* 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; DNF means *did not finish*].
Jar of Hearts, by Jennifer Hillier -- recommended for those who like suspense, those who like creepy characters, those who like background romance, and those who don't mind violence against women -- Minotaur Books, 6/18
(I didn't love this. It was interesting, but the creepy factor overwhelmed the rest for me, and I just didn't like the main characters enough, either, to get invested in the story. It was okay but not great.)
No Exit, by Taylor Adams -- recommended for those who like impossible situations, those who like antagonists with no conscience, those who like fiery heroines -- William Morrow, 1/19
(This definitely wasn't for me. The mystery wasn't that strong, and the 'bad' guy truly had no conscience at all. Plus, there was a child involved, and that just doesn't work for me. Blech.)
Family Man, by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton -- recommended for those who like male/male romance, those who like Italian families, those who like coming-out stories, and those who like family drama -- Dreamspinner Press, 3/19
(I liked aspects of this a lot, but the on-going drama with Trey's family (his mom is an alcoholic) and the frustration that never really got resolved regarding that drove me crazy and made reading the story tedious to me. But I loved Vinnie and his family, and I liked the relationship between the two...mostly. It was an interesting read, but not one I'm likely to return to.)