February 5th, 2010

e looking into distance

Book Reports (24-28)...

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 for 2010 (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.

Site Meter

The Mark, by Jen Nadol **** This was very intriguing, but a little too sad (just for my personal taste). The story: Cassie can see when people are about to die, and soon it becomes a philosophical battle to know if she's meant to interfere or not -- and a mystery, as she learns more about her mom and her parents' death. I liked the mystery part, and I really liked how everything tied together in the end. (YA paranormal, just released)

Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra, by Wendy Lichtman **** This is a very cute tween book. I like the MC, I like her curiosity and her realistic outlook (no gray areas). The story: Tessa loves math and believes life should work just like an equation, with a clear-cut answer. When both she and her mom get involved in a couple of dilemmas, however, Cassie has to learn that sometimes the answers just don't exist. (tween)

Bite Me, by Melissa Francis ***+ This was interesting -- another vampire story, but at least it was light-hearted, for the most part. The story: AJ and her boyfriend are about to become step-brother and -sister -- and all that is even more complicated because of AJ's family's role as vampires. One thing I would've liked to see different here was the romance -- AJ is clearly in love with her new step-brother, and I guess I just didn't feel like that was resolved in a manner which fit the tone of the story, if that makes sense. However, I'm curious enough about the set-up for this world that I'm going to look for the next one in the series. (YA urban fantasy)

Chasing Brooklyn, by Lisa Schroeder lisa_schroeder ****+ Lisa does it again with another lovely verse novel. My favorite part of this are the sections from Nico's POV -- I think Lisa nailed the guy's POV in Nico! The story: Nico's brother died a year ago, and now his brother seems to be sending Nico messages to help Brooklyn (his brother's girlfriend). (YA verse, just released)

My Invented Life, by Lauren Bjorkman ***+ Roz is such a character! Without a doubt, her quirky personality was my favorite part of this story -- Roz and her sister Eva both try out for the school play As You Like It, but Roz is distracted by her sister's boyfriend and her sister's best friend; she's convinced that Eva is actually in love with her best friend -- so Roz decides to 'come out' as a lesbian (even though she isn't one) in order to give her sister the courage to do the same. (YA, released 12/09)