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Book Reports (178-181) & upcoming Birthday Book Bash...

So I haven't been able to do a big book giveaway yet, but I'm thinking I will for my birthday -- because what can be better than sharing some books to celebrate? :D My birthday's on a Sunday this year, so I might do the Birthday Book Bash on Monday, just so more people can be involved. There will be first, second, and third place winners...and I'll come up with more details as the time gets closer. Also, I'm hoping to have ARCs up for choosing once a month (starting in October) for anyone who doesn't mind paying the postage -- but the BBB will be for free ARCs. Onto the book reports:

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read. Different colored font means it's an ARC (and I'll try to remember to put the month it's released, as well). For those available for pre-order or order, the titles link to Powell's (for more thorough summaries).

* 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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The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading, by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance **** Other than the geek girl actually making cheerleader, this could have been about me as a teen :) Well, I never did get the cute basketball player to look at me, either, but I had fun trying, hehe. I liked Bethany's intelligence and her spunk -- and the many references to Pride & Prejudice, as well. Very enjoyable read, and a book I will most likely buy for my very own.

Triple Shot Bettys in Love, by Jody Gehrman ***+ I liked this better than the first Triple Shot book, actually -- the various love struggles were enjoyable to read (and pretty realistic) -- I think one of the things I appreciate about this book (and the Geek Girl book) is how they take very familiar tropes and add their own personal spin so that it's enjoyable but not too repetitive.

Dull Boy, by Sarah Cross **** I heard good things about this book, and it didn't disappoint! The humor is good, the story is compelling, and the characters are unique and realistic (well, aside from the whole superhero aspect, hehe). I think teen boys will love this -- and girls will find Avery irresistible :)

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater m_stiefvater ***** The story is deeply romantic, from the setting, to Grace's and Sam's isolation within their own lives, to how they find their soulmate in one another. The intensity and longing propels the story forward, and as the temperature drops, the warmth they find in each other is that much more poignant and goose-bump-inducing. Beautiful story, amazing ending. (upper YA, already out)
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