Friday, March 16, 2012

It's My Birthday, I Can Recommend What I Want To

Today we gave the reigns entirely over our Teen Librarian, Nico (your blog-mistress) because it is her bday and she insisted:
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Today is my birthday, so I'm taking over the blog stream and recommending a bunch of things that I like. Even though other bloggers might have already told you about them, even though they might not be the newest kids on the block, just because I like em. (That's right, this librarian is mad with power!)

Book Covers I Like: 
Because sometimes you need more than a cut-off head or a pretty dress to make you want to pick up a book.
left to right: Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (see full review here), Everything You Need to Survive the Apocalypse by Lucas Klauss; Winter Town by Stephon Edmond

Narrators I Love:
For me, a narrator can make or break the book. Here are a couple that I can't get enough of.

Ethan Wate from the Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Ethan hasn't had much luck when it comes to girls. His mother passed away, his girlfriend may or may not turn into an evil caster on her sixteenth birthday. But, he's still keeping a positive attitude about things. He's a smart, funny, incurable romantic with a sweet tooth (especially when it comes to Amma's pies).

We haven't got a full review up for this series, but it is definitely one that if you love gothic romance with a super natural element that is engrossing and full of great characters (Link! The Aunts! Amma! Ridley! I could go on), you need to check out this series. I'm looking forward to the last installment, Beautiful Redemption, coming October 23rd.

Cassel Sharpe from the Curse Workers series by Holly Black (see our reviews of White Cat and Red Glove)

Cassel Sharpe is smart, sarcastic and comes from a family of con-men, which means he could basically charm his way out of any situation he's thrown into. He can't help but always be looking for an angle to work. He's so quick that when he figures out a plot point, it often takes the reader (or at least, this reader) a couple pages/chapters to catch up to him-- and that makes for a REALLY interesting read. The series is incredibly paced and it works so well because Cassel is smart enough to fit the pieces together before time runs out. He's the perfect man for the job, whether he wants to be or not.

Georgia Nicholson from the series of the same name by Louise Rennison
I know, I've talked about her before. But seriously, if you like humor in your novels and you haven't read these, I don't know what you're doing with yourself. Georgia and her mates are some of the funniest ladies of YA lit. They are snort-out-loud funny. 
There are a lot of books out there that have funny guy narrators and where the point of the book is that the guys are funny. But there are a lot fewer girls- thankfully, we have Georgia and she's ready to take on whatever life throws her way with a new dance number, a make-over and a one-liner. She's ace.

And, to finish things off, one book I can't wait to get my hands on:

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
A) look at that cover (I'm a sucker for a good cover... and wow)

B) Here's the description:
It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.
But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also, according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone, a murderer.
Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

What more needs to be said? Count me in!

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