robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (53-56)...

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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The Capture, by Tom Isbell -- highly recommended for those who enjoyed the first (The Prey), those who like dual-POVs (one male, one female), those who like determined and unlikely heroes, and those who like gentle romance -- Harper Teen, 1/16

[The Leaving, by Tara Altebrando -- recommended for those who like suspenseful mysteries, those who like *compelling reads, those who like slow-moving (and secondary) romance, and those who like complicated motives -- Bloomsbury USA, 6/16]

[Forever, Again, by Victoria Laurie -- highly recommended for those interested in reincarnation, those who like sweet teen romance, those who don't mind **angst, and those who like strong heroines -- Hyperion, 12/16]

[Unplugged, by Donna Freitas -- highly recommended for those who like philosophical mysteries, ***futuristic moral questions, strong heroines, teen relationships, and trilogies -- Harper Teen, 6/16]

* There's a blurb on this from E. Lockhart saying that this book is un-put-down-able -- and she's right! I read it in one sitting, and even though there were a couple of throw-away characters (who seemed to be there to make up the right numbers?), I found it unusually compelling.

** I loved Laurie's When, which came out a little over a year ago. It was filled with angst and sorrow...but it resolved so beautifully. This one had different kinds of angst, and it didn't resolve nearly as nicely. I enjoyed Lily's POV a lot, and I liked Amber. And I will probably re-read this (though not as often as I do When) -- so it's very good, just not quite as good as the first one. :D

*** I got totally sucked into this world -- to the point that I dreamt about it the night I finished the book (and that rarely happens with me). I've long been a Freitas fan (I've read all her YA books), but I didn't realize she had anything new out (though it's been a while). Anyway, this was so well-written, and I love the world building, the mystery, the characters...the only downside is that now I have to wait at least a year for the next installment. *sigh*

Currently Reading (and loving): Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy
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