January 13th, 2012


Book Reports (14-15)...

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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Every You, Every Me, by David Levithan and Jonathan Farmer ***+ I typically adore Levithan's books, but this was had a little more angst than I personally prefer. The ending was well done; however, it almost seemed too brief to account for the anguish which came before it (ie, the rest of the book). The mixed-media presentation was pretty cool, though. There are definitely things in this book to enjoy! The story: Evan is looking for answers after his best friend left (not of her own will). Then pictures begin appearing, and Evan wonders if Ariel is back, as she's the only one who's ever taken a picture of him before...until the pictures start showing other people, including Ariel herself, in situations Evan's unfamiliar with. Soon, Ariel's ex-boyfriend is also receiving pictures, and the two begin working together to unravel the mystery. But Evan's responses to the developing mystery cause his own life to falter, and his other friends grow concerned that he's following the same path Ariel did. (YA contemporary (and mixed media), released 9/11, publisher: Knopf)

Away, by Teri Hall ****+ I enjoyed this one very much. Rachel is a sympathetic character, and in this book, she definitely seemed older and more thoughtful. The pacing is fast, to the point that I wondered if all that much had actually happened when I finished the book -- but then, when thinking back, I realized that quite a bit had taken place, really. It did feel a little rushed in places, but overall, I liked the resolution (which was very nice). The story: Pathik takes Rachel to his home beyond the Line, and Rachel meets the leader of their small group (Pathik's grandfather). She immediately asks about her dad, who disappeared when she was a toddler. Pathik's grandfather admits that her dad was taken by one of the other groups, and they don't know if he's still alive. However, using a strange hybrid creature, Pathik's dad is able to catch glimpses of Daniel (Rachel's dad). Soon, a rescue attempt is underway, but finding her dad and hoping to get him back alive only leads to discord in their group -- and soon Rachel and Pathik must decide whether to stay and fight for their homes or whether to go even further Away. (YA dystopic, released 9/11, publisher: Dial)

Currently Reading: Moonfall (it's long, so I'll keep reading it along with others)

On Deck: Still making my way through the pile...I haven't decided what I want to read next, though I just got Under the Never Sky from the library (and it's calling to me).