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October 2016

Cool & New

October 2016

This month’s Cool & New roundup really gets us in the Halloween mood with ROSE & THORN, where Rose needs to delay three curses she was born with --- which could lead to her freedom or cause her to face the curses that she had so desperately been trying to keep at bay; THE SINGING BONES, a new and dark look at the Brothers Grimm fairy tales that have taken the world by storm; and ILLUSION, where Barrie Watson must break the curse that puts her family in danger, all the while trying to survive the deadly maze of magic that comes with this quest.

The Immortal Throne (Into the Dark Book #3) by Bree Despain - Fiction

October 1, 2016


Daphne Raines knew it was risky to enter the underworld to save the love of her life, Haden, who had sacrificed his own honor as an Underlord for her sake. But she could never have predicted that she'd end up betrothed to Haden's conniving half-brother, Garrick, new King of the Underrealm and bound to his dark world. Even worse, Haden is banished to the mortal realm, and has just days to live as poison takes over his body and mind. Only Daphne's kiss can save him, but how can she escape Garrick and reach Haden in time?

Incognita by Kristen Lippert-Martin - Fiction

October 1, 2016

Women Heroes of World War II --- The Pacific Theater: 15 Stories of Resistance, Rescue, Sabotage, and Survival by Kathryn Atwood - History

October 1, 2016


In these pages, readers will meet courageous women and girls who risked their lives through their involvement in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. Fifteen suspense-filled stories unfold across China, Japan, Malaya, Singapore, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines, providing an inspiring reminder of womens' and girls' refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history.

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science From Sherlock Holmes to DNA by Bridget Heos -

October 4, 2016


BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES provides young readers with a fresh and fascinating look at the ever-evolving science of forensics. In this book, acclaimed author Bridget Heos uses real-life cases to tell the history of modern forensic science, from the first test for arsenic poisoning to fingerprinting, firearm and blood spatter analysis, DNA evidence and all the important milestones in between. By turns captivating and shocking, BLOOD, BULLETS, AND BONES demonstrates the essential role forensic science has played in our criminal justice system.

The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster -

October 4, 2016


Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift --- one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more.

Clanless: Nameless by Jennifer Jenkins - Fiction

October 4, 2016


Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor. Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven "Nest" to warn strangers of their impending demise-though it could cost him more than just his pride.

Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca - Fiction

October 4, 2016


Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died 16 years ago. After a lifetime of just the two of them, Mom suddenly feels like a stranger. When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. If it’s not a warning, could her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible for the strange occurrences? Or maybe it’s the grieving building superintendent whose dead daughter strongly resembles Ella? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who --- or what --- might harm her.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven - Fiction

October 4, 2016


Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love and for every possibility life has to offer. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Aerie by Maria Dahvana Headley -

October 4, 2016


The stunning sequel to Maria Dahvana Headley’s critically acclaimed MAGONIA tells the story of one girl who must make an impossible choice between two families, two homes --- and two versions of herself. Aza Ray is back on earth. Her boyfriend, Jason, is overjoyed. Her family is healed. She’s living a normal life, or as normal as it can be if you’ve spent the past year dying, waking up on a sky ship and discovering that your song can change the world.

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig - Fiction/Thriller

October 4, 2016


Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking question he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn --- as January's boyfriend, he must know something. But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

Secrets in the Snow: A Novel of Intrigue and Romance by Michaela MacColl - Historical Fiction

October 4, 2016


Jane Austen's family is eager to secure her future by marrying her off. But Jane is much more interested in writing her novels, and finds every suitor lacking --- until the mysterious Mr. Lefroy arrives. Could he be the one? Before Jane can find out, she must solve a murder, clear her family's name, and face a decision that might cost her true love.

Way Down Dark by J.P. Smythe -

October 4, 2016


Every day aboard the interstellar transport ship Australia is a kind of hell, where no one is safe, no one can hide. She has learned to keep her head down as much as possible, careful not to draw attention to herself amidst the mayhem. For the Australia is a ship of death, filled with murderous gangs and twisted cults, vying for supremacy in a closed environment with limited resources and no hope. And then one day Chan makes an extraordinary discovery --- there may be a way to return the Australia to Earth. But doing so will only bring her to the attention of the fanatics and murderers who control life aboard the ship, putting her and everyone she loves in terrible danger.

The Glass Republic by Tom Pollock -

October 4, 2016


Following a devastatingly close encounter with a living coil of barbed wire called the Wire Mistress that almost killed her and her best friend Beth, Pen's face is strangely disfigured by dozens of crisscrossing scars, making her an outcast among her peers. The only person who understands her-and the trauma she's experienced-is her mirror sister, Parva, a twin confined to the world of London-Under-Glass. In London-Under-Glass, appearance is everything, and Pen's peculiar scars make her a valuable ally. But some in the reflected city are doing everything they can to prevent Pen from learning the truth about the disappearance of a girl who shares her face.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne -

October 11, 2016


Berlin, 1942:  When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as far as the eye can see and cuts him off from the strange people in the distance. But Bruno decides there must be more to this desolate new place than meets the eye.

The Catalyst by Helena Coggan - Fantasy

October 11, 2016


Eighteen years ago, a dimensional break ripped open the sky, drawing humans into an ancient conflict. Otherworldly souls rained down and fused with those of people, dividing the population into the green-eyed, magical Gifted and the dark-eyed, nonmagical Ashkind. A devastating war followed, and the Gifted have managed a fragile peace ever since, largely through a brutal law enforcement organization known as the Department. 15 year-old Rose’s father, David, has a leading role in the Department. Rose and David are Gifted, but they are also something else --- something terrible. 

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu - Fiction

October 11, 2016

 

Adelina Amouteru has turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest --- though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan - Horror

October 11, 2016


Wicked stepmothers, traitorous brothers, cunning foxes, lonely princesses: There is no mistaking the world of the Brothers Grimm and the beloved fairy tales that have captured generations of readers. Now internationally acclaimed artist Shaun Tan shows us the beautiful, terrifying, amusing, and downright peculiar heart of these tales as never before seen. With a foreword by Neil Gaiman and an introduction by renowned fairy-tale expert Jack Zipes, this stunning gallery of sculptural works will thrill and delight art lovers and fairy-tale

Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl - Comic Books

October 11, 2016


BLACK WIDOW: RED VENGEANCE is the action-packed sequel tothe instant NEW YORK TIMES best-seller, BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED. This time, Stohl takes readers inside the minds of Marvel's most cunning and dangerous spies --- Black Widow and Red Widow --- delving deeper into their powers and will reveal more thanever before about the infamous assassin and her fledgling hero-in-training.

Star Wars: Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston - Science Fiction

October 11, 2016


Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told.

Tetris: The Games People Play by Box Brown -

October 11, 2016


Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. A bidding war was sparked, followed by clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, innumerable miscommunications, and outright theft.  Box Brown untangles this complex history and delves deep into the role games play in art, culture, and commerce. For the first time and in unparalleled detail, TETRIS: THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY tells the true story of the world’s most popular video game.

Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga by Jennifer Croll and Ada Buchholc - Nonfiction

October 11, 2016


The title says it all: BAD GIRLS OF FASHION explores the lives of ten famous women who have used clothing to make a statement, change perceptions, break rules, attract power, or express their individuality. Included are Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Sidebar subjects include: Elizabeth I, Marilyn Monroe, Rihanna and Vivienne Westwood. Photos illuminate the text, while edgy, vividly colored illustrations depict the subjects with interpretive flair. Readers will learn not only about changing fashion styles through history, but about changing historical attitudes toward women, and the links between fashion and art, film, music, politics, and feminism.

The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan - Fiction

October 18, 2016


Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. With only 12 days left until Christmas --- Lily’s favorite time of the year --- Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December. Told in alternating chapters, THE TWELVE DAYS OF DASH & LILY reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season.

Shutter by Laurie Faria Stolarz - Mystery

October 18, 2016


16 year-old Day Connor views life through the lens of her camera, where perspective is everything. But photographs never tell the whole story. After Day crosses paths with Julian, the world she pictures and the truths she believes-neatly captured in black and white-begin to blur. Julian is not the "armed and dangerous" escapee the police are searching for, but his alibis don't quite add up, either. There is more to his story. This time, Day is determined to see the entire picture...whatever it reveals. Did he? Or didn't he?

Rose & Thorn by Sarah Prineas -

October 18, 2016


After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with --- curses that will put her into her own fairy tale and a century-long slumber. Accompanied by Griff, the handsome and mysterious Watcher, and Quirk, his witty and warmhearted partner, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to her story. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the fairy tale they are trying to avoid?

Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast - Science Fiction

October 18, 2016


Mari is an Earth Walker, heir to the unique healing powers of her Clan; but she has cast her duties aside, until she is chosen by a special animal ally, altering her destiny forever. When a deadly attack tears her world apart, Mari reveals the strength of her powers and the forbidden secret of her dual nature as she embarks on a mission to save her people. It is not until Nik, the son of the leader from a rival, dominating clan strays across her path, that Mari experiences something she has never felt before…

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - Science Fiction & Dystopian

October 18, 2016


Hanna is the station captain’s daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a crime family. But while the pair are struggling with life aboard the galaxy's most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion. When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station's wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia --- and possibly the known universe --- is in their hands.

No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista - Fiction

October 18, 2016


Everyone knows that Nathan is in love with his best friend, Preston…Everyone except Preston. Nathan has always accepted that Preston was too focused on his swim training to worry about love. But Preston is heading off to train for the Olympics soon, so if Nathan wants his chance at love, he has to speak up now. Maybe a whirlwind vacation in Europe could help? But…what if it doesn’t work out and he loses the best friend he’s ever had?

The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words That Don't Exist for Feelings That Do by Eden Sher - Fiction/Humor

October 18, 2016


All her life, Eden Sher has suffered from dyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling through words.). Then, one day, she decided that, whenever she had an emotion for which she had no word, she would make one up. The result of this is THE EMOTIONARY, which lives at the intersection of incredibly funny and very useful.

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two: Empire Decayed by Daniel Kraus - Historical Thriller

October 25, 2016


Half a century has passed since Zebulon Finch was gunned down and then inexplicably resurrected to experience a second life. Picking up his tale where he left off, Zebulon heads to Nazi Germany on a top-secret mission. From there he escapes to the shiny new world of the suburbs --- a tidy neighborhood hiding dark secrets. He will exchange the pains of this world for what he believes will be peace among the stars. He will march for social change all the way to Woodstock, go raving mad in the desert, and finally exit from humanity the only way he knows how. We first met Zebulon sealed in a tomb beneath the World Trade Center --- might he yet crawl from the rubble to discover a different America?

Illusion (Heirs of Watson Island) by Martina Boone - Fantasy

October 25, 2016


Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger --- without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her. She finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.

Wandering Star: A Zodiac Novel by Romina Russell - Youth Fiction

October 25, 2016

 
Orphaned, disgraced and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn. 
 
But news has spread that the Marad --- an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy --- could strike any House at any moment.
 
Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight.     
Midnight Hour by C.C. Hunter - Fiction

October 25, 2016


Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all. Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing. Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

Replica by Lauren Oliver - Young Adult Fiction

June 20, 2017


Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects --- Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72 --- manage to escape. A lonely teen, Gemma's life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility.

Strange Truth by Maggie Thrash - Mystery/Thriller

August 29, 2017


"Twin Peaks" meets "Pretty Little Liars" in acclaimed author Maggie Thrash’s new Strange Truth series. Halfway through Friday night’s football game, beautiful cheerleader Brittany Montague --- dressed as the giant Winship Wildcat mascot --- hurls herself off a bridge into Atlanta’s surging Chattahoochee River. Just like that, she’s gone. Eight days later, Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds will be the only ones who know why.