Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Hot Books Here!

Because It Is My Blood (Birthright, #2)
From  "Since her release from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve--and her heart--will be tested as never before."

The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)
From  "It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.  “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)\
From "Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first."

I have all three of these titles on my "must read new books" list.  How about you?  What is on your list?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Mermaids, those mythical creatures with a human torso and a fish's tail are suddenly the stars of many teen fiction books.  If you enjoy your paranormal romances "under the sea" try one of these books available at the Greece Public Library!

Just for Fins by Tera Lynn Childs. When Lily Sanderson decided to remain Crown Princess Waterlily of the mermaid kingdom Thalassinia, she knew she couldn’t just coast along in the current. But since she’s spent the last couple of years on land—with gorgeous human Quince by her side—Lily’s not sure she has the fins to lead a kingdom.

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown.  Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge.

Tempest Enleashed by Tracy Deebs.  As the dangerous war erupts, Tempest’s two loves—Kona and Mark, sea and land—will collide for the first time, both to protect her and to force her to choose between her life in the sea or on land.

Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova.  Tristan Hart  was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.


Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore.  For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren—the highest calling a mermaid can have. When Dosinia runs away to the mainland, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood—a dashing young man named Alandare, who will change from a friend to her greatest love.



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New book: Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous

Pizza, Love, and other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams  - New at the Greece Public Library!

From "Can a spot on a teen reality show really lead to a scholarship at an elite cooking school AND a summer romance?

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides was practically raised in the kitchen of her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, Taverna Ristorante. When her best friend, Alex, tries to convince her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But the prize includes a full scholarship to one of America's finest culinary schools and a summer in Napa, California, not to mention fame.

Once on-set, Sophie immediately finds herself in the thick of the drama—including a secret burn book, cutthroat celebrity judges, and a very cute French chef. Sophie must figure out a way to survive all the heat and still stay true to herself. A terrific YA offering--fresh, fun, and sprinkled with romance." 

Hardcover, 240 pages

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Teen Summer Reading 2012

Teen Summer Reading 2012

It was a great summer!  Stay tuned for more great programs & books for Teens this Fall!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lincoln's Last Days

Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly (special teen edition of the best seller Killing Lincoln)

Wow - if you are a history lover, particularly enjoying the Civil War era, please read this book - you won't be sorry!  Lincoln's Last Days is an illustrated adaptation of Bill O'Reilly's bestselling Killing Lincoln,  a #1 book on the New York Times bestseller list.  The book reads more like a thriller, and not like a history text book.  It  starts at the end of the war detailing the last battles, Lee's surrender, Lincoln's jubilation over a Union victory and reunification, and the mentality and scheming of John Wilkes Booth.  Even though the story took place 140 years ago, and I have studied these facts in both high school and college, this book made me see the sequence of events in a new way.  This version also contains many photographs and illustrations that add to the book - including the reward poster for Booth and his cronies.  At the end of the book is a timeline for both Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, as well as twenty important and interesting facts about the Civil War.