Day: May 16, 2014

Review: The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

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The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

Released June 12, 2014.

The first book in a new fantasy trilogy by a debut author, this novel features incredible world-building and an amazing young heroine.  The world changed when the Great Disruption happened in 1799.  When the Disruption occurred different points of time were merged together into a single world.  Now almost 100 years after the Disruption, Sophia lives in Boston which is part of New Occident.  She lives with her uncle after her parents disappeared while exploring other eras when she was a child.  Her uncle is one of the best map makers and map readers in the world, a skill that become necessary when the world changed.  But then her uncle is kidnapped and their home ransacked.  Sophia finds herself journeying to Nochtland with a boy she just met following a clue her uncle left her before he was taken.  Her journey will lead her to different times and different places in the company of many different characters.  Little does she know, but it’s a journey to save the world.

Grove’s novel brims with details about this new world she has envisioned.  The world is a unique one, unlike anything I have ever read before.  It’s a mix of historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction and adventure.  The addition of the different eras in time makes for a book that is surprising and great fun to read.  It also offers all sorts of new and varied adventures for the subsequent books in the trilogy. 

I must admit to not being a huge fan of books with lots of traveling and quests, but Grove maintains the brisk pace of the novel throughout and the travel is an important part of the story itself.  Grove brings her world fully to life, making sure to fill it with characters that readers will embrace and enjoy spending time with.  Sophia is a girl with lots of brains and plenty of bravery, but one who has been sheltered much of her life.  My favorite character though is the villain of the story, Blanca, who steals memories from people using sand.  She is incredibly creepy and frightening, yet has her own motivation and goals beyond just stealing memories.

Get this into the hands of fans of complex fantasy like The Golden Compass, they will find a whole new world to love here.  Appropriate for ages 11-14.

Reviewed from copy received from Viking.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

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BOOKS

A BBQ Book That You Can LITERALLY Barbecue With «TwistedSifter http://buff.ly/1swVogh

The reason every book about Africa has the same cover—and it’s not pretty – Quartz http://buff.ly/1iGhQhs

Why Books Stink: A GIF Response | BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1swXMUl

Wonderful books for a day at the beach or lake!

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

An Expanded Cultural Diversity Booklist: SLJ Readers Respond | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/1ojmTw3

Fifty Great Books to Read With Kids http://buff.ly/1jfL2Se

Jen Robinson’s Book Page: Announcing the 8th Annual Kidlitosphere Conference! http://buff.ly/1stDB9B

Top Ten Books to Get Kids Moving by Annie Orsini and Kendra Limback | Nerdy Book Club http://buff.ly/1jCYcIo

What Are Kids Reading in School? See the Most-Read Books in Each Grade – US News http://buff.ly/1uV443T

Women in STEM – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1jH2y14

EBOOKS

Much at Stake in Amazon-HBG Fight http://buff.ly/1nJwpWS

LIBRARIES

Chicago public library offers robot rentals | Northwest Herald http://buff.ly/1jCXpXJ

College libraries should keep their books in the stacks. http://buff.ly/1uVWy96

Missoula Public Library opens new bike station http://buff.ly/1uV0zKT

“Stack attack”? The NYPL controversy and the future of public libraries | Pew Internet Libraries http://buff.ly/1stGxmE

YA LIT

John Green and his Nerdfighters Are Upending the Summer Blockbuster Model http://buff.ly/1swVmVB

Stacked: Get Genrefied: Historical Fantasy http://buff.ly/1jGV26g

What are the best LGBT books for children, teenagers and YAs? | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1jIN10S

YA books on death: is young adult fiction becoming too dark? | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1jCY9vZ