April 30th, 2016


Book Reports (62-64)...

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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Any Other Girl, by Rebecca Phillips -- recommended for those who like *unique but realistic families, those who like YA romance, and those who like intriguing settings -- Kensington Books, 1/16

[Winning, by Lara Deloza -- recommended for those who like multi-POV tales, those who like **mean-girl stories, and those who like GLBT romance (girl-girl) -- Harper Teen, 6/16]

[The Safest Lies, by Megan Miranda -- highly recommended for those who like YA suspense, those who like ***vulnerable heroines, and those who like sweet YA romance -- Crown BFYR, 5/16]

* My favorite part of this story was the family -- the MC and her two dads. They were wonderful parents. However, I just didn't like the MC much. She was pretty selfish and short-sighted, and although she tried to do the right thing, she irritated me.

** I didn't like anyone in this book (except maybe Erin). All the teens were incredibly self-centered and shallow, and they seemed to lack basic compassion. I read the whole thing (the pacing was actually quite good, and I always enjoy multi-POV narratives), but it left a 'meh' taste in my mouth, I will admit. I was happy about Erin's final relationship (there are no spoilers here, as you can't really tell who she'll end up with as you read).

*** This is an interesting look at fear and genetics -- and an MC who struggles to be more than her 'blood' allowed. I liked the mystery and the reveal, and I thought Kelsey and Ryan made a sweet couple.