October 9th, 2015

books

Book Reports (128-131)...

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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Rook, by Sharon Cameron -- recommended for those who like dystopic/historical fiction, those who like passion and drama, those who like The Scarlet Pimpernel, and those who like feisty heroines -- Scholastic Press, 4/15

***
Hello, I Love You, by Katie M. Stout -- recommended for those who like family drama, those who are into the music business, those who enjoy teen angst and romance, and those who like different cultures -- St. Martin's Griffin, 6/15

****+
The Islands at the End of the World, by Austin Aslan -- highly recommended for those who enjoy natural disaster sci-fi, those who like strong family relationships, those who like Hawaiian culture, and those who like vulnerable but determined heroines -- Wendy Lamb Books, 8/14

****+
Walk on Earth a Stranger, by Rae Carson -- highly recommended for those who like complex and engaging characters, those who like subtle and sweet teen romance, those who enjoy paranormal historical fiction, and those who like strong heroines -- Greenwillow Books, 9/15

Currently Reading: the sequel to Aslan's book; some re-reads

On Deck: the usual large pile...