robinellen (robinellen) wrote,
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Book Reports (96-103)...

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).

If you'd like to see my recent four+- and five-star YA 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.

This year, I'm only going to list the stars and a brief recommendation for the type of readers I think will enjoy the book [(R) means it's a re-read; [] means it's an ARC].



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Love Wins, by Rob Bell -- recommended for traditional Christians who might be questioning aspects of their faith but aren't interested in any ideas outside the faith (non fiction) -- HarperOne, 7/12

****
Sweet, by Emmy Laybourne -- recommended for those who enjoy a secure (and not model-like) heroine, those who enjoy horror, those who like sweet YA romance, and those who like a somewhat open ending -- Feiwel & Friends, 6/15

****+
Macarons at Midnight, by M.J. O'Shea & Anna Martin -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like foodie books, and those who don't mind a fluffy tale (with a somewhat weak resolution) -- Dreamspinner Press, 10/14

****+
Devil's Food at Dusk, by M.J. O'Shea & Anna Martin -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like foodie books, and those who don't mind a fluffy tale -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/15

****
[This is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp -- recommended for those who enjoy realistic drama, those who don't mind tragedy (of the school shooting type), those who enjoy reading about different types of relationships (friendship, family, dysfunctional, abusive, LGBTQIA, etc), and those who are okay with vignettes (ie, the story covers one day, and you have no idea how anyone handles the aftermath) -- Sourcebooks Fire, 1/16]

****+
Inherit the Sky, by Ariel Tachna -- highly recommended for those who enjoy adult male/male romance, those who like heroes overcoming physical challenges, and those who like stories set in rural Australia -- Dreamspinner Press, 2/12

*****
The Fixer, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who enjoy political mysteries, those who like family drama, and those who like strong (though vulnerable) teen heroines -- Bloomsbury USA, 7/15

***** (R)
Veil of Night, by Linda Howard -- highly recommended for Howard fans -- Ballantine, 8/10

Currently Reading: Well, I have a stack...but I haven't actually started any of them. ;)

On Deck: See above
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