Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fresh Batch (August 28th – September 3rd)

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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:

Furthermore
Tahereh Mafi
Publication date: August 30th 2016
by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve [Purchase]
Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs [Purchase]
The Bronze Key (Magisterium #3) by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare [Purchase]
The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katharine McGee [Purchase]


Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown [Purchase]
Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall [Purchase]
The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen [Purchase]
Poppy (Poppy #1) by Mary Hooper [Purchase]


The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges [Purchase]
The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín [Purchase]
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir [Purchase]
The Fray Theory: Resonance (The Fray Theory #1) by Nelou Keramati [Purchase]


Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow [Purchase]
Miss Peregrine’s Journal for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs [Purchase]
Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer [Purchase]
Fair to Hope by Sam Reed [Purchase]


Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West [Purchase]
Kook by Chris Vick [Purchase]
Into the Abyss (Falls the Shadow #2) by Stefanie Gaither [Purchase]
Tell Me Something Real by Calla Devlin [Purchase]


In-between Days by Vikki Wakefield [Purchase]
The Fixes by Owen Matthews [Purchase]
For This Life Only by Stacey Kade [Purchase]
The Monster on the Road Is Me by J.P. Romney [Purchase]


Memory Girl by Linda Joy Singleton [Purchase]


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Epic Cover Battles #11: Bad Book Covers Edition

Epic Cover Battles #11: Bad Book Covers Edition

Posted by on 08/26/2016 • 2 Comments

Okay so there are so many pretty covers out there, so many mediocre ones and so many bad ones. This round of Epic Cover Wars is dedicated to the BAD BOOK COVERS because nothing makes a bookworm cringe and reluctant to pick a book up like a bad cover. The more amusing part about this edition is that 2/3 books I’ve chosen are actually traditionally published so I cannot imagine what possessed the publishers to slap on the covers they did onto these books. Here goess!

May the worst book cover win (???)

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Vicarious by Paula Stokes

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Vicarious by Paula Stokes

Posted by on 08/24/2016 • 4 Comments

If you read Paula Stokes’ guest post on the blog the other day, you’ll know that it is not secret that she is a talented writer but Vicarious blows that out of the water. Liars, Inc. was the last thriller she wrote and one I rated 4.5 stars because of how amazing it but Vicarious is EVEN better and kept me EVEN more at the edge of my seat and holy crap the climax of this novel almost killed me. 

5 Reasons Why You Should Read Vicarious

1. The main character. Stokes’ always writes great characters and this book is no exception. Winter is a complex character with a backstory that will make you want to shelter her from the world. Winter is BADASS but her past has left a…

Writing Outside My Perspective with Paula Stokes

Writing Outside My Perspective with Paula Stokes

Posted by on 08/22/2016 • 0 Comments

I am a huge fan of Paula (because she is an amazing human being) and her books (because they are fabulously crafted pieces of works) so when I was asked to participate in the blog tour, I was elated. Vicarious  was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it lived up to all my expectations even if there was a whole lot of heartbreak. . Today, I have Paula on the blog with a well-written and thoughtful guest post that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did.

Writing Outside  My Perspective: Maintaining Authenticity and Respect; Balancing Cultural Information with Pacing/Storyline Needs

I wanted to portray my characters and their cultures authentically and respectfully, but for me that did not mean I had to paint any culture…

Fresh Batch (August 21st – 27th)

Fresh Batch (August 21st – 27th)

Posted by on 08/20/2016 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Spontaneous Aaron Starmer Publication date: August 23rd 2016by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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“Katelyn Ogden was a lot of things, but she wasn’t particularly explosive, in any sense of the word.”

Mara Carlyle’s senior year at Covington High in suburban New Jersey is going on as normally as could be expected, until the day—wa-bam!—fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period pre-calc. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to spontaneously combust without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason—Terrorism! Drugs! Homosexuality! Government conspiracy!—while the seniors continue to…

Fresh Batch (August 14th – 20th)

Fresh Batch (August 14th – 20th)

Posted by on 08/13/2016 • 3 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

The Architect of Song A.G. Howard Series: Haunted Hearts Legacy #1 Publication date: August 15th 2016by Golden Orb Press

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A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she…

10 #OZYA Books I Need in My Life

10 #OZYA Books I Need in My Life

Posted by on 08/10/2016 • 4 Comments

I love complaining but my fav thing to complain about is how I cannot read so many amazing #OZYA books because I cannot afford to pay a fortune in shipping and because they are not available outside of Australia. So here is a list of 10 books I want to read so badly and am hoping will be published outside of Australia.

1. Spark by Rachael Craw

I’ve had this on my TBR since before it came out and it just appeals to me on a spiritual level. Superpowers? Kids who are experiments gone wrong? YES PLEASE.

2. Holier Than Thou by Laura Buzo

This one is a YA/NA crossover that I’ve had on my TBR since my early Goodreads years. I absolutely love the sound of it and am DYING…

Fresh Batch (August 7th – 13th)

Fresh Batch (August 7th – 13th)

Posted by on 08/06/2016 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

Nevernight Jay Kristoff Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1 Publication date: August 11th 2016by Harper Voyager

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Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the…