Saturday, May 11, 2019

Fresh Batch (May 12th – 18th)

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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:

Red, White & Royal Blue
Casey McQuiston
Publication date: May 14th 2019
by St. Martin’s Griffin

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A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him. 

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren [Purchase]
Happy Messy Scary Love by Leah Konen [Purchase]
We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra [Purchase]
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly [Purchase]


The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina [Purchase]
The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta [Purchase]
There’s Something About Sweetie (Dimple and Rishi #2) by Sandhya Menon [Purchase]
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno [Purchase]


The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad [Purchase]
I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver [Purchase]
We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal [Purchase]
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love [Purchase]


The Apocalypse Club by Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano [Purchase]
Scripted Unscripted by Kristina Miranda [Purchase]
The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gayle E. Pitman [Purchase]
The Undine’s Tear (Rise of the Grigori, #1) by Talena Winters [Purchase]


All the Worlds Between Us by Morgan Lee Miller [Purchase]
Road Tripped by Pete Hautman [Purchase]
Splintered by Jon McGoran [Purchase]
Alcatraz! (Repeating History #4) by Dakota Chase [Purchase]


Tomb of Ancients (House of Furies #3) by Madeleine Roux [Purchase]
Like Lana by Danielle Leonard [Purchase]


What are you excited for this week?

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Mini Reviews: YA Contemporary Romance edition

Mini Reviews: YA Contemporary Romance edition

Posted by on 05/10/2019 • 0 Comments

 

With the Fire on High Elizabeth Acevedo

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award longlist title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth…

Fresh Batch (May 5th – 11th)

Fresh Batch (May 5th – 11th)

Posted by on 05/04/2019 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

Aurora Rising Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman Series: The Aurora Cycle #1 Publication date: May 7th 2019by Knopf Books for Young Readers

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From the internationally bestselling authors of THE ILLUMINAE FILES comes an epic new science fiction adventure.

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…

A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm A sociopath scientist with a fondness…

Relevant, Funny and Swoony: A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Relevant, Funny and Swoony: A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Posted by on 04/30/2019 • 1 Comment

Idk how its possible but each book in this series has been as good as or better than the previous one and I am just truly in awe of Cole’s talent. I’ve been reading romance for a while now and I truly feel that Cole is changing the landscape of romance literature. Not only is A Prince on Paper unbelievably swoony and adorable, it also takes on really big and relevant things. It isn’t afraid to dissect racism and call out colonialism, we see fake news and propaganda make an appearance and we also see our MC deal with emotional and mental abuse from a parent.

When Nya’s father is arrested and sent to prison for attempting to poison Naledi, she can finally start living her life. She runs…

Fresh Batch (April 28th – May 4th)

Fresh Batch (April 28th – May 4th)

Posted by on 04/27/2019 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Hot Dog Girl Jennifer Dugan Publication date: April 30th 2019by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:

* She’s landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog. * Her crush, the dreamy Diving Pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the Princess of the park. But Lou’s never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her…

24 Romance Novels I Am Anticipating in 2019

24 Romance Novels I Am Anticipating in 2019

Posted by on 04/24/2019 • 3 Comments

2019 might truly be the year of romance novels because there are SO MANY GOOD ones coming out, I can barely keep track. I thought I’d share some of my most anticipated romance books of the year because they all deserve love.

1. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Okay, so this might be cheating because I just started A Prince on Paper last night BUT ITS SO GOOD AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

2. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang 

After falling in love with The Kiss Quotient last year, it is hardly a surprise I am anticipating Hoang’s sophomore novel.

3. Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Is it possible to already love a book before you’ve read it??? IDK BUT I LOVE Red,…

Fresh Batch (April 21st – 27th)

Fresh Batch (April 21st – 27th)

Posted by on 04/20/2019 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

The Tiger at Midnight Swati Teerdhala Series: The Tiger at Midnight Trilogy #1 Publication date: April 23rd 2019by Katherine Tegen Books

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Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that…

Soft but Important: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Soft but Important: Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali

Posted by on 04/19/2019 • 3 Comments

I am almost 22 and can safely say I am not the intended audience for YA novels these days but, reading Love From A To Z made me feel like a teen again and soothed my soul in a way a contemporary novel hasn’t in a while. I was transported back to 2010 when I read Does My Head Look Big in This and felt seen by the MC who was struggling with her identity in a world that hated her.

Zayneb is not a nice girl. She is angry. She is angry at the injustice in the world and she is angry at the injustice she experiences every day in her classroom. She is tired of always feeling like she needs to be ashamed of who she is….