This week’s book trailer of the week is for Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. Set in a futuristic Chicago, barely recognizable as the Chicago we know today, this sci-fi novel centers on David who witnesses The Epic, Steelheart, murder his father when he was eight years old. Epics are humans that have super powers from an unknown explosion that also caused perpetual darkness. Now 18, David is determined to avenge his father’s death and kill Steelheart, who everyone thinks is invincible. David knows better, he actually has made it his mission in life to learn all he can about the Epics. He has joined The Reckoners, a vigilante group determined to take out the Epics no matter what the cost, and David will stop at nothing to defeat Steelheart. Click here to find Steelheart in the Library!
Archive for January, 2014
Were you as impressed as we were by the release of the first movie trailer for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green? Are you looking for something to read that is similar to TFIOS? Of course, you can go on and read Green’s other fabulous works–and you should–but if you want to read a novel similar to TFIOS that deals themes like young people struggling with terminal illness, check out these titles:
You may also want to check out Eleanor & Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Both were published this year and John Green had a lot of great things to say about both her novels.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Ink by Amanda Sun. Katie’s still messed up from the sudden death of her mother when she is sent to live with her aunt in Japan. A native New Yorker, Katie feels very out of place in her new school and she is attracting a lot of attention, especially from the guys. Katie doesn’t waste her time with any of them, until she sees the artwork of Tomohiro. Not only is he a talented artist, but his works of art come alive before her eyes! Katie knows something is not quite right and she is determined to find out more about Tomohiro’s gift, but soon finds herself wrapped in a dangerous struggle involving the Japanese mafia and the ancient gods of Japan. Click here to find Ink in the Library!
Hey, I know you’ve seen the lists and hype on the best books of 2013. Here is a list with a twist! These are the teen titles that were the most popular, in Mount Prospect, during 2013. Wondering if you are up to date with these trending titles – check it out!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher. Originally published in the UK, this novel centers on 15-year-old Zoe. She writes to a Death Row inmate in Texas, because she believes she is also a murderer and wants to tell someone about it. Her letters chronicle her relationships with two brothers, Max and Aaron, and how the romances she developed with each brother ended in tragedy. It isn’t until the end of the novel that you find out what happened, which brother dies, and if Zoe is really a murderer. Click here to find Ketchup Clouds in the Library!
Season 4 of Downton Abbey just premiered a couple of weeks ago. If you are looking for a good Downton-esque read to pass your time while you eagerly await next week’s episode, check out some of the books listed below. Just click on the cover and find them in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Paper Towns by John Green. Paper Towns is not a new novel by John Green, it was published in 2008, but Bloomsbury Publishing just released a pretty cool trailer for the novel. So, if you really liked The Fault in Our Stars, then you should definitely check out Paper Towns. It centers on Quinten or Q, who has been in love with his next store neighbor, Margo, since they were kids. So when she disappears, Q is determined to follow the clues she has left to find out whether or not she has just run away or if she has actually committed suicide. Click here to find Paper Towns in the Library!
by Hajime Isayama, translated and adapted by Sheldon Drzka, lettered by Steve Wands
Attack on Titan is a relatively new manga and anime series. The manga was first published in Japan in 2010, it hit stateside in 2012 and the series currently is in its eleventh volume, published this month. It is much better known as an anime series, apparently the art is better, but I have yet to figure out how to watch it (apparently you can stream it online) so I decided to start out by reading the manga. I have been hearing a lot of good things about it and I was not disappointed!
The basic storyline of Attack on Titan (summarized from my reading of volumes 1 and 2) is that world has been overrun by Titans. They are scary, ugly, creepy, and destructive giants. They eat humans, though they don’t seem to need to eat humans to stay alive, and the only way to kill them is to attack the back of the base of their neck–hacking away until you have killed them. Trying to kill them any other way only leads to the titan’s regeneration. To survive, the remaining humans have built a large structure of different levels of walls. Think of it like a bullseye–each wall protecting different classes of citizens, and a military force to protect the walls with a lot of high tech gear. In the first volume, we meet Eren, Armin, and Mikasa three teens who have never seen outside the wall. Eren longs to explore the outside world, however, as he is on the verge of leaving the city the three teens are almost killed when a colossus titan destroys the first wall and allows the smaller titans to invade and eat the humans. Narrowly escaping, the teens end up training for military service and the series continues to follow the three as they battle the titans.
I have read the first two volumes in this series, and I can’t wait to read the rest! It is really a fascinating story, and I think the most appealing thing is learning more and more about the Titans, their history, and what the humans can do to try and survive and destroy the titans. Yes, some of the art of this manga is pretty basic, and I have seen some stills from the anime so I can understand why it is the better of the two when it comes to the art. But some of the manga art really makes the titans seem even more creepy. Check out a couple below:
So, if you like manga with high action, some sci-fi and fantasy, some scary elements, and a really good story, then you should definitely check out Attack on Titan! Click here to find the first book in the series at the Library!