January 21st, 2017


Book Reports (12-13)...

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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What Light, by Jay Asher -- highly recommended for those who like sweet teen romance, those who like thoughtful and good characters, and those who like strong families -- Razorbill, 10/16

(This is just a feel-good read from beginning to end -- but it's not shallow at all. Instead, it illustrates how those who remain true to themselves and to their belief in kindness and forgiveness can make a difference. I like all the relationships in this (friendship, romantic love, and familial love), and I especially appreciate Asher's gentle writing style.)

[Perfect, by Cecelia Ahern -- recommended for those who read the first one (Flawless), those who like rigid dystopian worlds, those who like 'love at first sight' type scenarios, and those who like a heroine who fights for others -- Feiwel & Friends, 4/17]

(This was interesting, and I should admit up-front that I did NOT read the first one. I did enjoy this, but I felt there were holes in the world building, and I found it really hard to take the relationship between Celestine and Carrick seriously when they didn't know each other at all but were still madly in love...also, I didn't especially enjoy the narrative style (there were numerous flashbacks). This is just personal taste, of course. :) )