March 11th, 2017

books

Book Reports (28-34)...

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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****
The Darkest Lie, by Pintip Dunn -- recommended for those who like suspense, those who like relationship drama, and those who like justice served -- Kensington, 6/16

I like Dunn's writing style, and I found this intriguing. It was sad too (which I often shy away from), but the ending was satisfying and made sense. Overall, it was a good read.

****+
[Relationship Status, by K.A. Mitchell -- highly recommended for those who like NA male/male romance, those who've read the others in this series, and those who like dual-POV -- Carina Press, 4/17]

I've liked all the books in this trilogy, and this was a satisfying (albeit rather short) ending. I like Wyatt and Ethan, so having their POV trade off is a definitely plus. Their relationship is realistic, and the supporting characters are also fun to spend time with.

(R) ****+
Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson -- highly recommended for those who like super-hero science fiction (with a twist), those who like bookish heroes, and those who like determination -- Delacorte Press, 9/13

****+
Firefight, Brandon Sanderson -- highly recommended for those who like super-hero science fiction (with a twist), those who like bookish heroes, and those who like determination -- Delacorte Press, 1/15

I read the 1st one years ago but forgot to pick up the second one. However, I got all of them for D this year, and he loved them -- so I gave them a go. They're definitely enjoyable, though I haven't finished the third yet. The pacing and tension in the first 2 is well done, and I really like the world building and how it's all twined in with the plot. David is a great hero. :)

***
A Lie for a Lie, by Robin McCready -- recommended for those who like family drama, those who like teen relationship drama, and those who like complicated families -- Henry Holt, 2/17

This was okay. I didn't love how the MC really lacked in perception, and her justification for doing some of the things she did seemed fairly shallow. That said, I have known teens very like her, and she had a good heart, overall. I writing style put me off a bit too, as the MC seemed very distant from everything that happened. My favorite part was the complicated family -- definitely realistic.

(R) *****

(R) *****

The Testing trilogy, by Joelle Charbonneau -- highly recommended for those who like dystopic books, those who like strong (and intelligent) heroines, and those who like sweet teen romances -- Harcourt Brace/Houghton Mifflin, 6/14-1/16

Struggling to find unique books. :( Still, always glad for re-reads!