robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (139-145)...

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 Last Star, by Rick Yancey -- recommended for fans of the trilogy (The 5th Wave), for those who like alien-attack tales, and for those who like *realistic/ambiguous endings -- Putnam & Sons BFYR, 5/16

* The ending here was definitely not a 'happy' one, though I suppose there was a hopeful element to was a little too realistic for me, I guess. ;)

Mirror in the Sky, by Aditi Khorana -- recommended for those who like angsty teen drama, those who like sci-fi twists, and those who like *growth in their protagonist -- Razorbill, 6/16

* This drove me crazy for much of the book because all the characters were awfully short-sighted and self-centered, BUT I very much like how the MC realized at the end that her insecurities were not unique (even though they were based on a unique reason -- her being the only POC in her school). I really like that moment when it became clear to her that even those girls (and guys) who seem to 'have it all' are just as insecure and find ways to hide their weaknesses (a very teen experience, regardless of circumstances/background). At the same time, the idea that 'you can't help who you love' was quite prevalent here, and as I don't agree at all, I found that a bit annoying too. ;)

The Season, by Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer -- recommended for those who like *Pride & Prejudice tales, those who like humorous and sympathetic heroines, those who like society tales, and those who like sweet (though fast) romance -- Viking BFYR, 7/16

* I didn't realize this was a P&P re-telling (modern-day) until I was about a quarter into it (when I thought to myself, "Wow, this is very similar to P&P" and happened to look more closely at the cover, where it clearly stated it). I enjoyed it, though it had some of the same issues that P&P does for me (in the book -- too many details!), and the relationship between 'Darcy and Lizzy' (not their names in this book) happened extremely quickly (too quickly for my taste). Still, it's a fun look at Texas and debuts.

Unrivaled, by Alyson Noel -- recommended for those who like *multi-POV tales, those who like Hollywood, those who like game players, and those who like mysteries -- Katherine Tegan Books, 5/16

* I was drawn to this because of the three narrators, but after a couple chapters in each of their voices, I realized I didn't care enough about any of them to continue on (though Tommy was my favorite, and I might have been more interested if everything was from his POV). However, the mystery is definitely interesting, and I will probably pick up the second book to see what happens next.

Flying, by Carrie Jones -- recommended for those who love *Carries Jones' writing, those who like unique and sympathetic voice, those who like alien tales, and those who like sweet romance -- Tor Teen, 7/16

* I really like Carrie's voice and style, and that's what drew me to this in the first place (even though the premise isn't really my thing). I think readers who like quirky, likable, determined heroines will enjoy this!

[Waking in Time, by Angie Stanton -- highly recommended for those who like *time-traveling tales, those who like sweet romance, those who like strong family relationships, and those who like a bit of a mystery -- Switch Press, 3/17]

* This is a unique take on time traveling, as Abbi travels backward and Will travels forward -- so they only intercept a few times. More than that, it's about Abbi figuring out a secret in her grandma's life...and the relationships she builds in the different times. I couldn't put it down (and read it in two sittings)!
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