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Book Reports (20-23)...

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 for 2010 (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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Bleeding Violet, by Dia Reeves ***+ This was a totally unique book. From the first sentence, I was caught up in a world I barely understood -- on Twitter, I called it a trip, and it is! About a girl who's bipolar, multi-racial, multi-cultural, and also happens to see demons and other-worldly beings, the story starts off with bizarre (though often humorous) comments and just gets stranger :) For me, the strongest pull was the MC and her feisty, go-get-em attitude. (upper YA, just released) POC Challenge!

All Unquiet Things, by Anna Jarzab **** I enjoyed this mystery -- in fact, if I compare it to other mysteries, it's easily one of the best. I liked the complexity of it all and how things were resolved. I also really liked the two MCs and their changing relationship through the book as they deal with the past and learn to trust one another more. The basic story: although his ex-girlfriend's supposed murderer is in jail serving time for the crime, Neily is unconvinced that the police have the right person, so when Audrey (his ex-girlfriend's cousin) comes to him for help in finding the true killer, Neily joins her. (YA mystery, recently released)

Scones and Sensibility, by Lindsey Eland ***+ This is middle grade, which is not my forte -- but it's a cute story. The narrative remains true to an Austen-esque MC (Polly), and her desire to match people together is sweet and naive. (upper MG, just released)

Riding the Universe, by Gaby Triana ***+ This is an interesting book because I haven't met many girls who are into motorcycles, so I enjoyed the unique perspective. The story: Chloe must work at her classes in order to keep her bike, given to her by her late Uncle Seth -- and she works with a tutor, not meaning to fall in love with him. (contemporary YA, came out 2009)
Tags: book reports, poc challenge

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