January 10th, 2015

books

Book Reports (1-12)...

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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AftertheSunsetSm ****+
After the Sunset, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male-male romance, those who read the first one (Timing), and those who like cowboy/ranching tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/11

FloodgatesSM *****
Floodgates, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male-male romantic suspense -- Dreamspinner Press, 3/14

CastOffSM ***+
Cast Off, KC Burn -- recommended for those who enjoyed the first one (Cop Out), those who like adult male-male romance, and those who don't mind a slightly disjointed writing style -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/13

fairgame *****
Fair Game, by Josh Lanyon -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult crime drama and male-male romantic suspense -- Carina Press, 8/10

deserted ****
Deserted, by Deena Lipomi deenaml -- recommended for those who enjoyed the first one (Blackout), those who like dual-POV, those who like musicians, and those who enjoy thrillers -- Deena Lipomi, 7/14

bottledup ***+
Bottled Up Secret, by Brian McNamara -- recommended for those who enjoy teen drama, sweet and thoughtful characters, GLTB romance, and a narrative style where the main character addresses the reader -- Bold Strokes Books, 10/14

boneseason ****+
The Bone Season, by Samantha Shannon -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult sci-fi suspense, complex world building, alternate histories, and intriguing and complex characters -- Bloomsbury, 5/14

ice ****+ (R)
Ice, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult romantic suspense -- Ballantine Books, 11/10

crash ***** (R)
Crash, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended for those who enjoy YA paranormal suspense (with romance) -- Simon Pulse, 8/13

bang ***** (R)
Bang, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended for those who enjoy YA paranormal suspense (with romance) -- Simon Pulse, 10/13

gasp ****+ (R)
Gasp, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended for those who enjoy YA paranormal suspense (with romance), the 3rd in the trilogy -- Simon Pulse, 6/14

serpentstooth ***** (R)
Serpent's Tooth, by Faye Kellerman -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult crime drama, realistic characters, mystery, and complexity -- Harper, 3/12

Currently Reading: two books, plus I'm still working on the introvert book ;)

On Deck: as you can see, I'm enjoying some old favorites...and I might continue that trend while also reading some new books (I have four or five coming my way in another month -- Christmas gifts)