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December 2016

Cool & New

December 2016

This month’s Cool & New roundup includes SPINDLE by E.K. Johnston, where a demon threatens to disrupt the peace with a magical curse binding princess and exiles; Ally Carter's TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP, where a web of lies forces Grace to fight for survival and find out the truth; and RED QUEEN: The Official Coloring Book, in which Victoria Aveyard's world comes to life and relives every adventure of the original book. 

Spindle by E. K. Johnston - Fantasy

December 6, 2016

It has been generations since the Storyteller Queen saved her country from fire and blood. Her family has prospered, and two new kingdoms have sprouted on either side of the mountains where the demons are kept prisoner by bright iron. But the prison is crumbling. Through years of careful manipulation, a demon has regained her power. When a princess is born, the demon is ready with the final blow: a curse that will cost the princess her very soul, or force her to destroy her own people to save her life. But the web of power is dangerously tangled --- and they may not see the true pattern until it is unspooled.

Split the Sun: An Inherit the Stars Novel by Tessa Elwood - Science Fiction

December 6, 2016

The Ruling Lord of the House of Galton is dead and the nation is divided. Kit Franks, a nobody escalated to infamy since her mother bombed the House capitol city, wishes she were dead, too. Then Mom-the-terrorist starts showing up on feeds and causing planet-wide blackouts and Kit becomes a target. Kit’s inundated with half-truths, betrayals and the coded subtext in Mom’s universal feed messages meant for her alone. Everyone from family to government enforcers seems to have a vision for Kit’s future.

The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book by Marissa Meyer - Coloring Book

December 6, 2016

People, places, and scenes from Marissa Meyer’s bestselling and beloved intergalacticadventure come to life in this enchanting coloring book. Castles, costumes, andcharacters inspired by fairy tales are detailed with intricate anddecorative drawings perfect for coloring. Along with new text from the author,including never-before-published commentary about the series, this is a volumethat Lunartics (old fans and new) will want to own.

SP4RX by Wren McDonald - Graphic Novel

December 13, 2016

SP4RX is the story of mankind clawing for survival. Set in a future where a class system has emerged, the world is divided into four levels, with the elite ruling from the extravagant top level. SP4RX, a young hacker who lives off grid, hacks into corporations and sells stolen data to wealthy buyers on the black market --- just your average thief. Mega corporation Structus Industries introduces a welfare program called the “Elpis Program”, which allows the working class to apply for Cybernetic implants to make workers more efficient. On the surface, it seems like a program to empower the poor and allow them to rise to the ranks of the elite. 

Invisible Enemies: Stories of Infectious Disease by Jeanette Farrell - Nonfiction

December 13, 2016

This book tells the story of seven tiny microbes that altered forever the course of human history. Smallpox, leprosy, plague, tuberculosis, malaria, cholera and AIDS have aroused terror wherever thay have appeared, terror that has inspired acts of incredible courage and horrible cruelty. With compassion and an eye for detail, Jeanette Farrell writes of societies in turmoil and of committed searches for cures, of gruesome, misguided treatments and of the triumph of the human spirit. 

Red Queen: The Official Coloring Book by Victoria Aveyard - Coloring Book

December 20, 2016

The world of Red Queen comes to life in this stunningly illustrated coloring book companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Victoria Aveyard. With both original black-and-white line drawings and beautiful hand-lettered quotes, this coloring book brings to life the high-stakes moments in Mare’s journey, which continues to thrill and captivate readers. Relive every adventure, from Mare’s first night as the little lightning girl to the royal betrayal that changed everything --- and get ready to rise, Red as the Dawn.

Cursed: A New Fear; House of Whispers; Forbidden Secrets (Fear Street Saga) by R. L. Stine - Horror

December 20, 2016

Fear Street is cursed. It’s been that way for hundreds of years. Unspeakable horrors haunt those who’ve walked on its terrifying path. And it all started with one family --- the Fears. Go back to how it all began and discover why the heir to the Fear name attempted to escape the family curse, how a young woman fell victim to the haunted Fear mansion and why marrying into the Fear family means being trapped in a world of death and horror. And how Fear Street became the evil place it is today.

The Selection Coloring Book by Kiera Cass and Martina Flor - Coloring Book

December 27, 2016

Prepare to be swept away by the gorgeous gowns and breathless romance of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series --- now brought to life in this beautifully illustrated coloring book. Features original black-and-white line drawings of favorite characters and moments from the world of Illéa, as well as stunningly designed hand-lettered quotes from all five Selection books, all on perforated pages that can easily be removed and displayed.

Thirteen Reasons Why 10th Anniversary Edition by Jay Asher - Fiction

December 27, 2016

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

Endgame: Rules of the Game by James Frey and Nils Johnston-Shelton - Science Fiction

June 6, 2017

The explosive final novel in the Endgame trilogy. Two keys have been found. The strongest Players are left. One final key remains to win Endgame and save the world. For Sarah, Jago, Aisling, Maccabee, Shari, An and Hilal, Endgame has reached its final phase. The third key, Sun Key, is all that stands between one Player saving their line --- or perishing along with the rest of the world. And only one can win. No matter what they’re Playing for, all of the remaining Players have one thing in common: they will end the game, but on their own terms.

Black Moon by Romina Russell - Fiction

July 25, 2017

Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared.
When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the Galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. And what she uncovers sheds light on the truth --- but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world.
Ever the Hunted: A Clash of Kingdoms Novel by Erin Summerill - Fiction

November 7, 2017

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter --- that is, until her father is murdered. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings and dark magic to find the real killer. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a force to be reckoned with. 

Crystal Storm: A Falling Kingdoms Novel by Morgan Rhodes - Fantasy

November 14, 2017

Magnus and Cleo are forced to test the strength of their love when Gaius returns to Mytica claiming he's no longer the King of Blood but a changed man seeking redemption. Lucia, pregnant with the child of a Watcher, has escaped the clutches of the unhinged fire god. Her powers are dwindling as she goes forth to fulfill a prophecy that will keep her baby safe...but could mean her demise. JONAS treks back to Mytica with a plan to overtake Amara, but fate takes hold when he runs into the beautiful Princess Lucia and joins her on her perilous journey. Amara has taken the Mytican throne, but with no way to unleash the water magic trapped within her stolen crystal, she'll never be able to seize glory and get sweet revenge.

Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter - Mystery

December 26, 2017

Centuries ago, the royal family of Adria was killed...or so everyone thought. Now Grace Blakely knows the truth: There was one survivor, and that survivor’s blood runs through her veins. This simple fact could cause a revolution --- which is why some people will stop at nothing to keep it from coming to light. There is only one way for Grace to save herself, save her family and save the boy she loves. She must outmaneuver her foes, cut through the web of lies that has surrounded her for years and go back to the source of all her troubles, despite the risk.