Monthly Archives:: May 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Fresh Batch (May 31st – June 6th)

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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 Witch Hunter
Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Publication date: June 2nd 2015
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.

Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall [Purchase]
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume [Purchase]
Vicious Cycle (Vicious Cycle #1) by Katie Ashley [Purchase]
Moonlight on Nightingale Way (On Dublin Street #6) by Samantha Young [Purchase]

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller [Purchase]
Kane (Slater Brothers #3) by L.A. Casey [Purchase]
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera [Purchase]
Royal Wedding (The Princess Diaries #11) by Meg Cabot [Purchase]

Sweet Ache (Driven #6) by K. Bromberg [Purchase]
Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy #2) by Danielle L. Jensen[Purchase]
Finders Keepers (Bill Hodges Trilogy #2) by Stephen King [Purchase]
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler [Purchase]

Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer [Purchase]
The Liar’s Key (The Red Queen’s War #2) by Mark Lawrence [Purchase]
Joyride by Anna Banks [Purchase]
The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #3) by Charlie N. Holmberg [Purchase]

The Shadow Revolution (Crown & Key #1) by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith [Purchase]
Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace #1) by M.J. Arlidge [Purchase]
Beyond the Cut (Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club #2) by Sarah Castille [Purchase]
Spelled by Betsy Schow [Purchase]

Modern Monsters by Kelley York [Purchase]
Powerless (The Hero Agenda #1) by Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs [Purchase]
Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel [Purchase]
Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu [Purchase]

The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath (The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart, Esq. #1) by Ishbelle Bee [Purchase]
Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen [Purchase]
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley [Purchase]
Sweet by Emmy Laybourne [Purchase]

The Good Girls (The Perfectionists #2) by Sara Shepard [Purchase]
Siren’s Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy #2) by Mary Weber [Purchase]
The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. Hurst [Purchase]
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman [Purchase]

Suddenly One Summer by Julie James [Purchase]
Nearly Found (Nearly Gone #2) by Elle Cosimano [Purchase]
Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian [Purchase]
Deadly Design by Debra Dockter [Purchase]

The Hidden Prince (The Orphan Queen 0.1) by Jodi Meadows [Purchase]
Endgame (Night School #5) by C.J. Daugherty [Purchase]
Phoenix Rising by Bryony Pearce [Purchase]
Elements of Chemistry (Elements of Chemistry #1-3) by Penny Reid [Purchase]

The Darkness Within (The Monster Within #2) by Kelly Hashway [Purchase]
The Hunted (The Enemy #6) by Charlie Higson [Purchase]
Dancing with Molly by Lena Horowitz [Purchase]
Breakaway: Beyond the Goal by Alex Morgan [Purchase]

Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas [Purchase]
Children of the Earth (End Times #2) by Anna Schumacher [Purchase]
Invisible Monsters (Talker 25 #2) by Joshua McCune [Purchase]
Surviving Santiago by Lyn Miller-Lachmann [Purchase]

What are you excited for this week?


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Review: Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

Review: Ice Kissed by Amanda Hocking

Posted by on 05/29/2015 • 6 Comments

I’m sure you guys have seen my rather lukewarm review to the first book of this series. I was disappointed that the trolls here looked and acted like humans, and I hated some of what Bryn did at the end of the book despite her strong and amazing drive and personality. However, even with all these complaints, I still enjoyed the first book and was nervous to start the second one, lest it be lackluster.

Well, my doubts were surely unfounded because I actually… loved this. O_O

This time around, Bryn and Kasper were sent to the Kingdom of Skojare (imagine all blue and ice and sapphires) to assist in the investigation regarding the Queen, Konstantin, and the shadows lurking in the arena of Troll politics. And man, would it be…

Series Spotlight : Thrones & Bones Series by Lou Anders

Series Spotlight : Thrones & Bones Series by Lou Anders

Posted by on 05/26/2015 • 2 Comments

Today I am spotlighting the Thrones & Bones series by Lou Anders. It is getting closer to the publish date for the second book in the series, Nightborn. This is a fantastic MG series that I think many people will enjoy. I have not yet read the second book yet, but I am almost done with the first one, Frostborn, and am really enjoying it.

Frostborn is the first in the series, and so far it is great! The characters are interesting, but more than that, I love the visual imagery that I get from it. I can imagine the lands and the Giants, and everything that is going on. The story is wonderful and I am excited to continue on the adventure and see where…

Review: Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Review: Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Posted by on 05/25/2015 • 5 Comments

I really enjoyed this book. Yeah, the MC’s fall for each other rather quickly, but I thought it was a great read. I liked that it covers addiction, insecurities, and being true to yourself. There is a lot of depth to this book underneath all the craziness of it. It’s a harsh world where people are constantly being judged for how they look. This book shows us that. Laurel is okay being a bit curvy and not all skin and bones, but her friend has always been insecure about her weight. Boy TV star Tom used to be chubby and had an embarrassing public break up. He’s there to work, Laurel is there for her friend. They both don’t take Solu, and find quickly that it’s a good thing. They…

Fresh Batch (May 24th – 30th)

Fresh Batch (May 24th – 30th)

Posted by on 05/23/2015 • 8 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Daughter of Deep Silence Carrie Ryan Publication date: May 26th 2015by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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I’m the daughter of murdered parents. I’m the friend of a dead girl. I’m the lover of my enemy. And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly…

Review: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Review: Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

Posted by on 05/21/2015 • 7 Comments

This book was quite fun. I loved the whole Genie idea, but having them live in the real world among others. I thought that the twist on how wishes work and how their powers worked was really cool. This is not your typical Aladdin type tale. It’s got all sorts of secrets, teen romances, drama, and fun. I really liked getting to know the characters and the history of the Jinn. It wasn’t my favorite book ever, but it was definitely one that I enjoyed and am excited for the rest of the series.

Azra was a character that I liked getting to know. She has never embraced her destiny as the other Jinn do. In fact, she just wants to be normal, even though that will never happen. She…

Review: Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

Review: Frostfire by Amanda Hocking

Posted by on 05/20/2015 • 5 Comments

This was going so well, and then it went FUBAR in the end.

I don’t know about what you feel right now, folks, but right now I feel like making a hole in the wall with my mighty fist. This isn’t to say that this is a bad book, though, because I liked some parts, BUT GODDAMN THE STUPIDITY IN THE END REALLY JUST GOT TO ME.

You see this fist? This is the fist I’ll be putting between my teeth so I won’t actually destroy our wall. Find my rage petty if you wish, but it’s not a joke when I say I’m pretty pissed right now.

This is my first Amanda Hocking book, but I’m not really a stranger to this author. I’ve seen some of her works every…

Review: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Review: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Posted by on 05/18/2015 • 13 Comments

So far it’s 2 for 2 for this author. I read and fell in love with The Beginning of Everything last year, and even having high hopes for this one I was not one bit disappointed.

This time we’re taken to Latham House, a place where the sick are sent to try and get better. A place that is pretty much like a very morbid summer camp. Told in alternating point of views, we first meet Lane who’s on the road to achieving his goal of going to an Ivy League school. He’s a straight A student who’d rather study than have to deal with TB. Getting sent to Latham means losing the perfect GPA that he’s been working so hard for. In a way it was incredibly sad…