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Book Reports (46-47)...

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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[Artistic Pursuits, by Andrew Grey **** I enjoyed this much more than the other books I've read by Grey. Perhaps it's the mystery element, but even though this is part of a series, it didn't seem as imperative that I'd read the others (which I haven't). This book stood by itself, and I liked the main characters and how they interacted. There were a few character inconsistencies, but the mystery was interesting, and as the book went along, the consistency strengthened. Also, I always enjoy reading books where I learn something about the real world, and reading about the Tiffany windows was pretty intriguing (and the whole art theft ring based on them). The story: Frank is an FBI agent, working to repair his image after making a mistake on his last investigation. But he knows very little about the world of art theft, so when an expert is called in from Interpol to help with the recent theft of a Tiffany window, he grudgingly accepts the help. Soon, Leslie (from Interpol) and Frank are working together to figure out if this recent theft is related to a much larger art theft ring...and struggling to deal with their clear attraction to one another. In the end, it takes serious danger to force them to admit their feelings -- and to bring the perpetrator to justice. (Adult mystery, GLBT, released 2/12, publisher: Dreamspinner Press)]

As I Wake, by Elizabeth Scott ****- I did read most (only skimmed a very little) of this, but man, it's a little more depressing than I usually prefer. The premise is very intriguing (to me, at least), and the idea of parallel worlds is cool. What was challenging was how the characters all had depressing lives regardless of their world...and the ending was a bit more ambiguous than I prefer, as well. The story: Ava wakes up to find herself somewhere strange. Although the people surrounding her seem slightly familiar, they aren't the people she knows...until Morgan appears. Ava knows him, and she dreams of him -- but her dreams don't fit the world she sees around her, and she struggles to know what's real. Plus, Clementine, her 'mom's' neighbor seems to be following her, and Ava doesn't know why -- except that she feels afraid and uncertain around her. In time, however, Ava discovers that she's stronger than she realized -- but can she remain strong when Morgan is threatened and she has to choose between two lives? (YA paranormal/science fiction, released 9/11, publisher: Dutton)

Currently Reading: The Doomsday Key (recced by beachdog)
On Deck: Pretty much the usual ;)
Tags: book reports, glbt
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