robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (34-37)...

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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[Stone Field, by Christy Lenzi -- recommended for those who like YA historicals, those who like re-imaginings, those who like Wuthering Heights, and those who like *lush writing -- Roaring Brook Press, 3/16]

I'm From Nowhere, by Suzanne Meyers -- recommended for those who like YA character studies, those who like contemporary tales, and those who like **somewhat ambiguous endings -- Soho Teen, 1/16

Powerless, by Tara Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs -- highly recommended for those who like superheroes, those who like mysteries, those who like strong and unconventional heroines, those who like groups of kids working together, and those who like sweet YA romance -- Sourcebooks Fire, 6/15

Fire Sermon, by Francesca Haig -- recommended for those who like fighting against great odds, those who like YA dystopic, and those who like complex (moral) situations -- Gallery Books, 3/15

*I'm not a huge Bronte fan, and I could never get through Wuthering Heights. This book, however, is soooo lush in the writing (and the setting and the characters)'s still not my personal cup of tea, but I can appreciate its richness.

**This drove me crazy, in all honesty. The writing is fine and even easy to follow...but man, by the end of the book (which I skimmed), I still felt like nothing had really happened, and it seemed like finally the story was ready to begin (and the book was over). Maybe there will be a sequel?

Currently Reading: another Karen Robards

On Deck: I have a book coming in the mail (yay), and I have a couple others waiting for me...
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