January 8th, 2012


Book Report (11)...

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. Brackets mean it's an ARC or e-galley. 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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Vampire Stalker, by Allison Van Diepen ***+ I started out really liking this, but as the story went on, it got less plausible until I felt like it was skimming the surface of some things which could have been deeper (and pretty fantastic). I still liked it, but it kind of faded as it went on. But for the first half, there are some intriguing ideas here! I loved the premise of 'literary physics' -- especially because I (as a writer) tend to often see my plots unfold before me like a movie (which I can pause when I need to take a break). That's pretty cool. However, I didn't quite buy the explanation for how a writer could actually hear thoughts or things which were beneath the surface of a story (this will only make sense if you read the book, I'm guessing), so that's where it started going awry for me. The story: Amy loves the Otherworld books, especially one of the characters, Alexander. But when she meets someone who looks just like Alexander -- after being attacked by someone who looks just like the vampire Vigo -- her life takes a bizarre twist. Soon, she's working to help Alexander stop Vigo, and trying to keep those in her life safe from this otherworldly threat -- and trying to deal with her own emotions as she falls for the real Alexander, as well. (YA paranormal, released 6/11, publisher: Point)

Currently Reading: Away, by Teri Hall (yay)

On Deck: I found a bunch of sequels and books by authors I've liked in the past at the library, so I'm raring to go -- we'll see how much time I find to read them all!