* 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.
Sugar and Ice, by Kate Messner katemessner ****+ Although it took me a while to get into this, once I did, I really enjoyed it. Claire is a lovely character, and I liked how she grew throughout the book. The ice skating details were well done -- and the rivalry between the skaters seemed very realistic. The story: Claire gets an opportunity to skate with a coach who takes students to national levels of competition, but the pressure it puts on her family and her daily life wear at her; she must decide if she wants the thrill of skating (and continuing to grow as a skater) or if she'd rather return to her 'normal' life. (MG/tween, released 12/10, publisher: Walker)
The Vespertine, by Saundra Mitchell **** This is a mysterious and mystical story. I liked the historical accuracy and the ethereal feel throughout. I liked that we never exactly knew what was going on with Nathaniel or Amelia (in their 'abilities'). I liked the relationships between the various characters, although seeing everyone turn on Amelia was hard. It was a 'moody' story (in that it evoked a strong mood), and I really liked how it stayed faithful to that throughout. The story: Amelia is sent to stay with her cousin, Zora, and when she reveals her secret (that she can sometimes 'see' someone's future in the sunsets), all the local friends gather to learn of theirs. But when things don't turn out as some had hoped, Amelia must decide how to live her life from there. (YA historical paranormal, released this month, publisher: Harcourt)
Currently Reading: Plague and Pathfinder (yes, still)
On Deck: maybe Divergent -- I keep hearing good things, so it's tempting me ;)