May 24th, 2015


Book Reports (68-71)...

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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Burning Nation, by Trent Reedy -- highly recommended for those who like political intrigue and complex choices and those who enjoy a study in contrasts where there's no clear right or wrong -- Arthur Levine, 1/15

A Breath of Frost, by Alyxandra Harvey -- recommended for those who enjoy historical fantasy, who like romance, who like strong heroines and friendships, and who don't mind sometimes confusing magical rules -- Bloomsbury USA, 9/14

[The Weight of Guilt, by Jon Ripslinger -- recommended for those who enjoy a mystery built on circumstantial evidence, those who like characters fighting against the odds, and those who enjoy loyalty and hard work -- Red Adept Publishing, 5/15]

(R) ****
Foundation of Love, by Scotty Cade and ZB Marshall -- recommended for those who enjoy male/male romance -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/11

Currently Reading: The Living

On Deck: the pile is dwindling, but I have more coming... :)