June 25th, 2014

books

Book Reports (63-65)...

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).

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 [(R) means it's a re-read; * means it's an ARC].



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strangeronshore *****
Stranger on the Shore, by Josh Lanyon -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult mystery, romance (male/male), and a great setting -- Carina Press, 6/14

graduationday ****+
Graduation Day, by Joelle Charbonneau - (R)

tornaway ****
Torn Away, by Jennifer Brown -- recommended for those who like natural disaster/survival stories based in reality and for those who don't mind seriously dis-functional families and child neglect -- Little, Brown BFYR, 5/14

In between right now (though still working on a couple of Kindle books on my phone), but

ON Deck: the newest from Carol Lynch Williams, among others