Reviews and Blog Posts: Fantasy

YA? Why Not?

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It's no secret to fans of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games that teen books aren't just for teens any more. There are many reasons that adults are turning to YA literature, but mostly, it's because there are some great stories out there that have been marketed to young adults.

Whether you're wanting a great coming of age novel, a more succinct story, or want to be able to connect with a teen in your life through books, here are some authors to check out. Just like with adult books, not everything will appeal to you, but don't limit your reading just because something is in the teen section!

Scott Westerfeld: both a steampunk series and the dystopian Uglies series

Colorado Author Carol Berg at Schlessman This Sunday!

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Carol Berg at Schlessman on Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 p.m.

Carol Berg is a former software engineer who can't quite believe her own story. Since her 2000 debut, she's been flown to Israel, taught writing in the U.S., Canada, and Scotland, and answered mail from New Zealand, Kuwait, the slopes of Denali, and beneath the Mediterranean Sea.

Brian Jacques 1939-2011

Beloved author Brian Jacques passed away earlier this week. The Redwall Abbey series, his most notable works, were originally written for the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind, his favorite stop while delivering milk. Even though he is no longer with us, the magical worlds he created will live forever.

Secondhand charm

by Julie Berry

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Evie wants nothing more than to go to university and study to become a doctor. She has always had unusual powers of healing and she would like to get out of her tiny village and help more people. After winning a scholarship from the king, Evie journeys to the capital...

Witches & Wizards

Since Harry Potter, when we think of witches, they look more like Glenda the Good Witch than the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Whether they have tricks up their sleeve, or are a treat to be around, these witches and wizards will enchant you.

MileHiCon42 Urges You Not to Panic

The 42nd annual MileHiCon blasts off this weekend, October 22, 23 and 24, and features over a hundred events including signings and panels, with Hugo-nominee Paolo Bacigalupi as toastmaster topping the bill. This event funds local literacy programs and includes art exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and fun stuff for the wee ones too!

Attending authors include:

Premiere Reads: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Explore new worlds and civilizations with science fiction and fantasy reads, including Hugo and Nebula award winners, that are out of this world! We will be discussing these great genres and premiere reads on Wednesday, September 29 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch Library.

While we can discuss any Science Fiction or Fantasy title, I will also be sharing my favorites. A quick overview of the genre will include defining subgenres like Steampunk, Cyberpunk, Space Operas, and Urban Fantasy.

My Top Five Favorite Fantasy Books

Magic below stairs

by Caroline Stevermer

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Frederick is a very hard-working orphan. He likes little details and learning new things. One day someone comes to the orphanage to hire a new servant for a famous wizard. Strangely, Frederick fits perfectly into the uniform for the job, even though the boy before him was much bigger. Oh...

Lord Sunday

by Garth Nix

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This is the last book in the Keys to the Kingdom series and there are lots of surprises for Arthur! He has to fight against Superior Saturday, Lord Sunday, AND the Piper to try to restore the house before the Nothing takes over. Can Arthur find his way across the...

Lips touch : three times

by Laini Taylor

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Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers' souls. The stories feature a cosmopolitan cast of human girls who face goblins, demons, shape-shifters and curses. Utterly rich and unique in a market flooded with...

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