January 25th, 2011


Book Reports (16-17)...

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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Hero, by Perry Moore ****+ I enjoyed this. I like Thom, and I like the bizarre world he lives in. It got a little violent at the end (which you'd expect, really, in a superhero-type world, but after the mildness of the rest of the book, it shocked me a little), and I wished Thom didn't have to lose so much. BUT, I definitely like what he gains (Goran is lovely). The story: Thom hides his abilities from his dad, who despises superheroes, but when the League 'discovers' Thom, they invite him to take the test to join the League -- and Thom does. He gets partnered with a group of 'misfits' (or so it seems), all the while hiding it from his dad, who worked with many of the superheroes before (as an unusually strong citizen). Soon Thom is exhausted from all the secrets (especially the secret of his sexual preferences), and when the League is attacked, Thom must put aside his fears and do what he can to save the world. (YA adventure/superhero, GLBT, released 2009, publisher: Hyperion)

My Unfair Godmother, by Janette Rallison ***** This is a fun, fun book! I loved the humor, and the contrast between Tansy's angst and her sarcasm was nice. Another well-done 'fairy tale' book by Rallison. The story: Tansy does what she can to show her dad how much she hates that he left them, but when her 'boyfriend' takes her on a vandalism date -- and then leaves her at the scene to be arrested -- Tansy realizes she might have gone too far. She wishes things would change, and her fairy godmother appears, but Tansy's unaware of Chrissy's rotten track record, so when she makes her first wish and Robin Hood and his Merry Men appear (and begin looting the town), Tansy's problems only get worse. When Tansy tries to use her next wish to rid the town of RH, an innocent bystander is also taken back -- but have no fear: Chrissy will be sure to mess up and send Tansy back in time, as well (um, along with her entire family and their modern-day house). In the end, Tansy has to figure out the moral of her own story in order to save everyone and get them all back home. (YA fantasy, releasing 4/11, publisher: Walker)

Currently Reading: Brain Jack and Pathfinder