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Friday Four and Book Report (26)...

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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1. The Way We Fall, by Megan Crewe megancrewe ***** Yep, it's here -- the first five-star book of the year! I'm not surprised, as I had the privilege of reading this before publication, and it was excellent then. What I especially like about this story is the ebb and flow of emotions -- it doesn't simply get bad and then worse and worse. Instead, it gets bad, then gets a little better, then gets bad again, then there's an uplift -- you get the idea. I didn't feel submerged in hopelessness, even though the topic is a frightening one. The characters are real and likable and relatable. The pacing is strong, and the tension, despite the reprieves, builds pretty steadily throughout the book. I can't wait for the second one! The story: Kaelyn begins writing in her journal like she's writing to her estranged friend Leo right after he leaves their Canadian island for the big city (New York). At first, she writes about how she wants to change and be a better person (ie, the type who wouldn't let a friend like Leo go), but soon a strange sickness begins infecting residents of their town. Then, as Kaelyn's dad is a research scientist with special training in viruses, he gets involved -- and people start dying from the sickness. Panic rises, and people start doing stupid things...and before long, Kaelyn's mom is sick, her young cousin is living with them (after her dad is shot), and her brother is trying to find a way to sneak off the island. Kaelyn and a couple of friends seek answers, hoping against hope that there's a way out of the mess (other than death). (YA science fiction, released 1/12, publisher: Hyperion)

2. re: #1 -- there's nothing like seeing a friend's book come out with this kind of impact -- yay, megancrewe!! It's exciting. :)

3. I wrote this tiny (seriously, like three sentences worth) article for the newspaper (part of the Denver Post), and I've since had numerous people congratulate me. It's funny because I wrote it for our school (and will probably write more), and it only came out yesterday -- yet a number of people have mentioned it already. I didn't even know that section of the paper existed before the PTA Vice-President asked me to write for it.

4. There's a storm coming (should hit tomorrow) -- I haven't heard if it's supposed to be as big as the one last weekend or not, but we have so many huge piles of snow around...I even backed into one yesterday and it loosened a panel on the side of my car (which I still need to fix, somehow). Plus, poor D is hating it...*sigh*

5. We have a jam-packed weekend coming up. But as long as I can sleep in, I think it'll be okay...I live for sleeping in ;)

Happy Friday!
Tags: book reports, weather, writing
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