June 27th, 2010

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Book Reports (91-95)...

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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Yep, I did some serious reading this weekend -- it was great!

Rainbow High, by Alex Sanchez ***+ I really liked two of the three POVs in this, and of course, I definitely like multi-POV stories. I think it's a good coming-of-age/accepting-understanding your sexuality book. The story: Nelson wants a boyfriend, but soon discovers he's not sure if he's in love with love or a person; Kyle and Jason are in the new and fun stage of their relationship, but the vastly different experiences they have in coming out are challenging their underlying friendship. (YA contemporary, GLBT, POC challenge, publisher: Simon & Schuster)

Tension of Opposites, by Kristina MacBride ****+ I enjoyed this tale a lot! I loved the photography aspect, and I thought the MC's journey was not only realistic but beautifully portrayed. The story: Tessa's best friend was abducted two years ago, and now she's coming home -- but Tessa hopes that everything will return to before (even though she knows it can't), and trying to fight her friend's battles are a good distraction from her own life. (YA contemporary, released last month, publisher: Egmont)

Are We There Yet?, by David Levithan **** I'm definitely a Levithan fan -- this story, focused on the relationship between brothers, was just the type of prose I really love. I enjoyed both brothers and their narratives (yep, another multi-POV). The story: Elijah and Danny are sent off to Italy by their parents and have to learn to reconnect, despite their seven-year age difference. (YA contemporary, publisher: Knopf)

Shade, by Jeri Smith-Ready ****+ I really enjoyed this book, as well. I thought the plot was well-paced, and I loved the palpable tension and great world-building (which seemed very matter-of-fact and slowly revealed the changes between this world and that). I also liked how Aura matured throughout, while still remaining a teen. The story: Aura was born after the Shift, that moment in time when suddenly people were born with the ability to see ghosts. She's not really enjoyed her 'gift' until her boyfriend suddenly dies, and now his 'ghost' is the only thing she has left -- well, along with a new boy who interests her like no one did before Logan and new discoveries of the Shift. (I'm assuming this is the first in a series, as many questions are left unanswered, btw.) (upper YA urban fantasy, released in May, publisher: Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)

Raised by Wolves, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes jenlyn_b ***** This was the first of this group I read, and it was definitely my favorite! I enjoyed the mystery, the strong connection between Chase and Bryn, Bryn's 'shero' mentality -- all of it! I can't wait for the next one :D The story: Bryn, although not a were, has lived most of her life with the weres since her parents were killed by a Rabid when she was four. When she meets Chase, however, a newly turned were, she discovers secrets and connections she didn't know were possible -- and she takes the new knowledge and runs with it (hehe). (YA urban fantasy, released this month, publisher: Egmont)

Currently Reading: Pucker Up, by Rhonda Stapleton
On Deck: um, still quite a few :)