April 30th, 2010


Book Reports (73-75)...

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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The Body Finder, by Kimberly Derting ***** This was a great romantic suspense (for me). Even though I suspected some of the resolution, the tension was fantastic, and the romance was even better! I rarely find YA romantic suspense that I like, but this totally fit the bill for me :D The story: Violet senses dead bodies if they've died a violent death. This isn't a problem until girls start disappearing in Violet's hometown. At the same time, Violet's feelings for her long-time best friend Jay are changing, and she wonders if their friendship will survive. (YA romantic suspense)

Jekel Loves Hyde, by Beth Fantaskey ***+ This is more of a horror story than I first realized (um, yeah, I probably should've gotten that from the title) -- and horror isn't really my thing. I feel very unqualified to even read it because I don't ever read it so I don't know what makes one horror story better than another. However, I will say that there were elements of psychological suspense/horror that I found very intriguing in this. The story: Jill Jekel and Tristan Hyde decide to work together on a science project which will recreate the experiments done in the classic tale of Jekyll and Hyde -- but neither has any idea of the repercussions on both their lives. (YA horror mystery, just released)

Zen & Xander Undone, by Amy Kathleen Ryan ***** I loved this too! I'm not surprised, because I really connected with Ryan's voice in her first book, Vibes. This one is just as good. I love the relationship between the sisters, I love how they realistically deal with their grief, I love the romance -- it's all so well done! The story: Zen and Xander lost their mom to cancer months before, and both are trying to find out how to live again without her in their lives. Although a sad subject, there's much hope throughout. (YA contemporary, just released)