Friday, May 18, 2012

Teen Summer Reading 2012: May 24th-June 31st

Teen Summer Reading starts next Thursday, so get ready to start reading!

Visit any SCPL location to sign up and get your first game card, then earn points by reading for an hour or attending teen events. Complete your first card by earning 10 points and receive a 2012 Teen Summer Reading t-shirt.


Game cards are entered in weekly drawings for awesome prizes and grand prize drawings for your choice of an iPad or an iPod Touch with Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones!


You can also review the books you read for extra entries in the weekly drawings; pick up a review form or submit your review online by clicking the Teen Summer Reading logo on our website. This year’s weekly prizes include Carowinds tickets, gift cards to stores like GameStop and Barnes & Noble, and more, so read and review as much as you can for more chances to win!

Good luck, and have fun!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Lisa's Book Review: Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

Mash together all of the most well-known Grimm’s fairy tales, sprinkle liberally with angsty, magical teen characters, bake for one week in a steamy, modern-day seaside resort town, and you have the recipe for Kill Me Softly. Shortly before her sixteenth birthday, orphaned Mira runs away from her overprotective guardian godmothers and travels to her birthplace, Beau Rivage, to seek answers regarding her parents’ tragic deaths. She meets a cast of other teenagers who seem more than a little strange, and eventually discovers that they are cursed by evil fairies and fated to re-live the dark stories told in classic folk tales including Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, and Bluebeard. In a series of suspenseful plot twists, Mira encounters more bizarre and frightening secrets about the town’s cursed inhabitants as she attempts to piece together the fragments of her own potentially ill-fated destiny.

Be warned, these are not your Disney-variety characters, and like the original stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, this book abounds with violence, villains and some horror. If you are looking for clean contemporary re-tellings of fairy tales, steer clear of this one and try something by Robin McKinley or Jane Yolen instead.