November 10th, 2010


Book Reports (139-141)...

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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This Gorgeous Game, by Donna Freitas ***** I really liked this. I thought the pacing was impeccable (though that might have been influenced by the fact I read it while at the gym this morning -- the entire book). One of my favorite aspects was how Olivia had flickers of unease from the very beginning. I adore perceptive MCs! I also loved the combination of innocence and creepiness which pervades the book. (I must admit that I also loved Freitas' first book, as well.) The story: Olivia wins a contest to join a famous author's class for summer school, but when the author (also a Catholic priest) begins to show increasing interest in Olivia, she doesn't know what to do or how to act. (YA contemporary, released 5/10, publisher: FSG)

Crescendo, by Becca Fitzpatrick bec_fitzpatrick ***+ There are many things to like about this story -- certainly the intricate plot is one (I'm definitely looking forward to learning more in the next book), along with the lovely writing. For me (and probably only me), I'm torn, however. I'm not a huge fan of Nora's. I wasn't in the first book, either...she's kind of a stereotypical nerd, in the sense that she has book smarts but not a lot of people smarts. I have to admit that those characters aren't my favorite. So when things go pear-shaped because of Nora's lack of understanding and perception (along with Patch's secrecy), I wasn't that sympathetic. Plus, some of the 'necessary' secretiveness on Patch's part seemed contrived to me. However, certainly the angst is realistic, even though not many teenage girls get to meet nephilim ;) So yeah, I liked it okay, and I'll definitely look for the next one. (YA urban fantasy, released 10/10, publisher: Simon & Schuster)

Past Midnight, by Mara Purnhagen ****+ I definitely enjoyed this. I liked Purnhagen's writing (though her earlier book, Tagged, had me gritting my teeth because of one of the characters). But in both books, there's a lightness which makes her writing flow well for me. In this story, Charlotte is thoughtful and spunky and sympathetic. I really liked her. And this time, the romantic interest, although pretty low-key, is a good kid who treats her well. I thought the ghosts were spooky and the atmosphere was well done. The story: Charlotte's parents try to disprove ghosts and spirit sightings, but when a couple of ghosts begin to haunt Charlotte, the whole family has to figure out what's going on before Charlotte is drawn in too far. (YA ghost/mystery, released 9/10, publisher: Harlequin Teen)

Currently Reading: The Eternal Ones
On Deck: The Scorch Trials, Torment, Losing Faith, Freefall, among others