* 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!
Playing in Traffic, by Gail Giles ** This is very dark (imo) -- too dark, really, for my personal taste. But it's also a pretty realistic look at a girl trapped in a horrible world (partly of her own making, and partly her circumstances). Not a lot of hope here, however (which is why I couldn't read much of it).
Prophecy of the Sisters, by Michelle Zink **+ I've heard tons of good buzz about this book, and certainly the premise is quite intriguing...for me, personally, it was a little darker than I prefer. It does end with hope (yay), and I'll probably look for the next one, just to see what happens. If you like dark stories with a fantastical (gothic) bent, this is for you!
The Espressologist, by Kristina Springer kspringer ****+ This was very good -- I loved the MC (she reminded me a bit of Emma from Jane Austen) and her clever way of matching customers and friends through their coffee choices. I like the romance, and I just thought the whole idea was smart and unique. (YA, releases 9/09)