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Book Reports (23-24)...

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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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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