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Book Reports (1-11)...

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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(R) *****
Storm, by Brigid Kemmerer -- highly recommended because of the tense and intriguing plot and sympathetic characters -- Kensington, 5/12

(R) *****
Secret, by Brigid Kemmerer -- highly recommended because of the tense and intriguing plot and sympathetic characters -- Kensington, 1/14

(R) *****
Sacrifice,by Brigid Kemmerer -- highly recommended because of the tense and intriguing plot and sympathetic characters -- Kensington, 9/14

(I'm still hoping Kemmerer will do a follow-up book. She kind of wrapped up the series -- partway.)

**+
Switch, by Carol Snow -- recommended for those who like paranormal twists, those who like teenage angst, and those who like strong family stories -- Harper Teen, 8/09

(This was okay. It wasn't great, but it had some nice moments. My favorite part was the 'ghostly' grandma. I skimmed through most of it.)

***+
Dead Girls Don't Lie, by Jennifer Shaw Wolf -- recommended for those who like mysteries, those who like teen romance (and complications), and those who like resolutions -- Bloomsbury, 10/14

(This was pretty good. I skimmed through the middle section because I could see where it was heading, but the ending was fast-paced and interesting.)

****
Paradox, by A.J. Paquette -- recommended for those who like science fiction, those who like vulnerable yet courageous heroines, and those who like sweet romance -- Ember, 9/14

(The concept here was pretty fascinating. The only thing which held me back from really loving this was the slooooow reveal. I got frustrated with how little Ana knows. Everything is shared at the end, but it's right at the end.)

****
Avalanche, by Melinda Braun -- recommended for those who like nature thrillers, those who like male POV, and those who like hints of romance -- Simon Pulse, 11/16

(I enjoyed this. The set-up is realistic and intriguing, and since I've been to Berthoud Pass and the surrounding areas, I immediately had a sense of the setting. I felt like the character relationships/interactions were sacrificed a bit for the plot, but it was still a good read.)

*****
In Case You Missed It, by Sarah Littman -- highly recommended for those who like realistic teen drama, those who like sweet teen romance, and those who like family drama -- Scholastic, 10/16

(I read this in one sitting -- or standing, since I was at the gym. The writing is compelling, the plot is realistic ((a teenage girl's family gets hacked and her online journal becomes public viewing)), and the family drama and growth is well written and engaging. I loved it!)

*****
If You Knew Jack, by MC Lee -- highly recommended for those who like spy tales, those who like sympathetic teens, those who like male POV, and those who like angsty teen romance (male/male, in this case) -- Harmony Ink Press, 11/14

*****
Like I Know Jack, by MC Lee -- highly recommended for those who like spy tales, those who like sympathetic teens, those who like male POV, and those who like angsty teen romance (male/male, in this case) -- Harmony Ink Press, 7/16

*****
Shadow Operation, by MC Lee
highly recommended for those who like spy tales, those who like sympathetic teens, those who like male POV, and those who like angsty teen romance (male/male, in this case) -- Harmony Ink Press, 12/16

(Clearly, I've discovered a new series -- and I love it! Jack is a great character. I feel for him, I ache for him, I get frustrated with him...he's very realistic and complex. And his life is so...hard! He's been raised in a secret facility, and he's being trained as a spy. He slips into characters to flush out the 'bad' guys (he thinks...he's told almost nothing about his work). He's never really known anything different, but as a reader, I just want him to find out the truth and discover that he's loved. The romance is between Jack and another operative, Leo, who is both cagey and vulnerable...I can't wait for the next one, and I hope the author doesn't make the mistake (like some do) of drawing this series out so long without resolution that readers give up. For now, she still has my attention though. :) )

Whew -- it's good to be caught up! I also read a number of adult books, but they were all re-reads, so I won't catalog them. Read on!
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