Pure fun with an explosive twist.

STOLEN TIME

Dorothy, a Seattle con artist, time travels from 1913 to a drastically different Seattle of 2077.

Sixteen-year-old Dorothy, who is assumed white, has no intention of marrying a wealthy man so that her mother can fleece him. She makes her escape, stowing away on a strange aircraft that’s crash-landed nearby. Dorothy soon finds herself in the mostly underwater New Seattle of 2077, which was devastated by a 9.3-magnitude earthquake two and a half years earlier. Along with handsome, blond Ash, a former World War II fighter pilot, she meets Chandra, a medical student from ancient India; Willis, a white circus strongman from 1917; and Zora, an African-American mechanic and the daughter of time machine inventor professor Zacharias Walker. Walker has disappeared, and the group must travel back in time to find him. The danger is greater than ever, and the fate of the world may be at stake. The very capable Dorothy, despite being taught never to trust, finds herself becoming fond of this motley crew…especially Ash. Unfortunately, the head of The Black Cirkus, a local gang, wants to use time travel for his own reasons and has plans for Dorothy. Rollins (Breaking, 2017, etc.) explores the potentially confusing mechanics and possible consequences of time travel with aplomb, and intricate action sequences in the eerie New Seattle and a military base in 1980 are thrilling.

Pure fun with an explosive twist. (Science fiction. 13-17)

Pub Date: Feb. 5, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-06-267994-9

Page Count: 416

Publisher: HarperTeen

Review Posted Online: Oct. 15, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2018

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Part exciting adventure, part thoughtful coming-of-age novel, this story retells and overturns familiar tropes.

SIX CRIMSON CRANES

From the Six Crimson Cranes series , Vol. 1

Girl meets magic. Hijinks ensue.

Shiori’anma, Princess of Kiata and eldest daughter of Emperor Hanariho, is the intrepid protagonist in this folktale retelling. About to turn 17 and be married off to a third-rank barbarian lord, Shiori desperately looks for ways out of the engagement. Her emerging talents in forbidden magic and a run-in with a young shape-shifting dragon help to pass the time before she is doomed to relocate to the cold North. Things take an even worse turn, however, when she uncovers her stepmother’s secrets. As a consequence, her six brothers are cursed into assuming the form of cranes by day. Shiori is whisked away and coerced into silence, for every word that escapes her lips will mean the death of one of her brothers. She must learn to survive on her own and use her wits and hard-won experience to save both her family and country. Readers here revisit the East Asian–inspired world established in Lim’s The Blood of Stars duology. Despite a few hiccups in the logic of the magic, the author cleverly maintains the basic structure of this well-known European folktale type while weaving in rich elements of Asian mythology, including dragon pearls and the goddess of the moon. The exploration of complicated family dynamics is a particular strength, especially the challenging of the evil stepmother cliché.

Part exciting adventure, part thoughtful coming-of-age novel, this story retells and overturns familiar tropes. (map) (Fantasy. 13-17)

Pub Date: July 6, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-593-30091-6

Page Count: 464

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 11, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2021

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A satisfying if slightly lesser sequel. (Romance. 13-17)

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P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU

From the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series , Vol. 2

Lara Jean's romantic entanglements complicate themselves further.

In the wake of the events detailed in To All the Boys I Loved Before (2014), Lara Jean confesses her love for handsome golden boy Peter. This frees the pair to start a romantic relationship with a clean slate, but over the course of the novel it becomes clear that embarking on a relationship that turns an aggressive blind eye to baggage is never a good idea. When a viral video of a steamy love session between Peter and Lara Jean rears its ugly head and a boy from the past enters Lara Jean's life once more, Lara Jean's life gets complicated. Every character from Han’s adored previous novel is back, with new dimensions given to nearly every one of them. Subplots abound, among them two involving Lara Jean's father and Peter's ex-gal Genevieve, but benefitting most from this second look is John Ambrose McClaren, a boy briefly referenced in the former book who is thrust into the spotlight here as Peter's rival for Lara Jean's heart. With all these characters bouncing around, Han occasionally struggles to keep a steady hand on the novel's primary thrust: Lara Jean’s emotional development. Han gets the job done in the end, but this overeventful sequel pales to the original where structure is concerned. The author's greatest success remains her character work, and the book does indeed give everyone a solid arc, narrative be damned.

A satisfying if slightly lesser sequel. (Romance. 13-17)

Pub Date: May 26, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-4424-2673-3

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: July 4, 2015

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