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  • Doggirl on June 10, 2011

    Another great novel by Robin Brande. I was so excited to hear that this was coming out. I loved "Doggirl" as much as I loved "Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature" and "Fat Cat" (which is A LOT). Robin's ability to create characters that are real, and likable, and relatable is what makes her books as wonderful as they are. I completely connected with Riley and her insecurities, and her dogs, Fig, Jack, and Heidi, were just as lovable as the human characters in "Doggirl." A sweet and fun read, perfect for summer.
  • Parallelogram (Book 1: Into the Parallel) on July 23, 2011

    I don't even know where to begin reviewing Robin Brande's latest book, so let me start with this: it was, like everything she has written, excellent. "Into the Parallel" had the same spot-on characterization, emotion, and dialogue that I have come to expect from Brande, but it also added aspects of reality that read like fantasy to mix. "Into the Parallel" will undoubtedly satisfy both fantasy fans and the contemporary realistic fiction crowd with it's mix of quantum physics that seems too crazy to be true and a smart, adventurous narrator who couldn't be more true-to-life. Brande effectively brings some of the most complex theories of quantum physics down to a level that the average reader can understand and, as she's done in "Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature" and "Fat Cat," shown that science is way more cool than the average high school chemistry teacher may lead you to believe. With a cliff-hanger ending that has me counting down the days until the end of August when book two is released, "Into the Parallel" has me shouting off the rooftops that everyone should read this novel.
  • Freefall on March 01, 2013

    As a huge fan of Robin Brande's young adult novels, I wasn't sure what to expect from this adult romance novel (written under the nom de plume Elizabeth Ruston). I am delighted (though not surprised) to report that "Freefall" has the same endearing characters, believable dialogue, and meaningful themes that I've come to expect from this author. Eliza's struggle to move on and accept change in her life is relatable on many levels, while David's flaws give "Freefall" somewhat of a Pride and Prejudice-esque feel. I never read adult romance (this was my first foray into the genre), but "Freefall" had a message that was deeper and more sophisticated than I expected. While I don't anticipate that adult romance will be make up the bulk of my future reading, "Freefall" has convinced me that anything by Elizabeth Ruston is worth reading.