Monday, July 16, 2012

Book Review ~ My Boyfriend Is a Monster Series

My Boyfriend Is a Monster: I Love Him to Pieces by  Evonne Tsang
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Published: April 2011
Genre: Graphic Novel/Fantasy

Description from Fantastic Fiction:

Can love survive the zombie apocalypse? Maybe Dicey's first chance at a real relationship was dead from the start. She's the star of her high school baseball team, and Jack's the star of the science program. Her idea of a study session includes sleeping in the sun, and his idea of a good game involves dungeons and dice. But opposites start attracting when they're assigned to be partners in a class project. Now an outbreak of a weird infection--it eats your brains and leaves you hungry for more--might not mean just the end of their first date. It might mean the end of everything. Will their relationship fall apart faster than zombies in the Florida sun, or can Dicey and Jack beat the odds and find a happy ending?

YA Staff Review:
This was a cute quick read. I liked how Dicey never gave up on Jack or their relationship. The first time you see Dicey talk to Jack is quite entertaining. I actually was shocked when I got to the last page. I thought the story could have continued for a while longer. If you are in the mood for a quick romance give this a try. No need for long descriptions of characters or locations with this fully illustrated graphic novel. I find this gives my brain a rest from imagining these things so I can concentrate more on the dialog and story line.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Book Review ~ Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

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Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
Published: February 2009
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Description from Fantastic Fiction:

The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn't fit into Jessica Packwood's senior year "get-a-life' plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth--and he's her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire's Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war--and save Lucius's soul from eternal destruction.

YA Staff Review:
Why do we fight the hardest when we are told we are required to do something? Our choices and free will taken away? To me this has a bit of a "Country Mouse; City Mouse" feel as Lucius grew up around strict decorum and Jessica is comparatively a country bumpkin. She learns to enjoy the regal things in life and Lucius finds denim and basketball quite enjoyable. I found if funny the letters Lucius writes describing his "Americanization."

Frankly, I don't know how I missed this book when it first came out? You shouldn't judge a book by it's publication date either, LOL! Currently there are just two books in this series along with an "online only" segue book filling you in on some things that happened between book 1 and 2. "Jessica 1.5" can be read on the author's site here.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

National Zombie Lock-In for Teens!

Zombies are invading the library!!!

Friday, August 3rd 5:30p-10:30p. Lillie M. Evans Library teens will be part of the second National Zombie Lock-in!

Teens across the United States will be participating in their libraries on this nearly full moon evening of the undead.

There will be Bleach T’s, Zombified Barbies, Wii, a Zombie costume contest, and more.

Please show up dressed as the undead and be sure to include your t-shirt size on the permission form. Teens must turn in permission slip by July 30th to guarantee their spot. 

Space is limited, register ASAP!!! Must be entering 9th-12th grade during the 2012-2013 school year to participate.