March 26th, 2011


Book Reports (40-41)...

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 that 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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Boyfriends with Girlfriends, by Alex Sanchez *** This was interesting, although it had something of a hyper-focus. The entire story narrowed down one aspect of the teens' lives -- dating. I would've liked to see this style of plot within a larger context, but it was still interesting. The story: Lance and Sergio start dating, but Lance is uncertain about Sergio's bisexuality (and his ex-girlfriend). Sergio, afraid of being hurt, wants to have an open relationship, and that doesn't help Lance's confidence any. At the same time, Sergio's best friend, Kimiko, knows she's a lesbian, but when she meets Allie (Lance's best friend) and is attracted, she's not sure how to proceed. Allie is also confused when she begins to feel attraction to Kimiko (as she has a boyfriend). (YA contemporary, GBLTQ, releases 4/11, publisher: Simon & Schuster)

Forgotten, by Cat Patrick ***** This is excellent! I was totally engrossed, and I read the entire book yesterday (in two chunks). The overall concept is cool, and Patrick pulls it off so well. I loved Luke; I loved London and her challenges. I loved how everything was 'normal' with this little added twist. I have no doubt this will be one of my top five reads of the year! The story: London Lane isn't quite like everyone else -- she remembers tomorrow, not yesterday. With her mom's help, London manages to get through life by taking copious notes on today's events so that when her memory resets in the early morning hours, she will be able to find her way. With her ability to 'see the future', she knows about the trials and pains those around her will face -- until she meets Luke, a boy she can't recall from the future. Luke, however, refuses to stay away, and before long, London and Luke have been dating for months. At the same time, something about Luke has triggered aspects of London's 'memory', and London finds herself in the midst of a mystery regarding her long-absent dad -- as well as trying to discover why she can't remember Luke, even though he's by her side every day. (YA magical realism?, releases 6/11, publisher: Little, Brown)

Currently Reading: Pathfinder (I really will finish this eventually)
On Deck: I'm off to the library today to pick up Shannon Delany's next book, Secrets and Shadows -- so I imagine I won't be able to wait.