robinellen (robinellen) wrote,
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Book Reports (26-33)...

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).

* 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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***+
[Tell the Wind and Fire, by Sarah Rees Brennan -- recommended for fans of Brennan and for those who like *Tale of Two Cities, for those who like teen romance (and romance period), and those who like strong heroines and sweeping paranormal tales -- Clarion Books, 4/16]

****-
Sultry Sunsets, by Mary Calmes -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like her Mangrove Tales, and those who don't mind a rather brief story arc -- Dreamspinner Press, 5/15

****+
Blue Days, by Mary Calmes -- highly recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like persistent heroes, and those who like small-town settings -- Dreamspinner Press, 11/14

***
Raising the Griffin, by Melissa Wyatt -- recommended for those who liked **The Princess Diaries, those who like male POVs, and those who like commoners thrust into royalty -- Perfection Learning, 7/05

***+
Zero Day, by Jan Gangsei -- recommended for those who like political fare, those who enjoy hostage/release drama, those who like broken teen characters fighting back, and those who like pre-romance -- Disney-Hyperion, 1/16

****+
Hunted, by Karen Robards -- highly recommended for those who like adult romantic suspense, those who like NOLA settings, those who like tough cops with a soft inside (ha), and those who like solid resolutions -- Gallery Books, 12/13

***+
The Body Institute, by Carol Riggs -- recommended for those who like unique sci-fi, those who like ***politics surrounding personal freedom versus government control, and those who like teen romance -- Entangled, 9/15

****
Demonosity, by Amanda Ashby -- recommended for those who like humorous approaches to mythical/paranormal ideas, those who like spunky heroines, those who like ****aspects of asexuality, and those who like brooding boys -- Speak, 8/13

*I really do adore Brennan's writing style, but I'm not a huge Dickens' fan. Once I realized the story I was reading (well, a re-telling of aspects of that story), I lost some of my enthusiasm...but the writing works for me, so I finished it anyway.

**I've never read TPD, in all honesty. I saw the movie(s), of course, and I actually picked up the last one, just to see where the author had it ending (but I only skimmed the book). This version is darker, broodier, and I had a hard time liking the MC. I also didn't love the resolution (okay, without spoilers, I did really like the very end -- like that last two pages or so).

***I thought the political hints in this were the most intriguing aspects. Imagine a world where the government insists that not only does everyone have to have healthcare (yep), but the government also gets to determine punishment if people aren't taking care of themselves in a manner the government agrees with. Whew!

****I rarely come across asexual characters in teen books (this might be the very first time), so I appreciate that Ashby included Nash. He's a thoughtful, intriguing character -- and I like his own humor regarding his asexuality.

On Deck: Well, I'm about to head off for the library... ;)
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