robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (106-109)...

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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Grand & Humble, by Brent Hartinger -- highly recommended for those who like stories *like Sliding Doors ('what if one thing changed'), those who like thoughtful characters, and those who like mysteries -- BK Books, 5/16

* I read this when it came out ~7 years ago, but I only vaguely remembered the details. Regardless, I enjoyed this version very much, and I like how things slowly build between alternating chapters of 'grand' and 'humble.'

This is My Brain on Boys, by Sarah Strohmeyer -- highly recommended for those who like **clever heroines, those who like semi-unreliable narrators, those who like dual-POV tales, and those who like sweet romance -- Balzer & Bray, 5/16

** This is just a clever tale all around. I really liked the naivete of Addie, but her intelligence was also nicely done. The whole premise is intriguing and fun to read.

Mission Hill, by Pamela Wechsler -- highly recommended for those who like ***adult legal tales along the lines of Law & Order, those who like mysteries, and those who like independent heroines -- Minotaur Books, 5/16

*** Those who know me know how much I love Law & Order, so you can guess this is right up my alley. My only real complaint was the distance I felt from the MC during parts of the books -- I wanted to know more about her, but that wasn't really the focus here (although we do learn some things about her, but since she's the narrator, we're limited by her inability to allow herself to deal with her emotions).

Please Don't Tell, by Lauren Tims -- recommended for those who like angsty teen stories, those who like twins, and those who don't mind ****ambiguous endings -- Harper Teen, 5/16

**** I'm not a fan of ambiguous endings, so this wasn't my thing. I also wasn't a fan of Grace (though Joy was okay), so it was hard reading all her sections.
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