The Best 10 Young Adult Books of 2013

Young Adult novels are not just for teens anymore. YA fiction is, in my opinion, the most popular trend in fiction right now, and it will continue to draw readers of all ages – at least until all of our favorite series are finished!

Here are my choices for the Top 10 Young Adult Books of 2013. I chose my favorites and what I thought were the most popular 10 books. They are then rated by how many times each book was checked out by you!

What is your #1 book of 2013? Do you agree with my choices? Sound off in the comments!

1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Book #2 in The Lunar Chronicles.

2. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Book #2 in the Shatter Me series.

3. Prodigy by Marie Lu. Book #2 in the Legend series

4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

5. Dare You To by Katie McGarry

6. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

8. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

10. Rogue by Gina Damico

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Eleanor & ParkDare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Image of itemImage of itemThe Moon and More

Click on the covers to find a link to each book in the library catalog – from there you can see where the books are on library shelves, put yourself on hold for one, or even check out an ebook copy.

skull icon.jpgFor fans of Gina Damico’s Croak series or teens who love reading we have a special event coming up! On Wednesday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. Erlanger’s teen book club, Beyond the Book, will have a discussion of the series and live video chat with Gina Damico! She’ll talk about the series, answer your questions, and hopefully tell us a little bit about her forthcoming novels. You can find more info and register on our calendar or by going to Facebook!

 

This blog post was written by Eden Rassette, the Young Adult Programmer at KCPL Erlanger. You can find her at The Cosplaying Librarian.

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Final Chance to Win a Laptop!

studying coffeeI know, I know, school has been going on for almost two weeks now and everyone is ready for scarves and pumpkin lattes and fall.

But you know what just isn’t ready to end yet? KCPL’s Summer Reading Contest. Do you want a laptop? Now is your last chance to put in all your entries at http://www.kentonlibrary.org/src/teens/index.html or your most convenient KCPL branch’s reference desk. Each branch is choosing their laptop winner Tuesday, September 3.

What counts as entries? Everything you have read cover to cover since June 1: comics, ebooks, manga, fiction, nonfiction…

If you are blanking on what to read next, I just finished this and am a huge fan. http://www.blackbirdsnovel.com/ It has all sorts of things I like in a story: historical fiction about an interesting time period she doesn’t know much about (America during WWI), a pandemic (flu), science, and ghosts!

If that doesn’t sound like something you’d like, why not ask your friendly neighborhood teen librarian? Erin, Eden, and I (Jessy) are all available to give you ideas on what you might want to read.

If you want one more program attendance chance to win (you can put in entries for every Kenton County Library program you’ve attended since June 1), there will be a Bento Box lunch program at Erlanger tomorrow, Wednesday August 28, at 4pm. Register here. teen program event

Even if you didn’t win anything this summer, don’t be sad—we have tons of great contests, events & giveaways coming up this fall at each KCPL branch! Check out our new program calendar & get weekly emails about what’s coming up at the library!

Manga Reviews: Bunnies, Alice, and Vampire Boys

Graphic novels and manga are not just for teens or anime fans. There are so many great stories and wonderful artists out there for you to discover, so why not try something new! Below are three popular manga series that could appeal to just about anyone.

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Bunny Drop is one of the most unique and unusual manga series I have ever encountered. It is a perfect choice for those wanting to give manga a try and haven’t read anything else or watching much anime before. It is in the slice-of-life genre, meaning that it portrays the real life of the characters, with no fantasy, science fiction, or supernatural content.

Bunny Drop is the story of Rin Kaga, that little girl pictured on the cover, as she grows up with her adopted guardian, Daikichii. Rin is the daughter of a manga artist/author mother who abandoned her to Daikichii’s grandfather, who is the father! Daikichii does his best to raise Rin, while Rin unknowlingly makes Daikichii into a better person in her own way. Bunny Drop is unbelievably sweet and addicting.

Get your copy from KCPL by going to the catalog here!

I personally am not a fan of the original Alice in Wonderland or Alice Through the Looking Glass or even the classic animated “Alice in Wonderland” movie. There is something unnerving about it. Despite that, I absolutely loved Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose.

The main character is, of course, the one and only Alice Lidell. Alice is feisty, but she isn’t mean, and she stands up for herself and stands her ground when it comes to things she feels strongly about. The male characters are so varied and different, and their character designs are incredible detailed; they have so much depth as people. Readers will enjoy meeting and making friends with all of them! The plot is impeccable in its forward motion by using short yet captivating story arcs. The introduction of new characters is seamless and smooth. The author reveals secrets and mysteries slowly, but without too much teasing. It is all just so good.

So go out and read it. Start with Alice in the Country of Hearts omnibus volume 1, then move on to volume 2. Then move on to Alice in the Country of Clover. And then finally on to Alice in the Country of JokerThere are volumes for each of Alice’s possible suitors, so you’ll get to explore the possibilities of each story arc and relationship.

Blood Lad, Vol. 1

I just discovered Blood Lad, and I loved it so much that I bought the first volume for my personal collection. It is so original, yet so familiar to many manga and anime fans. There’s a demon world, a human ghost, vampires and werewolves, monstrous creatures, and damsels in distress. The protagonist, Staz, is so loveable yet absolutely weird. He’s a demon, and a mafia boss, but he loves human culture, especially Japanese stuff, and he collects it like a hoarder.

I really enjoyed the style of art that the author, Yuuki Kodama, has. There is a ton of detail, the characters’ expressions are awesome and full of feeling, and the character designs themselves are just very unique and appealing. Readers will love Staz’s crazy fashion sense, and wonder what strange outfit he’s going to toss his human ghost girl into next. Another great thing about the art are the color panels! There are several full color front and back pages in the front and middle of each volume. Each volume is simply enormous for a manga volume. It encompasses almost 3 normal sized manga volumes. There is so much content, so much story, so much cool art and quirky characters and awesome action and demon world shenanigans.

Right now there are 5 volumes of Blood Lad published in English. KCPL has the first 3 on order, and you can put them on hold by going to the catalog right here!

This week’s entry was written by Eden Rassette, the Young Adult Programmer at Erlanger. You can see what she’s up to and what she is reading by following her blog: The Cosplaying Librarian.

Teen Spaces at the Kenton County Public Library

The Kenton County Public Library has a dedicated Teen Space at each branch (Covington, Durr and Erlanger) and a Teen Librarian who supports young adult patrons through programs, reference and reader’s advisory.

The Teen Space at the Durr Branch in Independence

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The Teen Space at the Erlanger Branch

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The Covington Branch has been undergoing a renovation project which will be completed in the fall, but the new Young Adult space is finished and open to the public.  It is in a prime location; at the corner of the building, surrounded by a wall of windows at the corner of 5th and Scott Blvd.  The room is enclosed in glass so that programs can be held in the space for teens.

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Features of the new YA space:

40 seats (an increase from 8 seats in the old space)

Lounge space with a gaming area

6 computers

Increased shelf space

A seperate graphic novel/manga room adjacent to the YA space

Stop by the Covington Branch and check out the new YA Space!

Blog written by Erin DeSantis, Young Adult Librarian

Check out Teen Tech Week

Check in @ your library during Teen Tech Week!

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Teen Tech Week is a celebration of technology connecting with public libraries for our youth sponsored by the American Library Association. It takes place March 10-16. KCPL is celebrating TTW across all branches!

During Teen Tech Week we will promote our public library as your technology resource, where you can access and use a variety of technological devices, get help with your devices or with using computers, laptops, and more, attend computer and software classes, and more! KCPL has a digital branch, which is where you can access e-books, digital magazines, research databases, test preparation software, and even attend online classes!

Here’s what’s going on at your library:

ErlangerVideo Game Tournament: On Sunday, March 10 from 2-4pm celebrate Teen Tech Week by competing in a “Teen’s Choice” video game tournament. Visit http://www.facebook.com/kcplteens to vote for the game you want to play.

Tech-cessorize: Monday, March 11 from 6:30-8pm; Create jewelry out of junk computer parts. Supplies provided.

Website Creation 101: On Wednesday, March 13 from 6:30-8pm you can sign up for Website Creation 101 to learn how to making your own website. Get a free flash drive for registering!

Book Trailer Contest: Visit the Erlanger branch during our open recording sessions to use our equipment and space to record  book trailers, or commercials, that are entered into our Teen Tech Week Book Trailer contest! The recording sessions are on Thursday March 14 from 4-6pm and Friday March 15 from 4-7pm. Voting will take place over the following week and the winner will be announced on Friday March 22!

Covington branch: March 10-16: Drop in anytime this week at the Covington Library to pick up your free pair of earbuds. TEENS ONLY!!!

Durr branchTTW GIF MakingOn Thursday, March 15 from 6-8pm come make all kinds of animated GIFs in our computer lab.

This week we have a special giveaway! You can get one entry in the contest for doing each of the things listed below.

You can win one of 2 pairs of super cool headphones!61iDhjj-MyL._SL1000_

1. Tell us what your favorite social media website is. Are you always on Facebook? Do you prefer Twitter, or Tumblr? Let us know!

2. Follow the blog by hitting the “Follow” button and comment here that you did.

3. Share this link on your Facebook page, telling your friends about the contest, and comment here that you did.

4. Follow the Kenton County Public Library on Pinterest and leave a comment saying you did.

Easy, right? Just make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry on this post for extra chances to win. The winner will be chosen randomly and will have to pick the prize up at the Erlanger, Covington or Durr Branch Library. The contest will end on Monday, March 4th at noon!