March 2nd, 2011


Book Reports (29-30)...

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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XVI, by Julia Karr juliakarr **** I definitely enjoyed this. It's a great mystery and a solid dystopic society. I liked Nina and her obvious concern for her family. The techno-speak (or maybe new-world-speak?) was a little confusing sometimes, but the hook and characters were strong enough to keep me invested. And of course, I loved Sal :) The story: In a dystopic future, Nina is nervous about turning 16, when she'll be 'fresh meat' to all the sex-crazed men and boys around. But then her mom dies, and with her last words, she tries to convince Nina that her dad, long believed dead, is alive. Nina has to figure out how to remain true to herself, find a realistic view of sex and love, and most of all, learn the truth about her dad. (YA dystopic, released 1/11, publisher: Speak)

One Hundred Candles, by Mara Purnhagen **** This is a strong sequel to Past Midnight. The story was very compelling, even though there was some boy-girl stuff that annoyed me. But I found the ghost story aspects very intriguing, and they kept me engaged throughout. The story: Charlotte is thrilled to finally feel accepted in her newest home, but when her parents are called in on an unusual case, a malevolent presence attacks Charlotte (and breaks her arm). Her parents begin fighting about the best course of action, and soon they're split up -- and Charlotte doesn't know where to turn or how to stay safe, especially as the boy she liked pulled away and a new boy comes on strong, and her parents can't seem to agree on anything. (YA ghost, released 2/11, publisher: Harlequin Teen)

Currently Reading: well...still finishing up a couple of other books, and I have some e-arcs I need to read before they a myriad.