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Book Reports (64-65)...

(No, it's not snowing -- but it's raining steadily (which we need) and cooler.)

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.

If you'd like to see my recent four-plus- and five-star recommendations, visit Robin ReadsnWrites.

* 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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Girl Meets Boy, ed. by Kelly Milner Halls ***+ I liked this, although I definitely skimmed. It's a neat concept, though -- and for me, it could have been longer. I kind of felt like I was just getting the feel for the stories when the book ended. Also, the last story was...not as hopeful as I personally prefer. However, I definitely liked how all kinds of boy-girl relationships are explored in this. The stories: A few different situations are explored between boys and girls, each story broken into two parts: one from the girl's POV and one from the boy's. Everything from manipulation to cultural differences to friendships (with a gay boy) to transgender is touched on here. (YA contemporary, released 12/11, publisher: Chronicle Books)

Subterranean, by James Rollins ***+ I enjoyed this, although it started getting a little weirder than I personally prefer about two-thirds through (which is when I started skimming). However, I always enjoy new scientific ideas, and I liked the various interactions between the different group members. I liked Jason's spunk too. :) The story: Ashley, a paleoanthropologist, is pegged to lead a team beneath Mt. Erebus (on Antarctica) to explore unusual cave dwellings -- dwellings which indicate life well before the accepted time-periods usually accepted. Once below the surface, however, Ashley learns that another team had been sent down three months prior -- and never returned. Also, one of the team members has ulterior motives tied more to the diamonds in the subterranean caves than the overall scientific discovery -- and another member simply wants to find his brother, one of the members of the first team. When the group runs into something unfriendly, they all have to choose between survival and everything else. (Adult thriller, released 5/10, publisher: Harper Collins)

We're off to the library tomorrow, and I haven't ordered my next batch of books I might be rereading ;)
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