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January 2013

Cool & New

January 2013

January's roundup of Cool & New Books includes A.G. Howard's debut, SPLINTERED, in which Alyssa Liddell must undo the mistakes her great-great-great-grandmother Alice made while in Wonderland in order to break the family curse; WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT by Jacquelyn Mitchard, in which three teens, who are limited to nighttime activities because of a genetic disease, oversee something they shouldn't while doing Parkour; and Teri Terry's SLATED where Kyla's memory and personality has been erased as punishment for a crime she can't remember committing...this is her last chance because the government is watching to make sure she plays by the rules this time.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are Marissa Meyer's science fiction take on Cinderella, CINDER, where a deadly plague ravages New Beijing and Earth's fate hinges on one girl; CLEOPATRA'S MOON by Vicky Alvear Shecter follows Selene, the daughter of Antony and Cleopatra, as she faces the loss of all she's ever loved during war with Roman Emperor Octavianus; and Jennifer E. Smith's THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, in which 17-year-old Hadley meets the perfect boy while stuck at JFK, late for her father's second wedding.

Cinder: Book One in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - Science Fiction/Fantasy
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Zom-B Underground by Darren Shan - Horror


Waking up in a military complex, months after zombies attacked school, B has no memory of the last few months. Life in the UK has turned tough since the outbreak, and B is woven into life- and battle- in the new military regime quickly. But as B learns more about the zombies held in the complex and the scientists keeping them captive, unease settles in. Is there anyone left in the world to trust?

Altered by Jennifer Rush - Science Fiction


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?

Cleopatra's Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter - Historical Fiction


Selene has grown up in a palace on the Nile with her parents, Cleopatra and Mark Antony --- the most brilliant, powerful rulers on earth. But the jealous Roman Emperor Octavianus wants Egypt for himself, and when war finally comes, Selene faces the loss of all she's ever loved. Forced to build a new life in Octavianus's household in Rome, she finds herself torn between two young men and two possible destinies--until she reaches out to claim her own.

Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer - Historical Romance

To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age --- and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.

Splintered by A. G. Howard - Fantasy


Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers --- precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s ALICE'S ADVENTURE IN WONDERLAND. Turns out, Wonderland exists and Alyssa must go there to right Alice's mistakes.

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz -

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. Rudy lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house. Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything.

The Essence (Pledge) by Kimberly Derting -

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - Romance
17-year-old Hadley is stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding to a woman that Hadley has never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley is in 18A. 
Born Wicked: The Cahill Witch Chronicles, Book One by Jessica Spotswood - Historical Fantasy

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship --- or an early grave. 

Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick -

Two years ago, Adrienne’s best friend walked out of her life. One week ago, she left Adrienne a desperate, muffled voicemail. Adrienne never called back. Now Dakota is missing. She left behind a string of broken hearts and a suicide note. Adrienne can’t stop obsessing over what might have happened if she’d answered Dakota’s call. And she’s increasingly convinced that Dakota must still be alive.

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban - Realistic Fiction


Tim Macbeth is a 17-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants --- he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy.

What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard - Thriller

Allie Kim suffers from a fatal allergy to sunlight that confines her and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, to the night. When Juliet takes up Parkour --- the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping off tall buildings --- Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her. On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder. Allie investigates, and the truth comes at an unthinkable price.

Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum - Science Fiction


Headstrong 17-year-old Nick has spent his whole life hiding out from the robots that have enslaved mankind. But when the bots discover his community's location, he, his younger brother and adopted sister barely make it out alive. Determined to find out if their parents are among the survivors, Nick, Kevin and Cass venture into the heart of the City, but it is nothing like they've been told.

Crash (Visions) by Lisa McMann - Fiction


Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that. What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky -

With Judy Blume-like honesty and insight, this sequel to Anatomy of a Boyfriend is about life after first love--romance, sex, friendship, family, and the ups and downs of life as a single girl.

Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney - Romantic Suspense

In this riveting and emotional conclusion to the thriller-romance Janie series, that started with THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON, all will be revealed as readers find out if Janie and Reeve's love has endured, and whether or not the person who brought Janie and her family so much emotional pain and suffering is brought to justice.

Delusion by Laura L. Sullivan -

Opening-night jitters are nothing new for seventeen-year-old Phil and her sister Fee, who come from a centuries-old line of stage illusionists. But in the aftermath of the Blitz they’re shipped off to the countryside, away from the bombs and Nazis. Phil, however, wants to fight for her country, and she’ll risk anything to give her country a fighting chance, even if it means losing her heart ...or her life.

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff - Mystery


The hottest July on record in Ludlow means that the asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls. Only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life --- and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Black Ice: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins by Andrew Lane - Mystery


When Sherlock visits his brother, what he finds shocks him to the core: a locked room, a dead body and Mycroft holding a knife. The police are convinced Mycroft is a murderer, but Sherlock is just as convinced he is innocent. Threatened with the gallows, Mycroft needs Sherlock to save him. The search for the truth necessitates an incredible journey where Sherlock is afoot in a world of secrets and danger.

The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mademoiselle Odile by James Reese - Historical Fiction


Odile is descended from the Cagots, a much-despised race whose women were reputed to be witches. Now, racing to escape the bloodbath of 1870’s Paris, she must determine if the claims are true, while also helping a young Doctor Jekyll who seems to be abusing the salts that she gave him in a most disconcerting way.

Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard - Fiction
Ryan is 16, post-suicidal, and trying to figure out what to do after a stint in a mental hospital. Then Nicki barges into his world, brimming with life, and asking questions about Ryan's depression that no one else has ever been brave enough --- or cared enough --- to ask. 
Just One Day by Gayle Forman - Romance


American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England...but the next morning he's gone. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Slated by Teri Terry -


Kyla has been Slated --- her memory and personality erased as punishment for committing a crime she can’t remember. The government has taught her how to walk and talk again, given her a new identity and a new family and told her to be grateful for this second chance that she doesn’t deserve. It’s also her last chance --- because they’ll be watching to make sure she plays by their rules.

Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton) by Leila Rasheed -

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.

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd -

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.

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

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...

The Archived by Victoria Schwab -

Each body has a story to tell that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping Histories from waking up and getting out.