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Friday, January 2, 2015

Books and Cookies: YA Book Review #3—Fracture

Happy New Year! Hopefully you've had time to reflect on 2014 and set goals for 2015. I know I'm looking forward to a productive year (I hope).

Now that the holiday season is officially over *Boo*, I have one final installment of Books and Cookies. The week wouldn't be complete without highlighting a yummy chocolate cookie recipe. If you love chocolate and PB cups, this is the cookie for you!

Moose Tracks Cookies

If you too want to make these cookies, you can find the recipe on Inside BruCrew Life. So grab your plate of cookies and join me for the book review!

A YA Book Review: Fracture by Megan Miranda

Delaney Maxwell’s life changes the moment she steps onto the frozen lake and falls through the ice. For eleven long minutes she is trapped under water. Pronounced dead at the scene, Delaney somehow manages to survive despite the fact that doctors say her brain will have irreparable damage. But when she emerges from her week-long comma, Delaney is very much alive and very much like herself before the accident. Except for one thing—she now senses when people are sick or dying. 

I absolutely LOVED this book. I simply could not put it down. I read it in a day if that tells you anything. Megan weaves a tale that is emotional and heart-wrenching at times, then mysterious and creepy at others. And VOICE. I can’t say enough about how much I was drawn to Delaney Maxwell’s voice. For instance, this is how the book starts out, which of course, immediately drew me in:

“The first time I died, I didn’t see God.
No light at the end of the tunnel. No haloed angels. No dead grandparents.
To be fair, I probably wasn’t a shoo-in for heaven. But, honestly, I kind of assumed I’d make the cut.” ~Delaney Maxwell

Aren’t those the greatest opening lines ever? Who wouldn’t want to keep reading?

Delaney has been best friends with her neighbor Decker for as long as she can remember. They are inseparable. Except for that day on the ice when Decker leaves her standing there alone and Delaney falls through. It’s a moment he’ll regret forever. As far as romance goes, (because every YA novel needs a little romance) there are clearly more feelings between Delaney and Decker than either is willing to admit. But their relationship changes when a boy named Troy comes into the picture—a boy who knows more about Delaney than he initially lets on. He’s a boy with a past and a secret which Delaney quickly uncovers.

With a riveting plot from start to finish, Fracture delves into the ideas of the human spirit and suffering, love and loss, compassion and jealousy. Don’t be surprised if you stay up WAY too late trying to finish it in one sitting. And for Fracture fans, Megan Miranda has written a companion novel titled Vengeance that is told from Decker’s point of view. Thanks to Amazon, it’s already on its way to my house! Happy Reading!


Beth Ellyn Summer said...

Fracture sounds amazing and those cookies...well, I honestly am at a loss for words. My NUMBER ONE WEAKNESS is cookies in any and all forms, and I'm a choc/PB freak so yeah...wow.

Liz A. said...

You keep reviewing books I'm sure my niece will love.

Kristin Smith said...

@ Beth: Yeah, I'm a total chocolate/PB freak myself. Another thing we have in common... :)

@ Liz: I've been immersing myself in YA books lately since that's what I'm writing now. There are a lot of good ones out there! :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Happy New Year to you and yours! We love moose tracks ice cream, so it stands the cookies will be great too.