intruders, by E.E. Richardson ***+ This was a slow starter, as far as the plot goes, but I really like the characters. I couldn't find anyplace where the characters' ages were stated (I could have missed it, of course, but I looked twice) -- but the four kids are quite sympathetic, and I enjoyed living in their world for a while. Certainly the ending was creepy and satisfying, as well. (tween mystery)

The Rule of Claw, by John Brindley ** I think this is probably a really cool book -- I simply didn't have the patience (personally) to wade through some of the world building and vernacular. But it's an interesting concept (dinosaurs who can think and kids who are struggling to survive).

See No Evil, by Jamila Gavin * I gave up after the first chapter when I just couldn't connect with the MC. Another intriguing premise, however (historical mystery).

Psych Major Syndrome, by Alicia Thompson ****+ I saw this at ALA last winter and really wanted an ARC, but they didn't have enough. It's very funny (I love sarcastic comments), and the love story is quite nice (though the MC is a little too dense for my personal taste) -- the love interest is swoon-worthy :D (I'd call this upper YA, as the MC is in college)

The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore ***** Hm, where to begin? I love the setting of this (and how well it's portrayed). It enveloped me. The love story is wonderful, the details superb. My only (very minor) complaint is that the magic stuff wasn't as well set up as I'd personally like -- it didn't come out of left field, or anything; but I did feel a bit like I'd been dumped into the deep end after splashing about in the shallows through most of the book. But really, that's just my personal taste speaking there. I definitely enjoyed this, and I'm already looking forward to re-reading it! (released last month, YA)