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Book Reports (83-84)...

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 Tattered Cover'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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The Gardener, by S.A. Bodeen latteya ***** I really enjoyed this book. I loved the science fiction story -- and I especially loved Mason (the MC)! My only (very minor) 'complaint' is that I wanted more...I wanted to read more of what happened at the end. The book could have gone on for another 50 pages for me :) The story: Mason is helping out his mom at the nursing home where she works when he runs into a strange girl who appears to be almost catatonic -- until, that is, he plays a video for her and she 'wakes up'. Suddenly, everything in his life changes as he helps the girl 'escape' from the home. (YA science fiction, released in the past couple of weeks, Feiwel & Friends publisher)

Everlasting, by Angela Frazier angie_frazier **** This is definitely a fascinating adventure story. I think my favorite aspects were the Pirates of the Caribbean feel to it -- and Oscar! What a fantastic character he is! (Though I also loved Ira.) In fact, in many ways, this book is so strong because of its supporting cast. I have to admit that the giant spiders creeped me out, though ;) Oh, and of course, I loved the sweet romance (though I wanted to shake Camille a number of times for her stubbornness). The story: Camille takes one last voyage with her father before the wedding which will bind her to a man she hardly knows -- the only man who can save her father's finances. However, when Camille stumbles across a letter from her supposedly dead mom -- a letter which mentions a magical stone -- she can't let it go, even when it seems that she'll lose everything in the process. (YA historical adventure, just released, Scholastic publisher)

Currently Reading: Prophecy of Days, by Christy Raedeke; Still Sucks to Be Me, by Kimberly Pauley
On Deck: Shade, by Jeri Ready-Smith; Demon's Covenant, by Sara Rees Brennan; Magic Thief: Found, by Sarah Prineas
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