Saturday, March 25, 2017

Fresh Batch (March 26th-April 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:

Strange the Dreamer
Laini Taylor
Series: Strange the Dreamer #1
Publication date: March 28th 2017
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




The Breaking Light (Split City #1) by Heather Hansen [Purchase]
From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle [Purchase]
Dirty Filthy Rich Men (Dirty Duet #1) by Laurelin Paige [Purchase]
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman [Purchase]


A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi [Purchase]
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck [Purchase]
Vigilante by Kady Cross [Purchase]
Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser [Purchase]


The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi [Purchase]
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik [Purchase]
100 Hours (100 Hours #1) by Rachel Vincent [Purchase]
Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows [Purchase]


Honestly Ben (Openly Straight #2) by Bill Konigsberg [Purchase]
Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy [Purchase]
Blood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1) by Rosalyn Eves [Purchase]
The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil [Purchase]


The Body Market (The Wired #2) by Donna Freitas [Purchase]
Overturned by Lamar Giles [Purchase]
The Scent of Rain by Anne Montgomery [Purchase]
In Plain Sight by Laura Langston [Purchase]


Dream Forever (Dream Walker #3) by Kit Alloway [Purchase]
A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2) by Roshani Chokshi [Purchase]
Worthy by Donna Cooner [Purchase]
Just Another Girl by Elizabeth Eulberg [Purchase]


Hearts & Other Body Parts by Ira Bloom [Purchase]
Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of) by Arden Rose [Purchase]
Bull by David Elliott [Purchase]
Just a Girl by Carrie Mesrobian [Purchase]


Pinch Me by Gabrielle Prendergast [Purchase]
Finding What’s Real (Escaping Perfect #2) by Emma Harrison [Purchase]
Let’s Be Real: Living Life as an Open and Honest You by Natasha Bure [Purchase]
The Young Persons’ Guide to the Modern World by Richard Daniel Curtis [Purchase]


Pointe, Claw by Amber J. Keyser [Purchase]
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold [Purchase]


Anything catching your eye this week?

Find previous Fresh Batch posts here!

 

Arthurian Myth Meets World War II: The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman

Arthurian Myth Meets World War II: The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman

Posted by on 03/24/2017 • 1 Comment

If you’ve been following along with discussions surrounding World War II books in the community, you will already know this but there aren’t many World War II books out there with Jewish main characters. Not only does The Metropolitans have a (German-American) Jewish main character, it also has Japanese-American, first nations & Irish-American main characters. The page space is split up b/w the four characters and while I cannot accurately speak for any of the rep since I am not from any of those groups, I did feel that it was done pretty well. (If you are from any of those groups and feel differently, I’d be eternally grateful if you choose to let me know so I may edit this review to reflect that!)

One of my favorite childhood books…

One of the Most Important Books: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

One of the Most Important Books: Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan

Posted by on 03/23/2017 • 1 Comment

It’s in the title of this review post but I am going to repeat it anyway: Amina’s Voice is one of the most important books published this year and has clearly not gotten the hype it deserves. It’s a middle grade book and I know a lot of people shy away from reading those because reading tastes vary but please don’t overlook this book. Amina’s Voice is such a wonderful, heartfelt book and deserves and infinite amount of love from everybody.

I should take a moment to say I am neither Muslim-American or Pakistani-American but Amina’s Voice still resonated with and I found myself nodding along and feeling Amina’s struggle with her cultural identity on a spiritual level. I grew up feeling similar struggles and even though it wasn’t ~my story~, it felt really…

5 Books Carrie Mac Wishes Were Around When She Was Growing Up

5 Books Carrie Mac Wishes Were Around When She Was Growing Up

Posted by on 03/21/2017 • 1 Comment

Hello and welcome to Xpresso Reads’ tour stop for 10 Things I Can See From Here. Today, author Carrie Mac shares 5 books she wishes were around when she was growing up! Her list is full of many wonderful recs (and some new to me titles) so I am definitely piling up on those books! I hope you’ll check the books and 10 Things I Can See From Here!

PLEASE GIVE IT UP FOR, Carrie Mac!

I’ve picked books aimed at younger readers, say 8-12-years-old or so because that’s when kids need to see the people they are, or will become, represented in books. When they don’t—because the book hasn’t been written or they’re not allowed to read it—that’s when feelings of isolation really set in, just…

Fresh Batch (March 19th-25th)

Fresh Batch (March 19th-25th)

Posted by on 03/18/2017 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Shadow Run AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller Series: Kaitan Chronicles #1 Publication date: March 21st 2017by Delacorte Press

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“Firefly” meets DUNE in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s…

Fresh Batch (March 12th-18th)

Fresh Batch (March 12th-18th)

Posted by on 03/11/2017 • 2 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Hunted Meagan Spooner Publication date: March 14th 2017by HarperTeen

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Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman….

Fresh Batch (March 5th-11th)

Fresh Batch (March 5th-11th)

Posted by on 03/04/2017 • 3 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

You’re Welcome, Universe Whitney Gardner Publication date: March 7th 2017by Knopf

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A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast…

Diverse Books Out February 2017

Diverse Books Out February 2017

Posted by on 03/02/2017 • 6 Comments

Hello and welcome to the February round up of diverse releases! Let me know if any of these have bad rep or if there are any books that I missed. We want this list to be as complete and accurate as possible while also making sure it doesn’t feature any books with bad rep. We will also be pointing out the books we know for sure are #ownvoices.

 

1. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstorm

Release Date: February 7th

Goodreads | Buy

Interracial romance + deals with mental health.

 

2. Wintersong by S.Jae Jones

Release Date: Feb 7th

Goodreads | Buy

Korean-American author

 

3. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Release Date: Feb 7th

Goodreads | Buy

Filipino-American author + not-white main characters as cannon