July 3rd, 2013


Book Reports (59-60)...

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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Halfway through the year, so hopefully I'm on track to read about 120 books. If I have time when I get back from our 4th celebration, I'll do a mid-year round-up of 5-star reads. :)

Spirit and Dust, by Rosemary Clement-Moore ***** I really enjoyed this, and I'm hoping there will be more about this unusual family. Daisy is a hoot, and I enjoyed her spunky personality throughout. The romance was sweet and complicated, and the whole premise was right up my alley (FBI with paranormal abilities). Also, this has a slight Amelia Peabody feel to it, as well, and that simply enhanced what was an already enjoyable, suspenseful, and complicated mystery. All in all, a very fun and smart read -- it would be wonderful to have a book per cousin, perhaps (especially with little updates about what's happening to the others we've already met, right?). Plus, I'd enjoy simply another book with Daisy at the forefront. The story: Daisy can see and communicate with dead people (well, the echoes of their souls left behind). Because of her talent, the FBI often calls her in to help with cases with little evidence or few leads -- so Daisy's not surprised when she's called to investigate a missing coed...but when she's kidnapped herself by the coed's family, the case quickly becomes much more complicated and terrifying as the girl's dad (a mob boss) threatens the lives of Daisy's own family if she doesn't find his daughter alive. Throw in some strange Egyptian artifact (which has some kind of power over death), a sexy 'bodyguard' for the family, and even some magic, and Daisy has to overcome a lot more than she's used to. Can she pull it off without endangering the entire spirit world? (YA paranormal suspense, released 5/13, publisher: Delacorte BFYR)

Veil of Night, by Linda Howard (R) Yeah, that newish book by Howard put me in the Howard mood -- I'm taking two others with me (both re-reads) on our little jaunt.

Currently Reading: an e-galley; Desires of the Dead

On Deck: a boy book, the next Carter book (ie, of Carter Finally Gets It fame), and Joelle Anthony's latest, among others