* 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.
Princess for Hire, by Lindsey Leavitt lindsey_leavitt ***+ Very clever concept and cute story -- I bet this is pretty popular with tweens right now! The story: Desi is asked to join an organization who sets up girls with princesses -- as their 'subs'. With a floating bubble for travel and special 'rouge' to transform Desi into the girl she's supposed to play, Desi discovers a whole new world...that isn't as fun and glittery as she'd hoped. (tween, new out this year)
Fallen, by Lauren Kate **** I found this pretty intriguing, though it irritated me how everyone kept the truth from the MC -- for me, their reasons weren't very believable, and by the end, I was pretty frustrated. However, I'll definitely be looking for the next book to find out what's going on (as it's a strong mystery). The story: Luce is sent to a reform school after a freak accident for which she's given the blame and there discovers a boy who won't leave her alone and another she can't seem to get her mind (and emotions) away from -- and somehow, all this involves an age-old cycle. (YA paranormal/urban fantasy)
Beautiful Dead, by Eden Maguire **** This had a haunting (um, pun intended?) feel to it which stayed with me long after I put it down. It was hard to get into at first, but I liked it and I'll be picking up the next one, definitely. The story: Darina's boyfriend dies in a knife fight, but Darina can't let him go. She continually catches glimpses of him, and finally finds him in a group of 'dead' kids -- all of whom have died in the past year in their small Colorado town -- and Darina is determined to help them find out what's going on. (YA mystery/paranormal)
P.S. Yes, we woke up to more snow today, just as the userpic suggests.
P.P.S. On deck: Mistwood, by Leah Cypress; Radiant Shadows, by Melissa Marr; Spells, by Aprilynne Pike