August 5th, 2011

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Book Reports (75-77)...

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. (just updated, finally)

* 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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Mackenzie's Mountain, by Linda Howard **** I like Howard's writing enough that I checked out this romance from her. It's not recent, and it definitely holds some of the romance cliches, but I still enjoyed the characters. I don't know that I'll reread it ever, but it was fun for a one-time read. The story: Mary is the mid-year teaching replacement in a tiny town in WY. She's moved across the country for the job, and she's determined to do her best -- which included finding out why one of the local boys dropped out. When she goes to visit him, she meets his dad, who immediately sets her on edge (in more ways than one, ha). Wolf is attracted to Mary, but because she's white and he's Indian (Native American), he insists they can't have any kind of relationship. Mary insists on tutoring his son anyway, and when the townspeople find out, someone's out for revenge. (Adult Romance, released (this version) 8/09, publisher: HQN Books)

The Comet's Curse, by Dom Testa ***+ I really enjoyed the storyline, but the writing was pretty rough (to me). The narration jumped back and forth in time and moved between POV, as well (even within each time frame). There was a lot of telling and very little showing -- still, I'm interested enough in the overall plot that I'm going to try and find the next books in the series (there are another four or five, I believe). The story: A comet's backlash has brought an incurable disease to earth, and scientists decide the only way to save their children is to get them off the planet. Two hundred and fifty one teens are chosen and sent away, but not everyone is happy to see them freed. Soon their little ship (Galahad) is under attack from sources unknown, and the teens put in charge must find a way to save everyone. (YA science fiction, released 11/04, publisher: Profound Impact Group)

Supernaturally, by Kiersten White ***+ This is the sequel to Paranormalcy, and although I found many aspects intriguing, the wandering narrative distracted me a bit and I did a lot of skimming. I remember thinking that about the first book too, but in that one, the plot was involved enough that I read quite a bit more of the book. This time, it was pretty angsty (though in a very light-hearted way -- I definitely enjoy the humor) and filled with 'who am I' type scenarios. I didn't like how Evie lied to everyone, either -- it annoyed me. However, I guess there's a third coming out, and I'll pick it up to see how Evie's tale ends. The story: Evie thought she wanted to be normal, but she soon discovers that she misses being needed. When Raquel asks her to do some work for the agency, she secretly agrees -- but it's not that easy. For some reason, obscure paranormals seem to be coming after her, and Evie suspects her ex (a faerie) is involved. When Evie takes off to find her own way, convinced that Lend will eventually leave her anyway, she finds herself in the middle of a mess she couldn't have imagined (nor would she have wanted to) -- and she has to discover what she really wants to get home again. (YA paranormal/urban fantasy, released 7/11, publisher: Harper Teen)

Currently Reading: Another Howard book :)

On Deck: too many to name (sigh)