January 21st, 2011

deer winter

Book Reports (13-14)...

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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Nobel Genes, by Rune Michaels *** I've read another of Michaels' books (Genesis Alpha), and as soon as I started this one, I remembered the other and why this voice felt familiar. Both deal with issues with a scientific bent (more so in the other one than here, however). Both have a circuitous route to the underlying truth of the story (ie, the MC is tied to the story, but the actual story isn't the MC's -- in both cases, he's on the periphery). It's an interesting way to present characters and their stories, and I like it once in a while, but I don't think I could read it all the time. The story: The boy (whose name we never learn) takes care of his mom, who's unstable (at best) and not only drinks, but attempts suicide numerous times. When she's 'sober', she talks about the sperm bank where she got the sperm for her son's conception -- a special sperm bank which caters to Nobel winners of the past. The boy wonders which of the winners could be his father (and why he doesn't seem to be special in any way, despite the super genes), but as his mother's grasp on sanity slips more and more, he's left to deal with the world today -- and when she ends up in a coma, he has to figure out how to live and face the truth, rather than the fictitious world she's built his entire life. (tween contemporary, released 8/10, publisher: Atheneum)

Falling in Love with English Boys, by Melissa Jensen ***+ This is a cute story, though I got a little tired of the blog-speak (ha). It's a combo of a contemporary story and a story set around Jane Austen's time. The story: Girls named Catherine (or Katherine) travel to London and fall for an English boy. In the modern-day scenario, Cat likes Will but learns he has a long-term girlfriend. In the historical story, Katherine likes a Willoughby type (which tells you how that will end up) -- however, in both stories, the girls discover that they didn't know everything, and both end up with the right guy, in the end. So it's a sweet romance, though one reason I personally didn't love it is because it took both girls sooooo long to figure out everything. (YA romance, released 12/10, publisher: Speak)

Currently Reading: Rival, by Sara Bennett Wealer
On Deck: Pathfinder, by Orson Scott Card (this will be a long-term read, while I also read other books, because it's hundreds of pages long)