November 2nd, 2010

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Book Reports (137-138)...

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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The Mermaid's Mirror, by L.K. Madigan lkmadigan ****+ It amazes me how Lisa can suck me into a book which doesn't have a strong romantic element -- well, I should rephrase that. There is definitely a strong romantic element (a number of them) here, but it's not the focus. The focus is Lena and her unusual past colliding with her desire for a 'normal' present. I just really like Lena, which kept me hooked in the story throughout (even though the magical part seemed very dreamlike to me). The story: Lena wants to surf, but her dad won't teach her (even though he was an excellent surfer years before) -- he won't even go into the water. But when Lena begins 'sleep walking' to the beach and starts seeing strange people and creatures in the water (could they be mermaids?), she decides she must discover the truth about her biological mom and the secrets her dad holds in his heart. (YA contemporary fantasy?, released 10/10, publisher: Houghton Mifflin)

Snap, by Carol Snow **** This is an interesting story with a number of things going on -- the underlying conflict of a family in financial trouble and then the more obvious arc on a girl who can see soon-to-be dead people in photos. I enjoyed it, although the MC was pretty selfish at the beginning. However, she grew and learned (as did her parents), and I like how all the characters kind of settled into a rhythm of friendship and acceptance. The story: Madison goes with her parents to a tiny, seaside town for a supposed vacation, but when her parents insist on taking jobs and they live in a run-down hotel, Madison begins to suspect something else is going on. Adding to that, Madison begins to see ghostly images in her pictures, and the summer turns out to be much more than she bargained for. (YA paranormal, released 2009, publisher: Harper Teen)

Currently Reading: Past Midnight
On Deck: the usual suspects...will I ever get to them all? (Oh, but I pre-ordered two books today -- OSC's latest, Pathfinder and Entice, by Carrie Jones!)
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Testy Tuesday...'s election day, and I still haven't gone through all the material to know the issues I have work ahead of me before voting.

...ETA: Okay, I figured everything out and voted -- it's a tough year in some of our races in CO. On the radio this morning, this is how they called it: Candidate A kicks puppies; Candidate B tortures kittens. Yep, that's about how it is. They're both NOT people I want representing me. So I chose the one I thought would get ZERO support in Washington -- he can be as crazy as he wants, as long as no one listens. I'm pretty sure the other one will get support, so I'm hoping he's outta there!

...I have a migraine. It's not one of the truly awful ones, but my head hurts and my stomach is churning a bit. *sigh*

...did I mention my head hurts? (I'm whiny...)

(ahhh, this is better)