Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fresh Batch (February 17th – 23rd)

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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 Art of Losing
Lizzy Mason
Publication date: February 19th 2019
by Soho Teen

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On one terrible night, 17-year-old Harley Langston’s life changes forever. At a party she discovers her younger sister, Audrey, hooking up with her boyfriend, Mike—and she abandons them both in a rage. When Mike drunkenly attempts to drive Audrey home, he crashes and Audrey ends up in a coma. Now Harley is left with guilt, grief, pain and the undeniable truth that her ex-boyfriend (who is relatively unscathed) has a drinking problem. So it’s a surprise that she finds herself reconnecting with Raf, a neighbor and childhood friend who’s recently out of rehab and still wrestling with his own demons. At first Harley doesn’t want to get too close to him. But as Audrey awakens and slowly recovers, Raf starts to show Harley a path forward that she never would have believed possible—one guided by honesty, forgiveness, and redemption.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




The Risk (Briar U #2) by Elle Kennedy [Purchase]
Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands #1) by Angus Macallan [Purchase]
The Afterward by E.K. Johnston [Purchase]
The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson [Purchase]


Tarot by Marissa Kennerson [Purchase]
Just For Clicks by Kara McDowell [Purchase]
The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee [Purchase]
A Soldier and a Liar by Caitlin Lochner [Purchase]


Mist, Metal, and Ash (Ink, Iron, and Glass #2) by Gwendolyn Clare [Purchase]
Narcosis Room by Louise Cypress [Purchase]
Echo Through the Stars (The Echo Series #1) by Jessica Lynn Medina [Purchase]
The Burning by Laura Bates [Purchase]


My Name Is Rose by Alexa Kingaard [Purchase]
Melanin’s Motive by Abisola Adeyemo [Purchase]


What are you the most excited for this week?

Find previous Fresh Batch posts here!

 

Read It So You Can Read the Sequel: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

Read It So You Can Read the Sequel: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

Posted by on 02/13/2019 • 2 Comments

I think it was the comp to The Winner’s Curse that drew me to Dark of the West (which is funny because I still haven’t read that series) but I dove into this book with not many expectations. The only one I remember having was that Dark of the West was a fantasy but it became abundantly clear very early on that it was not. The main reason I bring this up is because it very much felt like false advertising. There are no fantastical elements to this book. In fact, calling it a historical novel would be way more accurate since it seems to draw inspiration from the World Wars of the early 20th century. A lot of the technology we have exists in this world too: planes,…

Fresh Batch (February 10th – 16th)

Fresh Batch (February 10th – 16th)

Posted by on 02/09/2019 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Crown of Feathers Nicki Pau Preto Series: Crown of Feathers #1 Publication date: February 12th 2019by Simon Pulse

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I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes…

Join Xpresso Readers Lounge!

Join Xpresso Readers Lounge!

Posted by on 02/08/2019 • 0 Comments

Hi lovely bookish people! We’d love to invite you to our new Xpresso Readers social lounge Facebook Group!

This group is for fans, readers, authors, and bloggers to socialize and discuss books. There will also be author takeovers, giveaways, freebie and sale notices, and more fun bookish stuff like hot teasers and sneak peeks! It’s mostly YA of all genres and adult Romance oriented, but there will be the occasional PNR/UF, too! Come in, get to know amazing bloggers, make new reader friends, and meet the best of the best authors! And don’t be shy – post questions, random bookish polls, discussions. We want to chat and get to know you!

Respect other members is our only rule! Book lovers unite!!…

Entertaining: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Entertaining: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

Posted by on 02/07/2019 • 0 Comments

I really enjoyed Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King duology and I had no doubt that I would at least like Warrior of the Wild. And I did! But overall Warrior of the Wild doesn’t hold a candle to the Daughter of the Pirate King books. It’s a fast, entertaining read but it is the kind of book that if you looked at it too closely, it kind of just falls apart. Everything about the plot line almost feels too easy. I love a fast paced book but this might have just been a LITTLE too fast.

Warrior of the Wild follows a privileged village leader’s daughter as she is exiled from her village and has to embark on a quest that involves killing an oppressive, abusive God…

Incredibly Hilarious and Deeply Sad: The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried

Incredibly Hilarious and Deeply Sad: The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried

Posted by on 02/05/2019 • 1 Comment

So I was going to open this review on a whole tangent about how long I’ve been reading Shaun David Hutchinson but when I went onto Goodreads, I realized I haven’t even READ ALL OF HIS BOOKS because I am a terrible person. But, in some ways, opening an SDH book is so familiar and comfortable even though, including The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried, I’ve read all of three books by Shaun David Hutchinson.

The Past and Other Things That Should Say Buried is more reminiscent of some of Hutchinson’s earlier stuff in that it is more lighthearted but that’s not saying much when even at his most light hearted, Hutchinson never fails to punch you in the feels. The best way to really describe…

Fresh Batch (February 3rd – 9th)

Fresh Batch (February 3rd – 9th)

Posted by on 02/02/2019 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

Courting Darkness Robin LaFevers Series: Courting Darkness Duology #1 Publication date: February 5th 2019by HMH Books for Young Readers

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Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…

Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised…

Romance Mini Reviews #3: The good, the not-bad and the bad

Romance Mini Reviews #3: The good, the not-bad and the bad

Posted by on 02/01/2019 • 3 Comments

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy Alyssa Cole

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Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series!

While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly…