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June 2016

Cool & New

June 2016

This month’s Cool and New roundup includes RELENTLESS by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs, the second book in The Hero Agenda series, in which a girl gets fed up with being betrayed and starts fighting back; ESCAPE FROM ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux, the frightening prequel to her bestselling Asylum series, that follows a teen attempting to escape from the psych ward he was wrongfully committed to before it's too late; and THE LONG GAME, the second book in Jennifer Lynn Barnes's Fixer series, in which a high school election and a terrorist attack reveals shocking secrets.

You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour - Young Adult Fiction

June 7, 2016


Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed. That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way. When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other -- and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

American Girls by Alison Umminger - Fiction

June 7, 2016

 

Anna is a 15-year-old girl who has had it with her life at home. So she "borrows" her stepmom's credit card and runs away to Los Angeles, where her half-sister takes her in. But LA isn't quite the glamorous escape Anna had imagined. As Anna spends her days on TV and movie sets, she engrosses herself in a project researching the murderous Manson girls and she begins to notice the parallels between herself and the lost girls of LA, and of America, past and present.

With Malice by Eileen Cook - Psychological Thriller/Mystery

June 7, 2016


Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron's senior trip to Italy was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime. And then the accident happened. Waking up in a hospital room, her leg in a cast, stitches in her face, and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be, Jill comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident in her travels abroad. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care --- care that includes a lawyer and a press team. Because maybe the accident wasn't really an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh - Young Adult Fiction

June 7, 2016


Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe --- that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain...a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives. As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts.

Property of the State: Book 1 of The Legend of Joey by Bill Cameron - Mystery

June 7, 2016


Joey Getchie has been property of the state longer than he was in parental custody. But he's a survivor, and he has a Plan: graduate high school and get out of the foster care system before it eats him alive. He bonds with Trisha, another foster, who seems to have lucked out when it comes to foster parents. A false accusation leads to a physical clash with his foster father, so Joey flees to Huntzel Manor, where he works part time. He takes up unauthorized residence and keeps a low profile, hoping to avoid attention. But attention arrives in the worst possible way: a classmate is seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, and Joey becomes the focus of the investigation.

Being Jazz: My Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings - Memoir

June 7, 2016


At the age of five, Jazz Jennings transitioned to life as a girl with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview. In this memoir, Jazz reflects on these very public experiences and how they have helped shape the mainstream attitude toward the transgender community. But it hasn’t all been easy. Jazz has faced many challenges, yet she perseveres as she educates others about her life as a transgender teen. Making the journey from girl to woman is never easy --- especially when you began your life in a boy’s body.

Relentless (The Hero Agenda) by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs - Young Adult Fantasy

June 7, 2016


Kenna is tired of being lied to-and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only endangered her life, now her boyfriend faces execution for crimes he didn't commit and her mother is being held captive in a secret governmental prison. It's time for the betrayal to end. But the truth is even more terrifying than Kenna could imagine. A conspiracy threatens the fate of heroes, villains, and all of humanity. If Kenna's going to survive, she must draw on her deepest strength: her resilience. Because when Kenna's pushed to the limit, she doesn't break down. She fights back.

Doreen by Ilana Manaster - Fiction

June 7, 2016


If Doreen Gray were to take a selfie upon her arrival at the elite Chandler Academy, it would capture a face marked with acne, a head full of frizz, and eyes looking anywhere but at the lens. What Chandler queen bee Heidi Whelan sees is a desperate hunger for acceptance and the makings of a willing and useful protégé. Heidi’s roommate, Biz Gibbons-Brown, works her Photoshop magic to create a stunning profile pic of Doreen --- a glossy, digital makeover that Doreen initially rejects...only to wake up the next morning transformed as the girl in the picture. But Doreen quickly becomes accustomed to her newfound power and lives without considering the consequences of her actions.

Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan - Fantasy

June 7, 2016


Julia has the unusual ability to be...unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses. It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned --- crime pays. She's being paid very well indeed to infiltrate the grand house of Mrs. Och and report back on the odd characters who live there and the suspicious dealings that take place behind locked doors. But what Julia discovers shakes her to the core. She certainly never imagined that the traitor in the house would turn out to be...her. 
Endgame: The Complete Zero Line Chronicles by James Frey - Fiction

June 7, 2016


A companion to the New York Times bestselling Endgame series, THE COMPLETE ZERO LINE CHRONICLES is a collection of prequel novellas that follows the Zero Line, an underground group of conspiracy theorists determined to put a stop to Endgame --- and save the world. Several decades before the Players of Endgame meet at the Calling, an earlier generation of Players is learning the rules. Each has been chosen as the one to save their ancient bloodline --- and win Endgame. But not everyone wants to see Endgame take place. One group in particular has other ideas.

Break Me Like a Promise: Once Upon a Crime Family by Tiffany Schmidt - Fiction

June 7, 2016


All Magnolia Vickers ever wanted was to follow in her father's path and head up the Family business. And, once upon a time, she and Carter Landlow were going to do it together. But new legislation is about to destroy the Family's operations in the black-market organ trade, and Carter, her love, is dead. With swoon-worthy romance and thrilling tension perfect for fans of Holly Black and Kimberly Derting, this second book in the Once Upon a Crime Family series will hold readers spellbound.

The Vanishing Throne: Book Two of the Falconer Trilogy by Elizabeth May - Youth Fantasy Fiction

June 7, 2016


Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. Edinburgh has been destroyed, and the few human survivors are living in an uneasy truce with the fae, while both worlds are in danger of disappearing altogether. Aileana holds the key to saving both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing that might be her life.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows - Fiction

June 7, 2016


The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In MY LADY JANE, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of THE PRINCESS BRIDE, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed and only a passing resemblance to actual history --- because sometimes history needs a little help. At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.

The Long Game: A Fixer Novel by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Mystery/Thriller

June 7, 2016

 

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate's campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass - Fiction

June 7, 2016


Castella Cresswell and her five siblings know what it's like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father. Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. Castley's world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father's grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. 

The End (An Enemy Novel) by Charlie Higson - Fiction

June 7, 2016


Shadowman, realizing that Saint George's army is headed toward the center of London, has raced ahead to warn the kids of the impending disaster. He knows that he has to make them understand --- somehow --- that they are going to have to work together. This means that Nicola and her kids at the Houses of Parliament, David and his kids at Buckingham Palace, Matt at St. Paul's, General Jordan Hordern and his troops at the Tower of London, the squatters in St. James Park and all the kids at the Natural History Museum must unite. But will they do it in time? 

Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler - Young Adult Fiction

June 14, 2016


Ashleigh Walker is a mediocre student with an assortment of friends, a sort-of boyfriend and no plans for the future. Then a straight-from-college English teacher, Miss Murray, takes over Ash’s class and changes everything. Miss Murray smiles a lot. She shares poetry with curse words in it. She’s, well, cool. Before she knows it, Ashleigh is in love. Intense, heart-racing, all-consuming first love. But what will happen if Miss Murray finds out Ashleigh is in love with her?

The Transatlantic Conspiracy by G. D. Falksen and Nat Iwata - Steampunk

June 14, 2016


The year is 1908. Seventeen-year-old Rosalind Wallace’s blissful stay in England with her best friend, Cecily, has come to an abrupt end. As a publicity stunt, her father has booked Rosalind on the maiden voyage of his fabulous Transatlantic Express, the world’s first railroad to travel under the sea. Rosalind is furious. But lucky for her, Cecily and her older brother, Charles, volunteer to accompany her. Fun turns to worry when Charles disappears on the station platform. To Rosalind’s surprise, Cecily isn’t concerned about her brother. Then, deep under the Atlantic, Cecily and her housemaid are found stabbed to death. Rosalind is now trapped on the train in a deadly fight to clear herself of her friend’s murder and to thwart a sinister enemy whose ambitions she can only imagine.

Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley - Fantasy

June 14, 2016


Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she instead finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder --- except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.

We Were Never Here by Jennifer Gilmore - Fiction

June 14, 2016


In this exquisitely written and emotionally charged young adult debut, Jennifer Gilmore explores how sometimes the wounds you can’t see are the most painful. Did you know your entire life can change in an instant? For sixteen-year-old Lizzie Stoller that moment is when she collapses out of the blue. The next thing she knows, she’s in a hospital with an illness she’s never heard of. But that isn’t the only life-changing moment for Lizzie. The other is when Connor and his dog, Verlaine, walk into her hospital room. Lizzie has never connected with anyone the way she does with the handsome teenage volunteer. However, the more time she spends with him and the deeper in love she falls, the more she realizes that Connor has secrets and a deep pain of his own...

How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler - Mystery/Thriller

June 14, 2016


Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything...until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near her house. Which is why she has to disappear. Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to head to college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find Nicolette and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price. As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions --- and attractions --- run high.

Sea Spell: Waterfire Saga, Book Four by Jennifer Donnelly - Fantasy

June 14, 2016

 

At the end of DARK TIDE, Book 3 in the Waterfire Saga, Astrid leaves her mermaid friends to confront her ancestor, Orfeo, the evil force behind the rise of the monster Abbadon. Orfeo possesses one of the six talismans that the merls need in order to keep the monster locked up forever. But without the ability to songcast, how will Astrid be able to defeat the most powerful mage in history?

Escape from Asylum by Madeleine Roux - Fiction

June 14, 2016


In this terrifying prequel novel to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, a teen is wrongfully committed to the Brookline psychiatric hospital and must find a way out --- before he becomes the next victim of the evil warden’s experiments. With the page-turning suspense and unsettling found photographs from real asylums that led Publishers Weekly to call Asylum “a strong YA debut,” ESCAPE FROM ASYLUM Is perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine's HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN.

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker - Fiction

June 14, 2016


An action-packed and suspenseful sequel to THE WITCH HUNTER, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy. "I think, in time, you'll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory. Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule --- namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.

Local Girl Swept Away by Ellen Wittlinger - Fiction

June 15, 2016


They are four best friends who've shared joy and secrets, love and memories, and since the beginning, Lorna was the one who held them all together. During a storm, Lorna is swept out to sea, leaving the three survivors with nothing to cling to except grief and questions. Why was Lorna in such danger, and was she alone? When her body is never found, the mystery deepens. Did Lorna really die?  Inevitably, the dynamic of the four friends' everyday life is changed forever. But the pain and confusion go deepest for Jackie, who must face her feelings of unrequited love for Lorna's boyfriend as well as try to put to rest her own questions about Lorna's presumed death. Will Lorna's fate ever be discovered? And how will Jackie become her own person in the wake of a wound that may never close?

Run by Kody Keplinger - Young Adult Fiction

June 28, 2016


Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who's not exactly sober most of the time. Agnes Atwood, on the other hand, has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents' overbearing rules. Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn't hesitate to take off with her.

United as One by Pittacus Lore - Fiction

June 28, 2016


The seventh and final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling I Am Number Four series! With UNITED AS ONE, this action-packed series comes to a surprising, breathtaking and utterly satisfying conclusion. The Garde didn’t start this war, but they’ll do whatever it takes to end it once and for all. The Mogadorians have invaded Earth. Their warships loom over our most populated cities, and no country will risk taking them head on. The Garde are all that stand in the way, but they’ll need an army of their own to win this fight.

Empire of Dust (Blood of Gods and Royals) by Eleanor Herman - Fantasy

June 28, 2016

 

Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world's most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series. After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands --- but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

And I Darken by Kiersten White - Historical Fiction

June 28, 2016


Ever since she and her younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and taken to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada Dragwlya has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend --- and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

Unplugged by Donna Freitas - Fiction

February 28, 2017


In the tradition of M. T. Anderson’s FEED and Scott Westerfeld’s UGLIES, UNPLUGGED is the first in a provocative and compelling new series from acclaimed author Donna Freitas. Humanity is split into a dying physical world for the poor and an extravagant virtual world for the wealthy. Years ago, Skylar Cruz crossed over to the App World for a chance at a better life, and her family stayed behind in the Real World. Now Skye is a virtual teenager, surrounded by glamorous apps and expensive downloads --- yet she’s never felt like she fits in, and all she wants is to see her mother and sister again. Skye is desperate and ready to risk everything to unplug from the App World.