robinellen (robinellen) wrote,
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Book Reports (118-120)...

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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Perfect Ten, by L. Phillips -- recommended for those who like dramatic teen love stories (male/male), those who don't mind a confused MC, and those who like a happy ending -- Viking BFYR, 6/17

(I liked many of the characters here, but the MC annoyed me because he kept doing to others exactly what he hated done to him (namely, he kissed one boy while 'dating' another). Plus, he was really fickle, and after supposedly not finding anyone to date for a couple years, he suddenly finds all kinds of boys...so it wasn't that realistic. Still, even though his fickleness really annoyed me, I like his main love interest enough to read it all anyway.)

****
This Mortal Coil, by Emily Suvada -- recommended for those who like dystopic thrillers, those who like mind-bendy twists, and those who like sweet romance -- Simon Pulse, 11/17

(This was a fascinating story! I thought the plot was stellar, but it did drag in places (for me). Still, I will definitely look for the next one -- the final-ish twist is truly wild.)

**
[Before I Let Go, by Marieke Nijkamp -- recommended for those who like angsty tales, those who like loyal friends, and those who are okay with not-so-happy endings -- Sourcebooks Fire, 1/18]

(This wasn't really my cup of tea, but the writing is good, and for those who like more somber and realistic teen books, this could do the job.)
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