November 12th, 2017

books

Book Reports (91-95)...

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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****+
Seize Today, by Pintip Dunn -- highly recommended for those who read the rest of the trilogy, those who like sci-fi (time-travel) suspense, and those who like sweet romance -- Entangled Teen, 10/17

****+
Twelve, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who liked The Naturals series, those who like novellas, and those who want to see more of these characters -- Disney/Hyperion, 11/17

*****
Last Seen Leaving, by Caleb Roehrig -- highly recommended for those who like YA suspense/mysteries, those who like unique teen characters, and those who enjoy YA romance (GLBT, in this case) -- Feiwel & Friends, 10/16

*****
[White Rabbit, by Caleb Roehrig -- highly recommended for all the reasons above :D -- Feiwel & Friends, 4/18]

****
[Six Little Secrets</i>, by Katlyn Duncan -- recommended for those who like multi-POV, those who like YA mysteries, and those who like intriguing teen interactions -- Kindle, 11/17]

I'm so far behind on my book reports that I'm not going to go into great detail here -- aside from a quick recommendation: read Caleb Roehrig's books! I really like his style and his complex characters. :) I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for him in years to come.
books

Book Reports (96-107)...

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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****+
Minutes to Kill, by Melinda Leigh -- highly recommended for those who like adult romantic suspense, those who liked the first one (Hour of Need), and those who like family drama/support -- Montlake Romance, 6/15

****+
Seconds to Live, by Melinda Leigh -- highly recommended for all the reasons listed above -- Montlake Romance, 6/15

****
Murder on the Mountain, by Jamie Fessenden -- recommended for those who like adult (male/male) romantic mysteries, those who like tales where the setting adds to the overall atmosphere, and those who are okay with an ending that doesn't resolve everything -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/14

****
The Knight of Ocean Avenue, by Tara Lain -- recommended for those who like adult (male/male) contemporary romance, those who like coming-out tales, and those who like family drama -- Dreamspinner Press, 5/15

****-
Groomzilla, by Tere Michaels -- recommended for those who like contemporary adult romance (male/male), those who like books about reality TV, and those who don't mind self-centered characters -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/15

****-
All the Way to Shore, by CJane Elliot -- recommended for those who like contemporary adult (male/male) romance, those who like lack of communication as a plot tool, and those who like dominating fathers (and sons who stand up to them) -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/16




****+
Triad series, by Poppy Dennison -- highly recommended for those who like adult urban fantasy romance (male/male), those who like complex characters and intriguing world building, and those who like happy endings -- Dreamspinner Press, 9/13 (the date the last one came out)

**a note: these really need to be read as one book -- each one ends with something of a cliffhanger

****+
Friction, by Sandra Brown -- highly recommended for those who like adult romantic suspense, those who like family drama, and those who like solid resolutions -- Grand Central, 8/15

****+
Seeing Red, by Sandra Brown -- highly recommended for the reasons above (even though they're very different mysteries) -- Grand Central, 8/17