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!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Teardrop by Lauren Kate. Eureka’s world changed when she and her mother were involved in a freak accident that left her mother dead. Left to try and make sense of her new life living with her stepmother and father, Eureka is both physically and emotionally scarred. As she tries to heal, Eureka finds solace in two different guys. One, her childhood best friend, Brooks, has always been there for her. Another, is the mysterious new guy, Ander, who Eureka can’t help feeling connected to. Ander also leads Eureka to a discovery about her family’s history that will change her life forever. Click here to find Teardrop in the Library today!
Today is the last day of 2013! What was your favorite teen book published this year? Can’t decide? Take a look at what some of the book, news, and media outlets thought were the best books from 2013:
Winding down a list of hundreds of books, here’s a few highlighted titles that the editors of School Library Journal selected as best fiction from 2013. Click on the covers to find them in the Library!
Goodreads has their Choice Awards every year, where users get to vote for their favorite titles of the year.
The winner for best Young Adult Fiction of 2013: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell!
The winner for best Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Allegiant by Veronica Roth!
The winner for best Graphic Novels & Comics: Beautiful Creatures: the Manga by Kami Garcia , Maragaret Stohl, and Cassandra Jean!
The winner for best Middle Grade and Children’s: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan!
Publisher’s Weekly’s list highlight their editor’s picks of the year. They also have a nonfiction list. Below are a few highlights from PW’s picks. Click on the cover to find the titles in the Library!
Amazon’s pick for the best teen book of 2013 is Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, but they also put out a list of what their editors pick as the top 20 books of the year for teens. Click here to see that list and click on the cover below to find Eleanor & Park at the Library!
Mashable is an online news source for the Connected Generation. Earlier this month they posted their top 11 books for teens of 2013. Click on the cover to find the highlighted titles from Mashable’s list in the Library!
The Horn Book’s staff and reviewers put out their Fanfare list every year. Click on the covers below to find some of the teen books that made The Horn Book’s 2013 Fanfare list:
NPR puts out a guide to the best books every year, click on the covers below to find some of their picks for the best teen books of 2013:
Buzzfeed is a great site for all things pop culture! A week ago they posted their picks for the top 21 YA books of 2013. Click on the covers below to find some of the highlighted suggestions at the Library:
I hope some of your favorites of this year made a list! These lists are also a great way to find a really good book to read next!!!
Interesting choice for the first official clip from the upcoming Divergent movie, since it is a quiet and emotional moment between Tris and four. But it is a great look at what to expect from the two actors who will portray the two main characters. Here it is:
What did you think!? Divergent will hit movie theaters in March 2014. If you haven’t read any of the books in the trilogy or you want to re-read them, follow the links below to find them in the Library!
Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross. Set in Paris in the late 1800′s, this novel centers on Maude, who is so plain and even some would say ugly, that she lands a job as a repoussoir. As a repoussoir, Maude is hired to be friend to Isabel by her mother to make Isabel appear, in contrast to Maude, more attractive and appealing to suitors. However, it is hard for Maude to separate her job from the friendship and soon she is tangled in drama and deceit. Click here to find Belle Epoque in the Library today!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for After the Snow by S.D. Crockett. The United States has plunged into a new Ice Age, and Willo has never known a world that hasn’t been covered in snow and ice and cold. After returning from a hunt, Willo finds that his family is missing and can only assume that they have been taken away. He sets out to find them, but he instead finds a girl about his age who has also lost her family. Willo can’t just leave her in the cold to die, so he commits to helping her just until she can get to a safe place. What Willo doesn’t know, however, is that fate will tie him to her as they discover the world is not at all what they thought it is. This is definitely a great winter read, if you’re OK with embracing the cold weather! Click here to find After the Snow in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will enjoy this post-apocalyptic novel that centers on Saba, whose father has just been murdered and brother kidnapped. Saba sets off (tailed by her younger sister) to retrieve her twin brother and to do so she has to cross a brutal desert. She and her sister survive the trek, only to be captured themselves, and Saba is forced to become a female gladiator, fighting for her life in an arena for the entertainment of others. Can Saba escape and save her family? Click here to find Blood Red Road in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas. Iolanthe and Titus have a great destiny. The two mages will overthrow the evil Bane. Titus has been searching and waiting to find the mage that is the key in helping him overthrow the tyrant. When he finally finds her (seeing the sign of a powerful lightning bolt) he discovers Iolanthe, who is woefully unprepared for her destiny. To keep her safe until she is ready, Titus hides her in disguise at a London school for boys, until they are both ready to do whatever it takes to fulfill their destinies. Click here to find The Burning Sky in the Library!