Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fresh Batch (September 25th – October 1st)

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Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
Rosamund Hodge
Publication date: September 27th 2016
by Balzer + Bray

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When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . .


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




The Immortal Throne (Into the Dark #3) by Bree Despain [Purchase]
Unlocked by Margo Kelly [Purchase]
The Goal (Off-Campus #4) by Elle Kennedy [Purchase]
The Fever Code (The Maze Runner 0.6) by James Dashner [Purchase]


Like a River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy #2) by Rae Carson [Purchase]
The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti [Purchase]
The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr [Purchase]
The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics [Purchase]


The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart [Purchase]
Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon [Purchase]
A Taste for Monsters by Matthew J. Kirby [Purchase]
Reckless Creed (Ryder Creed #3) by Alex Kava [Purchase]


The Dead Boyfriend (Fear Street Relaunch #5) by R.L. Stine [Purchase]
Swarm (Zeroes #2) by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti [Purchase]
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo [Purchase]
Possession (Steel Brothers Saga #3) by Helen Hardt [Purchase]


Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick [Purchase]
Jupiter Storm (Jupiter Winds #2) by C.J. Darlington [Purchase]
Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon [Purchase]
The Lying Planet by Carol Riggs [Purchase]


Resurrecting Sunshine by Lisa A. Koosis [Purchase]


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Review: A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith

Review: A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith

Posted by on 09/23/2016 • 4 Comments

I don’t write in books and have become too lazy to keep an actual notepad by my side while I am reading but recently I decided that I wanted to do a better job of keeping track of my feels so when I write a review two weeks after I’ve read the book, I have something to jog up my memory. Sticky Notes were the answer. And while I did not tab the shit out of this book (or really any book because I am more of a reader than a note taker), I did tab a scene in this book and write OMG!!!

You were probably wondering where I was going with the whole insight into my reading process thing weren’t you? I AM SORRY. I felt like backstory was…

Giveaway: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Posted by on 09/21/2016 • 14 Comments

Hey hey hey! Today we are partnering with the lovely people over at JIMMY Patterson Books to provide you with an opportunity to win Stalking Jack the Ripper (which I’ve heard many wonderful things about and cannot wait to dive into!)

Find out more about Stalking Jack the Ripper

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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation…

Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Posted by on 09/19/2016 • 5 Comments

I have a weird thing about sequels that aren’t about the main characters from the first book but since Illuminae was the bomb.com, I was still pretty excited for Gemina. I didn’t love it as much as Illuminae but that’s also probably because I missed the sh██ out of Kady and Ezra. I MISSED THEM SO SO MUCH because they are so wonderful together and I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS FOR THEM.

As a result of the mentioned weird thing I have, it took me a lot longer to warm up to Nik and Hanna but when I finally did, I was able to appreciate the fact that they were wonderfully well-rounded characters who were pretty darn easy to like. They are both funny and sarcastic like Kady…

Fresh Batch (September 18th – 24th)

Fresh Batch (September 18th – 24th)

Posted by on 09/17/2016 • 2 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

A Shadow Bright and Burning Jessica Cluess Series: Kingdom on Fire #1 Publication date: September 20th 2016by Random House BFYR

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I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the…

Review: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Review: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Posted by on 09/16/2016 • 3 Comments

Here is the thing about this book, it would have hands down been a favorite of the year were it not so flipping confusing. I am not the kind of person that is immediately turned off from a book when something doesn’t make sense to me. In fact, I enjoy it when my mind is being twisted into a pretzel because everything is SO COMPLICATED but that isn’t Vassa in the Night. Vassa in the Night has beautiful writing, an interesting plot and a gorgeous atmosphere but the problem is that the world building needs a LOT of work. I don’t understand at ALL how the world works. This book is trying so hard to be whimsical and eerie that the bare bones are kind of just forgotten about. I…

Review: The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

Review: The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

Posted by on 09/13/2016 • 5 Comments

I literally don’t know how to start this review because there are a lot of things to say but they can all just be covered with a big NO. There is potential in this book but it’s all potential that is unrealized. From the spoilt MC who is a cardboard cutout to the world building, this book is just lacking. It isn’t BAD but it isn’t GOOD which is especially disappointing because I was really looking forward to reading this book.

The MC was a clear let down but I was really upset that the MC’s cutting is not at all talked about in ways that isn’t a character trait. It’s used as a description of the MC in the way an adjective might be used.

There are…

Fresh Batch (September 11th – 17th)

Fresh Batch (September 11th – 17th)

Posted by on 09/10/2016 • 4 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

The Forgetting Sharon Cameron Publication date: September 13th 2016by Scholastic Press

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What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t…