November 18th, 2011


Friday Four and Book Report (99)...

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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1. Prey, by Linda Howard ***+ This was okay (better than the previous one I read). I liked parts of it a lot, but there was a TON of internal dialogue from all the characters (including the bear?!) which I found pretty unnecessary. It was one of those things where half the amount would have sufficed just fine. And really, other than four or five moments of extreme action, not a whole lot happened (other than the internal dialogues). It would actually make a good movie, as you could easily cram the entire storyline into a couple hours of movie material -- and it would seem action-packed, I'd say ;) The story: Angie is a hunting guide. She takes two men out to find a bear (their choice, not hers), and when they arrive at the camp, she discovers the bear has killed a man (she finds the mutilated body). She tells her clients they'll have to return, but neither wants to do that -- and in the middle of the night (during a storm), the men fight and one kills the other. The smell of blood brings the bear, and Angie is suddenly on the run from both the killer and the bear...and when she falls in the mud (from the storm), she seriously injures her ankle and has to crawl. Her determination is almost at its end when a colleague comes across her (he was sent to keep an eye on her), and the two of them manage to find safety. However, the storm isn't over, and both the killer and the bear are still out there.... (Adult Romantic Suspense, released 9/11, publisher: Ballantine Books)

2. I'm off to Ikea today -- our kitchen towels are almost more holes than towel (and I haven't gotten new ones, well, since we were married). The last time I went (the only time so far), I only spent $25, but I sure had fun walking through and looking at things ;)

3. This is birthday weekend for E -- and her best friend Luke (who lives across the street) was born two days before she was. His party is tomorrow night.

4. This is the kiddos' last day of school until the 28th -- and just knowing that is energizing :) I can almost hear all those TBR books calling my name....

Happy Friday!