March 3rd, 2011

d field day

Thankful for... much as I enjoy the writing mentoring, it's always a relief when the tough week is over

...the cold seems to be letting go of my brain a bit

...the tulips are growing taller -- I can only hope we'll see some blooms before the deer discover them ;)

...each moment is a new opportunity.

Only 17 days till spring :D
deer faces

Book Reports (31-32)...

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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Enchanted Ivy, by Sarah Beth Durst *** This was an interesting idea. I liked Ivy and her grandfather, and I liked Jake and Tye. It was a nice story, even though it took a while to get off the ground (at least, it seemed that way to me). The story: Ivy is visiting Princeton with her mom and grandfather for a special reunion, and while there, she has the opportunity to find the Key and be granted automatic admission to the school (her greatest dream). However, as she begins hunting for it, strange things occur -- including stone gargoyles who move, an enigmatic boy with orange and black hair, and some scary moments with a stone dragon -- all leading Ivy to a very different world than she imagined. (YA fantasy, released 10/10, publisher: Margaret K. McElderry)

Sean Griswold's Head, by Lindsey Leavitt lindsey_leavitt ***+ This is a sweet story. Payton seemed a little on the young side for 15 (to me), but there are many young 15 year old girls ;) I liked the humor (reminded me a bit of Ellen Conford, who's a favorite); I liked Payton's sweetness and her struggle to accept her dad's illness; I liked Sean (he was my favorite character). All in all, a sweet, enjoyable read! The story: Payton learns her dad has MS -- and that she's the only member of the family who didn't already know (not a happy fact). Payton stops speaking to her parents, feeling betrayed (and terrified) and, as a project for the school counselor, she begins focusing on Sean Griswold's head (and stalking him a bit) as an attempt to find a focus object. Slowly, Payton and Sean become friends, though Payton freaks out and pulls away -- from everyone -- in her fear that she'll lose what she loves. (lower YA contemporary, released this week, publisher: Bloomsbury)

Currently Reading: -- yeah, the same things. I need to focus ;)