Posts Tagged ‘magic’

The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves

November 8, 2013

ravenboysI’ll admit it, I was skeptical when I picked up The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.  There has just been so much paranormal romance in YA lately that I didn’t think I could stand another same-old-same-old story of forbidden romance amid spooky stuff.  And when I read the publisher description, that’s exactly what I thought it would be:  “Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.”  It’s true that romance comes into play since it has been prophesied that when Blue kisses her true love, he will die.  But the real story is all about friendship.  Gansey and his fellow Raven Boys Adam, Ronan, and Noah are on a quest to find the long-lost king Glendower and obtain one wish for uncovering his location.  After Blue sees Gansey’s spirit on St. Mark’s Eve, revealing to her that Gansey will die within the next year, Blue joins the quest and comes to find out that Raven Boys aren’t as bad as she thought.

dreamthieves2So no, this book isn’t really a “paranormal romance”, it’s an exciting adventure story with twists and turns that will keep you from putting the book down even for a minute.  It’s also impossible to not love the characters; each of the characters is complex and interesting all on their own, and their friendship is what really makes the story.

I’m cautious about books that are clearly meant to begin a series,  since it seems like the second book in many YA series lately is just boring filler, but I think I enjoyed The Dream Thieves, the second book in the Raven Cycle, even more than the first.  I won’t say too much since I don’t want to spoil the first book for you, but I think Ronan Lynch may have become my favorite character in the series.  I stayed up way way WAY past my bedtime to finish these books, and I guarantee that you won’t be able to put them down either.

Book Trailer Thursday: Cloaked

March 10, 2011

Did you see Beastly last week and now you are craving more Alex Flinn magic? Read Cloaked! Sure am looking forward to those talking animals, yup, talking animals are THE BEST.

Teen Program Tuesday Night @ 5:30

May 17, 2010

Okay, time for a mini math lesson.  So what happens when you have a library and you add a little card, plus a little gaming, and sprinkle it with ultimate? 

Yep.  You guessed it. 

Ultimate Card Gaming!

Tuesday night at 5:30 at the Fairmount St. Library teens will gather to play Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, and whatever other cards they bring. 

All teens are welcome to join in the fun! 

Wait, better check my math to be sure:

library + card + gaming x ultimate = Ultimate Card Gaming!

Looks right.  Phew.  One more thing is that starting this summer we will be hosting Ultimate Card Gaming EVERY SATURDAY from 3-5. 

Please try to contain your excitement.

YAuthor Stalking Tuesday: Sarah Prineas

February 9, 2010

So where can you find all that YAuthor information? RIGHT HERE because it’s YAuthor Stalking Tuesday! Learn about your favorite authors, have a chat with them and then share your YAuthor adventures. This week is sword-fighting and pyrotechnics expert Sarah Prineas!

Author: Sarah Prineas
Books: The Magic Thief, The Magic Thief: Lost, and The Magic Thief: Found which comes out this May!
Sarah does Skype or Gmail video chat visits with reading groups and classrooms! Yay! Email for more information.

Amber’s Sarah Prineas Adventure:
I lived a Sarah Prineas Adventure EVERYDAY FOR TWO YEARS! yup, when I lived down the street from her in Iowa City. YES SARAH PRINEAS IS FROM IOWA ISN’T THAT AWESOME AHHHHHHH! I get super excited when people or things or ice cream flavors are from Iowa. Sarah even designed her city of Wellmet, home of Conn and the rest of the characters in the Magic Thief books, to look like Iowa City! SEE WELLMET MAP HERE. SEE IOWA CITY MAP HERE. So of coooooooourse, you know what that means: I delusionally think that I lived in Wellmet, too…Doesn’t get more adventurousingly than that, eh?

Have you met Sarah Prineas? Do you have a YAuthor Adventure to share? Email Amber and we might post it on a YAuthor Stalking Tuesday!

Regular Teen Programs Start Up Tuesday!

August 31, 2009

September is just around the corner and that means our regular teen programs will be starting back up again.  Yay!  The line up for this year is as follows:

1st Tuesday of the month–Anime Club

2nd Tuesday of the month–TVC (Teen Volunteer Council & Gaming)

3rd Tuesday of the month–Ultimate Card Gaming (Magic/YuGiOh/…)

4th Tuesday of the month–Teen Tech Lab

EVERY Wednesday–Get Your Game On (free play video gaming) 

Anime Club starts this Tuesday, September 1st, at the Fairmount St. library from 5:30-7:30.  Don’t miss the first meeting and your chance to help plan the club’s activities for the season.  Do we need a logo?  Will you draw it?  Should we have officers?  Or just go with the flow?  How about another chopsticks/M&Ms race and ramen noodle eating contest?  (yes please)


Plus, we have big announcements concerning this year’s Anime Fest which will be held at the Figge Art Museum in October.  Art contest anyone?  Do we have cosplayers in the house?  Stay tuned to tomorrow’s post for all the juicy deets.


Ultimate Card Gaming Tuesday Night!

April 20, 2009

playing magicJoin us Tuesday night for our newest teen program, Ultimate Card Gaming!  The fun begins at 5:30 in the computer lab at Fairmount.  Be sure to bring in your Magic and Yu-Gi-Oh schtuff, as well as a few friends, and be prepared to throw down ’cause it’s about to be on like Donkey Kong.  See you then.