November 3rd, 2011

catching leaves

Book Report (95)...

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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Carrier of the Mark, by Leigh Fallon ****+ I definitely enjoyed this book. A couple of things which I thought were done especially well: 1) no love triangle, yet still romantic tension; 2) a solid ending, even though this is clearly the first book of a series (or at least two books). I liked how Megan never wavered in her feelings for Adam, though at the same time (minor nitpick here), I kind of wished there'd been some more history there. They fell 'in love' so quickly (which is very much typical teen), and with the story elements which tried to either keep them together or pull them apart, sometimes it seemed like there wasn't enough foundation to justify the depth of their feelings. Still, I really liked that they remained true to one another! Another minor quibble: I didn't quite get the power of the Order (won't say more to avoid spoilers). I think a little more history (not just being told, btw, but *seeing* it) could have helped there too. Anyway, a very enjoyable read, despite a few wobbles :D The story: Megan and her dad move to Ireland for his new job, and Megan is hoping to actually make friends this time. Right away she gains the attention of Adam, a mysterious boy who apparently avoids everyone. When Megan begins to build a friendship with Caitlin and Jennifer, she discovers more about Adam -- but both girls tell her not to bother: not only is he arrogant, but he's creepy, as well. But Megan can't seem to stay away, and when Adam admits he's intrigued by her too, the two slowly become friends and more...and Megan learns that Adam's 'creepy' weirdness is something she has too -- in fact, that weirdness might have a role in bringing them together in the first place. Not only that, but it's attracting attention from the wrong sort of people, people who will stop at nothing to keep Megan from loving Adam and his family. (YA paranormal, released 10/11, publisher: Harper Teen)

Currently Reading: About to start Witch Eyes (yay)

On Deck: Linda Howard's latest (another yay) and a couple of others (maybe Drink, Slay, Love)