In case you're interested, here are the books that I read in Feburary. My January list is here, and the complete list for the year to date is here. I've included links to my reviews, and summary notes for books that I didn't review.
Children's and Young Adult Books
- Alma Fullerton: In the Garage. Red Deer Press. Completed February 3, 2007. My review.
- Malcolm Rose: Double Check. Kingfisher. Completed February 6, 2007. My review.
- Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm: Babymouse: Heartbreaker. Random House. Completed February 7, 2007. My review.
- David Patneaude: A Piece of the Sky. Albert Whitman. Completed February 9, 2007. My review.
- Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Knopf. Completed February 11, 2007. My review. This book won the Cybils award for young adult fiction.
- Nancy Werlin: The Rules of Survival. Dial Books. Completed February 12, 2007. This book was a shortlist title for Cybils young adult fiction. I enjoyed it, but didn't write a review.
- Suzanne Collins: Gregor and the Marks of Secret. Scholastic. Completed February 19, 2007. My review.
- Jordan Sonnenblick: Notes from the Midnight Driver. Scholastic. Completed February 23, 2007. My review.
- Margo Rabb: Cures for Heartbreak. Delacorte Books. Completed February 25, 2007. My review.
- Lee Child: The Hard Way. Dell. Completed February 2, 2007. This is the latest in Child's Jack Reacher series, which I normally enjoy. I didn't like this one as much as the others because a) I found the mystery and clues a bit too easy to figure out, and didn't understand why Reacher didn't figure them out and b) there was a searing recounting by a character of previous torture that I'm having trouble getting out of my mind.
- Jasper Fforde: The Fourth Bear: A Nursery Crime. Viking. Completed February 8, 2007, on MP3 from audible.com. This one took me a long time to get through, because I was listening at a time I wasn't walking very much. It was entertaining, but I still prefer Fforde's Thursday Next series to this one.
- Barry Maitland: No Trace. St. Martin's Minotaur. Completed February 15, 2007. The latest David Brock / Kathy Kolla mystery, this one involving three kidnapped girls, set in the cutting edge London art gallery scene. I suspected the bad guy from early on, but Maitland did an excellent job of mis-direction, keeping me thinking, "no, maybe this is what's going on." Definitely on the dark side of the mystery spectrum, but excellent.
- P. J. Tracy: Snow Blind. Completed February 23, 2007. I found this suspense story well-written and engaging, but it left me dissatisfied. I thought that the ending was frustratingly ambiguous, and, on reflection, thought that the plot relied on too many coincidences. I have enjoyed the previous books in the series, and I probably would still read future books, but I didn't care for this one.
Hopefully in March I'll find more time to read. I have a big stack of picture books to read and review, but those will have to wait until I'm done traveling.