Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fresh Batch (October 15th – 21st)

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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:

Dear Martin
Nic Stone
Publication date: October 17th 2017
by Crown Books for Young Readers

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Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates.

Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




Monster (Gone #7) by Michael Grant [Purchase]
A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo [Purchase]
Like Water by Rebecca Podos [Purchase]
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez [Purchase]


A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge [Purchase]
The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz [Purchase]
The Innocence Treatment by Ari B. Goelman [Purchase]
Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me by Carrie Ann DiRisio [Purchase]


La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman [Purchase]
Harry Potter – A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition by J.K. Rowling [Purchase]
Kiska by John Smelcer [Purchase]
The Girl Who Saved Ghosts (The Unbelievables #2) by K.C. Tansley [Purchase]


Munro vs. the Coyote by Darren Groth [Purchase]
Strange Lies (Strange Truth #2) by Maggie Thrash [Purchase]
Infiltrate (Exposed #2) by Judith Graves [Purchase]
Fearless (Nameless #3) by Jennifer Jenkins [Purchase]


The House at 758 by Kathryn Berla [Purchase]
Tracker Hacker (Codename: Winger #1) by Jeff Adams [Purchase]
36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You by Vicki Grant [Purchase]
The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater [Purchase]


Scion of the Fox: The Realms of Ancient, Book 1 (Realms of Ancient, The) by S. M. Beiko [Purchase]
Enhanced (Flying #2) by Carrie Jones [Purchase]
The Ghosts of Yesteryear (International Monster Slayers #3) by Bethany Helwig [Purchase]


Which book are you the most excited for this week?

Find previous Fresh Batch posts here!

 

E.K. Johnston’s Favorite Victorian Woman

E.K. Johnston’s Favorite Victorian Woman

Posted by on 10/13/2017 • 2 Comments

Hey everyone! Welcome to Xpresso Reads’ blog tour stop for The Inevitable Victorian Thing! E.K. Johnston won my heart over last year with Exit, Pursued by a Bear and I’ve been a fan ever since! While I haven’t had the chance to read The Inevitable Victorian Thing yet, I am sure it will be amazing and I am sure I will be a FAN. Anyway! Today! We have the lovely E.K. Johnston over on the blog talking about her favorite victorian woman.

E.K. Johnston’s Favorite Victorian Woman

Okay, so my serious answer to this question is Ada Lovelace for a bunch of reasons that you can look up on tumblr.

But my actual answer is a little different.

The year is 1886. At Oxford, four students and one woman (who is a student in…

A Fun Read If A Little Romance Heavy: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

A Fun Read If A Little Romance Heavy: There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Posted by on 10/11/2017 • 2 Comments

While I admittedly have some complex feelings about Anna and the French Kiss, I can wholeheartedly say that I enjoy Stephanie Perkins’ writing style and that when I heard about There’s Someone Inside Your House, I was extremely excited to see how her unique writing style would translate across genres.

It did take me a while to get into There’s Someone Inside Your House so it is slow-going but as soon as things started getting bloodier and gorier, I was HERE FOR IT and I just got sucked in.

While it does kind of suck it took me a while to get into There’s Someone Inside Your House, I think it also makes sense because it is drawing from the classic horror movie, Scream and classic horror movies take time…

Fresh Batch (October 8th – 14th)

Fresh Batch (October 8th – 14th)

Posted by on 10/07/2017 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

Turtles All the Way Down John Green Publication date: October 10th 2017by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Romance Mini-Reviews #2: The good and the okay

Romance Mini-Reviews #2: The good and the okay

Posted by on 10/06/2017 • 0 Comments

A Taste of Honey Rose Lerner

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Fire and ice cream…

Robert Moon risked everything, including his father’s hardwon legacy, to open his beloved Honey Moon Confectionery on the busiest street in Lively St. Lemeston. Now he’s facing bankruptcy and debtor’s prison.

When a huge catering order comes in, he agrees to close the sweet-shop for a week to fill it. There’s only one problem: his apprentice is out of town, so his beautiful shop-girl Betsy Piper must help Robert in the kitchen.

Betsy’s spent the last year trying to make her single-minded boss look up from his pastries and notice that she would be the perfect wife. Now the two of them are alone in a kitchen full of sweet things. With just…

Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore: 10 Awesome Umbrellas

Jane, Unlimited by Kristen Cashore: 10 Awesome Umbrellas

Posted by on 10/03/2017 • 5 Comments

Welcome to Xpresso Reads’ tour stop for Jane, Unlimited! In Jane, Unlimited, the MC is obsessed with making umbrellas and so I was inspired to do a post dedicated to some of the super cute umbrellas out there.

10 Awesome Umbrellas You Will Want to Own

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This cute one from Kate Spade. Those eyes are throwin all the shade at the rain for you.

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I found this one for all your subtle rainbow needs. Also, can you imagine twirling that in the rain??? It seems like so much fun.

3. 

This one will let you embrace your inner Wednesday Addams and I think that’s fucking important.

4. 

I would highly suggest not looking at the prize tag on this one because there is a chance it’ll give you a heart attack. BUT….

Fresh Batch (October 1st – 7th)

Fresh Batch (October 1st – 7th)

Posted by on 09/30/2017 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Wild Beauty Anna-Marie McLemore Publication date: October 3rd 2017by Feiwel & Friends

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Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more…

A Raw and Poignant Exploration of Mental Health: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

A Raw and Poignant Exploration of Mental Health: A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Posted by on 09/27/2017 • 4 Comments

Everyone raved about Our Chemical Hearts when it came out last year but because my tbr is overflowing and I am always short on time, I never did get around to reading it. A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares immediately caught my attention because it had such a cutesy title, cover & blurb but don’t let any of that fool you because this book will fucking break your heart.

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares is such a raw, poignant exploration of mental health and I don’t even know where to begin unpacking my feels for those books. (But also, can we all agree that unpacking feels for books you love is so much harder than talking about books you hate?)

Esther Solar believes her family has been cursed…