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"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." ~ Groucho Marx
As a child, I didn't have an interest in books, much less reading. I remember reading the first and last chapter of The Witch of Blackbird Pond for a book report in the fourth grade. That's how much I disliked it.
I come from a family of writers, so words are in my blood and my mum and aunt are copy editors. When my family moved to the Pacific Northwest I got a job after school as a library page. It was there that a children's librarian turned me into a bibliophile. I been working with books ever since. From that point on I read mostly books for adults and very few children's and young adult books. It wasn't until I began working at the bookstore where I met Jenny, that I began reading mainly children's and young adult books.
I will read almost anything, but I especially love historical fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy/adventure, and books featuring strong, kick-ass, independent female characters. But, as Jenny mentioned above we love trying new authors and getting recommendations from our readers. So please let us know what you think, and I hope we get the chance to share some really greats books with you.
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Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book by Marthe Jocelyn & Richard Scrimger; comics by Caludia Dávila
When chubby, geeky Wylder Wallace spills lunch on cool and aloof Addy Crowe at Toronto’s ComiCon, she dashes to the bathroom, leaving behind the latest issue of her uncle’s steampunk comic hit: FLYNN GOSTER in GOLD RUSH TRAIN. Wylder, a fan of the Flynn comics, opens this new one eagerly, astounded to see the girl who was just yelling at him inside the comic. Fascinated, he follows Addy into the bathroom, and the adventure begins…
This is undoubtedly one of the funniest and amazing stories that I’ve read in a good long time. From the moment I was introduced to Wylder and Addy, I wanted to be there with them. Alas, I was only and observer and had to live vicariously through them. I’m a comic book fan myself (Superman!) and often wish I could be a part of the story, and not just in the comics I read. The Man of Steel helps Wylder out at a fast food joint to choose between onion rings or French fries. Big smile on my face when I read this. Great way to open the story.
Behind a cardboard display of Flynn Goster in Gold Rush Train at the Toronto ComicFest lies an unexpected adventure for Wylder and Addy. Wylder relishes the moments of freedom from his mother (despite her incessant text messages) and Addy just wants to be (more…)
Only two people know about the masterpiece hidden in the Tenpenny home — and one of them is dead. The other is Theodora Tenpenny. Theo is responsible for tending to the family’s two-hundred-year-old town house, caring for the flock of unwieldy chickens, and supporting her fragile mother, all on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. So, when Theo discovers a painting in the house that looks like a priceless masterpiece, she should be happy about it, but Theo’s late grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and if the painting is as valuable as she thinks it is, then her grandfather wasn’t who she thought he was.
When Theo’s grandfather passes away, he leaves her with a mystery to figure out…”Look under the egg.” When she discovers what she thinks is an unknown, perhaps lost or stolen masterpiece, Theo discovers a completely different side to her grandfather. Armed with her knowledge of art history and a new best friend, Theo sets out to the museums of New York to find what’s really “under the egg”. The answer is closer than she knows. (more…)
Death hasn’t visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders’ bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal. Rowan’s village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan’s door once again. And this time, its appetite is insatiable.
This was a fantastic read from start to finish. The storyline itself has a very dark, fairy tale-like quality to it. Templeman’s writing is very vivid, splashing across the pages in vivid whites and reds. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but something to read well into the night. Despite being a very dark horror/fantasy driven plot, there’s a love story at its heart. Which begs the question…how far would you go to be with the one you love? All in all a very engaging read. This is Templeman’s second novel and I’ve read great reviews about her debut novel The Little Woods. It’s so hard to find great mysteries for young adults, so I’m looking forward to reading that as well. On a side note, I don’t know why it’s called The Glass Casket. From the cover and the title I expected a darker Snow White-ish retelling, but the glass casket does not factor in that much of the plot. If anyone else who reads this has any insight, let me know.
Publisher: Delacorte Press (February 2014)
Available as an eBook
Image from www.goodreads.com
FTC Full Disclosure: I received my review copy from the publisher.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. — C.S.Lewis
Today OTIJ is three years old, and like any youngster, we’re still trying to find our feet. Life has brought us new challenges and adventures, but both Jenny and I are still avid readers (like that’ll ever change!). Hopefully (fingers crossed), we’ll have some new reviews to post to the site soon. Until then…
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Earth Day by Jane Yolen
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.
And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Poem from http://bit.ly/Z4WHIw
Earth Day Image from http://bit.ly/11iXi98
Every girl gets one. An XVI tattoo on the wrist—sixteen. They say they’re there for protection. Some girls can’t wait to be sixteen, to be legal. Nina is not one of them. Even though she has no choice in the matter, she knows that so long as her life continues as normal, everything will be okay. Then, with one brutal strike, Nina’s normal is shattered; and she discovers that nothing that she believed about her life is true. But there’s one boy who can help—and he just may hold the key to her past. But with the line between attraction and danger as thin as a whisper, one thing is for sure…for Nina, turning sixteen promises to be anything but sweet.
The year is 2150 and women’s rights and the freedoms we enjoy today (at the moment) are just a memory. The world that 15-year-old Nina Oberon lives in is frightening to me. Frightening because it’s all too plausible. The Governing Council controls the populace through the Media. Through the Media girls are “trained” to become a sex-teen when they turn sixteen. There’s even a guide for this transition. How to dress and act to attract guys. Girls become adults at sixteen, identified by a tattoo on the wrist – XVI. This becomes an invitation (unwanted or not) that girls are ready for sex. Girls don’t have many choices, they either marry above them or get accepted into the FeLS (Female Liaison Specialists) program. (more…)
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…)
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)