August 10th, 2013


Book Reports (66-68)...

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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Shades of Twilight, by Linda Howard (R) ***** Yep, still love it. ;)

Texas Gothic, by Rosemary Clement-Moore **** I enjoyed this, though it's not quite as compelling as the second on in this group (I wouldn't call it a series, as they don't build on each other, per se). Still, I like Amy, and Ben is wonderfully attractive. :) The story itself isn't quite as intriguing (to me) as the second one, but Clement-Moore truly does a great job with her characterization. I've thought that with all of her books that I've read -- and she also brings the setting to life in an amazing way. I'll definitely pick up the next book in this group (assuming there is another one), though I'd love to see a book about Daisy, Phin, and Amy together. The story: Amy has never wanted to consider herself part of the magic witchiness of the Goodnights, but when she and her sister housesit for their aunt this summer, a neighboring ghost decides that Amy is the only one who can tell his story. When the neighbor (who's alive) -- a very good-looking cowboy -- shows his scorn of magic and even the possibility of ghosts, Amy wants to leave it all behind. However, the ghost won't let her, and neither will some opportunists (alive) who want to see Ben's family go down. Soon Amy finds herself the target of Ben's enemies -- and a few ghosts, as well. Can she find her Goodnight heritage in time? (YA paranormal mystery, released 7/11, publisher: Delacorte Press)

Sylo, by D.J. McHale ***** This was very enjoyable. D loves McHale's mg books, so I didn't even hesitate to pick this one up when I saw it. The plot is tense and the pacing well done. Plus, I like Tucker (he's a very likable character). My only real complaint is that it ends abruptly (and right in the middle of the mystery) -- but I know that's the pattern these days. *sigh* I'll definitely be picking up the next one here (not only to learn more about the mystery of Sylo, but also because I like spending time with Tucker). The story: Tucker loves living on Pemberwick Island, but when a strange virus kills to of their residents, the American government sends a secret branch of the military to quarantine the island. If that wasn't strange enough, Tucker and his best friend Quinn begin to realize something else is going on. They witness an inexplicable explosion over the ocean and discover that a new 'energy' pill has dangerous side effects -- and then, they see the Sylo group (the military force) kill a couple of people who try to leave the island. The virus doesn't seem very dangerous (as none of the Sylo men wear bio-suits), so why would they kill to enforce the quarantine? Unfortunately, when Tucker and Quinn take their concerns to the local sheriff, the head of the Sylo group overhears. Soon, Tucker and Quinn are being sought -- and as they skirt the edges of the island to avoid Sylo, they discover their own parents working on the Sylo civilian team. Can they escape? What caused the explosion, and why are other military branches seeming to target Sylo? Even more, why can't they contact the mainland? (YA science fiction, released 7/13, publisher: Razorbill)

Currently Reading: ???

On Deck: I have a pile of intriguing books, so I'm hoping my reading will pick up again after the slump ;)