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March 2012

Cool & New

March 2012

March's roundup of Cool & New Books includes STARTERS, Lissa Price's dystopian novel set in a future where teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again; OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF TIME, the fifth installment in Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series, which finds Cammie Morgan returning to Gallagher Academy, but facing more questions than answers; and CURVEBALL: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick, which proves that sometimes the greatest comebacks take place far away from the ball field.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are NIGHT STAR by Alyson Noël, an Immortals novel that follows Ever and Damon as they face down bitter rivals, jealous friends, and their own worst nightmares --- all in the hope of being together forever; THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES, the final installment in Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy, in which a devastated Annah meets a mysterious guy who's linked to her horrific past and her even more terrifying future; and MILES FROM ORDINARY by Carol Lynch Williams, the gripping tale of a 13-year-old girl whose day that started out so full of hope now spins horribly out of control.

Another Jekyll, Another Hyde by Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri - Paranormal Fantasy


An elusive stalker is targeting kids at Marlowe --- and something unearthly has gotten into its wealthiest student --- as Daniel and Dina Nayeri's Another series builds up to a fiendish finale.

Boy21 by Matthew Quick - Fiction


For Finley and Russ, life in Bellmont isn’t easy. Muddied by drugs, violence and racial tension, the community is as troubled as their home lives. But when playing basketball, both boys find a reprieve from the surrounding ugliness, however temporary.

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen - Mystery


In three previous mysteries --- HOOT, FLUSH and SCAT --- Carl Hiaasen has offered young readers entertaining comic mysteries that combine environmental concerns and social issues with plenty of wacky laughs. Now, in CHOMP, he extends his winning streak with a funny novel that dives into the world of reality television.

Closer by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams - Fantasy/Action & Adventure


At long last reunited with his dad, Will now spends his days exploring the "land of the second sun.” Chester, meanwhile, has finally returned Topsoil. But an army of darkness is on the march. And the ruthless Rebeccas have once more cheated death. 

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick - Fiction


Sometimes, the greatest comebacks take place far away from the ball field. Peter Friedman, a high school freshman, learns this quickly after a freak injury ends his pitching career and he must redefine himself in a new life after sports.

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan - Urban Fantasy


When her best friend, Elias, leaves to join the Recruiters, Annah is left alone in the dreary, hopeless Dark City. Fearing he is dead, Annah sets off into the Forest of Hands and Teeth with hopes of finding her estranged sister Abigail, who she hasn’t seen since she, her sister and Elias ventured into the Forest one fateful day many years ago.

Dark Eyes by William Richter - Thriller


Wally fled her adopted family at 15 to live on the streets of New York City. Now 16 and street-tough, she’s trying to discover who she really is while simultaneously warding off her birth-father, who will do anything to reclaim the fortune Wally's mother stole from him long ago, even if that means murdering his own blood. But Wally has had her own killer training and is hungry for justice.

Daughters of the Sea #3: Lucy by Kathryn Lasky - Paranormal Romance


When her family moves to Bar Harbor, Maine, for the summer, Lucy is more interested in watching the waves and a certain shipbuilder than ingratiating herself with the social elite. But Lucy’s mother will stop at nothing to keep Lucy and the shipbuilder apart, even if it means throwing Lucy into the arms of a wealthy man with a dangerous secret.

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington - Paranormal Romance/Fantasy


On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry - Thriller


When Cheyenne is unwittingly taken along in a car-theft turned kidnapping, she doesn’t have a lot going for her. Already blind and sick with pneumonia, she must find a way to escape before her captors get the ransom money and have no more use for her.

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina - Fiction


With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strongwilled, warmhearted girl who dares to face life's harsh truths as she finds her real power.

Heart to Heart by Lurlene McDaniel - Fiction


Elowyn and Kassey are more sisters than friends. But when an accident leaves Elowyn brain-dead, Kassey’s world is shattered. A year later, when the woman who received Elowyn’s donated heart comes to visit, the similarities are so striking and unexplainable that Kassey begins to suspect some part of Elowyn --- other than her heart --- may have been passed on.

Illuminate: A Gilded Wings Novel, Book One by Aimee Agresti - Paranormal Romance/Fantasy


Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she is awarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous strangers. As Haven begins falling for the dashing Lucian Grove, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem.

Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams - Fiction


Thirteen-year-old Lacy and her mother are both starting new jobs on the same day. Her mother seems much better these days and they need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control.

Morpheus Road: The Blood by D. J. MacHale - Fantasy/Action & Adventure


D. J. MacHale's trilogy speeds toward resolution in a final showdown between best friends Marshall and Cooper and the terrifying villain Damon, who is more determined than ever to break down the walls between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Night Star: The Immortals, Book 5 by Alyson Noël - Paranormal Romance


Ever’s aunt is going over the edge with worry for her ward. As a result, every time the two meet up at home, a battle erupts. As Ever begins her senior year, she is preparing for a huge confrontation with her former friend, Haven, that promises to be a fight to the death --- which for an immortal means an eternity in Shadowland.

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter - Mystery


The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan --- an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must face the fact that her memory is now a black hole.

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha - Historical Mystery


Carver Young has always had big dreams of being a detective. Despite his humble upbringing in an orphanage, he gets his chance when he is adopted by Detective Hawking. But when he is thrown into the case of a vicious serial killer who has terrorized New York City, things quickly get real, and soon Carver finds his newfound stability thrown into disarray once again.

Slide by Jill Hathaway - Mystery


People say Vee is narcoleptic, but only she knows the truth. When she passes out, she slides into the consciousness of other people and sees the world through their eyes. She didn’t worry about no one believing her before --- that is until she finds herself in the mind of someone holding a bloody knife, standing over her sister’s friend Sophie’s body.

The Stalker Chronicles by Carley Moore - Fiction


Sophomore Cammie Bliss has long been labeled a stalker by her peers, but when a cute new boy named Toby arrives at her small town high school, Cammie has a chance to be "normal." Unfortunately, she can't really help herself and she's up to her old tricks of "intense observation and following" pretty quickly.

Starters by Lissa Price - Dystopian Thriller


In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers that her renter plans to do more than party --- her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it.

Stay by Deb Caletti - Fiction


Clara has little time to say goodbye after high school graduation, when she is swept away with her father to the Washington coast for the summer. Though she thinks it for the best, it may be harder to escape her demons than she first thought. The troubling memory of her obsessive ex-boyfriend is still felt, and it doesn’t help that the town is rumored to be haunted by its own ghosts.

Steel by Carrie Vaughn - Fantasy


A mysterious broken sword transports a modern teen through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past, and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. 

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink - Fantasy


Helen’s parents are brutally murdered. On top of that, she finds out she’s an angel charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Now, torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation is hard to resist, even for an angel.

Three Black Swans by Caroline B. Cooney - Fiction


Missy and her cousin Claire are best friends who finish each other’s sentences and practically read each other’s minds. It’s an eerie connection --- so eerie, in fact, that they decide to use a school project to uncover the truth.

Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler - Romance


Gabby Gardiner wakes up in a hospital bed looking like a cautionary ad for drunk driving --- and without a single memory of the accident that landed her there. But what she can recall, in frank and sardonic detail, is the year leading up to the crash.