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Staff Pick: Baby’s in Black by Anne Bellstorf

Colleen staff picks photoIf you are a fan of The Beatles, then you will definitely want to pick up the graphic novel Baby’s In Black.  Working closely with Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe’s girlfriend, Bellstorf packs an emotional punch with black-and-white drawings that detail “the lost Beatle’s” short but impactful time with the band.

By Readers' Advisor on April 8, 2014 Categories: All Staff Picks, Art, Books, Music, Picks by Colleen

Staff Pick: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Colleen staff picks photoThe Testing is not your average dystopian! To attend college, those who live in the United Commonwealth must undertake the Testing. For Cia, who desperately wants to attend college, the Testing is more dangerous than she could imagine and it’s not a fight to pass, but a fight to survive!

By Readers' Advisor on January 14, 2014 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen

Colleen’s Pick: White Cat

Colleen staff picks photoJesse Eisenberg lends his engaging voice to the mafia-inspired supernatural mystery, White Cat by Holly Black. Cassel comes from a family of curse workers who have certain “abilities.” When a white cat shows up in his dreams and his reality, Cassel knows something is very wrong.

By Readers' Advisor on October 15, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Audiobooks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen

Divergent

Divergent book coverColleen of Fiction/AV/Teen Services recommends Divergent by Veronica Roth:

Divergent takes place in a future dystopian Chicago. In this society, there are five factions that a person must belong to. We meet Tris on her sixteenth birthday when she has chosen to leave her home faction to become one of the Dauntless. With her induction to this new faction comes a series of tests to determine if she is truly worthy to become one of the Dauntless faction. What no one knows, however, is that Tris is actually a divergent – a person who can exist successfully in any of the factions. This trait is a dangerous one, since it threatens those in power, and Tris must keep it hidden or it could cost her life.

By Readers' Advisor on September 2, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen

Colleen’s Pick: Vampire Academy


Colleen staff picks photoVampire Academy, the first in a series, introduces us to a world where vampires exist. Rose is dhampir, half human – half vampire, and in training at St. Vladimir’s Academy to protect the vampire ruling class. This fast-paced, supernatural romance appeals to those of us who still love a good vampire novel.

By Readers' Advisor on April 23, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen

Colleen’s Pick: Being Human

Colleen staff picks photoA werewolf, vampire, and ghost share a London flat. No, this isn’t a new Twilight love triangle spin-off. It’s Being Human, a BBC television show that combines drama, horror, and comedy all in one. Currently in its fourth season, it is one of those shows that you can’t stop watching.

By Readers' Advisor on February 12, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Colleen

Colleen’s Pick: Beauty Queens

Colleen staff picks photoSometimes an author’s narration can go terribly wrong. In the case of Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray, the author’s narration brings the book to life! Telling the story of teen beauty queens stranded on a remote island, Bray gives each queen a distinct voice so that humor, drama, and weirdness abound!

By Readers' Advisor on November 20, 2012 Categories: All Staff Picks, Audiobooks, Picks by Colleen

Colleen’s Pick: Grace

Colleen staff picks photoDue to Jeff Buckley’s untimely death in 1997, we are only left with one complete studio album. Grace gives a sense of the great potential in Buckley’s vocal, guitar, and songwriting abilities. Songs range from sweet vocal melodies to hard guitar-riffing rock that will leave you craving more.

By Readers' Advisor on August 28, 2012 Categories: All Staff Picks, Music, Picks by Colleen

Colleen’s Pick: Heathers

Colleen staff picks photo“Greetings and salutations, are you a Heather?” asks Christian Slater’s J.D. of Winona Ryder’s Veronica. Cloaked in teen angst and a dark comedic tone that could only be perfected by late eighties, valley girl style, Heathers is the perfect movie for anyone who was an outcast in high school.

By Readers' Advisor on June 19, 2012 Categories: All Staff Picks, Movies and Television, Picks by Colleen

Colleen’s Pick: Cinder

Colleen staff picks photoIn a plague-rampant, future Asian nation, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic living a pitiful life of servitude. However, Cinder may hold the secret to the plague’s cure. Cinder had me hooked from page one, when Cinder replaces her mechanical foot, in this great retelling of the Cinderella story!

By Readers' Advisor on April 10, 2012 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Picks by Colleen