robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (35-39)...

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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Corruption, by Jessica Shirvington -- highly recommended for those who read the first (Disruption), those who like strong teen heroines, those who like sweet romance, and those who like dystopic/sci-fi -- Harper Collins, 3/17

I didn't read the first one very carefully, but I really enjoyed this one anyway. I got enough of the world-building from the first to follow this, and because of that, this one didn't need as much and could focus more on plot and characters. I enjoyed the tension between the characters and the conflicts present.

The Release, by Tom Isbell -- recommended for those who've read the rest of the trilogy, those who like the strength of the underdog, those who like angsty teen romance, and those who like sci-fi/dystopia -- Harper Teen, 2/17

This was a nice conclusion to the trilogy. It's a depressing world, without a doubt, and I felt like some of the angst Hope tortured herself with was unnecessary -- but overall, I enjoyed the series.

[One of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus -- highly recommended for those who like crafty mysteries, those who like multi-POV narratives, those who like realistic teen drama, and those who like Agatha Christie-like takedowns -- Delacorte Press, 5/17]

I loved this! :D It hit all my favorite buttons -- school tales, multi-POV, Agatha Christie-like mystery...just right up my alley. Plus, there's all kinds of romance (or hints of romance), including GLBT. There's definitely some diabolical thought processes here, though, so beware of triggers (though I imagine most readers won't pick it up if teen death bothers them to that point).

***** (R)

***** (R)
The Naturals, Killer Instinct, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes -- highly recommended for those who like YA thrillers and YA FBI tales -- Disney-Hyperion, starting 10/14

I'm re-reading the whole series and loving it just as much (maybe more?) the second time...
Tags: book reports, glbt, ya
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