This week’s book trailer of the week is for Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. Frozen is the first book in a new post-apocalyptic dystopian series by best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz and her husband, Michael Johnston. It is set in a future America where a natural disaster has created a new Ice Age. Main character, Nat, is a blackjack dealer in New Vegas, where corruption and illegal activity rule. Nat is one of the Marked, which means she has some kind of special power, but being Marked is not normal. Nat knows there is a place where life can be better for her, and she knows it is called Blue. To get there Nat hires Wes and his group of misfits to help her find it, but with the possibility that Blue doesn’t really exist and traitors in the group, Nat and Wes’ journey is a difficult one. Click here to find Frozen in the Library!
|The Running Dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen
The Running Dream is an amazing book. One reason I like this book is because I can relate to the main character, Jessica. Jessica loves to run and so do I. Another reason I love this book is because there is always an interesting climax going on. It is not one of those books that you have to break into. I would rate this book 5/5 stars.
Review submitted by Jenna.
by Shana Norris
A book about two friends who go to rivaling schools. They work together to try to save their friendship while being loyal to their school.
Review submitted by Karina.
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Although it is a book about vampires, it was very enjoyable to read and almost seemed realistic. This book begins with Zoey’s unusual marking as a vampire and continues through her change from a fledgling to a full adult vampire.
Review submitted by Sonia.
|Conspiracy 365: January
by Gabrielle Lord
This is the first of twelve books in the Conspiracy 365 series. It’s an action packed story of a 15-year-old fugitive accused of attempted murder. A family heritage causes all this chaos along the way.
Review submitted by Emma.
|The Ugly Truth
by Jeff Kinney
I enjoyed The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney very much. My favorite part was when the senior citizens came to the Valentine’s Day dance and ruined it. I liked how the story was very suspenseful.
Review submitted by Irene.
|Mad About Super Heroes
Edited by Nick Meglin & John Ficarra
This book was really fun and made fun of Batman a lot. The small strips were the best or the classic art with the super heroes added.
Review submitted by Kathleen.
|The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordian
I think this book was really great because it was full of action and suspense. This book kept me wanting to read more… one of my favorites!
Review submitted by Grace.
by Jessica Shirvington
Violet is an angel and she is in love with an exile Phoenix and another angel Lincoln. Phoenix betrayed her and she can’t be with Lincoln. Phoenix is trying to get the scriptures from her and is threatening her family and friends to get it.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
by Elizabeth Ross
Just as a foil is placed under a jewel to make it shine, a Repoussoir is a companion to a beautiful girl just to make her stand out more. In France, Maude desperately needs a job to survive, so she becomes a Repoussoir. She is a “hideous” girl who is hired by an aristocratic family to accompany their daughter for her season. But is the feeling of rejection and ignorance worth the thousands of dollars and glamor?
Review submitted by Nida.
by Charlie Higson
All the zombies (grown ups) have been diseased 16 years ago and their offsprings were not harmed. So now only kids rule the world and it’s up to the kids to survive and not get eaten by the zombies.
Review submitted by Atit.
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This week’s book trailer of the week is for Spellcaster by Claudia Gray. Nadia’s mother has gone away and her father has moved her family to a small Rhode Island town called Captive Sound. Nadia is not like most teen girls, she knows she’s a witch just like her mother, but her mother left her before her training was complete. In her new home, Nadia senses that something isn’t quite right. Along with some new friends (one of which is a potential love interest, but also cursed), Nadia sets out to use her novice powers to stop an evil that is bent on destroying the town. Click here to find Spellcaster in the Library!
Words cannot describe how awesome our visit with Holly Black was last night! As expected, Holly Black was fabulous, interesting, hilarious, and so cool! If you were lucky enough to be in attendance, you heard some really great stories about Holly Black‘s writing process, the YA author community, and her inspiration for her newest book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Many thanks go out to Holly Black for visiting our Library, and especially The Book Stall at Chestnut Court who made this author event possible!
Scroll through the photos below to see some of the highlights from last night! And don’t forget to checkout The Coldest Girl in Coldtown at the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Nobody Owens’ entire family was murder when he was just a young boy. He escaped, unharmed, into a nearby graveyard. He is discovered by the ghosts of Mr. and Mrs. Owens, so they raise him as their own. The lost souls of the graveyard become Bod’s family, and they protect him from the killer that still hunts him despite the years that have passed. Click here to find The Graveyard Book in the Library!
by Holly Black
A girl. A vampire. A disease, and a quarantined city. Trust me this is nothing like Twilight–it is so much better! I have to admit, I was a little skeptical when I heard that one of my favorite authors was going to write a vampire novel. However, I was sure that if anyone could give a new spin to the vampire genre, it was Holly Black. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown starts with a grisly scene. We meet Tana as she wakes up in a bathtub. She must have fallen asleep the night before at the party, or passed out… Either way, as she makes her way through the house, she uncovers horror after horror as most of the partygoers have all been killed. Tana knows that only one thing could have created this gory scene: vampires. In Tana’s world, vampirism is a disease that has been spread like any epidemic. Once bitten by a vampire, a person has 88 days to sweat out the disease. As long as they don’t submit to the craving of human blood, the infection will clear up. Very few, however, can resist the craving. Once infected, a human must enter a Coldtown, or quarantined areas of cities that were created to contain the spread of the disease. Coldtowns are seen by some as very glamorous. There are a ton of feeds and videos coming out of the Coldtowns, on different social networking sites, that show all the fabulous parties, fashion, and different trends in these strange cities.
As Tana tries to escape the gruesome aftermath of the party, she unknowingly comes upon her ex-boyfriend who was bitten and survived. She also finds the vampire Gavriel. Without giving too much away, Gavriel was at the house against his will. Tana, also possibly infected, can only come up with one plan: to take Gavriel and Aidan to the nearest Coldtown. What follows is Tana and Aidan’s fight against infection, the unraveling mystery of the eccentric Gavriel and his dedication to Tana, their fight to survive life in the Coldtown, and a ton of other colorful characters and action and adventure.
As I said before, I was not disappointed by the awesomeness of this book! However, knowing how much I love Holly Black’s character development and plot turns in her past novels, I don’t know why I doubted her. Like her previous books the Curseworkers series, Tithe, and Valiant, Black brings you into this novel with an attention-grabbing beginning that just keeps getting better as you keep reading. The pace is fast and engrossing, and I love all the characters that Black created. Tana is a kick-butt, but damaged girl, whose attraction to danger gets her into a lot of trouble. She was very interesting to read, and you never really knew what Tana would do next, but she was also very much a sympathetic character because she cared so much for those around her. Her ex-boyfriend Aidan provided a lot of comic relief, but also some uncertainty because he was infected. And finally, there was Gavriel, who by no means is an Edward Cullen clone. Gavriel was mad, literally, which made him so unpredictable that you honestly don’t know if he is in love with Tana or if he wants to kill her. The mystery of how Gavriel was driven mad is unraveled slowly, which makes the reader read that much faster. Additionally, supporting characters that pop up along the way to and in Coldtown are colorful and crazy and add so much to the story.
Definitely pick this book up if you are a fan of the supernatural and/or vampires. Also pick this book up if you want a fast-paced, exciting read that you can’t put down. Click here to find The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in the Library!
This book is recomended for readers in high school and older.
The author, Holly Black, will be visiting the Mount Prospect Public Library on Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m. She will be talking about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and signing books. Click here to register for the event!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong. The Gathering is the first book in Armstrong’s Darkness Rising series. Maya has always had a paw shaped birthmark on her thigh, but now that she has discovered that she can communicate with animals, she thinks there is a reason she has this mark. However, with strange events and mysterious deaths occuring in her small Vancouver Island town, Maya quickly realizes her secret may be a dangerous one. Click here to find The Gathering in the Library!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Unbreakable by Kami Garci. Unbreakable doesn’t hit bookshelves until October, but this trailer was so good that we had to post it now. Kami Garcia is one of the authors that wrote the Beautiful Creatures series. Unbreakable is Garcia’s first book in a new series that centers on ghost hunters. Check out the trailer and then click here to place a hold on Unbreakable at the Library!
|I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter
This was a really nice book. I love that Cammie is a spy and that there is a whole school for spies. It’s a great book that makes you want to read it over and over.
Review submitted by Tania.
|Night of the Purple Moon
by Scott Cramer
This book was really nice to read. It was so interesting that I finished it in one day!
Review submitted by Jill.
by Larry Levin
Oogy is a book about a dog disfigured but so passionately loved by just one family. The bond between the dog and humans show just how hard you can love something/someone.
Review submitted by Kate.
|Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Kids are stranded on an island and must survive. They have chosen a chief but many people disagree and drift off to make another team. Also a “beast” exists. Find out about it by reading it.
Review submitted by Atit.
|The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
I liked this book because I can really relate to books that are realistic fiction. It’s as if I know the person and understand what they’re going through.
Review submitted by Allison.
by Stephenie Meyer
Bella has learned about the vampire world, but it all is gone when Edward leaves her. She is depressed until that world comes back. Her best friend is a werewolf and some old enemies come out looking for a bite.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
by Deborah Ellis
In this book, Parvana goes on a journey to find her family. On this journey, Parvana comes across many struggles, but manages to keep moving on.
Review submitted by Janae.
by Sara Shepard
This is the newest edition to the Pretty Little Liars series. Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are back with thrilling adventures from “A” at their senior prom. Relationships will be tested and trust will play a big role throughout the book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
by Suzanne Collins
This book was better than the first one, and the first one was one of my favorite books of all time. It was very exciting and has a huge surprise in it. It is a 10 out of 10.
Review submitted by Ravi.
by Mawi Adgedom
In my opinion, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everybody because this book talks about life. That is why I think everyone should read it at least once.
Review submitted by Angelica.
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