Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her.
Review: Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?
Review: Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.
Review: I Crawl Through It by A.S. King
Four teenagers are on the verge of exploding. They are desperate to cope, but no one is listening.
Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Fresh Batch (February 7th – 13th)

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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:

Blackhearts
Nicole Castroman
Publication date: February 9th 2016
by Simon Pulse

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Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




The Consequence of Seduction (Consequence #3) by Rachel Van Dyken [Purchase]
The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us #1) by Emily Skrutskie [Purchase]
To the Stars (Thatch #2) by Molly McAdams [Purchase]
A Spy’s Devotion (The Regency Spies of London #1) by Melanie Dickerson [Purchase]


Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown [Purchase]
Legend (Real #6) by Katy Evans [Purchase]
Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan [Purchase]
The Death of Lila Jane by Teresa Mummert [Purchase]


Find Her (Detective D.D. Warren #8) by Lisa Gardner [Purchase]
These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1) by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas [Purchase]
How to Save a Life by Emma Scott [Purchase]
Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse [Purchase]


Ravenous (Monstrous #2) by MarcyKate Connolly [Purchase]
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard [Purchase]
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard [Purchase]
Earth’s End (Air Awakens #3) by Elise Kova [Purchase]


Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris [Purchase]
Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward [Purchase]
Anomalies by Sadie Turner and Colette Freedman [Purchase]
Digital Horizon by Sherry D Ficklin [Purchase]


Red Ink by Julie Mayhew [Purchase]
Peas & Carrots by Tanita S. Davis [Purchase]
Hawking’s Hallway (The Accelerati Trilogy #3) by Neal Shusterman and Eric Elfman [Purchase]
Bad Luck (Bad #2) by Pseudonymous Bosch [Purchase]


Sara, Lost and Found by Virginia Castleman [Purchase]


What are you the most excited for this week?

 

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Female Leads That Influenced Me When I Was Growing Up

Female Leads That Influenced Me When I Was Growing Up

Posted by on 02/04/2016 • 8 Comments

I am of the opinion that books are amazing (DUH.) Over the years, I have gained so much knowledge from books and learned so much about the world. Reading hasn’t just been a form of escapism but a way of filling all the gaps in my knowledge. Today, I wanted to dedicate a post to all the amazing female leads who inspired me growing up and who have helped define the person I want to be.

 

You might know Madeleine L’Engle as my no.1 hero because her books changed my life but it was Vicky in specific from the Austin Family series that really helped me out during my awkward pre-teen phase. In A Ring of Endless Lights (one of the best books I’ve ever read, FYI) Vicky is surrounded…

Fresh Batch (Jan 31st – Feb 6th)

Fresh Batch (Jan 31st – Feb 6th)

Posted by on 01/31/2016 • 6 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Starflight Melissa Landers Series: Starflight #1 Publication date: February 2nd 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

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Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When…

Blog Tour: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – Review

Blog Tour: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum – Review

Posted by on 01/30/2016 • 4 Comments

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Tell Me Three Things!! I adored this book. It was just one of those books that makes you feel good. It’s not all fluff and rainbows and all that cute stuff though. There is a lot of depth to it, and things that aren’t quite so easy for the characters, but in the end it’s a book that just made me happy. I loved Jessie getting to know Somebody Nobody. I had a pretty good idea of who it was from the start, but I did keep wondering throughout if I was right. And man did it throw me for a loop at times. Anyways, I liked the honesty in the messages that they sent to each other and…

Diverse Picture Books

Diverse Picture Books

Posted by on 01/25/2016 • 5 Comments

So, picture books. A lot of you might not read them yourselves but if I might say so, there are some fabulous picture books out there and yes, picture books that are ‘diverse.’ I am currently taking a Queer Lit class at my college and one of my classmates mentioned that she wished picture books weren’t so generic. She mentioned how nice it would be if she could read some pictures books aloud to her kids that weren’t based on heteronormative ideals and I wanted to shout that there ARE some amazing pictures books out there. AND HERE WE ARE. With me recommending some diverse picture books to you guys. ENJOY.

 

Goodreads Links

My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis

Last Stop On Market Street by…

Fresh Batch (January 24th – 30th)

Fresh Batch (January 24th – 30th)

Posted by on 01/23/2016 • 4 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

The Dark Days Club Alison Goodman Series: Lady Helen #1 Publication date: January 26th 2016by Viking Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Purchase

New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation…

Interview with Laurie Elizabeth Flynn + Giveaway!

Interview with Laurie Elizabeth Flynn + Giveaway!

Posted by on 01/22/2016 • 2 Comments

I’m happy to have the Firsts blog tour stop by today for an author interview plus a chance to win! Let’s see what this book is all about first:

Interview with Laurie Elizabeth Flynn Hi Laurie! Thanks so much for visiting this little blog of mine! Let’s start with telling us a little something about your book that might surprise us:

Hi Giselle! Thank you so much for having me on your blog. That’s a great question! I think readers may be surprised to find out the reasons behind why Mercedes tries to help the boys. While she puts on a tough front and can be even cruel at times in her incisiveness, Mercedes is soft and vulnerable in a lot of ways, and things that happened…

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Posted by on 01/20/2016 • 9 Comments

Passenger AKA the much awaited, highly anticipated time travel romance. I had hoped it would be everything I wanted, I had hoped I would swoon and die because cuteness, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Passenger was by no means a bad book, I just had a hard time relating to the character and getting behind the romance (which is kind of a big deal given that it is a time-travel romance.)

Etta is really my biggest problem with the book. It isn’t that she is fundamentally flawed, I just couldn’t get behind her as a character. Her privilege, growing up the way she did and in the century she did, is so blatant and her ignorance of it really bothered me. Being with Nicholas did make her realize that she was…