Saturday, November 10, 2018

Fresh Batch (November 11th – 17th)

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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:

This Splintered Silence
Kayla Olson
Publication date: November 13th 2018
by HarperTeen

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Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first-generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, were killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. The disease was supposed to be over; the second generation was supposed to be immune. But as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality that either the virus has mutated or something worse is happening: one of their own is a killer.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

Pulp by Robin Talley [Purchase]
Four Three Two One by Courtney C. Stevens [Purchase]
How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett [Purchase]
The Living (Warm Bodies #3) by Isaac Marion [Purchase]

Your Own Worst Enemy by Gordon Jack [Purchase]
The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston [Purchase]
The Resolutions by Mia Garcia [Purchase]
The Reckoning of Noah Shaw (The Shaw Confessions #2) by Michelle Hodkin [Purchase]

Pain (Curse of the Gods #5) by Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington [Purchase]
Wilder by Andrew Simonet [Purchase]
The Miracle of Delilah by Meagan Dux [Purchase]
The Storyteller (Sea of Ink and Gold #3) by Traci Chee [Purchase]

Ride: The Search for TK (Ride #3) by Bobbi J.G. Weiss [Purchase]
The Incredible True Story of the Making of the Eve of Destruction by Amy Brashear [Purchase]
Borrowed Boy by Gene Gant [Purchase]
Bane of the Dragon King (Chronicles of Fallhollow #3) by J. Keller Ford [Purchase]

The Storm In Our Chests by Enrique Betancourt [Purchase]

What are you most excited for this week?

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Pretty Toxic: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

Pretty Toxic: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

Posted by on 11/09/2018 • 3 Comments

Okay so we are diving right into this review because I have a lot to process and break down. Fight or Flight started off as a book that I didn’t expect too much from. I went it basically hoping I wouldn’t hate it and unfortunately, things didn’t turn out the way I had hoped. Let me back up here for a sec tho, for the first couple chapters I was NOT a fan but the book started growing on me a lot but then a THING happened and I ended up extremely disappointed and sad. I mean, the book wasn’t perfect aside from the thing but I was still enjoying it so it sucks. While keeping that in mind, I am breaking down this review into the good and the…

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Featuring the Cutest Donkey: Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Featuring the Cutest Donkey: Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech

Posted by on 11/07/2018 • 2 Comments

One of the coolest things about being a blogger is occasionally you will get the chance to review a book by an author you grew up reading. Sometimes of course, reading books you loved when you were younger doesn’t always turn out as well but its Sharon Creech. She changed my life a million times over when I was a child so it is safe to say that I loved Saving Winslow.

But of course, writing a review for a book you loved is not fun even though you get to share your love for it because writing is hard and you (read: I) are a lazy bum.

Saving Winslow is the story of Louie, who doesn’t really do the whole nurturing animals thing well. But one day, his…

Midterms are tomorrow! PLEASE VOTE!

Midterms are tomorrow! PLEASE VOTE!

Posted by on 11/05/2018 • 3 Comments

Good morning, EVERYONE! I know there might be some of you who might be wondering why I am doing a blog post about voting but tomorrow is election day in the US and a significant number of our readers are from the US. So, here I am!!!!

Tomorrow is a big day. Many of us are going to spend all day tomorrow staring at a number of screens as our anxieties build and we wonder if there is any hope left. I know that for the most part, anyone who is reading this and can vote, will be voting and anyone who is reading this and isn’t planning on voting will unlikely to be swayed by this post but in the face of extreme helplessness, I feel like this is…

Holiday Reads

Holiday Reads

Posted by on 11/04/2018 • 2 Comments

It’s November so basically its December and also 2019. WOW the year has basically flown by. BUT because the holiday season is in full swing (starting with Diwali on Wednesday for me!) I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite holiday reads-this year with some of my favorite holiday romances. 


My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

All I Want for Christmas is a Duke 



Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

Ex-Mas by Kate Brian

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody


Snow-Kissed by Laura Florand

Note: Please keep tissues on hand while…

Fresh Batch (November 4th – 10th)

Fresh Batch (November 4th – 10th)

Posted by on 11/03/2018 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Girls of Paper and Fire Natasha Ngan Publication date: November 6th 2018by Jimmy Patterson Books

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Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the…

Man-Hunting WHALES: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Man-Hunting WHALES: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness

Posted by on 10/31/2018 • 1 Comment

I think we need to get one thing clear right off the bat and that is that this book, And the Ocean Was Our Sky is fucking weird. And the Ocean Was Our Sky follows Bathsheba, who happens to be a whale. This book is 110% literary middle grade fiction and at times feels like it is trying too hard but you know what, I still thought it was great.

The entire time I was reading it, I couldn’t quite wrap my head around how weird it was that we had a whale narrator whose voice read very much like a human but also, the humans were the enemy. I definitely had no issues with the humans being the enemies since we all know humans suck but it was still…