robinellen (robinellen) wrote,
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Book Reports (4-5)...

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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****+
The Mystery of Nevermore, by C.S. Poe -- highly recommended for those who like literary adult mysteries, those who like male/male romantic elements, and those who like clever and stubborn heroes -- DSP Publications, 8/16

****
The Mystery of the Curiosities -- recommended just as above -- DSP Publications, 3/17

(I enjoyed both of these, though the second one had a couple frustrating aspects -- first, Sebastian was so stubborn, and he refused to see how investigating the mystery could not only hurt him but Calvin; second, Calvin is also crazy stubborn, and how he fights getting any help for his PTSD definitely annoyed me some. Despite these things, the mysteries are interesting, and I really like the complexities of the characters (I suppose the annoying aspects just make them more realistic, right?).)
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