Vampire Teen Reads

IT’S OCTOBERRRRR.

And that means it’s time to get spooky! Or in this case, vampy!

Vampires are some of my favorite things to read about so below is a list of books dedicated to these creatures of the night. I have a display right now next to the Vortex desk of “Vampires, Witches and Werewolves” where all or most of these can be found!

Just click on the call number to be taken straight to the catalog to see if it’s in stock or not!


12813630The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Holly Black
YA F BLACK
Lexile Score: 890

When 17-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.

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Zac Brewer
YA F BREWER
Lexile Score: 780

For 13 years, Vlad, aided by his aunt and best friend, has kept secret that he is half-vampire, but when his missing teacher is replaced by a sinister substitute, he learns that there is more to being a vampire, and to his parents’ deaths than he could have guessed.

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Rachel Caine
YA F CAINE
Lexile Score: HL650

In Morganville, Texas, a town where evil terrorizes the streets under the cover of darkness, Claire Danvers, who has had enough of her current dorm situation, moves off campus and discovers that her new roommates are vampires.

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P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
YA F CAST
Lexile Score: 780

16-year-old Zoey Redbird is Marked as a fledging vampyre and joins the House of Night where she will train to become an adult vampyre.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon
YA F KENYON
Lexile Score: HL640

14-year-old sarcastic, street-savvy Nick is drawn into the world of the Dark-Hunters, but must hide his participation in the battle against werewolves, vampires and zombies from his mother and high school principal.

33784373Hunting Prince Dracula
Kerri Maniscalco
YA F MANISCALCO
Lexile Score: HL820

Bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

345627Vampire Academy
Richelle Mead
YA F MEAD
Lexile Score: 640

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks and sinister plots.

3975774Evermore
Alyson Noel
YA F NOEL
Lexile Score: 940

Since the car accident that claimed the lives of her family, 16-year-old Ever can see auras and hear people’s thoughts, and she goes out of her way to hide from other people until she meets Damen, another psychic teenager who is hiding even more mysteries.

23734628Carry On
Rainbow Rowell
YA F ROWELL
Lexile Score: HL570

During his last year at Watford School of Magicks, Simon Snow, the Chosen One, faces a magic-eating monster wearing his face, a break-up and a missing nemesis.

263147Vampire Kisses
Ellen Schreiber
YA F SCHREIBER
Lexile Score: 610

16-year-old Raven, an outcast who always wears black and hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town, eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true.

8962Cirque Du Freak
Darren Shan
YA F SHAN
Lexile Score: 650

Two boys who are best friends visit an illegal freak show, where an encounter with a vampire and a deadly spider forces them to make life-changing choices.

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Arthur Slade
YA F SLADE
Lexile Score: HL570

An ethical vampire who uses her librarian skills to research which killers justify being her food while looking for her missing mother is hired as an assassin.

353016Tantalize
Cynthia Leitich Smith
YA F SMITH
Lexile Score:  HL740

When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family’s vampire-themed restaurant, 17-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.

6006518Strange Angels
Lili St. Crow
YA F ST CROW
Lexile Score: HL810

16-year-old Dru’s psychic abilities helped her father battle zombies and other creatures of the “Real World,” but now she must rely on herself, a “werwulf”-bitten friend and a half-human vampire hunter to learn who murdered her parents, and why.

186103Peeps
Scott Westerfeld
YA F WESTERFELD
Lexile Score: 780

Cal Thompson is a carrier of a parasite that causes vampirism, and must hunt down all of the girlfriends he has unknowingly infected.
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Slayer
Kiersten White
YA F WHITE
Lexile Score: 590

Set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the first book in this series will introduce our new slayer as she grapples with incredible power she is just beginning to understand.


Check out one or all today! I’ll have to make my way down this list too! I’ve only read a few, myself.

9 Manga Readalikes for ‘Maximum Ride’

This one’s for all the teens who come into the Vortex and ask if we have Maximum Ride. Not the plain ol’ chapter books written by James Patterson, but the adapted and illustrated manga by NaRae Lee. It’s pretty rare we have more than one volume on the shelf at a time due to its popularity, so I thought I’d compile a list of ‘readalikes’ to enjoy while waiting for your next Maximum Ride hold to be ready for pick up.

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Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee by Hiroyuki Asada

Amberground is locked in darkness. A man-made star casts only a dim light over the land. The pitch-black wilderness is infested with Gaichuu—colossal insects with metal exoskeletons. The Gaichuu make travel between the cities of Amberground extremely dangerous. But thankfully the Letter Bees, a brave corps of messengers, risk their lives in order to keep the hearts of Amberground connected.

Find it in the Vortex: YAGRAPHIC ASADA

 

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Schools may lock up for the night, but class is in session for an entirely different set of students. In the Nightschool, vampires, werewolves and weirns (a particular breed of witches) learn the fundamentals of everything from calculus to spell casting. Alex is a young weirn whose education has always been handled through homeschooling, but circumstances seem to be drawing her closer to the Nightschool. Will Alex manage to weather the dark forces gathering?

Find it in the Vortex: YAGRAPHIC CHMAKOVA

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King of Thorn by Yuji Iwahara

Narrowly escaping their island prison through the once-welded underground hatch, our band of survivors now find themselves making a tense escape through a half-submerged tunnel. The watery path may look serene at first, but what monstrosities await them beneath the inky depths? And who is the mysterious girl watching their every move? When a shocking revelation shatters the group to the core, not all of them will continue on to freedom…or answers.

Find it in the Vortex: YAGRAPHIC IWAHARA

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Nabari No Ou by Yuhki Kamatani

Apathetic schoolboy Miharu Rokujou is content to meander through life in the sleepy village of Banten. But his quiet existence is shattered when the Grey Wolves of Iga, a powerful ninja clan, attempt to kidnap him in broad daylight. Only then does Miharu discover that the ultimate power of the hidden ninja realm—a power that can do both great good and great harm—is sealed within his body. As battles erupt among rival ninja clans seeking to control him, Miharu must overcome his apathy and learn the ways of the ninja if he wants any shot at survival!

Find it in the Vortex: YAGRAPHIC KAMATANI

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+Anima series by Natsumi Mukai

The +Anima are beings who possess animal-like powers. In this alternate universe, they walk among us—shunned by society—as they search for others who have similar traits. Cooro is a crow-like boy who is on a quest to find other +Anima. When he meets Husky, a disrespectful boy with a past shrouded in mystery, he finds a kindred spirit who also possesses animal-like powers. Together, they try to gain acceptance in a world cruel to anyone or anything that is different.

Find it in the Vortex: YAGRAPHIC MUKAI

 

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Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose

Alice is kidnapped and brought to the strange world of Wonderland, where a war is waging between the Queen of Hearts and the Hatter gang syndicate, and Alice must find her way home while escaping their wrath.

Find it in the Vortex: YAGRAPHIC ALICE

 

 

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DN Angel by Yukiru Sugisaki

Daisuke Niwa is an ordinary, slightly unlucky, middle school student. On his 14th birthday, he comes down with a ‘condition’ that has plagued the men in his family for three hundred years. When he sees his crush, Risa, he transforms into his alter ego, the phantom thief Dark Mousy. Unfortunately, when Dark Mousy sees his crush, Risa’s twin Riku, he transforms back into Daisuke. The only cure for this craziness is if Daisuke can get Risa to fall in love with him.

Find it in the Vortex: YAGRAPHIC SUGISAKI

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Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura by Arina Tanemura

Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword. All her life, Sakura has been forbidden to look at the full moon without knowing why. Then one night, unhappy over her impending marriage, Sakura gazes up at the moon, only to learn why she was told never to look.

Find it in the Vortex: YAGRAPHIC TANEMURA

 

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Trinity Blood by Sunao Yoshida

In a post-apocalyptic world of constant war between humans and vampires, many desire a peaceful co-existence between the two species, but standing between them is a group of vampire extremists who manipulate the two sides and pit them against each other. Esther is a nun in the city of Istavan. When she crosses paths with Abel Nightroad, a priest sent from the Vatican to combat the local order of vampires, the two form a holy alliance to battle the most evil of threats: Gyula, the leader of the vampires.

Find it in the Vortex: YAGRAPHIC YOSHIDA

-Jenna

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Update!

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On September 4th, 2019, the most recent Nintendo Direct presentation included another update on Animal Crossing New Horizons. New Horizons is the newest addition to the Animal Crossing franchise and will be released for Nintendo Switch next year. This brand new preview was better received than the last update when Nintendo revealed the games release date would be pushed back to March, 20th, 2020. However, things are looking up for fans of the franchise, because the new gameplay preview is chalk-full of some very positive changes. Not to mention the graphics look utterly beautiful!

The premise of New Horizons involves a brand new Deserted Island Getaway Package designed by Nook Inc. It is unclear whether players will be mayors like in Animal Crossing New Leaf, or just fellow villagers like in previous games. The Nintendo Direct began with Tom Nook introducing the promotional video of his new Getaway Package, implying that players will once again begin their Animal Crossing journey indebted to Tom Nook. The ‘deserted’ portion of the title is also consistent with the other games commonality that involves starting from scratch on a town. Or island, in this case. I was at first taken aback by an island setting, but it does seem like a natural progression for the game.

Now let’s talk about what there is to look forward to in this brand new game! Just like in previous games, players start out with tents sold to them by Tom Nook. Well now, these tents can be placed anywhere in the game, including on the beach! Players can also now place furniture items outdoors! This is a huge change, because in previous Animal Crossing games, most pocket items simply looked like small leaves, presents, or fossil icons when dropped outside. You’ll also notice from the picture below, there are more options for skin color and hair types. Previously, there were no choices for curly or textured hairstyles. The preview also revealed new lengths and shades of clothing! Flower crowns are available, too!

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As far as actual logistics go, players can now cross rivers whenever they want, instead of having to use bridges. Gardening gets a lot easier in New Horizons, too, with tree and flower relocation! The days of re-planting trees and flower seeds are over! Now, instead of waiting days for trees to grow, players can simply uproot the entire tree and place it in its new location. Switch_AnimalCrossingNewHorizons_04Speaking of trees, besides bearing fruit, when players shake New Horizons trees, they will drop tree branches for crafting! I will admit, I was a bit unsure about the crafting option being added to the game, as it seemed to be a reminder of the terrible Pocket Camp, but this newest preview made me less opposed to the idea. There are new recipes you can acquire to craft different tools and furniture. And players can purchase them from the Nooks, too. So crafting is totally optional.

Another big feature added to the game are Nook Miles. Switch_AnimalCrossingNewHorizons_08Similar to the CAT coupons and badges seen in Animal Crossing New Leaf, Nook Miles are tracked based on achievements and activities. Collecting these miles will help players unlock more recipes and special items. Other main facets of the game are largely the same, like fishing, planting, and bug catching. It is unclear whether or not fossils and deep sea diving will be part of the game play. But don’t worry! Just because this game takes place in a beach-y setting, doesn’t mean the only season is summer. New Horizons will feature the same seasonal changes presented in every other Animal Crossing game, complete with the cherry blossoms, mushrooms, and snowflakes we all know and love.

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Last but not least, the improvement I least expected but that was most in demand: PATHWAYS! That’s right folks, in New Horizons players will be able to design their very own pathways around their island! From the Nintendo Direct, it looks like the paths will be plain dirt. They are certainly not as fancy as all the custom pathways players used to painstakingly create by hand, but they are still cute! Maybe the AC team will surprise us yet again and add a customizing element in some way. My main question is: do these new pathways mean grass deterioration will be a thing of the past? I’m eager to find out.

All in all, I think this game looks phenomenal. I believe it has the potential to keep the classic Animal Crossing nostalgia alive with the contribution of a few new twists. I’m glad the AC team took extra time to improve the game further. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy and start building my own island! 

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– Jenna

Video Game Recommendation: Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe

Battle Chef Brigade is a game I recently discovered when at the store looking at Nintendo Switch games for myself. It originally came out in November of 2017 on PC, Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4. I personally have played it on the Nintendo Switch and PC. 

It’s an original puzzle game with match-three elements along the lines of Bejeweled or Candy Crush, but so much more as well. For one, it’s also an action game!? I know, a puzzle game where you also get to hit stuff till it dies? I was super surprised too! 

How the game works is you’re training to be a battle chef, so not only do you have to cook up recipes (the match-three element), you have to gather your ingredients (the action element). 

Puzzle Elements

There’s different kinds of puzzles in this game, helping out Belchior, working in the restaurant, and actual chef-ing tournament matches. 

All of them have similar elements though, you’ll be working with orbs of fire, water, and earth and combining them to be higher levels. As you progress through the game, more types of orbs are added such as bone fragments! It’s up to you to decide if you want to cut the bone out or combine more of them to enhance your dish.  You’re given a number next to a star nearby to help you keep track of your recipe’s quality. The higher the number, the higher quality your dish will be!

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Helping out Belchior is my favorite because there’s no time limit, you can restart as much as you want, and it really makes you think (also he has a ton of cats, and they’re adorable). Each day it’s something different and it teaches you different techniques as you go through it to make your recipes even better for tournament matches! (You also get money, WOO). You get a certain star requirement you have to meet and you have to figure out how to arrange the ingredients you’re given to meet that star requirement.   

Working in the restaurant is really cool too but a little high-pressure because the faster you are, the more money you’ll earn, so you gotta think fast! You’re given a pattern ingredient arrangement, and you have to arrange the ingredients you’re given to meet that pattern. I think I’d like this part a lot more if it weren’t so fast paced! Still super cool, and again, HOORAY MONEY. We like money. 

Finally, there’s tournament matches (and practice battles)! These combine the action elements (which I’ll go over more next) and the puzzle elements. In here you’ll use all the information you’ve gained from helping the scientist and at the Hunter’s Guild and put it to use here! You’re given certain enemies where you have to include ingredients from and certain element types as well that dominate your recipe (fire, water, and earth). This is a little higher pressure but not too bad because you’re given plenty of time to collect food parts and to cook it before presenting for judging. You’ll be making as many dishes as there are judges, so use your time wisely! 

Action Elements

Battle Chef Brigade is a platformer action game when you’re gathering ingredients. You have three inventory slots to enhance your character when fighting. So you can choose to increase your health, mana or inventory, or you can buy abilities to use instead! 70230225_2389676034581621_579338457701154816_o

You can attack, run, jump and explore freely. There’s no turn based system here! I usually like attacking and running away so I don’t die! Mana and health recharge over time which I really like so you can just run away to regroup and try again if needed. 

During the day amidst helping people without puzzles, as mentioned earlier, there’s Thorn at the Hunter’s Guild. You meet with her daily to learn different skill abilities to better collect ingredients when you’re participating in tournament matches! I love helping her out because she’s super cranky but in an endearing way. She has some of the best lines in the game, so pay attention whenever she speaks.  

PC Versus Console?

I preferred the controls on the Switch over playing it on a computer. It felt super awkward on a keyboard and not very comfortable. It was hard to remember what button to press to do which action. Using a controller was a lot easier and more natural! 

The Switch also has the perk of being able to play on the TV with joycons (together), a pro controller or handheld! It’s super cool being able to play it on a big screen and then move to play in bed if you want, instead of being chained to a laptop or desktop. I find it relaxing to play before sleeping! 

Graphics and Voice Acting

The graphics are beautiful and the voice acting is well done too! It really helps immersion. It has a somewhat Avatar: The Last Airbender  feel to it in that it’s definitely anime inspired, but the characters still feel realistic as well. The backgrounds also look like they were painted in a watercolor style that I love, love, love. It’s soft but clear and just looks so beautifully rendered. 

The voice acting is also completely on point. I can’t imagine the characters having voices different than what they already have. 

Soon we’ll have Battle Chef Brigade available on the Switch for Open Video Game Play days (every other Friday and every Sunday in the Vortex for grades 6 through 12)  and for checkout. 

Keep an eye on our catalog for it! Place it on hold to make sure you get it as soon as it arrives!
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Ashe

eResource (Mango Languages) At Your Library!

Based on the title of this post you may be thinking, ‘eResource at your library? Britta, why are you just promoting something the library has, and not something different, like a book or video game review or some craft thing?’
Well my dear Watson, it’s quite simple: we have some pretty nifty stuff offered by our library. Some of you may already know about some of the eResources FPL offers everyone, and some may not. One of the majorly awesome resources we have, I wanted to bring to light: Mango Languages!

For those who don’t know, Mango Languages is a free language learning site and app where you can learn over 70 foreign languages including American Sign Language (ASL) and English as a Second Language (ESL).

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All you need to do to get access is create an account while on a computer at the Fountaindale Library – just an email and a password. Simple right? Yeah it is. Once you’ve done that (and of course gone onto that email account to verify that ‘Yes indeed, t’was I who created that account’) you have completely free access to learn whatever languages your heart desires. And no, you don’t need to remain on that computer or need to be in the library to continue your learning, once your account is with the ‘Organization: Fountaindale Public Library District’ you’re good to take your learning wherever you go! Feel free to download the free app, and input your information!

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Want to understand those K-Pop lyrics? We got you! Want to be able to hold a conversation with grandma from India? You’re covered! Want to help a relative learn English? Done!
This site even offers Pirate and English (Shakespearean) if you really want to pass your Shakespeare lit class, or weird out your friends.

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Britta
(Currently taking German)