May 29th, 2010


Book Reports (81-82)...

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 Tattered Cover'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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Shadowland, by Alyson Noel ** I couldn't get into this one, for some reason. Part of it was the frustration I felt for Ever and Damen -- it didn't resolve enough for me, I guess. However, I didn't read it very thoroughly, and I know it's still very popular. I might try it again after I've read the next one ;) The story: Ever still loves Damen, but because of a curse, they cannot touch each other -- and Ever finds herself drawn to another as she works to overcome the curse. (YA paranormal)

Lies, by Michael Grant ***** This had a bit of a slow start for me, mostly because I couldn't remember all the characters -- but within the first two chapters, I was sucked into their FAYZ once again and couldn't put it down! The tension in this is well done, imo, because you so want for things to work out for Sam, but it looks like he might have everything wrong...yet everything is uncertain. I can't wait for the next one (I'm hoping it's the final book in the series, but I haven't heard about that). The story: Astrid and her council have found a way to feed everyone, so it seems like things have improved. However, Zil (who leads the normals) wants to get rid of all the freaks, especially Sam and Caine. Caine wants to find food for his small group -- and when he approaches Zil with a plan, it could destroy everything Sam and Astrid have hoped for...and through it all, the gaiaphage continues its evil trickery. (upper YA science fiction, came out in May)

Currently Reading: The Gardener, by S.A. Bodeen
On Deck: Everlasting, by Angie Frazier; Shade, by Jeri Smith-Ready; Prophecy of Days, by Christi Raedeke