Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fresh Batch (Oct 23rd-29th)

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This week’s hot releases

Fresh Batch features some of the hottest releases this upcoming week. The books to feature are exclusively chosen by Giselle.

Flavour of the week:                 

     Amplified

     Tara Kelly

When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she’s the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn’t think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . . In this fresh new novel by critically acclaimed author Tara Kelly, Jasmine finds out what happens when her life gets Amplified.



 
Other releases this week (click on cover for Goodreads synopsis):

       
       
I bet a lot of you are excited about The Iron Knight, huh? I haven’t actually started that series yet but I have the first 3 books at home so I will soon. I’m most intrigued by Amplified. It sounds like a breath of fresh air in the YA genre. 

Which one are you looking most forward to?

Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Posted by on 10/21/2011 • 16 Comments

The Name of the StarMaureen JohnsonReleased September 29th, 2011by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious…

Review: Cicada by Belle Whittington

Posted by on 10/20/2011 • 16 Comments

CicadaBelle WhittingtonReleased July 14th, 2011Format: Ebook

For 17-year-old Blair Reynolds and her friends, being the bearer of secrets is getting really old. But it’s something she learns to deal with, because there’s no other option. If the people in her small town ever found out what she and her friends discovered in the woods and hid in the storage room, the whole town would be up in arms;literally. You see, folks here don’t believe in aliens from outer space. Besides, if they ever found out what two of those aliens did to one of their own, well, let’s just say what would follow would be all out war.

As the months unfold, their summer becomes consumed with secrets, puzzle pieces that don’t quite fit together, and a fight for their…

Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Posted by on 10/19/2011 • 24 Comments

AbandonMeg CabotReleased April 26th, 2011by Scholastic Point

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can’t help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she’s never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she’s moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can’t. Because even here, he finds her. That’s how desperately he wants her back. She knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven, yet she can’t stay away… especially since he always appears when she…

WoW (6) – Halloween Edition, Week 3

Posted by on 10/19/2011 • 70 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  With October upon us, my WoWs this month will feature books that would be perfect for a Halloween read. My pick this week:

                                    Girl of Nightmares                                     Kendare Blake

                                    Release date: 2012

Anna Dressed in Blood synopsis. (Girl of Nightmares synopsis not yet available.)

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with…

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Posted by on 10/18/2011 • 25 Comments

The Forest of Hands and Teeth(The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)Carrie RyanReleased March 10th, 2009by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

In Mary’s world there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future-between the one she loves and…

Dusty Reads (4)

Posted by on 10/18/2011 • 7 Comments

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted here, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on our home shelf for some time. To participate, add your link at the bottom. If you wish, you can grab the button and find more information here.

My pick this week:

The Book ThiefMarkus ZusakPublished March 2006

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can’t resist- books….

Vengeance Cover Reveal Blog Hop

Posted by on 10/17/2011 • 14 Comments

I think most everyone has heard about Michelle Madow’s debut novel, Remembrance, around the blogosphere. For those who have read it, I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear that a short story happening right after the events in Remembrance is going to be released during the holiday season. It’s titled Vengeance, but it seems to be missing it’s cover. *gasp* During this Cover Reveal Blog Hop, each blog will tease you with a piece of the cover and give you a fun fact about the upcoming book. As a bonus, Michelle will be answering fun questions about Remembrance. So make sure to follow the participating blogs during the week so you can take in all this excitement! On the 21st, Michelle will reveal the full cover on her blog…