* 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.
Now You See Her, by Linda Howard ****+ This came out a while ago, but for some reason, I hadn't read it. I liked it -- it reminds me of why I started reading Linda Howard's books, in the first place (kind of a classic romantic suspense). The story: Sweeney is a painter whose style changed drastically right around the time she started seeing ghosts -- and now she's painting in her sleep. Unfortunately, the paintings are of murders. (adult, romantic suspense)
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, by Erin McCahan ***** I LOVED this! I loved the voice, the story, the growth -- everything. It's one of those books where when I finished, my first thought was that every girl should read it. I wish it had been out when some of my students reached this age (17/18). It captures those dreams that so many of us have -- falling in love, being a part of a Couple, a new Family. And it shows so clearly how that only works if you already know yourself (and like yourself) -- just really well done. I laughed, I cried, I ached for her, I cheered. The story: Bronwen believes she must have been switched at birth, because there's no way her mom is her real mom. And her stepdad let her down years ago in such a way she may never trust him again. Enter Jared, the perfect boyfriend with the perfect family -- now if only Bronwen could find a way to join them. (YA contemporary, released in June, publisher: Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)
Currently Reading: Palace Beautiful, by Sarah DeFord Williams
On Deck: Angel Star, by Jennifer Murgia; The Iron King, by Julie Kagawa; Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater -- and many more ;)