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Book Reports (86-88)...

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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Cover of Night, by Linda Howard (R) ***** Yep, it was time for another read. I wish I had more time to reread books, in all honesty. I have others I would like to enjoy again, but I also have a pile of needing-TBR, and finding time for both is a challenge.

Veil of Night, by Linda Howard (R) ***** Clearly, I indulged :) Now, however, I'm back to books I haven't read and looking longingly at those I want to reread...

Insignia, by S.J. Kincaid **** I picked this up because it sounded a lot like Ender's Game in the flap copy. And it was, in many ways -- though Tom wasn't as strong a character as Ender (but then, who is?). Still, I liked the complexity of the story and the complications in the plot. I wasn't horribly thrilled with what Tom had to do to 'win,' and that, more than anything else, showed the weakness in his character (to me). I will most likely pick up the next one, but I'm hoping that Tom will mature a bit -- the premise behind this world is very interesting! The story: Tom is being threatened with foster care as his gambler father drags him all over and keeps him from regular education (and regular meals and housing). To Tom's surprise, however, the military training compound (the Spire) has been watching him play video games -- and they want him to join their program. Tom's beyond flattered, and even when he realizes he'll need to let them put a computer into his brain (a neuro-processor -- through actual brain surgery), he can't pass up the chance to finally be someone. AS these things go, however, it doesn't take long for him to learn that everything comes with a price...and with a special skill he has (that many others don't), he finds himself being used as a pawn in a war he still doesn't fully understand. (YA science fiction, released 7/12, publisher: Katherine Tegan Books)

A/N: I also read (or mostly skimmed) the third book in what I thought was a trilogy -- and I have to mention that I really don't like it when authors do this kind of thing. The story arc was clearly set up for a trilogy, and although much of the story was resolved in the third book, the relationship aspect was not -- in fact, it looked like it was, and then, in the last couple of pages, the author changed everything and caused one of the characters to lie to the other and completely pull away. I lost all respect for the whole story right then, and I won't even attempt to pick up the next book (and I asked the library to purchase the third one -- I won't be asking that for the fourth). Maybe some readers like that kind of thing, but I find it irritating. To authors: Rather than attempting to draw out your series into another book by using this kind of trickery, become a better writer and do it honestly. (Yeah, I'm really annoyed -- but I won't mention the book/author here because it's just my opinion.)

On Deck: I have a couple of books which might work to take the bad taste from my mouth...
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