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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 Selection, by Kiera Cass ** I picked this up because I was very intrigued by the basic premise, and somehow I thought I'd enjoy it -- even though I kind of hate TV shows like The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The thing is, I definitely enjoyed it -- until she was selected and went off to the palace with the other 34 girls. Then I couldn't read any more. Clearly, it's a personal hang-up...I just don't like the idea of a bunch of people competing for one person's romantic attention. It gives me the creeps, in all honesty. So I skimmed to the end (only to discover another device I've complained about before: the love triangle), and decided it's just not for me. I can't decide if I'll pick up the next one or not -- the competition bothers me enough that I might not. At the same time, I really liked Aspen, and I might have to see what happens to him (he was the most sympathetic character, in my eyes, and I felt like he was someone in one of the worst positions, where it didn't seem like he could win, no matter what -- which made me resent America, a bit). The story: America's family is one of the lower castes in a new country (which is the U.S. many generations from now). America is in love with a boy who's in an even lower caste, and their future is uncertain, at best. When the Selection comes up, both America's family and her boyfriend want her to participate. America doesn't want to do it -- but her boyfriend insists that it could make things better for her and for them. But then America is Selected as one of te 35 girls who will get to vie for the Prince's hand in marriage...and now she must decide what it's worth to her to get her family into a higher caste, even if she loses the one person she loves the most in the process. (YA dystopic romance?, released 4/12, publisher: Harper Teen)
Now You See Her, by Linda Howard (R) ***** I do love this one. :) I won't rhapsodize about it every time I reread it, however. (Adult romantic suspense, released 1999, publisher: Pocket Books)
On Deck: The next Mortal Instruments book; Insurgent