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What should I read next?

whatWhat should I read now? Have you ever finished the best book ever written and felt like there could not possibly be any books as good as that one. Never fear! You can find a great book to read again.

Our library has a fantastic online resource called Novelist.  All you need to do is type in the title or author of a book that you have read and really enjoyed.  Novelist will give you suggestions based on it and even given you a reason why it is similar to your favorite book.  Novelist lets you browse lists based on Genre, just click the TEEN tab first if you only want to browse teen books.

After you find your next great read, you need to check if we have it available.  If it is checked out, you can put a hold on it.  If we don’t have the book you can request to purchase it or we can try and borrow it from another library for you!

Now that you have found your next great book, HAPPY READING!

~Jenny

 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: A Review

Jay Kristoff, co-author of Illuminae, describes this book perfectly:

“It’s the classic tale of boy meets girl, girl loses boy…and parents….and planet…and ends up on a crippled spaceship….with a mad computer…in the middle of an interstellar war…”

Kady Grant and Erza Mason broke up the morning their home planet, Karenza, was attacked by a warship sent by the power-hungry corporation, Bei-Tech. Grudgingly and with much fighting, Kady and Ezra help each other escape their ravaged planet on one of three Karenza fleet shuttles.  Kady – an intelligent loner who’s a brilliant computer hacker – and Ezra – an outgoing athlete -type (who is secretly still pining for Kady)  struggle to understand what happened to their planet and why while being pursued by the very warship that attacked them. Meanwhile, a terrifying and mutating virus has been discovered on-board the Karenza fleet. To make matters more complicated, AIDEN – the fleet’s artificial intelligence starts questioning the humans’ ability to protect themselves as “HE” becomes increasingly volatile. Kady and Ezra will have to set aside their post-breakup feelings and work together to stay alive on the packed fleet shuttles with a population that may be losing its mind.

Illuminae is an epic space opera set in the year 2575. Shrouded in conspiracy, it’s part sci-fi, mystery, snappy wit, horror, with a dash of romance. If you like any of these genres, you will love this book. I’ve never read anything like Illuminae (and I read a lot of books!), and I was blown away. This book is achingly beautiful, and it will rip your heart out – and put it back – and rip it out again, but you will love every minute.

Not only is the story amazing, but the physical layout of the book is a new experience in itself. Classified files, journal entries, video surveillance, IMs, AI messaging, and ship schematics add to the mystery and intensity of Illuminae’s story.  Pair this book with the audio version to increase the story’s intensity. Performed by a full-cast – the space explosions, technology blips/beeps, and horror ramp up. I was listening to this story while walking outside one evening and it kept making me look behind my shoulder nervously!

Although this book tops out at 599 pages, it reads very quickly with short suspenseful chapters peppered with photos and illustrations.

Out of 5, I give it 20 glorious stars. Treat yourself and pick up Iluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff today – because it will give you time to read it at least five more times before part 2, Gemina, comes out in October!

Happy reading!
Sarah

Need More YA Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reading in Your Life?

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The Science-Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the nominees for the The Andre Norton Award. This award recognizes the best young adult science fiction or fantasy book published in the United States in the preceding year. If you’re looking for a new book, check out one of these today!

2015 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Nominees:

Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly
Court of Fives, Kate Elliott
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge
Archivist Wasp, Nicole Kornher-Stace
Zeroboxer, Fonda Lee
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older
Bone Gap, Laura Ruby – *Also the 2016 Printz Award Winner & 2015 National Book Award Finalist*
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson – *A 2016 Battle of the Books book! & 2015 National Book Award Finalist*
Updraft, Fran Wilde

The Teen 12 Giveaways of December!

Hey Teens, want some FREE books? We’re giving away book packs containing TWO FREE BOOKS in our 12 Giveaways of December drawing! There’s still time to enter your name to win. Stop by the Main or Sugar Creek branch for an entry slip.  Enter 1 slip per library visit with the prize # you want. Winners will be contacted by Teen Librarian Sarah.

Prize pack list:

  1. Batman: The Dark Knight Saga by Frank Miller & All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison (graphic novels)
  2. Fangirl Collector’s Edition & Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  3. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins & Let it Snow by John Green
  4. The Blood of Olympus & The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  5. Drama & The Babysitter’s Club by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novels)
  6. Cress & Winter by Marissa Meyer
  7. You pick 2 from the YA stash
  8. Dragon-Ball Full-Color vol. 1 by Akira Toriyama & Scott Pilgrim Full-Color vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley
  9. Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander
  10. The Lord of the Rings Collector’s Edition by J.R.R Tolkien & You pick 1 from YA stash

 

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Congrats to the winners of our fun end-of-year drawing! 

  1. Batman: The Dark Knight Saga by Frank Miller & All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison (graphic novels) – Emily A.
  2. Fangirl Collector’s Edition & Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Jenny B.
  3. My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins & Let it Snow by John Green – Karen M.
  4. The Blood of Olympus & The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan – Jonathan B.
  5. Drama & The Babysitter’s Club by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novels) – Mary G.
  6. Cress & Winter by Marissa Meyer – Abby R.
  7. You pick 2 from the YA stash – Jaiden M., Rani B., Sarah B.
  8. Dragon-Ball Full-Color vol. 1 by Akira Toriyama & Scott Pilgrim Full-Color vol. 1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley – Jacob H.
  9. Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling & Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander – Alyssa M.
  10. The Lord of the Rings Collector’s Edition by J.R.R Tolkien & You pick 1 from YA stash – James H.

 

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Teen Read Week FREE BOOK Giveaway!

HCPL Teen Readers, to celebrate Teen Read Week we’re giving away a FREE BOOK A DAY October 19 – 23! Stop in to the Greenfield Branch now – 23rd to fill out an entry slip. The drawing box and slips are located at the Children’s Desk. You get one entry into the drawing per day to pick a free book from the YA Book Stash. Winners will be notified the next day.

Please contact Sarah Ryan at sryan@hcplibrary.org or 317.462.5141 x 225 with any questions.

Happy reading, HCPL teens!

Sarah 🙂