December 24th, 2015

books

Book Reports (150-154)...

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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This will be the final list for the year -- over 150 books read this year, yay!

***+
Damage Done, by Amanda Panitch -- recommended for those who like suspense, those who like unreliable narrators, those who like psychological thrillers, and those who don't mind messed up relationships -- Random House BYfR, 7/15

****
Pandemic, by Yvonne Ventresca -- recommended for those who like flu/sickness disaster tales, those who like heroines who keep on fighting, and those who like teens working to overcome challenges -- Sky Pony Press, 5/14

***+
[Scent, by Juliet Madson -- recommended for those who've read the first two, those who like paranormal mysteries, those who don't mind a somewhat shallow heroine, and those who like character growth -- Diversion Publishing, 1/16]

****
Love Maybe, by Heather Hepler -- recommended for those who enjoy sweet teen romance, those who enjoy angst (which gets resolved), and those who like friendship tales -- Speak, 1/13

****+
Variant, by Robison Wells -- highly recommended for those who like sci-fi suspense, those who like smart and determined heroes, and those who like hints of romance and male POV -- Harper Teen, 8/12

Currently Reading: Feedback (second in Variant duo)

On Deck: a couple books arriving in the mail -- yay!