January 7th, 2018

books

Book Reports (1-3)...

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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****-
Worthy, by Donna Cooner -- recommended for those who like contemporary teen drama, for those who like teen romance, and those who like simplistic resolutions -- Point, 3/17

(This was definitely entertaining, but it bugged me by the end. It could have been so much stronger. *sigh* First, the idea that the worthy app only judged the girls was touched on as problematic, but no one ever really dug into that idea (which would have added some much-needed depth to the characterizations). Second, Linden wanted a guy who really appreciated and paid attention to her, but she didn't do a great job of reciprocating. And not only did no one call her out on that (specifically Alex), but Alex actually apologized for not giving her what she wanted (even though it would have meant him giving up something very important to him and his family) -- ack! I doubt I'll re-read this, even though I read every word. It was just too frustrating!)

****+
The Date to Save, by Stephanie Kate Strohm -- highly recommended for those who like unique narrating styles, those who like humorous teen contemporary tales, and for those who like sweet (though secondary) romance -- Point, 9/17

(This one, at least, was fun throughout. The characters are thoughtful and original, and I liked how the plot focused on issues other than simply romance (though it included a few nice romances). All in all, an entertaining read.)

****
Horizon, by Scott Westerfeld -- recommended for those who like tween thrillers, those who like a cast of characters, and those who like multi-POV -- Scholastic, 3/17

(This is younger than I usually read, but it was quick and pretty interesting. I have the second one, as well, and I suspect I'll read it too. It's probably almost upper middle grade.)

This year, I'm trying to report every weekend...we'll see how that goes. ;)
books

Book Reports (4-5)...

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 Mystery of Nevermore, by C.S. Poe -- highly recommended for those who like literary adult mysteries, those who like male/male romantic elements, and those who like clever and stubborn heroes -- DSP Publications, 8/16

****
The Mystery of the Curiosities -- recommended just as above -- DSP Publications, 3/17

(I enjoyed both of these, though the second one had a couple frustrating aspects -- first, Sebastian was so stubborn, and he refused to see how investigating the mystery could not only hurt him but Calvin; second, Calvin is also crazy stubborn, and how he fights getting any help for his PTSD definitely annoyed me some. Despite these things, the mysteries are interesting, and I really like the complexities of the characters (I suppose the annoying aspects just make them more realistic, right?).)