* 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 -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!
Dear Big V, by Ellen Leroe ** This was only okay for me. I liked the format (narrative interspersed with journal entires to her virginity -- thus the title), and I thought the premise was pretty unique. I just didn't quite warm up to the MC -- but we all know that's a taste thing. For a book about a girl trying to get the guy without giving IT up, I think it has something to add to those already in this niche. (YA, releases 9/09)
Daniel X: Watch the Skies, by James Patterson & Ned Rust * Now I know these books are very popular amongst their targeted group (which is definitely not me). I guess it's hard for me to find the pre-teen/early teen boy within ;) (tween, releases 7/09)
Jungle Crossing, by Sidney Salter **+ My favorite part of this was the story within a story (thanks to jenny_moss for encouraging me to look for that when she heard I had this ARC). Salter gives a nice view into Mayan history and culture. (tween, releases 9/09)
Ash, by Malinda Lo **** Beautiful prose, a poignant MC, along with an unusual but touching love story (same-sex) for this Cinderella-style retelling makes this a winner for me! It's a sweet book, by the way, with nothing graphic or stated too strongly -- just lovely. (mid-upper YA, releases 9/09)
Girlfriend Material, by Melissa Kantor ***+ I liked Kate's continued references to Hemingway and how she realizes the complex lives of those around her through her journey in this book -- and the romance was sweet, if a bit predictable. (YA, 5/09)