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September 2016

Cool & New

September 2016

This month’s Cool & New roundup includes OPERATION TENLEY, the first book in a new series from Jennifer Gooch Hummer in which a teen has the power to produce weather; PASADENA, award-winning author Sherri L. Smith's newest mystery where Jude has to find out the truth behind her best friend's death; and TALES OF THE PECULIAR by Ransom Riggs, a companion to the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children series.

Quarantine #4: The Giant by Lex Thomas - Science Fiction

September 1, 2016

In the violent early days of the quarantine, Gonzalo joins a gang of thieves who live in the ductwork of McKinley High School. There he falls in love with Sasha, but as he grows too big to fit, he is forced to leave without her. A year later, he scours the infected zone for her. No matter how many murderers, puncture wounds or militia he has to survive, Gonzalo can't give up on Sasha.

Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs - Fiction

September 3, 2016

Before Miss Peregrine gave them a home, the story of peculiars was written in the Tales. Wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars. A fork-tongued princess. These are but a few of the truly brilliant stories in Tales of the Peculiar --- the collection of fairy tales known to hide information about the peculiar world, including clues to the locations of time loops.

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton - Thriller/Mystery

September 6, 2016

Piper Baird has always dreamed of becoming a journalist, so when she scores a scholarship to the exclusive Chiswick Academy in Washington, DC, she knows it’s her big opportunity. Chiswick also offers the most competitive prize for teen journalists --- the Bennington scholarship. Determined to find an unforgettable expose worthy of the Bennington, Piper realizes it lies in Rafael Amador, the son of the Spanish Ambassador and the center of one of the most explosive secrets and scandals on Embassy Row, who asks for her help. But can Piper really destroy the boy she just might love for the story of a lifetime?

Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes - Fiction

September 6, 2016

Olivia’s spent the past year trying to get her life on track. New school. New friends. New attitude. But old flames die hard and one look at Jack --- the hacker who enlisted her into his life and his hacking ring, stole her heart and then left her --- and every memory, every moment, every feeling comes rushing back. But Jack’s not the only one resurfacing in Liv’s life. When a stalker hell-bent on scaring Liv and framing Jack enters Liv’s life, Jack and Liv will have to work together to find out who it is before someone gets hurt, or worse.

Bloody Mary, Book 2: Mary: Unleashed by Hillary Monahan - Horror

September 6, 2016

Shauna, Kitty and Jess must band together to unearth the truth about Mary's death, to put her soul to rest for good. Their search leads them back to where it all began --- Solomon's Folly, a place as dangerous as the ghost who died there a century and a half ago. Quicksand, hidden traps and a phantom fog are the least of their worries. To stop Mary, they need to follow a dark string of clues and piece together a gruesome mystery that spans generations.

Irreversible by Chris Lynch - Fiction

September 6, 2016

Keir Sarafian insists he did nothing wrong. But no one will believe that he’s the good guy he knows he is --- no one except his father, Ray. And Ray is just the person Keir has to leave in order to have the fresh start he deserves. Now at Carnegie College, Keir’s life isn’t what he thought it would be. Two soccer players are poised to take his spot as kicker. Ray keeps calling, and Joyce, his guiding light on campus, seems to be avoiding him. When tragedy strikes, will Keir finally be able to confront his past actions and realize his potential?

Operation Tenley by Jennifer Gooch Hummer - Fiction

September 13, 2016

Meet Tenley Tylwyth, an Elemental Teen born with the power to produce weather. Cool? Not really. Elementals make Mother Nature angry. And who can blame her? Humans have been destroying her planet long enough. It's time she got rid of them all together. Tenley and those like her, are the only things standing in her way-and they don't even know it. It's a Fair One's job to keep Elemental Teens safe. These ancestors of fairies have created a perfect plan to keep kids like Tenley out of harm's way-from afar. But when rookie Fair One --- Pennie --- allows her charge to use elemental powers once too often, she's forced to travel to Earth-a place where no Fair One wants to go-to save her. 

Pasadena by Sherri L. Smith - Fiction

September 13, 2016

When Jude's best friend is found dead in a swimming pool, her family calls it an accident. Her friends call it suicide. But Jude calls it what it is: murder. And someone has to pay. Now everyone is a suspect --- family and friends alike. And Jude is digging up the past like bones from a shallow grave. Anything to get closer to the truth. But that's the thing about secrets. Once they start turning up, nothing is sacred. And Jude's got a few skeletons of her own.

The Swan Riders by Erin Bow - Dystopian

September 20, 2016

Greta Stuart has become AI. Greta is only 16 years old, but her new enhancements are burning through her mortal body at an alarming rate. Of course the leader of the AIs, Talis, has a plan. Greta can simply take over the body of one of the Swan Riders, the utterly loyal humans who serve the AIs as part army, part cult. First though, Greta will have to find a way to stay sane inside her new self. Talis’s plan for that involves a road trip. But there are other people interested in Greta, people who want to change the world…and the Swan Riders might not be as loyal as they appear…

Confessions: The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - Mystery/Thriller

September 20, 2016

Tandy Angel is losing her mind --- or so everyone around her thinks. Even as she desperately tries to destroy her family's poisonous legacy, she's imagining new dangers in every shadow. There are too many powerful people who want to see her dead, and she's the only one who can prove it. As her detective prowess is called into question and her paranoia builds, she has to face the very real possibility that the killer hunting her could be all in her head --- or a very real danger that finally cuts her down.

Wendy Darling: Volume 2: Seas by Colleen Oakes - Fantasy

September 20, 2016

WENDY DARLING: SEAS finds Wendy and Michael aboard the dreaded Sudden Night, a dangerous behemoth sailed by the infamous Captain Hook and his blood-thirsty crew. In this exotic world of mermaids, spies and pirate-feuds, Wendy finds herself struggling to keep her family above the waves. Hunted by the twisted boy who once stole her heart and struggling to survive in the whimsical Neverland sea, returning home to London now seems like a distant dream --- and the betrayals have just begun.
Witch's Pyre by Josephine Angelini - Science Fiction

September 20, 2016

Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader --- found her way home --- chosen to face battle again and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know. Lily and her coven are determined to find answers --- to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian.

Darcy Swipes Left by Jane Austen and Courtney Carbone - Romance

September 27, 2016

Imagine: What if Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy had smartphones and dated IRL (in real life)? A classic is reborn in this clever adaptation of Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE! A truth universally acknowledged: a rich guy must want a wife. A terrible first impression. A couple that’s meant to be...if they can just get over themselves. #hatersgonnadate Don’t miss: Lydia taking selfies with soldiers, Mrs. Bennet’s humble-brag status updates, Lizzy texting from her long walks, and Darcy swiping left on a dance card app.
Chasing Truth by Julie Cross - Young Adult Romance

September 27, 2016

When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant...and he’s asking all the same questions. Eleanor might not trust him --- she doesn’t even like him --- but they can’t keep their hands off of each other.

Sacrifice: Serpentine, Book 2 by Cindy Pon - Fantasy

September 27, 2016

Skybright is plunged into the terrifying Underworld where demons are bred, while Stone --- stripped of his immortal status --- must find a way to close hell's breach before more mortals die. Meanwhile, Zhen Ni --- Skybright's former mistress and friend, is now wed to the strange and brutish Master Hou --- and she finds herself trapped inside an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, Zhen Ni worries that Master Hou is not all he seems. 

The Dead Boyfriend: A Fear Street Novel by R. L. Stine - Horror

September 27, 2016

Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Colin, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Colin may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlin is smitten and doesn't care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Colin. When Caitlin approaches Colin with another girl, she completely loses it. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead-and she has killed him. But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?

Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft and Life Outside the Box by Leonard S. Marcus - Graphic Novel

September 27, 2016

Respected anthologist Leonard S. Marcus turns his literary microscope to the world of comics, which has lately morphed and matured at a furious pace. Powerful influences from manga to the movies to underground comix have influenced the thirteen artists and writers interviewed in these pages to create their own word-and-picture narratives. Here are their moving, funny, inspirational stories: true tales from the crucible of creative struggles that led each to become a master of one of today’s most vibrant art forms. 

A Monster Calls: Special Collectors' Edition (Movie Tie-in) Written by Patrick Ness with illustrations by Jim Kay - Fiction

September 27, 2016

To celebrate the release of Patrick Ness’s acclaimed novel as a feature film, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, this gorgeous special edition of A MONSTER CALLS includes Jim Kay’s original illustrations as well as a comprehensive bonus section featuring enlightening new essays by the author (who also wrote the screenplay), interviews with the director, cast and crew, stills from the movie, exclusive behind-the-scenes content and previously unpublished early sketches by the illustrator, whose artwork inspires animated scenes in the film.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova - Fantasy

August 1, 2017

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation...and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can't trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin. The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland...

The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull - Fantasy & Magic

August 15, 2017

Poppy Hooper and Ember Hawkweed couldn’t lead more different lives. Poppy is a troubled teen and Ember is a young witch. They soon become friends, and secretly share knowledge of their two worlds. Little do they know that an ancient prophecy and life-changing betrayal has brought them together. Switched at birth by the scheming Raven Hawkweed, Poppy and Ember must come to terms with their true identities. Enter Leo, a homeless boy with a painful past who tests their love and loyalty.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas - Fantasy

September 5, 2017

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, Book One) by Jessica Cluess - Fantasy

September 5, 2017

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers. Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients. But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city --- and the one she loves?

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold - Fiction

September 5, 2017

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

The Reader by Traci Chee - Fantasy

September 5, 2017

Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book --- a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society.

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson - Fantasy

September 5, 2017

Lee Westfall has finally found a home rich in gold, thanks to her magical power, in California. This home is rich in other ways too, with friends like Jefferson --- her longtime best friend who hasn’t stopped trying to win her heart. But her uncle Hiram hasn’t given up his quest to get Lee and her power under his control. When she’s kidnapped and taken to him, she sees the the true depth of his villainy. Yet Lee’s magic is growing --- is it enough to destroy her uncle once and for all?

Elite: A Hunter Novel by Mercedes Lackey - Fantasy

September 5, 2017

When Joy came to Apex City, all she cared about was protecting the Cits from the dangers lurking outside protective barriers. Under the orders of her uncle, the city's Prefect, Joy begins patrolling the abandoned tunnels and storm sewers under Apex Central. Then she starts finding bodies. Psimons are turning up dead in the bowels of the city with no apparent injury. Reporting the incidents makes Joy the uncomfortable object of PsiCorp's scrutiny --- the organization appears more interested in keeping her quiet than investigating. Joy's situation grows more precarious and her relationship with her Psimon boyfriend Josh begins to fray

Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch - Fantasy

September 19, 2017

Meira will do anything to save her world, and she desperately needs to learn to control her magic. So when the leader of a mysterious Order offers to help her, Meira jumps at the chance. Mather will do anything to save his queen, but with a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war and protecting Meira slips farther and farther out of reach. Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. So when she’s freed from her prison by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, she knows must take action to save her true love and her kingdom. 

The Dark Army by Joseph Delaney - Action & Adventure

September 26, 2017

Tom Ward is now spook of the county, and with his apprentice, Jenny, he continues the fight against boggarts, witches and terrifying creatures of the dark. Together with the witch assassin, Grimalkin, Tom and Jenny lead an army into battle against a dangerous enemy --- but it all goes catastrophically wrong. The situation seems hopeless until Alice --- Tom’s lost love and a powerful witch --- appears. But how can Tom trust her again?

The Fever Code (Maze Runner, Book Five; Prequel) by James Dashner - Dystopian

December 26, 2017

Once there was a world’s end. The forests burned, the lakes and rivers dried up and the oceans swelled. Then came a plague, and fever spread across the globe. Families died, violence reigned and man killed man. Next came WICKED, who were looking for an answer. And then they found the perfect boy. The boy’s name was Thomas, and Thomas built a maze. Now there are secrets. There are lies. And there are loyalties history could never have foreseen. This is the story of that boy, Thomas, and how he built a maze that only he could tear down. All will be revealed.

Swarm by Scott Westerfeld - Science Fiction

February 13, 2018

These six teens with unique abilities have taken on bank robbers, drug dealers and mobsters. Now they're trying to lay low so they can get their new illegal nightclub off the ground. But the quiet doesn’t last long when two strangers come to town, bringing with them a whole different kind of crowd-based chaos. And hot on their tails is a crowd-power even more dangerous and sinister.

As Old as Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell - Fantasy

March 6, 2018

What if Belle's mother cursed the Beast? AS OLD AS TIME is the third book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. When Belle touches the Beast's enchanted rose, memories flood through Belle's mind --- memories of a mother she thought she would never see again. And, stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful enchantress who cursed the castle and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast will have to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is 21 years in the making.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake - Fantasy

April 3, 2018

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each a possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella, a fierce elemental, Katharine, a poisoner, and Arinsoe, a naturalist, must fight each other to the death. The night the sisters turn 16, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt - Fiction

April 10, 2018

A new state, a new city, a new high school. Mike’s father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don’t want to go. Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there’s something uneasy behind his demands. Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and "hey" becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise. But Mike’s father is always watching. And so is Victor from school, cell phone in hand.

Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan - Graphic Novel

July 10, 2018

The scene: New York City. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another. . .More Beautiful . . . KILL." 

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Fantasy

September 4, 2018

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive, but instead of divvying up the reward, they’re fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A battle for revenge and redemption will be waged on the city’s streets that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige - Fantasy

November 6, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is. Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. She finds herself in icy Algid --- her true home --- with a strangely alluring boy named Kai, whom she's sure she can't trust.