Category Archive – Randomness

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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cover imageThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, tells the story of a woman named Ava, who is looking back on the misfortunes that her, her mother, and her grandmother underwent at the hands of a magic curse. We first learn about Ava’s grandparents, who move from France to America with their children. After a tragic accident occurs in the family, Ava’s grandmother slowly starts to disappear. But that isn’t the only strange occurrence in the Lavender family. One member of the family turns into a bird after another similar incident. The curse on the Lavender family dooms all of it’s members to what Ava calls “foolish love.” No relationship in the Lavender family ever ends up working out, and on top of that, some of them end up undergoing odd magical transformations.

Ava herself is born with wings, similar to those of an angel. Unfortunately for Ava, a boy named Nathaniel Sorrows mistakes her for just that. He ends developing an unhealthy infatuation with her, which unfortunately, is destined to end poorly for the both of them.

The amazing thing about this story, was it’s use of tone and language. Reading this book felt like reading a poem. The language was so beautiful, that even if you don’t like romance novels, I would recommend this book to you just for it’s prose. The use of magic in this book was also a nice touch. Most books that involve the use of magic, are quite sensational and over the top. This one on the other hand, was a lot more rooted in reality. As you might have been able to guess from the title, this is a very tragic and emotional book, and I would not recommend it to readers who are a bit more on the sensitive side.

Teen Summer Reading Challenge End of Summer Party: Escape the Library 2

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Howdy Teens,


As many of you know we held an after hours event for the end of the Teen Summer Reading Challenge: Mission Impossible (TSRC). It was held at the Civic Centre Resource library on September 3rd. Twenty-five enthusiastic teens descended on the library from 7 – midnight to test their escape room skills. There were three different rooms; The Dojo, The Library (of course) and Declaration House. For a teen perspective on this event have a look at Katia’s blog post.

On September 3rd we also presented the TSRC grand prize to the draw winner Beata. Congratulations Beata!

We are starting a mailing list for teens who want to know about upcoming events, programs and services. If you would like to be on the list please email me :

That’s all for now folks!


Pokemon League @ CCRL starting Today!

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Hey Pokefans,

Lonnie from the Library here, better known as Pokemon Professor Freedman (that’s a real rank, I passed a test for it).


Starting September 8 at the new Civic Centre Resource Library, we are holding a Pokemon League every other Thursday from 6pm-7:30pm! The schedule for the next three months is:

Sept. 8 & 22

Oct. 6 & 20

Nov. 3 & 17

If you have Pokemon Cards, old or new, bring them with you and battle other players to win free cards! If you don’t know how to play, no problem, we’ll teach you. If you don’t have cards, no worries, you can borrow the library’s decks. Be sure to bring your 3DS to battle other trainers too or play Pokemon Go in the library — the #pokepossibilities are endless.

See you trainers then!


Week of Geek: My rather aloof relationship to Manga/Anime

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Hello again Geeklings!

So, it’s almost that time of year again!  Toronto’s massive Sci Fi/Comics/Horror/Anime & Manga/Gaming Convention, Fan Expo.  Pure heaven for the average geek.

Funny thing is though, of the five big categories Fan Expo caters to, there’s one category I still haven’t quite latched onto.  Any guesses which one?  If you’re a regular reader, you know Sci Fi, Comics and Horror are covered.  Gaming?  No, though I am no hardcore gamer I have dabbled a bit there with certain gaming systems and what’s on my iPad.  So that just leaves one; Anime/Manga.

You may recall a couple weeks back I touched on the whole Pokemon phenomenon that has us gripped in it’s tiny yellow fist.  But I’ve come to realize that my lukewarm reaction to that has pretty much been the same for all anime and manga.  And it is HUGE in fandom circles, no question.  You’ve got Attack on TitanDeath NoteNaruto, Miyazaki films, etc.  So why am I not all over it?  Why, Al, why?

Well, short answer, for me anyway, is that anime is weird.  And kind of creepy.  I mean, am I wrong?  I don’t think I’m wrong.  One minute you’re watching nicely drawn people (and the art can be quite gorgeous) doing what people do and then all of a sudden their faces change to inhuman grimaces or they shout or freak out for no reason or something hideous emerges from somewhere.  Anime can be super cute but sometimes… it’s really, really not.  And when it’s not it can be downright unsettling.

There’s really only been two shows that I’ve watched with any kind of regularity…

Sailor Moon: This appealed to 13 year old Ali.  Girl-power and super heroics are always a direct path to my heart, and I still have a soft spot for the Sailor Scouts.  But… Serena is pretty darn whiny.  I know she’s supposed to be, but that’s the kind of thing I can only take in small doses from my main character.

Black Butler: This appeals to 30-something year old Ali.  Victorian England, Faustian bargains, gothic sentimentality, tall dark and handsome but morally ambiguous and non human protagonists who use utensils as weapons (and also loves cats).  Sign me up!

But one of my biggest complaints with this one was said best by a podcast review I listened to.  Black Butler has a hard time deciding if it wants to be a horror or a comedy.  And sometimes the two aesthetics don’t mix in the best way.  And again, weird.  The whole reverse werewolf thing never caught on with me (don’t ask).

So yeah, my challenge to you before I take off and immerse myself in nerdiness is to (again, gently) tell me if I’m wrong and why.  Or maybe you don’t think I’m wrong and just want to agree with me.   That works too.

Have an awesome week geeklings, whatever you’re up to.  Stay tuned for my exclusive report from the front lines of the convention, and until next time, End of Line.

Big order.1 (Manga)

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By: chris0444 category: Randomness

Author Esuno Sakae

Categories: Must-read fiction, Randomess, Blog for Hours

Ten years ago the world was nearly ruined by a destructive event of an unknown cause. During those ten years nearly over 2 thousand people in the world have gained powers from just wishing and the number is still increasing. Just a day before the destructive event, a man from Yamaguchi robbed a bank who single handedly did the job just for wishing “I wish i had money”. This shows proof of these powers of wishing and the people with these powers are called”Orders”. The main plot is mainly focused on this highschool boy named “Hoshimiya Eiji”. A boy who does not attend school too much, lives alone in a small apartment, has a fairy that can only be seen only by Eiji and it apparently gives out orders for people who make wishes over the past ten years, has a little sister who is hospitalized and he wants to take care of her at any cost. Eiji seems to claim himself for the cause of the destructive event because he wished for it to happen but the fairy told Eiji that was not his wish for the destruction, making Eiji very curious on who wished for it and what he wished for. Then Eiji decides to go to school and students around him were surprised that he came. A cute transfer student girl named “Kurenai Rin” transfers into his class and Eiji seems to be very interested and attracted to her. After school Eiji sees Rin in his own apartment building right beside his room. Rin notices Eiji and ask him if he remembers her in class. Eiji notices how Rin is polite and nice she, making her more attractive. “You’re Eiji right?” Rin says. Eiji was thinking how lucky he is to be living next door to a girl he is attracted to and that she remembers him. But then Rin seemed  to have a problem with the door. It  “won’t open” Rin says. Eiji wanted to make a great impression of him for Rin so he decides to help her out by opening it himself, but then he got tased in the back and has been knocked out by the shock. Eiji started to regain consciousness waking up in a room where Rin was sitting right beside holding her katana ready to kill Hoshimiya Eiji because he was the cause of the destructive event killing Kurenai Rin parents.

Now I don’t really want to include the rest of the volume so right here I’m going to review it. so far this whole volume has just caught me into the series hard and I would totally recommend it for those who are looking for romance, action, physiological, and supernatural genres. I personally found this manga very interesting to read and I personally got really attached to it.
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