The Devil’s Intern by Donna Hosie

It all started the day Mitchell died. Actually, just kidding. It all started when “Medusa”, Mitchell’s frenemy/sort-of-girlfriend died forty years ago in San Francisco. No, it probably started back in 1666, when Mitchell’s British friend (who received a pin in Hell because of that year) died in a fire. Actually, it should probably start during Viking times, when Mitchell’s other friend died in battle. Confusing? Well, this is a book about time travel. And death. And Hell.

Mitchell, being dead for four years, wonders why he died. He knew that he died because he didn’t look when crossing the street (and that kids, is why looking both ways to cross is very important), but he wonders what made him not remember. Now, he’s stuck in Hell because of it, with his every day life being an intern to the Devil’s Secretary in Hell. Amidst the crowdedness of Hell and his three best friends in tow, he learns of a time machine being stored right near where he works. And it was Medusa, after all, who gives him the idea to change his death. Along with his three friends who want to change their deaths too. But death isn’t so easily changed, as Mitchell and his friends soon find out by paying the price.

I love the humor in this book. Mitchell is the typical hero who tries to make everything awkward but messes up. Hell, at least the interpretation of it, is my favorite since Hosie purposefully makes it not like the stereotypical Hell. Sure it’s overheated a lot, but other than that, it seems like a regular Earth, with the exception of the Devil’s daily tantrums and the fact that Hell’s going bankrupt.

It is also well thought out. I’m pretty sure that there are a multitude of books where the hero tries to think about what would happen if a certain death didn’t happen (ex: Harry with Dumbledore), but there are few that actually go into the consequences (ex: Dumbledore would’ve still died, and instead died in a way he wanted), and I like how Hosie goes into it.

Overall, if you like comedy or time-travel, I highly recommend this book.

-Megan V, 10th grade

The Devil’s Intern is available for check out from the Mission Viejo Library.

Book Review: Angel on the Battlefield by Ann Hood

angel_battlefieldThe book Angel on the Battlefield by Ann Hood is the story of the 12 year old twins, Maisie and Felix Robinson.

One day their parents tell of their divorce and both Maisie and Felix have to move with their mother to their grandmothers old mansion in Rhode Island. They decide to explore and find a secret room filled with magical artifacts that take them to different times in history linked to the objects.

They pick one up and end up on a Massachusetts farm in 1836 which so happened to belong to Clara Barton. They now have to find out why they’re there and how to get back.

Read the book for the whole story.

-Solana M., 6th grade

Book Review: I Remember You by Cathleen Davitt Bell

i_remember_you“I didn’t know whether to kiss him, smile at him, or ask him if I should call 911.”

It starts in the sort of cliché– eyes meet. Two different people from different worlds. Juliet is debate kid bound for law school. Lucas is a hockey star planning to enlist in the marines. And they fall in love. The only weird thing is Lucas knows things from the future. Not that he can predict what will happen, but he claims to remember it. Juliet initially thinks he’s crazy. With a brain tumor. Although, as time goes on, with more of Lucas’s “memories” come true, Juliet can’t help but believe his crazy theory.

These memories aren’t all fun and games. They come to Lucas as a dream. His dream progresses, and gets worse; both the dream and his mental state. Lucas told her that one day they will break up, so how can they hold on to love that is certain to end?

This is a really cool book. It’s a time-travely romance that takes place in the nineties. Reminds me of Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone in that respect, with the time traveling male love interest. But in this book, Lucas is very confused. He has no clue how he got here, only that he loves Juliet.

I felt Juliet just accepted some of his weirdness too readily, even though she did question some things like how he knew her schedule and locker, she didn’t stop seeing him after she concluded he had a brain tumor for believing in future memories. I suppose it’s about as believable as time travel. Oh, wait…

I really like how the book was written. It’s reflective on the past, giving little comments like I didn’t know then, or I should have done kind of thing. It made it feel more authentic, continuing the overall story arc that makes it all work out to a happy ending. So how does Juliet find happiness? You’ll just have to read to find out.

This review is based on an advance reader copy provided by the publisher. I Remember You hits bookstores everywhere on February 10.

-Nicole G., 11th grade