Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A few young adult series that you should check out!

Review by Sarah:

book jacketNormally in this blog Jan & I will talk mostly about Adult titles, however I want to bring to your attention a few young adult titles that I have enjoyed recently.  The first author I want to talk about is Diana Peterfreund. She originally wrote an adult series called “Secret Society Girl.” This series takes place on an elite university campus where the all male secret society, Rose and Grave, have decided to induct women into the society for the first time.  The main character Amy Haskell is one of these women tapped for the society. This causes all kinds of trouble with the Rose and Grave alumni who want the society to remain all male.  I really enjoyed this story which takes place over five books. There is mystery, intrigue and of course a love interest for Amy. 

After Peterfreund finished this series she switched things up and started a young adult book about unicorns.  These are not your typical white fluffy unicorns. Peterfreund has made unicorns venomous, man-eating beast with sharp fangs. Throughout the world unicorns have started to reemerge and attack humans.  The only people who can stop them are the virgin descendants of Alexander the Great.  Astrid Llewelyn has always thought that her mothers obsession with the legend of unicorns a bit crazy.  That is until one evening when she is out in the woods with her boyfriend, who is suddenly attacked by a unicorn.  Her mother packs her off to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter.  Astrid is your average teenage girl who has a strained relationship with her mother, is falling in love with an American art student and is not at all sure about the mission of the unicorn hunters.  There are currently two books in this series, the first one is Rampant and the second is Ascendant. I hope that there will be a third one. 

Another author who also has a different take on a mythical creature is Carrie Jones (who happens to be a fellow Bates grad). Jones has taken pixies and made them in to a creature that has the uncontrollable need to feed off the blood of boys.  The story follows Zara whose dad left when she was born, her stepdad has just died and her mom has packed her off to a small town in Maine.  Shortly after Zara arrives she sees a guy following her everywhere. At first she just thinks that it is a figment of her imagination, but she is wrong and he is leaving a trail of gold dust. This is a new take on the typical idea of what a pixie is.  As with most young adult books Zara has a difficult relationship with her mother, and is perhaps falling in love.  For any of you who are familiar with the Ellsworth (Maine) area you will enjoy being able to visualize exactly where parts of this story take place.  There are currently three books in the series, Need, Captivate and Entice. There is a fourth book coming out next year.   
   

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Dark-Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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For the paranormal romance fans, this series is one of the best!  As mentioned before in this blog, Sherrilyn is the master of creating a tortured hero.  There are several scenes in her books that I remember vividly, even though I may have read them years ago.  For an author's characters to stay in my memory, it is a sign of an imaginative writer who knows how to develop her characters.  I've listed Fantasy Lover first; it's not technically a part of the series, but there are reoccurring characters from the book.  It's also quite a fun read! 

Every book in this series is worth reading, but I have a few favorites: Dance with the Devil and Night Play.  Dance With the Devil is the best back story of a main male character I've read to date!  In Night Play, the herione is over weight, well...what society considers over weight, and OMG I LOVED this book!  It was too good to put into just a few words.

If you haven't read this series yet, give it a try.  If you have, post a comment... I love to talk about these books!

Hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Jan

Dark-Hunter series in reading order:
Read First - Fantasy Lover
Book 1 - Night Pleasures
Book 2Night Embrace
Book 3 - Dance With the Devil
Book 4 - Kiss of the Night
Book 5 - Night Play
Book 6 - Seize the Night
Book 7 - Sins of the Night
Book 8 - Unleash the Night
Book 9 - Dark Side of the Moon
Book 10 - The Dream Hunter
Book 11 - Fear the Darkness (BPL doesn't own)
Book 12 - Upon a Midnight Clear (BPL doesn't own)
Book 13 - Devil May Cry
Book 14 - Dream Chaser
Book 15 - Acheron
Book 16 - One Silent Night
Book 17 - Dream Warrior
Book 18 - Bad Moon Rising
Book 19 - No Mercy
Book 20 - Retribution

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Share your favorite books with bite!

Hello everyone,

As always, all your comments and recommendations have been wonderful!  Since we've been discussing books on this blog, I've noticed a reoccurring theme - regardless of what genre we discuss, whether it's horror, fantasy, romance, or even mysteries, novels about vampires always seem to find a place on our lists. 

So, I thought it would be fun to talk about books with bite, and put all our favorite vampires in one place.  (Our favorite books with fur may find a home here a little later.)

If you have a favorite author or book I haven't listed yet, please post a comment and I'll add it to our list with a link to our catalog.

Hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Jan

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Janet Chapman Books

-Updated 6/12/2012

New York Times bestselling author, Janet Chapman, has graciously offered her time on many occasions to our library, everything from hosting a teen writing series, Bangor Reads, to talking about writing to our book group.  In May 2011 she did an online interview on this blog where blog followers asked the questions.  It is a fun assortment of questions and answers that you can read here... An Interview with Janet Chapman

All Janet's books are listed below, with covers linked to our catalog.  If you have never read a Chapman romance, I suggest you start with Charming the Highlander.   Janet's books can all be read separately, but she has created an amazing community of characters within each of her series, so that it's always wonderful revisiting friends from her former books.

As always, I hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Jan   

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The Highlander Series
Book 1 - Charming the Highlander
Book 2Loving the Highlander
Book 3 - Wedding the Highlander
Book 4 - Tempting the Highlander
Book 5 - Only With a Highlander
Book 6 - Secrets of the Highlander
Book 7 - A Highlander ChristmasBook 8 - Highlander for the Holidays

Midnight Bay Series (A spin-off of Janet's Highlander Series)
Book 1 - Moonlight Warrior
Book 2 - Dragon Warrior
Book 3Mystical Warrior

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The Logger Series
Book 1 - The Seduction of His Wife
Book 2The Stranger In Her Bed

Puffin Harbor Series
Book 1 - The Seductive Impostor
Book 2 - Dangerous Protector

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Sinclair Brothers Series
Book 1 - The Man Must Marry
Book 2 - Tempt Me If You Can


Anthology
Ladies Prefer Rogues

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Spellbound Falls Series
Book 1 - Spellbound Falls
Book 2 - Charmed by His Love  (On Order)
Book 3 - Courting Carolina  (On Order)

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