Saturday, May 05, 2012

Fresh Batch (May 6th – 12th)

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

Flavor of the week:

Kathleen Peacock
Release date: May 8th, 2012
by HarperCollins

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Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen’s Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

Kathleen spent most of her teen years writing short stories. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending college but rediscovered them when office life started leaving her with an allergy to cubicles.

Hemlock, her first novel, will be released on May 8th by Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

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

Her cat-loving coworker wants her dead, the too-smart-for-his-own-good local reporter keeps pushing her buttons, her gorgeous sailor may be more shipwreck than dreamboat — plus Camden Harbor’s haunted. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, Libby learns that boys, like ghosts, aren’t always what they seem.


Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.

Molly desperately wants to be beautiful. And that’s what she tells Dharma, the mysterious portrait artist who sketches her face at the town fair just minutes after she’s humiliated in front of Hudson, the guy of her dreams. When Molly wakes up the following morning, she’s the most beautiful girl in Miracle, Ohio.

Paige Sheridan has the perfect life. She’s pretty, rich, and popular, and her spot on the homecoming court is practically guaranteed. But when a night of partying ends in an it-could-have-been-so-much worse crash , everything changes.  


Elizabeth Margaret—better known as Em—has always known what life would contain: an internship at her father’s firm, a degree from Harvard and a career as a lawyer. The only problem is that it’s not what she wants.

Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.


It’s the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have fun. She’s not like her best friend, Inggy, who has a steady boyfriend, good grades, and college plans. Angel isn’t sure what she wants to do yet, but she has confidence and experience beyond her years. Still, her summer doesn’t start out as planned.


When Beatrice of Savoy, countess of Provence, sends her four beautiful, accomplished daughters to become queens, she admonishes them: Family comes first. As a result, the daughters work not only to expand their husbands’ empires and broker peace between nations, but also to bring the House of Savoy to greater power and influence than before.


Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands, Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer.

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years.


Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department’s evidence locker.

If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look us up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe. Or open this book and read my essay, which I’ll turn in when I go back to school.


Taylor’s family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it’s stage four

It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.


Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges – until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal.

After ten-year-old Hastin’s family borrows money to pay for his sister’s hospital bill, he leaves his village in northern India to take a job as an elephant keeper and work off the debt. He thinks it will be an adventure, but he isn’t prepared for the cruel circus owner. 


Zabby, Beth, and Eliza, three Elizabeths from very different walks of life, find themselves at the center of the most scandal-filled court that England has ever seen.

Grace always has a plan. There’s her plan to get famous, her plan to get rich, and—above all—her plan to have fun. Sawyer has plenty of plans too. Plans made for him by his mother, his father, his girlfriend. Maybe they aren’t his plans, but they are plans.


When soldiers arrive in his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock ’n’ roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, Arn’s life is changed forever.

Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.
Not this time.

As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? 

A family is torn apart by fierce belief and private longing in this unprecedented journey deep inside the most insular Hasidic sect, the Satmar.


In Abby’s world, magic isn’t anything special: it’s a part of everyday life. So when Abby learns that she has zero magical abilities, she’s branded an “Ord”—ordinary, bad luck, and quite possibly a danger to society.


Almostseventeen-year-old Josephine Jack had it all: great parents, cool friends, and a crush on the cusp of something special. Then within the space of a few seconds, it was all gone.

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided.

The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass.

Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone’s business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she’s been making waves ever since.

It’s Mardi Gras, but for 16 year-old psychic Trinity Monsour this is no time for celebration. Another girl is missing. Haunted by visions she doesn’t understand, Trinity embarks upon a dark odyssey she could never have imagined.


When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is.

In this final installment of the thrilling, edgy Personal Demons series, the battle between Heaven and Hell has become critical, and Frannie Cavanaugh is right at the center of it.

The RADs are free and Draculaura (Lala) is flashing her fangs with pride. But when Daddy Drac pays her a surprise visit everything goes batty. Mr. D. thinks RADs should have their own school, but Lala isn’t ready to give up the rights they fought so hard for.

Zara is at the center of an impending apocalypse. True, she’s successfully rescued Nick from Valhalla, but it simply isn’t enough. Evil pixies are ravaging Bedford, and they need much more than one great warrior; they need an army.


Scilla Davis is haunted by a horrible accident that she was involved in last summer—a drunken, reckless joyride that ended in tragedy. With a big trial looming, life seems empty, unreal, and utterly hopeless.

Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what’s next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

My best friend, Des, and I totally freaked when we won the contest to meet THE Dakota Danvers in Hollywood. But now we’re finding out he’s SO not the angel everyone believes him to be. In fact, Dakota is the son of Satan, wreaking havoc on Hollywood and creating an evil army hellbent on world domination.


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21 Responses to “Fresh Batch (May 6th – 12th)”

  1. Alba

    I was #2 ~fails~
    but let’s get to the post…
    OH MY CLOUDS!!!!!!!
    City of Lost Souls???????? comes out this week?! How could I have forgotten the date????
    T_T I’m also excited for Struck and Revived!!!
    I’m currently reading Die For Me…but since I’m liking it I’m really looking forward to book 2 already XD

  2. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    So many great books out this month!!! I will go broke! lol I have to wait for the library for a bunch of these but I want to read Until I Die, Endure, City of Lost Souls, Enchanted, Revived, Hemlock, and The Hunt.

  3. Elodie

    Hemlock and Pretty Amy sound amazing 🙂 !! I’ve already ordered a copy of City of Lost Souls that I’m can’t wait to receive! I still have to order a copy of Until I Die because I really liked Die For Me when I read it last year 🙂 !!

  4. Carina

    Oh wow, another week of very awesome releases. ♥ Don’t even know what to comment on because there are so many awesome books! 🙂

  5. Kelly

    So many amazing books coming out this week!! I’m especially looking forward to Hemlock, Struck, City of Lost Souls, In Honor, Enchanted and Revived! My bank account is NOT going to like me this week.. ha!

  6. Jasprit

    Wow there are some seriously awesome releases this week! Like first comes love, Underworld, second chance summer, Pretty Amy, Revived, In Honor and The Hunt! I may have to go on a little book binge this week! 🙂

  7. margie c {the bumble girl}

    Hemlock! I feel like I’ve been waiting for years for this book, can’t wait!!!
    I was lucky to read Pretty Amy for review, and loved it!
    Revived is starting to sound good to me too, lol! I thought it was too creepy, but maybe not 😉
    Thanks for the list, Giselle!

  8. Amber Hughes

    The amount of YA books I want this month is ridiculous! LOL! I just got Pretty Amy in the mail yesterday. I ordered The Hunt & Hemlock this morning and there are a few more on this list that I want to get. Hopefully soon!:-)

  9. bookworm105

    Really good books that i am looking forward to read here and new books that i haven’t seen. Looking forward for City of Lost Souls, Until I Die and Struck. Thanks for sharing Holly weird it looks really interesting and the cover is great!

    Got to add the new discoveries to my TBR pile! Happy reading and thanks for the share! 🙂

  10. Lexie

    HEMLOCK! *-* (Also Struck, In Honor, The Princess of Iowa, Pretty Amy, Enchanted, Second Chance Summer, and . . . I should probably stop now.) Seriously. This week is FABULOUS. I think I’m going to the bookstore next week, and I’ll probably have to restrain myself from buying everything in sight.

  11. Sam

    There are so many books being released this week! I won’t have any money left by the end of it. 😉 I think I’m most excited for City of Lost Souls! 🙂