August 10th, 2010

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Book Reports (107-109)...

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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Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver ****+ This is one of those books that I can't say I loved, but I was compelled to finish it (and to read it like a madwoman in the process). The concept is an intriguing one, and in many ways, I liked how it was handled. At the same time, I sometimes felt like there was a disconnect between what Sam experienced each time she got to live her last day again and what that could really be saying for the, I felt like we were perched on the edge of something very powerful but the truth never quite materialized (for me, at least). Anyway, it's still a very intriguing read. The story: Sam dies (not a spoiler -- that's how the book opens) in an accident and spends the next seven 'days' reliving her last day. (P.S. I have to add that I love Groundhog Day, and the ways in which this is similar definitely drove me toward the ending.) (YA contemporary, released this spring, publisher: Harper Collins)

Sisters Red, by Jackson Pearce watchmebe ***** I enjoyed this very much! I think my favorite aspect is how the sisters are so loyal to one another and yet they're unique in their outlooks. I loved the dual-POV, especially because their voices were quite distinct -- and the greater understanding they gain for each other throughout made the story that much more compelling, and the love story was spot on, imo. Oh, and the mystery aspect was great -- even though I guessed part of it midway through, it was still a nice surprise to see that I was right (and to see how it all fit together, which I hadn't guessed). The story: Scarlett and Rose fight fenris, but they're slowly discovering that perhaps their destinies lie in different paths. (YA urban fantasy, released this summer, publisher: Little, Brown)

Other, by Karen Kincy karenkincy ****+ This is a great book! I enjoyed many things about it, including the mystery, the unique 'other' aspect, the sweet love story, and the setting, which was definitely an integral part of it all (and very well put forth). I know this is the first of a series (of at least two), and I can't wait for the next one. And Tavian is the perfect love interest :) The story: Gwen is half-pooka, a secret she's careful not to reveal, but when someone begins killing the 'others' in her area, she finds herself torn between finding the killer, protecting herself, and sharing her true person with the world. (YA urban fantasy, released this summer, publisher: Flux)

This has been a great reading week -- I love having so many excellent books to choose from, and these three didn't disappoint! Happy Tuesday :)