September 11th, 2015


Book Reports (117-123)...

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].

Site Meter

Never Always Sometimes, by Adi Alsaid -- recommended for those who enjoy teen contemporary drama, teen angst, and those who don't mind betrayal -- Harlequin Teen, 8/15

The Heir, by Kiera Cass -- recommended for fans of the series, for those who don't mind self-centered heroines, and those who like Bachelor-type settings -- Harper Teen, 5/15

afterparty, by Anne Redisch Stampler -- recommended for those who like teen drama, those who don't mind repeated foolish choices, and those who don't mind teen romance/betrayal -- Simon Pulse, 12/13

Proof of Forever, by Lexa Hillyer -- recommended for those who enjoy contemporary drama (with a hint of magic and time travel), those who like an intriguing look at friendship (and brief romances, including LGBT), and those who don't mind realistic sadness -- Harper Teen, 6/15

**+ (a/n: I picked this up after all the above and was simply burned out on realistic teen drama...I'm going to try it again after a break, as it has tons of aspects I like)
Adrift, by Paul Griffin -- recommended for those who like survival stories, those who like the complexities of teen relationships (both friendship and new romance), and those who like complex characters -- Scholastic, 7/15

Conquer the Flames, by Ariel Tachna -- recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like Australian settings, and those who enjoy ranch life -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/13

Still, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like tales of married love, and those who like contemporary/realistic love stories -- Dreamspinner Press, 5/13

Currently Reading: still working on Ann Aguirre's book (and I re-read three other books -- but I'm not going to mention them yet again, as they've already gotten a call-out this year)

ON Deck: well, I obviously need a break from all the teen we'll see what else I can find ;)