July 2nd, 2010

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Book Reports (96-98)...

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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Pucker Up, by Rhonda Stapleton ****+ This is a fun conclusion to the trilogy, though a couple of things were left unresolved. But Felicity is a sweet character with plenty of light angst and a good romance. The story: Felicity is convinced that her relationship with Derek has been set up by their boss, so she worries that at the end of the two-week period, he won't want her anymore. (YA romance, released in May, publisher: Simon Pulse)

Birth Marked, by Caragh O'Brien ****+ I thought this was a fascinating science fiction with a great mystery imbedded. I'm assuming there will be a follow-up :) The story: Gaia lives outside the Walls because of the burn on her face, but her mother trains her as a midwife. When Gaia's parents are taken suddenly to undergo questioning, Gaia begins to question her loyalty to the Enclave, even though she's not sure what her parents are suspected of. When she sneaks inside the walls to see her mother, she is also captured -- and must decide what she believes and where she'll go from there. (YA dystopic, came out in March, publisher: Roaring Brook Press)

Liar, by Justine Larbalestier ****+ I'm not a huge fan of unreliable narrators, but I couldn't put this down. Micah is unlike any MC I've read before, and even though I have my own opinions about what's really going on in the book, there's no doubt that just about anything could be happening. If you like psychological puzzles, this is a great book for you! The story: Micah lies about everything -- though she promises to tell the truth for this book. However, as the story about Zach's life and death unfold, the lies pile up, and in the end, the reader is left wondering about almost everything. (YA...not sure of the genre, really; came out fall, 2009; publisher: Bloomsbury)