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.
The Dead Tossed Waves, by Carrie Ryan ***+ I'm not a huge horror fan, and this companion to the first was just as creepy (in some ways more, to me) than the first. BUT the mood is set perfectly and the emotions so tangible that although it's not really my cup of tea, I think it's going to be even more popular than the first one! Oh, and I'll definitely be looking for the next one (I have to know what happens next, creepy or not!). The story: Gabry gives in and goes outside the boundary with her friends, but a run-on with a Breaker changes her entire life and brings out secrets she didn't know existed. (YA horror/zombies)
Shadow, by Jenny Moss jenny_moss **** I think my favorite part about this book is the complications -- and they're not only in the plot, but also in the characters. Shadow and Kenway are not the typical fairy-tale stereotypes; they're complex and not always likable. Shadow, especially, struggles so much with her own desires for freedom, and she is deeply entangled in her past and how others have treated her, always hoping for something better but not even certain what that could be. The story: Shadow has been assigned to the teenage queen for protection when a prophecy declares the queen will die before her 16th birthday -- and as that day approaches, the entire kingdom is throw into turmoil and Shadow finds herself in the middle of the solution and the prophecy. (YA fantasy, releases 4/10)
Epitaph Road, by David Patneaude ****+ This is an intriguing dystopian book. I thought the premise was unique, and I liked the main characters. In places, I would have liked to see stronger reactions (or more apparent emotions) from the characters, but overall, it was an enjoyable and thoughtful read. The story: Kellen lives in a world where 97% of males were killed by a virus before his birth. Now he's one of the few males left, and the women who rule no longer allow men to hold any positions of authority. When Kellen learns that the leading scientists suspect another outbreak, he runs away to find his father, who lives in a colony of men, and warn them to flee -- only to learn that nothing is what he really thought. (YA dystopic, releases this month!)