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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.
The Savage Grace, by Bree Despain *** Because I didn't read the middle book in this trilogy, it was hard to be invested in this final book -- but I loved the first one so much that I had to see how it all turned out. I definitely liked it. Despain did a great job (imo) building this world and giving it depth and complexity. I liked how things were challenging for Grace but how she found the strength to meet each new obstacle -- though not always in the way she'd planned or hoped. I liked that the romance was exciting and yet solid (Grace loved Daniel throughout and vice versa). I liked how the tension built and how things were resolved. All in all, I think this is a unique and intriguing werewolf tale. The story: Things have escalated with the Urbat, and Daniel is trapped as a wolf. Caleb is not happy that Grace managed to steel away not only Jude and Daniel, but a number of others, as well -- including Talbot, who remains an enigma. Grace knows a true fight is coming, but her worries over Daniel and her family fill her with indecision...will she find the best path for all involved in time, and even if she can, how will she defeat Caleb? (YA paranormal, released 3/12, publisher: Egmont USA)
A Million Suns, by Beth Revis **** I enjoyed this, especially as the pacing seemed stronger than with the first book. I liked how the tension built and clues continued to appear -- and how Elder had to continue to learn and adjust to the new circumstances. I wasn't as fond of Amy here...she seemed pretty immature in many places, and I couldn't get a handle on what was causing her various issues. Still, I'm intrigued, and I can't wait to see what will come in the next book! The story: Now that Elder is in charge and Orion has been frozen, the ship's passengers aren't sure where to turn. Many believe that Amy is the problem, and she resorts to hiding her hair whenever she goes out. Elder wants to believe that he can do Eldest's job (since he's been born and raised to be the next leader), but the problems seem to multiply faster than he knows how to deal with them -- and when Bartie throws himself into the rebellion, Elder doesn't know which way to turn. It doesn't help that Amy is determined to find and try to solve a series of 'clues' Orion left...and when they discover the truth behind it all, there are simply no easy solutions. (YA science fiction, released 1/12, publisher: Razorbill)