robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Five-Star Reads for the first half of 2016...

For these, I'll simply list what I recall of why I loved them so much (five stars to me means that I loved it from beginning to end and will definitely re-read it). It's just a coincidence that there are 10 of them, and they're listed alphabetically by title:

Defending Taylor, by Miranda Kineally

I loved this because I liked Taylor and her perspective, and I also liked seeing glimpses of other characters (from past Kineally books) that I loved, as well. Plus, the romance, as always with these books, is feel-good.

Fill-In Boyfriend, by Kasie West

I loved this because the romance is filled with chemistry, and neither character is perfect. It was also interesting to read how the MC was perceived by others.

Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy

I loved this because of Yuri and Dovie...and Lenon. I just want to spend as much time as possible with these quirky and lovable characters. By the way, this comes out next week!

The Long Game, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I loved this because of the intrigue, the complexity of the situations, the challenges the characters face, and the relationships throughout.

Map of Fates, by Maggie Hall

I loved this because of the intriguing plot (and the tension throughout). I also like the realistic and plausible reasons for a 'love triangle.'

Powerless, by Tera Lynn Childs & Traci Deebs

I loved this because of the original premise, the characters, and the tension.

Relentless, by Tera Lynn Childs & Traci Deebs

I loved this because it tied up many of the loose ends from the above -- and the romance is sweet.

This is Our Story, by Ashley Elston

I loved this because it's so rare to find a truly captivating YA suspense/mystery, and this was it! I couldn't put it down, and I will definitely read it again.

Unplugged, by Donna Frietas

I loved this because it holds all the usual Frietas' quality writing along with an intriguing premise, strong and sympathetic characters, and a tense plot. I can't wait for the next one!

Wrecked, by Maria Padian

I loved this because of its original take on a story of rape. Because this isn't a 'light' subject, I wouldn't recommend it to younger teens, but it's not graphic, and the writing is strong and thoughtful.

I read many five-star re-reads, but I'm only including those which are firsts for me. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year will bring!
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