Monthly Archives:: May 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

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

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

Flavor of the week:

The Truth About Alice
Jennifer Mathieu
Publication date: June 3rd 2014
by Roaring Brook Press

Goodreads Purchase

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.  Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the “slut stall” in the girls’ bathroom: “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” and “Alice got an abortion last semester.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they “know” about Alice–and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

Fall from India Place (On Dublin Street #4) by Samantha Young [Purchase]
The Girl Who Never Was (Otherworld #1) by Skylar Dorset [Purchase]
Devil’s Game (Reapers MC #3) by Joanna Wylde [Purchase]
Hold on Tight (Sea Breeze #8) by Abbi Glines [Purchase]

Mended (Connections #3) by Kim Karr [Purchase]
Twisted Together (Monsters in the Dark #3) by Pepper Winters [Purchase]
A Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry #9) by Laurell K. Hamilton [Purchase]
Heated (Most Wanted #2) by J. Kenner [Purchase]

Toxic (Pretty Little Liars #15) by Sara Shepard [Purchase]
Prince of Fools (The Red Queen’s War #1) by Mark Lawrence [Purchase]
Shield of Winter (Psy-Changeling #13) by Nalini Singh [Purchase]
Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern [Purchase]

China Dolls by Lisa See [Purchase]
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King [Purchase]
Take Back the Skies (Take Back the Skies #1) by Lucy Saxon [Purchase]
Hungry by H.A. Swain [Purchase]

Unstoppable (The Nature of Grace #3) by S.R. Johannes
Gasp (Visions #3) by Lisa McMann [Purchase]
Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx (Lux #1-2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Purchase]
Consequences: Opal & Origin (Lux #3-4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout [Purchase]

My Best Friend, Maybe by Caela Carter [Purchase]
The Prince of Venice Beach by Blake Nelson [Purchase]
Vivian Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel [Purchase]
My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten [Purchase]

Perfect Kind of Trouble (Finding Fate #2) by Chelsea Fine [Purchase]
Push Girl by Chelsie Hill and Jessica Love [Purchase]
Tiger’s Promise (The Tiger Saga 0.5) by Colleen Houck [Purchase]
Rivals in the City (The Agency #4) by Y.S. Lee [Purchase]

Resistance (Night School #4) by C.J. Daugherty [Purchase]
Sweet Evil 3-Book Collection by Wendy Higgins [Purchase]
Stardawn (Starglass 0.5) by Phoebe North [Purchase]
Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan [Purchase]

Witch Hunt (Witch Finder #2) by Ruth Warburton [Purchase]
Since Last Summer (Rules of Summer #2) by Joanna Philbin [Purchase]
The Fear Trials (The Murder Complex 0.5) by Lindsay Cummings [Purchase]
The Book of David by Anonymous [Purchase]

The Feral Child (Feral Child Trilogy #1) by Che Golden [Purchase]
Haunt by Curtis Jobling [Purchase]
Cinderella’s Dress by Shonna Slayton [Purchase]
Chasing Stars (After Eden #2) by Helen Douglas [Purchase]

Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig [Purchase]
Dark Days by Kate Ormand [Purchase]
Essence by Lisa Ann O’Kane [Purchase]
Just Sing (Seven Oaks #1) by René Gilley [Purchase]

Shiverton Hall: The Creeper by Emerald Fennell [Purchase]

Anything you’ve been pining for in this list?


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Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Posted by on 05/30/2014 • 8 Comments

I’m slowly learning that I am very picky when it comes to the type of “mindfuck-ey” books that I like. There are some that I love, that skyrocket to the very top of my favourite books list (like Another Little Piece, Lucid or Complicit to name a few) and then there are some that just never grab me and seem to almost go over my head. Falling into this group is books like (Don’t You) Forget About Me and now The Vanishing Season. There were definitely things that I appreciated in this novel but I never connected to it in any way nor did I come to care about the relationships.

Maggie’s family has had to downsize after her mother got laid off from her job in Chicago. They move…

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Review: Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn

Posted by on 05/29/2014 • 13 Comments

Complicit is exactly the kind of book I like to read, but have so much trouble finding. At the same time it is exactly the kind of book that I hate reviewing. Full of twists, turns and unreliable characters, this novel keeps you guessing until the very end and leaves you with a conclusion that will have your jaw on the floor.

Jamie Henry is 16 years old and he doesn’t know much about his past. He knows that he was adopted at a young age and that he was very lucky to have gotten to stay with his sister, Cate through all of that. He knows that his mother was shot and killed right in front of him and he knows that his sister is not stable nor is…

Book Girls Don’t Cry… Or Go To BEA

Book Girls Don’t Cry… Or Go To BEA

Posted by on 05/28/2014 • 29 Comments

Book Girls Don’t Cry is a feature where we will discuss/vent/advise on a bookish topic. This feature is co-hosted with the lovely Amy at Book Loving Mom.

It’s finally the week of BEA and after watching everyone who is going get themselves pumped up for the last month or so I am now watching while they are all on their way to New York. I know my co-blogger, Giselle, left just yesterday morning and made the long drive down. As someone who is deathly afraid of flying and doesn’t enjoy travelling I am so thankful for social media so that I can live vicariously through all of my friends. Also, it’s great that Giselle is going because she has strict orders to grab a few of my must-haves for me.

Review: Inland by Kat Rosenfield

Review: Inland by Kat Rosenfield

Posted by on 05/27/2014 • 10 Comments

Inland was a mixed bag for me. On one hand I love the cryptic nature of books like these where part of the fun is how it plays with our imagination, but for this to work I have to turn the last page with some kind of stunned wonderment, and that did not happen here. While the writing is great and the magical realism feel with its eerie mystique is initially intriguing, I ended up being quite bored for the most part, and eventually underwhelmed in the end. I was left disappointed with no more than what I felt after I read the synopsis. Also, that epilogue/ending kinda confused me – if anyone can shed a light on what the heck it meant that’d be great O_O

This is the…

Review: Born of Deception by Teri Brown

Review: Born of Deception by Teri Brown

Posted by on 05/26/2014 • 14 Comments

*Spoiler free for the series*

Having really enjoyed the wonderfully atmospheric and captivating Born of Illusion last year, I was excited to get back into Anna’s world full of magic and mystery.

Born of Deception is just as mesmerizing in its storytelling, and even more-so with its historical London setting. Brown is gifted in bringing these settings to life; making us walk the busy streets alongside our protagonist, feel the vibrancy of the city and the excitement of the crowds. As far as the writing goes, I loved it all. I did find disappointment in the plot itself, however. While Born of Illusion was full of mystique and wonder, this second installment has a big focus on a new love triangle in addition to – and somewhat the cause…

Fresh Batch (New Releases May 25th – 31st)

Fresh Batch (New Releases May 25th – 31st)

Posted by on 05/24/2014 • 8 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Take Me On Katie McGarry Series: Pushing the Limits #4 Publication date: May 27th 2014by Harlequin TEEN

Goodreads Purchase

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds…

Review: To All The Boys I’ve Love Before by Jenny Han

Review: To All The Boys I’ve Love Before by Jenny Han

Posted by on 05/23/2014 • 19 Comments

Around the time that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before came out I saw nothing but love for it on my GR feed. This made me pretty excited to get around to reading it myself. I’d never read anything by Jenny Han before and this seemed like the perfect book for me to get started with. I think all of those expectations came back to bite me in the butt because I was pretty bored and annoyed through the entirety of this novel.

Lara Jean is the middle Song sister. She has her older sister Margo who is just setting off to college in Scotland and her younger sister Kitty who she is in charge of in Margo’s absence. Their mother died long ago and the girls have learned…