Fantasy

Shiver

Saturday, November 24, 2012
Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver

I listened to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater on audio. It’s a teen fiction book in the paranormal  genre about werewolves. The author tells the story from alternating points of view.  Sam is the male werewolf who lives in the woods behind Grace’s home. Grace has been fascinated with Sam as a wolf ever since she was attacked by the wolf pack when she was younger and saved by Sam in his wolf form. When Grace finds Sam as a human on her back porch after he was shot, she realized that he is “her” wolf.  It is a paranormal teen romance that sets the story up for the sequel. As a parent myself, I found the role that the parents were relegated to in the book irritating…either completely absent and uninvolved or abusive. I didn’t like it as well as others that I have read but it was enjoyable.

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Laura G., Youth Services 

The Parasol Protectorate Series

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Gail Carriger
Timeless, The Paraso Protectorate Series

In an alternate Victorian England full of vampires, werewolves, ghosts and the like, Alexia Tarabotti is unusual.  She is 25, half Italian, intelligent, not afraid to say what she thinks and consequently unmarried.  She is also soulless.  One touch from Alexia turns any paranormal creature -  human, for a time.  Needless to say she is merely tolerated in society for all her perceived faults.  After Lord Conall Maccon, an Alpha werewolf and government official, takes notice of her accidently killing a vampire with her parasol, her life begins to get interesting. Check our catalog.

Jerilee, Reference

Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1)

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Karen Marie Moning
Darkfever

When Mackayla Lane goes to Ireland to find her sister's murderer she uncovers more than she ever expected.

She quickly finds out her family has been keeping a secret about where her and her sister are really from. Mackayla discovers that she is a sidhe-seer, someone who can see vampires, Fae, and other creatures she never knew existed.

Now on top of trying to find her sisters killer she has to fight these creatures to stop the destruction of the world.

This was a series I couldn't put down, you get sucked into the world of Mac and never want to come out. A bonus is the series is finished so you don't have to wait to continue the story and see what happens next.

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Amy W., Circulation

Game of Thrones

Thursday, August 11, 2011
George R.R. Martin
Perhaps you have heard of the new TV series on HBO or have seen multiple copies being grabbed off the shelves of some book stores. Either way George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones is getting more attention after being published 15 years ago. A friend recommended it to me shortly before the TV show started earlier this year and I am pleased he did. What is truly wonderful about the novel is that Martin writes such an intriguing and exciting story that the idea of the book being label "fantasy" is sometimes forgotten while you lose yourself in the pages being introduced to unique and compelling characters. That being said, there is good reason why the television depiction is on HBO with some content of the book being beyond the PG-13 rating. But if you can get past the size of the book then Game of Thrones is worth a try.

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Nick, Youth Services

The Mists of Avalon

Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Marion Zimmer Bradley

This is an oldie, but goodie. I think I first read it in 1982 when it was published. The year before, Excalibur, with the amazing Helen Mirren, had been released and King Arthur was on everyone's minds.



I think this book was revolutionary at the time because it re-told the Arthurian Legend from the perspective of its women. Nowadays there are plenty of re-tellings of famous tales from the point of view of the villains. In the case of The Mists of Avalon, it’s mostly from the perspective of Morgaine, who is usually portrayed as a witch or sorceress. This story gives a more sympathetic version of Morgaine.



A movie was made of this movie and there have been other books in the series. One of my co-workers here at the library said her daughter has read this book. She said, her daughter must like it because she only keeps the ones she likes. I agree. This one’s a keeper.

Cyndi L., Reference

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