July 10th, 2015

books

Book Reports (84-89)...

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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*****
Souffles at Sunrise, by M.J. O'Shea and Anna Martin -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who enjoy foodie novels, and those who like TV shows like Chopped or Master Chef -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/15

***
The Cutting Edge, by Linda Howard -- recommended for those who like romance, those who like a minor mystery attached, and those who don't mind 'love at first sight' type scenarios -- Harlequin, 12/12

****-
Model Citizen, by Lissa Kasey -- recommended for those who like adult male/male romantic mysteries, those who doesn't mind a very self-centered (and insecure) main character, and those who like triumphant hero tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/15

****
White Lies, by Linda Howard -- recommended for those who like romantic suspense, those who don't mind much of the action off-screen, and those who are Linda Howard fans -- Harlequin, 10/03

**
Flame, by Amy Kathleen Ryan -- recommended for those who read the other two in the trilogy (Spark and Glow), those who like sci fi mixed with cult-like features, and those who like teen romance -- St. Martin's Griffin, 1/14

****
The Forgetting, by Nicole Maggi -- recommended for those who like paranormal mysteries, those who like angsty teen romance, and those who don't mind some glossed-over holes in the plot -- Sourcebooks Fire, 2/15

On Deck: a couple of re-reads and a ton of new books (yay)