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.
Unspoken, by Sarah Rees Brennan (sarahtales ****+ I really enjoyed this. I like Kami, most of all. She's such an irrepressible personality, and her ability to square her shoulders and keep going was truly charming. At the same time, I ached for her when she felt the sting of rejection -- and the tension between her and Jared was remarkable (and hard to read, at times). The only reason this didn't get five stars is because the ending was a serious cliff-hanger -- but I want to add that, in this case, I realize it's necessary. The book was quite well-paced, imo, because we saw the resolution of the main mystery, we understood what was really going on in Sorry-in-the-Vale, and we knew that things were just beginning...thus, the need for at least one more book (I'm guessing it'll be a trilogy, perhaps?). What I like about this (especially in light of completing the Matched trilogy recently) is that it's quite apparent that book two will NOT be a placeholder. It can't be, and things are already set up for something important to happen. Hopefully (oh, I so hope), Jared will find some peace! (Oh, and I also love the realistic mix of romance -- gay and straight). The story: Kami has an imaginary friend with whom she talks in her head -- until the day he turns up in her village, in her school, and she has an actual body with a face and a physical voice she must now relate to. And that's only the beginning of the strangeness, as Kami believes there are some animal mutilations going on -- and then a girl (a ex-friend of Kami's -- a girl who ditched her when she heard Kami actually talked to someone in her head) is murdered. Kami doesn't want to believe it has anything to do with Jared or his family, but things aren't looking good. And when Kami is threatened, secrets come pouring out, and Kami realizes she will have to make some choices about her link with Jared -- choices that he might not agree with. (YA paranormal/mystery, released 9/12, publisher: Random House)
On Deck: I picked up a bunch of books from the library yesterday -- I have NO time to read currently, but we're going to the family cabin after Christmas, and I'm hoping to make some headway there. :) I feel like it's the best way to start off a new year (reading, reading, reading).