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Book Reports (70-72)...

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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Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs, by Molly Harper ** I think I'll give this book another try later, when I'm more in this kind of mood. It's snarky and about vampires, and I definitely have to be in the right place to read it -- but I think I'll enjoy it once I'm there. (adult, urban fantasy)

The Less-Dead, by April Lurie **** This is a good mystery -- more than that, it's a great book about homosexuality and Christianity. I loved the Author's Note! The story: Noah meets Will while pretending to 'witness' for his girlfriend's church (where his dad also works). But when Noah's dad isn't that thrilled to learn about Will's homosexuality, Noah finally shares his frustrations with his dad's rigid belief systems -- all while someone has targeted gay teens for murder. (YA contemporary, GLBT)

The Cinderella Society, by Kay Cassidy **** I definitely got involved in this story for a number of reasons, though I also had trouble suspending my disbelief for aspects of it -- I think this is because I couldn't quite pin down the subgenre. It went from romance to contemporary to urbanfantasy to adventure -- for me, it was a little too much, and I wished it had a more solid grip on something. However, I really liked some of the strategies offered for girls in learning to overcome teasing and bullying (um, other than the physical makeover, which I think is pretty unrealistic for many girls -- like it would have been for me, at that age). I also liked the growth of the MC, who's much more intense than the average MC, imo. The story: Jess is the new girl -- again. And she's not off on the best foot when she usurps another girl's position on the cheerleading squad. But then she's asked to join a secret society called the Cinderella Society -- and suddenly, her entire life flips around and she must learn how to stand up for herself and others, while also trying to discover how to date and learn to care for her own Prince Charming. (, contemporary?; released this month!)
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