February 7th, 2016


Book Reports (21-25)...

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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Thicker than Water, by Brigid Kemmerer -- recommended for those who like sympathetic characters, those who like suspense/mysteries, those who like intense teen romance, and those who don't mind a fairly unresolved story arc* -- Kensington,12/15

(R) *****
Bang, by Lisa McMann -- highly recommended for those who like the trilogy and those who like YA thrillers -- Simon Pulse, 8/13

Fill-In Boyfriend, by Kasie West -- highly recommended for those who like realistic teen contemporary, those who appreciate thoughtful teen characters**, and those who like sweet romance -- Harper Teen, 5/15

Forget Tomorrow, by Pintip Dunn -- highly recommended for those who like sci-fi time travel, those who like thoughtful teens, those who like sweet romance, and those who like twists and turns -- Entangled, 11/15

Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancey -- recommended for those who liked the first (The 5th Wave), those who like alien tales***, and those who like teen angsty romance -- Putnam, 9/14

*I have really enjoyed Kemmerer's other books (the Elementals series). And this one has many of the same elements that I loved so much...but for me, it really fell down at the end, and too much of the plot remained not only unresolved but unable to suspend my disbelief. :( I'm hoping there will be another book to explain some of this...

**Too many teen books these days spotlight self-centered, whiny teens. I appreciate West's approach, and I like the fact that her MC works to be a more thoughtful person (even though she wasn't that bad, to begin with) -- plus, the love interest is awesome. :D

***I usually love alien tales, and I did like the first one. This one...well, it didn't help that it was no longer from Cassie's POV (it did spend time with her here and there) and I didn't like Ringer (the character we spent most of our time with).

On Deck: more wonderful possibilities :)