Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fresh Batch (April 22nd – 28th)

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

Flavor of the week:

Rhiannon Frater
Series: As the World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy, #3
Release date: April 24th, 2012
by Tor Books

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The zombie illness has shattered civilization. The survivors who have found tenuous safety in Texas defend their fort against the walking dead and living bandits.

Katie has made peace with the death of her wife and is pregnant and married to Travis, who has been elected Mayor. Jenni, her stepson, Jason; and Juan—Travis’s righthand man—are a happy family, though Jenni suffers from PTSD. Both women are deadly zombie killers. In Siege, the people of Ashley Oaks are stunned to discover that the vice president of the United States is alive and commanding the remnants of the US military. What’s left of the US government has plans for this group of determined survivors.

Make sure to drop by the blog on Monday for the Siege blog tour!

As The World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy:

Want to read my thoughts on the previous books?

Rhiannon’s Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy (The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege,) and the author of three other books: the vampire novels Pretty When She Dies and The Tale of the Vampire Bride and the young-adult zombie novel The Living Dead Boy and the Zombie Hunters. Inspired to independently produce her work from the urging of her fans, she published The First Days in late 2008 and quickly gathered a cult following. She won the Dead Letter Award back-to-back for both The First Days and Fighting to Survive, the former of which the Harrisburg Book Examiner called ‘one of the best zombie books of the decade.’ Rhiannon is currently represented by Hannah Gordon of the Foundry + Literary Media agency.

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

When a humiliating picture of Blythe goes viral, she’s instantly the target of ridicule at her new school. To salvage her reputation, Blythe teams up with Luke to win the Senior Scramble scavenger hunt. But Luke is an unlikely ally and potentially can’t be trusted.


Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her, Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys—all the ones she doesn’t want. Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water—just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

His touch was electric.
His eyes were magnetic.
His lips were a temptation….
But was he real?

Miriam Black knows when you will die. She’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides. But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim.

Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.


Cricket’s on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend—but she’s picked a bad week to sort out her love life. For one thing, her mother’s romance is taking center stage: After jilting two previous fiancés, her mom is finally marrying Dan Jax, whom Cricket loves. But as wedding attendees arrive for a week of festivities at a guesthouse whose hippie owners have a sweet, sexy son—Ash—complications arise

It’s been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins…on the same day!


After years of boredom in her rural South Carolina town, Maria is thrilled when her father finally allows her to visit her estranged artist mother in New York City. She’s ready for adventure, and she soon finds herself immersed in a world of rock music and busy streets, where new people and ideas lie around every concrete corner.


Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing.


After practically begging the Council for a more challenging Soul Catch, she is assigned an actual Roman gladiator—Theocoles, the Pillar of Doom. How is Riley, a skinny twelve-year-old, supposed to get through to him? Then she meets the beautiful Messalina, who convinces her that her only chance is to become part of this world.

Jamie should have known something was off about the church of the Right and the Real from the start, especially when the Teacher claimed he wasn’t just an ordinary spiritual leader, but Jesus Christ, himself. But she was too taken by Josh, the eldest son of one of the church’s disciples, and his all-American good looks.


Himiko the beloved daughter of a chieftain in third century Japan has always been special. The day she was born there was a devastating earthquake, and the tribe’s shamaness had an amazing vision revealing the young girl’s future—one day this privileged child will be the spiritual and tribal leader over all of the tribes.

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert.


For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

As a living descendant of Artemis the Huntress, private investigator Nikki Glass knows how to track someone down. But when an Oracle shows up, warning the descendants about wild dog attacks in Washington D.C., Nikki is afraid it might be a trap.


Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to re-create herself in any form – a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really?

For aspiring artist Amanda Walsh, who only half-jokingly goes by the nickname Zero, the summer before college was supposed to be fun—plain and simple. But when must-have scholarship money doesn’t materialize, her prospects start looking as bleak and surreal as a painting by her idol Salvador Dali.


When Wendy Geller’s body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,”Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled.” But shy Rain, once Wendy’s best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just “party girl.”

Goldenrod Moram loves nothing better than a good quest. Intrepid, curious, and full of a well-honed sense of adventure, she decides to start her own exploring team fashioned after her idols, the explorers Lewis and Clark, and to map the forest right behind her home.


Wendy Everly is facing an impossible choice. The only way to save the Trylle from their deadliest enemy is by sacrificing herself.  If she doesn’t surrender to the Vittra, her people will be thrust into a brutal war against an unbeatable foe.  But how can Wendy leave all her friends behind…even if it’s the only way to save them?

Waking up in a coffin hungry for blood is only the beginning for sixteen-year-old Ava Blue. When Chance Caldon, the hottie who dug her up, tells her that she’s half vampire, Ava’s world really turns upside down.

Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.

After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon’s Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns—a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping.


I am the Graveyard Queen, a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. My father passed down four rules to keep me safe and I’ve broken every last one. A door has opened and evil wants me back.


Will Besting and the other teens who were “cured” at Fort Eden are still experiencing the strange signs of aging that were a part of their recovery. Now they are being called back to Fort Eden because Mrs. Goring is dying, and for some reason she wants to see the seven teens together again.


When Azure’s principal gives her the chance to turn the school’s traditional (and boring) senior prom into an event that will appeal to everyone, not just the jocks and cheerleaders, she jumps at the opportunity. Soon Azure manages to convince her best friends, Luke and Radhika, to join the prom committee as well.

Everything is in ruins. A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them. So what does Araby Worth have to live for? Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby’s father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.


This week is really full of awesome!
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26 Responses to “Fresh Batch (April 22nd – 28th)”

  1. RJ @ RJ Does Books!

    I must simply not be persuaded to buy any more…damn….the books I just ordered will get here Tuesday. :\ I swear I’m going to go broke!

    Fantastic post as usual Giselle! 😀

  2. margie c {the bumble girl}

    I wish I could get all of them! I’m leaning towards Whisper and Ascend, got to keep up with the series books 🙂 I might have to throw in The Immortal Rules? Masque of the Red Death? Purity? Ugh, I can’t decide which to get first, help! lol!
    Thanks for the list 🙂 Happy reading!!!

  3. Kathy Ann Coleman

    Oh. My. God. I’m so glad I have money sitting here and waiting to be used for a book shopping spree or I’d want to cry right now. I’ve still got to think, though. I have a tendency to buy more books then I can read. This week could organize my reading for weeks. :O 😀 🙂

    What books have my attention?

    — The Selection: I’ve wanted to read this since the first time I heard about it. I’m very curious to see what I’ll think and to share my thoughts.

    — Thumped: Bumped was one of the first books I reviewed, back when I bought my first batch of books for I Write, I Read, I Review. I want to know the rest of the story!

    — Storm: It’s a book with guys who wield the elements. Sorta scares me, since there are element themes in my own work. But it also compels me to read it. (And if it hadn’t, your review would have. *laughs*) Once again, anxious to see what I think.

    — Masque of the Red Death: I am really intrigued. I love the cover. The premise has my attention. So I’ll need to get this and check it out.

    — Purity: I love Jackson Pearce so seeing what she’ll do with this book is just a natural decision for me. It sounds like it should be a fun and interesting read.

    — The Immortal Rules: It’s Julie Kagawa, with a dystopian that has vampires (nice blend there)… What’s not to love?

    Now I’m torn … Buy from and get them faster, or buy them from Book Depository and save money? Plus, I’m going to Chapters & Build-a-Bear today for that “late birthday” thing my brother is doing for me. So yeah, this week it looks like I’m getting spoiled. *laughs*

    Anyway, hope you’re having a great week!

  4. Danny

    Ohh I didn’t know Tricked is comint out next week??? AWESOME! Can’t wait – I’m so going to get the audio the minute it’s available!
    Also, I’m dying to read Storm! Great books next week!

  5. Amy

    Look at all the awesome coming out!! None are as exciting as Siege though!! I really want to get Unraveling and a finished copy of The Immortal Rules. Ohh and Masque!!

  6. Lexie

    SO MANY BOOKS. O_O Craziness. And awesomeness. I really need to get the As the World Dies trilogy. >_> Also, Storm, Blackbirds, Unraveling, Breaking Beautiful, Masque of the Red Death, Purity, and The Immortal Rules. *-* Yes please.

  7. Novels On The Run

    OOOO I have had my eye on boko 1 and 2 in this series as I know Ashley at Bookish Brunette loves this author…I just need to get my hands on them. I am hoping my library will have book 1. I think I am going to want to buy these. I love Jonathan Maberry’s zombie writing, I know I will love Rhiannon’s and I have book 1-3 of The Iron Druid sitting here from library too. So many good books to read…not enough heads on my body..ha!


  8. Kelly

    I’m reading The Immortal Rules right now and LOVING it!! There are some amazing books coming out this week! Pretty sure my bank account will be empty by the end of the week. It’s a good thing I get paid on friday! haha

  9. Katie @ BlookGirl

    This may be a bit conceited of me, but… I can’t help thinking that you laughed -just a little bit- when you posted this, knowing that I’d be around eventually to give you “that look” 😉

    I have four of these books lined up in my reading queue. Guess I’d better hurry so I can post my reviews! 🙂

    Love yoooou! <333