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Book Reports (21-22)...

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 2011 (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 -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.

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Prom & Prejudice, by Elizabeth Eulberg ****+ This is a fun, clever 'retelling', where marriage is prom and birth standing is a private school. I enjoyed seeing how Fulberg changed the original to fit a contemporary setting (though she kept some of the quaint speaking styles), and it would have been five stars (easily) except that I was a little disappointed with the ending. It wasn't quite swoon-worthy enough to me -- however, it's still a fantastic read and kept me engrossed as I flew through it. The story: Lizzie Bennett is a scholarship student at the prestigious finishing school Longbourne. She's shunned by most of the girls at the school, except for another scholarship student (Charlotte) and Jane, her roommate. When Jane's possible boyfriend (Charles Bingley) returns from a semester in London with his best friend (Will Darcy), Lizzie's life gets more complicated as she struggles to discover why Darcy would be so prejudiced against her (and all scholarship students), to learn why Wick flirts and laughs but doesn't seem to do much more, and to understand why Charles -- who so clearly cares about Jane -- would turn aside his affections when prom is looming. (YA contemporary, released 1/11, publisher: Point)

Trapped, by Michael Northrup **** I enjoyed this (I'm always a sucker for a disaster story). It was a little predictable, but I thought the voice was good and the setting and mood were strong. The story: Scotty and his two best friends find themselves stranded at their high school (along with four others) when school is called early due to a fierce blizzard. When their rides never appear, the seven students must figure out how to stay warm and eat as the snow continues to fall outside. After days of this, the pipes freeze and the weight of the snow on the roof begins to cause structural damage -- and they all realize the school won't be a safe shelter for much longer. (YA adventure, released 1/11, publisher: Scholastic)

Currently Reading: Pathfinder (still); Drought, by Pam Bachorz
On Deck: too many to list ;)
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