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February Book Horoscopes!

starbookFebruary is weird because it is the second month of the year, the first month of a new semester, and the second-to-last month of winter; the month that despite it’s only having 28 days somehow seems to drag on and on in cold ambiguity.

Luckily, we’ve selected a bunch of fantastic books to engage your consciousness so that before you know it, spring will be just over the horizon!  Remember to help yourselves to any of the books on this list, which as always come from a variety of genres and reading levels.

AriesYoung Warriors

Young Warriors by Tamora Pierce and Josepha Sherman

This book is an anthology compiled by two great authors. It is a collection of fantastical tales of young people showing strength. If you feel yourself in need of some inspiration to get you through the last part of winter, this book will give you the relief your adventurous heart is yearning for.

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simison

This is hilarious and heartfelt romantic comedy is sure to please you as we approach Valentine’s Day. Don, the main character, likes his life to be orderly and doesn’t like taking risks. He suffers from an unfortunate lack of social skills, but he finds love in Rosie, a wildly different woman who pushes him out of his comfort zone, as he helps her search for her missing father.

GeminiCurious Incident

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This book is an inspiring story about Christopher John Francis Boone, a fifteen-year-old boy on the autistic spectrum who has a very particular view of the world around him. Then one day his neighbor’s dog Wellington is killed, and Christopher takes on the role of a detective to figure out what happened.

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The start of the new semester is a great time for you to go back and read a classic – or if this is your first time reading it, enjoy this treat! Fahrenheit 451 is the dystopian tale of everyone’s worst nightmare – a world without books. Guy Montag is a fireman, and his job is to burn them. Poetic, striking and important, his story will both entertain you and make you reflect about the value of art.

LeoFlowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Charlie is a mentally disabled man who is being subjected to experimentation in a series of studies to increase his intelligence. The same treatments are being given to Algernon, a lab mouse. When Charlie’s intelligence begins to accelerate beyond what anyone had imagined was possible, everyone is thrilled – until Algernon begins to deteriorate unexpectedly. What will happen to Charlie?

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Watchmen by Alan Moore

This brilliant graphic novel tells the story of what happens to superheroes when they begin to suffer from failures that seem to be uncomfortably akin to those of humble mortals. This book talks about humanity and questions what it truly means to be a superhero, all the while never ceasing to entertain. Continue reading

Frankenstein – More to it than you think

frankensteinTitle:  Frankenstein

Author:  Mary Shelley

Summary:  Victor Frankenstein has grown up in a loving family with a happy childhood during the 18th century in Europe.  However, just as Victor is about to leave for university, his mother dies.  Once he has grieved the loss, he leaves for college where his mind his opened to the world of science and he becomes the most skilled scientist in the university.  Unfortunately, his potential for success is thwarted by his obsession with the processes of life and death triggered by his mother’s abrupt demise.  He becomes so obsessed, in fact, that he creates a living being from scratch.  The rest of the novel follows the repercussions of this one fatal action.

Six Word Review: More to it than you think.

I started reading because:  I had to read it for school, but I ended up being really interested because the actual story was a lot more interesting and well-crafted than the general understanding of it today.  The creature Victor Frankenstein creates isn’t even named Frankenstein.  It’s never named; it’s just called “the monster.”

I would give this book 10/10 stars because it had a lot more depth to it than I had initially expected. It examines what social isolation does to people (and monsters) and it also explores the concept of what it truly means to be alive.

I loved the suspense Shelley weaves throughout the story.  I was always excited to find out what happened next.  I hated the ending.  It made sense to have it end the way it did, but I just wish there had been a little more to it.

If the lead character Victor was in a high school yearbook, he would be voted Most Likely To: Be Irresponsible And Selfish.

Anything else we should know?  The story is based on a dream Mary Shelley had.  She was interested in the concept of life and death because she had many miscarriages.

–Regina, West Seattle, Teen Blogger

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Brandon Sanderson @ Central tomorrow!

brandon-sandersonBrandon Sanderson reads from Firefight

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Acclaimed fantasy author Brandon Sanderson will be reading from his new teen fantasy novel, Firefight, the second in “The Reckoners” trilogy.

In the futuristic world of Brandon Sanderson’s “The Reckoners” trilogy, supervillains known as Epics rule the world like despots. But after exacting vengeance for his father’s death and proving that Epics have weaknesses, teenage David is left wondering what he’s fighting for now. To find answers, he heads to the even more oppressed Babylon Restored (formerly Manhattan) to face several of the most powerful Epics there are. Can’t wait to find out what David will discover as the second book in the series unfolds?

Brandon Sanderson is the author of the #1 NYT bestseller Steelheart, the first book in “The Reckoners” series, and the internationally bestselling books in The Stormlight Archive and The Mistborn series. He was also chosen to complete Robert Jordan‘s Wheel of Time series. His books have been published in more than twenty-five languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide.

You can visit him at brandonsanderson.com and follow @BrandSanderson on Twitter.

Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more info, call Central Library @ 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian!

Steelheart – humans manifest powers become evil tyrants

SteelheartTitle: Steelheart
Author: Brandon Sanderson

Six Word Review: Humans manifest powers become evil tyrants

Stars: 4.5 stars of 5 because the book was very well written with good pace and wording. The story was nearly flawless but the occasional flaw in plot logic made it slightly less than flawless.

I started reading because I have read Sanderson’s books before and have enjoyed them I kept reading because it had an engaging plot that started with the excitement very quickly.

This book reminded me of Irredeemable because it involves power-hungry corrupted super heroes that goes outside of the usual hero realm.

What I loved was that the book put a spin on the typical superhero story and made it better with continuous twists in the plot that made it very interesting.

Websites of Interest: Brandon Sanderson

Sung Chan, Northeast Teen Adviser

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December Book Horoscopes!

starbookIt’s December and that means the final month of the year is here! Everyone is returning from the Thanksgiving holiday and hunkering down for the grind as we enter the weeks approaching winter break. Yes, it’s cold outside, and it gets dark way too early, but there are a lot of things we like about winter too! This edition of our Monthly Book Horoscopes (book recommendations based on YOUR Zodiac sign!) will give you some suggestions for the best books to read as we dive into winter. As always, free to try out any of the books on this list because they are all SNOW fabulous!

Young ElitesAries The Young Elites by Maire Lu

This great, dark book will put you in the perfect mood for the stormy winter months. Adelina Amouteru, the anti-hero main character, is a rare survivor of the blood fever. Does this make her an abomination, or the master of strange new powers, as the rumors say? This book is full of inner conflict and contains many very different kinds of characters that have banded together to create the Dagger Society. This gorgeous fantasy is fast-paced and gets right to the point. It’s also the first in a series, so the adventure does not stop here!

Winter TownTaurus Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Evan is a senior in high school who likes to draw, but doesn’t feel he can make a career out of it. His best friend, Lucy, comes to visit like she does every winter break, but this time, something’s changed. Evan is glad to see his friend but knows there is something she isn’t telling him – she seems very tense unless they are talking about their plan to make a comic book together. The characters are really relatable and the chapters are interspersed with comics made by Evan.  A perfect winter break read!

Iron KingGemini The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Meghan has never really fit in at home or at school. Her father disappeared when she was six years old and since then, something has been different about her. Who would have thought that she was really the daughter of a faery king and that her life plays an important role in the midst of a giant war? This book has a creative take on traditional mythology and will also make you laugh. Continue reading

Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Stories

Look for something futuristic? Maybe dystopian future?

The first thing I’d have to recommend is the CW show The 100. With the start of the second season in mid-October, the first season was added to Netflix and The Seattle Public Library, and like many teens, I binge-watched it in 3 days. Continue reading

The One: a strong series ender

The-One-by-Kiera-Cass-coverTitle: The One

Author: Kiera Cass

Six Word Review: Girl gets prince, revolution is ended.

Stars: 4 stars out of 4 because it was a vast improvement over the previous books in the series. But it seemed a bit back heavy in the development and the stereotypical ending.

I started reading because I had been recommended the first book and I had hope that the series would improve.

This book reminded me of The Hunger Games because of the political strife and struggles behind the scenes.

What I loved was the action was increased exponentially and an actual plot began to develop.

Websites of Interest: Keira Cass