February 3rd, 2013


Book Reports (16-18)...

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 (linked to Tattered Cover's book page) or e-galley.

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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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A Reason to Believe, by Diana Copland (R) I have this on my Android Kindle app, so I've been re-reading it when I'm out and about and having to wait. I enjoyed it just as much this time as last -- a new favorite. :)

Don't Turn Around, by Michelle Gagnon ****+ I really enjoyed this, and the only reason it's not a solid five stars is because I almost put it down a few times near the beginning. But once I got into, and definitely by the final third of the book, I couldn't put it down! Once Gagnon got going, the pacing was strong; and from the very beginning, the story intrigued me. I liked the world-building, and I liked Noa's skills. I'm not as fond of Peter -- his characterization isn't quite as developed -- but by the end, he'd grown on me. I'm definitely curious to see what the next book holds! The story: Noa finds herself in an abandoned warehouse, and once she escapes, she discovers she's been cut open and sewn back up -- not a pleasant discovery! Add to that, she is still homeless and now has to wonder who's after her and if they can trace her steps. She uses her computer skills to contact a group who has advocated for those in need before, and through that, she agrees to help Peter. But Peter's problems seem so minor compared to hers...still, once she takes his money, she feels obligated to help -- and to her shock, she discovers they're struggles are related (though what a rich boy like Peter and a homeless girl like her could have in common...). The mystery deepens when both teens are targeted, along with anyone who appears to help them -- can Noa get herself out of this new mess? And will Peter be able to help her? (YA suspense, released 8/12, publisher: Harper Collins)

Prodigy, by Marie Lu ***+ I also enjoyed this, although I just couldn't get into the beginning. However, because I enjoyed the first book so much, I simply skipped to the middle (almost exactly half) and started reading there. The last half was excellent, and I read every word. I probably missed some things, but it didn't seem like there were holes in my understanding. I like both June and Day, though they're both pretty good at misreading the other. I wasn't surprised at the plot twists, but I still found them interesting. The cliffie was more in their relationship than in the plot, though I do wonder how things will pan out in their world -- and I'll definitely pick up the next book. The story: Day and June arrive in Vegas just in time for the Elector's son to take his place (after his death). They join the rebels, but the rebels want the two to assassinate Anden (the new Elector). Immediately, this causes strife between Day and June, as Day has no problem with this but June thinks Anden might be a decent person and have some good ideas. However, Day will do anything to get his brother back, and June's guilt over the rest of Day's family keeps her torn. Can the two fulfill their roles and still find the truth? Or will their differences and their secrets tear them apart for good? (YA dystopic, released 1/13, publisher: Putnam)

Currently Reading: Into the Ever Night (I think that's what it's called -- I don't have the book in front of me.) I've started a new e-book on my phone too. ;)

On Deck: Many others...and I have so little reading time right now too :(