* 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!
Brightly Woven, by Alexandra Bracken bracken **** This is a strong fantasy. The world-building is solid, although there are moments where I wasn't completely straight on all the rules -- but the important rules were quite clear. My favorite part of this book is Sydelle's spitfire spirit -- she's strong and outspoken and never afraid to do what needs to be done (even if she's wrong). The romance is also quite nice. Definitely recommended. (YA, releases 3/10)
Wish You Were Dead, by Todd Strasser **** This is a great mystery/suspense from a strong writer. It was definitely creepy and well done...I liked the realistic ideas behind kids wanting to be popular and wondering how others got to be popular (and the envy). Apparently, it's the first in a trilogy, so I look forward to the next one. (upper YA, releases 10/09)
The Pale Assassin, by Patricia Elliot ***+ This started pretty slowly, but around midway through, it got very intriguing. In many ways, it reminds me of The Scarlet Pimpernel (especially as it's about the same time period -- French Revolution). The main character manages to be strong, although she's a tad immature here and there -- but, I think that's fitting to her station. All in all, an entertaining read (and I think this also will have sequel -- it's set up so there could be one). I have to admit, I kept humming Do You Hear the People Sing as I read. (YA, releases 10/09)
Give Up the Ghost, by Megan Crewe megancrewe ***** I must confess that I read parts of this before publication -- but it's amazing to see it in book form. I LOVE this story! I love the complexity of the characters and how there are no easy solutions...and yet, there's so much hope as Cass finds her way into the real world, at last. Definitely look for this! (YA, releases this month!)