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Claire’s List of Books to Read!

There’s always so many books that I want to, but never have the time to read! Of the many books that are on my to-read list, these are my top five.

bookthief1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My sister got this book for me as a present a few years ago.  I read the first 30 or so pages, and then for some reason I didn’t pick it up again.  My mom “borrowed” the book from me (I swear she’s a book thief – pun intended), and I didn’t get it back until a few months later.  In 8th grade, I read Zusak’s I Am the Messenger, and I loved it.  Ever since then, The Book Thief has been one of my top five to-read books.  Also, the movie is out so after I get around to reading it, I can watch that too. Continue reading

Don’t Read This! Blood Ninja

Blood Ninja

Title: Blood Ninja

Author: Nick Lake

Summary:  A boy in warring states period Japan (1500s) becomes a vampire after ninjas kill his dad and goes on an adventure with destiny and good ninjas and vampires and nobility.

Gut reaction:  It was OK …but later I realized it really sucked.

Why:  The writing style is professional and it feels (while you’re still reading) that it’s good but given time to reflect, it’s the worst book ever. It’s very historically inaccurate and the characters get away with all sorts of stuff they shouldn’t.

Who would like this book:  people who like Japan but don’t know much about it, people who like cheap vampire novels, people who like fantasy adventures – it’s really a very European story.

Spoiler-filled Rant (don’t read if you intend to read the book): Continue reading

Teen Reviewed: Cirque du Freak

Birth of A Killer Cirque du Freak is one of my favorite series of all time. It’s up there with Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. I recently finished re-reading this twelve book (but the books are short) masterpiece. I just love it. The characters in this incredible Vampire story are its main highlight.

Wait… did he just say vampires? “Loren! Vampires are lame! The only good vampires are the incredibly attractive ones that are having sex all the time like in Twilight or True Blood!” Let me explain. Cirque du Freak follows the the journey of the Half-Vampire Darren Shan (The book is written in the first person, almost like an autobiography of the author of the same name). You will love these books if you enjoy cohesive universes and recurring characters that matter because you truly care about them. I would give this a 9/10 because it is one of the best stories ever told.

On a desert Island, Darren: would do anything to survive–and he would, with the help of his almost super human vampire abilities.

My six word review of Cirque du Freak would be “Exciting action-packed vampire saga is addictive”

Quick note, the Cirque du Freak movie under the name of the second book The Vampire’s Assistant is not a bad movie. It’s not a good movie though, and I must warn you DO NOT watch this movie before you read the books. They did an annoying-Hollywood-franchise-ruining thing where they take the beginning of the first book and part of the last book, cutting out all the really interesting in between stuff. I believe it’s about the journey, not the destination. The movie also spoils one of the biggest plot twists ever near the end of the series so remember: You have been warned…

–Loren, 15, Teen Center Adviser



Book Shorts: The Hunt

HuntTitle:  The Hunt

Author:  Andrew Fukuda

Summary:  Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.

I started reading it because… The plot is super non-cliche, unlike so many other books out in the world.

I kept reading because… ​I wanted to know what would happend to the main character, how would he deal with this huge challenge??

Six Word Recap:  Boy is sheep in wolves clothing.

Some scenes have graphic decriptions, if you can’t handle melting skin and such beware this book.

This is a trilogy: The Hunt, The Prey, (Third book TBD…)

Teen Booklists: Vampires

Of course, you knew that our Vampries post would land on Halloween, right? Think we planned it that way? 

Thanks to Twilight, our Vampires booklist has been one of our most popular lists. From straight up romances featuring the undead to humor and mysteries, this list has seen it all. Continue reading

Top 20 Teen Books of the 21st Century: Week 12: Stephenie Meyer

Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer

When seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with her father in rainy Forks, Washington, she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human.

Why we liked it:

Who wouldn’t want to be adored like Edward adores Bella? To have someone dazzle them? In some ways, Edward and Bella’s love is a bit scary, but on the other hand I think all of us want a love that is intense, all-consuming and fueled by desire. It’s a love that shouldn’t be, but that neither can walk away from. Edward is old fashioned and truly a gentleman. He has waited a long time to find the right one. Bella on the other hand, is a modern teenager who knows exactly what she wants, but does not get to choose because the choice isn’t hers.

In the end, the only thing that truly matters is their love for one another.

Another reason we liked this book was because it gave teen fiction a whole new direction for authors with stories to tell. A huge slew of vampire novels came out, followed by more books involving werewolves, zombies, and other creatures of the night.

If you liked Twilight you also might like Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater or Firelight by Sophie Jordan. If you’ve read everything in the vampire arena, but still want something supernatural, try Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater, Intertwined, by Gena Showalter, or The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan.

And here’s our Teen Vampire booklist.

Book Review: Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

Okay, I’m just going to tell you first off: this is a vampire book. But don’t worry – it’s nothing like Twilight. Sunshine takes place in a world that does not appear to be our own: supernatural beings (as in vampires, demons, etc.) called “Others” inhabit this world along with humans. Yet humans, the majority, manage to live in peace with most of these Others – except, of course, for the vampires. Yes, these are your traditional can’t-come-out-in-daylight vampires, and yes, they do drink human blood (sorry, no vegetarians here).

Rae (nicknamed Sunshine) is the unlikely heroine of the story. She is the baker at her stepdad’s restaurant, a coffee shop named Charlie’s. She spends her days making cinnamon rolls and chatting with customers and other employees (including her mother and boyfriend). Sunshine is a normal girl; she’s never had to worry about vampires before. But when she drives out to a secluded lake one night, she ends up getting kidnapped by – you guessed it – vampires.

The plot that follows is an original one, as far as vampire novels go. With an unfamiliar setting and an unusual heroine, Sunshine is not what you’d expect. Firstly, there are no chapters (instead, this 400-page novel is divided into four parts). Secondly, I wouldn’t describe this as a romantic novel, so you don’t have to worry about any human-vampire love stories. And thirdly, the book is not taken up by dialogue, or even action – it seems to mostly consist of thoughts. To be exact, they are Sunshine’s own musings as well as her explanations about her friends and family, her job at the coffee shop, and – most of all – the supernatural. The reader is allowed this intimate look into Sunshine’s most personal thoughts, which allows us to feel a close connection and understanding of her. Sunshine’s descriptions of the world around her feel both realistic and unique, never cliché. However, Sunshine’s musings can feel drawn-out and unnecessary at times, almost to the point of rambling (I sometimes felt myself wishing for a little less thought and a little more action). This particularly becomes a problem in the middle of the book, where the plot slows down and becomes slightly convoluted with extra information and characters that do not seem important to the overarching storyline. But despite these minor flaws, Sunshine is definitely a worthwhile read. If you are a lover of vampire novels, Sunshine is another to try, and even if you don’t like vampire novels (as in the vein of Twilight), Sunshine’s originality may be enough to change your mind.

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I loved Twilight. Now what?

It’s a common problem.  You loved the Twilight series, but now you’ve read them all and you’re at a loss for what to read next.   Maybe your current plan is to re-read all four books over and over again until Stephenie Meyer publishes another one–or at least until the movie version of New Moon comes out.

We have a better idea.  Here’s a list of books that we believe will help to fill the Twilight-shaped hole in your life.   If you don’t see just what you want here, you can always email a Teen Services Librarian at teencenter@spl.org.  We’ll send you a list of reading suggestions just for you, based on what you do and don’t like to read.


If you loved brooding, mysterious Edward Cullen and his relationship with Bella, then here are some other paranormal romances you should try. Continue reading

Book Review: The Vampire Diaries series, by L.J. Smith


The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Nightfall by LJ Smith is the first volume in a sequel series to The Vampire Diaries. The original series was first published in the early nineties, but was recently re-released as two, two volume sets (The Awaking and The Struggle, and The Fury and Dark Reunion). Both series tell the story of Elena Gilbert, a beautiful human girl who wins the hearts of a pair of vampire brothers. The brothers are both holding onto an ancient grudge and their introduction to Elena sets the war between them back into motion.

Nightfall, the newest addition to the series, is a pretty good read overall. The storyline is fun and a little odd at times, with a few downright creepy moments that will make you want to sleep with the lights on. The characters are engaging and complex (minus Bonnie who is just kind of whiny), and the love story is satisfactory if a little forced. Readers will enjoy Nightfall, and will wait eagerly for another peek at The Vampire Diaries world.

The problem I have with Nightfall actually has nothing to do with the story itself. In the late nineties author LJ Smith took a ten year hiatus from writing just before the completion of her Night World series. Fans of her work have been waiting for the final volume in that series for a decade, but instead of finally, finally writing an ending to a great bunch of books, she wrote the start to a brand “new” series using characters fished out of an older, completed series. Granted, vampire brother Damon was seriously cool and deserving of his own storyline, but he’d waited more than ten years. Surely he could’ve waited until the end of the Night World to have his say.

That being said, it’s great to see and read anything new by LJ Smith. Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait too long for another chance.

Book Review: Vampire Kisses, by Ellen Schreiber

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

When a mysterious family moves into the scariest house in town, Raven is sure they’re vampires.  She sets out to prove her hunch, and along the way falls a little bit in love with Alexander, the family’s super cute teenage son.

Vampire Kisses is the first book in Ellen Schreiber’s vampire series.  The writing level is pretty basic and the characters aren’t particularly well developed, but overall, the books are pretty good, very quick reads.  Best of all, the series has been adapted into a really cool manga.  

The story in the manga is slightly altered and those little differences make it much more interesting.  The characters are funnier and more edgy, and the art is awesome.  There is only two volumes available so far, and while you’ll probably get bored with the novels, you’ll be waiting on the edge of your seat for the next installment of the manga.