June 13th, 2010

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Book Reports (85-87)...

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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The Magic Thief: Found, by Sarah Prineas sarah_prineas ****+ Oh, I really enjoyed this one -- definitely my favorite of the three! I raced through it, dying to know what would happen next. The ending was very poignant -- but I won't spoil it here :) I think my favorite aspect of Sarah's writing is how she creates a world where things are complex but are clearly explained. I completely understand what's going on -- and there are some very cool concepts, especially focused around the dragons in this! The story: Conn has been exiled from Wellmet, but that doesn't keep him away when he knows that the city needs him. Soon he's discovered more about the faltering magic, along with the truth behind the Underlord, the Arhionvar, and finding his own locus magicalicus. (MG fantasy, published by Harper Collins, just released)

The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson ****+ I enjoyed this book very much also. I think my favorite parts involve Lennie's poetry (which I loved) and Joe (of course) and all the music references. The story: Lennie doesn't quite know what to do after her older sister dies suddenly, and before long, she finds herself caught between her sister's boyfriend (who understands her grief like no others, she thinks) and a new boy in town (who understands her). (upper YA, published by Dial, released earlier this year)

The Prophecy of Days, by Christy Raedeke **+ I definitely like the premise here, but the book's a little too meaty for me right now. There are times when I enjoy books where I have to think and really pay attention to all the details, but my mind didn't cooperate this time. I may try it again later, however, just because I think it's a great concept. The story: Caity and her parents move to a Scottish castle for the summer where Caity discovers some symbols which tell a story about Mayan history and the future of the world. (YA adventure/mystery, published by Flux, out last month)