43. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner: The second in the Maze Runner series. I'm now set to see the movie with Alicia when it comes out. I can't say I was hugely entertained, though it's fast-paced and easy to read. Same flaws from the first permeate this one--shallow characterizations and a rather pedantic writing style. Alicia hasn't read the third so I'll wait until she has before I move on. I can't say that I'm in a hurry. - C-
44. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick: I'm a fan of the movie so was curious to read this. It's not surprising that there are major changes, like how the movie plays up the dance portion and the romance. It's very much about Pat and his broken mind and how he's trying to put things back together again. That's not a bad thing. I can't say I fell for the characters like I did in the movie, though. I couldn't escape the feeling that Pat really needed to be back in the mental health facility, which made it harder to tolerate the (overused) football sections. Easy to read, though. I suppose that was a plus. - C+
45. First Blood by Susan Sizemore, Erin McCarthy, Chris Marie Green, & Meljean Brook: A vampire romance anthology, all from current series by the authors. This one's hard for me to rate. I couldn't finish two of the four stories. This was my last attempt to try Susan Sizemore, and she failed to engage me for the third time. I've already written off Chris Marie Green, so I didn't even bother trying that one. That left two stories, one from McCarthy's Vegas Vampires series and the other from Brook's Guardians series. McCarthy is hit or miss for me, but this was entertaining enough because of her vampire hero who wasn't an alpha asshole. Brook's works much better, since it's only vaguely connected to the series. It's not until the last third that the introduction of series elements really come into the story, and by that point, there's been enough plot and solid characterization to make the novella worthwhile. Two stories are Fs, the McCarthy story is a B-, and the Brook story is a B+.
I had a couple DNFs, An Instance at the Fingerpost (I couldn't get into the dense author voice) and The Blind Assassin which was a major disappointment because I really like Margaret Atwood.