January 11th, 2011


Book Reports (9-10)...

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 2011 (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 -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Cryer's Cross, by Lisa McMann ****+ I really liked this! The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because of the creepy factor (which will definitely appeal to many), and the overall mystery was a little vaguer than I appreciate. But still, a really great read. So what did I love about it? First, I think Lisa does a great job with romantic tension and attraction. The second Jacian appears, I felt the tug between him and Kendall. Second, I like the overall mood of her books -- they're all appropriately creepy and mysterious, and I feel the pending something. The story: Last spring, one of Kendall's classmates disappeared; this fall, Kendall's best friend (and sort-of boyfriend) goes missing, as well. In a small town like theirs, each loss is felt by everyone, and Kendall is determined to figure out what's happened to Nico, even as she struggles with her torn feelings regarding the new kid, Jacian. (YA paranormal/horror mystery, releasing 2/11, publisher: Simon Pulse) (I read this as an e-galley, btw.)

Clarity, by Kim Harrington **** I liked this, and I think the mystery is well done. My only real complaint is that Clarity, although she seems to be a nice girl, is a bit too quick to use her tongue to hurt those around her. Not only that, she doesn't hesitate to fight dirty, when she thinks it's necessary. Is there anything wrong with that? Probably not, but for me, I prefer it when the main characters strive to have compassion on those around them. Clarity did, to a certain extent, but she was somewhat lacking in perception. Still, it's a good mystery -- probably one of the better ones I've come across in YA. I'll definitely pick up the next book. Oh, and another thing I liked better about this book than others I've read -- the love triangle. For once, the girl isn't in a relationship, so when she finds herself torn between two guys, she's not cheating on either of them (whew, what a concept). Plus, she realizes she's not in love with them (well, at this point), so it's more about whether or not she'll pick one of them -- and I definitely prefer that kind of love triangle to many others I've read. The story: Clarity, her mom, and her brother all have unusual paranormal abilities. Clarity can 'pick up vibes' from objects or people when she touches them, and when a tourist goes missing, Clarity's ex-boyfriend asks her to help. However, the new sheriff's son has something against psychics, and then it looks like Clarity's brother might have been involved with the missing girl -- and soon Clarity is torn between wanting to help and wanting to save her brother. (YA paranormal mystery, releases 3/11, publisher: Point)

Currently Reading: Kim Derting's newest, Desires of the Dead, and I already LOVE it :D

Clearly, I'm on some kind of reading roll...hopefully, I'll continue to have the time so I can get soak them all in :)