robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (24-27)...

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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[Hit the Ground Running, by Mark Burley -- recommended for those who like multi-POV, those who like mostly male POV, those who like mysticism (almost like magical realism), and those who like thrillers in a Dan Brown style -- Blue Moon, 4/27]

This is an entertaining read, though the mysticism/magical realism threw me a bit (because it seemed very down-to-earth when it began). I definitely liked the MC, though, and the mystery was interesting enough that I will look for the next one. :)

[The Whole Thing Together, by Ann Brashares -- recommended for Brashares fans, for those who like grief/recovery tales, for those who like family stories, and for those who like teen romance -- Delacorte Press, 4/17]

I liked the ideas here, but it developed very slowly. Plus, the multi-POV was actually confusing (which is rare) and jumped from person to person without a clearly distinct voice change (to me, at least). Still, I suspect that those who like Brashares' style will find this one another gem. :)

[The Takedown, by Corrie Wang -- highly recommended for those who like futuristic tales (technology-wise) with contemporary struggles, those who like sweet teen romance, and those who like heroines who fight -- Freeform, 4/17]

I really enjoyed this, even though the MC isn't super sympathetic to begin with. However, she grows (and it's realistic) and changes, and as more of her background is revealed, her actions make more sense. I also like how the other players in the game are complex...and the love interest is sweet and realistic too. Not to mention, the look at what social media could become is frighteningly plausible.

Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff -- highly recommended for those who like YA sci-fi, those who like sweet teen romance, those who like space thrillers, and those who read the first (Illuminae) -- Alfred A. Knopf BFYR, 10/16

The second was just as exciting and sci-fi interesting as the first. I already can't wait for the third (not coming out till 10/17) -- aaaiiiii!
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