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December 2013

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December 2013

Our December roundup includes ASHES TO ASHES by Melissa Walker, which follows a young ghost named Callie who uncovers a dark secret about the spirt world; SNAKEROOT by Andrea Cremer, the second book in the bestselling Nightshade series where Bosque Mar tries to turn Adne to the dark side and Logan attempts to reclaim his birthright; and THESE BROKEN STARS by Arnie Kaufman and Megan Spooner, which follows two teens who depend on each other to survive when their luxury spaceliner plummets to the nearest planet.

Among the paperbacks released this month we have National Book Award nominee NEVER FALL DOWN: A Novel by Patricia McCormick, a book based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, whose life changed when soldiers marched into his Cambodian town as a child; PERFECT by Ellen Hopkins, a companion to the bestselling IMPULSE that follows four high school seniors on their varied roads to perfection; and LOVE AND OTHER PERISHABLE ITEMS by Laura Buzo, where 15-year-old Amelia Hayes develops a bond with her 21-year-old coworker at the supermarket.
An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will o' the Wisp by Tom Hammock and Megan Hutchison -

December 3, 2013


After her parents’ accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, deep in the southern swamps. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried.

Batman Incorporated, Volume 2.: Gotham's Most Wanted by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham -

December 3, 2013


In this new collection of issues #7-13 of the hit Batman, Incorporated series and the BATMAN, INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1, Batman and his allies must strengthen their resolve as Leviathan moves against Gotham City. Everything since issue #1 has been leading to the tragic moment in which Damian Wayne pays the ultimate price in the war against crime!

Mouse Guard, Volume 2: Legends of the Guard by David Petersen and Various -

December 3, 2013

Inside the June Alley Inn, located in the western mouse city of Barkstone, mice gather to tell tales, each trying to outdo the other. A competition, of sorts, begins. The rules: Every story must contain one truth, one lie, and have never been told in that tavern before. With the winner getting his bar tab cleared, fantastic stories are spun throughout the evening! MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD collects the second volume of Legends of the Guard, a new Mouse Guard anthology series featuring the work of artists and storytellers handpicked by series creator David Petersen.

Pretty Little Liars #14: Deadly by Sara Shepard - Mystery

December 3, 2013


High school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have all done horrible things—things that would put them behind bars if anyone ever found out. And their stalker "A" knows everything. So far A has kept their secrets, using them to torture the girls. But now A's changed the game. Suddenly the girls are hauled in for questioning, and all their worlds begin to unravel.

Rebel Spring: A Falling Kingdoms Novel by Morgan Rhodes - Fantasy

December 3, 2013


Auranos has been conquered and the three kingdoms --- Auranos, Limeros and Paelsia --- are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But alluring, dangerous magic still beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world...When Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of cataclysmic events that will forever change the face of this land.

One or Two Things I Learned About Love by Dyan Sheldon - Romance

December 10, 2013


It’s starting to look as if Hildy's never going to have a third date, or be kissed, or know a boy who is more than just a friend. Then, on an ordinary day, she meets Connor of the melt-that-ice-cap smile --- and a summer that was going to be ordinary as toast turns into Hildy’s summer of love. But love for Hildy is not so much girl-meets-boy-and loses-her-heart as boy-meets-girl-and-loses-his-mind.

Snakeroot: A Nightshade Novel by Andrea Cremer - Paranormal

December 10, 2013


In this new installment, Bosque Mar haunts the dreams of both Adne and Logan, trying to escape for the Nether, where Calla, Shay and the other Guardians trapped him in the final battle in the War of All Against All. Will he turn Adne to the dark side?  Will Logan reclaim his birthright? And will darkness take over our world?

Spoils by Tammar Stein - Fiction

December 10, 2013


When Leni's family hit the lottery, life got...well, strange. But all of that extravagant living has caught up with them, and the lottery money is about to run out --- except for the large trust fund Leni will inherit on her 18th birthday, now only a week away. Leni is prepared to give her parents the money until her sister, Natasha, confesses a shocking secret --- one that threatens to destroy their entire family.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - Science Fiction

November 25, 2014


It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Cy in Chains by David L. Dudley - Historical Fiction

December 17, 2013


Thirteen-year-old Cy Williams has always known that he and the other black folks on Strong's plantation have to obey white men, even though he's free. Almost four years later, Cy yearns for that freedom, such as it was. Now he's a chain gang laborer, forced to do backbreaking work, penned in and shackled like an animal, brutalized, beaten and humiliated by the boss of the camp and his hired overseers. Cy is sure that a chance at freedom is worth any risk, any sacrifice.

DC New 52 Villains Omnibus by Various -

December 17, 2013

The Joker! Grodd! Darkseid! Lex Luthor! These and dozens of other DCU evildoers took center stage in September’s giant Villains Month event! All 52 of the Villains Month issues are collected in a massive 1,184-page deluxe hardcover compilation.

Superman - Action Comics, Volume. 3: At the End of Days by Grant Morrison -

December 17, 2013

Grant Morrison’s run on Actions Comics reaches its conclusion with this new hardcover collecting issues #13-18 of the series. The Multitude returns, and Superman must face them on Mars! Then, the Man of Steel is on trial --- and the jury is made up of the Anti-Superman Army! Plus: What is the secret of the Little Man?

What We Lost in the Dark by Jacquelyn Mitchard - Mystery/Thriller

December 17, 2013


Allie knows why Juliet killed herself: to escape the clutches of Garrett Tabor, whom Allie, Juliet and Rob saw commit an unspeakable crime. When Rob introduces Allie to the wildly dangerous sport of nighttime deep diving, Allie assumes he’s only trying to derail her investigation...until they uncover the terrible secret Garrett has hidden under Lake Superior.

Ashes to Ashes by Melissa Walker - Fiction

May 5, 2015


When Callie's life is cut short by a tragic accident in her hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, her spirit travels to another dimension called the Prism. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who guides her as she learns how to bring peace to those she left behind. But Callie soon uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world.

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando - Young Adult 12+

December 24, 2013


When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl's summer -- and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

Control by Lydia Kang - Science Fiction

December 26, 2013


When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it's not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren't like any she's ever seen --- teens who, by law, shouldn't even exist. One of them --- an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy --- can help Zel reunite with her sister.

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine - Romance

December 31, 2013


One fateful night, Wren and Grayson's paths cross at Wren's family's Arthurian-themed catering hall. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are --- and falling in love.

Warrior by Ellen Oh - Young Adult 13+

December 31, 2013


Kira has valiantly protected her kingdom --- and the crown prince --- and is certain she will find the second treasure needed to fulfill the Dragon King's prophecy. WARRIOR boasts a strong female hero, romantic intrigue and mythical creatures such as a nine-tailed fox demon, a goblin army, and a hungry dragon with a snarky attitude.

Altered by Jennifer Rush - Science Fiction

January 1, 2013


Anna's father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse, one of which has stolen Anna's heart. Soon, she finds herself on the run with the boys to avoid the Branch. Will she and Sam figure out a way to survive?

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger - Fantasy

December 3, 2013


Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since is 17-year-old Audra, an air elemental and also Vane’s guardian. When their location is revelaed to the enemy, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is, but doing so will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget.

Perfect by Natasha Friend -

September 16, 2004

For 13-year-old Isabelle Lee, whose father has recently died, everything's normal on the outside. 
But everything is not normal, really. Since the dealth of her father, Isabelle's family has only functioned on the surface. Her mother, who used to take care of herself, now wears only lumpy, ill-fitting clothes, cries all night, and has taken every picture of her dead husband and put them under her bed. Isabelle tries to make light of this, but the underlying tension is expressed in overeating and then binging. Isabelle is enrolled in group therapy. Who should show up there, too, but Ashley Barnum, the prettiest, most together girl in class.
Rain of the Ghosts by Greg Weisman - Fiction

December 3, 2013


When Rain's grandfather dies, the only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight - Fiction

April 2, 2013


Kate learns that her daughter, Amelia, has been suspended from school. Upon her arrival, she finds the school surrounded by police officers, fire trucks, and an ambulance. An academic overachiever despondent over getting caught cheating has jumped to her death. At least that’s the story Grace Hall tells Kate. And clouded as she is by her guilt and grief, it is the one she forces herself to believe. Until she gets an anonymous text: She didn’t jump.

Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory - Fiction

December 3, 2013


The second in Philippa Gregory’s four-book series delves further into a forbidden romance and an epic quest. And the tension builds as secrets about The Order of Darkness are finally revealed...

The Diviners by Libba Bray - Historical Fantasy

December 3, 2013


Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City, where she lives with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult. When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer --- if he doesn't catch her first.

Why We Broke Up written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman - Fiction

December 3, 2013


Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton) by Leila Rasheed -

December 10, 2013

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are Somerton.

Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown -

December 10, 2013


It's been thirty days since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily's dad monopolizes Calder's time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind. Then dead bodies start washing ashore. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn't know what to believe—only that whoever's responsible is sure to strike again.

Doomed by Tracy Deebs -

December 10, 2013

Pandora's just your average teen-glued to her laptop until her long-lost father sends her a link to a mysterious site featuring twelve photos of her as a child. Unable to contain her curiosity, Pandora enters the site, where she is prompted to play her favorite virtual-reality game, Zero Day. This unleashes a global computer virus that plunges the whole world into panic.

Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo - Love & Romance

December 10, 2013


From the moment Amelia sets eyes on Chris, she is a goner. But Chris is 21, while she is 15. She knows it's not going to happen. Working at checkout together, they become friends and her crush doesn't seem so one-sided anymore. But if Chris likes her back, what then? Can two people in such different places in life really be together?

The Madness Underneath: The Shades of London, Book Two by Maureen Johnson - Mystery

December 10, 2013


When her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends and away from her parents. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she now has the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. Rory has evidence that the recent inexplicable deaths in London are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on.

Deadly Little Lessons: A Touch Novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz - Paranormal Romance

December 17, 2013


Camelia Hammond escapes to a summer arts program in Rhode Island and tries to put her junior year drama behind her. But while there, she gets caught up in the case of a local girl who is missing. Time is running out, and Camelia will have to trust her powers if she's to save the missing girl. Will the lessons Camelia has learned in the past give her the strength to do so?

Rise: An Eve Novel by Anna Carey - Dystopian

December 17, 2013


When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America, Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started. Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion --- killing her father?

Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Volume 4: The Magic Within by Tania Del Rio -

December 17, 2013

When Sabrina is granted a magic wand, will she be able to control the magnitude of magic it possesses, or will it control her? Throw in a hidden pirate ship, unicorns, elves and the battle of a lifetime, and you’re in for a whirlwind of supernatural suspense!

Boundless: An Unearthly Novel by Cynthia Hand - Fantasy

December 23, 2013


As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he's not the only one...With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won't come without sacrifices and betrayal.

Everbound: An Everneath Novel by Brodi Ashton - Fantasy

December 23, 2013


Nikki and Cole, along with Cole's bandmate Max, descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they'd anticipated --- and more deadly. From a Lake of Blood and Guilt to Sirens' alluring tricks to insurmountable walls of rock and flame, the trio is given every reason to turn back and give up. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack --- even if it means

Full Moon Kisses: A Full Moon Novel, Book 3 by Ellen Schreiber - Fiction

December 23, 2013


Celeste and Brandon are looking for a cure for being a werewolf, but if they find one, are they willing to use it?

Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail - Fiction

December 23, 2013


Charlie Collins has always had a crush on Kevin Lazarus.  He is perfect, attractive...and her new stepbrother! Things were fine when Kevin was dating Charlie's friend, Tess, and she was kind of dating George, but now that they've kissed, things will never be the same. This is the sequel to the addictive novel, IF WE KISS.

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd -

December 23, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London --- working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi - Fantasy/Science Fiction

December 23, 2013


Aria and Perry are about to be reunited, a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does it truly exist?

Monster: A Novel of Frankenstein by Dave Zeltserman - Supernatural Thriller/Horror

December 18, 2013


In 19th-century Germany, one young man counts down the days until he can marry his beloved...until she is found brutally murdered, and the young man is accused of the crime. Broken on the wheel and left for dead, he awakens on a lab table, transformed into an abomination. Friedrich must go far to take his revenge --- only to find his tormentor, Victor Frankenstein, in league with the Marquis de Sade, creating something much more sinister deep in the mountains.

Pivot Point by Kasie West - Fantasy

December 31, 2013


As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. When Addie's parents announce their divorce, she has to pick who to live with. Her father is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the "Norms," and her mother is staying in the life Addie has always known and loves. One Search six weeks into the future proves her answer is not easy.

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles) by Ellen Oh - Fantasy

December 31, 2013

Kira's the only female in the king's army, and she's also the prince's bodyguard. She's a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she's their only hope. Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King's prophecy...

Speaking from Among the Bones: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley - Historical Mystery

December 31, 2013


When the tomb of St. Tancred is opened at a village church in Bishop's Lacey, its shocking contents lead to another case for Flavia de Luce. Greed, pride and murder result in old secrets coming to light --- along with a forgotten flower that hasn't been seen for half a thousand years.

The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten - Fiction

December 31, 2013


Lucy is heartbroken when her boyfriend dumps her. But when three girls enter her life with a magical offer, Lucy can’t refuse. All she has to do is get a guy to fall in love with her in the next seven days…and then, break his heart. 

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage - Fiction

December 31, 2013


Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel and Miss Lana. When a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth.