28 July 2016

On the Edge of Gone; Corinne Duyvis

On the Edge of GoneOn the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

On the edge of a DNF, more like. The inclusive nature of the characters (multi-ethnic, autistic, etc.) was well done, as was the portrayal of an autistic lead. But the plot wasn't anything new, despite every now and then appearing to be prepared to head into new territory.

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Resist by Ilima Todd

Resist (Remake, #2)Resist by Ilima Todd
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Got 25% in and realized that the world wasn't new and there was nothing really tying me to the characters. Perhaps if I'd read the first book it might have been different, but I hadn't. DNF.

Red Bones; Ann Cleeves

Red Bones (Shetland Island, #3)Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I couldn't believe I'd missed this one when I did my binge read of the Shetland books. I think there isn't much more to say, except I can't wait to read the next book in the second series.

Where Girls Come First; Ilana DeBare

Where Girls Come FirstWhere Girls Come First by Ilana DeBare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As a proud alumna of an all-girl's school and as a former employee of another, my interest in the topic is long-standing. For the most part, this is a good overview of the history and development of all-girl's schools and the wide range in styles and missions. Where this fails is that there are several areas left uncovered and schools unmentioned. Example? Georgetown Visitation, the oldest school (albeit not as academic in its earliest centuries as it is now), or the Sacred Heart network, which marched to such a unified drummer that a student (Cokie Roberts) could leave a school in Maryland on Friday and pick up without a pause at the New Orleans school on Monday. Still, until someone updates this, it's a great entry in to this world.

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard; Jonathan Auxier

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard (Peter Nimble, #2)Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved the concept, but at times the pacing felt off: there's world building going on and then ACTION intrudes. Still, most readers will enjoy this book - prior knowledge of the Peter Nimble character not necessary.

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The Best Worst Thing; Kathleen Lane

The Best Worst ThingThe Best Worst Thing by Kathleen Lane
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I know that this is supposed to be a wonderful exploration of someone with OCD and other issues but for me, it just was confusing. DNF.

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Camp Rolling Hills; Stacy Davidowitz

Camp Rolling Hills (Camp Rolling Hills #1)Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The riffing on the various "hills" was fun. TBH, though, this didn't remind me much of the overnight camp I attended - no color war, for example. And reading between the lines, I'm guessing the author went to Jewish camps and the one I attended was nominally kosher, with Shabbat and Havdalah services. That was missing, possibly to make the story more relatable for non-Jewish campers but (and I'm willing to admit, this might have just been me) it occasionally felt that there could have been more and whatever that was didn't quite make it in.

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Seven Ways We Lie; Riley Redigate

Seven Ways We LieSeven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Disappointing. The ways we lie weren't as fully explored or exploited as they could have been. And really: seven narrators??? A more unified narration and less muddled concept and this would have been far better.

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The Wild Robot; Peter Brown

The Wild RobotThe Wild Robot by Peter Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Words can't express my love for any book that references Karel Capek! Roz' growing awareness and personality was so wonderful and felt plausible (as plausible as any robot learning animal language can be). And that ending? Sigh. If only this had had the final artwork, I'm sure it would have been a five star!

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The Seventh Wish; Kate Messner

The Seventh WishThe Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Loved the Irish Dance parts and the friendships. Not so in love with the predictable "younger sister gets ignored" plot, however.

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