June 24th, 2010

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Book Reports (88-90)...

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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Sea, by Heidi R. Kling seaheidi **** I found the voice in this to be very teen -- very authentic! The emotions were intense and all over the place, very much like many teens I've known, where everything is important and serious and yet changes from day to day. The romance was sweet, and the setting was very realistic. The story: Sienna goes with her dad to help out at an orphanage in Indonesia mere months after the December Tsunami -- and while there, she deals with trying to open and move on from tragedy (after the death of her mom). (YA contemporary, out in the past month, publisher: Putnam)

Still Sucks to be Me, by Kimberly Pauly ****+ This was just as fun as the first book, imo. Mina's sarcasm was a little sharper this time around (maybe a little more snide, as well), and her regular observations about vampire life are funny and keep the story moving. The story: Mina and her parents are being relocated to a dinky town in Louisiana while Mina's boyfriend is going to Brazil (and her best friend, who's supposed to believe Mina's dead, stays in CA). In the new town, Mina discovers a group of 'bad' vampires who try to do things their own way (against the vampire rules), including a cute boy vampire who helps distract her from George's missing presence (kind of) -- but he's part of the bad clan too. (YA urban fantasy, came out in May, publisher: Wizards of the Coast)

The Demon's Covenant, by Sarah Rees Brennan sarahtales ***** I loved this as much as the first one :) I'm hoping the last book will be from Jamie's POV, though I enjoyed reading Mae's POV here, as well. I LOVE the complexities here, from the relationships to the Goblin Market and the politics involved in the different Magicians' Circles -- I can't wait for the next one! The story: Mae continues to hope for a 'normal' life, but soon Nick and Alan join her and Jamie again, and with Jamie being 'courted' by one of the less-than-trustworthy magicians (and seeming to like it), and with Alan trying to do something he shouldn't because of Nick, and Nick being his usual confusing and way-too-attractive self -- well, complications grow and Mae decides to forge her own way, magic or no. (YA urban fantasy, came out in May, publisher: Simon & Schuster)

Currently Reading: Raised by Wolves, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
On Deck: The Tension of Opposites, by Kristina MacBride; Rainbow High, by Alex Sanchez...and about ten others ;)