robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (14-17)...

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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Kiss CAM, by Kiara London -- recommended for those who like friendship-to-love stories, those who like vlogs, and those who like teenage angst -- Swoon Reads, 10/16

(I found this book frustrating. It was realistic, I'm sure, but the constant waffling from each of the MCs -- male and female -- drove me crazy. "Do I love him? Do I not?" "Does she love me? Does she not?" It was really annoying, and I ended up skimming most of it to get to the end where they finally figured it out.)

Disruption, by Jessica Shirvington -- recommended for those who like YA sci-fi, those who like clever heroines, those who like sweet romance, and those who like an easily hated villain -- Harper Collins, 10/16

(I liked the premise of this, and I liked the MC...I just didn't have the patience to read through all her actions. I skipped to the end and read the last chapter(s), and I was able to figure out the majority of the story from there. I will mostly likely pick up the next one, however, as I think I'll have more interest now that I have the set-up down.)

[As You Lay Sleeping, by Katlyn Duncan -- recommended for those who like YA suspense, those who like sweet teen romance, and those who like intricate mysteries -- Harper Collins, 2/17]

(I really liked the mystery portion of the book. I thought it was realistic and convincing. I didn't love the characterization nearly as much. The MC started out seeming pretty self-centered...and then, without any real work or self-reflection on her part, she suddenly became a better person. And although the love interest was sweet and smart, he was also a little one-dimensional. The ending was...a little cliche too. Still, it was entertaining, and I read it all.)

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff -- highly recommended for those who like YA (traditional) sci-fi (meaning not dystopic but a space drama), those who like realistic but not overly angsty teen romance, those who like unusual and varied formats, and those who like strong heroines -- Alfred A. Knopf BFYR, 10/15

(I really enjoyed this one. I love space dramas, and this had all the adventure, the high action, the personal touches -- plus, it was written as if I was watching it unfold on a screen in front of me, and I really liked that. I already have the second one on my TBR pile...)
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