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Kristin Cashore, author of Bitterblue

Eight years after GRACELING, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea, but the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. When Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle --- disguised and alone --- to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the 35-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

May 2012

Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in CITY OF LOST SOULS, the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. May’s roundup of Cool & New Books also includes INSURGENT, Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second installment of the dystopian Divergent trilogy; BITTERBLUE, the long-awaited companion to Kristin Cashore’s GRACELING and FIRE; and NEVER FALL DOWN, Patricia McCormick’s novel (based on a true story) about a child of war who becomes a man of peace.