November 20th, 2009


Book Reports (228-231)...

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'm linking to the Powell's pages for the ARCs.

* 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 Moon, by Alyson Noel ***+ This was intriguing as the story between Ever and Damien continues -- but man, it's an angsty one. I'll be curious to see how she gets past this next bump in the road, that's for sure. I'm not sure what I think about the whole immortal/human love (well, I get that she's immortal too, but she doesn't remember anything). Anyway, it's an interesting series.

Sent, by Margaret Peterson Haddix **** I enjoyed Found, and this one was also intriguing. I love how she's now using the time travel element to write historical fiction -- kind of like a Magic Treehouse for older MG kids. I ended up buying Found at the book fair this week, and I'm hoping D likes it. I definitely recommend this for mid to upper MG readers.

What Would Emma Do?, by Eileen Cook *** My favorite part of this was how Emma finally got past her various hang-ups about religious narrow-mindedness and stood up for herself. But it took a long time for that to happen, and I'd almost given up ;) However, it's an interesting journey, really, and although I found a couple of the other characters annoying, the boy (Todd) made up for a lot, imo.

Invisible i, by Stella Lennon and Melissa Kantor ***** I really enjoyed this mystery. When Amanda vanishes, three students find out they were all her 'chosen' friend -- and they have to figure out where she is now. I thought it was compelling (the mystery, itself), and the characters are all complex. I can't wait for the next one!

(I figured I'd better do these before we leave -- I'm taking a box of books with me, which might be a bit assuming, on my part -- but I should be prepared, just in case.)