February 25th, 2011

deer winter

Friday Five and Book Reports (27-28)...

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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1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan **** I really liked this! I had to skip a few pages in the middle because the book was due today (and I was reading at the gym), but I like so many things about it. The ending was excellent! I love how the characters are so realistic (for example, I could totally see a teen girl doing what Maura did), and I like the hope which slowly comes out in both Wills. Of course, Tiny is wonderful (and so are Gideon and Jane). The story: Two Will Graysons meet, and one starts a relationship with the other's best friend (Tiny). From there, although they don't have much to do with each other, they both begin to change and grow because of Tiny's influence (among others'). (YA contemporary, released 4/10, publisher: Dutton)

2. The Demon Trapper's Daughter, by Jana Oliver **** This was an interesting look at a mix of dystopia and urban fantasy. The setting was very gritty (and a little scary, especially with the 'public' schools losing all their funding). One of my favorite aspects was the dual POV between Beck and Riley -- and I love Beck! I wish it hadn't taken so long for the story to get off the ground -- this book very much sets up the next one, and while I'll plan on getting the next one (because I'm intrigued enough), this one moved at a slower pace as it got everything explained and put into place. The story: Riley's dad is a demon trapper, and that's what Riley wants to do, as well. Right now, she's only an apprentice, and when she messes up a basic trapping, she's afraid she'll be kicked out of the guild. Things get even worse when her dad is killed -- and before long, it becomes obvious that Riley's garnering some serious attention from the demons. No one knows why, and Riley's desire to avenge her dad's death is challenged by the men around her who want her to be safe (including Beck, her dad's trapping partner and Simon, Riley's new boyfriend who really wants to be a demon hunter). (YA dystopic/urban fantasy, released this month, publisher: St. Martin's)

Winter has returned, and it's a white and chilly world out there.

Basketball is over for the year. We'll miss it, but it's also good to have the evenings to ourselves again.

5. Yesterday marked the start of my hugely busy week for work, so I don't know how much time I'll have to read (both online and off)...but I'll be around for breaks!

Happy final weekend in February -- can't believe it's almost March!