* 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.
Haven, by Kristi Cook ****+ This is a very engrossing book (especially for my type of reader). It has the boarding school; it has the strange abilities; it has a cool romance. The only thing I didn't LOVE was the vampire aspect, BUT I felt she did a nice job of adding something new to it. The story: Violet chooses a private school when her step-mom gives her the option between that and moving to live with her gran. Violet would love a new start and a chance to hide her 'freakiness', but to her surprise, the others at her new school begin asking about unusual abilities right off -- and when Violet attracts the attention of a hot boy, she learns more than she ever expected about her own abilities and the world around her. (YA paranormal/urban fantasy, releases later this month, publisher: Simon Pulse)
Darkness Becomes Her, by Kelly Keaton ** Although this wasn't to my personal taste, I wanted to mention it here, because I know many people really like this kind of book right now. First, it had a lovely dystopic feel (which I liked). Second, the characters are complex and intriguing (very intriguing); third, it's all about mythology. This has to be the most original take I've seen on a mythology story ever, and it's definitely worth taking a look! The story: Ari is told her birth mom committed suicide, but when she discovers a letter from her mom, she begins to wonder if that wasn't the case. She returns to New 2 (which used to be New Orleans) and discovers more than she ever expected -- not only about her mom, but also about herself and a family legacy (having to do with snakes, no less) which gives her an unusual and unprecedented power. (YA urban fantasy?, releases later this month, publisher: Simon Pulse)
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