* 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!
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Once a Witch, by Carolyn MacCullough ***** This is a book I saw at ALA -- they didn't have extra copies, but I pleaded with the publicist to send me -- and she did! I'm so glad -- the plot is intriguing, the MC (Tamsin) is spunky and very proactive, and the love interest is Hot :) I really enjoyed the magic woven throughout...the only downside is that I have to wait until next fall (2010) for the next book! This is a unique and exciting urban fantasy. (YA, releases 9/09)
what my girlfriend doesn't know, by Sonya Sones **** I'm definitely a fan of verse novels, and this one has a lot of heart. I like the MC, and it's hard to read in some places because although the sparse narrative doesn't give all the info, you can tell he's having a very tough time in high school. But his courage and ability to continue on is beautiful -- and I like how he's not perfect, either. He makes mistakes and learns from them.
Breathing, by Cheryl Herbsman **** This book just came out a couple months ago. I enjoyed the MC and her boyfriend, and I found myself engrossed in the story -- and this is impressive because I don't usually enjoy books with dialects (ie, books written with southern twang or scottish brogue, etc, in the word choices). Typically, the dialect will distract me to the point that I can't get into the story at all, but with this story, the relationship between the two and the constant struggle for Savannah to breathe (and let herself live without trying to control everything) was compelling.
Shift, by Jennifer Bradbury (R) **** When I first read this, I LOVED it. This time around, it wasn't as compelling, and I think it's simply because I not only knew what was coming, but also because I've read a ton of fantastic boy-centric books since then. Still, it's a good story with a strong MC.
Betrayed; Chosen; Hunted, by P.C. and Kristin Cast ***+ All of these came into the library at once, so I had to kind of motor through them before they were due. I still like the world the Casts have built, and I enjoyed the loyalty Zoey offers to her friends (and especially the changing relationship between her and her one-time arch-enemy Aphrodite) -- I wasn't as fond of her constant wavering with the guys. That's probably pretty realistic, but as each book continued her indecisions (and wanting to have all of them), for me, at least, it got a little old. In some ways, it lessened all of those connections across the board (which, on the plus side, made her struggles with Aphrodite even more intriguing).