May 26th, 2013


Book Reports (50-51)...

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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Strangelets, by Michelle Gagnon **** This was interesting. I thought the mystery was pretty intriguing, and even though it took a loooong time for an explanation to come, I stuck with it (a testament to the solid pacing, I think). I would have given it five stars except I felt like a number of things were left hanging. That might be because of another book coming(?) or maybe it just had a more open ending (which isn't my favorite, as we know). Still, I did like the happy ending for the main MC, Sophie. :) The story: Sophie is about to die (of cancer) but when she 'wakes' up again, she isn't quite sure if she's in purgatory or heaven (or hell?) when she finds herself in some kind of hospital-like lab. Then, as she runs into a few other kids her age who also appeared, the mystery deepens. When they group together and try to find out what's happening, one of the boys is killed, and the girl with him seems traumatized. The remaining group (Sophie, Declan, Nico, Anat, and Yosh) decide to try and find Nico's father, who apparently works near this lab. But the world is not what any of them remembers, and it isn't long before strange creatures appear to be hunting them...and Sophie has to consider that maybe she's not dead at all. But this life is definitely NOT what she wanted -- can she find a way back, even if it's back to her deathbed? (YA science fiction, released 4/13, publisher: Soho Teen)

The Originals, by Cat Patrick **** I liked this too, although (like the previous book) there were aspects of the story which remained unexplained by the end. Still, the main character (Lizzy) was very likable, and the overall idea was definitely original (ha, just like the title). I felt like the other two MCs were a little surface-y (in other words, I didn't get a clear picture of them), but Seth was also very likable. The story: Lizzy, Betsey, and Ella thought they were triplets when they were little, but now that they're teens, they know the truth: they're clones. Because their 'mom' stole them from the lab and raised them as her own, they've had to share one life of a girl named 'Elizabeth.' All three go along with it until Lizzy falls for a boy named Seth -- and suddenly, she doesn't want to share a life (or Seth) for one second longer. Lizzy's rebellion changes things more than anyone thought, and soon the scientists in charge of the cloning appear to be after their mom again...but their mom is keeping secrets of her own. Will the three be able to find their own lives if Lizzy can stick with it? (YA science fiction, released 5/13, publisher: Little, Brown)

Currently Reading: ??? I'm debating which of my huge pile to start next...