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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

Reviews by You!

IdTellYouILoveYou I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter
This was a really nice book. I love that Cammie is a spy and that there is a whole school for spies. It’s a great book that makes you want to read it over and over.
Review submitted by Tania.
night of the purple moon Night of the Purple Moon
by Scott Cramer
This book was really nice to read. It was so interesting that I finished it in one day!
Review submitted by Jill.
oogy Oogy
by Larry Levin
Oogy is a book about a dog disfigured but so passionately loved by just one family. The bond between the dog and humans show just how hard you can love something/someone.
Review submitted by Kate.
Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Kids are stranded on an island and must survive. They have chosen a chief but many people disagree and drift off to make another team. Also a “beast” exists. Find out about it by reading it.
Review submitted by Atit.
Girl who threw butterflies The Girl Who Threw Butterflies
Mick Cochrane
I liked this book because I can really relate to books that are realistic fiction. It’s as if I know the person and understand what they’re going through.
Review submitted by Allison.
New Moon New Moon
by Stephenie Meyer
Bella has learned about the vampire world, but it all is gone when Edward leaves her. She is depressed until that world comes back. Her best friend is a werewolf and some old enemies come out looking for a bite.
Review submitted by Stephanie.
Parvanas Journey Parvana’s Journey
by Deborah Ellis
In this book, Parvana goes on a journey to find her family. On this journey, Parvana comes across many struggles, but manages to keep moving on.
Review submitted by Janae.
Crushed Crushed
by Sara Shepard
This is the newest edition to the Pretty Little Liars series. Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are back with thrilling adventures from “A” at their senior prom. Relationships will be tested and trust will play a big role throughout the book.
Review submitted by Kendall.
CatchingFire Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins
This book was better than the first one, and the first one was one of my favorite books of all time. It was very exciting and has a huge surprise in it. It is a 10 out of 10.
Review submitted by Ravi.
Code The Code
by Mawi Adgedom
In my opinion, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to everybody because this book talks about life. That is why I think everyone should read it at least once.
Review submitted by Angelica.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 21, 2013 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Romance, Science Fiction, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews by You!

 

Tale Dark and Grimm A Tale Dark & Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
A Tale Dark and Grimm is about the REAL story of Hansel and Gretel and he puts them back together and makes a gruesome book with a lot of stories put together.
Review submitted by Michael.
hugoCabret The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
This book was so easy to read but yet fun to read. This book is good for people who don’t like to read a lot of words.
Review submitted by Jill.
Rithmatist The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson
This is a creative book about lines and ability to make them come alive. The book takes you through Joel’s life showing you his gift. This story has many changing characters with a huge twist at the end. Hope you like the book.
Review submitted by Jordan.
Aquamarine Aquamarine
by Alice Hoffman
When Hailey and Claire spend their last summer together, they find a beautiful mermaid named Aquamarine in a pool after a big storm. Aquamarine left her six sister to find love on land. She then falls in love with a boy named Raymond. Raymond then falls in love with her after they had a date. Aquamarine began to dry up, and Hailey and Claire quickly bring her back to the sea. Aquamarine makes it. At the end of summer, Raymond goes off to college and Claire move to Florida. Claire then sees Raymond at the beach in Florida and she also sees Aquamarine. Hailey and Claire know Aquamarine is still swimming out there.
Review submitted by Amanda.
Dana's Valley Dana’s Valley
by Janette Oke
This dramatic book is about a normal girl: Erin. When suddenly her best friend and sister becomes seriously ill. How will Erin handle it? And will Dana be ok?
Review submitted by Lea.
House Rules House Rules
by Jodi Picoult
Jacob has Asperger’s Syndrome, which makes it hard for him to show emotion and to loook others in the eye. When his tutor, Jess, goes missing and is found dead, Jacob is blamed and although he may act guilty, did he really kill Jess?
Review submitted by Paige.
Independence Hall Independence Hall
by Roland Smith
This series is one of my all-time favorites. It is action packed and never boring. Roland Smith knows about everything he writes about, and this book is no exception.
Review submitted by Noah.
lastolymppian The Last Olympian
by Rick Riordan
This book was entertaining and fun to read. I have read this book many times before.
Review submitted by Matt.
hatchet Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen
This book is about Brian on a plane, and the plane crash in wildness. He is alone and he only has a hatchet that his mom gave him.
Review submitted by Chintal.
clockwork prince Clockwork Prince
by Cassandra Clare
The second novel in the Infernal Devices series is action packed. More battles unfold as the search for Mortaman continues. Overall, a fantastic read.
Review submitted by Ariel.

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By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 31, 2013 Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Reviews By You, Supernatural/Paranormal

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!

 http://youtu.be/FmefAafDlRE

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