April 8th, 2017


Book Reports (40-47)...

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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All In and Bad Blood, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for Barnes' fan who like YA romantic suspense/thrillers -- Disney Hyperion, 11/16-17

(I love Barnes' writing style, and I'm glad she has the next series to keep me going (The Fixer).)

Random, by Tom Leveen -- recommended for those who like the perspective of the antagonist and those who like teen bullying drama -- Simon Pulse, 8/15

(I didn't realize going in that the majority of this would be told by the so-called antagonist...I didn't really like her, and when I skimmed the ending [as I tend to do], she hadn't grown or changed a whole lot. *shrug* I like Leveen's writing style and have enjoyed two of his other books quite a bit. I think people who are interested in this topic might enjoy the book.)

Incognita, by Kristen Lippart-Martin -- recommended for those who read the first (Tabula Rasa), those who like sci-fi thrillers, those who like sweet teen romance -- Carolrhoda, 10/16

(I really enjoyed the first one, and this one is also good...but for some reason, I couldn't get into it as much this time. I don't think it was the fault of the author -- that just happens now and then where the story has faded from mind enough that it takes too long for the world to capture my attention. Still, I suspect many will love this.)

[Select, by Marit Weisenberg -- recommended for those who like sci-fi mysteries (similar in some ways to Twilight), those who like teen angst and drama, and those who like teen romance (two from different worlds, so to speak) -- Charlesbridge Teen, 10/17]

(The premise on this is really engaging, and I kind of tore through the first few chapters...but although the tension seemed high, it didn't build in a way that worked for me. Also, I thought for sure I'd missed a prequel or something because the narrator kept briefly referencing events that happened before in such a way that made me feel like I was missing something. I didn't enjoy it, and it took a while to piece everything together. Overall, it felt rather trope-y, and I didn't love the execution or the resolution. That said, I didn't really like Twilight at all, so this type of tale is probably just not to my personal taste, and chances are, this will be adored by many.)

[Concealed, by R.J. Crayton -- recommended for those who like dystopic sci-fi (virus-type), those who like family drama, those who like determined heroines, and those who like teen romance -- Createspace, 5/16]

(I like this, though I didn't love it. The premise is intriguing, and I definitely enjoyed the characters. The plot reveals were a little slow for me, and I felt a bit like the book ended kind of in the middle of everything. Still, I will read the next one. :) )