Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fresh Batch (May 20th – 26th)

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

Flavor of the week:

Em Bailey
Release date: May 22nd, 2012
by Egmont USA

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Olive Corbett is not crazy. Not anymore.

She obediently takes her meds and stays under the radar at school. After “the incident,” Olive just wants to avoid any more trouble, so she knows the smartest thing is to stay clear of the new girl who is rumored to have quite the creepy past.

But there’s no avoiding Miranda Vaile. As mousy Miranda edges her way into the popular group, right up to the side of queen bee Katie – and pushes the others right out – only Olive seems to notice that something strange is going on. Something almost . . . parasitic. Either Olive is losing her grip on reality, or Miranda Vaile is stealing Katie’s life.

But who would ever believe crazy Olive, the girl who has a habit of letting her imagination run away with her? And what if Olive is the next target?

Shift book trailer:

Em’s Goodreads / Facebook

Em Bailey is an Australian living in Germany where, despite having been a vegetarian for many years, she now enjoys the occasional Wurst. Em used to be a new-media designer for a children’s television production house and is now a full-time author. Shift is her first YA novel, although she has written a number of books for children under the name Meredith Badger.

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

Bryn knows first-hand that being the alpha of a werewolf pack means making hard decisions, and that being human makes things a thousand times worse. She’s prepared to give up her humanity, but the wolf who promised to Change her is waiting – though for what, Bryn doesn’t know.


Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty…

One Planet.Two Worlds.
Population: Human … 7 billion. Others … unknown.

Sophomore year broke Clementine Williams’ heart. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and long story short: he’s excused, but Clem is vilified and she heads into summer with zero social life.

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her “straynge band of mysfits” have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him…for the life of the girl Jasper loves.  


Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.     

Chantal is a planner, and her summer-before-senior-year plan requires best friend Jillian, resumé updating, and studying for AP classes. Jillian wants something different and is afraid to leave introverted Chantal in the dust. All that changes, though, when popular classmates Parker and Will suspiciously start hanging out with the girls.


Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine


Mistress of death Francesca Giordano—court poisoner to the House of Borgia—returns to confront an ancient atrocity that threatens to extinguish the light of the Renaissance and plunge the world into eternal darkness.


The year is 2312. Scientific and technological advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer humanity’s only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system on moons, planets, and in between.

The drama and romance continue in this 144-page full-color graphic novel adaptation of the second Vampire Academy novel, Frostbite, which was overseen by Richelle Mead and features beautiful art by acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli.


Jeane Smith is seventeen and has turned her self-styled dorkiness into an art form, a lifestyle choice and a profitable website and consultancy business.

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup.

Simmi’s loyalty is on the line. Who will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with “bad idea” written all over him? Emotions run high as the tension mounts in book two of the Farsighted series.

Kate has no time for meaningless romantic charades, and definitely no time for hot college professors who are full of themselves and smitten with her. Constantly battling eviction notices, tuition she can’t afford, and a sick, dependent mother, the last thing she needs is to be distracted with someone else’s complicated baggage.


Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits

I don’t do dangerous.  Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…something strange. 


Lately strange things have been happening to Daire Santos. Animals follow her, crows mock her, and glowing people appear out of nowhere. Worried that Daire is having a nervous breakdown, her mother packs her off to stay in the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico with a grandmother she’s never met.

Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost.
But will the twins of legend stand together?
Or will they stand apart—
one to save the world and one to destroy it?


If Owen can unlock the lost code in his very genes, he may rediscover the forgotten knowledge of his ancestry…and that less-than-ordinary can evolve into extraordinary.

Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Ellis only has four days of her sophomore year left, and summer is so close that she can almost taste it. But even with vacation just within reach, Ellis isn’t exactly relaxed. Her father has been in a coma for years

When Rose was twelve, her mother and stepfather went out for dinner and never came back. Now seventeen, she lives with her grandmother and goes to school in London. She’s always wondered about her stepbrother, Joshua, whom she only lived with briefly and who was also relocated after their parents’ disappearance.


The year was 2014. The year we cured cancer. The year we cured the common cold. And the year the dead started to walk. The year of the Rising.


What are you getting this week?

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24 Responses to “Fresh Batch (May 20th – 26th)”

  1. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I’m really excited about Easy. Dark Kiss was good and I just won a copy of The Lost Code. I need to get reading Of Poseidon soon! A lot of the books are from a series I haven’t started yet but hope to soon!

  2. Kathy Ann Coleman

    There’s some interesting stuff this week. Yay!

    — I’ve wanted to read Of Poseidon since I first head about it, so I’m excited about that one.

    — I’ve never heard of Shift before but it certainly looks like it has some great potential. Good pick there. 🙂

    — I’m not 100% certain what Dark Kiss is but I can tell I’ll be looking into it.

    — Easy looks like it could be worth a glance.

    — I haven’t read Farsighted (yet) but if I get around to that I’ll want to read Open Heart. (Curse you, unending TBR of doom.)

    — The Blackout looks like it might be my cup of tea. Zombies showing up when people have cured diseases? Intriguing.

    Maybe I’ll treat myself if I can get some more editing done. Which I’m heading to work on now. Bye!

  3. Alba

    oh my god! I can’t wait for Easy by Tammara Webber!!
    >.< and since I'm on an eBook reading ban I wasn't able to read my galley of Girl in the Clockwork Collar T_T it was the only way I was going to be able to read it :/~my life stinks~
    OMG!! Of Poseidon! T_T

    I love Shift’s cover! >.< never heard of that book, I think.

    And O_O didn’t know Frostbite was coming out this week too!! X_X

  4. Nicola

    Oh! I’ve been seeing lots of new release lists for this week and there has been nothing catching my eye but this list is great! 37 Things I Love and Adorkable are definitely on my wishlist!

    I’m reading Open Heart on the side at the moment. It’s pretty good.

  5. Janiera

    So many good books coming out! I’m saving up my Amazon GC’s to buy a Kindle Fire but this is making it hard. I always rely on your list to see what is coming out. So many goodies!

  6. Amy

    Shift sounds awesome!! Oh, crap! Wicked sweet is coming out already. I have it for review, but have been taking my time because I thought it was a June 5th release. *sigh* I am just about finished with Of Poseidon now. SHADOW BOUND!! I am so excited for it. I remember when Blood Bound came out I searched everywhere for it and ended up ordering it and getting express shipping lol. I pre-ordered Shadow Bound for nook for now which doesn’t come out until June 1st, but I will get the physical copy too.

  7. Renae

    Ooooh! I hadn’t heard of Shift before this, but it sounds super awesome. Definitely out of the ordinary.

    Other than that, I’ve already read Talisman of El, and I didn’t think it was too bad.

    Thanks for sharing these with us!

    Renae @ Respiring Thoughts

  8. Sally@Always Lost in Stories

    There are SO MANY amazing books coming out soon! I’m reading Clockwork Collar at the moment and I love it.
    I’m also really looking forward to Taken By Storm (love this series) and Poseidon. But I still need to read Blood Bound, before I can get Shadow Bound.
    Too many amazing books!

  9. Amber Hughes

    The ones I’m MOST excited about are Shadow Bound & Taken by Storm (pre-ordered). I’ve also got Fated coming to me in the mail. The Lost Code & Easy are on my TBR. Shift looks really interesting too 🙂