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* 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.
Moonglass, by Jessi Kirby *** This was okay. It was pretty moody throughout most of the book, with very few 'light' moments to add breaks. I liked Tyler, though, and felt that he added something nice (though I would've liked to know a little more about his role with Jillian's sister). The story: Anna's mom has been dead for a decade, and now Anna's dad has decided to return to the town where he and Anna's mom met and fell in love. Anna doesn't want the memories, though even as she fights it, the call of the ocean reminds her of that horrible night when her mother walked into the sea and never came back. (YA contemporary, released 5/11, publisher: Simon & Schuster)
Swimming to Chicago, by David-Matthew Barnes ***- Wow, talk about angst! For me, this was a bit much. However, I liked the romance between Alex and Robby, and the strong friendship between Jillian and Alex. The ongoing trauma and tragedy got to be too much by the end, at least for me. There was a happy-ish ending for Alex and Robby...but man, some serious carnage along the way! ;) The story: Alex is devastated when his Armenian mother commits suicide, but he and his father have to find a way to survive without her. It helps when Alex meets Robby, a new boy with his own troubles. Alex takes Robby under his wing, and as the two fall in love, he finds his grief over his mom easing a bit -- but new challenges with his best friend Jillian have the three vowing to leave their Florida town and move to Chicago to make their way together. (YA contemporary, GLBT, releases 10/11, publisher: Bold Strokes Books)
Illusions, by Aprilynne Pike ***+ I loved the first two books in this series, but I couldn't get into this one, for some reason. I tried last spring, and finally put it down; I picked it up again last week, and although I got much further, the slow-moving middle had me skimming ahead to the end. The end, I might add, is fantastic -- very exciting and filled with tension (which means I definitely want the next book). The story: Lauren continues to divide her life between faery-needs and humans. But now, Tamani (who's been missing for 8 months) has returned and is under cover as a teenage boy in Lauren's high school. Lauren's nervous, but worse than that, David is jealous...and soon his jealousy causes a huge rift between him and Lauren. Added to that is another new girl who clearly is more than just a human -- and the mystery surrounding her along with not knowing what's happening with the trolls keeps Lauren on edge until everything comes to a shocking conclusion. (YA urban fantasy, released 5/11, publisher: HarperTeen)
Currently Reading: Linda Howard -- I needed something I knew would be good (and would hold my attention).
On Deck: I really do want to get through my piles of ARCs...I can't believe it's August and I still have so many left to read. Plus, I have a ton of books on hold at the library...