Saturday, December 10, 2011

Fresh Batch (Dec 11th – 17th)

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Exclusively titled for Xpresso Reads, Fresh Batch features the hottest releases of this upcoming week.

Flavour of the week:


Cheryl Rainfield

Caitlyn, a telepath, lives in a world where all paranormal talents are illegal. She is on the run from government ParaTroopers. When Caitlyn falls for Alex, a Normal, and discovers dangerous renegade Paranormals, she must choose between staying in hiding to protect herself or taking a stand to save the world.

Hunted book trailer:

Cheryl’s Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook  

I love to read. Books nurture me, helped me survive the abuse I endured as a child and teen. I also love to write. I write fantasy books and edgy, realistic fiction for teens. My fantasy books often hold hope that I need, and feel others might need, too, while my realistic fiction is gritty, intense, and emotional. All of my books have fragments of the abuse I experienced. I write about some of the harsh things teens go through…things that I think shouldn’t be hidden. But I also write about healing, hope, and love, and finding courage and strength.

     Other books by Cheryl (click on cover for Goodreads):


 Other releases this week (click on cover for Goodreads):
*In no particular order*  *Purchase links are for Book Depository*

A companion to the film, illustrated with full color photos.


Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer?

Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.


The time has come for Max and her winged “Flock” to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of “Re-evolution,” a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race…and to terminate the rest.

As the magical holiday season is disrupted with an afternoon of horror, it becomes apparent that the Legions have begun their uprising around the globe, and Ana does her best to stay strong even though her world has been shattered. It is up to Ana to find the strength within and not fall prey to the dark side as she begins her chase to reclaim what’s rightfully hers.

Purchase (Amazon)

Andrea Marr—heroine of the classic 90’s novel Girl—is back. And she’s at college! Imagining a typical “J. Crew/college catalogue” experience, Andrea leaves Portland to attend prestigious Wellington College in Connecticut. But Andrea has a way of finding her own people—not the well-heeled and well-scrubbed—but the weird, the wild, and the brilliant.

Based in Egyptian mythology and set in modern-day Washington, D.C., Sisters of Isis follows the lives of Meri, Sudi, and Dalila, three fifteen-year-old girls who have just discovered they are descendants of very powerful ancestors—Egyptian pharaohs.


Fashion-crazy Sicilee is a poster child for over-consumption. Her archrival, Maya, wears arty vintage clothes but hasn’t a clue what’s in the food she eats. So when drop-dead gorgeous new student Cody Lightfoot sets out to spread his eco-ways–and spur the Environmental Club toward an all-out Earth Day bash–Sicilee and Maya have their work cut out to attract his attention.

If you had to pick one to get for Christmas, which one would it be?

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19 Responses to “Fresh Batch (Dec 11th – 17th)”

  1. Giselle

    @Randi Black: Is it weird that I hadn’t heard of these books before? I’m really interested in them though but I wonder if I can just start with this one.

    @Nina: AAAAAAAAAH I hated Unwind. *headdesk*

  2. Randi Black

    It depends on how much of a stickler you are for reading books in order. “Girl,” the predecessor, chronicles Andrea Marr’s high school years, when she gets into the Portland music scene of the early 90s and falls for a local rock star. I was impressed that a man in his 20s could write from a teenage girl’s point of view so well.

  3. Giselle

    @Randi Black: I was really surprised when I saw the author was a guy and the book was a girl’s POV – that’s not common but it’s incredible when they can pull it off. I’ll probably give this one a try first since it’s more recent.

  4. Giselle

    @Zoey Talbon: Ha! See how observant I am – I didn’t even notice the cover said not final. I replaced the image but no idea if they decided it’s final or not. o_O

  5. Mona Risk

    Hi Giselle, I discovered your blog on Twitter! I would read The Crazy Things Girls Do For Love, since I love romance, and I would also choose, Sisters of Isis, because I love anything from Ancient Egypt. I wrote a hilarious paranormal fantasy, OSIRIS’MISSING PART.

  6. Giselle

    @Anna: Yeah I know it’s cause there are no purchase links yet for it. None that I was able to find anyhow. When the book comes out on the 16th I’ll update it.

  7. Alexa

    I would love Sisters of Isis! It looks awesome. Although The Crazy Things Girls Do for Love looks really good too 🙂

    And it’s so cool that you featured Hunted! I really loved that book 🙂

  8. cambria

    What a great batch of new releases! Wow!!!! My book shelf just got really full. LOL. They all look great – The Crazy things girls do for Love – looks really fun, I haven’t read a book like that in a long time. Thanks for sharing all these great reads!

  9. Rebecca

    Definitely some hot releases here! If I got to pick one to find under the Christmas tree though, I’d most definitely have to say Hunted! Without a doubt. 🙂