* 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 -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.
Secrets of a First Daught, by Cassidy Calloway **** This was cute and fluffy, and as I read it on the flight out to San Diego, it was a perfect plane read.
The story: Morgan finds herself blackmailed by her school nemesis, just as her mom (the President of the U.S.) takes her on a trip to London -- and her secret boyfriend (Max, who's supposed to be a protection agent) comes along for a job interview. Morgan has to learn how to balance the different parts of her life, stand up for herself, and be loyal to her mom.(YA contemporary, released 9/10, publisher: Harper Teen)
The Storm Runners, by Roland Smith ****+ This was an interesting book. Although it seemed rushed in places and there was a ton of telling, the setting was very well done, and I could almost hear the wind howling. Certainly, by the end, I was hooked into the story (and very disappointed that it ended so quickly).
The story: Chase and his dad are storm runners -- those who follow storms and try to help others out. After following Hurricaine Emily (which happens to be Chase's dead mother's name), Chase finds himself stranded in the midst of the storm with two girls, and the three have to work together to make it to safety. (upper MG adventure, releasing 3/11, publisher: Scholastic)
Shadow Walkers, by Brent Hartinger **** I'm a Hartinger fan, and I definitely enjoyed this (and will most likely read it again). The main reason I didn't LOVE it was the rushed world building. I just didn't get a good handle on the whole astral projection world here -- it not only jumped around a lot, but it didn't seem to have a solid foundation to begin with...however, I like Zach and Emory very much, and I hope there will be more about them in a future book!
The story: Zach's younger brother is kidnapped, and in order to find him, Zach attempts to project himself into the astral plain. He succeeds, but then he has to not only fight off the darkness which exists there and figure out how to save his brother (who can't see or hear him), but also get to know the only other person who exists on the plain. (YA GLBT paranormal, releasing 2/11, publisher: Flux)
Currently Reading: Clarity, by Kimberly Harrison
On Deck: Well, about 60 books I got from ALA...not to mention another dozen or so waiting for me from the library. A good problem to have, no? :)