January 8th, 2014

books

Book Reports (1-10)...

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. Bolded, blue titles mean it's an ARC (linked to Tattered Cover's book page) or e-galley.

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* 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.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book.



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bang *****
Bang, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended for those who love suspense, romance, and drama (with some paranormal elements thrown in, as well) -- Simon Pulse, released 10/13

catchingjordan ****
Catching Jordan, by Miranda Kenneally -- recommended for those who enjoy teen angst, romance, and football -- Sourcebooks Fire, released 12/11

michaelvey ****+
Michael Vey: Battle of the Ampere, by Richard Paul Evans -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first two and like the science fiction approach to adventure (similar to Michael Crichton in some ways) -- Simon Pulse, released 8/13

uninvited *****
Uninvited, by Sophie Jordan -- highly recommended for those who enjoy suspense and romance with a science fiction/dystopic twist -- Harper Teen, releasing 1/14

crewel **+
Crewel, by Gennifer Albin -- recommended for those who enjoy complex world building and romance (with a science fiction twist) -- FSG, released 10/12

doomed ****+
Doomed, by Tracy Deebs -- highly recommended for those who enjoy video games and 'firesale' scenarios, with romance and save-the-world adventure -- Walker Children's, released 12/13

pretenders ****+
Pretenders, by Lisi Harrison -- highly recommended for those who enjoy contemporary drama, secrets, and multiple POV tales (with a cliff-hanger ending) -- Little Brown, released 10/13

thefall ****+
The Fall, by Kate Sherwood -- highly recommended for those who enjoy male/male romance with intriguing characters -- Dreamspinner Press, released 12/13

brokenhearted ****
Brokenhearted, by Cate Ashwood -- recommended for those who enjoy male/male romance with some mystery and a coming-out scenario -- Dreamspinner Press, released 11/13

whereyoulead ***+
Where You Lead, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who enjoy male/male romance in a novella form -- Dreamspinner Press, released 12/13

Currently Reading: Well, I haven't started anything, but I have a long list -- plus, I ordered all my Christmas gift card books yesterday (woo-hoo)!