April 3rd, 2010


Book Reports (62-65)...

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.

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Flirting with Disaster, by Rhonda Stapleton ***** I really enjoyed this second of the series. I like the balance between fluffy and complex, and I love the happy ending and the romances. The story: Felicity continues to work at becoming a better cupid -- though she makes a huge mistake early on and accidentally sets the entire school up for falling for one boy. (YA romance)

initiation, by Susan Fine ** I think this would be a great book for a tween or younger teen boy -- especially if he's struggling to fit in at school. A little too much angst for my taste, however. The story: Mauricio struggles to find his place at a fancy all-boys school in New York City. (YA contemporary, POC challenge)

The Summer I Got a Life, by Mark Fink *** This was okay. I liked the relationship between Andy and Laura (and the realistic look at brothers). The story: Andy and his brother are sent to stay with their aunt and uncle in Wisconsin, where Andy meets wheel-chair bound Laura and starts to fall in love. (YA contemporary)

Heist Society, by Ally Carter ***** Okay, this started a little slow, but man, once I was sucked in, I couldn't put it down (and it only took a chapter for that to happen). Another great strong girl story from Carter! It's on my to-buy list. The story: Kat is kicked out of school and rejoins her 'family' in the business of art theft when her father is framed (and threatened) -- and it's up to Kat to save him. (YA adventure)