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July 2016

New in Paperback

July 2016

This month's New in Paperback roundup includes SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by Lynn Weingarten, in which June investigates the suspicious suicide of her ex-best friend and finds herself in grave danger; COURT OF FIVES by Kate Elliott, where Jessamy teams up with Kalliarkos to save her family from the schemes of Kal's powerful uncle; and NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES by Adi Alsaid, in which two best friends decide to cross things off their "Never" list and discover that they've been missing out on high school.

Overtaken: Overpowered #2 by Mark H. Kruger - Science Fiction

May 5, 2015

 

After the mysterious pulses changed Nica Ashley’s life forever, she was sure things could only get worse when Dana Fox returned. Her reappearance after having gone missing for months surely means not only that Nica will lose her friendship with Jackson, but also that something more ominous is simmering under the surface of quiet Barrington. When another pulse occurs, Nica discovers that she can be invisible at any time. She tries to talk to her friends about how bizarre things have become, but they all seem to have no idea what she is talking about. Nica soon realizes that Dana has a strange control over the whole town, including her undercover, government-agent father. Now on her own, Nica must stop BarTech from using her and her friends as weapons. But can she figure out their ultimate plan before it is too late?
Forever for a Year by B. T. Gottfred - Fiction

July 7, 2015

 

When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other. They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences. When they're together, nothing else matters. Told in Carolina and Trevor's alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.

Thirteen Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt - Fiction

August 25, 2015

 

When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies unexpectedly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a collection of eight restless spirits, known as his Host, who want revenge for their long enslavement. Once they figure out that Luke has no clue how to manage them, they become increasingly belligerent, and eventually mutiny. Halloween (the night when ghosts reach the height of their power) is fast approaching, and Luke knows his Host is planning something far more trick than treat. 

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines - Fiction

July 5, 2016

 

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer. Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father --- so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

After Alice by Gregory Maguire - Fantasy

July 5, 2016


Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, is off to visit her friend, but arrives a moment too late --- and tumbles down the rabbit hole herself. Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and see her safely home from this surreal world below the world. If Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life.

Twisted by Hannah Jayne - Suspense/Thriller

July 5, 2016

 

Bex has always been her daddy's little girl. After her mother left, it was just the two of them. Sure he spoiled her with clothes and jewelry, but what father doesn't dote on his daughter? Except Bex's dad is alleged to be a notorious serial killer. Dubbed "The Wife Collector" by the press, her father disappeared before he could stand trial. And Bex was left to deal with the taunts and rumors. Foster care is her one chance at starting over, starting fresh. When bodies start turning up in her new hometown, the police want to use her as bait to bring her father in for questioning.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten - Mystery/Thriller

July 5, 2016


June and Delia used to be closer than anything. But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend, Ryan, were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this --- things would never be the same again. And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally - Young Adult Romance

July 5, 2016


Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. But one impulsive decision --- one lie to cover for her boyfriend --- and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High. Soccer has always been Taylor's escape, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed.

Girl in the Shadows by Gwenda Bond - Young Adult Fiction

July 5, 2016


Eighteen-year-old Moira Mitchell grew up in the shadows of Vegas’s stage lights while her father’s career as a magician soared. More than anything, Moira wants to be a magician too, but her father is dead set against her pursuing magic. When an invitation to join the Cirque American mistakenly falls into Moira’s possession, she takes action. Instead of giving the highly coveted invitation to its intended recipient, Moira takes off to join the Cirque. But when Moira arrives, things take on an intensity she can’t control as her stage magic suddenly feels like…real magic.

Positively Beautiful by Wendy Mills -

July 5, 2016


Erin Bailey's life changes forever the day her mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. It's always just been Erin and Mom, so living without her is not an option. Life takes another turn when the cancer is linked to a rare genetic mutation, and Erin must grapple with the decision of whether or not to have her own DNA tested. Her only outlets are flying lessons, where looking to the horizon calms her deepest fears, and her new friend Ashley, a girl she met in an online support group. But when a flash decision has Erin flying away to find her new friend, she embarks on a journey from the depths of despair to new love and a better understanding of the true meaning of beauty. 
 
This thought-provoking story brings readers to the emotional brink and back again, as they experience Erin's fear, her frustration, and ultimately...her freedom.
Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation by Albert Marrin - History

July 12, 2016

 

Dubbed 'The Father of the American Revolution', Paine began his written reign by fervently proposing the idea of American independence from Great Britain, where he lived before emigrating to the United States in his thirties. Paine continued to divulge his ideas to the public, risking his reputation and even his life. Award-winning author Albert Marrin illustrates the hardships and significance of a man's beliefs and its affects on our nation in a way that all ages can comprehend.

Revelations: The Elysium Chronicles, Book 2 by J. A. Souders - Science Fiction

July 12, 2016


Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking her memories than she was when she first left Elysium. She has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she was. But Evie’s memories begin to collide with reality. Evie and Gavin will have to search for help, and their search may lead them back to the place it all started…

You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison - Fiction

July 12, 2016

 

Maggie and Nash are outsiders. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel --- with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references --- sings a song of love and forgiveness.

A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery by Albert Marrin - Youth Nonfiction

July 12, 2016

 

Deeply religious, John Brown believed that God had chosen him to right the wrong of slavery. He was willing to kill and die for something modern Americans unanimously agree was a just cause. And yet he was a religious fanatic and a staunch believer in "righteous violence," an unapologetic committer of domestic terrorism. 

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott - Fiction

July 12, 2016


Away from her family Jessamy can be whoever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom's best contenders. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between two Fives competitors --- one of mixed race and the other a Patron boy --- causes heads to turn. 

FDR and the American Crisis by Albert Marrin - History

July 12, 2016

 

Albert Marrin explores the life of a fascinating, complex man, who is lionized by some and villainized by others. FDR guided his country through a crippling depression and a horrendous world war. He understood Adolf Hitler, and what it would take to stop him, before almost any other world leader did. But to accomplish his greater goals, he made difficult choices that sometimes compromised the ideals of fairness and justice.

Love, Lucy by April Lindner - Fiction, Romance

July 12, 2016


While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too. 

No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney - Historical Fiction

July 12, 2016

 

Shortly after the Allerdons arrive at their cozy family cottage on the river, Lander meets and is smitten with a handsome young man, and they begin to date. But Miranda has a bad feeling about her perfect sister’s new boyfriend. And when the cops come knocking on her family’s front door, Miranda can’t help feeling that Lander’s boyfriend has something to do with it. The police tell Miranda and her family that Lander has been arrested. But Miranda doubts the supposedly solid evidence they say they have against her sister and decides to dig deeper.

Bad Bloods: November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson - Fiction

July 18, 2016


Seventeen-year-old Serena isn't human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods' rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona's vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent - Fiction

July 19, 2016


Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Return to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz - Fiction

July 19, 2016


Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time? Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf's grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there-somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it's up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George - Fiction

July 19, 2016

 

As spoiled society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about their mysterious Romanian relatives, the Florescus. But upon turning 17, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their family, find proper husbands, and-most terrifyingly-learn the secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. But when the devilish heir, Mihai Dracula sets his sights on Dacia as part of his plan to secure power over all of Europe, the girls choose to fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might. 

Resonance by Erica O'Rourke -

July 19, 2016


Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him. She’s back at the Consort --- training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon. In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice....

Noble Warrior by Alan Lawrence Sitomer - Fiction

July 19, 2016

 

After placing teenage mixed martial arts phenom McCutcheon Daniels and his mother and sister in the Witness Relocation Program, the FBI comes to realize they have a unique asset on their hands. Recruited to help the FBI, McCutcheon finds himself hunting bad guys. et in his universe where up is down, McCutcheon ends up disavowed by the government and left to rot in one of America's most notorious prisons.McCutcheon, a trained urban warrior, escapes and sets out for revenge on those who betrayed him and his family.

Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator by Jen Klein - Fiction

July 19, 2016

 

Jillian Cade doesn’t believe in the paranormal, unlike her famous father, a professor and expert on the occult. Ever since he abandoned her to travel the world for “research,” she’s milked his reputation --- and all the suckers who believe in the stuff --- by taking over his private investigation firm. After all, a high school junior has to take care of herself, especially when she’s on her own.

After You by Jojo Moyes - Romance

July 19, 2016


After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, Louisa Clark is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Thanks to the members of the Moving On support group, Lou meets strong, capable Sam Fielding, a paramedic whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future.

Level Up Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Thien Pham - Graphic Novel

July 19, 2016


Dennis Ouyang lives in the shadow of his parents' high expectations. They want him to go to med school and become a doctor. Dennis just wants to play video games --- and he might actually be good enough to do it professionally. But four adorable, bossy, and occasionally terrifying angels arrive just in time to lead Dennis back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. It's all part of the plan, they tell him. But is it? This powerful piece of magical realism brings into sharp relief the conflict many teens face between pursuing their dreams and living their parents'.

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid - Fiction

July 26, 2016

 

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids --- they even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they'd never, ever do in high school. But Dave has a secret: he's broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It's either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember. Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along.

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon - Adventure

July 26, 2016


Desperate to escape an arranged marriage and the life her high-ranking government official father planned for her, Cat Hunter does the unthinkable. She runs away from her homeland Tellus, disguises herself as a boy, and stows away on an air ship. What she isn’t quite ready for is meeting Fox, a crew member aboard the Stormdancer --- which turns out to be a smugglers’ ship. So begins an epic adventure that spans both land and sea.

Into the Light: Into the Dark, Book 2 by Caroline Patti - Young Adult Fiction

July 26, 2016


Mercy’s family is back together and the threat of danger appears to have passed. But any relief she feels is short lived as she is ripped from her body and thrown in jail. Gage and Nathaniel’s plans to break Mercy out won’t exactly be easy. Stuffed full of a chemical binding agent, Mercy is trapped inside the body of a convict without the ability to breach and set herself free. Unfortunately for Mercy, being trapped in jail becomes the least of her problems when she meets her evil twin, Justice.

A Little in Love by Susan E. Fletcher - Fiction

July 26, 2016

 

Eponine remembers being a child: her swing and the peach tree, and the baby brother she loved. But mostly she remembers being miserable. Taught to lie and cheat, and to hate the one girl, Cosette, who might have been her friend. Now, at 16, the two girls meet again, and Eponine has one more chance. But what is the price of friendship --- the love of a boy?

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman - Fiction

July 26, 2016

 

Lara just got told off on Facebook. She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. It's been a long time since Lara's felt this bad, this depressed. She's worked really hard since starting high school to be happy and make new friends. But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. As online life collides with real life, the truth starts to come together and the backlash is even more devastating than than anyone could have imagined.

99 Days by Katie Cotugno - Young Adult Romance

July 26, 2016


Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer --- 99 days --- with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for...his brother.

The Devil's Dreamcatcher by Donna Hosie - Fiction

July 30, 2016

 

In this emotional and action-packed sequel to the critically acclaimed THE DEVIL'S INTERN, Team DEVIL reunites and takes readers on another journey to the land of the living --- this time, to stop a madman from unleashing the terror of The Devil's most prized possession, his dreamcatcher.