Skip to main content

November 2012

Cool & New

November 2012

November’s roundup of Cool & New Books includes a DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT, the sequel to Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, where Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people; Mary Hooper's VELVET, follows a young laundress who is grateful to be hired by a famed medium, but perhaps the Madame isn't who she appears to be; and in MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill high school senior Julia is the queen of following rules, but on a school trip to London, she might just realize that she can't predict everything.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are QUICKSAND: HIV/AIDS In Our Lives by Anonymous, a first-person narrative that explains the real ways HIV is infected and explores the common emotions of friends and family members of those affected by HIV/AIDS; TRUE GRIT: A Novel, by Charles Portis is the classic story of revenge set when the west was wild; and Cris Beam's I AM J, detals the struggle of J finding his identity and trying to be who he really is: a boy who mistakenly was born as a girl.

Quicksand: HIV/AIDS in Our Lives by Anonymous - Nonfiction


Weaving together her own story with straightforward questions and answers, the author explains the real ways that HIV/AIDS can be transmitted and explores the common experiences and emotions that might be encountered by friends and family members of someone who has the virus.

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz - Fiction


Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate's birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It's up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin's frequent tormenter, didn't bring the gun to school.

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford - Fiction, Humor

The Sullivan sisters have a big problem. On Christmas Day their rich and imperious grandmother gathers the family and announces that she will soon die...and has cut the entire family out of her will. Since she is the source of almost all their income, this means they will soon be penniless. Unless the sisters find the confession that could change her mind.

Days of Blood & Starlight: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book Two by Laini Taylor - Fantasy


In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan - Fiction


As a pregnant 16-year-old, Eleanor Crowe's options are limited: move to Kenya with her missionary parents or marry the baby’s father and work at his family’s summer camp for overweight kids. She chooses marriage. A camp tragedy prompts a series of events that overwhelms Elly with difficult choices.

Shut Out by Kody Keplinger - Fiction


Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention: she and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace.

A Plague Year by Edward Bloor - Fiction

It's 2001 and zombies have taken over Tom's town. Meth zombies. The drug rips through Blackwater, PA, with a ferocity and a velocity that overwhelms everyone.

Ashes of Twilight: Ashes of Twilight Trilogy, Book 1 by Kassy Tayler - Fiction


Wren MacAvoy lives in a domed city created in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the King of England when a comet was on its way to hit Earth. However, when Wren's best friend Alex escapes the dome to see what the outside world is like, he has some shocking news.

Witch World by Christopher Pike - Fiction


Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry --- how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her Ex, Jimmy Kelter. But what Jessie doesn’t realize is that Jimmy is the least of her problems. In Las Vegas she meets Russ, a stranger who shows her how to gamble, and who never seems to lose. Curious, Jessie wants to know his secret, and in response, alone in his hotel room, he teaches her a game that opens a door to another reality.

Velvet by Mary Hooper - Fiction


Velvet is an orphan who works in a Victorian steam laundry. The laundry is scalding, back-breaking work and Velvet is desperate to create a better life. Then she is noticed by Madame Savoya, a famed medium, who asks Velvet to come work for her. Soon Velvet realizes that Madame Savoya is not all that she says she is, and Velvet's very life may be in danger...

I Am J by Cris Beam - Fiction


J was certain that eventually everyone would understand who he really was: a boy mistakenly born as a girl. Yet as he grew up, his body began to betray him; eventually J started covering up his body, keeping himself invisible. But after being deserted by the best friend he thought would always be by his side, J decides that he's done hiding --- it's time to be who he really is, no matter the cost.

Echo: Soul Seekers, Book 2 by Alyson Noël - Fiction


Daire Santos just saved her grandmother's soul, but in the process a dark family of sorceres has been set loose. It is up to Daire and her boyfriend Dace to restore the balance between good and evil and save the world. However, in order to do so Daire might have to make an unthinkable sacrifice for the good of all.

Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman - Fiction


When Erin's ex-best friend follows the advice on Erin's blog, Erin is thrown into the adventure of a lifetime.

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill - Love & Romance


Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. Julia's rules are about to change when she's partnered up with class-clown Jason on a school trip to London. When she starts receiving romantic texts from an unknown number, Jason promises to help discover the mystery-texter's identity. They embark on a wild good chase through London, leading Julia closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

True Grit by Charles Portis - Fiction


TRUE GRIT is a great American novel that tells the story of a teenager’s overpowering effort to avenge the murder of her father. Set in a period in history when the law was much less well-established than it is now,

Lullaby: A Watersong Novel, Book 2 by Amanda Hocking - Fiction


Harper just wants a normal life, but when her little sister Gemma runs off with a bad group of girls, Harper must give up that idea to save her sister. Luckily, Harper has Daniel by her side to help her. Can they rescue Gemma and get her back to the life to which she belongs?

Black City: Black City Chronicles, Book 1 by Elizabeth Richards - Fiction


After a terrible war between the humans and Darklings, Natalie, a human, and Ash, a half-blood darkling, fall in love. How much are the willing to risk to preserve their relationship?

The Lucky Ones: A Bright Young Things Novel, Book 3 by Anna Godbersen - Fiction


The Bright Young Things go to White Cove to escape the heat of Manhattan and to make the summer of 1929 one they'll never forget.

Struck By Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer - Fiction


STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: The Carson Philips Journal follows the story of outcast high school senior Carson Phillips who blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary journal to bolster his college application; his goal in life is to get into Northwestern and eventually become the editor of The New Yorker.

Perry's Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber - Fiction


When Perry ends up in Venice on a European tour with his band Inchworm, he can’t resist a visit to Harry’s Bar, where Gobi told him she’d meet him someday. The last time he saw Gobi, five people were assassinated one crazy night in New York City. Well...Gobi shows up, and once again Perry is roped into a wild, nonstop thrill ride with a body count.

Fitz by Mick Cochrane -


Fifteen-year-old Fitzgerald --- Fitz, to his friends --- has just learned that his father, whom he's never met, who supports him but is not a part of his life, is living nearby. Fitz begins to follow him, watch him, study him, and on an otherwise ordinary May morning, he executes a plan to force his father, at gunpoint, to be with him.

Under the Bridge by Michael Harmon - Juvenile Fiction


Tate's younger brother Indy is probably the best skateboarder in Spokane. He's also really smart though he couldn't care less about school. But when Indy clashes with his father one too many times and drops out of school, it's up to Tate to win his brother back from the seedier elements of Spokane.

My Beautiful Failure by Janet Ruth Young - Fiction


Billy is a sophomore in high school, and twice a week, he volunteers at Listeners, a suicide hotline. Jenney is an “incoming,” a caller, a girl on the brink. As her life spirals out of control, Jenney’s calls become more desperate, more frequent. Billy, struggling with the deteriorating relationship with his depressed father, is the only one who understands.

Reached: Matched Trilogy, Book Three by Ally Condie - Fiction


After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising --- and each other --- Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

Endgame by James Frey - Fiction


Twelve ancient cultures were chosen millennia ago to represent humanity in Endgame, a global game that will decide the fate of humankind. Endgame has always been a possibility, but never a reality…until now. Twelve meteorites have just struck Earth, each meteorite containing a message for a Player who has been trained for this moment. At stake for the Players: saving their bloodline, as well as the fate of the world. And only one can win.