Monthly Archives:: May 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Fresh Batch (May 29th – June 4th)

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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:

Wanderlost
Jen Malone
Publication date: May 31st 2016
by HarperTeen

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Not all those who wander are lost, but Aubree Sadler most definitely is on this novel’s whirlwind trip through Europe.

Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick [Purchase]
London Belongs to Us by Sarra Manning [Purchase]
Je suis à toi (Monsters in the Dark #3.5) by Pepper Winters
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman [Purchase]


Before the Fall by Noah Hawley [Purchase]
Nil on Fire (Nil #3) by Lynne Matson [Purchase]
The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2) by Melinda Salisbury [Purchase]
Demand (Careless Whispers #2) by Lisa Renee Jones [Purchase]


June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore [Purchase]
Frannie and Tru by Karen Hattrup [Purchase]
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub [Purchase]
Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten [Purchase]


Resurgence (Silver Blackthorn #3) by Kerry Wilkinson [Purchase]
City of Spies (Pagan Jones #2) by Nina Berry [Purchase]
Meet Me Here by Bryan Bliss [Purchase]
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson [Purchase]


The Inside of Out by Jenn Marie Thorne [Purchase]
Sing by Vivi Greene [Purchase]
In the Shadow of the Dragon King (The Chronicles of Fallhollow #1) by J. Keller Ford [Purchase]
The Language of Stars by Louise Hawes [Purchase]


Savage by Thomas E. Sniegoski [Purchase]
Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne [Purchase]
Life Is Funny by E.R. Frank [Purchase]
The Notorious Pagan Jones (Pagan Jones #1) by Nina Berry [Purchase]


Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis [Purchase]


What’s on your wishlist this week?

 

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Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

Posted by on 05/24/2016 • 1 Comment

Things to know about Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

1. It’s for a much younger audience. I didn’t realize this at first but while I was reading it, it become clear that I was not the intended audience of Secret Coders. This didn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the graphic novel, it just meant that it took me longer to get involved in the novel.

2. It isn’t just about coding and computer science-y stuff. If that isn’t your thing, don’t worry. It isn’t my thing either but I definitely enjoyed Secret Coders. There is a mystery element that makes itself known towards the end of the novel and that is what tied the knot for me. I want more Secret Coders because I needs to know the answers.

3. The illustrations are AMAZING. They…

Fresh Batch (May 22nd – 28th)

Fresh Batch (May 22nd – 28th)

Posted by on 05/21/2016 • 2 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Outrun the Moon Stacey Lee Publication date: May 24th 2016by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco,…

Blog Tour: NIL On Fire – Guest Post

Blog Tour: NIL On Fire – Guest Post

Posted by on 05/19/2016 • 1 Comment

Hello everyone!! I am part of the NIL on Fire blog tour and I have a great guest post from Lynne today! I really wanted to post my review with this, but I have had a lot of stuff going on lately and so I did not get to read it.  I definitely will be soon though and will post my review at that point.  Anyways, Lynne has given us a fabulous list of books to read if you liked NIL.

Top Five Books to Read if You Liked NIL

 

I ADORE THIS QUESTION!

 

I LOVE to read, and I devour books like chocolate. I’ve got weak spot for fantasy, but I love sci-fi, contemporary, thrillers, and more. Basically…

Fresh Batch (May 15th – 21st)

Fresh Batch (May 15th – 21st)

Posted by on 05/14/2016 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Places No One Knows Brenna Yovanoff Publication date: May 17th 2016by Delacorte

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Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs.

Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world.

Epic Cover Battles #5: Sandy Hall Edition

Epic Cover Battles #5: Sandy Hall Edition

Posted by on 05/11/2016 • 4 Comments

As a self proclaimed cover-whore, I enjoy judging books by their covers. I’ve noticed that when authors publish books through one publishing house, their covers are usually coordinated in ways that distinguish their books from other books. So this time for Cover Wars, I decided to battle out a single author’s covers. So go forth and choose your favorite Sandy Hall book-cover!

 

Legend: The Graphic Novel Series adapted by Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kaari

Legend: The Graphic Novel Series adapted by Leigh Dragoon, illustrated by Kaari

Posted by on 05/08/2016 • 1 Comment

Having loved the first two books in the Legend series (I still haven’t read Champion!), I was so excited to dive into these graphic novel adaptations and see how the story would translate over into a new medium.

Day and June are fantastic characters whether they are in a novel or graphic novel. I love them as individuals and I love them as a couple. Although, admittedly, I am kind of upset my favorite bathroom scene did not find its way into the graphic novel (SO MUCH SWOON IN THAT SCENE.)

The action scenes also translate very well into the graphic novel format and I love the ways in which the world building comes to life through the beautiful illustrations. It allowed me to experience the dystopic world Marie Lu…

Fresh Batch (May 8th – 14th)

Fresh Batch (May 8th – 14th)

Posted by on 05/07/2016 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Unrivaled Alyson Noel Series: Beautiful Idols #1 Publication date: May 10th 2016by Katherine Tegen Books

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Everyone wants to be someone.

Layla Harrison wants to leave her beach-bum days for digs behind a reporter’s desk. Aster Amirpour wants to scream at the next casting director who tells her “we need ethnic but not your kind of ethnic.” Tommy Phillips dreams of buying a twelve-string guitar and using it to shred his way back into his famous absentee dad’s life.

But Madison Brooks took destiny and made it her bitch a long time ago.

She’s Hollywood’s hottest starlet, and the things she…