July 7th, 2020


Book Reports (48-54) ...

Because I've had trouble keeping up with my reading, I'm going to change my book report style a bit. Now I'm aiming to write reviews on Goodreads and simply post the link here. But I'm also going to change my star system:

* = Just not for me
** = Interesting premise but not engaging enough to complete
*** = Okay; didn't love but liked enough to finish (or at least skim)
**** = Good; liked the writing style and/or the plot enough to stick with it
***** = Loved; will definitely keep and/or re-read

This is a long one -- sorry for the delay.

[The Con Code, by Shana Silver -- YA adventure/mystery -- Fiona has learned cons all her life but now must figure out how to save her long-lost mom *and* her dad after the FBI catches up to them; 3 friends help her through the challenges.]


[The Assignment, by Liza Wiemer -- YA contemporary -- Logan and Cade, best friends, must decide how to stand up for their beliefs when a favorite teacher assigns a debate asking them to argue the perspective of the Nazis during WWII.]


The Gravity of Us, by Phil Stamper -- YA contemporary with LGBTQ+ romance -- Cal's dad has just been chosen as the final member of the team working on the next huge space mission to Mars, and Cal and his mom must move with him to Houston to live a new life in the spotlight.


On A Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden -- YA fantasy/space graphic novel with LGBTQ+ romances -- Mia joins a space crew traveling around the universe and fixing things but finds that her small crew becomes family and will help her gain closure with her first love, Grace.


(R) ****+
The Third Eye, by Lois Duncan -- YA paranormal mystery -- When Karen 'sees' her babysitting charge in the trunk of her boyfriend's car and tells people about it, she has no idea the door she's opened; soon, others are asking her to find missing children with her gift.


Hot Off the Ice, by A.E. Wasp -- adult male/male romance -- Bryce is moving his mom to a farmhouse in CO when he meets Dakota, the man who happens to live on said farm (and run it), all while having to make decisions about the next step in his hockey career.


Inherit Midnight, by Kate Kae Myers -- YA adventure -- Avery's grandma has put forth a challenge for all her heirs, including Avery (though she is considered the black sheep of the family because her dad -- the official heir -- didn't marry her mom and is currently a recovering alcoholic), where they must all race around the world, find clues, and put them together to win the inheritance.


Whew -- though not much to show for an entire month ... (though I did re-read a duology -- The Blueprint and Deeper Blue in there, as well.)