Saturday, April 07, 2018

Fresh Batch (April 8th – 14th)

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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:

Devils Unto Dust
Emma Berquist
Publication date: April 10th 2018
by Greenwillow Books

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Ten years ago, a horrifying disease began spreading across the West Texas desert. Infected people—shakes—attacked the living and created havoc and destruction. No one has ever survived the infection. Daisy Wilcox, known as Willie, has been protecting her siblings within the relatively safe walls of Glory, Texas. When Willie’s good-for-nothing father steals a fortune from one of the most dangerous shake-hunters in town, she finds herself on the hook for his debt. With two hunters, including the gruff and handsome Ben, to accompany her, she sets out across the desert in search of her father. But the desert is not kind to travelers, and not everyone will pass through alive.

Western meets horror for this riveting story about survival, family, and inner strength. Tense, short chapters propel readers from one action-packed scene to the next, while Willie’s distinctive, introspective voice deepens the emotional stakes with every turn of the page. High concept and character-driven, Emma Berquist’s debut will satisfy fans of The Magnificent Seven, Rae Carson’s Walk on Earth a Stranger, and HBO’s Westworld.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2) by Veronica Roth [Purchase]
Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody [Purchase]
Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake [Purchase]
The Diminished (Untitled Duology #1) by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson [Purchase]

Isle of Blood and Stone (Isle of Blood and Stone #1) by Makiia Lucier [Purchase]
Winter Glass (Spindle Fire #2) by Lexa Hillyer [Purchase]
Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert [Purchase]
Sunny (Track #3) by Jason Reynolds [Purchase]

Given to the Earth (Given Duet #2) by Mindy McGinnis [Purchase]
Relative Strangers by Paula Garner [Purchase]
Son of the Dawn (Ghosts of the Shadow Market #1) by Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan [Purchase]
Circe by Madeline Miller [Purchase]

The Lost Kids (Never Ever #2) by Sara Saedi [Purchase]
Shade (Oracle of Senders, #1) by Mere Joyce [Purchase]
The Fall of Grace by Amy Fellner Dominy [Purchase]
Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan [Purchase]

Dreamer (Traveler #2) by L.E. DeLano [Purchase]
Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles [Purchase]
Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon [Purchase]
Tree Dreams: A Novel by Kristin Kaye [Purchase]

The Summer of Broken Things by Margaret Peterson Haddix [Purchase]
Lizzie by Dawn Ius [Purchase]
Fading (The Fading Series, #1) by Cindy Cipriano [Purchase]

What are you excited for this week?

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7 Romance Novels I Am Anticipating in 2018

7 Romance Novels I Am Anticipating in 2018

Posted by on 04/05/2018 • 1 Comment

I am never the person who is on top of the upcoming romance novels list but somehow, this year, there seem to be a large number of books coming out that I am looking forward to and that GIVES ME A REASON TO DO A POST ABOUT THEM. YAY.

1. How To Forget a Duke by Vivienne Lorett

Vivienne Lorret was one of those authors I discovered through an impulse one-click and I’ve been a fan ever sense. She never disappoints and this time, she is coming out with an Emma-esque retelling???

2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Not only does the book have an adorable cover, it also has an adorable premise. Stella Lane thinks she is not good at romance so she decides to hire an escort…

What I’ve Been Reading: March Update

What I’ve Been Reading: March Update

Posted by on 04/02/2018 • 0 Comments

It seems like 2018 is now shaping up to be a pretty shitty year for me so like, I’ve been behind on everything and not in the mood to do anything except sit around and mope. I would say something more optimistic but like I am not an optimistic person in general, lol. But I’ve been rewatched old favs as a pick-me-up which has been helping a little. March was a decent month for reading and I REALLY hit my backlist TBR hard.

Only four sequels this month but I technically finished two series so HELL YEAH.


It was really great revisiting a series I read back in the day and this time, the books really lived up to my expectations. However, with time comes…

Fresh Batch (April 1-7)

Fresh Batch (April 1-7)

Posted by on 03/31/2018 • 0 Comments

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 2018by 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….

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)…