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Book Reports (232-237)...

Yes, I was a little ambitious -- of the box, I read 6 books (and two of those were today, during the drive through northern New Mexico and southern Colorado). Oh, well ;)

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). I'm linking to the Powell's pages for the ARCs.

* 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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Powers, by Deborah Lynn Jacobs ****+ I really wanted this book to go on longer -- I'm hoping there will be a sequel or something, eventually. The main characters are completely different people, except for their powers, which bond them together. It's an interesting look into what causes attraction and how deep past wounds go.

Front and Center, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock **** This continues DJ's story. I liked it -- although it bothered me that she didn't figure out her own heart very early on...however, I never read the first book (just the middle and this one), so it could be that I'd have understood her reluctance to deal with her ex-boyfriend better if I'd read that. Still, great voice, as usual! (and I liked how she had to find the courage to do what she wanted to do with sports -- nice!)

Secrets of Truth and Beauty, by Megan Frazer **** This is a well-done book about self-esteem and following your heart, imo. I liked the feel to it, and I enjoyed the main character's journey. Dara won a beauty pageant as a child, but then gained weight -- now she's dealing with her own feelings of inadequacy and trying to understand why her parents cut her older sister out of their lives (her sister is a lesbian).

Alibi Junior High, by Greg Logsted ***** I really liked this one! It reminded me in some ways of Ender's Game -- the main character had some Ender-like traits. At first, I thought he might be an unreliable narrator, because his life seemed so implausible, but it didn't take long before more was revealed. Very interesting read -- and a good tween boy book! (Cody's dad has a secret government spy-like job, and he's been keeping Cody with him, until now, when Cody must learn how to survive basic junior high.)

Gamer Girl, by Mari Mancusi ***** This is a fun book! I really enjoyed the main character, and I like her manga interests (even though I know next to nothing about manga) -- and the romance is well done, imo. (Maddy's parents get divorced, and she moves with her mom and younger sister to live with her grandmother -- which means changing schools. Now she's attending school with 'Aberzombies' rather than the more eclectic crowd she's used to.)

My Parents Are Sex Maniacs, by Robyn Harding **** Another entertaining read -- though not as humorous as I first thought it could be. Still, Louise's story of her father's infidelity (with her best friend's mom, of all people) is compelling, although Louise is more rigid throughout most of the book than is truly sympathetic (for me) -- but it's realistic and enjoyable, regardless.
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