January 17th, 2016

books

Book Reports (9-15)...

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).

* 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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***+
Onyx, by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- recommended for those who liked the first, those who enjoy alien and paranormal tales, and those who like angsty teen romance and drama -- Entangled, 8/12

****
Opal, by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- recommended for those who liked the rest of the series, those who enjoy alien and paranormal tales, and those who like angsty teen romance, drama, and relationships - Entangled, 12/12

****
Origin, by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- recommended for those reading the series, those who like twists and turns (and don't mind a bit of torture and violence), and those who like teen romance (including intimacy) -- Entangled, 8/13

****+
Opposition, by Jennifer L. Armentrout -- highly recommended for those who've read the others, for those who like alien invasion, and for those who like high stakes and end-of-world scenarios (along with teen romance) -- Entangled, 8/14*

**
The Perilous Sea, by Sherry Thomas -- recommended for those who liked the first, those who enjoy fantasy mixed with history, and those who like a touch of mythology, as well (along with sweet romance) -- Balzer & Bray, 9/13 **

**+
Court of Fives, by Kate Elliot -- recommended for those who like a blend of fantasy and Roman history, those who like strong heroines, and those who like adventure -- Little, Brown, 8/15

****
Piece of Cake, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who've read the other Matter of Time books, those who like novellas, those who enjoy adult male/male romance, and those who like law enforcement tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/15

*Clearly I'm reading the entire series. I like the premise a great deal, and this is a good example of how sometimes reading a series after they're all out is the best plan. I don't think I would have gone beyond #2 (Onyx) if I'd had to wait for the others to be released. However, I really like many of the ideas presented, and Opposition (the conclusion) is easily my favorite of the group, so I'm glad I was able to read them all right after the other.

**I really want to like this trilogy...but it's more detailed (in the world building) than I currently like. I go back and forth in this -- there are times when I revel in the lush world building. I will definitely be looking for the last book, as I think the characters and situation are intriguing.

On Deck: Erebos and Ash & Bramble