Yearly Archives:: 2017

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fresh Batch (August 20th – 26th)

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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 Arsonist
Stephanie Oakes
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
by Dial Books

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Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they’ll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.

Pepper Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.

When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they’re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava’s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens [Purchase]
The Tiger’s Watch (Ashes of Gold #1) by Julia Ember [Purchase]
The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter [Purchase]
After the Game (The Field Party #3) by Abbi Glines [Purchase]


Mr. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith [Purchase]
Thin Places by Lesley Choyce [Purchase]
Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell [Purchase]


What’s on your wishlist this week?

Find previous Fresh Batch posts here!

 

Epic Cover Battles #14: Fall 2017 Titles Edition

Epic Cover Battles #14: Fall 2017 Titles Edition

Posted by on 08/17/2017 • 4 Comments

Poll poll on this blog wall, which Fall 2017 cover is the prettiest of them all?

We haven’t done an Epic Cover Battles in so long but with so many fall titles with gorgeous covers coming out, I thought it would be fun to battle some of them out! We might not know which book will be the best but perhaps judging some books by their covers will be fun anyway…

Also, its only kind of a coincidence that all the covers have similar color palettes.

MAY THE BEST COVER WIN

Fresh Batch (August 13th – 19th)

Fresh Batch (August 13th – 19th)

Posted by on 08/12/2017 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

A Map for Wrecked Girls Jessica Taylor Publication date: August 15th 2017by Dial Books

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A Fall 2017 Junior Library Guild Selection!

We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We’d been so sure someone would find us by now.

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.

I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off…

5 Middle Grade Novels That Will Change Your Life

5 Middle Grade Novels That Will Change Your Life

Posted by on 08/11/2017 • 3 Comments

The Golden Compass changed my life when I was a kid and after more than a decade since the release of The Amber Spyglass, we are FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY getting a spin-off series that will hopefully cure me of the book-hangover I still have from reading The Amber Spyglass. I feel like middle grade is so constantly overlooked though so I decided I needed to do a post shouting out to my favorites!

1. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

This book has been out for a while but I didn’t read it until earlier this year after which, I promptly put it on my 2017 favorites shelf because it was SO AMAZING. It gave me The Thief Lord vibes but in Paris with violins and rooftops.

2. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins…

Fresh Batch (August 6th – 12th)

Fresh Batch (August 6th – 12th)

Posted by on 08/05/2017 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Shimmer and Burn Mary Taranta Publication date: August 8th 2017by Margaret K. McElderry Books

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To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle…

Fresh Batch (July 30th – August 5th)

Fresh Batch (July 30th – August 5th)

Posted by on 07/29/2017 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

The Secret History of Us Jessi Kirby Publication date: August 1st 2017by HarperTeen

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Gorgeously written and emotionally charged, The Secret History of Us explores the difficult journey of a teenage girl who must piece her life together after losing her memory in a near-fatal accident.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several…

A Letter Was Found in the Pages Of Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

A Letter Was Found in the Pages Of Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Posted by on 07/28/2017 • 2 Comments

Text:

Dear person reading this,

You might be wondering why I chose this page to write in & that is for several reasons including OTP feels but really, even if you haven’t read this book, you can relate to the way words move these characters in these pages. CATH CROWLEY is easily one of my fav authors and her words never fail to move me. Words in a Deep Blue was no different. The words in this book will make you cry, will make you laugh and most likely, the words in this book will change your life. Read it.

Love, Rashika

***images used in aesthetic do not belong to me***

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The Princess Bride Meets The Emperor’s New Groove: The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry

The Princess Bride Meets The Emperor’s New Groove: The Emperor’s Ostrich by Julie Berry

Posted by on 07/27/2017 • 0 Comments

I feel like aesthetics for middle grade novels are fairly uncommon but The Emperor’s Ostrich is so laugh-out loud hilarious and really just lends itself to aesthetics. It’s got adventure, an unexpected romance (b/w a cow and an ostrich) & magic.

As the title of this post suggests, I believe that this book can best be described as The Princess Bride meets The Emperor’s New Groove. What happens when a spoilt man-child is on the verge of getting control of an entire empire? Why of course, he must be taught a lesson! Magic, mayhem and adventure ensue and a young dairy maid might be the answer to all. Basically, this book will make you LOL and draw you in for a ride. READ IT or give it to people who read middle grade. Seriously.