May 2nd, 2013


Book Reports (41-43)...

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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[The Waiting Tree, by Lindsay Moynihan ****- This has plenty of angst! I liked the main character, Simon. He's a thoughtful, sensitive person -- but man, he goes through hell and then some in this story. First, his parents are dead, so he and his three brothers are on their own. Second, Simon has been ostracized from his 'second' family because he and that family's son fell in love and got caught together. His boyfriend (and best friend) is sent away, so Simon is again on his own. His two older brothers aren't too keen about having a gay brother, either...and his twin has his own set of special needs (one of which includes being mute). I definitely got caught up in the story, and I think if it had ended a little more...clearly? it would have worked better for me, personally. I found the ending ambiguous (it seemed like Simon almost gave up), and I couldn't tell what was truly going on. Plus, I felt like Stephen (the boyfriend) was a little strange. I don't know -- it's more of a literary book, so I didn't quite get it. :) The story: Simon just wants to take care of his twin brother (who is unusual and mute) and live his own life in peace. But when his boyfriend is sent away, and his own brothers (not his twin) ostracize him for being gay -- along with the rest of their church congregation -- Simon feels alone and helpless. It doesn't help that his closest female friend has a crush on him (and eventually convinces him to sleep with her). Simon is confused and worried...and through it all, his devotion to and need for his twin continues. Until his twin acts, and Simon has to figure out what it means and where to go from there. (YA contemporary, GLBT, releases 5/13, publisher: Amazon)]

[The Laird's Forbidden Lover, by Amelia C. Gormley **** I enjoyed this, although the format was a little unusual. The story kept moving back and forth between the present and the past, and when it skipped ahead to the future, it was a little confusing. Still, I liked the historical feel to it (though I have no idea on the accuracy, not being a historian). The main characters were interesting, though I felt like it focused more on their romance than their actual 'characters.' Still, it was an enjoyable (and quick) read -- fluffy. I also liked the dialect (something which usually irritates me) and found it easy to follow. :) The story: Ian and Tavish are in love, but they also fill opposing roles -- Ian is only a farm boy; whereas Tavish is a future lord. Ian is set to do the right thing and let Tavish go off and marry a woman who will help him fulfill his duty, but Tavish wants only Ian. Finally, Tavish's twin sister comes up with a plan...but will Tavish be okay with her schemes, or will Ian lose him once and for all because of his actions? (Adult historical romance, GLBT, releases 5/13, publisher: Riptide)]

[Flawless, by Cat Grant ****- This was interesting. I liked both characters, but I felt like their interaction was a bit shallow. Of course, it's a novella, so perhaps there wasn't time to delve into them more deeply? Still, both Steve and Gil are intriguing characters. I suspected what was going on with Gil before it was revealed, but that was another aspect I wished had been delved into more deeply. It seemed a little glossed over, and although it had a 'happy' ending, so to speak, I felt a little cheated by the brevity of the story when there was some potential for much more. The story: Steve wants nothing more than to find someone he can love and settle down. When he meets Gil (a car specialist) when his car breaks down, he's intrigued. In desperation for real contact and connection, Steve pursues Gil, who flashes hot and cold. But then, when Gil reveals a shocking secret, will Steve know how to respond -- and will he want to continue their tentative relationship? (Adult contemporary romance, GLBT, releases 5/13, publisher: Riptide)]

Currently Reading: Nobody, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (I'm almost done, and I'll try to actually report within a reasonable time, heh.)

On Deck: Light and others :)