Monthly Archives:: August 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Fresh Batch (New Releases September 1st – 7th)

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FreshBatchBanner637Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

All Our Yesterdays
Cristin Terrill
Publication date: September 3rd 2013
by Disney Hyperion

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“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

Cristin Terrill ‘s Website / Facebook / Twitter

Cristin Terrill has a bachelor of the arts degree from Vassar College and a master of the arts degree in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. She currently lives outside Washington, D.C., where she teaches creative writing workshop for kids and teens. ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is her first novel.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange [Purchase]
Game On by Melanie Spring [Purchase]
My Unexpected Forever (Beaumont #2) by Heidi McLaughlin [Purchase]
STRIPPED (The FERRO Family) by H.M. Ward [Purchase]

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black [Purchase]
The Transfer: A Divergent Story (Divergent 0.1) by Veronica Roth [Purchase]
Styxx (Dark-Hunter #23) by Sherrilyn Kenyon [Purchase]
Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton [Purchase]

MaddAddam (MaddAddam Trilogy #3) by Margaret Atwood [Purchase]
Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen [Purchase]
Chimes at Midnight (October Daye #7) by Seanan McGuire [Purchase]
Eternal (Winterhaven #3) by Kristi Cook [Purchase]

Scorched by Mari Mancusi [Purchase]
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain [Purchase]
Dark Lycan (Dark Carpathians #24) by Christine Feehan [Purchase]
Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille [Purchase]

Margot by Jillian Cantor [Purchase]
Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair [Purchase]
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney [Purchase]
When the World Was Flat (and we were in love) by Ingrid Jonach [Purchase]

The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van Allen [Purchase]
I Am Alice (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles #12) by Joseph Delaney [Purchase]
The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell [Purchase]
Takedown by Allison van Diepen [Purchase]

Sweet Legacy (Medusa Girls #3) by Tera Lynn Childs [Purchase]
Projection by Risa Green [Purchase]
The 100 (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan [Purchase]
The Lord of Opium (Matteo Alacran #2) by Nancy Farmer [Purchase]

Eternity (The Fury Trilogy #3) by Elizabeth Miles [Purchase]
Project Cain (Project Cain) by Geoffrey Girard [Purchase]
The Book of Someday by Dianne Dixon [Purchase]
Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst [Purchase]

The Protected (The FBI Psychics #4) by Shiloh Walker [Purchase]
You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert [Purchase]
Everything For Us (The Bad Boys #3) by M. Leighton [Purchase]
Wait for You (Wait for You #1) by J. Lynn [Purchase]

Beautiful Bombshell (Beautiful Bastard #2.5) by Christina Lauren [Purchase]
Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma [Purchase]
The Elites by Natasha Ngan [Purchase]
A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison [Purchase]

Dead Is Just a Dream (Dead Is #8) by Marlene Perez [Purchase]
The Outside (The Hallowed Ones #2) by Laura Bickle [Purchase]
Are You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick [Purchase]
The Social Code (The Start-Up #1) by Sadie Hayes [Purchase]

Jessica Darling’s It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection (Jessica Darling’s It List #1) by Megan McCafferty [Purchase]
Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon [Purchase]

Anything on your wishlist this week?


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Review: Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Review: Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Posted by on 08/30/2013 • 26 Comments

-This novel was listened to via audiobook-

Long overdue for this zombie fan, I am finally – finally – reading this series! As you can guess I’ve been hearing a lot about this award winning author, Jonathan Maberry, and although I’m only on book 2 at the moment, I can already see why it garnered so much popularity (and book 2 is even better so far!).

This novel is set years after the zombies came, so it’s not your run of the mill survival of the fittest story happening in the midst of an apocalypse, this one is about what happens after that. After society has somewhat survived. After people have been forced to learn to live with unrelenting fear. After everyone in power is out there shambling away, leaving…

Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Posted by on 08/29/2013 • 23 Comments

-This novel was listened to via audiobook-

Murders, Grim Reapers, Scythes! Oh my!

This was the perfect book to listen to on my way back from a 9 hour road trip. Its sarcastic protagonist, charismatic secondary characters, and entertaining plot made the drive feel like 30 minutes. Ok maybe a couple hours. But still.

Lex used to be a perfectly good student, except lately she’s been a bit of a delinquent. This is what gets her shipped to her uncle Mort’s place in a bizarre small town of population 80. This is also where she learns who, or what, she really is: a grim reaper. Grim reaper books have always been a favorite of mine and I loved what Gina did with this one, especially with the constant…

Waiting on Wednesday (91)

Waiting on Wednesday (91)

Posted by on 08/28/2013 • 35 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS! WEEEEEE! The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is an all-time favorite of mine. I also adored Sisterhood Everlasting which was like the “10 years later” book, so as soon as I saw her name on an upcoming series I may have squealed a little. It’s very different from anything she’s written before, but it sounds amazing and I have high hopes for this one!

What are you waiting on?

Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz

Review: Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz

Posted by on 08/27/2013 • 34 Comments

I haven’t read a book I could describe as truly terrible in a long time. I was surprised at every turn of a page that I was still reading it. I’m not really sure why I kept reading. A fruitless hope that it would suddenly turn into a good book? Or catch fire? Either way, this book has taken hours of my life I will never get back! ROBBERY! This is a book that, if read drunk… would still be terrible. Beer goggles can never be thick enough – well I guess once it blurs the words so much you have to make up your own…

Ok moving on.

How did I go about hating this book so much? Mostly the fact that this whole world is filled with nonsense…

Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Posted by on 08/26/2013 • 34 Comments

Antigoddess is all sort of freaky loveliness. For fans of greek mythology, this novel brings in a creative and original depiction of the well loved myth, where the gods are caught in a new story and facing the war of all wars–their lost immortality.

First thing’s first, you might want to brush up in your knowledge of the trojan war if you’re not very well versed on that event in greek mythology–or at least have Wiki at the ready. As much as I enjoy this myth I have only dived into it in the past few years, so I had to read up on the specifics of this war a bit. You don’t need to become an encyclopedia on the matter, but knowing who is involved, the basics of what…

Giveaway: What Goes Around by Courtney Summers

Giveaway: What Goes Around by Courtney Summers

Posted by on 08/26/2013 • 6 Comments

Being a big fan of Courtney Summers and her fantastically raw writing style, I’m excited to share her upcoming new book What Goes Around which is a two-in-one featuring both Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are. I read Cracked Up to Be just a couple of months ago and it is, for sure, a must-read for any contemporary reader! You can find my review here, if you’re curious! 🙂 And thanks to St. Martin’s Press, I have a pretty copy up for grabs! Also don’t forget to Like Courtney’s page since she’s likeable and all that jazz! 😉

Read an excerpt, here!


St Martin’s Press has generously offered a paperback of What Goes Around by Courtney Summers for giveaway.

Stacking the Shelves (68)

Stacking the Shelves (68)

Posted by on 08/25/2013 • 43 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews featuring the books we got this week, and I also mention blog news/happenings of the past week. How is everyone doing this week? I got back from my vacation on Tuesday and I finally met the fabulous Amy from Book Loving Mom! It was so awesome!  Then later today I’m off to see the TMI movie and see what that fuss is all about! Have you all seen it? I haven’t been on Twitter as much since I got back so I haven’t heard much feedback on it. And before you go, have you checked out Xpresso Book Tours lately? I have a few tours and blitzes open if you’d like to sign up – all listed on XBT’s sidebar!…