December 21st, 2011

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Top Ten Books Countdown, #4...

It's supposed to start snowing later this afternoon, though we're hoping it holds off. Tonight, we'd planned to go downtown and look at the lights with my parents and brother -- so hopefully, it'll still work out! (Of course, if it doesn't, we'll stay home and watch the snow fall...which is also a nice, Christmas-y activity.)

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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Trial by Fire, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Here's what I said when I first read it:

I loved this just as much as the first (if not more)! I thought the characters were strong, the story was arc was tense and well-paced, and the emotions were right there for me to feel with them! I loved the whole pack mindset and how Bryn and Chase still had their moments even within that. I loved the stakes and how Bryn had no easy choices. And honestly, I really liked the ending (which I won't give away, of course), because even though I suspected that Bryn might make that kind of decision (I'm talking the very end, here), it still came as a surprise. The story: Bryn and her pack are settling into their new status with Bryn as the alpha, even though she's only human. However, strange dreams coincide with a were stumbling onto her land -- and this were came from the one person who hates her most (who also happens to be her second-in-command's older brother). But Bryn doesn't think she can refuse to care for the boy, and despite the cryptic 'help' from Callum, she pushes her way through -- only to learn that Lucas is just the tip of the iceberg, and that her dreams will become all too real...and she doesn't know who can survive, including herself. (YA urban fantasy, released 6/11, publisher: Egmont USA)

Why it's stayed with me -- the relationships between characters and the unique world in which they live. I really like Bryn and Chase and how they relate -- and I like the unusual idea of having Bryn be the leader of a pack when she doesn't change herself. She's a good leader, and I enjoy seeing how she deals with things which come her way. I'd recommend this for anyone who likes paranormal or werewolf stories -- and also those who like strong relationship books and adventures.