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Staff Picks: “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black

Guys, I love vampires. But I am still mostly skeptical of vampire books. It takes a new concept and a skilled writer to really make them work for me.

Luckily, I’ve enjoyed Holly Black’s writing, and I loved her take on vampire mythology in The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, even if it wasn’t entirely original. Though for centuries vampires were under the radar, it only took one crazy guy to infect tons of people, turning entire cities “cold” and now vampire are a normal part of life. You know, just the stuff of school assemblies.

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Like, Try, Why #5: Magic

Did you just finish an awesome book that made you want to stalk the stacks for another similar title? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book. Today we’re featuring books with magical twists and steampunk elements! Read More..

Like, Try, Why #2: Horror

Did you just finish an awesome book that made you want to stalk the stacks for another similar title? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book. This week we’re spotlighting horror with serial killers, ghosts, and vampires! Read More..

Like, Try, Why #1: Paranormal Historical YA FIction

Did you just finish an awesome book that made you want to stalk the stacks for another similar title? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book. This week we’re spotlighting paranormal historical fiction. Whether you like jazz era American with a supernatural slant, medieval fantasy, or steampunk in a historical setting, we have suggested reading for you.

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A Spooky Haunted House Booklist

October is the perfect month to curl up with a scary book. My favorite kind of spooky stories are about haunted houses, and my favorite of these is “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allan Poe. You can read it and other creepy tales in his collected works, available in the Teen Zone.

We have lots of novels that feature haunted houses, and you can check out to celebrate Teen Read Week. The Theme is “It Came from the Library” and culminates in a teen dance and costume party with crafts, snacks, games, prizes, a DJ, and a photo booth.

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Teen Picks: “The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories” by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff 

What is it about?

From acclaimed YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff comes The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories.

- A vampire locked in a cage in the basement, for good luck.

- Bad guys, clever girls, and the various reasons why the guys have to stop breathing.

- A world where fires never go out (with references to vanilla ice cream).

These are but a few of the curiosities collected in this volume of short stories by three acclaimed practitioners of paranormal fiction.

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Staff Picks: “The Immortal Rules” by Julie Kawaga

Every time we get a new vampire book, I’m astonished someone is still publishing them. In the young adult section here at Lawrence Public Library, we have 198 books under the the subject heading vampires–fiction. I’m a fan of vampire books, but after some disappointing selections, I’ve become wary of new additions to this bloated genre.

But I decided to take a chance on The Immortal Rules, and I’m glad I did. Julie Kawaga has made a unique and gripping contribution to young adult vampire fiction.

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A Taste for Brains: A Zombie Booklist

October is a month for all sorts of monsters: vampires, werewolves, and our favorite, ZOMBIES! This month we’re hosting a workshop to help you survive the zombie apocalypse (any disaster, really) and a clinic for you to get your hair, makeup, and clothes zombified before heading out to Lawrence’s Zombie Walk. Get in the spirit by checking out one of these zombie books! Whether you like your horror with a dash of romance, a dose of horror, or just plain gore, we’ve got something for you.

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Teen Picks: “Imaginary Girls” by Nova Ren Suma

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

What is it about? Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby. But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. Read More..

Staff Picks: “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater

I’m a sucker for tragic love stories, whether it’s Ellen Olenska and Newland Archer from The Age of Innocence or Buffy and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I also have a penchant for the magical way Maggie Stiefvater strings words together. So when I first read the synopsis for her new book, The Raven Boys, I was already hooked.

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