April 30th, 2011


Book Peports (51 and 52)...

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.

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* 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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The Last Thing I Remember, by Andrew Klavan *** This was entertaining, although I skimmed some sections. I could still follow the plot pretty easily (as it covers a pretty short time span -- along with some flashbacks). By the end, you still don't know what's happened to Charlie (but I kind of suspected that would be the case). I don't know how long this series will last, but I'll be looking for the next one because I found the writing easy to follow and the plot interesting. The story: Charlie wakes up tied to a chair and has no memory of how he got there. As he uses his karate skills (and basic ability to think) to escape, he recalls his final memories. While on the run, he learns that more time has passed than he originally thought, and worst of all, it seems no one is on his side. Although he manages to accomplish an important act, by the end, he's still without his memory and running for his life. (YA adventure, released 6/10, publisher: Thomas Nelson)

He's So Not Worth It, by Kieran Scott ** I read another book of Scott's and really enjoyed it (Geek Magnet), but this one is not at all my cup of tea. First, it's oozing teenage angst and drama (overdrama?). Second, to me, it felt like the book ended almost exactly where it began, and after putting up with the angst, I felt cheated. Third, there was no real resolution -- it just ended. I think it might be part of a trilogy (perhaps the middle book?), but that type of ending doesn't really work for me. One thing I liked: the subplot of Allie's parents separating, the reasons behind that separation, and how Allie deals with it. And for those who really enjoy teenage drama, I imagine this will suit them just fine. The story: Allie's summer does not start well when she discovers that her brand new boyfriend has been lying to her for months -- and that her missing dad has suddenly reappeared. Through many teenage ups and downs, Allie seems to accept the state of her parents' marriage (or lack thereof) and forgives her boyfriend -- just in time for another huge shocker. (YA contemporary, releases 6/11, publisher: Simon & Schuster)

Currently Reading: something about a werewolf -- just started it this morning
On Deck: maybe an adult book? We'll see...