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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

Book Trailer of the Week– The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa.  Allison lives in a world where a plague has killed most of the human race, and vampires keep the remaining humans as pets.  Allison was able to survive in hiding until the vampire Kanin found her and turned her.  The Immortal Rules follows Allison as she fights to hold on to her humanity.  Click here to find The Immortal Rules in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 23, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

If you loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer as much as I did, then you probably know that the sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, hits bookshelves on Tuesday.  If you haven’t read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, then click here to read my review and check it outThe Evolution of Mara Dyer continues to unravel the story behind what happened the night that three of Mara’s friends died in an accident and why she was able to escape with her life.  Click here to find The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 19, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall

by Rachel Hawkins

Sophie knows she’s a witch.  She doesn’t know much magic, but she knows she has the natural ability.  Her father, who she’s never met, is a warlock.  Sophie’s mother has brought her up as best as any mortal could while trying to teach her daughter everything she knew about magic.  That’s how Sophie knew how to do the love spell that got her into trouble.  It wasn’t a love spell for her, though, it was for a girl on prom night that Sophie just happened to come across crying in the girl’s bathroom.  With good intentions, Sophie performs the spell to give the girl a perfect prom night.  However, when you’ve had no formal training in witchcraft, you’re bound to make mistakes.  Sophie makes a big one: turning a potential prom date into a love crazed maniac.

As punishment for her reckless spell casting, Sophie is sent to Hecate Hall, a.k.a. Hex Hall.  Hex Hall is a reform school for Prodigium (witches, fairies, and shapeshifters).  While everyone else at Hex Hall knows all about the Prodigium life, Sophie is clueless since she was raised by a mortal.  Sophie is miserable, having made a bad impression on her first day.  The only friendship she finds is in her roommate Jenna, a vampire who they have just recently let into the school.  Three beautiful and popular witches have declared Sophie their enemy after she refuses to join their coven, Sophie instantly starts crushing on an unattainable guy, and one of the teachers is definitely out to get her.  Sophie’s student life can’t get much worse…that is, until students start getting attacked and Jenna gets blamed.

This summary barely scratches the surface of the story in Hex Hall.  There is a lot going on in this novel: mystery, supernatural creatures, action and adventure, and even romance.  The characters of Sophie and Jenna are likeable and the relationships that develop amongst the students in Hex Hall are fun to read about.  There are also a lot of really interesting supporting characters.  This novel reminded me a little of Harry Potter, however, there was a lot more mystery here.  Pick this book up if you like a good fantasy read that has a little bit of everything. 

This book is also the first book in a series, and luckily books two and three are already on the shelf:

Click here for book two: Demonglass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for book three:  Spell Bound

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on October 2, 2012 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday

Astonishing X-Men: Gifted

by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday

If you’re like me, then you can’t get enough of X-Men.  Instead of going back and watching all the movies again, I suggest picking up Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday.  Yes, Joss Whedon is the guy that brought you The Avengers movie earlier this year, and is most famous for his TV show Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.  

The story of the first volume, Gifted, is this:  Professor X is on sabbatical and Jean Grey is dead.  Cyclops and Emma Frost are acting as heads of Xavier’s School.  Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, and Beast are joining the faculty and make up the new X-Men team.  Most of the story in Gifted is told through Kitty Pryde’s point of view.  News breaks of a possible cure for the mutant strain, while at the same time the X-Men encounter a new enemy–Ord.  But, the new cure and new enemy may be one in the same…

Before reading Gifted, I had not known much about Kitty Pryde (only that she was from Deerfield, IL!).  As soon as I got into the story, though, she definitely became my new favorite X-Men character!  The way that Whedon and Cassaday portrayed her made her a really relatable character.  I also really got into the storyline that developed with her and Colossus (Peter Rasputin) .  Also, there’s Lockheed, Kitty Pryde’s pet X-Dragon, and for that alone you’ll want to pick this book up!

The story had me hooked from the beginning but Cassaday’s artwork in this comic is also really well done.  It conveys the emotion of the action.  A lot of strips are done in single colored tones that fits the mood of what’s happening on the page.  One of the best examples of this is where Kitty sees Colossus (Peter Rasputin) for the first time after she believes him dead. All the strips are done in all red tones and are interlaced with black and white memories. It is really visually appealing.  Check it out:

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 17, 2012 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Every Day by David Levithan

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Every Day by David Levithan.  Each day at midnight “A” takes over the body of a new person.  On A’s 6000th day on earth, he meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin who A is inhabiting that day.  A falls is love with Rhiannon that day and tries to pursue her with each body change.  Can love transcend the physical exterior?  Click here to find Evey Day in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 15, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Carnival of Souls by Melissa MarrCarnival of Souls is the first book in a new series by Melissa Marr.  In this fantasy novel, there exists two worlds–our human world and The City, a world filled with supernatural creatures like beasts, shapeshifters, and witches.  Mallory’s father, a witch, escaped the city to raise Mallory as a human in the human world.  However, her father trained her to fight the supernatural knowing that one day Mallory would be in danger.  The City is coming for her…  Click here to find Carnival of Souls in the Library

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 7, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Book Trailer of the Week– Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin.  Avery knows that she witnessed her parents brutal murder in the woods by her house, but she doesn’t remember what happened.  When she is forced to live with her grandmother that she barely knows, Avery feels lost and doesn’t know if she wants to remember.  When she meets Ben, the new guy in school, she feels a strong connection.  Ben may hold the keys to Avery remembering what happened the night her parents died.  Click here to find Low Red Moon in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 31, 2012 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Mortal Instruments Movie Coming August 2013

In exactly one year from today, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones will be hitting the big screen.

Are you already a fan?  Then check out the official website where you can see who has been cast:

http://themortalinstrumentsmovie.com/

You can also Like the Facebook page for the movie to get updates:

http://www.facebook.com/TheMortalInstruments

If you want to read the series before the movie comes out, then you should start now!  Below is the series list for the five of The Mortal Instruments books that are on bookshelves now and the prequel series, The Infernal Devices.  Just click on the cover or the title to find them in the Library today!

The Mortal Instruments

1.  City of Bones

2.  City of Ashes

3.  City of Glass

4.  City of Fallen Angels

 

5.  City of Lost Souls

The Infernal Devices

1.  Clockwork Angel

 

2.  Clockwork Prince

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 24, 2012 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Movies, Supernatural/Paranormal, Trending

Come to the Library to Discuss Things Not Seen!

What would you do if you were invisible? One day fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and discovers that no one can see him. Doing his best to adapt, he ventures out of the house to the library, where he befriends Alicia, a blind girl. Together they try to figure out how to make Bobby visible again. Join this lively book discussion of Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements, sponsored by the Teen Advisory Board. Refreshments will be served.

Copies of the book will be available to registered teens at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk one month prior to the discussion.

Click here to register for the Teen book discussion.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 12, 2012 Categories: Events, Fantasy, Fiction, Guys Reads, Supernatural/Paranormal