* 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 Mark, by Jen Nadol **** This was very intriguing, but a little too sad (just for my personal taste). The story: Cassie can see when people are about to die, and soon it becomes a philosophical battle to know if she's meant to interfere or not -- and a mystery, as she learns more about her mom and her parents' death. I liked the mystery part, and I really liked how everything tied together in the end. (YA paranormal, just released)
Do the Math: Secrets, Lies, and Algebra, by Wendy Lichtman **** This is a very cute tween book. I like the MC, I like her curiosity and her realistic outlook (no gray areas). The story: Tessa loves math and believes life should work just like an equation, with a clear-cut answer. When both she and her mom get involved in a couple of dilemmas, however, Cassie has to learn that sometimes the answers just don't exist. (tween)
Bite Me, by Melissa Francis ***+ This was interesting -- another vampire story, but at least it was light-hearted, for the most part. The story: AJ and her boyfriend are about to become step-brother and -sister -- and all that is even more complicated because of AJ's family's role as vampires. One thing I would've liked to see different here was the romance -- AJ is clearly in love with her new step-brother, and I guess I just didn't feel like that was resolved in a manner which fit the tone of the story, if that makes sense. However, I'm curious enough about the set-up for this world that I'm going to look for the next one in the series. (YA urban fantasy)
Chasing Brooklyn, by Lisa Schroeder lisa_schroeder ****+ Lisa does it again with another lovely verse novel. My favorite part of this are the sections from Nico's POV -- I think Lisa nailed the guy's POV in Nico! The story: Nico's brother died a year ago, and now his brother seems to be sending Nico messages to help Brooklyn (his brother's girlfriend). (YA verse, just released)
My Invented Life, by Lauren Bjorkman ***+ Roz is such a character! Without a doubt, her quirky personality was my favorite part of this story -- Roz and her sister Eva both try out for the school play As You Like It, but Roz is distracted by her sister's boyfriend and her sister's best friend; she's convinced that Eva is actually in love with her best friend -- so Roz decides to 'come out' as a lesbian (even though she isn't one) in order to give her sister the courage to do the same. (YA, released 12/09)