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Like, Try, Why #14: Contemporary Romance

Are you in thee mood for a swoon-worthy romance? The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone staff can help you find your next favorite book. Read More..

Staff Picks: “Time Between Us” by Tamara Ireland Stone

Since I read A Wrinkle in Time, I have been fascinated with time travel. Whether it involved going back into the past or light-years into the future I was always intrigued by these kind of stories. Though I have never been much of a science nerd, I blazed through Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time, especially the chapter on wormholes and time travel.

But at the end of the day, what really draws me into a book is the love story, so I was interested to read Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. Read More..

Staff Picks: “Tiger Lily” by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Perspective is everything. History is written by the victors. Eyewitness accounts of crimes are notoriously unreliable because two people who saw the exact same event may have radically different accounts. There’s no reason to believe two characters in a novel might tell the story in very different ways.

In Jodi Lynn Anderson’s newest novel, Tiger Lily, she recounts the familiar childhood tale of Peter Pan, but with a twist. The story is told from Tinkerbell’s perspective, and she begins long before Peter and the lost boys ever met Wendy Darling. Tink gives us the scoop on Peter Pan’s first love, Tiger Lily.

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Teen Picks: “Flipped” by Wendelin Van Drannen

Flipped by Wendelin Van Drannen

What is it about? Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That’s pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn’t as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. Read More..

Under the Sea: A Mermaid Booklist

One of the hottest trends in young adult fiction is stories featuring mermaids. These creatures can be dark and dangerous, but some of these novels have a dash of romance, too. Explore the depths of the oceans by breaking open one of these tales from under the sea!

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Teen Picks: “Forbidden” By Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

What was it about? After getting a divorce Maya and Lochan’s parents seemed to forget that they had ever had children. Their father moved to Australia to start his own new, more perfect family while their mother turned to alcohol and partying in a last ditch effort to hold onto her fading youth. As the oldest in the house Maya and Lochan are forced to take on the role of parents, including all of the stress that goes along with it. Slowly breaking down under the pressure of taking care of their three younger siblings and juggling school as well, they find that the only people they really connect with and find comfort in are each other. Read More..

Teen Picks: “Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry


Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

What is it about? Echo and Noah are broken. They have been shattered by the people they cared about the most and they can’t quite figure out how to pick all the pieces back up. Read More..

Staff Picks: “For Darkness Shows the Stars” by Diana Peterfreund

To be fair, For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund seems to have been written especially for me. I didn’t read much young adult literature when I actually was a young adult, but I read all of Jane Austen during high school. Now that I read (and love) YA, my taste tends to favor science fiction and fantasy, so this hit two of my sweet spots as a reader. A post-apocalyptic and dystopian retelling of Austen’s Persuasion? Sign me up.

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Staff Picks: “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”

Karou is just like any other art student living in Prague. She has blue hair (that grows out of her head that shade) and a loser of an ex-boyfriend (who dresses up as a vampire to scare tourists and models in her life drawing class just to annoy her). She hangs out with her best friend at Poison Kitchen eating goulash. She’s got a perfectly normal part-time job, traveling through doors that lead to far away corners of the earth, collecting teeth and trading in wishes. The fantastical creatures she draws in her sketchbook aren’t a product of her imagination; they’re the only family she’s ever known, including Brimstone, the otherwordly creature who raised her.

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Meet the Author: Tessa Gratton

On August 25th, we’re hosting three young adult authors for a library event: Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton. Their new short story collection, The Curiosities, grew out of their collaboration as the Merry Sisters of Fate. Before the big day, we’re giving you a taste of their work.

Tessa Gratton’s debut novel, Blood Magic, is a dark paranormal romance set in a small Missouri town. Told in alternating first person point of views mixed with diary entries, it’s a tale of witchcraft that fans of Twilight and Hex Hall will enjoy.

Silla’s has just lost her parents in an apparent murder-suicide when a mysterious package is sent to her from someone known only as the Deacon. The package contains a spell book in her dad’s handwriting, though she never knew her father was anything other than the local Latin teacher. When she tries her first spell in the graveyard bordering her house, Nick, her new neighbor, witnesses her turn a dead leaf green again with just a bit of salt and a drop of blood. Nick is no stranger to blood magic, and it’s no coincidence he’s moved in next door to Silla. Together they uncover the truth of their pasts and the magic that runs in their veins.

Tessa’s next book, The Blood Keeper, is due out this fall and is another tale of mystery and magic. But it isn’t all blood and witches for Tessa. Next year, she’ll release the first book in a new series, The Songs of Asgard, an alternative history of the US where the Norse gods walk among us.

To find out more about Tessa, visit her website. Check out Blood Magic today, before she visits the library!