Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Staff Picks

Readers and cinema fans alike are always excited to see their favorite novels turned into much buzzed-about films. This Valentine’s Day will see the release of Beautiful Creatures, a film based on the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. While this title may be an old favorite of young adult literature fans, Beautiful Creatures is poised to explode at the box office and create a whole new legion of avid readers.

Beautiful Creatures tells the story of Lena, a girl from a small southern town on the verge of her 16th birthday. But Lena is no ordinary girl—she is a Caster, a mortal who has magical powers she will claim when she turns 16. The novel is told from the perspective of Ethan, a local boy who quickly falls for Lena and realizes she is more than just the new girl at school.

Want more books like Beautiful Creatures? Check out these other paranormal romances:

Chime by Franny Billingsley
Briony knows she’s a witch. Briony knows she is evil. And those are only the beginning of Briony’s long list of secrets.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
When Gemma is sent to live in England and attend a posh boarding school after living her whole life in India, she begins to have terrible visions and realizes she and her friends may have powers they never imagined.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
In 15th century Brittany, Ismae, marked from birth by Death himself, escapes a life of poverty and joins a convent where she is trained to become an assassin and enact justice on those who have done wrong.

Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Growing up as the only non-clairvoyant in a family of psychics, Blue’s life is anything but normal. But when Blue has her first paranormal vision, everything in her life is turned upside-down, including her heart.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
All over the world are doors. Karou knows where these doors lead—to the chimaerae, horrifying monsters and the only family Karou has. But when mysterious hand marks begin appearing on the doors, Karou begins to discover truths which have been hidden from her her entire life.

Leave a comment and tell us your favorite paranormal read!

Cleo Slaughter
Program Manager