Monday, November 15, 2010

While I was out...

I MISSED you! I've been gone for TWO WEEKS, recovering from surgery. Now that I'm back, I've discovered tons of books waiting for me to give all of you, so I will waste no time. I have so many to show you, I'm just going to send them upstairs and let you dig into them yourselves! In no particular order, our new books:

Angel by Cliff McNish...

I, Emma Freke by Elizabeth Atkinson...

Draw the Dark by Ilsa J. Bick...

The Absolute Value of -1 by Steve Brezenoff...

The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston...

I've also refreshed our supply of Lurlene McDaniel's books, if you're interested!

I promise I'll get back to giving you full introductions to our new books--once I get through this giant pile next to my desk...

Mother / Daughter Craft Samples Are Here!

Teens and moms! I came back from my sick leave to discover we now have SAMPLES of our mother / daughter craft!

We'll paint the frames, decoupage, and adorn these frames with charms--they'll be as unique as each of us! I am very excited about this craft. It was what I looked forward to in the hospital--breaking out the Mod Podge and going to town.

If you haven't signed up for the program yet, drop by the library or give us a call and we'll sign you up! Hope to see you Thursday!

Monday, November 1, 2010

YA Mother-Daughter Craft with Candie Cooper!

I am so excited about this craft!

The amazing Candie Cooper will help us all make our very own picture frames--decorated to match our unique personalities.

If you haven't met Candie, she's a local author and artist who comes in to teach us all how to be CRAFTY. In other words, she's a real Crafty Lady. We love Candie.

So daughters, bring your moms, moms, bring your daughters, and join us for a night of crafty fun!

This event is open to students grades 6 to 12--sign up at the upstairs circulation desk!

(The picture is yoinked from Candie's blog)

Listen up--New Audio!

We have new audio books! (I knew you'd be excited.)

We have Cassandra Clare first three Mortal Instruments novels! City of Bones read by Ari Graynor, City of Ashes read by Natalie Moore, and City of Glass, also read by Natalie Moore.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, read by Kevin T. Collins and Eve Bianco, is here.

By Maggie Stiefvater, we have Shiver, read by Jenna Lamia and David Ledoux, and Linger, read by Dan Bittner, Pierce Cravens, Emma Galvin, and Jenna Lamia.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray, read by Erik Davies, has arrived!

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, read by Alan Cummings, is here.

And, last but not least, We have Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, read by MacLeod Andrews and Nick Podehl!

Falling for New Paranormal Fiction

My favorite of the new books is Zombies vs. Unicorns.

Nearly as strange as it sounds, ZvU tackles one of life's most troubling questions: Which is better, zombies or unicorns?

The debate first sprang up on Justine Larbalestier's blog, then spread to Holly Black's blog, eventually overtaking both. Larbalestier proclaimed zombies were superior; Black insisted unicorns were WAY better. The two decided to ask other YA authors to contribute short stories about either zombies or unicorns that were then gathered up into this anthology.

Both creepy and utterly hilarious, ZvU is made of awesome. Don't believe me? Check out the authors! Team Unicorn, led by Holly Black, is: Kathleen Duey, Meg Cabot, Garth Nix, Margo Lanagan, Naomi Novik, and Diana Peterfreund! Team Zombie, headed up by Justine Larbalestier, is Libba Bray, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, and Carrie Ryan!

So which are you...Team Zombie, or Team Unicorn? Show your pride with downloads from Simon & Schuster!

Other by Karen Kincy is here!

Gwen Williams has a big secret. She's an "Other," a shapeshifter, and although her talents are acceptable in most areas, her tiny Washington hometown isn't too keen on vampires, centaurs, pretty much anything different.

Now a werewolf pack has moved into town, and Others are showing up dead. What follows is a paranormal murder mystery. Police are struggling to find a murderer they're sure is, well, paranormal in origin, ignoring the possibility of a serial killer. while Gwen and her friends are hunting the murderer themselves. This one's great for mystery fans and fantasy fans alike.

We now have The Fallen 1, which includes both The Fallen and Leviathan by Thomas E. Sniegoski and The Fallen 2, which is made up of the third and fourth books: Aerie and Reckoning.

Aaron's eighteenth birthday arrives, along with the unsettling discovery that he is now hearing voices. In his head. Like he's crazy. Aaron spent his childhood moving from foster home to foster home and isn't sure who to trust with his fears.

Aaron wants to talk with one of the girls he knows from school, but Aaron doesn't really have an easy time trusting people, especially the strange man who follows him around, insisting that Aaron is the son of a mortal and an angel. According to the Mystery Man, Aaron has been chosen to redeem the Fallen. Aaron tries to ignore the news. He also tries to pretend he doesn't have all the supernatural abilities he's discovered. But he can't deny it all for long. Dark powers are rising, and mostly they're just out to kill him.

The second Fallen* novel has arrived! Here is Torment by Lauren Kate:

Luce has been separated from her fallen angel boyfriend Daniel, and she's devastated. He must go fight the Outcasts before they succeed in killing him. While he's gone, he arranges for Luce to be hidden at Shoreline, a special school for Nephilim where she learns about Shadows and how to regain memories of her previous lives.

But as she learns more about her past, Luce begins to wonder if Daniel has told her the whole truth. She knows he's hiding something from her. What if the past he told her they shared wasn't true--what if she's really destined to love someone else?

13 to Life by Shannon Delany has arrived!

Jessie Gillmansen's entire life was torn apart when her mother died. Now all she wants is for her life to stay exactly as it is. When she gives the new guy, Pietr Rusakova, around her high school, she has no idea how much change he's brought to her hometown. Pietr has a very dangerous secret, and he's brought a whole lot of trouble to town with him.

From Iron-Age Ireland, we have Shapeshifter by Holly Bennett!

A shapeshifter, Sive is now trapped in the form of a deer, running for her life as a sorcerer chases her across Ireland. Throw in the child left on the side of a mountain, and you have Shapeshifter!

Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

Instead of following the original Faust and his deal with the devil for wealth, power, and the like**; this take on the Faust legend five children vanish from around Europe, only to show up after years at a party in New York. They are, of course, accompanied by their beautiful governess, Madame Vileroy. When they begin attending the Marlowe School in Manhattan, they are instantly popular and successful. Of course, their governess's "gifts" help. But as the fun of their situation begins to wear off, the five realize their obsessions are taking control. Something must be done to escape the dark path they're on, before there's no going back.

*The irony of having two books from two different series named Fallen has not escaped me.

**As always with retellings, I urge you to read through the original story of Dr. Faust FIRST.