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Book Reports (36-37)...

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.

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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.

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Open Season, by Linda Howard ****+ This is a fun read! I love the humor in it, and although the mystery part is rather serious (and sad), the MC is filled with life and joie de vivre. And the man she falls for is very male (ha)! I like how Daisy is so straightforward in her approach to life and how she's not afraid to tackle things once she's made the decision to change. I also like that Mr. Police Chief is attracted to her before she begins her life makeover (which extends to her person). The story: Daisy decides on her 34th birthday that it's time for some changes. She's tired of being the prim and proper (boring) maiden librarian. She and her mom and aunt begin working on her makeover. Along the way, Daisy helps out the chief of police (who's semi-new to town) with the town's new computer system. She also runs into him at a bar, where she's gone to try out her new persona. However, the chief doesn't seem thrilled by her new look and does everything he can to scare of the men Daisy's trying to attract...meanwhile, there are suspicions of a prostitute ring in their tiny town, and when Daisy sees a murder (which she doesn't realize is a murder), she's suddenly shoved into the midst of it. (Adult romantic suspense, released 2002, publisher: Pocket Books)

[Unraveling, by Elizabeth Norris ****+ This is very enjoyable. I thought the concept was original, and I loved the twists and turns along the way (although I suspected the first twist -- but I liked that even though I was right, I wasn't completely right). I thought the various sci-fi aspects were cool and nicely done. I liked how the various pieces of the puzzle kept dropping into place. My only complaint: it ended pretty abruptly. I'm hoping this means there will be another one to kind of finish Janelle's story -- the story arc definitely concluded, but her personal arc is the one which just ends, and I'd love to see how she does after. Ben is a great love interest, very intense and sweet. I never quite got Elijah, and he's another whose story I'd like to see more of. In many ways, this made me think of the first book in a series (as it was very much an introduction to this world and all about world building). It's a good set-up, though, and the tension (with the countdown) is handled pretty well. The story: Janelle is hit by a truck, and she's positive she died -- and then a classmate heals her. But when she's fully conscious, no one else believes her, and she begins wondering if she imagined it. In the meantime, her dad (an FBI agent) is swamped with an on-going case which borders on the very strange. And her mom, who's bipolar, is even less reliable than usual, so Janelle is playing parent to her younger brother. She chases down Ben (the boy who brought her back) and tries to find out what happened, but he's also very close-mouthed -- however, she thinks he's lying and keeps pursuing it...and before long, she and her best friend discover a countdown, and Janelle realizes her dad's case, Ben's unusual behavior, and this countdown are all connected -- but will they figure out how in time? (YA sci-fi suspense, releases 4/12, publisher: Balzer & Bray)]

Currently Reading: Unsettled Range
On Deck: I'm picking up Partials from the library this weekend :D
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