Posted on April 16th, 2014 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff
Tags: Forever, Linger, Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver, werewolves, Wolves of Mercy Falls
Linger by: Maggie Stiefvater
Read by: Anna/Copley Teen Room
Linger is the second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. Sam has been cured of being a werewolf. He’s human now, thinking about a future with Grace, the girl he loves. When a dead wolf is found, having bled to death, and Grace begins feeling very ill, things take a turn for the worse. Grace’s parents discover that Sam has been sleeping over more often than they would like and start to take a more active role in their daughter’s life. At the same time, Sam meets the last people Beck transformed into wolves, and nothing goes smoothly for the two musicians who don’t get along right from day one. Can Sam take over where Beck left off? And is Grace’s illness just a simple bug, or a werewolf trying to claw its way out of her?
This was a gripping second installment that I could not put down, just like the first book. Again, I enjoyed the way these wolves aren’t your typical fictional werewolves. While most werewolves shift with a full moon, or can shift whenever they want, these are trapped within the time frame of the winter months and rough spring warmth/cold. And yet, in this second book we start to see that that might not be the case after all. That perhaps everything they’ve believed all their lives was wrong. Nothing is ever easy. That sums up this book a bit. There is no easy solution at the end. We’re left wondering what will happen to each character. Whether Cole will become a little friendlier after interacting with equally cold Isabel, and whether Sam is actually cured of being a werewolf. I liked the fact that there aren’t invisible parents in this series. While a lot of YA novels just seem to skip out on having parents, this series does not, and I think it also portrays them in a realistic fashion. The teens themselves, have a lot of depth to them and are not flat characters. Grace wants a red coffee pot, as a symbol of her surviving humanity and her future as a human. It’s little mundane things like this that mean so much in the real world, it’s nice to see it mean something to Grace too.
Forever, the final volume in the trilogy will be one of my next YA reads. I wish I’d read Linger and Forever back when I read Shiver, but even so, I’m glad I finally did pick them up. So far, I highly recommend these books if you enjoy fantasy, urban fantasy, and especially werewolves with romance. But I do have to say, these books, while containing a strong romance between Sam and Grace, go beyond the romance and are about so much more than that.
Posted on April 14th, 2014 by Mary in Teen Services
On Friday, April 11, Teens from the Central Library Teen Room made patches to prepare for Denim Day. They also listened to members of the Youth Empowerment Project/Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence talk about how Denim Day came about and what we can do to stop sexual violence against people. This year Denim Day will be on Wednesday April 23. During the week of April 23, the Teen Room will have our patches on display for Teens to see. For more information, check out Denim Day 2014.
Posted on April 12th, 2014 by Mary in Teen Services
On Thursday, as part of National Poetry Month, the Central Library Teen Room, held its second poetry workshop: Inspired Poetry. Teens chose pictures that gave them inspiration to write free verse poetry. Here are a few examples:
Keeps watch/on time
Dolling it out
The mechanical dragon
Allows no one
Even a second.
To sink into
The unexpected hand.
For it cannot
Be given back.
“A Cat’s Life”
I go out
Those birds can’t see me
That dog can’t see me
Wait, that cat better see me
I go in
Posted on April 11th, 2014 by Anna in Books, Reviews - Staff
Tags: Akiva, angels, book, Daughter of Smoke And Bone, demons, fantasy, Karou, Lani Taylor, review
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor
Listened to by Anna/Central Teen Room
Karou is a young art student in Prague with ties to another world where she grew up as a child. Her father figure is a demon who collects teeth, though for what reason, she does not know. She is caught in the middle of an otherworldly war, and yet, she’s stuck on the outside having no idea a war is going on. But when black hand prints start appearing on portals all over the world she begins to wonder what’s happening, until her curiosity gets the better of her. It’s then she meets beautiful angel, Akiva, and learns of a very violent past she might, or might not, have been a part of in another life.
Instead of picking up the print book or putting the ebook on my Kindle, I opted for the ten disc audio book. I have to say, listening to the audio book was a real adventure and one I will always remember. The first thing I want to say is that the narrator, Khristine Hvam, is super fantastic. She’s able to do so many different voices and accents for all the characters. I didn’t think that was possible. Just when I thought she’d exhausted her collection, a new character would enter the picture and she’d be off with another voice. Not only that, but I really enjoyed the sound of her voice. It’s got a real storytelling quality to it that’s great to relax and listen to for hours on end. Listening to the audio book also meant I could spend more time knitting, or doing other crafty things while a story was read to me. Yay, for multitasking with crafts and books!
The second thing I really enjoyed were the locations used in the book. Most Young Adult novels are set in some boring small town, or some fantasy setting. But this was set in the city of Prague for the most part, with occasional jaunts to other cities and places around the world. And, oh yeah, there was still that fantastical setting too. There was variety in the places and in the characters that we don’t normally see, which was a breath of fresh air.
The third thing I want to talk about is the plot. It’s interesting. There are angels and demons, but you’re not seeing them the way you typically see them in books. Both sides have good and bad parts to them. Individual characters are both good and bad. They’re realistic while still being fantastical. Because of this, you can’t really know what will happen next with the plot. Nothing is predictable. At the same time, I feel I should warn you that the book does jump around in time. A LOT. Be prepared. Especially while listening to an audio book where you won’t get the cues of an extra space between paragraphs or a symbol telling you something’s changing. This changing around doesn’t get too confusing. At least, it didn’t for me. But don’t let that keep you from reading, or listening to, the book.
Overall, I can’t recommend this audio book enough. I’m already looking forward to the next one!
Posted on March 25th, 2014 by Anna in Events, Programs
Tags: Andy Fish, art display, manga drawing
This is an intensive FOUR week program in which you will work to complete a six page manga comic book. Each session meets for 45 minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of critiques and discussion. The workshop will culminate in a display of the work during the month of May.
The workshops are on Wednesdays at 3pm from April 9th through the 30th. They will be held in the Central Library Teen Room and the display in May will also be held in the same room.