Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fresh Batch (June 17th – 23rd)

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

Flavor of the week:

This Is Not a Test
Courtney Summers
Release date: June 19th, 2012
by St. Martin’s Griffin


It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.

To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.

But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside.

When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

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Courtney Summers can’t wait for the zombie apocalypse. Also she is the author of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE, FALL FOR ANYTHING (available now) and THIS IS NOT A TEST (June 19th, 2012), four edgy young adult novels published by St. Martin’s Press.

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

It’s July 4, 2005, and the Frankel family is descending upon their beloved summer home in the Berkshires. But this is no ordinary holiday. The family has gathered to memorialize Leo, the youngest of the four siblings, an intrepid journalist and adventurer who was killed on that day in 2004, while on assignment in Iraq.


Sixteen-year-old Julia Whitmire appeared to have everything: a famous father, a luxurious Manhattan townhouse, a coveted spot at the elite Casden prep school. When she is found dead in her bathtub, a handwritten suicide note left on her bed, her parents insists that their daughter would never take her own life.

Blade Runner meets X-Men in this follow-up to Mind Storm where humanity faces extinction and it’s up to a group of rogue psions to save society.

Alma Katsu delivers the highly anticipated follow-up to her haunting novel about an immortal woman learning firsthand that the heart wants what the heart wants…no matter how high the stakes.

Kylah is the granddaughter of two Celtic goddesses but due to a tragedy Kylah’s memories were taken to protect her. She has no idea who she really is but soon she will find out…soon she will have to confront her past in order to save her future.

Glory is from a family of witches and lives beyond the law. She is desperate to develop her powers and become a witch herself. Lucas is the son of the Chief Prosecutor for the Inquisition—the witches’ mortal enemy—and his privileged life is very different to the forbidden world that he lives alongside.

When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel.


When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death.


What’s worse than being blackmailed to attend a hidden school where you’re treated like a second-class citizen? How about nearly getting eaten by a monster when you arrive? Or learning that your soulmate was killed in a centuries-old secret war?

After eradicating the obstacles between them, Emma Johnson and Caleb Blackney are ready to embrace their future together. They have a lot of decisions to make.

Gerald Livingston is an orbital garbage collector. For a hundred years, people have been abandoning things in space, and someone has to clean it up. But there’s something spinning a little bit higher than he expects, something that isn’t on the decades’ old orbital maps.

When the vampire tribes convene for the rare Blood Moon ceremonies, Solange’s fight with her feral nature, a mysterious stranger, family secrets and forbidden magic put all of the Drakes in danger.


Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongside her future husband. But when the frail young king dies, eighteen-year-old Mary is stripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone.

When the Germans begin bombing London in World War II, Betty is determined to do her part. Instead of running air raid drills like most girls her age, she lies about her age and trains to become a spy.


It’s summer, sweet summer! Self-proclaimed Superflirt Dee Barton can’t wait to spend it practicing her Nine Rules of Flirting on all the cute guys who come to stay at her family’s campground. Why not?

What is on your wishlist this week?

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24 Responses to “Fresh Batch (June 17th – 23rd)”

  1. bookworm105

    Ooooh! So many good books! Super excited to read This Is Not a Test. It sounds really good and everyone has been praising it so much. Just Flirt sounds like a fun read. Call of the sea and Entasy sound interesting. Really want to read Burn Mark because it’s about witches but it has got mixed reviews so i don’t know if i should pick it up. I love the cover of The Reckoning. Too bad i haven’t read the first one in the series.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Amy

    SQUEE!! This Is Not A Test!! Ugh, I pre-ordered through TBD (through your link) but it says July 9th on their site. *sniffles* I can’t wait to get it and read it though even if it is a few weeks later than I thought. I have Burn Mark for a blog tour and it sounds pretty good. I will be reading it this week. The cover for The Reckoning is freaking gorgeous!!

  3. Nicola

    Yay! This is Not a Test is finally going to be out! I’m actually not that into any of the other new releases. I might give Burn Mark a try though I’ve heard mixed things.

  4. Kara_Malinczak

    Since I already read This is Not a Test, the only one I want this week is Just Flirt. It looks cute. I’ve added it to my list.

    But you guys should TOTALLY buy Entasy. Heh. 🙂

  5. Sam

    Ooh Terminal Point sounds really interesting! I haven’t read the first book though so I’ll have to check out both of those. I also love the cover for The Reckoning. So pretty!

  6. Addie R.

    This is Not a Test was AMAZING! I still can’t get it out of my head! And I also loved Something Like Normal!
    I’m looking forward to reaing Legacy Trial. I didn’t like her Vladimir Todd series too much but this one sounds interesting.

  7. Shooting Stars Mag

    I am so ready to get This is Not a Test. Heard too many amazing things.

    I’m also really curious about Never Tell and Something Like Normal.

    Thanks for the round-up.


  8. The Teen Book Guru

    Oooh I am so excited for This Is Not A Test, and also Something Like Normal cause I have read some great reviews about them!! I just read Just Flirt recently and loved it!! It’s the perfect summer read. Great post, Giselle!! <3 I love this Fresh Batch meme!!! <3