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Prodigy Prodigy
by Marie Lu
I really like Lu’s idea of what the USA could be like in the future. I give this 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this for people who like action and futuristic stuff.
Review submitted by Tim.
Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark and Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
This book was easy, yet really fun to read. It was easy to read because it was divided into small stories instead of a big one. This book is really great for people who like fantasy and adventure together!!!
Review submitted by Jill.
MissPeregrine Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
After witnessing his grandfather’s death, Jacob travels to a remote Welsh island hoping to find answers. As Jacob searches for answers, he meets a peculiar group of friends and finds the peculiar within him.
Review submitted by Emma.
finally Finally
by Wendy Mass
Rory has finally turned 12! She has made a long list of things she wants to do. One problem – everything keeps going wrong! I found this book exciting to read.
Review submitted by Caitlyn.
DeadEndNorvelt2 Dead End in Norvelt
by Jack Gantos
This book was very good because it has a good moral. The moral is that you have to learn from your mistakes so you don’t repeat your mistakes. 4.5/5 stars.
Review submitted by Jonny.
Whatever Happened Janie Whatever Happened to Janie
by Caroline B. Cooney
I really enjoyed this book. I think it had a great plot and it makes me want to read more of the series. I think it is very intriguing and it kept me very interested. Overall this book was great, and I would recommend this to other readers.
Review submitted by Katie.
perfect you Perfect You
by Elizabeth Scott
I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. It was very interesting. The book was all about Kate, a girl in high school, who has to deal with trouble in school, with friends, and her family. The worst thing is her dad sells vitamins and humiliates her.
Review submitted by Victoria.
Lightning Thief The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
I recently finished Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. I LOVED IT! The ending is very thrilling. The Greek mythology concept made the book even more interesting. I LOVED this book!
Review submitted by Claire.
HP and the Half Blood Prince Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
by J.K. Rowling
I thought that this book was very good. The ending was very surprising and I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed this book from the series.
Review submitted by Nicole.
Wild Roses Wild Roses
by Deb Caletti
When Cassie’s parents divorce her mother quickly remarries the crazy violinist Dino Cavalli, but she and her father are the only people who see his craziness. Will Cassie keep his secret, or spill it?
Review submitted by Paige.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 23, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Guys Reads, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael JohnstonFrozen 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!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 11, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Dystopian, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

Running Dream 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.
Troy High Troy High
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.
Marked Marked
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.
January 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.
Ugly Truth 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 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.
lastolymppian 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.
Emblaze Emblaze
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.
Belle Epoque Belle Epoque
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.
Enemy The Enemy
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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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 17, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Funny, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

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!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 13, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

An Evening with Holly Black recap

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!

Be sure to check out our Display that is still up at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk

Be sure to check out our Display that is still up at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk

Small display case

The signs were everywhere!

The signs were everywhere!

Glow Sticks compliments of Little Brown Books

Fangs compliments of the Mount Prospect Public Library!

Fangs compliments of the Mount Prospect Public Library!

Books were for sale from The Book Stall!

Books were for sale from The Book Stall!

Holly Black started out the night asking the audience what was their first encounter with Vampires?

Holly Black started out the night asking the audience what was their first encounter with Vampires?

One interesting fact thta Holly Black shared: she actually rode around in a friend's car truck to do research for her Curseworkers series.  She recalled the memory with a lot of humor, though!

One interesting fact that Holly Black shared: she actually rode around in a friend’s car trunk to do research for her Curseworkers series. She recalled the memory with a lot of humor, though!

Holly Black read an excerpt from her book "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" which hit book shelves on 9/3/13.

Holly Black read an excerpt from her book “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” which hit book shelves on 9/3/13.

It was from the from the beginning of the book when we learn how Tana's mom got infected (a very intense scene!).

It was from the from the beginning of the book when we learn how Tana’s mom got infected (a very intense scene!).

Holly Black then had a signing where all attendees got a chance to talk with her one on one, many with questions about being a writer.  She gave out a lot of great advice!

All attendees got a chance to talk with Holly Black one on one, many with questions about being a writer. She gave out a lot of great advice!

MPPL staffer Janine is a huge fan of Holly Black! She did not pass up the chance to chat with the author.

MPPL staffer Janine is a huge fan of Holly Black! She did not pass up the chance to chat with the author.

Teen Librarians, Barbara and Colleen, had a fang-tastic time with Holly Black! Thanks Holly!!!

Teen Librarians, Barbara and Colleen, had a fang-tastic time with Holly Black! Thanks Holly!!!

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 11, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Holly Black Introduces her new book, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”

See Holly Black LIVE tonight at MPPL at 7 p.m. Click here to register!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 10, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

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 Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 6, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (reviewed by Colleen, Teen Services Librarian)

Coldest Girl in ColdtownThe Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 4, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

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!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 30, 2013 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Unbreakable by Kami Garcia

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Unbreakable by Kami GarciUnbreakable 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

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 23, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal