Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fresh Batch (August 13th – 19th)

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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:

A Map for Wrecked Girls
Jessica Taylor
Publication date: August 15th 2017
by 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 the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




Ferocious (Vicarious #2) by Paula Stokes [Purchase]
Rituals (Cainsville #5) by Kelley Armstrong [Purchase]
The Hummingbird Heart (Haunted Hearts Legacy #2) by A.G. Howard [Purchase]
How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat [Purchase]


In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan [Purchase]
Wish You Were Here by Renee Carlino [Purchase]
Crystal Blade (Burning Glass #2) by Kathryn Purdie[Purchase]
A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor [Purchase]


Things That Happened Before the Earthquake by Chiara Barzini [Purchase]
Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popović [Purchase]
The Color Project by Sierra Abrams [Purchase]
The Art of Feeling by Laura Tims [Purchase]


A Thousand Salt Kisses Forever (Salt Kisses, #3) by Josie Demuth [Purchase]
I’ve Got My Period. So What? by Clara Henry [Purchase]
The Hawkweed Prophecy (Hawkweed Prophecy #2) by Irena Brignull [Purchase]
Body Parts by Jessica Kapp [Purchase]


Bridge of the Gods (The Silver Mountain Series #1) by Diane Rios [Purchase]
Seven Trees of Stone (13 Days of Midnight #3) by Leo Hunt [Purchase]


Anything on your wishlist this week?

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5 Middle Grade Novels That Will Change Your Life

5 Middle Grade Novels That Will Change Your Life

Posted by on 08/11/2017 • 4 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***

5 Hot Espressos

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.

SDCC Blues: A Reading List + A Panel

Posted by on 07/24/2017 • 2 Comments

For the past week, I’ve mostly been hiding from the internet because SDCC was happening and I was envious (and glad) for all the people who got to attend. SDCC is now over but hey, if you’re feeling those post-SDCC blues (or envy in my case) I am bringing to you a recording of one of the most exciting panels that happened at the con plus a reading list of books that feature cons!

A Panel: YA AUTHORS MEET DC SUPERHEROES  A Reading List: 5 Books to Read Featuring Cons

1. Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This book is literally the movie A Cinderella Story but at a con and much more geekier. 100/10 would recommend for the nerdy, feel-good feels.

2. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

The super diverse and…

Fresh Batch (July 23rd – 29th)

Fresh Batch (July 23rd – 29th)

Posted by on 07/22/2017 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

Daughter of the Burning City Amanda Foody Publication date: July 25th 2017by Harlequin Teen

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A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her…