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Book Reports (47-49)...

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 that 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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Shadow Grail: Legacies, by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill ***+ This was a very interesting premise (right up my alley) with magic, a boarding school, and a mystery. I should have loved it, and although I did read it pretty thoroughly and I'll definitely pick up the next one, it wasn't as good as it should have been (imo). I don't know if it's the dual-authorship or what, but it felt like they were skimming the surface of the story for a good portion of the book. And too often, they would bring up background information right when it was needed for the current situation, which made everything seem a little rushed and inconsistent. It didn't help that one of the mysteries surrounding the school has been going on for 40+ years, and yet the MC and her friends are the only ones in all that time to come up with a solution (including all the so-called magical teachers). I'm hoping that they'll settle into a stronger rhythm with the next one, because I really want to like this series! The story: When Spirit's family is killed in a crash (due to a mysterious something which is never revealed), Spirit is taken in by Oakhurst, a wealthy, private school which also appears to serve as an orphanage. Soon after Spirit arrives, she learns that everyone in the school is magical, as well -- except for her. The teachers are convinced she must also have magic, since she's a legacy (meaning at least one of her parents attended -- another aspect of the story which is never explained). Then students begin disappearing, and Spirit and her new group of friends work together to discover who (or what) is behind it. (YA paranormal, released 7/10, publisher: Tor Teen)

A Long, Long Sleep, by Anna Sheehan **+ I'm going to pick this one up when it comes out. I read the e-galley, and this is the type of book I think will be easier for me in print form. It's definitely an interesting premise, and although it uses some slang, it's not nearly as off-putting as the last one I attempted. There's a strong mystery, as well, and I'm still curious to discover all the ins and outs of it -- I just couldn't get into it enough to read it on my computer. However, I'm intrigued enough by what I've read to definitely look for it this summer. The story: Rose is wakened out of a decades-long sleep by a kiss, but the world she finds is vastly different from the world she left. Her parents and boyfriend are long gone, and Rose has to figure out a way to live in this new world. It doesn't help that she's the heiress of the empire -- her father set up this society. People either hate her or expect something of her...something she doesn't quite know how to give. (YA science fiction/futuristic fairy tale, releases 8/11, publisher: Candlewick)

Ultraviolet, by R.J. Anderson ***+ Another fascinating premise! I love how Anderson uses synesthesia as the basis for her MC's troubles, and I especially like how there's such an interesting reason behind it all. I think this will appeal to many readers with its combination of struggle, science fiction, mystery, and romance. For me personally, it was a little too open-ended in its resolution -- but I know many people really like that, as well. The story: Violet can't remember how she ended up in a mental home -- not really, at least. But she does remember blood, and she can recall seeing the missing girl not long before she disappeared. In the home, she meets a couple of interesting people, and then she must decide who she can trust, regardless of how far-fetched their own stories seem (and it doesn't help that they're also in a mental home). (YA paranormal/science fiction, releases 9/11, publisher: Carolrhoda)

Currently Reading: Well, I haven't started another book yet, so I need to pick one.
On Deck: The next Eden McGuire book, Divergent, Illusions (which I started, but wasn't in the right mood for -- the same thing I did with her last one, as well, and I loved it when I finally got to it), etc.
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