December 20th, 2011

deer winter

Top Ten Books Countdown, #5...

The sun has returned (it must be Colorado), and the snow is rapidly melting (on the south side of the street, that is) -- and the kiddos are off to DH's aunt for the's party time!

The covers link to The Tattered Cover's (our local indie) pages.

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

These are all five-star reads:

***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Forgotten, by Cat Patrick - Here's what I said when I first read it:

This is excellent! I was totally engrossed, and I read the entire book yesterday (in two chunks). The overall concept is cool, and Patrick pulls it off so well. I loved Luke; I loved London and her challenges. I loved how everything was 'normal' with this little added twist. I have no doubt this will be one of my top five reads of the year! The story: London Lane isn't quite like everyone else -- she remembers tomorrow, not yesterday. With her mom's help, London manages to get through life by taking copious notes on today's events so that when her memory resets in the early morning hours, she will be able to find her way. With her ability to 'see the future', she knows about the trials and pains those around her will face -- until she meets Luke, a boy she can't recall from the future. Luke, however, refuses to stay away, and before long, London and Luke have been dating for months. At the same time, something about Luke has triggered aspects of London's 'memory', and London finds herself in the midst of a mystery regarding her long-absent dad -- as well as trying to discover why she can't remember Luke, even though he's by her side every day. (YA magical realism?, released 6/11, publisher: Little, Brown)

Why it's stayed with me -- it remains the most original story idea I've read. I thought the consistency was so well done, and I really loved the mystery and the conundrum of how it could all work out. I'd recommend it for those who like a really tight plot with likable and complex characters!