Friday, May 28, 2010

I'm running out of ways to tell you...

More new books!

Children of the Sea: Volume 1 by Daisuke Igarashi, another new graphic novel.

Ruka still remembers seeing a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her father works. Now much older, she is haunted by dreams of the experience and oddly drawn to the boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. Both were raised by dugongs, both feel drawn to the sea the way Ruka is.

The employees at the aquarium are baffled by the strange disappearance of fish from both their tanks and from the ocean, and nearly unaware of what's happening to the children.

Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award, Elizabeth C. Bunce's A Curse as Dark as Gold...

Gold thread offers Charlotte Miller a chance to pay off her family's debts and save their mill. She can also offer her sister a better life, work for other people in the town, and it will finally free Charlotte from her uncle.

Charlotte makes a deal (sound familiar yet?) with Jack Spinner, unwittingly walking into a trap that has plagued generations of Millers before her.

Fans of Beastly, Robin McKinley (Beauty, Spindle's End), and Gail Carson Levine (Ella Enchanted, Ever, Fairest) will love this book.

The Great Wide Sea by M. H. Herlong

Brothers Ben, Dylan, and Gerry are still reeling from their mother's death when their father sells their house and takes them on a sailing trip in the Bahamas. Just as they start to adjust to the change, they wake up one morning to discover their father has vanished, leaving them stranded, lost between the Bahamas and Bermuda.

And what are they supposed to do about the storm?

Monday, May 24, 2010

More New Graphic Novels!

I loved this book so much that I just ordered the rest of the's amazing. Pluto: Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka.

In a futuristic society, man and robots coexist. But then, Mont Blanc, a powerful and beloved Swiss robot, is destroyed. Soon after, a key human proponent of robot civil rights is killed. The two crimes are seemingly unrelated--except for the way the bodies have been arranged after death. Now Detective Gesicht is assigned to the case, and he soon discovers that he, as one of the seven greatest robots of the world, is also a target.

Superman: the Coming of Atlas...

Which I have not read, except to say that Atlas is big and evil-ish, and could actually manage to kill Superman, somehow. Is that possible?

The Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares...

Tony Stark faces off against Obadiah Stane's son Ezekiel--who's much smarter than his father and obsessed with revenge. He's created Iron Man 2.0--and has managed to become all five of Stark's nightmares. Stark has to stop Ezekiel before he unleashes his creation and kills hundreds of innocent people. Spiderman even comes to help...

Another to-be-continued novel Bayou: Volume 1 by Jeremy Love.

Only Lee Wagstaff can see the fantastical gods and monsters, inspired by years of slavery, civil war, and racism, that inhabit the bayou. When her father is accused of kidnapping and threatened with lynching, Lee must rescue the missing girl with only the help of a swamp monster named Bayou.

And if you love graphic novels or have thought of writing your own, here's a book that might help: You Can Do a Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate.

I took a look at this and can tell you that, even if you just want to write a novel, this has some good information for you.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The New Book Cart Can Hold No More...

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn...

Talia can't help but touch the spindle, even though she'd been warned not to. Oops.

And 316 years later, Jack discovers a pretty girl while on his boring tour. She's asleep, and he just can't resist kissing her. Oops.

Now he's stuck with a bratty princess--and she's stuck with him. How do you explain that to your parents?

I really love the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil books by Rosemary Clement-Moore--here's the latest:

Highway to Hell, in which Maggie and D&D Lisa go for a road trip during spring break. Everything's fabulous. Until the thing with the dead cow. Oh, and the punctured gas tank. And now they're stranded in Dulcina, Texas--"a town so small it has an owner." Oh--and evil. It has lots of evil.

The sequel to The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh, The Twilight Prisoner.

Jack Perdu is back from the ghostly underworld of NYC, safe and alive. So why is he still seeing ghosts?

He works hard to adapt to his new school, but before he knows it, he and his classmate Cora have crossed the wrong threshold. Now they're in the underworld, and they might never get back out.

Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

Amy's best friend Julia is dead, and it's all Amy's fault. Seventy-five days later, on orders from her shrink, Amy starts a diary. But it isn't a day-to-day chronicle of her life. It's all letters to Julia. As she writes, she realizes that her life before wasn't all that great. And life now could end up not being quite so terrible, after all.

Maximum Ride fans, behold: Max by James Patterson.

The flock are still on a quest to save the world, but they can only make it happen if they manage to survive...

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennen

Nick and his brother Alan are living on the run, dodging magicians who are hunting them down to get back a charm that Nick and Alan...liberated.

One night, a brother and sister appear at their doorstep. The boy has a mark--a sign of death--and only a magician's blood can get rid of it. Then Alan gets the mark. And Nick is the only one who can save him. But first he has to find out why his brother is lying about their past...

Another action-packed novel, Reality Check by Peter Abrahams.

Cody has a perfect life, until his girlfriend Clea is sent off to boarding school across the country. Then his football career abruptly ends when he tears his ACL. And the worst is yet to come. Cody finds a headline: Local Girl Missing. Clea has vanished. The only clue is a letter she sent Cody before she disappeared.

So Cody heads for Vermont.

Playing with Matches by Brian Katcher.

Leon Sanders looks like he ought to be featured on the FBI's Most-Wanted list. His locker is right next to Melody Hennon, a total freak. Everyone avoids her, including Leon, until one day he takes a chance. He discovers that Melody is funny, smart, and interesting. They become friends, even more than friends.

That is, until Leon is approached by the beautiful social butterfly Amy Green, who he saves from detention. Now both girls are interested, and Leon could end up hurting them both.

Me, the Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine

Lucas Swain lives in London. His father is missing, he disappeared five years ago. No one is looking for him. All the same, Lucas has a pretty normal life. Until he meets Violet, that is. She's interesting, and Lucas is sure she has something to tell him about his father. The thing is, Violet is already dead. Really dead.

In an urn, dead.


That dead.

More Graphic Novels

Orange by Benjamin

The artwork is lovely--full color and everything.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight: the Long Way Home by Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty

X-Men Misfits by Raina Telgemeier and Dave Roman, illustrated by Anzu

Kim Dong Hwa's Color Trilogy

Monday, May 17, 2010

Shiny New Books, Graphic and Otherwise

Behold the results of my graphic-novel ordering-spree!

And, well, my other ordering-sprees...

Buffy enthusiasts (myself included) will enjoy this series of graphic novels, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight, which picks up where the television series left off.

Those of us who spent the better part of our high school years watching Buffy will understand what this means. To those of you (most of you) who are too young to remember the television series, fret not. You can watch them on DVD now. Netflix, my friends. Netflix.

Here is a ridiculously simplified synopsis: Buffy, your Stereotypical California-Girl Cheerleader Type, discovers to her shock (and horror) that she is the Slayer, "One girl in all the world who--" Yeah. Giles explains it better. Buffy's calling, in short, is to slay evil in all its forms, from Inca Mummy Girl to Giant Cobra Monsters. Mostly, though, it's vampires.

Aided by her Watcher (Giles) and her two best friends, Willow and Xander, Buffy spends seven seasons knocking vampires around. Along the way, she meets Angel, a vampire with a soul (she falls in love with Angel, then he gets his own TV show). Oh, and there's Spike, who doesn't have a soul but he does have a chip in his head courtesy of the U.S. government which prevents him from hurting humans. Spike gets smacked around a lot. He even gets thrashed by a puppet, but that's in Angel, not Buffy.

Long story short: Buffy saves the world. A lot. It says so on her tombstone.

Wolves at the Gate is the third in the series--the other two are still in processing upstairs and they won't let me put them out on the shelf until they have barcodes. But don't worry. They're coming. In the meantime, entertain yourself with these...

Thirst, volumes 1 and 2, which contain no less than three books each:

All by Christopher Pike. Alisa is a vampire who drinks to survive, but never kills. Her one goal? To stay immortal. Or was it to become human again? Un-life is complicated.

We also have the next House of Night book, Burned by P. C. Cast and Kristen Cast. You know this series by now, so I'll leave you to it.

And Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer by Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins...

Which is, quite frankly, hilarious. Read the first page, and you won't be able to put it down.

Remember when I told you about Lament by Maggie Stiefvater and Shiver? Here's another of her books, Ballad .

Celtic myth and paranormal goodness, in short.

The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han...

Belly leaves school and home behind for Cousins Beach, where she's spent every summer of her life. There she joins her mother's best friend, Conrad, and Jeremiah. Belly adores Conrad, but he's never given her a second glance. But this summer, everything changes.

The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher...

Alice lives her life in the background, but now she's ready to stop. It's time to make a change, in her art, her life, and in love.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers...

Regina used to be one of the Fearsome Fivesome, easily one of the most popular girls at her high school. But now she's fallen from grace, her friends want nothing to do with her, and Regina's stuck dealing with rumors and bullying. As Regina tries to make up for the hurt she's caused, the abuse grows steadily worse during the final explosive days of Regina's senior year.

Resistance by Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis...

France, World War II: in Paul Tessier's small village, life goes on. Paul's father is a P.O.W. held by the German Army. His best friend, Henri, is Jewish. When Henri's family vanishes, Paul and his sister keep Henri hidden. But their secret doesn't stay hidden--soon the Resistance makes contact. Paul, Henri, and Marie soon become their youngest recruits.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George...

Like Robin McKinley's Beauty, Princess of the Midnight Ball is a retelling of a classic fairy tale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Rose and her sisters must dance each night for the King Under Stone. No one has ever been able to break the spell. But soon Rose, joined by Galen, decides to take on the challenge herself.

Gamers will be familiar with this already...

Prince of Persia hits theaters May 28. While you wait, you can check out the graphic novel.

We have several new X-Men graphic novels:

A new Superman:

Mercury by Hope Larson...

Set in Nova Scotia way back in 1859, Josey meets Asa Curry (mysterious and very handsome) Asa, somehow, has a strange gift. He can find gold anywhere. But he isn't as innocent as his gift sounds.

Same place, different time: 150 years later, Tara, whose house has just burned down, discovers a pendant that's more than what it seems...

IraqiGirl, a compilation of different blog entries written by Hadiya from her home of Mosul, Iraq at the onset of the war.

Hadiya's identity has been protected; writing this book has put her life in danger.

Next on my reading list is Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.

Set in Incarceron, a prison where inmates are trapped among metal forests, cities and wilderness, the walls have been sealed around generations of prisoners for centuries. Finn, at seventeen, thinks he came from outside Incarceron. He decides to escape. Along the way, he discovers a key and Claudia, who claims she lives outside the prison. She wants Finn's help, but it might not be that easy. Incarceron is alive.

Okay, maybe I'll read this first: Gentlemen by Michael Northrop...

Michael, Tommy, Mixer and Bones are feared and ignored in their high school. The only person who seems to care is Mr. Haberman, who calls them "gentlemen." But when one of their group vanishes, all clues seem to point to Mr. Haberman...

Jane Yolen's Foiled...

Aleria excels at fencing but lives the rest of her life in the background. But now she's starting to wonder if she really doesn't fit in anywhere. At least not in this world...

The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King...

Emer Morrisey spent her teenage years as a pirate--back in the late 17th century. She's got it made--a huge fortune and a true love to settle down with--until she ends up dead. And cursed. She has to spend one hundred lives as a dog before finally becoming human again. But her memory stays intact. Now she's your average American teenager who really could use a ride out to Jamaica. And a shovel, if it isn't too much trouble.

The Book of Samuel by Erik Raschke...

Samuel's dad is gone, off to "save the world" and Samuel's left to pick up the pieces. He enjoys a series of adventures--often hilarious ones--and tries to sort out his life. Soon he's at a crossroads of religion and community, family and friends, love and hate, as he struggles to keep his world together.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New Books: You Saw it on Twitter First!

See? I'm advertising. Me. On Twitter.

Why do you care? Because you can see the new things happening at the library on Twitter way faster than you can on this blog (unless you're reading the Twitter widget thing) due to the character restriction.

I am wordy. I write a lot. So when I'm talking up new books, I use so many words to do it that it sometimes takes me a while.

That is why the Twitter thing is awesome, because lots of times, the new books are on the cart way before the blog is up. Unless I'm reading one of them...

For your reading pleasure:

Twilight: The Graphic Novel by Stephanie Meyer, adapted by Young Kim.

This is for all of you who just can't get enough Twilight in your day. Enjoy.

For the rest of you, we have Lament by Maggie Stiefvater, who you might know from her other book Shiver, which you might have read. If you haven't, grab it when you're next in Y.A. Territory, it's up there.

In this novel, Stiefvater takes on Celtic lore. Dierdre, crippled by her paralyzing stage fright before a performance , is assisted by flautist Luke Dillon. Overcoming her terror, she plays her harp with Luke's accompaniment. Suddenly, she finds four-leaf clovers everywhere, she develops strange powers-- including telekinesis--and begins to meet strange people who seem to...dislike her.

Dierdre discovers that she is a cloverhand, someone who can see faeries, and now her whole family and her best friend are in terrible danger. Fortunately for her, Luke, who was sent to kill her, seems to be the only faerie who doesn't want her dead.

We also have Fade, the second book of the Wake trilogy by Lisa McMann...

Remember Janie? The girl who can see into other people's dreams--who dreams other people's dreams? Well, she remembers you.

Or rather, she remembers that dream you had of falling down the bleachers in the gym. The one where the whole school was there to see--you know the one.

Janie and I talk. What can I say?

Well, Janie and Cabel are just trying to get some quality alone time, but the real world is starting to be just as bad as their dreams. Fieldridge High is having some...issues. When Janie sees into a classmate's violent nightmares, everything starts making sense.

But now she's out of her depth, trying to keep Cabel's strange behavior from causing them both more trouble, and she's found out something very bad about her ability. And it isn't just that she's stuck as a dream catcher for life.

And my current absolutely favorite book of the year: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

I love this book, it's fantastic, now go read it! Tiny Cooper alone will make it worth your while!

The concept? Two teens, both named Will Grayson, meet up on one night in Chicago and it changes both their lives forever.

Remember, sometimes I will put new fiction up on the short hardcover shelf!