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.
Spark, by Brigid Kemmerer ***** I really enjoyed this. I liked the first one too, and this had many of the same positives -- the tension between characters, the tension within the plot itself, the overall strength of pacing, likable and relate-able characters, etc. I thought this one was better simply because the angst wasn't quite so overwhelming. In the first book, both Chris and Becca had so many issues that it was hard for me to get through the book, even though the plot was intriguing. This one avoided that -- even though Layne's life wasn't perfect, her angst wasn't as overwhelming. That meant I had room in my angst bank (ha) for all of Gabe's struggles without feeling swamped. And the rest of the Merrick brothers -- and Hunter -- were just as intriguing as usual. It looks like the next book will be about Hunter, and I'm looking forward to that, as well! The story: Gabe is struggling to control his ability with fire. It doesn't help that he feels like his weakness injured his twin -- and that his brothers seem capable of handling their gifts while he's not. Then Hunter, a Fifth, starts to show signs of friendliness and begins taking Gabe to fires. Gabe is able to move through the flames, feed that burning need in himself, and rescue anyone trapped inside...but when arson is suspected for the series of house fires, Gabe becomes a suspect. And when the arsonist goes after Layne, the girl Gabe is trying his darndest NOT to fall for, Gabe has to find a way to stop the person -- and to control his own abilities before a Guardian is called to deal with him and his brothers for good. (YA paranormal, released 8/12, publisher: K-teen)
Currently Reading: *crickets*...yeah, there's a real slump right now. I've noticed I'm not alone in this -- none of my holds at the library are in yet, and there seems to be a dearth of fresh reads. :( I do have a couple of sequels (to books I didn't read) on hand, and I might try those...