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.
They Never Came Back, by Caroline Cooney **** I enjoyed the storyline of this quite a bit. The writing style is a bit choppy to me (but I think that about all of Cooney's books), and the characters come across as a little shallow (not that they don't have complexities, but that little of those complexities are explored beyond a slight mention) -- however, the story is interesting and it made for a quick and enjoyable read. The story: Cathy has traveled to a neighboring town to take an advanced Latin class, and one of the other students is convinced she is his missing cousin (whose parents are running from the law after swindling people of a ton of money) -- and Cathy must decide how to handle it all. (YA mystery-ish)
this world we live in, by Susan Beth Pfeffer ***** I loved the first one, wasn't crazy about the second, but this one is just as good as the first, imo. There are a couple of weak spots to me (like when Miranda falls in love just like that), but who knows? Maybe that's realistic for a world like that ;) The story: It's been almost a year since the moon was pushed closer to the earth and everything changed. Now Miranda and her family are realizing that normal may never come again, and they must deal with the continuing changes (and lack of food) which come their way -- will they find a way to survive and even live? (YA dystopian, comes out 4/10).
The Birthday Ball, by Lois Lowry ***+ This is a cute middle grade 'fairy tale' type story. The main character Patricia is charming, and the story is sweet. The story: Patricia wants to learn more about the world outside the castle and disguises herself so she can go to school with the other commoners before having to marry after her upcoming 16th birthday ball. (MG)