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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.
Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi ****+ This was very enjoyable. It had a slow start (so slow that I skipped to the end and began working my way backward -- until I reached a key point where I knew I could then make it from the beginning again). So my reading experience was unusual here, but one of the things I liked about the book so much was the characterization. Perry was wonderful! I loved his fierce loyalty, his ability to (usually) look to the bottom line and disregard the rest, his capability for love and devotion. Aria took longer for me to love, but I did end up liking her quite a bit. She was more of the type who let things happen to her, but it seemed like she was ready to fight for her choices by the end. The world-building was very interesting, and I never felt lost (which is a plus), even though I didn't completely understand everything. I thought the ending was lovely (though I want more -- good thing there's a sequel!). The story: Aria lives underground, safe from the destructive Aether which destroyed the world decades before. She and her friends enjoy the 'Realms', a virtual world where they can experience everything without dealing with the emotional repercussions. But when Aria's mom disappears, Aria's desperate to find her and follows a boy she knows she can't trust into a disabled Pod -- and all hell breaks loose. The result is that Aria is kicked out of the Realms and left Outside to die. Perry has always lived outside. His brother is the Blood Lord of their tribe, and although Perry knows he will eventually have to fight his brother to gain that title, he's waiting because of his nephew. But when his nephew is kidnapped and taken to the Pods, Perry discovers he'll do just about anything to get him safely home -- even work with a girl from Inside. He runs into Aria, and the two join forces (very reluctantly) to achieve their separate goals...only to learn that they have more in common than they could have imagined. (YA dystopic/science fiction, released 1/12, publisher: Harper Collins)
Sleeping Angel, by Greg Herren ***+ I definitely enjoyed the mystery and the overall plot in this. I also liked the MC (after the amnesia). However, the complete disconnect between the person he was before and the person he was after made it hard for me to completely relate. He kept insisting (after) that he didn't care if his friend Sean was gay -- that he'd never care. And yet, (before) he made his life a living hell...why? There was no explanation for that, and I didn't get it. Personally, I don't believe that a 'good' person (which people continually insisted Eric was) would treat a friend like that unless they truly did have a problem with their sexuality. Otherwise, Eric truly wasn't a good person. That whole disparity left me with a 'meh' feel about what, otherwise, was an intriguing book. The story: Eric wakes up in the hospital with no memories. Soon he learns that he was in a car accident, and the body of his childhood friend Sean was in the car, as well -- dead. Most the town believes Eric shot Sean, but Eric truly can't remember. He can, however, sense people's thoughts when he touches them...and slowly, his memories begin to return -- and Eric has to find a way to reconcile the person he apparently was with the person he now believes himself to be. (YA mystery/suspense, GLBTQ, released 3/11, publisher: Bold Strokes Books)
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