March 3rd, 2013


Book Reports (25-26)...

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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Nerve, by Jeanne Ryan **** This book was a mix of experiences. On the plus side, the tension and pacing were excellent. I couldn't put it down once I started reading. I also liked the overall situation; it was very intriguing and unique. The downside? The characterization. I wasn't a fan of the MC -- okay, that's not totally true. I liked the person she seemed to be, but then she did things which seemed inconsistent with the person she was first portrayed as (if that makes sense). So I never did feel like I had a good handle on her -- and the same went for all the supporting characters, as well. I also didn't like the ending that much. Yes, it resolved the basic premise (and I'm guessing there might be a sequel?), but the lack of security in the two characters (Vee and Ian) made the ending feel...shifty? Anyway, I liked it, and I read it feverishly, but it wasn't totally satisfying, either. The story: Vee decides to play the new game, Nerve. Although it's against her character, she's frustrated by her best friend's apparent inattention and disappointed when the guy she likes is clearly looking elsewhere. But after 'winning' the first dare, the producers of the show offer her rewards she can't turn down -- and soon she's neck deep in the game, doing things she'd never guessed she could do, and falling for her partner in crime (who she'd not met before this night). But when the game turns dangerous, and Vee has to decide not only her fate but that of her teammates, will she have the nerve (ha)? (YA thriller, released 9/12, publisher: Dial)

Yesterday, by CK Kelly Martin ***+ This was another mixture, for me. On the plus side, the overall premise is pretty cool, and I liked the time travel aspect, especially. On the downside, the info dump was a bit daunting (it took a few chapters to share what happened in the future to Freya and Garren). I had a hard time figuring out how they'd gotten to the past (and it was hard to suspend my disbelief) -- that said, I liked both Freya and Garren, and I especially liked their story in the past. In fact, I would be interested in reading more about them in the past...but I don't think there's a sequel planned (sadly). The story: Freya and her mom are being evacuated, but when Freya wakes up, she's living a new life. At first, she believes her memories, but as time passes, she begins to feel distanced from her own so-called experiences. Then, when she catches a glimpse of a boy she shouldn't know but is certain she *does* know, strange 'memories' begin to surface...and she realizes that something's happened to her. She tracks down the familiar stranger, and when she confronts him, they discover that their recent past is identical -- too identical for coincidence. What will they do when it's clear that someone (a few someones, in fact) do not want them to remember where -- and when -- they're from? What will Freya do to keep Garren safe? (YA science fiction, released 9/12, publisher: Random House)

Currently Reading: Renegade and The Elephant of Surprise (yes, still -- it's on my Kindle app on my phone, so it's taking a while)

On Deck: The next one in the Article 5 series -- yay!