Here’s a couple of titles that are on the horizon (esp. for Michael Grant (Gone series) and Vampire Diaries fans):
BZRK, Michael Grant. A new series! “Noah and Sadie: newly initiated into an underground cell so covert they don’t even know each other’s real names. Trained for combat on the nano level, they are thrust into a war they can barely grasp. Vincent: feels nothing and cares for no one. He’s fighting a personal battle with Bug Man, the greatest nano warrior alive. The Armstrong Twins: wealthy, privileged, fanatical. Are they the saviors of humanity or authors of the darkest conspiracy in history? On one side: Charles and Benjamin Armstrong’s Nexus Humanus. on the other: a group of teen hackers who call themselves BZRK. This is twenty-first-century warfare that takes place on the macro and nano level for the highest stakes: humanity’s free will. It’s time to choose sides.” (amazon.com)
The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Moonsong, L J Smith (although actually written by a ghostwriter). This is book 2 in The Hunters series, after Phantom. Elena has moved on to the exclusive Dalcrest College, where her parents met. And so has Stefan. And Damon. Things are going well with Stefan, and Damon is being nice (which, frankly, is much more dull than being nasty). Trouble is, students start disappearing from campus and it appears Elena is fated to be surrounded by danger and tragedy yet again: can she outrun them (danger and tragedy)?
In the mean time you can keep up with Vampire Diaries news at L J Smith’s website.
The 54th annual Grammy awards were held last night in Los Angeles, amongst the 78 winners (78! There used to be more, last year it was 109) were a few that can be found on the YA CD shelves. Read on…
21 by Adele won six awards or something crazy like that, Album of the year is the most noteworthy. Confusingly, Rolling In The Deep won Record of the year and Song of the year, I couldn’t tell you the difference between those categories.
Wasting Light by The Foo Fighters was another big winner, with four. They won awards in both the “Rock” and the “Hard rock/Metal” categories, so they are to be commended for being “genre-spanning”.
Watch The Throne by Kanye West & Jay-Z features the song Otis which won an award for “Best rap performance”. Since it features an Otis Redding sample I suppose that kind of means he wins too. Well done, Otis!
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West won the other three rap categories. Well done to Kanye by keeping busy enough to release two albums this year, thus doubling his chances of winning Grammys. Shrewd move, Kanye, shrewd move indeed.
Own The Night by Lady Antebellum won Best country album. In our catalogue it is under “Pop”, but that is probably just because we do not have a “Country” category in the YA section.
Even though Taylor Swift’s Speak Now came out in 2010, the song Mean came out as a single in 2011, therefore it was eligible to win Best country song and Best solo country performance. Which it did. Grammy voters love Taylor Swift.
Did any of your favourites win?
The Edgar Awards are given annually for excellent pieces of fiction in the mystery genre. There’s a young adult category! So, if you like a good mystery, Edgar says these are top in 2012*:
Shelter, Harlan Coben
The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson
The Silence of Murder, Dandi Daley Mackall
The Girl is Murder, Kathryn Miller Haines
Kill You Last, Todd Strasser
* winners will be announced in April.
Huzzah. Here’s a selection of e-book additions to the library collection:
Drink, Slay, Love, Sarah Beth Durst
Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey
Crossed, Ally Condie
Clockwork Prince, Cassandra Clare
The Red Shoe, Ursula Dubosarsky
Wintergirls, Laurie Halse Anderson
Note that the library e-books are available to borrow for two weeks, and you don’t have to worry about overdues (or losing them, obvs.). If you’re unsure what you need to do to start using the library’s e-book collection, then have a look at this step-by-step help guide (it should have all the answers).
Additionally, we have some new downloadable audiobooks, for example:
The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson
Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos
Beads, Boys and Bangles, Sophia Bennett
I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend, Cora Harrison
If you’re not sure you want to commit to an audiobook, you can test-drive it by listening to a sample, and if the title you want is not available, you can reserve it – you’ll get a notification by email when it’s ready to collect (note that you only have a couple of days to pick up your reserves).
Here’s a Top 10 list of the most popular searches on the library’s Easyfind catalogue in January 2012, followed by some examples of “when good searches go wrong” (don’t try those at home).
Top 10 Easyfind Searches
Other interesting popular searches include: Eragon, Glee, Robert Muchamore, Cassandra Clare, Naruto, and building android apps.
Strays, Orphans and Waifs
If you’re looking for readalike suggestions (or a way to waste much time), then try this. It’s a very cool home-made (by someone very clever) visual book-recommender thingy, based on Amazon’s large database of items. It uses the information Amazon gathers about customer purchases to create links (myriads of links!) between your favourite titles, and other similar ones.
For example, here’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan using the gizmo. If you are using a mouse with a scroll button, scrolling will zoom in and out, revealing a really large web of possibilities. Another example: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.
(found via mediabistro.com)
The nineteenth century: mystery, adventure, magic, the supernatural, orphans, the industrial age of machinery and steam; all good stuff. Here’s a selection of fiction set in Victorian times (strictly speaking 1837 to 1901), mostly in London.
It’s movie awards season so lots of blah blah blahing about celebrities and what they wear on the red carpet, especially in the countdown to the Oscars. New York’s The Cut wrote this interesting post about just how much it costs to dress a star for an awards ceremony. They focus on this outfit worn by Charlize Theron to the Golden Globes – which ‘cost’ just over $8 million. The lovely dress by Dior cost $30 thousand alone (hence, the link to the Dior Couture book, which we have in our collection – reserve here – and is lovely by the way). YES that much money!
BUT all on loan, not a cent actually paid for by the star - naturally.
Who’s your favourite red carpet outfit / celebrity?