May 24th, 2011


Book Reports (55-56)...

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.

If you'd like to see my year-to-date four-plus- and five-star recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* 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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Memento Nora, by Angie Smibert **** This was an interesting look at a future of restricted freedom (which has the appearance of greater freedom). I liked Nora and her combination of fear and determination; I really liked the person Nora's mom became by the end. I loved Micah, and I liked Winter too. I hope there's going to be a follow-up, because I'm definitely invested in their world and want to know what will happen to all of them next. My only (very minor) quibble with this is that I thought it ended a little open-ended (although there are hints at what could come) -- but then, I'm weird about liking things tied together. The story: Nora witnesses a bombing, and her mom takes her in for the forgetting pill -- her first one. But when Nora sees a classmate spit his out -- and then hears her mom's horrifying secret (before she, also, takes the pill), Nora decides to keep her memories, as well. That little act leads to more awareness than Nora expected, and soon she finds herself rebelling and speaking out in a way she never imagined. (lower YA science fiction/dystopic, released 4/11, publisher: Marshall Cavendish)

The Day Before, by Lisa Schroeder lisaschroeder ***** I really enjoyed this. I loved the poignant feel, the wisdom the two share with each other, the compassion in their bravery. As always, Lisa's ability to express many emotions with only a few words made it that much more powerful. The story: Amber takes a day to go to the beach, even in winter, because she needs a way to gather strength to do what she has to do. There, she meets Cade, another who is gathering strength. Together, they build each other up and share their fears and courage. (YA verse contemporary, releases 6/11, publisher: Simon Pulse)

Currently Reading: Ashfall and Angel Burn, both eARCs.
On Deck: Some library books that I really need to get to -- I've already had to turn in about five I didn't read before they were due (and these are all requests, so I can't keep them longer).

P.S. It's raining again today -- we might float away.