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Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama

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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:

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Here’s a look at the Colossus Titan.

 

 

 

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Here’s a Titan about to eat Eren’s mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 TitanClick here to find the first book in the series at the Library!

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 8, 2014 Categories: Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Teardrop by Lauren Kate

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!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 4, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

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!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 29, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

CatchingFire Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen gets put back into the Hunger Games with the victors from the last 25 years. All of the victors then have to fight to the death.
Review submitted by Anthony.
CupcakeQueen The Cupcake Queen
by Heather Hepler
It’s a great book for middle grade students. Very interesting. Great book for passing time.
Review submitted by Veronika.
BlackDuck Black Duck
by Janet Lisle
This is a book when an ordinary 14-year-old boy is surrounded by the Prohibition. He must decide between following or breaking the law.
Review submitted by Emma.
Ghosts Grave The Ghost’s Grave
by Peg Kehret
He is haunted by a ghost telling him to dig up his body because his location of burial is not where he wanted.
Review submitted by Atit.
Angel Experiment The Angel Experiment
by James Patterson
I loved the book, it is action packed with adventure and humor. Join Max and the gang for an epic journey and possibly saving the world.
Review submitted by Ariel.
Wolf Brother Wolf Brother
by Michelle Paver
Wolf Brother is about a boy named Tomak, and how he saves the world 6,000 years ago. The threat to the world is a bear with a demon stuck inside of it.
Review submitted by Kurt.
Smile Smile
by Raina Telgemeier
This book is about a girl who can never get her smile right. When she comes back from Girl Scouts and she races her friends back home, she trips and falls and breaks her 2 front teeth. It took 3.5 years to repair! Read the book to find out!!!
Review submitted by Jacob.
persepolis Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi
It was great. It was also fun to read since it was a comic. Funny and it tells about Iran war.
Review submitted by Linda.
lion witch wardrobe The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
by C.S. Lewis
Lucy goes into a magic wardrobe and meets a fawn. She goes again with her brothers and sister, and they become kings and queens of the land inside the wardrobe. Lucy and her family have many adventures together.
Review submitted by Brandi.
Stargirl Stargirl
by Jerry Spinelli
I really liked the book Stargirl. This book was full of suspense and difficult decisions. The book is about a mysterious girl who is new at public school, and expresses her true original self.
Review submitted by MaryKate.

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Book Trailer of the Week– Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Curtsies  & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger.  This is the sequel to Carriger’s first book in the Finishing School series, Etiquette & Espionage.  In this second book Sophronia is thriving at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy.  However, Sophronia’s inquisitive nature takes over once again as she tries to get to the bottom of why the school is travelling to London.  Of course, her digging and spying get her in a lot of trouble when she uncovers a big conspiracy.  Click here to find Curtsies and Conspiracies in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 1, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

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

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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