By Ellen Padgett
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The first in a series of young adult novels by New York Times Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon, Infinity follows a high schooler named Nick Gautier as he traverses his everyday life of trying to get to school on time, dealing with bullies, and voodoo. Taking place in the Crescent City, Nick is caught in the midst of a voodoo influenced zombie apocalypse that takes over New Orleans. Fighting alongside his new boss, a redneck computer genius, a gothic self-proclaimed vampire hunter, and Simi, who can only be described as herself, Nick faces the catalyst of what is actually a much bigger story, unaware of his own starring role.
Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
In light of the second anniversary of music and cultural legend David Bowie’s passing on January 10th, 2016, Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, has launched what he calls the Bowie Book Club. “My dad was a beast of a reader,” Jones tweeted. “I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad.” The book club will be making its way through Bowie’s top 100 books, previously featured on Bowie’s website here, starting with Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd. Hawksmoor follows detective Nicholas Hawksmoor as he investigates a series of crimes committed 250 years earlier. The Bowie Book Club will be reading Hawksmoor until February 1st, when a new book will be announced.
New Releases this Month…(featuring write-ups from Goodreads)
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.
The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.
Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.
In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.
Pretty Girls Dancing by Kylie Brant
Years ago, in the town of Saxon Falls, young Kelsey Willard disappeared and was presumed dead. The tragedy left her family with a fractured life—a mother out to numb the pain, a father losing a battle with his own private demons, and a sister desperate for closure. But now another teenage girl has gone missing. It’s ripping open old wounds for the Willards, dragging them back into a painful past, and leaving them unprepared for where it will take them next.
Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Mark Foster has stumbled on uncanny parallels in the lives of the two missing girls that could unlock clues to a serial killer’s identity. That means breaking down the walls of the Willards’ long-guarded secrets and getting to a truth that is darker than he bargained for. Now, to rescue one missing girl, he must first solve the riddles that disappeared with another: Kelsey Willard herself. Dead or alive, she is his last hope.