May 20th, 2010


Book Reports (79-80)...

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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Radiant Shadows, by Melissa Marr melissa_writing ****+ Oh, I like Dev! Seth wasn't in this much, so it was nice to have Dev to focus on...and I really like the dynamics between Dev and Ani. I think my favorite thing about Melissa's books are the way she builds such a complex world that it feels just as real as the world I live in -- she makes the faeries and their courts tangible. I can't wait for the next one. The tension has really built. The story: The balance of power in the Faerie Courts continues to shift, and this time, Devlin (the Assassin) realizes he won't do everything his sisters want, especially when it comes to Ani, the Hunter's daughter. (YA urban fantasy, just released)

Spells, by Aprilynne Pike ***** Okay, I loved this one just as much as the first. What I like the most is how my own opinions about the relationships in the story are changing as I read through them. Yes, David is wonderful -- but I'm beginning to want Laurel to really see what Tam is offering -- and what he's sacrificing. Of course, it ends on a suspenseful note, so now I'm waiting for yet another sequel ;) The story: Laurel returns to Avalon to begin her fairy studies, but when she returns to the human world, she quickly discovers that she will have to choose between the different parts of her life -- and the trolls haven't given up, either. (YA fantasy -- technically, this is urban fantasy, but it has a very different feel to it than Faerie worlds)

Currently Reading: Lies, by Michael Grant; Mistwood, by Leah Cypress
On Deck: Shadowland, by Alyson Noel; The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams, by Rhonda Hayter