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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.
[Good Bones, by Kim Fielding ****+ I really enjoyed this, which is strange (in one sense) because I'm not a huge werewolf fan. But in this story, the focus wasn't on the whole 'werewolf' idea and more on dealing with life afterward. In that sense, it had more of a magical realism feel to it, as being a werewolf was simply an aspect of this world (whch was, in every other way, just like our world). Dylan, the MC, was sympathetic and very likable, and I enjoyed his journey and the challenges he faced in being a werewolf and still trying to live his life. Chris was also an interesting (and symathetic) character -- and although it was hard, at times, to understand his mindset (since we were in Dyl's POV), I still found him credible. I also liked that Andy (the antagonist) was portrayed with sympathy, as well -- and I appreciated Dylan's compassion and understanding. All in all, it was a good read! The story: Dylan decides he needs to move to a house in the middle of nowhere in order to properly deal with his werewolf issues. He's afraid he'll hurt someone if he remains in the city -- and although his boss is reluctant to let Dylan try commuting, he gives in for a trial run. Dylan finds a great house, which needs a ton of work. However, his only neighbor seems willing to help...but soon, Dylan finds himself caring more for his neighbor than he probably should -- and he doesn't know how to keep the relationship casual, even though he believes it must be (for who would want to spend their lives with a werewolf?). Things are complicated further by the return of Andy, the man who turned Dylan and who still wants Dylan as part of his 'pack.' Dylan has to make a choice between his wolf and human sides -- and between his past and his future. (Adult supernatural, GLBT, released 4/12, publisher: Dreamspinner Press)]
Insurgent, by Veronica Roth ****+ I very much enjoyed this, as well. Although it wasn't quite as gripping as Divergent, it definitely doesn't suffer from the 'middle book' syndrome (imo). The book picks up right where the last left off, which I appreciated (especially as I'd forgotten a fair amount). The relationship between Tris and Tobias continues to be challenging -- but I LOVE the fact that there is no triangle in sight! :) Their issues are just between them and their struggles in this world -- I cannot tell you how refreshing that is! The mystery of the factions deepens, and the pacing is strong. I like what Tris learns about herself throughout the book, and although she seems distant in places, I felt like her character was consistent...and although I'm not a huge fan of cliffhangers, the ending has a solid impact which makes me long for the next book (which is exactly what should happen, no?). The story: Tris and Tobias have to figure out what to do now that the Abnegation have basically been wiped out -- and now that they realize how traitorous the Erudite truly are. However, the differences between the fattions are stark, and those in Amity don't mix well with the Dauntless. When Tris and the other Dauntless are betrayed, they find their way to the factionless -- only to discover a supposedly-dead leader and much more organization and planning than they'd realized. When it appears that the Erudite aren't done yet (and are working to find simulations which will overcome the Divergent along with everyone else), Tris has to choose between Marcus and Tobias -- or between finding the truth and eradicating the Erudite and perhaps all factions. (YA dystopic, released 5/12, publisher: Katherine Tegan Books)
On Deck:...??? I got a gift card yesterday (for volunteering), so I will be ordering some books. Plus, I have three coming in at the end of the month -- but right now, I'm hearing crickets (sigh). I do have a hold ready at the library, however...