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Book Reports (57-59)...

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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Gone, by Lisa McMann ****+ I liked this one very much. It's a good tie-up for the rest of the trilogy, even though not much happens. It's not as intense as the other two -- it's more of a resolution book, imo. In fact, I'm not sure it would be very good if you hadn't read the other two and were invested in Cabe and Janey's lives. But for me, it was good. The story: Janey has to decide what to do about her depressing future -- which only gets more challenging when she finally learns about her dad, who is also a dream-catcher. (upper YA, came out in February, I believe)

The Line, by Teri Hall ***** Well, you know how much I love dystopic books, and this one fit right in. It was a bit of a slow starter, but for me, it didn't take too long before I had to keep reading. I thought the future world depicted was fascinating, and although the ending seemed a little abrupt (paving the way for the next book), it certainly did its job (in that I can't wait to read the next one). The story: Rachel lives with her mom on The Property, right at the boundary between the Unified States and Away -- an invisible Line which cannot be crossed. Rachel's always been fascinated with Away,and when she sees a strange light one night, she investigates, having no idea how many secrets she'll uncover by her curiosity -- and how much danger she'll be in. (YA dystopic, just released)

Hex Hall, by Rachel Hawkins ***** I loved this one too! (Didn't I mention I'd been reading some great books??) I loved the mystery, the paranormal elements, the romance -- it was all good :) Well, okay, the ending was also quite abrupt, and I'm thinking this is a new trend or something -- but again, I'll be in line for the next one. The story: Sophie misuses her witch powers yet again, but this time the Prodigium decides she needs training, and she's sent to Hecate Hall (Hex Hall), the juvie of paranormal kids. There she meets witches, weres, shifters, fae, and even a vampire (her roommate) -- and learns that someone is after these kids. One girl was killed already, and others are being targeted -- and the main suspect is Sophie's vampire friend. Will Sophie be able to find the truth -- and will she like it when she does? (YA urbanfantasy, just released)
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