September 17th, 2010

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Friday Five and Book Reports (119-120)...

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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1. Siren, by Tricia Rayburn ****+ I definitely enjoyed this. The story is compelling and the main character is sympathetic. For me, it would have been a five-star read IF I hadn't finished with so many questions. I felt like some things weren't very clear, and that always a little frustrating (especially when it's the type of unclear that isn't normally left for a sequel). But overall, it's a good read. The story: Vanessa wants to be brave and strong like her older sister, but when her older sister dies in a tragic accident involving cliff diving, secrets about Justine's life come to light and Vanessa must learn the truth. (YA paranormal?, released July/2010, publisher: Egmont)

2. Shadow Mirror, by Richie Cusick ****+ This was another enjoyable read, which could have been five stars except for a couple of bothersome things (for me) -- again, the story is compelling and the main character likable. But she's 'in love' with two guys, and that doesn't work for me. I've never been the type to be interested in more than one guy at a time, and although I can see having a crush on more than one guy, once you get to the point of physical intimacy (which Miranda does), then it's time to make a choice. And she really didn't -- and that kind of bugs me. However, I'll still pick up the next one in the series, since I want to know what happens from here ;) The story: Miranda continues learning about her ability to see and feel ghosts -- always trying to understand what they want from her as she goes along. Her gang of friends (who've all known each other all their lives) helps out, even though Miranda is new to the group, and the pull from both Gage and Etienne continues to confuse her. (YA paranormal, released 3/2010, publisher: Speak)

3. The leaves are beginning to turn in the high country -- I might have to make a trip on Sunday, just to be sure I don't miss them :) I love the golden beauty!

4. I'm astonished by all that committees do in public schools these days. I don't think it was nearly this complicated back when I was in elementary school -- now you practically need a degree to keep track of everything. Of course, we have a neighborhood school with many involved parents, but still...I feel like I have a full-time (non-paying, of course) job there!

5. The kitty has gotten brave in the past week and has gone outside for periods of time throughout each day -- he likes the front yard, for some reason, and rolls in the dirt and hides behind bushes.
And then he comes and jumps on the shelf to relax while DH and I type away at our computers.

Happy weekend -- enjoy the upcoming autumn :D