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Book Report (18)...

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. Brackets mean it's an ARC or e-galley. I'm linking to Tattered Cover's pages for the ARCs.

If you'd like to see my recent four-plus- and five-star recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* 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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Luminous, by Dawn Metcalf dawn_metcalf ****+ I got to read this before publication, and I always enjoy seeing those manuscripts again as a book. One of the beautiful aspects of Dawn's writing is her lyrical sense with words and phrases. I feel like I'm swimming in a lake of words when I read her writing, and when they're as luscious as hers are, it's a good thing! The story itself is unusual -- and I like that too. I love the sweet and subtle romance (sweet but not at all passionless). I like the complexity of Tender, V, Bones -- okay, all of them. I really liked the whole concept of the Flow and their work there. It's just a unique story through and through, and although there's some violence (and serious angst in places where my heart hurt for the various characters), there's also an acceptance (at least for me) which moves throughout the book. The story: Consuela discovers she can remove her skin and go into a 'between-the-worlds' type place called the Flow, where she meets a number of unique 'people' with unusual gifts which protect the 'real' world. Her gift involves speaking to humans (in their thoughts) -- those who are about to die. She is able to replace her human skin with various other materials (such a cool concept), as well. Before she's settled in much, however, she discovers that someone is killing those who live in the Flow and perhaps even working to destroy the Flow -- and she might be the only one who can stop it. (YA urban fantasy/magical realism, released 6/11, publisher: Dutton)

Currently Reading: Supervolcano -- it's long, and I'm splitting my time between it and my library books ;)

On Deck: Still more good reads!
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