Monthly Archives:: May 2017

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Fresh Batch (May 28th – June 3rd)

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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:

Dark Breaks the Dawn
Sara B. Larson
Publication date: May 30th 2017
by Scholastic Press

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On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to defeat Bain and his sons, Evelayn will quickly have to come into her ability to shapeshift, and rely on the alluring Lord Tanvir. But not everyone is what they seem, and the balance between the Light and Dark comes at a steep price.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen #1) by Emily R. King [Purchase]
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts [Purchase]
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus [Purchase]
Sad Girls by Lang Leav [Purchase]


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia [Purchase]
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo [Purchase]
Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney [Purchase]
Spectacle (Menagerie #2) by Rachel Vincent [Purchase]


Crossing Ebenezer Creek by Tonya Bolden [Purchase]
House of Furies (House of Furies #1) by Madeleine Roux [Purchase]
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon [Purchase]
Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield [Purchase]


My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen by David Clawson [Purchase]
Kale, My Ex, and Other Things to Toss in a Blender by Lisa Greenwald [Purchase]
When It’s Real by Erin Watt [Purchase]
Night Magic (Nightstruck #2) by Jenna Black [Purchase]


No Good Deed by Goldy Moldavsky [Purchase]
The History of Hilary Hambrushina by Marnie Lamb [Purchase]
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel [Purchase]


What are you most excited for this week?

Find previous Fresh Batch posts here!

 

Non-Fic Recommendation Based on YA Fiction Favs

Non-Fic Recommendation Based on YA Fiction Favs

Posted by on 05/24/2017 • 3 Comments

I read mostly fiction but the ‘older’ I grow the more I find my reading tastes shifting. Over the past year, I’ve gone from never reading non fiction books to actually, actively seeking them out. I am still primarily a YA reader though so today, I decided to combine these two vastly different areas of the market and do a little recommendation post based on fav YA books!

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Fresh Batch (May 21st – 27th)

Fresh Batch (May 21st – 27th)

Posted by on 05/20/2017 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

In a Perfect World Trish Doller Publication date: May 23rd 2017by Simon Pulse

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Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.

With…

Giveaway: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Giveaway: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Posted by on 05/19/2017 • 23 Comments

Hi everyone! Today we are partnering with Paula Stokes to giveaway a copy GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE to one lucky winner! GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE was one of my favorite books of 2016 and honestly such an important book. It does such a great job talking about mental health issues and also has an incredibly swoony romance.

 

About the Book

Paula: Hi everyone! Girl Against the Universe releases in paperback on June 6, 2017 and I’m so excited about that I decided to do an entire blog tour of giveaways to celebrate! In the story, main character Maguire creates her own list of seven challenges to help her overcome her fears. This week I have seven challenges for you, and seven chances to win a shiny GATU paperback 😀 These…

Explores the bizarre & complex social environment of high school: Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson

Explores the bizarre & complex social environment of high school: Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson

Posted by on 05/18/2017 • 2 Comments

Doesn’t this book have the best title ever? If a title alone had the capacity to sell a book to anyone, it was be the title to this book. I was certainly sold before I even saw the cover or read the blurb for the book because who can resist a book titled Say No to the Bro?

Does the book actually live up to its amazing title? I don’t really know how to answer that question and should probably not start all my paragraphs in this review with a question because I am told that is bad writing. Say No to the Bro was not at all what I expected and I don’t know if I mean that in a good or bad way. It is somewhere in the middle to be…

Review: The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

Review: The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

Posted by on 05/17/2017 • 2 Comments

The Go-Between is part fluff and part social commentary. It is this incredible feel good book about a girl has to leave her home country behind to move to America because her mom has landed a roll in American TV. What The Go-Between really tries to break down intersectionality and explore various privileged and oppressed identities.

How does Cammi’s life change when she moves from Mexico City to LA? Her family still has enormous socio-economic privilege but her life does change. The way her classmates interact with her changes and the way she is perceived and stereotyped by her classmates completely changed. Without even getting the chance to introduce herself, her new rich, white classmates craft an identity for her based on racist stereotypes.

And yet even though for the first time…

Giveaway: Everything, Everything Book + Film

Giveaway: Everything, Everything Book + Film

Posted by on 05/15/2017 • 30 Comments

Today we are partnering with the lovely people over at Warner Bros. Picture to bring you a fabulous giveaway in celebration of the EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING film release! I know lots of you are excited about the film so here is a great chance to win a gift card to see the movie + other goodies.

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Giveaway!

One (1) winner receives: $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters on May 19 Copy of the book (movie tie-in cover) Everything, Everything tank top & backpack

Giveaway Rules! Open to US residents Xpresso Reads will not be responsible for any lost/damaged items You must be 13+ or have parental permission to participate No Cheating Allowed…

Fresh Batch (May 14th – 20th)

Fresh Batch (May 14th – 20th)

Posted by on 05/13/2017 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Flame in the Mist Renee Ahdieh Series: Flame in the Mist #1 Publication date: May 16th 2017by G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFyR

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The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a…