January 12th, 2019

books

Book Reports (1-4)...

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; DNF means *did not finish*].

*****
Beartown, by Fredrik Backman -- highly recommended for those who like contemporary drama, those who like sports tales (hockey), and those who like realistic and compelling characters -- Atria Books, 4/17

(So I read this because E's class is reading it (Honors English 9), and I wanted to make sure it wasn't too graphic. It's not, and man, it's a really engaging book. I read feverishly, and I was so caught up in the story (not a spoiler: the town lives and breathes hockey, but the high school team captain is accused of raping a girl...and the whole town gets involved in he-said-she-said). There's a sequel, and I don't know if I'll read that one or not, just because I was satisfied with leaving them all where I did -- but yeah, it was really good. A great start to reading this year!)

****+
Whisper of Warning, by Laura Griffin -- highly recommended for those who like Griffin's books, those who like romantic suspense, and those who like cop tales and spunky heroines -- Pocket Star, 3/09

(This is the second in the Glass sisters books, and I enjoyed it almost as much as the first, though I didn't think I would. But even though I didn't like Courtney quite as much as Fiona, I liked Will even better -- and I loved getting a sneak preview of Alex and Nathan here, as well (I wondered where they had first met when I read their story, and now I know). All in all, it was a very entertaining read, and I'm bummed because I've now read all Griffin's books and will have to wait for a new one. *sigh*)

****+
Dangerous Waters, by Toni Anderson -- highly recommended for those who like romantic suspense, those who like Canadian settings, and those who like family drama -- Montlake Romance, 11/12

(Yay, I remember the title! :D I definitely liked the setting and the characters. The romance (a female Canadian officer who falls for a suspect) is intriguing, and the many secondary characters (who don't seem secondary) make this feel very well-rounded. It wasn't outstanding writing, necessarily, but it definitely kept me engaged throughout, and I will be looking for more books by Anderson.)

****+
The Strength of His Heart, by Victoria Sue -- highly recommended for those who like the Enhanced series, those who like male/male romance, and those who like FBI (paranormal) tales -- Dreamspinner Press, 12/18

(This is the 4th in the series, and I liked it as much as the others. Sue does a great job showing us both viewpoints of the couple, and even though I didn't think Sam deserved Vance (who is really just a huge sweetie), he did make up for a lot of it at the end. Plus, the team is still fun to read about, and I enjoy the new peeks into this world.)