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August 2016

Cool & New

August 2016

This month’s Cool & New roundup includes THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS by Mary E. Pearson, the finale to her Remnant Chronicles series that provides readers with a dark and intriguing conclusion, and GHOSTLY ECHOES, the third installment in William Ritter's Jackaby series, which combines fantasy, folklore and mystery alongside good, hard detective work. Also included is SCAVENGER OF SOULS: Survival Colony 9, Book 2 by Joshua David Bellin, wherein the fight to save humanity continues as the colonists find another human compound that is less than welcoming.

Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne - Fiction

August 2, 2016


Though she's formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra's not sure she can trust him. And with James's fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.

The Well of Prayers by Anne Boles Levy - Fiction

August 2, 2016

 

Hadara, now sixteen years old, is still recovering from the night she assisted the Azwans, mighty magi, in destroying a demon that fell from the stars. She has a new job as an apprentice healer and wants to put her past --- and her doubts --- behind her.

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay - Fiction

August 2, 2016


Who will be left after lights out? At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game --- it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "Killed" during a series of thrilling pranks and only the Game Master knows who the "Killer" is. When Cate's finally invited to join the Assassins' Guild, she know it's her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs. But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she's the next target?

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Movie Tie-In Edition) by Ransom Riggs - Fiction

August 2, 2016


When a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, he discovers the crumbling Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned mansion, he wonders if the children who once lived here --- including his own grandfather --- were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow --- impossible though it seems --- they may still be alive.

Falter Kingdom by Michael J. Seidlinger - Young Adult Fantasy

August 9, 2016


Hunter Warden just wants to watch unboxing videos and be lulled to sleep by the monotone voices and smooth talking YouTube hosts. He wants his parents to either totally leave him alone or be around for once. After a few beers, Hunter decides to go for a run in Falter Kingdom. When you run the gauntlet at Falter Kingdom, a tunnel next to a park on the outskirts of suburbia, one of two things can happen --- nothing or you catch a demon. The cold spots, locked doors, scratches on the wall and disappearing laptop immediately alert Hunter to the fact that a demon is haunting him. Hunter knows that he should get rid of it, but he can't help but enjoy the company of "H," despite this demon's sinister intentions.

The Evolution of Gabriel Adam by S.L. Duncan - Fantasy

August 9, 2016


Stuck in the Dark Realm, teen-turned-archangel Gabriel Adam must remember who he was in the world. A familiar face guides him through an apocalyptic landscape, the only way home, but a relentless destructive force hunts them.

Friends is Friends by Greg Cook - Graphic Novel

August 16, 2016


FRIENDS IS FRIENDS tells the story of complicated friendships through a series of funny, bittersweet vignettes. Greg Cook's deceptively sweet storybook world is imbued with grown-up humor that is both dark and whimsical. The result is a fable for adults, where the only clear moral is this: friendship isn't easy, whether you're a hobo or a snowman or a ghost. 

The Almost King by Lucy Saxon - Science Fiction/Dystopian

August 16, 2016


Aleks Vasin doesn't want any part of the boring village life mapped out for him --- he wants excitement and the chance to travel. So Aleks heads South to the great city of Rensav and enlists in the army, but after a brutal few days, he realizes that he's signed himself away to a life far worse than the one he just left. Aleks escapes, hoping to find safety somewhere in the North. On the way, he finds love, adventure and a skyship full of technological discoveries beyond his wildest dreams. He might just prove himself a hero too --- but only if he can evade the vengeful soldiers on his trail who want him back.

The Flame Never Dies by Rachel Vincent - Fantasy

August 16, 2016


17 year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go. In the badlands, Nina, Mellie and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

The Edge of the Light by Elizabeth George - Mystery

August 16, 2016


Seth Darrow is a simple, straightforward guy. Since his grandfather’s stroke, Seth has been focused on getting Grand home again, before his aunt can take advantage of the situation. Seth would also like to get his relationship with Prynne on solid ground. Meanwhile, Derric has found Rejoice, the sister he left behind in Uganda, but no one --- including Rejoice --- knows she is his sister. Jenn is discovering feelings for her teammate Cynthia, feelings her mother would never find acceptable. And Becca, hiding under a false identity since her arrival, is concealing the biggest secret of all.

Persuasion by Martina Boone - Fiction

August 23, 2016


Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation under siege. The chaos turns dangerous as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. A stranger filled with magic arrives at Watson’s Landing claiming that the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts. The man convinces Barrie and Cassie to cast a spell at midnight. But what he conjures may have deadly consequences. While Barrie struggles to make sense of the escalating peril and her growing feelings for Eight Beaufort.

Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor - Humor

August 23, 2016


Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University alongside his beautiful girlfriend, Claire. Life for Cameron would be perfect, except that Cameron Smith is actually Skip O'Rourke, and Skip O'Rourke ran away from his grifter family four years ago...along with $100,000 of their “earnings” (because starting a new life is not cheap). But when his uncle Wonderful tracks him down, Skip's given an ultimatum: come back to the family for one last con, or say good-bye to life as Cameron.

Running Girl by Simon Mason - Mystery/Thriller

August 30, 2016

 

Meet Garvie Smith. Highest IQ ever recorded at Marsh Academy. Lowest ever grades. What's the point? Life sucks. Nothing surprising ever happens. Until Chloe Dow's body is pulled from a pond. Garvie's ex-girlfriend. Inspector Singh is already on the case. Ambitious, uptight, methodical, he's determined to solve the mystery--and get promoted. He doesn't need any "assistance" from a notorious slacker.

The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching, Book 5) by Terry Pratchett - Fiction

August 30, 2016


Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, and the fifth to feature the witch Tiffany Aching. A SHIVERING OF WORLDS. Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land. There will be a reckoning...

FEAR STREET SUPER THRILLER: SECRETS, The Lost Girl and Can You Keep a Secret? by R. L. Stine - Horror

August 30, 2016


In PARTY GAMES, Rachel is thrilled to be invited to Brendan Fear's exclusive birthday party on Fear Island. When Rachel arrives at the island, a scavenger hunt turns up some horrifying surprises. Soon, Rachel has to fight to survive the deadliest game of all --- the game of murder. In DON'T STAY UP LATE, Lisa is plagued by nightmares and hallucinations after a horrible accident that landed her in the hospital for weeks. Lisa is happy to take a babysitting job to get her mind off of the terrible events of the past. But then her friends begin dying one by one. Are Lisa's nightmares coming true?

The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs - Young Adult Fiction

September 13, 2016


Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April’s rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in class, distracted by the enigmatic presence of Laura Echols. His teacher tries to hold her class’s interest, but she can’t keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier. Over in Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind. Is all her heartache worth the cost of the Assassins’ machinations?

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee - Fiction

June 6, 2017


Welcome to Manhattan, 2118. A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something...and everyone has something to lose. Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction --- to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched. Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart. Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world --- and a romance --- she never imagined...but will her new life cost Rylin her old one? 
Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives, Book 2) by Kate Elliott - Fiction

July 3, 2017


In this thrilling sequel to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott's captivating young adult debut, a girl immersed in high-stakes competition holds the fate of a kingdom in her hands. Now a Challenger, Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives --- the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons alike. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes's only option, as her prize money is essential to keeping her hidden family alive. She leaps at the chance to tour the countryside and face more competitors, but then a fatal attack on her traveling party puts Jes at the center of the war that Lord Kalliarkos --- the prince she still loves --- is fighting against their country's enemies. 

Whatever by S. J. Goslee - Fiction

August 1, 2017


Junior year is about to start. Here's what Mike Tate knows: His friends are awesome and their crappy garage band is a great excuse to drink cheap beer. Rook Wallace is the devil. The Lemonheads rock. And his girlfriend Lisa is the coolest. Then Lisa breaks up with him, which makes Mike only a little sad, because they'll stay friends and he never knew what to do with her boobs anyway. But when Mike finds out why Lisa dumped him, it blows his mind. And worse --- he gets elected to homecoming court.
Eight Rivers of Shadow by Leo Hunt - Fiction

August 1, 2017


In a high-stakes sequel, reluctant necromancer Luke Manchett must call upon the most wicked and eerie ghosts of his dispelled Host to save two innocent souls. It’s been a few months since Luke Manchett inherited a Host of eight hostile spirits from his dead father and made a deal with the devil to banish them. Luke’s doing his best to blend in to the background of high school, to ignore the haunting dreams spawned by his father’s Book of Eight, and to enjoy the one good thing to come from the whole mess: his girlfriend, Elza. And then it all begins again.

Ghostly Echoes: A Jackaby Novel by William Ritter - Historical Mystery

August 1, 2017


Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlord of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the services of her detective-agency tenants to solve a decade-old murder --- her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of 10 years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, Book 3) by Mary E. Pearson - Fiction

August 1, 2017


Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous --- what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed. Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

Recreated by Colleen Houck - Fantasy

August 8, 2017


When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld --- what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity. Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain and she has been having dreams. For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos.

Scavenger of Souls: Survival Colony 9, Book 2 by Joshua David Bellin - Science Fiction

August 22, 2017


Querry and the members of Survival Colony 9 have defeated a whole nest of the creatures called Skaldi, who can impersonate humans. Dangerously low in numbers and supplies, Querry’s mother leads them to a whole compound of humans --- organized, with plenty of food and equipment. But the colonists are not welcomed. Everything about them is questioned, especially by Mercy, the granddaughter of the leader. But the more Querry learns about them, the more he realizes that nothing around him is as it seems. There are gruesome secrets haunting this place and its people.

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes) by Sabaa Tahir - Science Fiction/Fantasy

August 29, 2017

 

A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.