* 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.
The False Princess, by Eilis O'Neal **** I enjoyed this. I liked the complexity of the story, and certainly Sinda is a sympathetic character (and of course, Kiernan is great). The story: Around the time she turns sixteen, Sinda's parents (the king and queen) reveal to her that she is not actually their daughter -- that she replaced their daughter when a prophecy at their daughter's birth revealed she would die. Sinda now has to leave the palace, her 'parents', and everything she's ever known, including her best friend, Kiernan. When the palace wizards remove the spell hiding Sinda's non-princess identity, it allows Sinda's innate magic to surge -- and Sinda eventually discovers that she has a fair amount of magical ability. But what can she do with that when she's stuck in a tiny village with an aunt who's never known her (and doesn't seem to like her)? After some time, Sinda finally begins to fight back, leaving her aunt's house and going off on her own to learn more about her magic -- and in so doing, she discovers that the plot to keep the princess safe is even more complicated than the wizards had revealed -- and it might be up to Sinda to reveal the truth. (YA fantasy, released 1/11, publisher: Egmont)
Elixir, by Hilary Duff ** This started out okay, and I think it's probably pretty intriguing, but I just wasn't in the mood to sit through all of it. I skimmed to the end, so I got a glimpse of the plot, but it seems to be set up for a sequel (at least, I assume so, since it ends without resolving much), and I think I'll just wait for that one. The story: Clea, a photographer, begins finding the same young man in all her pictures, even those she's taken inside her house. The mystery of what she's seeing there combines somehow with dreams, and soon Clea's involved in things she never could have imagined, including an intense love affair with the mystery man as they attempt to discover what truly happened to Clea's father. (YA paranormal/mystery, released 10/10, publisher: Simon & Schuster)
Still reading the other books listed before...my reading has been in bits and pieces lately, and that will probably continue for another couple of weeks, until my work calms down a bit.