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Book Trailer of the Week– Between by Jessica Warman

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Between by Jessica Warman.  Liz is a senior in high school and has lived a good life.  Some would call her spoiled, popular, and perfect.  However, this good life comes to an end when she wakes up and knows she’s dead.  Life finds out that she drowned at her birthday party, and now she is a ghost.  She knows she’s a ghost because she finds herself in the company of another ghost, Alex, who was previously killed in a hit and run accident.  Both girls have to solve the mystery of their death, and Liz realizes her life was not as perfect as she thought.  Click here to find Between in the Library!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 19, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

trash Trash
by Andy Mulligan
I have many opinions about Trash. Trash is a very sad and creative story. A boy and his friend find a bag that the police need to investigate and they won’t give it up.
Review submitted by Elizabeth.
Maze of Bones The Maze of Bones (39 Clues)
by Rick Riordan
I thought this book was a great opener for the 39 Clues series. It really grabbed my attention and made me want to read Book two. It was action-packed, and full of lots of adventure.
Review submitted by Ravi.
Cardturner The Cardturner
by Louis Sachar
I thought it was a very good book. I liked the amount of detail the author used. I didn’t like how the chapters were so short and only focused on one topic.
Review submitted by Anthony.
Just add magic Just Add Magic
by Cindy Callaghan
When Kelly Quinn and her two BFF’s discover a dusty old cookbook while cleaning out an attic, the girls decide to try a few of the mysterious recipes that are inside.
Review submitted by Neela.
Marked Marked
by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast
I think Marked was a very interesting book that added something new and different to the world of vampires. It was a very interesting book about friendship and doing the right thing. The main character is very relatable; I know I related.
Review submitted by Samantha.
Third Wheel The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)
by Jeff Kinney
The Third Wheel is about Greg Heffley’s early life and about him and Rowley trying to get a date to the school dance. But can he find a date or will he be left out, playing video games on the big night?
Review submitted by Michael.
Among the barons Among the Barons
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
There are so many twists and turns you don’t want to put the book down!
Review submitted by Amin.
Shards and Ashes Shards & Ashes
edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
This book is a good book. It was very interesting. I like the theme of the book. Each author has a different story and that’s what I like about the style of the book.
Review submitted by Samantha.
Boys Without Names Boys without Names
by Kashmira Seth
This book was fun to read because it took place in India. I love to read books that take place in a setting that I know about.
Review submitted by Jill.
Hobbit The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit is a book about Bilbo Baggins leaving his normal life to go on an adventure to get gold back from Smaug, the evil dragon.
Review submitted by Cici.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 8, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Multicultural, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You

Insurgent Insurgent
by Veronica Roth
Insurgent was the sequel of Divergent. I thought that it was very good! I couldn’t put it down! I would recommend the series to anyone who enjoyed The Hunger Games.
Review submitted by Nicole.
HungerGames The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
It was an extraordinary novel for teens. I believe that this is one of my favorite books since it has everything I desire in a book such as action, romance, and suspense.
Review submitted by Oleg.
Gone Gone
by Michael Grant
5 out of 5 stars! It was fun to think about what I would do if everyone over 15 disappeared! I would want a special power.
Review submitted by Morgan.
Divergent Divergent
by Veronica Roth
Beatrice Prior is a sixteen year old girl nervous about her aptitude test. She will be put into one of five groups: Dauntless, Amity, Candor, Erudite, and Abnegation. Which one will she fall in?
Review submitted by Patrick.
Throne of Fire The Throne of Fire
by Rick Riordan
Sadie and Carter go through many obstacles in the second book of the Kane Chronicles series, as well as in the first one. Read all books of Rick Riordan!
Review submitted by Paula.
Unwind Unwind
by Neal Shusterman
Three kids are sent to be unwound. Connor, a trouble maker, is sent by his parents. Rissa, an orphan, is sent because of money, and Lev is sent because of his religion. They escape their fate, but they can’t hide, only run.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
hugoCabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
It is about an orphan named Hugo. He wants to finish building a robot that his father found. When it is finished, it tells him things that change his life.
Review submitted by Michaela.
DiaryWimpyKid Diary of a Wimpy Kid
by Jeff Kinney
The book is about a boy who is in the middle school. He tells you how to live in the middle school when you get there and what to do.
Review submitted by Lucian.
Silence Silence
by Becca Fitzpatrick
I like this book because it was great for the third book in the series with amazing plot twists and relatable characters. I would rate it a 10/10.
Review submitted by Samantha.
WalkTwoMoons Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech
A girl named Sal moves to Euclid from Bybanks because Sal’s mother went away to Idaho. Sal met a girl named Phoebe and became best friends. Sal’s grandparents and her go and find Sal’s mother died. Then they go back home.
Review submitted by Megan.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 12, 2013 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger.  In this Finishing School Book the First, Sophronia has been enrolled in finishing school.  Set in an alternate steampunk England in 1851, Sophronia’s finishing school is like no other.  It teaches the art of poisoning, eye lash fluttering, self defense, and other skills to make one an expert in espionage.  Being no ordinary girl, Sophronia is thriving at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy, and she tests the limits of her new training as she tries to solve the mystery of the missing prototype.  Click here to find Etiquette & Espionage in the Library today!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 25, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Funny, Mystery, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week–Light by Michael Grant

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Light by Michael GrantLight is the final book in Grant’s Gone series.  At the series opener all the adults within a 20 mile radius of Perdido Beach, CA, disappeared.  The remaining kids and teens under the age of fourteen began developing strange abilities and mutations.  As the Gone series progressed, the young survivors are trapped within this 20 mile radius and and are in a fight to survive, more often it is a fight to the death.  In Light, the veil that previously hid the what was happening to these kids inside the “dome” has lifted.  Now all of the world can see the carnage, and the gruesome and creepy ways these kids have changed.  Click here to find Light in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 13, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fiction, Horror, Supernatural/Paranormal

The Blessed by Tonya Hurley

OK, I admit it: I picked this book up purely because of its cover.  The girl is so creepy and there is something not quite right about her–I think it is the eyes… Anyways, I am glad that I judged a book by its cover, because The Blessed turned out to be a really good read!

This novel starts out as we are introduced to three different teenage girls.  Each of these girls finds themselves in the same emergency room on the same night.  Agnes is the kind of girl who tries to do everything right, but ends up feeling miserable.  She tries to kill herself after her most recent breakup with a boy who she was head over heels in love with.  Cecilia is a very talented musician, but she is heading down the wrong path.  After a gig, she parties a little too hard and is rushed to the ER when she almost drowns in a puddle.  Then there’s Lucy.  She is a famous socialite who has everything anyone could want.  Unfortunately, that comes with a price, as she is surrounded by people who are a bad influence.  She is brought into the ER because of an accidental overdose.  After each of these girls are treated and released from the ER, they are visited by an enigmatic stranger.  The young man says his name is Sebastian and he gives each girl a bracelet.  What follows is a strange story that connects the three girls’ fates together as they mirror the saints they are named for.  Sebastian holds the key, however, to the truth about why these girls’ lives mirror the saints’ lives.

The Blessed is good pick for anyone who likes realistic fiction, with a mysterious air about it.  While reading this novel I was never really sure if there was something supernatural going on or not.  Plus, all three of the main characters (Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy) were very interesting and you really wanted to get to the bottom of what was happening to them.  The Blessed is also pretty suspenseful.  I would definitely call it a page turner and it will leave you guessing all the way to the last page.  Click here to find The Blessed in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 11, 2013 Categories: Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week–Pulse by Patrick Carman

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Pulse by Patrick Carman.  Set in a dystopian future, Pulse centers on Faith who has the the power of the Pulse and does not know it.  Dylan also has the Pulse, and has been watching over Faith trying to find a way to connect with Faith and tell her about her powers.  As events unfold, and Faith learns about the Pulse, evil forces are at work to try and destroy those with powere and take over the world.    Click here to find Pulse in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 9, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Embrace

by Jessica Shirvington

Violet is just like every other girl about to turn seventeen years old.  At least she thought she was.  As her birthday approaches, Violet starts having some pretty disturbing dreams.  Then her dad gives her a gift that was promised to her on her seventeenth birthday by her mother that has passed away.  This gift is the start of Violet uncovering her true nature and why her mother died.  Violet is a Grigori: a protector of humanity who is half human and half angel.  However, Violet can give up her Grigori nature and go on being a normal teen.  She has to choose whether or not she wants to embrace her powers.  If she embraces her Grigori power, she becomes a warrior in an epic battle between the protectors of humanity (the Grigori) and the angels who have been exiled from heaven and who want to overtake the human race (the Exiles).  Making her choice a difficult one is her good friend, crush, and training partner Lincoln.  Violet discovers that he is also a Grigori and would be her Grigori partner if she chooses to embrace.  What will Violet choose?  And does she really even have a choice?

Embrace is a fast past and exciting read for anyone who likes epic supernatural books.  And don’t be turned off by the whole angel story line–the angels in Embrace range to truly evil to truly kick-butt.  What I really liked about this book, though, was the character of Violet.  It is hard to believe that a character who has to choose between being normal and being a powerful angel of protection would be easy to relate to, but Violet is!  The supporting characters are all pretty interesting too.  As Violet learns more and more about the Grigori world, she meets a whole range of Grigori, some who have been living for hundreds of years.  Also, to add another level of interesting to this book–it was originally published in Australia and while it doesn’t necessarily take place in a specific area of Australia, there is that feel of the Australian way of life throughout the novel.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 10, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Diviners by Libba Bray

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Diviners by Libba BrayThe Diviners is set in Manhattan during the 1920′s.  Evie has the unique ability to uncover details about someone by holding any object that belongs to them.  When she uses her power to embarrass an important man in her Ohio hometown, she is exiled to her uncle’s car in Manhattan.  Her uncle is a curator for the museum of the occult, so when a demon spirit is on a killing spree, Evie’s uncle taps her special skills to solve the mystery.  Click here to find The Diviners in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 5, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Beautiful Creatures Official Movie Trailer

Previously, we’ve posted about Beautiful Creatures Click here for a review and click here to check out another!  This popular series centers on Lena and Ethan and if their love can endure through Lena’s legacy as a Caster.  The first book in the series Beautiful Creatures is currently being turned into a movie that will hit theaters in February 2013.  Check out the official movie trailer below and click here to find the first book in the series, Beautiful Creatures, in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 1, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Movies, Supernatural/Paranormal