robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (93-96)...

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 Fixer, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who like political thrillers, those who like feisty yet vulnerable teen heroines, and those who like family intrigue -- Bloomsbury, 7/15

Dark Energy, by Robison Wells -- recommended for those who like YA alien tales, those who like *plotty books (that might not be as thorough on character development), and those who like teen romance -- Harper Teen, 3/16

* I liked the set-up here and how it develops, but I will say that I wished there'd been a little more character development. I liked the characters, but more would have been nice.

Love & Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch -- recommended for those who like Italy, **family intrigue, and a sweet (though angsty) teen love story -- Simon Pulse, 5/16

** One of the intriguing aspects here is what happened with the MC's mom when she was in Italy years before...but it was also frustrating to see so many stupid choices.

The Crown, by Kiera Cass -- recommended for those who like teen sci/fi fantasy (simply because it's a future society), those who liked the rest of the series (The Selection), and those who don't mind ***slightly self-centered heroines -- Harper Teen, 5/16

*** This is a pretty intriguing world set-up, but the heroine really turned me off. She's so self-centered (though she gets better in this book -- it's the second of her story as America's daughter), arrogant, and not that sympathetic. Honestly, I'm not quite sure why the guy who falls for her does so...
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