* 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.
The Wizard Heir, by Cinda Williams Chima ***** I really enjoyed this -- it's interesting because I checked out the first book in the series (The Warrior Heir) a while ago and never got into it. But the MC in this one, Seph, caught my attention (and my sympathy) much more. Set in a fantastical earth, Seph knows he's got power, but he doesn't realize how much until various powerful wizards, enchanters and other guild members begin to fight over him -- and to change the balance of power in the Weir World. (There are some basic similarities to HP -- except that Seph is a teen already when we meet him -- as Seph is an orphan; he's been passed around from family to family, place to place, until his magic disrupts those where he lives.)
The Dragon Heir, by Cinda Williams Chima **** I liked this one, as well, but it was more about others, rather than Seph, so my interest waned a bit. I think I'm just a Seph fan :) But it's the conclusion to the story, so I definitely wanted to find out how it all ended!
Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, by Julie Halpern ***** This is a very fun book as Jessie deals with her two closest friends moving into 'punkdom', a place she really doesn't want to go -- so she must find her own way. I love how she sews a new skirt for every day of school, how she's smart, and how she worries about joining the 'nerds' when she's kind of already there ;)
Yeah, I know this is pathetic -- I haven't had any time to read (it's so sad), but now that most of the stuff is done, I'm hoping to get more time. However, I will be posting my favorites for 2009 in the next couple of days -- stay tuned (hehe).