robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (38-42)...

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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Riders, by Veronica Rossi -- recommended for those who like paranormal YA, those who like a *male POV, those who like complex characters, and those who like lush story-telling -- Tor Books, 2/16

Map of Fates, by Maggie Hall -- highly recommended for those who liked the first one (Conspiracy of Us), those who like Dan Brown-type thrillers, those who like spunky heroines, and those who like YA romance **(with complications) -- GP Putnam, 3/16

Light of Day, by Allison van Diepen -- highly recommended for those who like ***gritty YA tales, those who like redemption tales, those who like feisty heroines, and those who like strong chemistry in their romance -- Harper Teen, 11/15

The Heir and the Spare, by Emily Albright -- recommended for those who don't mind a slightly distant narrative style, those who don't mind fast-paced (and perhaps a little skimming) story telling, those who like sweet YA romance, and those who like ****royalty tales -- Merit Press, 1/16

Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard -- recommended for those who liked the first (Red Queen), those who like YA fantasy, those who like epic world building, and those who like *****gritty heroines -- Harper Teen, 2/16

*One of my favorite parts of this is the male POV. I like War, and I like his perspective...and I'll definitely look for the next one in the series/trilogy.

**I'm not a fan of love triangles (at all), but every now and then, an author will handle it in just the right way -- a way that makes the triangle not only realistic but necessary. Imo, that's how Maggie Hall handles this one, and I can't way to see what happens in the next one!

***This is the second in the collection (it's not really a series, since you don't need to read the first to understand the second -- clearly, as I didn't even realize there was a prequel, so to speak, until I'd finished this one). I'm not sure I'd read another -- I might, but the setting is so different from what I'm used to (which is good; it's definitely what drew me to this one, in the first place). For one book, it's fine. Would I want to return to Miami for more? I honestly don't know. But I've long enjoyed van Diepen's romances. :)

****I picked this up based on the description (a girl with an unknown past meets the 'spare' for the British crown). I liked those aspects, for sure, but it's definitely told in a distant manner, and although we see hints of the important events, we're often pulled away before an emotion really seeps through. It was entertaining but a little frustrating because of that.

*****The premise of this world is pretty cool (and very unique), but the heroine is so...well, kind of unlikable, to me. She's just so fierce and passionate and determined to see (and do) things in only one way. I will pick up the third (because really, don't I have to see how it all turns out?), but I don't know if I trust the author to end it all the way I personally would like (ha).

On Deck: We're heading out later this week to visit Moab, so I have a bag full of books to read on the journey.
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