The Adrian Chronicles by Jennifer Justice

Adrian Youth Facilities is a dumping ground for those children society didn't want. Now, three teens must prove they're more than the world believes.

Adrian Youth Facilities is a home for the kids that society has rejected—orphans, juvies, bastards, and anyone else the general public would like to forget. Adrian promises reformation and gives the world an excuse to look the other way.
For Lynx, a human thief with a penchant for mischief, Adrian is an opportunity to grab a few free meals. For Virala, the half-breed stepchild of a councilor, it’s a chance to reinvent herself. And for Red, a young werewolf with a troubled past, it’s a place where he might actually belong.
Before they can settle into their new territory, however, the entire campus is threatened when Fang, its most dangerous resident, begins a rampage that could tear it apart. It’s then that the Adrian outcasts must prove that they have a worth the rest of the world never imagined.

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  • First submitted March 13, 2009
  • Last updated March 13, 2009
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  • jcheney's avatar
    jcheney wrote 3 years, 9 months ago

    Just started reading this and was hooked. Great characters that pull you in immediately. I like that you start out with small hints of the overall story to be told but rely on the familiar to pull the reader in. Great descriptions. Backed.

  • Dale C.'s avatar
    Dale C. wrote 4 years, 6 months ago

    I still love this, Jen. I would love to see the rest of it.

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    Haybell [Retired] wrote 4 years, 7 months ago
    This is really good so far. It's holding my interest. I think my favorite character is Switch. She's confusing, but also easy to relate to. I like her character and what you have done with her. I also like Mutt. he seems cool and also acts like he could be a good friend to her. Lynx... wow i only got one word for him. Crazy. He picks fights, he steals, he presses your buttons, but gosh does he sound hot! ...
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    Owen Quinn wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    What a intriguing premise and I wasn't disappointed. The world is credible with sharp dialogie and vivid imagery. The setting has an air of otherworldlyness to it like stepping onto the Hogwarts train. i can see this as a tv series. backed.

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    samoana75 wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    hmmm... a bit confusing as there are so many characters being introduced all telling to the story from their POVs. It might be useful to maybe narrow the narrators down to two main characters? The idea is interesting and the story so far kept me reading on even with the confusion of so many characters and so many different races. will add to watchlist and wish you good luck.

  • Dale C.'s avatar
    Dale C. wrote 5 years, 11 months ago

    I thought I already had this on my shelf, but it wasn't on there. In any case, it's on there now. Good stuff.

  • StirlingEditor's avatar
    StirlingEditor wrote 6 years, 1 month ago
    Hi Jennifer, I've had you on my WL for an age. I apologize for the lengthy delay. Novel revisions and work have been keeping me from Autho of late. I like the story concept here--great pitch!! Like Harry Potter with a twist. I've always loved stories revolving around schools, and I think this would have a great audience. The main thing I can suggest for improvement is to raise the stakes of the ending for Chapter 1. Cliffhangers, foreshadowing, an ...
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  • Jemstone's avatar
    Jemstone wrote 6 years, 2 months ago
    Jennifer, I almost didn't back this because it just wasn't grabbing me. However, when I got to chapter three, I realized maybe you had something. I think you should consider putting chapter three first. I have the idea that you are introducing your various characters. If that is so, perhaps the order of the introductions is not as important as being able to grab the reader quickly. There is nothing wrong with the chapter about the tiny half-elf. I wanted ...
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  • Fandelion's avatar
    Fandelion wrote 6 years, 2 months ago
    Hi Jennifer, You caught me and held on - I'll admit I'm a sucker for elves and werewolves etc, but even so, good job. Love the second chapter where we fully flesh out what the situation is. More importantly, I love the sense of understanding and intelligence you imbue your characters with. It all came together with the words 'he knew, all too well, what disillusionment looked like'. Nitpicks: There's a smattering of minor typos and a cliche or two, ...
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  • Mary W Walters's avatar
    Mary W Walters wrote 6 years, 2 months ago

    Intriguing set-up, distinctive characters, interesting plot developments and a suitably ominous setting: all the components that make for a popular young adult novel. I am happy to back this and wish you every success with it.

    Best wishes,

    Mary

  • Charity Shindle's avatar
    Charity Shindle wrote 6 years, 2 months ago

    Jennifer,
    Sorry it took me so long the flu attached me.
    I like that you started with “Welcome to Adrian,” it was nice to have the door opened for me. Your character names are brilliant, Tilla, Brynn, and Dren…perfect. The dialogue flowed and I felt eased into the storyline. On my shelf.
    See you in print,
    Charity

  • Katrina Twitchett's avatar
    Katrina Twitchett wrote 6 years, 2 months ago
    Hi Jennifer, Apologies for time taken - been busy and been away - but have read the first few chapters and find this story moving at a great pace (although sometimes I would quite like a little more description to allow me a breathing space and to learn a little more of the subtleties). The writing is for the most part very flowing. Occasionally I felt that some trimming could be possible (we are all guilty of that - I ...
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  • brian d's avatar
    brian d wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    Jennifer. I just read all 8 chapters you have posted here. I think you're like 95% there with just a few things to fix. You write very well. But once in a while I got caught on a jarring sentence that just started out clunky and awkward and then got worse, for instance in chap 5-- Redistributing her aquired lunch so that it wasn't threatening to spill form her arms, she made her was to one of the wooden benches ...
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    EisleyJacobs wrote 6 years, 3 months ago
    Ooooh! I wish I had time to finish what I have started!!! I don't have much to say, nothing really suck out like a sore thumb. You did have a lot going on and quick. I thought it was a little hard to keep up with but I did ok. Only had to look back once or twice. But that is just because I like SEEING a story I read exactly as it happens, how the reader paints the pic ...
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  • Cy's avatar
    Cy wrote 6 years, 3 months ago

    Jennifer,
    I've had you on my WL for some time now and just got to reading...wish I had earlier! I've really enjoyed it. I feel it is unique and although it isn't what I would normally read, I kept going and would probably buy it at a store. Shelved!
    Cy
    the Neverlight

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    Janet Marie [Retired] wrote 6 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Jennifer.

    Interesting premise. You combine stark hardships with intense suspense regarding their safety. Your characterization is packed with justified reactions and by using excellent dialogue of supporting characters. You have numerous villians and one feels tense, trying to anticipate which will put the terrified characters in harms way. Man's eternal quest to survive is clearly presented.

    Shelved. Warmest regards. Janet Marie

  • Vigorio's avatar
    Vigorio wrote 6 years, 4 months ago

    Fascinating premise and story with strong writing. I enjoyed this. Shelved.
    Rebecca

  • Djedra's avatar
    Djedra wrote 6 years, 4 months ago
    It is a fascinating world you've created and I was particularly impressed by your dialogue, which retains a gritty edge despite the fantastical elements in your story. The writing is strong and engaging. I did find the sheer number of characters quite daunting. Don't be afraid to give more time to each one. Chapter one seemed to chop and change quite a lot, but I wanted to stay with Cindae for a while. There were enough hooks in that section ...
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  • rachelstar's avatar
    rachelstar wrote 6 years, 4 months ago

    Hey Jennifer,
    I finished your first chapter and am very intrigued with the world you've created. I like that you have three different people's stories who I'm assuming will intertwine later on in the story. The chapter seems long, but I was kept very interested the whole time. You intertwined teenage life with fantasy in a casual way, which brings the reader right into your world. Great job!
    -Rachel