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July 2016

Cool & New

July 2016

This month’s Cool & New roundup includes THE MERCILESS II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores by Danielle Vega, the intense sequel to the THE MERCILESS, in which Sofia strives to resist temptation at a Catholic boarding school; THE SHADOW HOUR by Melissa Grey, the sequel to THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT, where Echo struggles to harness her true power without burning the world to ashes; and THE SIEGE by Mark Alpert, the second book in the The Six series, in which Adam finds himself searching for a traitor among his team while defending humanity from the ruthless Sigma.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab - Young Adult Fantasy

July 5, 2016


Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city --- a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent --- but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

The Siege (The Six, Book 2) by Mark Alpert - Science Fiction

July 5, 2016


Adam gave up everything for a new chance at life. Now with a cutting-edge digital mind, he is smarter, faster, better than a normal teen. He's indebted to the government program that gave him this ability --- and freedom comes at a price. Adam and his teammates, the six Pioneers, swore to defend humanity against Sigma, the most ruthless artificial intelligence program ever designed. The Pioneers are all that stand between the AI and world domination. But Sigma has an advantage. It has learned about human weakness, and its new weapon? Betrayal.

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.

The Merciless II: The Exorcism of Sofia Flores by Danielle Vega - Fiction

July 5, 2016


Sofia is still processing the horrific truth of what happened when she and three friends performed an exorcism that spiraled horribly out of control. Ever since that night, Sofia has been haunted by bloody and demonic visions. Her therapist says they’re all in her head, but to Sofia they feel chillingly real. She just wants to get out of town, start fresh someplace else...until her mother dies suddenly, and Sofia gets her wish.

Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander - Fiction

July 5, 2016


Becca Hanson is a voracious reader. And with all those fictional friends, she never had time for real ones. Since her best --- and only --- real friend Charlotte's death six months before, Becca has returned to a life of books in order to distance herself from heartache and loneliness as her junior year begins. When a class project forces her into the Drama Club, she attracts the attention of not one, but TWO guys. Meanwhile, she's still dealing with the grief of Charlotte's death and that she finally has to build a life for herself on her own terms. Ultimately she learns more about who she is, what she wants, how she feels --- and how to find what she's looking for.

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.

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy - Fiction

July 5, 2016


An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Maybe not kill-all-the-dinosaurs bad, but at least kill-everyone-in-California-and-wipe-out-Japan-with-a-tsunami bad. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been recruited to aid NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. The good news is Yuri knows how to stop the asteroid --- his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize if there's ever another Nobel prize awarded. But the trouble is, even though NASA asked for his help, no one there will listen to him. He's seventeen, and they've been studying physics longer than he's been alive.

Autumn's Wish by Bella Thorne - Fiction

July 5, 2016


Senior year is here, and everyone has a plan --- except Autumn Falls. So many crazy-important decisions lie ahead, and she’s scared to make the wrong one. So when she receives a magical locket that enables her to travel through time (!!!), Autumn hopes she can correct all her past mistakes --- with her friends, with boys --- and maybe even prevent her dad from dying. But the locket doesn’t work that way. Instead, Autumn discovers that she’s only able to visit the future --- and she doesn’t like what she sees. Autumn can change her destiny...but what does she really want?

Rampage: The Singular Menace, Book 3 by John Sandford and Michele Cook - Fiction

July 12, 2016


Shay Remby and her band of renegade activists have got the corrupt Singular Corporation on the run. Their expose is finally working. Or is it? Even as revelations about the human experimental subjects break in the news, Singular’s employees are slithering out of sight. And then their CEO is killed in a plane crash...Was it a freak accident?  Or a cover-up?

The Shadow Hour: The Girl at Midnight, Book 2 by Melissa Grey - Fiction

July 12, 2016


Everything in Echo's life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace. The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart. Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend.

Rebellion: The Elysium Chronicles, Book 3 by J. A. Souders - Fiction

July 12, 2016


In this conclusion to J. A. Souders's thrilling, twist-filled Elysium Chronicles series, Evie Winters and Gavin Hunter return to the isolated, dangerous underwater city that they fought so hard to escape. Back in Elysium at last, Evie has finally found her true self hidden under layers and layers of false memories implanted by the woman she knew as Mother.

The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison - Fiction

July 12, 2016


Hasn't he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night. This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He's always waiting. Always there. Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She's intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims' bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert. Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf-the deserts of New Mexico. But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she's had a disturbing connection her whole life.

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.

The Revival by Chris Weitz - Dystopian

July 19, 2016


The teens forge a new world in this epic conclusion to The Young World trilogy. After the emotional cliffhanger of THE NEW ORDER, shocking events take place for Donna, Jefferson, Kath, and their tribe as they face their greatest challenge yet --- how to hold the new city-state of New York against a ruthless attack from the Old World.

Flying by Carrie Jones - Fiction

July 19, 2016


New York Times bestselling author Carrie Jones introduces sassy alien-hunting cheerleader Mana in FLYING, the launch of a sparkling new YA Science Fiction series. People have always treated seventeen-year-old Mana as someone in need of protection. She's used to being coddled, being an only child, but it's hard to imagine anything could ever happen in her small-town, normal life

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.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather - Fiction

July 26, 2016


Salem, Massachusetts is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves The Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch by Serena Valentino - Fiction

July 26, 2016


The third novel in Serena Valentino's (Fairest of All, Beast Within) Villains trilogy, featuring the story of the Little Mermaid from the perspective of the sea witch Ursula.

The Devil's Banshee by Donna Hosie - Fiction

July 30, 2016


Team DEVIL is back this time, led by the indomitable Viking prince Alfarin to wrest a banshee from her hiding place in the Nine Circles of Hell. Ever since The Devil's wife left him to go find herself, the overlord of Hell has had a hard time replacing her. As his dreamcatcher, she protected all realms of the afterlife by filtering his most insidious imaginings.