Saturday, April 01, 2017

Fresh Batch (April 2nd – 8th)

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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:

Letters to the Lost
Brigid Kemmerer
Publication date: April 4th 2017
by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett [Purchase]
Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray [Purchase]
Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) by Sylvain Neuvel [Purchase]
Marlena by Julie Buntin [Purchase]

Perfect (Flawed #2) by Cecelia Ahern [Purchase]
Shadowcaster (Shattered Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima [Purchase]
Geekerella by Ashley Poston [Purchase]
Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr [Purchase]

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston [Purchase]
Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean [Purchase]
The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15) by J.R. Ward [Purchase]
Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor [Purchase]

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant [Purchase]
Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren [Purchase]
Blacklist (Beautiful Idols #2) by Alyson Noel [Purchase]
Give Me a K-I-L-L (Fear Street Relaunch #6) by R.L. Stine [Purchase]

Get It Together, Delilah! by Erin Gough [Purchase]
The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #3) by Paige McKenzie [Purchase]
The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren [Purchase]
Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence [Purchase]

The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer [Purchase]
Our Lady of the Streets (The Skyscraper Throne #3) by Tom Pollock [Purchase]
Stranger Things Have Happened by Jeff Strand [Purchase]
The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring [Purchase]

But Then I Came Back by Estelle Laure [Purchase]
Matthew Espinosa: More Than Me by Matthew Espinosa [Purchase]
True North (True Born Trilogy #2) by L.E. Sterling [Purchase]
Long Dark Dusk (The Australia Trilogy #2) by J.P. Smythe [Purchase]

Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott [Purchase]
Keeping the Beat by Marie Powell & Jeff Norton [Purchase]
Speak of Me as I Am by Sonia Belasco [Purchase]
Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood [Purchase]

Generation Next: The Takeover (Generation Nex #2) by Oli White [Purchase]
Mars One by Jonathan Maberry [Purchase]

What’s on your wishlist this week?

Find previous Fresh Batch posts here!


Diverse Books Out March 2017

Diverse Books Out March 2017

Posted by on 03/31/2017 • 0 Comments

Hello and welcome to the March round up of Diverse Releases! If you’ve been following this feature since its birth two months ago, you’ll know that Nick from Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist and I do round ups of all the diverse books out that month at the end of it. If we missed an important release, please let us know and if we include something that has problematic rep, please let us know as well! We want this round up to be as accurate as possible while also adding books to people’s TBRs that might have otherwise slipped under the radar!

1. Future Threat by Elizabeth Briggs

Release Date: March 1st

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2. You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

Release Date: March 7th

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Timely and Important: Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

Timely and Important: Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick

Posted by on 03/30/2017 • 1 Comment

Saint Death is one of those books you are going to want to hurl across the room, not because you hate it but because its too painful. Or you could do what Joey does and put scary books in the freezer for another day. The release of the book is so timely and I hope that it will reach the hands of many because it is such an important book. Right now, the conversation surrounding immigration is one of the most politically charged ones. People feel like immigrants are ruining their lives and that the answer is to throw up metaphorical and literal walls between countries. To this I respond with:

I am going slightly off topic and that’s fine because Saint Death is a book that is going to start…

Not really memorable: Freya by Matthew Laurence

Not really memorable: Freya by Matthew Laurence

Posted by on 03/29/2017 • 1 Comment

I feel pretty let down by Freya? The question mark is there because I am not even entirely sure how I feel, just that Freya wasn’t what I wanted it to be when I was looking for a book with norse myth in it. I love books that are set in the modern world and feature heavy doses of mythology and yet, while Freya-the book-was absolutely adorable at times, Freya as a character was kind of annoying. She was obnoxious and while it sometimes made sense since she was a goddess, it could also get really annoying.

I like the contrast the author attempts with her being badass and feminine at the same time, but I also feel like he wasn’t entirely successful with crafting Freya’s character as a blend of those characteristics. She…

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Caleb Roehrig Chooses b/w an Alpaca and a Pony

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Caleb Roehrig Chooses b/w an Alpaca and a Pony

Posted by on 03/28/2017 • 0 Comments

HELLO and welcome back to this fancy feature that Nick (Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist) and I are collaborating on! This month I have a really fun interview to share with the famously amazing Caleb Roehrig to share with you. He is hilarious and just as much fun to talk to as his book is to read! If you haven’t already read Last Seen Leaving, get on it because its a YA mystery you don’t want to miss. NOW. PLEASE PUT YOUR HANDS UP (or flail around, I don’t have a preference) for Caleb Roehrig!!!


1. You’ve travelled A LOT. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live and why?

Oh, man. I have definitely done a lot of travel, and I’ve…

The Universe Thanks Whitney Gardner for Writing…: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

The Universe Thanks Whitney Gardner for Writing…: You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

Posted by on 03/27/2017 • 2 Comments

You’re Welcome, Universe is an incredibly special book and one I count myself lucky to have had the opportunity to read. It’s eye-opening, heartwarming, angsty and just a whole lot of fun. Julia is a main character YA has been waiting for and will be made all the more better by her presence.

Julia is a deaf, Indian graffiti artist. She is incredibly talented but also just tired of graffiti not being taken seriously as an art form. She is tired of all the people who give graffiti a bad name and she is tired of it being seen as vandalism instead of ART that has the ability to make a point and to make people think. She gets kicked out of her school when she covers a slur about her…

Fresh Batch (March 26th-April 1st)

Fresh Batch (March 26th-April 1st)

Posted by on 03/25/2017 • 2 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor Series: Strange the Dreamer #1 Publication date: March 28th 2017by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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A new epic fantasy by National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the…

Arthurian Myth Meets World War II: The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman

Arthurian Myth Meets World War II: The Metropolitans by Carol Goodman

Posted by on 03/24/2017 • 1 Comment

If you’ve been following along with discussions surrounding World War II books in the community, you will already know this but there aren’t many World War II books out there with Jewish main characters. Not only does The Metropolitans have a (German-American) Jewish main character, it also has Japanese-American, first nations & Irish-American main characters. The page space is split up b/w the four characters and while I cannot accurately speak for any of the rep since I am not from any of those groups, I did feel that it was done pretty well. (If you are from any of those groups and feel differently, I’d be eternally grateful if you choose to let me know so I may edit this review to reflect that!)

One of my favorite childhood books…