April 13th, 2012

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Friday Four (abridged version)...

(I had this all written out, and the my computer refused to post it...so this will be the shortened version.)

1. Rough night -- nightmares about kiddos being danger. Woke with migraine, though hopefully, it'll stay mild!

2. My MIL is coming for the weekend...*sigh*.

3. Year-end school stuff is killing me -- thank goodness I won't have nearly as many responsibilities next year (famous last words, I know).

4. I'm also attempting to finish my WIP...but work started again yesterday, and with #3...well, I'll keep trying. :)

Happy weekend!
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Book Reports (48-49)...

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.

If you'd like to see my recent 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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(I'm a little behind -- I only finished these a week ago...yeesh.)

The Doomsday Key, by James Rollins **** I enjoyed this, though I think I'm getting a YA attention span (ha). It just felt really long to me, even though the action never really let up (which was nice). But about 3/4s of the way through, I was ready for it to be over. Still, it was a fun story -- right along the lines of Dan Brown. Thanks to beachdog for the rec. :) The story: Starting centuries before with a strange plague and a priest who had a vision about popes, a current plot to take over the world is in play. The MCs (Sigma Force, an elite group of people fighting for good) discover a connection between three murders around the world, and soon they're split into small groups, searching desperately for the key before one of their own will die. (Adult thriller, released 2009, publisher: William Morrow)

MacKenzie's Heroes, by Linda Howard ***+ These are fun, though I'm still not a huge fan of straight romance novels. And these have a hint of mystery (probably more than a hint), but I prefer suspense with a hint of romance. ;) STill, I enjoyed them (a two-in-one). I like the family, and it's humorous to see how all the men are similarly portrayed (and nothing like any men I know, ha). The stories: 1) Zane has to take his SEAL team and find an ambassador's daughter. The two fall in love right off the bat, and after Zane discovers why she was taken, they can try and focus on their relationship. 2) Maris wakes up with a stranger, only to slowly remember that she stole a horse (she's a horse trainer) -- and she and the 'stranger' work together to reel in a group who is trying to harm horses (and fall in love in the process, of course). (Adult romance, released 2009, publisher: Harlequin)

Currently reading: A Million Suns and The Marked -- so far, I like them both :)