Saturday, March 31, 2018

Fresh Batch (April 1-7)

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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:

Dread Nation
Justina Ireland
Series: Dread Nation #1
Publication date: April 3rd 2018
by Balzer + Bray

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Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

Neverland by Margot McGovern [Purchase]
Rebound (The Crossover 0.5) by Kwame Alexander [Purchase]
The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding [Purchase]
Stormcaster (Shattered Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima [Purchase]

As She Fades by Abbi Glines [Purchase]
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett [Purchase]
The Window by Amelia Brunskill [Purchase]
Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion [Purchase]

The Oracle Queen (Three Dark Crowns 0.1) by Kendare Blake [Purchase]
Queens of Fennbirn (Three Dark Crowns 0.5) by Kendare Blake [Purchase]
Munmun by Jesse Andrews [Purchase]
Defy the Worlds (Constellation #2) by Claudia Gray [Purchase]

Loser’s Bracket by Chris Crutcher [Purchase]
Autonomous by Andy Marino [Purchase]
The White Hare by Michael Fishwick [Purchase]
Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett [Purchase]

Antipodes by Michele Bacon [Purchase]
Cold Hard Truth by Anne Greenwood Brown [Purchase]
Infamous (Beautiful Idols #3) by Alyson Noel [Purchase]
Hiding by Henry Turner [Purchase]

My Life as a Youtuber (My Life #7) by Janet Tashjian[Purchase]
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett [Purchase]
Future Lost (Future Shock #3) by Elizabeth Briggs [Purchase]
Black Chuck by Regan McDonell [Purchase]

Unraveled (Perfected #3) by Kate Jarvik Birch [Purchase]
Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted [Purchase]
Folded Notes from High School by Matt Boren [Purchase]

What’s on your wishlist this week?

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Adventurous and Swoony: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Adventurous and Swoony: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Posted by on 03/30/2018 • 1 Comment

I’ve been reading Jenn Bennett for half a decade now and she’s been one of those authors I basically just read anything by. I don’t need a summary or acclaim, I JUST NEED BOOKS BY JENN BENNETT. This book had the added advantage of having an enemies-to-lovers/friends-to-lovers romance trope and an survival-esque story so like… yeah.

Unsurprisingly, I loved this book but I also got to buddy-read it with a close friend which made my experience reading it all the more better. But as anyone knows, loving a book doesn’t make writing a review any easier. It probably makes it a lot harder.

Zorie and Lennon used to be the best of friends and were on their way to becoming something more when something goes wrong. Now they go out…

11 Hate-To-Love Romances We Deserve

11 Hate-To-Love Romances We Deserve

Posted by on 03/29/2018 • 2 Comments

I am self-certified garbage for hate to love romances and any book that promises even a hint of one usually gets a spot high on my enormous TBR. This post compiles some of my favs but is by no means comprehensive because honestly, I’ve read too much to be able to keep track of everything. EVEN THOUGH I TRY.

1. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, a classic love/hate romance but maybe even better? The angst is beautiful. Don’t @ me.

2. Act Like It by Lucy Parker

Read it upon a friend’s recommendation who promised to disown me if I hated it and lucky for her, I didn’t. The hero is a total grump.

3. Married by Morning…

An Emotional 24 Hour Journey: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

An Emotional 24 Hour Journey: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

Posted by on 03/26/2018 • 0 Comments

I Have Lost My Way was my first book by Gayle Forman even though I’ve wanted to read a book by her for the past 5 years. I guess I am just going to have to go back and read more because I am in love with her writing style. I finished I Have Lost My Way feeling satisfied and warm gushiness from the good vibes in the book. However, upon hours of reflection, I can see that this book is not perfect for a number of reasons.

For starters, I was slightly uncomfortable with the way Forman wrote Harun’s story. Harun is a gay Pakistani-American. Throughout the book, we see his struggle with those identities and I felt like that struggle wasn’t really Forman’s to write about? I felt like she did…

Fresh Batch (March 25th – 31st)

Fresh Batch (March 25th – 31st)

Posted by on 03/24/2018 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:


Other releases this week: * In no particular order *

– Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood [Purchase]– I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman [Purchase]– Ice Wolves (Elementals #1) by Amie Kaufman [Purchase]– Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter [Purchase]

– Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi [Purchase]– In Her Skin by Kim Savage [Purchase]– The Invasion (The Call #2) by Peadar Ó Guilín[Purchase]– Lost Crow Conspiracy (Blood Rose Rebellion #2) by Rosalyn Eves [Purchase]

– Frat Girl by Kiley Roache [Purchase]– Reflection (Twisted Tales #4)…

9 Books I Read For Class That I Didn’t Hate

9 Books I Read For Class That I Didn’t Hate

Posted by on 03/23/2018 • 4 Comments

I think the general assumption is that if you read a book for class, you probably aren’t going to enjoy it all that much and I think that there is some truth to that, especially depending on what kind of class it is but in my 15 years as a student, I think I’ve been lucky to actually enjoy quite a few of the books I had to read for class.

1. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

I’ve read this book multiple times for pleasure, but the first time I ever read it was actually for school! I didn’t know how much this book would come to mean to me over the years but I loved it then and I love it now.

2. The Journey by Francesca…

11 Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

11 Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By

Posted by on 03/22/2018 • 5 Comments

Honestly, this list is gonna expose me so hard but you know, its okay. There are only a couple authors on here I no longer read and/or support.

1. Meg Cabot – 26 Books

I am incredibly proud this queen graces the top of my list because I love Meg Cabot and I will continue to read books by her till the end of time.

2. Anne Stuart – 20 Books

Umm. Yeah. This was a time in my life. I used to adore Anne Stuart and her books but tried picking one up again a couple months ago and I could not get into it. I still think she has a couple of strong books though that are worth reading.

3. Karina Halle – 16 Books

Also a time…

Dear Great-Grandma

Dear Great-Grandma

Posted by on 03/20/2018 • 3 Comments

Dear Great-Grandma,

I am not the best at writing letters that are also going to be on display but you know, I am trying. I recently read The Night Diary, which is currently the only book I am calling a favorite of this year and I’ve read 86 books so far. Reading it has made me incredibly pensive because the entire time I was reading it, I kept thinking that I was reading your and grandma’s story too. Sometimes its disheartening that something that impacted my family and 16 million other people so much isn’t really talked about. Everyone always talks about the liberation of India with pride or the end of a colonial rule but they always forget about the 14 million people who were displaced. The 14 million people…