November 20th, 2010


Book Reports (142-143)...

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 Eternal Ones, by Kirsten Miller ***+ I enjoyed this for the most part, but it seemed a little long. And once again, having a male love interest who refuses to tell the whole story is getting old (perhaps if I'd read this before the long string of other books doing the same thing, I wouldn't have gotten tired of it so quickly here). But overall, I like the MC and I really like the overall concept. The story: Haven has had visions throughout her life about a boy named Ethan -- a boy she loved in a previous life. One day, she happens to catch a glimpse of Ethan's smile on a different face, and she knows Ethan came back as the other boy. Despite protests and worse from her grandmother, Haven runs away from home to find this boy, but when she does, she begins to question everything she's ever known, in any life. (YA paranormal, released 8/10, publisher: Razorbill)

Losing Faith, by Denise Jaden denisejaden ****+ This was a very compelling book. I've read a bunch of death fics lately too, but this one stood out for a few reasons. First, the emotions experienced are very realistic without becoming overwhelming. Second, the mystery involved and the secondary characters add a great deal to the story. Third, I thought the faith aspect was very realistic -- much more so than most other books I've read with aspects of Christianity in them. So even though I found parts of the explanation a little hard to believe, overall, I enjoyed reading it. The story: Brie's sister Faith dies under strange circumstances, and although the police rule it a suicide, Brie can't accept that. Instead, she -- along with two new friends -- seeks to discover the truth about the night of her sister's death. (YA contemporary, released 9/10, publisher: Simon Pulse)

Currently Reading: Numbers
On Deck: Time Riders, Virals, and the other TBR usual suspects