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 out! The 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 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:
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:
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!
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr. Carnival 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!
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!
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:
You can also Like the Facebook page for the movie to get updates:
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
The Infernal Devices
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.
by Alyson Noël
Fated is the first book in Noël’s new Soul Seekers series. If you are a fan of Alyson Noël’s Immortals series, then you should definitely pick up her new book Fated. It is similar to the Immortals series because it has some supernatural elements to it, it has a mystery, and it has a really interesting main character with a unique ability. If you like supernatural books, then this is definitely a good one to pick up, because this novel has a heavy basis in Native American mythology. Daire, like Ever, has supernatural powers that allow her to be in the living world and also in the world of the dead–Daire is a soul seeker. Her powers as a soul seeker give her visions and the ability to help souls in the living world and the after world. She also has a spirit animal that guides her in her quests and gives her soul the ability to travel to the different worlds and in different forms.
Daire first experiences her abilities as a soul seeker through devastating visions that have her sent to a mental institution. However, her grandmother reaches out to her and moves her to a small town in New Mexico so she can teach Daire to hone her new powers. Daire comes from a long line of soul seekers on her father’s side. However, in this small town called Enchantment, there exists another family of soul seekers. This other family has set out to use their powers for evil. In this family exists a set of twins, one that Daire knows to be evil and one that she feels an instant connection to. As her powers as a soul seeker grow stronger, Daire must stop one brother from carrying out an evil act and figure out her connection to the other brother–a connection that she cannot even begin to understand.
This week’s book trailer is for Rise of the Wolf by Curtis Jobling. Rise of the Wolf is the first book in Jobling’s new Wereworld series. In this book werecreatrues exist and Drew finds out he is one of them. Click here to find Rise of the Wolf in the Library!