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May 2016

Cool & New

May 2016

This month’s Cool and New roundup includes EXILE FOR DREAMER by Kathleen Baldwin, the second book of the Stranje House series, in which a girl's gruesome dreams become her darkest reality; QUEEN OF HEARTS, Colleen Oakes's imaginative retelling of Alice's classic fall where a princess is pulled down the rabbit hole of an Wonderland she cannot escape; and INVISIBLE FAULT LINES by Kristen-Paige Madonia, in which a teen girl investigates the mysterious disappearance of her beloved father.

The Wards of Iasos by J. Christopher Wilson - Young Adult Fantasy

May 1, 2016

In the age of dwarves and dragons, graduation from the Iasos Preparatory Abbey is legally required in order to have the skills to survive the harsh world and contribute to the society. Those outcasts who do not graduate end up as slaves, or worse. For the ones lucky enough to live in the land of D’wyee, there is an alternative school where The Wards of Iasos --- The Leftovers of society --- go to find their path before it’s assigned for them. It's a last hope for those who do not fit in with society.

The Heir: The Selection Book 4 by Kiera Cass - Fantasy

May 3, 2016


Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.
The Paladins by Julie Reece - Fantasy

May 3, 2016

The Artisan curse is broken. The souls that have been trapped in a mysterious otherworld called The Void are finally released. Now Raven Weathersby, Gideon Maddox and Cole Wynter can finally move on with their lives...or so they thought. If the ancient magic is truly dead then why are mystical fires plaguing Gideon at every turn? What accounts for Raven’s frightening visions of her deceased mother? And who is the beautiful, tortured girl haunting Cole’s dreams?

Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals) by Eleanor Herman - Historical Fiction

May 3, 2016


Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains, and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise. Alexander, Macedon's 16-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world, but finds himself drawn to a newcomer… 

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood - Fiction

May 3, 2016

The summer before Ivy's senior year is going to be golden-all bonfires, barbeques and spending time with her best friends. No summer classes, none of Granddad's intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives --- and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child? But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. 

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr by Judith St. George - Biography

May 10, 2016


In curiously parallel lives, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were both orphaned at an early age. Both were brilliant law students, one at Princeton and the other at Columbia. Both worked for General Geroge Washington and both were war heroes. Each served in the newly formed government of the fledgling nation. Why, then, did these two face each other at dawn in a duel that ended with death for one and opprobrium for the other? Judith St. George brings together the lives of two complex men who played major roles in the formation of the U.S. in this biography.

Unrivaled by Alyson Noël - Romantic Suspense

May 10, 2016

Madison Brooks is Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she did to become the name on everyone’s lips are merely a stain on the pavement. That is, until aspiring celebrities Layla, Aster and Tommy find themselves with a VIP invite to the world of Los Angeles’s nightlife and lured into a competition where Madison Brooks is the target. Just as their hopes begin to gleam like stars through the California smog, Madison Brooks goes missing and all of their hopes are blacked out in the haze of their lies.

A Hundred Hours of Night by Anna Woltz - Young Adult Fiction

May 10, 2016

When Emilia de Wit ran away to New York City, she planned everything to a T. This was no ordinary trip -- this was Emilia's declaration of independence. Her chance to escape the disaster her life has become. New York steals Emilia's heart at first sight -- even though absolutely nothing goes to plan. And she could never have known that Hurricane Sandy would be barreling up the coast, straight for the city. All she wanted was to get away from her parents, her problems, her life... but when the storm hits and the power goes out, Emilia feels farther from home than she could have imagined.

Marked by Jenny Martin - Science Fiction

May 17, 2016

Cash, the prince of Bisera and leader of the rebellion, is missing. Phee's uncle James is dead. And Charles Benroyal, once again, is behind it all. Caught between grief, thoughts of revenge, and traumatizing flashbacks of battle, Phee struggles to aid the resistance and prove her worth, even as she attempts to reconcile her growing romantic feelings for Bear with her loyalty to Cash. But when Benroyal's attacks grow bolder, no one is prepared for the sacrifices Phee will have to make to win this war once and for all.

Gena/Finn by Kat Helgeson and Hannah Moskowitz - Fiction

May 17, 2016

Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences --- Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early 20s, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend --- the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction.

Charmed by Michelle Krys - Fiction

May 24, 2016

There’s only one place Paige could be, and it’s not on this earth. Indie has spent the last few weeks frantically searching for Paige. She’s tried every spell imaginable, but witchcraft has gotten her nowhere, and she’s going crazy with guilt. Despite what her warlock boyfriend, Bishop, tells her, Indie knows it’s her fault her best friend was kidnapped by the Priory. And with the Priory destroyed, finding Paige feels more hopeless than ever --- especially when Indie discovers that Paige isn’t even on Earth.

The Sleeping Prince: A Sin Eater's Daughter Novel by Melinda Salisbury - Fantasy

May 31, 2016

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin must care for her sick mother while scraping together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke. When her village is evacuated as part of the war, Errin is left desperate and homeless. She turns to the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

City of Spies by Nina Berry - Historical Fiction

May 31, 2016


Celebrating her escape from East Germany and the success of her new film, teen starlet Pagan Jones returns to Hollywood to reclaim her place among the rich and the famous. But memories of her time in Berlin --- and elusively handsome secret agent Devin Black --- continue to haunt her daydreams. The whirlwind of parties and celebrities just isn't enough to distract Pagan from the excitement of being a spy or dampen her curiosity about her late mother's mysterious past. When Devin reappears with an opportunity for Pagan to get back into the spy game, she is eager to embrace the role once again --- all she has to do is identify a potential Nazi war criminal. A man who has ties to her mother. 

Without Annette by Jane B. Mason - Young Adult Fiction

May 31, 2016

Josie Little has been looking forward to moving halfway across the country to attend Brookwood Academy with her girlfriend, Annette. But underneath Brookwood's picture-perfect image lies a crippling sense of elitism that begins to tear the girls apart. While Josie is struggling, Annette seems to fit in perfectly. Consequently, Annette insists on keeping their relationship a secret. At first, Josie agrees. But as Annette pushes her further and further away, Josie grows closer to Penn. When Annette's need for approval sets her on a devastating course for self-destruction, Josie isn't sure she can save her this time.

Sabotage: The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb by Neal Bascomb - History

May 31, 2016


Neal Bascomb delivers another nail-biting work of nonfiction in this incredible true story of spies, survival and the greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II. The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping into harbor, and soon the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They institute martial rule. And at Vemork, an industrial fortress high above a dizzying gorge, they gain access to an essential ingredient for the weapon that could end World War II: Hitler s very own nuclear bomb. When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed.

The Underdogs by Sara Hammel - Fiction

May 31, 2016


When a popular teen beauty’s body is discovered by the pool at an elite tennis club, the regulars are shocked --- especially 12-year-old Evie and her best friend, Chelsea. While everyone else is haunted by the teen’s death, Evie and Chelsea jump on the case, dogging the footsteps of the lead detective as he investigates.

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes - Youth Fiction

January 3, 2017

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.
Double Down (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond - Young Adult Science Fiction

March 1, 2017

Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy's twin collapses in a part of town she never should've been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in a dangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis.

Everland by Wendy Spinale - Fantasy

March 28, 2017

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. When they grab Joanna, Gwen sets out to save her with a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground.

Alice and the Fly by James Rice - Fiction

April 4, 2017

Greg is cripplingly shy, afraid of spiders and obsessed with Breakfast at Tiffany's. In fact, he pretty much goes out of his way to avoid talking to anybody he doesn't have to. And it doesn't help that he has a severe lisp. But Greg's English teacher, Miss Hayes, can see that there's something different about him. Greg begins to write about everything from his mother's ill-conceived interior decorating ideas to his job at the local butcher's shop. When Greg begins to take an interest in a girl at his school named Alice, he realizes that he will have to face his most paralyzing anxieties if he wants to befriend Alice and help her escape from her violent family life.

Ruined by Amy Tintera - Science Fiction/Fantasy

April 4, 2017


Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined --- completely lacking any magic --- she is determined to get revenge. Her plan is simple: She will infiltrate the enemy’s kingdom, posing as the crown prince’s betrothed. She will lead an ambush and will kill the king and everything he holds dear, including his son.

The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight - Psychological Thriller/Mystery

April 4, 2017

It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help. Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie is in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself. This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice but to ignore her gut instinct and go with him. But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast.

The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye - Fiction

April 18, 2017


THE CROWN'S GAME is a thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia about two teenagers who must compete for the right to become the Imperial Enchanter --- or die in the process

The Hunt by Megan Shepherd - Science Fiction

April 25, 2017

The former inhabitants of the Cage are threatened on all fronts --- and maybe worst of all, one of the Hunt’s Kindred safari guests begins to play a twisted game of cat and mouse with Cora. Separated and constantly under watch, she and the others must struggle to stay alive, never mind find a way back to each other. When Cassian secretly offers to train Cora to develop her psychic abilities --- to prove the worthiness of humanity in a series of tests called the Gauntlet --- she’ll have to decide fast if she dares to trust the Kindred who betrayed her, or if she can forge her own way to freedom.

The Inquisition: Summoner: Book Two by Taran Matharu - Fantasy

May 2, 2017

A year has passed since the Tournament. Fletcher and Ignatius have been locked away in Pelt's dungeons, but now they must face trial at the hands of the Inquisition, a powerful institution controlled by those who would delight in Fletcher's downfall. The trial is haunted by ghosts from the past with shocking revelations about Fletcher's origins, but he has little time to dwell on them; the graduating students of Vocans are to be sent deep into the orc jungles to complete a dangerous mission for the king and his council. If they fail, the orcish armies will rise to power beyond anything the Empire has ever seen.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas - Young Adult Fantasy

May 2, 2017

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court --- but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms --- and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas - Young Adult Fantasy

May 2, 2017

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court --- but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms --- and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future--and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Dream On: The Silver Trilogy by Kerstin Gier - Horror

May 2, 2017

Things seem to be going well for Liv Silver, but serenity doesn't last for long. It seems that Liv's troubles are far from over --- in fact, suddenly they're piling up. School gossip blogger Secrecy knows all of Liv's most intimate secrets, her boyfriend Henry might be hiding something from her, and at night Liv senses a dark presence following her through the corridors of the dream world. Does someone have a score to settle with Liv?

Invisible Fault Lines by Kristen-Paige Madonia - Young Adult Fiction

May 9, 2017

Tired of living in limbo, Callie finally decides to investigate her father’s disappearance for herself. Maybe there was an accident at the construction site that he oversaw? Maybe he doesn’t remember who he is and is lost wandering somewhere? But after seeing a familiar face in a photo from the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, she wonders if the answer is something else entirely.

The Countdown by Kimberly Derting - Science Fiction

May 9, 2017

Ever since Kyra was abducted by aliens and then returned to earth, she has known there was something different about her. Now she knows the truth: she is an alien too. Her alien captors replaced all her human DNA with their own --- gifting her with supernatural powers like incredible healing, enhanced eyesight and telekinesis. But when she’s captured by an unexpected enemy, Kyra begins to wonder if her abilities are also a curse. And is she, as her enemies believe, meant to play some key role in helping an impending alien invasion? Is it programmed into her, something inescapable? Or can she fight that destiny?

The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude - Thriller

May 9, 2017

Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.

Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care --- she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other --- or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.

Holding Smoke by Elle Cosimano - Young Adult Fiction

May 16, 2017

John "Smoke" Conlan is serving time for two murders --- but he wasn't the one who murdered his English teacher. A juvenile rehabilitation center in Denver, Colorado, known as the Y, is Smoke's new home. But, unlike his fellow inmates, Smoke is not in constant imprisonment. After a near death experience leaves him with the ability to shed his body at will, Smoke is able to travel freely outside the concrete walls of the Y, gathering information for himself and his fellow inmates. Smoke doesn't care that the "threads" that bind his soul to his body are wearing thin --- that one day he may not make it back in time. That is, until he meets Pink. Now Smoke is on a journey to redemption he never thought possible.

26 Kisses by Anna Michels - Fiction

May 23, 2017

Kasie West meets Morgan Matson in this hilarious and heartwarming debut about a girl’s summer mission to get over her ex-boyfriend by kissing her way through the alphabet. Getting dumped by her boyfriend is not how Veda planned on starting her summer. So she sets out on the love quest of a lifetime: use the summer to forget about Mark, to move on, and move up. All she has to do is kiss 26 boys with 26 different names --- one for each letter of the alphabet. But just when Veda thinks she has the whole kissing thing figured out, she meets someone who turns her world upside down.

Exile for Dreamers: A Stranje House Novel by Kathleen Baldwin - Historical Fantasy

May 23, 2017

Tess Aubreyson can't run far enough or fast enough to escape the prophetic dreams that haunt her. Her dreams bring nothing but death and grief. Tess refuses to accept that she may be destined for the same madness that destroyed her mother, until her disturbing dreams become the only means of saving Lord Ravencross, the man she loves, and her fellow students at Stranje House. Tess’s old friend, the traitorous Lady Daneska and the Ghost, ruthless leader of the Iron Crown, have returned to England, intent on paving the way for Napoleon’s invasion of England. Can the young ladies of Stranje House prevail once more? Or is England destined to fall into the hands of the power-mad dictator?

The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - Science Fiction/Dystopian

May 23, 2017

In the finale of the 5th Wave series, Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves...or saving what makes us human.

The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda - Psychological Thriller/Mystery

May 30, 2017

Kelsey's mother hasn’t set foot outside their front door in 17 years, since she escaped from her kidnappers with nothing but her attacker’s baby growing inside her. Kelsey knows she’s supposed to keep a low profile and stay off the grid for their protection, but that plan is shattered when her dramatic car accident and rescue by volunteer firefighter and classmate Ryan Baker sparks media coverage. A few days later, she arrives home to find her mother missing. Now, to have a chance at a future, Kelsey will have to face her darkest fears. Because someone is coming for her. And the truth about the past may end up being the most dangerous thing of all.

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes - Young Adult Fiction

June 6, 2017

Maguire knows she’s bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash --- and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. But then on her way out of her therapist’s office, she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star, who wants to help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away, but staying away may be harder than she thought.

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories by Stephanie Perkins - Young Adult Fiction/Short Stories

June 13, 2017

SUMMER DAYS AND SUMMER NIGHTS: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

The Crown by Kiera Cass - Science Fiction

August 1, 2017


In THE HEIR, a new era dawned in the world of THE SELECTION. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s 35 suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult --- and more important --- than she ever expected.

The Blood Between Us by Zac Brewer - Mystery

August 8, 2017


Growing up, Adrien and his sister, Grace, competed viciously for everything. Adrien tried to get along; it was Grace who didn’t want anything to do with him. When their scientist parents died in a terrible lab fire, there was nothing left to hold them together. Now, after years apart, Adrien and Grace are forced to reunite at the elite boarding school where their parents were teachers. For as much as Adrien wants to move on, he starts to suspect that Grace knows more about their parents’ deaths than she let on, and he realizes there are some wounds no amount of time can heal.

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart - Youth Fiction

May 1, 2018

Lily Jo McGrother, born Timothy McGrother, is a girl. But being a girl is not so easy when you look like a boy. Especially when you’re in the eighth grade. Dunkin Dorfman, birth name Norbert Dorfman, is dealing with bipolar disorder and has just moved from the New Jersey town he’s called home for the past thirteen years. One summer morning, Lily Jo McGrother meets Dunkin Dorfman, and their lives forever change.