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Book Reports (48-52)...

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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****+
#famous, by Jilly Gagnon -- highly recommended for those who like dual-POV tales, those who like strong-but-vulnerable heroines, and those who like sweet (though angsty) teen romance -- Katherine Tegan Books, 2/17

(In some ways, this was hard to read because the heroine was maligned by *everyone* for the first 2/3 of the book...but eventually, people began to see what was really happening, and once the hero pulled his head out -- ha -- it came together.)

****+
The Body Market, by Donna Freitas -- highly recommended for those who read the first one (Unplugged), for those who like strong heroines, for those who like intriguing futuristic worlds, and for those who don't mind a bit of a love triangle -- Harper Teen, 3/17

(I definitely liked this one, though not quite as much as the first. But that's partially because I'm not a huge fan of love triangles, and this one is...well, complicated and not very beneficial for the heroine, to avoid spoilers. Anyway, I wasn't happy with how Freitas left things here, but that doesn't in any way diminish my desire to read the last book -- and my hope that everything will fit together perfectly. :) )

***-
Nemesis, by Brendan Reichs -- recommended for those who like unique dystopia, those who like gutsy heroines, and those who don't mind some mystery remaining at the end (this is the first book in a series/duology?) -- GP Putnam BFYR, 3/17

(I liked the premise a lot, and I especially liked the heroine...but I couldn't stand the majority of the other characters, and I didn't like the constant deception of many of the adults ((even once it's revealed why, it still irked me)). I will most likely pick up the next one, just to see what happens, but unless the other characters become more human, it's not really for me.)

****+
Hysteria, by Megan Miranda -- highly recommended for those who like YA thrillers, those who like strong heroines, those who like sweet teen romance, and those who like complex characters -- Walker & Co, 2/13

(I enjoyed this very much. I liked the complexity of all the characters, though I felt like Mallory's parents were ridiculously weak. Still, that's a pretty minor complaint, and the pacing of the book was strong, to me, and made up for that.)

**+
[Follow Me Back, by AV Geiger -- recommended for those who like multi-media presentations, those who like insta-love (in some ways), those who like dual-POV, and those who like cliff-hanger endings -- Sourcebooks Fire, 6/17]

(The biggest issue I had with this tale was the main heroine. I liked the hero a lot, and I felt like his struggles were realistic and relate-able. But I didn't get Tessa (for the record, I'm very much in the minority on this -- most readers seem to understand Tessa better). I didn't really like her, and I didn't have a ton of sympathy for her, either. I also didn't enjoy the overly (to me) dramatic feel to the narrative. I might or might not pick up the next one.)
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