April 8th, 2011


Friday Five and Book Reports (44?)...

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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1. Rosebush, by Michele Jaffe ****+ I definitely enjoyed this mystery, and for once, I didn't guess the would-be killer before the reveal (well, not too much before the reveal, that is). Of course, as I mentioned Weds, practically every person in the story was a little bit insane (and some more than a little), so there were plenty of suspects ;) I liked the tension and the way the story was structured, and I liked the intriguing look into the MC's character (and her relationships). The only quibble I had, really, was that all the guys mentioned in the story seemed to have a thing for her -- and that always strikes me as so completely unrealistic that it bugs me. Even though we learn that many of them have ulterior motives, it still seemed a bit much...and there's no doubt that she was truly a terrible judge of character! Still, an enjoyable read! The story: Jane wakes up in the hospital to find herself paralyzed. At first, she has no memory of what happened to her, but as time moves on, she begins to remember bits and pieces and soon realizes that someone -- someone she knows well -- tried to kill her. Soon she's examining her friends and their relationships with her in a completely different light, even as they visit her, and wondering which of them hated her enough to do this. (YA suspense, released 12/10, publisher: Razorbill)

2. I have a mild migraine today (hopefully it was remain mild). It woke me up around 5:50 am, and so I'm on the tired side, as well.

3. We live on the side of a hill, and much of the city is in a valley below us -- this morning, fog covered everything down there, but we were in the sun...until the wind shifted a bit, and then the fog moved up the hillside. Kind of cool, really.

4. Thanks to comments from my crit group, I discovered something important about my WIP -- and I've been going through and reworking it to better express my MC. I like doing stuff like that, I must admit.

5. I'm hoping to meet with jennifer_d_g this weekend -- yay!!

Happy Friday :)