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July 2013

Cool & New

July 2013

July's roundup of Cool & New Books includes R. L. Stine's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S SCREAM, in which history may repeat itself when actors on set of the remake of the horror movie, Mayhem Manor, find themselves plagued by a series of horrible accidents; S. J. Kincaid's sequel to INSIGNIA, VORTEX, which follows Tom as he earns a spot on the Intrasolar Forces to be trained as a superhuman weapon but is asked to betray his friends for the sake of his country; and Abigail Haas' DANGEROUS GIRLS, where Anna and a group of her close friends are off to Aruba for their senior year Spring Break trip, but when her best friend is murdered, Anna discovers harsh revelations about her friendships.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are Kasie West's THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, in which Caymen Meyers finds a boy who may convince her that being rich isn't a character flaw, but soon she realizes that money is much more a part of their relationship than she thought; TRULY, MADLY, DEADLY, by Hannah Jayne, in which Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, straight-A student and the envy of every girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson, but after he dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer finds a note in her locker that says: You're Welcome; and Maggie Stiefvater's THE RAVEN BOYS, which follows Gansey as he begins to attend the presitious Aglionby Academy for Boys and Blue, the daughter of a psychic, who finds a Aglionby boy who may change her mind about magic and maybe even love.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - Fantasy/Romance

Gansey has always loved the tales of sleeping kings. He thinks he’s found one, or at least the area where one might be. And the best way to be there is to attend the prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys. Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but doesn't believe in things like spirits or true love. Although her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys, one in particular may be able to change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.

A Midsummer Night's Scream by R. L. Stine - Horror


It was a horror movie that turned into real horror --- three young actors lost their lives while the camera rolled. Production stopped, and people claimed that the movie was cursed. Sixty years later, in a desperate attempt to revive their failing studio, Claire's dad has green-lit a remake of Mayhem Manor. But when shooting starts the set is plagued by a series of horrible accidents --- could history be repeating itself?

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West - Young Adult 13+


Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. Enter Xander Spence --- he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. But just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she'd ever realized.

Vortex by S. J. Kincaid - Science Fiction/Fantasy



Teen Tom Raines grew up with nothing, some days without even a roof over his head. Then his exceptional gaming skills earned him a spot in the Intrasolar Forces, the country’s elite military training program, and his life completely changed. Tom discovers that the Pentagonal Spire, where he and his friends are being trained as superhuman weapons, is filled with corruption. He is asked to betray his friends—the first real friends he’s ever had—for the sake of his country.

This Is W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker - Fiction


Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club’s heir apparent. And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone. They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away.

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne - Mystery


Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note: You're welcome. Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren't the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone --- a killer --- is now shadowing Sawyer's every move...


Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub - Young Adult 12+


Romeo and Juliet are gone. Will love live on? Despite the glooming peace that's settled on Verona after the recent tragedy, Montagues and Capulets are brawling in the streets. Faced with more bloody battles, Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to truly marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry them together.

Serpent's Kiss: A Witches of East End Novel by Melissa de la Cruz - Urban Fantasy


Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the-map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down.

Half Lives by Sara Grant - Science Fiction/Fantasy



Seventeen-year-old Icie's parents have given her $10,000 in cash, a map of a top-secret bunker, and instructions to get there by any means necessary. They have news of an imminent viral attack and know that the bunker is Icie's only hope for survival. Generations in the future, a mysterious cult worships the very mountain where Icie's secret bunker was built. They never leave the mountain, they're ruled by a teenager...and they have surprising ties to Icie.



Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher - Youth Fiction


In Venice in 1487, the secrets of glassblowing are guarded jealously. Renzo, a 12-year-old laborer in a glassworks, has just a few months to prepare for a test of his abilities, and no one to teach him. If he passes, he will qualify as a skilled glassblower, his murdered father's greatest wish for him. If he fails, he will be expelled from the glassworks and left without means of support him mother and sister.

Only Ever Always by Penni Russon - Young Adult 12+


Have you ever woken from a dream feeling it was more real than your world? Could there be someone exactly like you living another life? Claire lives in an ordinary world where everything is whole. But now she feels broken into pieces as her world is suddenly shattered with grief. The silvery notes of her music box help her escape from her pain into a dream world, into Clara's world.

The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna - Fiction


Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.

45 Pounds (More or Less) by K.A. Barson - Fiction


Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann's ever seen---and some surprises about her not-so-perfect mother.

Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy - Romance


Danielle Snyder's summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey, the five-year-old boy she's watching, runs in front of oncoming traffic to chase down his football. Wanting only to mourn Humphrey, the sweet kid with whom she had a surprisingly strong friendship, Danielle tries to avoid the world around her. It's time for Danielle to face reality, but when the truth brings so much pain, can she find a way to do right by Humphrey's memory and forgive herself for his death?

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas - Youth Fiction


It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives.But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer, she discovers harsh revelations about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong by L. Tam Holland - Youth Fiction


When Vee Crawford-Wong’s history teacher assigns an essay on his family history, Vee knows he’s in trouble. His parents --- Chinese-born dad and Texas-bred Mom --- are mysteriously and stubbornly close-lipped about his ancestors. So, he makes it all up and turns in the assignment. And then everything falls apart.

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook - Romantic


Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin's summer took a quick turn for the worse. Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China and her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog --- and Emmy doesnt. Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. 

Contaminated by Em Garner - Dystopian Thriller


After the Contamination --- an epidemic caused by the super-trendy diet drink SlimPro that turned ordinary citizens into shambling creatures unable to control their violent impulses --- the government rounded up the "Connies" to protect the remaining population. But now, two years later, the government has started sending the rehabilitated back home, complete with shock collars that will either stop the Connies from committing violent acts or kill them before they do any further harm.

Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder and Revenge by David Lubar - Horror



A group of high school girls takes revenge on their sadistic gym teacher in the most fitting way possible. Two stowaways find themselves on a ship for the dead. An ancient predator stalks the wrong victim. Here are thirteen tales of death, murder, and revenge from the fertile and febrile imagination of master storyteller David Lubar --- his first story collection for the teen audience.

The Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford - Fiction


Laura Reid goes to Leningrad for a semester abroad as Cold War paranoia is peaking in 1982. She meets a young Russian artist named Alexei and soon, with Alexei as her guide, Laura immerses herself in the real Russia --- a crazy world of wild parties, black-market books and music and smuggled letters to dissidents. She must keep the relationship secret; associating with Americans is dangerous for Alexei, and if caught, Laura could be sent home and Alexei put under surveillance or worse.

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth - Fiction


Lewis "Shoe" Blake is used to the joys and difficulties of life on the Tuscarora Indian reservation in 1975: the joking, the Fireball games, the snow blowing through his roof. What he's not used to is white people being nice to him --- people like George Haddonfield, whose family recently moved to town with the Air Force. As the boys connect through their mutual passion for music, especially the Beatles, Lewis has to lie more and more to hide the reality of his family's poverty from George.

Cruisers Book 4: Oh, Snap! by Walter Dean Myers - Fiction


The Cruisers are in trouble---again. The freedom of expression they've enjoyed by publishing their own school newspaper, THE CRUISER, has spread all the way to England, where kids from a school "across the pond" are now contributors to their own school's most talked-about publication. When photos start to go alongside the articles written by kids, things get suspicious.

SYLO by D. J. MacHale - Fiction


They call themselves SYLO and they are a secret branch of the U.S. Navy. SYLO’s commander, Captain Granger, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Now Pemberwick is cut off from the outside world.

The Twice Lost by Sarah Porter - Romantic/Fantasy


Mermaids have been sinking ships and drowning humans for centuries, and now the government is determined to put an end to the problem by slaughtering them. Luce becomes their number-one target. As she flees, she finds hundreds of mermaids living in exile who then become thethe Twice Lost Army under her rule --- because this is war.

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu - Youth Fiction


When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

Bubble World by Carol Snow - Romantic/Science-Fiction


Freesia Summers lives on the island of Agalinas, a hidden Pacific paradise somewhere off the coast of California. If Freesia's life seems too good to be true, well, there's a reason for that. And when a blackout lands her in an unbeautiful place --- and in an equally unbeautiful but oddly familiar body --- reality hits her head-on.

A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard - Romantic/Historical Fiction/Horror



With her brother dead and her mother insane, Eleanor Fitt is alone. So when Eleanor hears the vicious barking of hounds and see haunting yellow eyes, she fears that the Dead, and the necromancer Marcus, are after her. To escape, Eleanor boards a steamer bound for France. But when she arrives in Paris, she finds that the Dead have taken over, and there’s a whole new evil lurking. And she is forced to make a deadly decision that will go against everything the Spirit-Hunters stand for.