August 10th, 2011


Book Reports (78-79)...

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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Mackenzie's Mission, by Linda Howard ***+ Like the other Mackenzie Legacy book, I liked reading this, but I doubt I'll read it again. It was a little Top Gun-y, in places, and I guess I don't really get the whole 'romance' genre idea of meeting, instant attraction (and following up on that attraction), and amazing sex -- all in two or three days -- which then leads to a long-term relationship. But it is fun to read as total fiction ;) The story: Joe (Wolf's son) is now an adult and well on his way to becoming one of the youngest Air Force generals (colonels?) of all time. As an ace pilot, he's in charge of testing the development of new planes and their systems, and when a new girl joins the team (as one of those building the computer systems), he's instantly intrigued. She's not interested in letting anyone close, but Joe finds a way -- until it looks like someone has sabotaged their project, and she's the main suspect. (Adult romance, released 9/96, publisher: Mira (originally), now HQN)

Putting Makeup on Dead People, by Jen Violi ****+ I really liked this book. I liked how the main storyline focused on Donna's struggles with her father's death, but the subplots pulled in her family and friends. Donna's very sympathetic -- she's hurting, struggling, and yet she's strong and fights for what she wants. I really like her! I also like the realistic relationships around her -- she and her mom don't see eye to eye, but they're not out-and-out nasty to each other, either. The battles are subtler, and for me, that makes them that much better. There's some realistic language and sexual situations in this book too (fyi), but for me, everything fit the story and only made it stronger. The story: Donna's almost ready to graduate, but high school has been a blur of fading into the background as she reels from her father's death years before. A new girl, Liz, begins pulling Donna out of her shell. When Donna attends the funeral of a peer, her fascination with death intensifies -- and soon she's decided to follow that fascination professionally -- as a mortician. Her mom opposes her choice, but Donna's certain this is the path for her...even as she struggles to understand death and how to make a new life for herself in the aftermath. (YA contemporary, released 5/11, publisher: Hyperion)

Currently Reading:...? I haven't started the next one yet :)