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Book Reports (73-74)...

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.

If you'd like to see my year-to-date four-plus- and five-star recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites. (just updated, finally)

* 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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Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25, by Richard Paul Evans ****+ I was surprised by this one -- mostly because Evans is well known for writing completely different books than young adult (I believe this is his first YA). However, although there were aspects which had some rocky rhythm (to my writing eyes), I definitely enjoyed the plot and the characters. In fact, I once wrote a book with a similar premise (yikes) -- although my characters weren't electrified ;) The story: Michael likes Idaho okay, except for the fact that he's always bullied because of his small size and his tics. However, when he tires of the actions of the other kids and fights back, he gains the attention of one of the cheerleaders -- who has some secrets of her own. Soon Michael, Taylor, and Ostin (Michael's best and only friend) are working together to solve the mysteries behind their unusual abilities -- until the wrong people discover them and those they love are threatened. (YA science fiction, released 8/11, publisher: Mercury Ink)

Trial by Fire, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes jenlyn_b ***** I loved this just as much as the first (if not more)! I thought the characters were strong, the story was arc was tense and well-paced, and the emotions were right there for me to feel with them! I loved the whole pack mindset and how Bryn and Chase still had their moments even within that. I loved the stakes and how Bryn had no easy choices. And honestly, I really liked the ending (which I won't give away, of course), because even though I suspected that Bryn might make that kind of decision (I'm talking the very end, here), it still came as a surprise. The story: Bryn and her pack are settling into their new status with Bryn as the alpha, even though she's only human. However, strange dreams coincide with a were stumbling onto her land -- and this were came from the one person who hates her most (who also happens to be her second-in-command's older brother). But Bryn doesn't think she can refuse to care for the boy, and despite the cryptic 'help' from Callum, she pushes her way through -- only to learn that Lucas is just the tip of the iceberg, and that her dreams will become all too real...and she doesn't know who can survive, including herself. (YA urban fantasy, released 6/11, publisher: Egmont USA)

Currently Reading: Well, nothing, but I have a few on Net Galley, and I just picked up a bunch of library books (including Supernaturally), so I'm set for a while :)
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