robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (23-24)...

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 (linked to Tattered Cover's book page) or e-galley.

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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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Perfect Scoundrels, by Ally Carter ****+ I read all of this, and I did enjoy it very much. The only reason it didn't get a full five stars is because the con was tricky enough that I didn't pick up on what was happening until the very end. And yes, that's probably a good thing, but it meant that I didn't feel like things were being resolved as much as I personally prefer. Also, I felt like the resolution of Hale's personal life didn't quite happen -- and it shouldn't, totally, since he's grieving. But because Kat constantly mentioned (in her internal narrative) how worried she was about him, I wanted to see a little more about how he was handling things. *shrugs* I'm sure it's a personal preference thing, but I didn't sense the closure that I think could have been there. Still, I enjoyed it very much and read it feverishly. :) The story: When Hale's grandmother dies unexpectedly, her will reveals some huge surprises -- like Hale inheriting the family business (a multi-million dollar corporation). His trustee is also a much so that Kat and her friends are asked to look into it. Kat doesn't know how much to involve Hale, as he's grieving, and soon she's in over her head. Plus, Hale is struggling, and Kat feels like she's failing him on every level -- can she save him and his family's work? And will Hale forgive her when he realizes how much she's done behind his back? (YA adventure/mystery, released 2/13, publisher: Hyperion)

Paparazzi Project, by Christina Springer **** This was a fun read. I liked Livvie, and I liked her overall moral sense. The project was a cute idea, and it was fun (and funny) to see how the class handled it. I also liked the realistic take on how hurtful paparazzi can be. My only real 'complaint' (if you can call it that) was Livvie's blog. She truly was a thoughtful person, and I didn't think the blog fit with the rest of her character very realistically. Still, it was a good read, and I thought the ending was very satisfying. :) The story: Livvie's class undertakes a paparazzi project, where the class is divided into celebrities, paparazzi, and journalists. Livvie works with cute Chas (and immediately develops a crush), but it doesn't take long before she's torn between her role as a paparazzi and her own moral sense. She doesn't want to hurt anyone, but sometimes, the celebrities seem to put themselves into potentially hurtful positions. As something of an outlet for her dilemma, Livvie also starts an anonymous blog and posts some of the pictures there -- but when she puts up a picture about the parent of one of the celebs, things spiral out of control, and Livvie has to decide if she can put her actions behind her words. (YA contemporary, released 12/12, publisher: Amazon Kindle)

Currently Reading: The Elephant of Surprise
On Deck: I haven't decided, but I still have quite the pile ;)
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