Saturday, September 3, 2016

Closed for holiday

The Buena Vista branch of Burbank Public Library will be closed on Sunday, September 4, and all three branches of the library will be closed on Monday, September 5, to honor the Labor Day holiday. We will resume regular hours on Tuesday--see you then!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Teen review: Romantic sequel

Editor's note: Here is the follow-up review to S. L.'s discussion of the previous book, here. If you haven't read the first book, be warned that there are minor spoilers.

P.S I Still Love You
by Jenny Han
337 pages
Contemporary romance

Sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Recommended for high school

Reviewed by S. L., grade 10

Lara Jean is not in the mood for fun and games any more. She finally chooses Peter, out of the five boys who received her letters, and is going to stick with him for good…or so she thought. One of her memorable nights with Peter has been video taped and posted all over the internet for everyone to see, and Peter’s ex, Genevieve, is out to get Peter. Lara Jean is determined to find the culprit who posted the video, and to stop Genevieve’s plans once and for all. An added complication is that her middle school crush came to visit her and confessed his feelings for her. Lara Jean needs to choose whether to stay with Peter or run away with her middle school crush. On top of that, an elderly and friend, Stormy, is hooking her up with one of her grandsons! 
And not only does Lara Jean have to deal with all this high school drama, but she has a family to take care of, and her work at the nursing home as well. Can she handle all this pressure?

The second book of the series was even better then the first, in my opinion. The characters in the story have an array of different personalities that are sweet, funny, and relatable, although there were times when the male characters in the story made me want to face-palm. This book also contains a bunch of Easter eggs and references to other movies and books. I recommend this to readers who love love, and to women who would love a "reverse harem." I would give this book/series five Jamie Foxx Pickles out of five for making my heart scream with embarrassment and laughs.

Editor's note: We also have this as an e-book.

Monday, August 29, 2016

What we're reading: Paper and Fire

I read Rachel Caine's first book about the Great Library, Ink and Bone, back in late April, and reviewed it here.  Fortunately for me, I discovered it late, and Rachel Caine is also a fast writer, because the sequel, Paper and Fire, came out in July, and as soon as Teen Summer Reading was over, I checked it (and a dozen more books) out of the library so I could play catch-up with series and sequels.

I enjoyed re-immersing myself in the world of the Great Library. The action takes up shortly after the end of the first book, with the students having moved from being Library postulants into their roles as Garda (the Library's army), Scholars (Librarians), and Obscurists (alchemists). But their primary focus is their dear friend Thomas, missing and presumed dead...or is he? Jess, Glein, Khalila, Dario, and Morgan, with assistance from their mentors, High Garda officer Santi and Scholar Wolfe, are determined to find out--and if he's alive, they're not leaving him in the hands of the Library and the Archivist.

There are lots of exciting scenes, especially involving the automata--giant animated statues trained to attack the enemies of the Library. (Picture the lions on the front steps of New York Public Library getting up and chasing you.) We gain a little more insight into the personnel of the Library and the illegal book smugglers, and the ending is a set-up to find out about the Burners in the next book.

The story suffered a little from middle-book syndrome, but the dynamic among the characters is probably the best vehicle to make the story flow. Although we don't learn as much as we might have liked in this book, we do get some further background and we root for Jess and friends as they encounter ever greater perils. I will definitely anticipate book #3!