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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.
Gone, by Lisa McMann (R) The pacing for the final book isn't as strong as the other two, but I like the personal growth (which kind of necessitates the slower pacing).
Purity, by Jackson Pearce *** I always enjoy Jackson's writing style. I've been a beta reader for her in the past (um, years ago), and even from the first time I read anything of hers, I was engaged by her unique and intriguing voice. This book is no different, but as an adult, the content didn't draw me in. I would want pre-teen girls to read this, however, as Jackson does a good job showing how love and sex mix together. The story: Shelby promised her dying mom that she'd listen to her dad and try and live her life without restraint (and yet filled with love). But fulfilling those promises isn't as easy as one might think, and when Shelby's dad wants them to share in a princess ball at church (for Shelby to declare her intention to remain a virgin), Shelby does it but with the goal of losing her virginity before the ball so she won't be missing out on anything. Throughout the preparations, Shelby begins to see that perhaps there's more involved to truly loving someone (like a boy) and to listening to her dad. (YA contemporary, released 4/12, publisher: Little, Brown)
On Deck: *squees* a bunch of great books -- now I just have to figure out what I'm in the mood for next!