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Archive for July, 2012

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy

by Robin LaFevers

Ismae Rienne is born with a horrible scar running down her body, that marks her as the daughter of Death. She is feared and ridiculed by the local villagers and abused by her father. When her cruel father sells her to an even crueler husband, Ismae must escape or be killed.  She finds refuge at the convent of St. Mortain, where she is trained to be an assassin. The sisters of St. Mortain have long trained to assist the god of death in his pursuits. During her convent training, Ismae finds that she has many special gifts that help her excel as a handmaiden of death. The abbess assigns Ismae to the court of the Duchess of Brittany to protect the young Duchess and discover the traitors within the court. Of course, this means killing anyone with the the mark of Mortain. Trapped within the social confines of court life, Ismae must determine who she can trust and who she cannot. The smallest mistake, will lead to death. To make matters worse, Ismae has fallen for Duval, a man who may be marked by Mortain.

Grave Mercy is set in 15th Century France where danger, mystery, and death lurk around every corner. There is plenty of court intrigue, along with several memorable characters. The relationship between Ismae and Duval is intense and filled with many difficult choices for both characters. This is a great read for anyone who likes either historical fiction, fantasy, or mystery mixed with a good romance.

Watch and enjoy the book trailer.

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on July 31, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Little Brother

by Cory Doctorow

Marcus is an expert with a computer, and he has to be.  In his school computers rule.  They are not only for doing schoolwork, but technology is being used to keep track of and spy on the students.  In Marcus’ near-future world, technology is slightly more advanced than it is today.  In order to have some sort of  freedom and control while being online, Marcus has figured out how to maintain his privacy online while staying under the radar, mostly through hacking. 

This all changes one afternoon when Marcus and his friends skip class to join in a scavenger hunt as part of one of their favorite online games.  San Francisco comes under attack from terrorists and Marcus and his friends finds themselves close to the attack.  So close, in fact, the he and his friends are taken in by the Department of Homeland Security as possible threats.  Even though they had nothing to do with the attacks on San Francisco, Marcus and his friends are interrogated for days in an unknown prison about their involvement.  When they are finally set free, their lives are changed forever.  Marcus is scarred by the interrogation and to make matters worse his best friend Darryl was never released.

Marcus takes to the net determined to fight against all the new restrictions, curfews, and increased DHS presence in San Francisco as a result of the terrorist attacks.   Marcus feels that his story must be told and that people must fight back against Big Brother.  However, by fighting back, he risks everything… even his life. 

Little Brother is a great book for any reader.  There is a lot of action in this book and a good mystery.  Little Brother also makes you question if this could really be our future.  It is really believable that this world could one day be ours, and if it is, we all need to be better informed about how to maintain our privacy online.  This book will keep you on the edge of your seat and also give you a lot to think about.

Click here to find Little Brother in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 30, 2012 Categories: Dystopian, Fiction, Guys Reads, Mystery, Science Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten.  Lucy thinks there is no way that she will ever get over her breakup with Alex, but then she meets three girls who say they can help her.  And they can make it so that she will never have a broken heart again… but what will this cost her?  Click her to find The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 27, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance

Join us for the Food Creations program

Join us this Thursday (7/26) from 3 – 5 p.m.  for Food Creations!   Do you want to learn how to make candy sushi!? Junk food art!?  Or candy wrapper chain jewelry…. We’ll provide the tasty supplies and teach you how to be creative with food. Be sure to bring your friends because these crafts are as much fun to eat as they are to make!

Click here to register now!  Please indicate any food allergies upon registration.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 24, 2012 Categories: Events

Book Trailer of the Week–Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Seraphina by Rachel HartmanSeraphina is a fantasy novel where dragons and human coexist in peace.  However, this peace is coming to an end and Seraphina may be in danger.  This is because she is a rare half-human, half-dragon and she has secrets to protect.  Click here to find Seraphina in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 20, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction

Fated by Alyson Noël

Fated

by Alyson Noël

Fated is the first book in Noël’s new Soul Seekers series.  If you are a fan of Alyson Noël’s Immortals series, then you should definitely pick up her new book Fated.  It is similar to the Immortals series because it has some supernatural elements to it, it has a mystery, and it has a really interesting main character with a unique ability.  If you like supernatural books, then this is definitely a good one to pick up, because this novel has a heavy basis in Native American mythology.  Daire, like Ever, has supernatural powers that allow her to be in the living world and also in the world of the dead–Daire is a soul seeker.  Her powers as a soul seeker give her visions and the ability to help souls in the living world and the after world.  She also has a spirit animal that guides her in her quests and gives her soul the ability to travel to the different worlds and in different forms.

Daire first experiences her abilities as a soul seeker through devastating visions that have her sent to a mental institution.  However, her grandmother reaches out to her and moves her to a small town in New Mexico so she can teach Daire to hone her new powers.  Daire comes from a long line of soul seekers on her father’s side.  However, in this small town called Enchantment, there exists another family of soul seekers.  This other family has set out to use their powers for evil.  In this family exists a set of twins, one that Daire knows to be evil and one that she feels an instant connection to.  As her powers as a soul seeker grow stronger, Daire must stop one brother from carrying out an evil act and figure out her connection to the other brother–a connection that she cannot even begin to understand.

Click here to find Fated in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Partials by Dan Wells

This week’s book trailer is for Partials by Dan Wells.  Partials is set in a post-apocalyptic Long  Island, New York, in 2076.  Genetically engineered humans (Partials) were being used as weapons in warfare.  They turned on their human creators and set loose a virus that decimated the population.  Kira is a medic in training who desperately wants to solve the mystery as to why now newborns contact the virus and die shortly after birth.  Of course, trying to solve this medical mystery brings Kira into danger and adventure.  Click here to find Partials in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 13, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction

Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Velde

Deadly Pink

by Vivian Vande Velde

Fourteen year old Grace has been asked to rescue her sister, but she wonders if she is up to the task. Grace is the second sister, the average sister who depends on Emily for help. Her older sister is the special one. She is in college, mega smart, super popular, and better looking than Grace. While Grace is an avid gamer, Emily works as an intern for the Rasmussem Corporation, the creators of the world’s best virtual reality games. These games are not the average virtual reality game, but total immersion games where the player becomes part of the gaming world. Once in the game, players can taste, smell, feel, and move just like the real world. While their bodies remain lying on a couch, hooked to a computer, and safe. Emily has hidden herself in one of the games she helped create and altered the codes so she cannot be pulled out. The problem is, there is a time limit to how long gamers can stay in virtual form before dangerously injuring their real bodies. Grace must enter the game, find her sister, and rescue her before time runs out and her sister faces not just a virtual death. 

Reading this book feels like playing a game. Grace has to use her gaming knowledge (and sarcastic wit) to win coins, battle enemies, and save her sister. All this makes for a fast-paced and funny journey, with a little danger thrown in. Along the way, Grace learns that all is not as it seems and that nobody is as perfect as they appear. If you like gaming or have a sister, check this book out.

Other books by Vivian Vande Velde that include the Rasmussem Corporation:

By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on July 12, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Science Fiction, Staff Pics

Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Friends With Boys

by Faith Erin Hicks

If you like quirky graphic novels with a touch of supernatural, then you’ll love Friends With Boys.  Not only is the artwork of Friends With Boys really well done, the story is also really interesting and quietly captivating.  It centers on Maggie who is about to enter high school after being home-schooled by her mother.  She is the youngest in her family with three older brothers, and their mother has just left.  Maggie has always relied on her brothers, to be her friends and to do stuff with. However, now that she is in high school, her brothers cannot be there for her, and Maggie has to make new friends to survive.  Maggie is doing her best in trying to deal with her mom leaving, even with the huge adjustment of attending a public high school, and the ghost that has followed her throughout her life is not helping things… 

According to her website, Faith Erin Hicks says that she wrote this graphic novel with a little basis in her own life experiences.  I always find it cool when an author uses their own experiences to influence their work.  Read more about what real life experiences Faith Erin Hicks used in this graphic novel by clicking here.  This book is not all drama, though, it is also hilarious!  Especially the relationship between Maggie’s twin brothers Lloyd and Zander.   Check out some of the artwork from Friends With Boys below:

It is simple black and white drawings, but I really like the style.  The characters are realistic portrayals, and I love the styling of all the characters–I feel like I can picture what these characters would look like in real life and I also love that each character has a distinct style that stays consistent through the whole book.  Finally, I really love the drama that Faith Erin Hicks can create with simple black and white drawings, check out this example (one of my favorites):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to find Friends With Boys at the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 11, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Graphic Novel, High School, Staff Pics

Life as it Comes by Anne-Laure Bondoux

Life as it Comes

by Anne-Laure Bondoux

Life as it Comes is the French pick for our 2012 Book Crossing program with our Sister City Sèvres, France.  It is a great read to pick up this summer, especially because it centers on the first summer that two sisters spend together after the death of their parents due to a car accident. 

Mado is fifteen and Patty is twenty.  You would think the opposite was true, though, because Mado is the responsible one and Patty is the reckless one.  Mado makes the dinners, makes sure that the bills are paid, and is always doing homework so that she gets good grades.  As long as Mado does well in school and makes it look like everything is OK, then the social workers will let Patty keep custody of Mado.  Patty, however, is everything but OK.  She leaves Mado alone all the time, and it is when Patty gets home from one of these weekends away that she reveals to Mado that she is pregnant. 

Patty’s pregnancy could ruin everything, especially because it could mean that she would no longer be able to care for Mado.  The sisters don’t know what to do and are afraid of their social workers finding out.  So, they continue on as if nothing’s wrong and go ahead with their planned summer vacation at their family home in Southern France.  For awhile, their summer is perfect.  They even meet two brothers who are vacationing from Amsterdam and have a bit of summer romance.  However, as the days grow shorter and autumn approaches, Mado and Patty have to come to terms with Patty’s pregnancy and try to do what’s best for themselves and for the new baby.

As I said, Life as it Comes is the perfect summer read if you want a little bit of drama, a little bit of romance, and a really great story about what it means to be a family after a tragedy.  Click here to find Life as it Comes in the Library today and be sure stop in at the Library to learn more about our Book Crossing program.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 9, 2012 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Staff Pics