robinellen (robinellen) wrote,

Book Reports (77-80)...

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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Wesley James Ruined My Life, by Jennifer Honeybourn -- recommended for those who like YA romance, those who like Anglophiles, and those who don't mind a slightly predictable read -- Swoon Reads, 7/17

(This was fun, despite the predictability. I did find the main character's childish insistence that Wesley had ruined her life (the basis of the book) to be a little annoying, but I still sympathized with her struggles.)

The Ends of the World, by Maggie Hall -- highly recommended for those who've read the rest of the series, those who like YA intrigue/suspense, and those who like sweet YA romance -- GP Putnam & Sons BFYR, 7/17

(This was a solid wrap up for the trilogy, and I liked both the plot and the character development. It did lose a little intensity for me in this final book, but it still had good pacing, and I liked the twists and turns throughout Avery's journey.)

** (DNF)
Six of Crows, by Leah Bardugo -- recommended to myself for future: even though I only read the first couple of chapters, I think I would really enjoy it when I'm in a different frame of mind -- Henry Holt, 9/15

(I didn't get far into this, but I like the characters. Right now, the world building is a little too complex for my summer-break state of mind. ;) But I think this is a book I'll really enjoy at another time.)

Bait and Switch, by MC Lee -- highly recommended for those who've read the rest of the series, for those who like YA spy/intrigue, and for those who like sweet YA (male/male) romance -- Harmony Ink Press, 7/17

(I've enjoyed this series, even though it's hard to read at times because Jack is treated so poorly by many of the adults in his life. Still, the situations Jack finds himself in and how he gets himself out is intriguing and engaging. Plus, I like the romance. :) )
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