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April 2016

Cool & New

April 2016

This month’s Cool and New roundup includes THE HATERS, a book about being in a band from ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL author Jesse Andrews; A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON, Samantha Mabry's haunting debut, which whisks readers to tropical Puerto Rico for a magical mystery; and GOLDEN, the stunning conclusion to Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston's Heart of Dread series.

Flawed by Cecelia Ahern - Science Fiction/Fantasy

April 5, 2016

 

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She's a model daughter and sister, she's well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she's dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be found FLAWED.

The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman - Historical Fiction

April 5, 2016

 

Life for Patient 29 is full of medicated day dreams of a life outside the walls of Soothing Hills Asylum. A monster roams the halls of the sanitarium and three girls have been found dead. The dead girls share one common thread . . . each was 29's cell mate.

Dreamers Often Lie by Jacqueline West - Fiction

April 5, 2016

 

Jaye wakes up in the hospital, disoriented, and beset by a slippery morphing of reality into something else. She repeatedly sees a boy who she feels like she knows --- but that's impossible. Determined to get back to school and back to "A Midsummer Night's Dream," in which she's starring, she lies to her sister, her mom, and her doctors --- she’s fine, she says. But then on her first day back, she takes a seat in class . . . next to the mysterious boy.

Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey - Historical Romance

April 19, 2016


Juliana Telford is not your average 19th-century young lady. She's much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses or dances. When her father sends her to London for a season, she plans to secretly publish her research. Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana's traveling companions...and Juliana herself.

The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian - Fiction

February 28, 2017

 

What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together? While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together. And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.

Dreamology by Lucy Keating - Paranormal Romance

March 14, 2017

 

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams --- because he doesn’t actually exist. But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi - Fantasy

March 28, 2017

 

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected.

The Haters by Jesse Andrews - Fiction

April 4, 2017


For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse - Historical Fiction

April 4, 2017


Amsterdam, 1943. Hanneke spends her days procuring and delivering sought-after black market goods to paying customers, her nights hiding the true nature of her work from her concerned parents, and every waking moment mourning her boyfriend, who was killed on the Dutch front lines when the Germans invaded. On a routine delivery, a client asks Hanneke for help. Expecting to hear that Mrs. Janssen wants meat or kerosene, she is shocked by the older woman's frantic plea to find a person --- a Jewish teenager Mrs. Janssen had been hiding, who has vanished without a trace from a secret room.

Saving Montgomery Sole by Mariko Tamaki - Fiction

April 18, 2017

 

Montgomery Sole is a square peg in a small town, forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don't even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren't for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High's Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers and mysterious objects. Then there's the Eye of Know, the possibly powerful crystal amulet Monty bought online. Will it help her predict the future or fight back against the ignorant jerks who make fun of Thomas for being gay or Monty for having lesbian moms? Maybe the Eye is here just in time, because the newest resident of their small town is scarier than mothmen, poltergeists, or, you know, gym.

Heir to the Sky by Amanda Sun - Fantasy

April 25, 2017

 

As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits: by her duties as a member of the royal family, by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman, and by the edge of the only world she's ever known --- a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her.

Golden (Heart of Dread) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston - Action & Adventure

May 2, 2017


With the ruins of New Kandy still smoldering around them and Nat’s bond to her beloved drakon quickly fraying, Nat and Wes are lost amid a sea of destruction --- with Wes at death’s door. Wes tried to save his sister, Eliza, and protect them from her cruelty, only to see firsthand just how dark her power had become. Desperate to escape the dangers lurking in New Kandy, Wes accepts help from a mysterious voice calling out to him from the Blue, leading Nat and his crew into even more perilous surroundings. They quickly realize that their only chance for survival lies with Nat and the quest for a new world to replace their broken one --- but at what cost? In this epic conclusion to the Heart of Dread trilogy, Nat and Wes must put their love to the ultimate test in hopes of seeing their world reborn.

The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas - Mystery/Thriller

May 9, 2017


Tessa left Fayette, Pennsylvania when she was nine and has been trying not to think about what happened there that last summer ever since. Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls. Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and they lost touch. But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. And now she has to go back to Fayette --- to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry - Mystery/Thriller

May 30, 2017

 

Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl --- Isabel, the one the senoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) by Maggie Stiefvater - Science Fiction/Fantasy

February 27, 2018

 

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.