September 25th, 2010

glorious fall

Book Reports (125-126)...

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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Three Rivers Rising, by Jame Richards **** I enjoyed this, without a doubt. Not only is it a fictional account of an historical natural disaster (which always fascinate me), but it's written in verse! The story: Using fictional characters, the tale of the Johnstown flood of 1889 is retold. (YA historical fiction, released 4/10, publisher: Knopf)

Immortal Beloved, by Cate Tiernan ****+ This is another enjoyable read. It started a little slow for me, mostly because I didn't like the MC (Nastasya) very much. Plus, I had no idea what was going on. But I stuck with it, and as secrets from Nastasya's past began to unfold, I grew more and more intrigued. By the middle, I couldn't put it down. The story: Nastasya (an immortal) witnesses her best friend torturing a man, and that shock sends her to a refuge she'd been offered decades before. Once there, however, she struggles with the work given her, along with the lessons they want her to learn -- and she remembers more than she ever wanted to about her own past (some 450+ years before). (YA paranormal, released 9/10, publisher: Little, Brown)

Currently Reading: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare; The Replacement, by Brenna Yovanoff
On Deck: Halo, Tagged, and many others