robinellen (robinellen) wrote,
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Book Reports (112-117)...

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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****
Low Pressure, by Sandra Brown -- recommended for those who like adult romantic suspense, those who like complicated family relationships, and those who like planes (ha) -- Grand Central, 9/12

(I enjoyed the mystery here, but the chemistry between the MC and Dent didn't work as well for me. *shrug* Actually, many of the characters didn't work for me, and I finished the book with kind of a 'meh' feeling (though I liked the mystery resolution).)

****+
In the Waning Light, by Loreth Ann White -- highly recommended for those who like complex characters, those who like adult romantic suspense, and those who like gritty resolutions -- Montlake Romance, 11/15

(The premise of this story is almost identical to Brown's book -- the previous review. But the characters in this one are so much more interesting. Their interactions, their struggles, their secrets -- all of it comes together to form a more realistic and compelling read. If you want to read a mystery about a girl writing a book about her sister's murder years ago, I'd choose this one!)

****
The Timpanist and the Stagehand, by Ava Hayden -- recommended for those who like low-angst male/male romance, those who like interesting jobs, and those who like quick reads -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/16

(I really liked the premise of this, but it's very low tension. Every time I thought something might be happening to ratchet it up, it deflated before that happened. Still, it's a sweet love story.)

***+
Joy, by C.S. Poe -- recommended for those who don't mind somewhat rushed love stories, those who like an atmospheric setting, and those who like shy love interests -- Dreamspinner Press, 4/17

(I really liked Silas, and I thought the relationship between Gideon and Silas was very sweet. But perhaps because it's a novella, it happened very quickly, and I wanted more depth. However, the setting is awesome -- and might have been my favorite part of the book. :D)

****+
Charlie's Hero, by Nic Starr -- highly recommended for those who like sweet male/male romance, those who like realistic and enjoyable supporting characters, and those who like loyalty in love -- Dreamspinner Press, 6/15

(This was a sweet and feel-good read, though again, the tension in the story is almost non existent. It's mostly between Charlie and his parents, who are -- to me -- horrible parents. But the rest of the cast is wonderful, and I enjoyed being a part of their lives for the duration of the story.)

****-
Andrew's Promise, by Nic Starr -- recommended for those who liked the first one (see above), those who like loyalty in love, and those who don't mind sadness and struggle -- Dreamspinner Press, 8/15

(It was nice to continue with the characters, but the resolution of the story is given away at the end of Charlie's Hero, which eliminates any chance of tension. *sigh* Still, I enjoyed the read, for the most part, and if I'd read it first, I think it might have been better...?)
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