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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 Paladin Prophecy, by Mark Frost ***** I really enjoyed this -- so much so that I immediately handed it off to my husband to read, as well! I think D will enjoy it too, and although it's tense in places (and has some violence), I don't think it'll be beyond what he can handle, even at 10. One of my favorite aspects (besides the basic plot, which was nicely put together) is the overall pacing. The story starts slow, and we meet one character at a time. At no point did I feel overwhelmed or like there were too many people to pay attention to. Interestingly, we don't even find out what 'paladin' means until a good halfway through the thick book, but it didn't bother me. I was caught up enough in Will's story and his own personal mysteries that I didn't think to wonder about the title of the book. It wasn't a huge surprise, once revealed, as many hints had been dropped (and I suspected where it was heading); however, knowing what was probably coming (in that sense) didn't in any way reduce the enjoyment I experienced. Truly, this is one of my favorite reads of the year, and I can't wait for the next one! The story: Will has been taught to 'fly under the radar' by his parents, and with all the moving they've had to do because of his father's job, he's gotten pretty good at keeping his extraordinary abilities under wraps. However, one standardized test later, and he's suddenly caught the attention of one of the top (and most secret) boarding schools in the nation. Normally, he and his parents would never allow Will's involvement, but the same day someone from the school comes to meet him, strange men in black caps begin trailing Will -- and they do something to his mom, something which makes her 'different.' Will doesn't know what to do, and when his dad doesn't return from his latest business trip, Will finds himself alone, relying only on the list of rules his dad has taught him throughout his life. Eventually, he ends up at the elite school and meets four other teens who also seem to have some special abilities...and the mystery and danger increases from there. (YA sci-fi thriller, released 9/2012, publisher: Random House)
Currently Reading: The Vindico (which is a light, easy read)
I'm definitely slowing down. My goal is to simply read 110 books this year, and with seven weeks left for the year (ack, is that all??), I'm fairly hopeful ;)