December 1st, 2010

deer winter

Book Reports (144-145)...

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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Low Red Moon, by Ivy Devlin **** I did like this, although the world building is pretty weak. Nothing much is explained, but the mystery was interesting and I definitely liked the main characters. Ben, of course, was hot -- and Avery is sympathetic. Their romance was okay, except for the fact that it went from nothing to utter love in an instant. That's one of the world-building issues, I think (and at least there was no love triangle, ha). But I read it all and am looking forward to the next one (perhaps some of those questions will be answered). The story: Avery's parents are murdered, and although she appeared to be present, she can't remember anything except the blood and a flash of silver. As she attempts to remember what happened, she meets Ben, and she immediately senses that he's not what he seems, but she falls for him anyway. (YA urban fantasy/mystery, released 9/10, publisher: Bloomsbury USA)

Numbers, by Rachel Ward *** The premise of this was very interesting, but man, what a depressing story! The MC had little to no hope in her life, and when she finally meets someone who 'gets' her, it's clear there won't be much of a happy ending (and there wasn't). It's definitely not my kind of book. I liked Spider, but overall, the book was kind of a downer. The story: Jem can see a person's date of death when she looks in their eyes, so she spends her days avoiding getting close to anyone (including her foster mom). When she meets Spider, she sees his date (which is only weeks away), but he won't allow her to run away from him. It's an interesting look at destiny versus choice. (YA paranormal, released 2/10, publisher: Chicken House)

Currently Reading: Veil of Night, by Linda Howard
On Deck: Virals, Time Riders, The Ivy, The Unidentified, etc.