Archive for February, 2013

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“If you had one day left to live, what would you do?”

Fracture by Megan Miranda (Book 1 Fracture Series)

By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from a Maine lake’s icy waters by her friend, Decker Phillips, her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. But somehow Delaney survived—despite the brain scans that show irreparable damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be fine, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney now finds herself drawn to the dying, and when she meets Troy Varga, a boy who recently emerged from a coma with the same abilities, she is relieved to share this strange new existence. Unsure if her altered brain is predicting death or causing it, Delaney must figure out if their gift is a miracle, a freak of nature—or something else much more frightening….

The plot of this novel is very similar to The Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting, but has thrilling psychological aspects that make it unique. The story is told from Delaney Maxwell’s POV as she tries to navigate the ups and downs of life after death, literally. Fracture is an apt title in many respects. Throughout the story we see the fracturing of Delaney’s home life, friendships, and her own sanity. (more…)

I Haiku You

Love as Playful Poetry

I Haiku You written and illustrated by Betsy Snyder

you be my jelly,

 

i’ll be your peanut butter–

 

let’s stick together!

This, as you might expect, is a very sweet book. Readers will find a fun and poignant haiku on each page paired with cute illustrations of bold lines, smooth watercolors, and characters reminiscent of illustrator Gyo Fujikawa (one of our favorites). The characters express their love for everything from bikes and lemonade to parents, friends, and pets. Children and adults will both love the silly but apt comparisons in each poem. Snyder finds a way to boil down sentiment to basic ideas, and she does so very effectively without being condescending.

The book jacket says that “both the young and the young at heart will enjoy sharing these simple poems of affection and appreciation,” and I think that is absolutely true. (more…)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Cinderella is an Assasin

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is a prisoner in the salt mines of Endovier, living out a life sentence for her life as a notorious assassin. After surviving a year as a slave in the harsh mines, she is suddenly given a way to freedom: the king is hosting a competition for a position as his personal assassin, and Prince Dorian, crown prince of Endovier, wants to champion Celaena. Despite her loathing for the war-faring king, Celaena agrees, and her new journey–emotional and physical–begins. Once she arrives at the palace, she finds her competition to be fierce, full of other criminals and soldiers. Over the weeks of elimination challenges, Celaena finds herself involved with many of the big names at court. She also finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery as other potential assassins are found dead, one by one. Is she next? How can she stop what seems to be a malevolent, magical force? A destiny awaits her beyond any she could have imagined. Oh, and don’t forget love interests! (I’ll just say “love triangle with swoon-worthy guys” and leave it at that.)

Maas started her story on the premise that Cinderella was actually a deadly assassin. (more…)

happy-birthday

Happy Birthday to Us!

Well, it’s official: Our Time in Juvie has been alive and kicking for exactly two years! We’re pretty excited to have shared the last two years with some wonderful books, authors, publishers, and readers. It’s been a great run so far, and we’re looking forward to another two (plus infinity) years of sharing our love of kids’ and YA books.

As always, there are more reviews and interviews to come, so we’ll see you soon. Happy reading!

(Image from monogramchick.blogspot.com)

Put this on your calendar!

February Events!

There are some great events in our area this month, especially with young-adult authors! We hope to see you around town. As always, happy reading!

Saturday, February 2nd @ 11 a.m. University Bookstore Mill Creek

  • Teen Book Brunch with Kristin Halbrook, Nobody But Us

Tuesday, February 5th @ 6:30 p.m. Secret Garden Books

  • Cory Doctorow, Homeland (sequel to Little Brother)

Tuesday, February 5th @ 7 p.m. Seattle Public Library Central Branch

  • Cory Doctorow, Homeland (sequel to Little Brother)

Saturday, February 9th @ 2 p.m. Fairwood Library

  • Young Adult Book Authors Discussion and Signing:
  • Jennifer Shaw Wolf, Breaking Beautiful
  • Helen Landalf, Flyaway
  • Carole Estby Dagg, The Year We Were Famous
  • Jillian Anderson Coats, The Wicked and the Just
  • Kimberly Derting, The Essence (sequel to The Pledge)
  • Megan Bostic, Never Eighteen

Wednesday, February 13th @ 7 p.m. University Bookstore

  • Richelle Mead, The Indigo Spell (Book 3 Bloodlines)

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