Saturday, February 04, 2017

Fresh Batch (February 5th-11th)

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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:

To Catch a Killer
Sheryl Scarborough
Publication date: February 7th 2017
by Tor Teen

Goodreads Purchase

Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father’s identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother’s best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother’s killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she’s secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she’s close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it’s too late.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

The Burning World (Warm Bodies #2) by Isaac Marion [Purchase]
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza [Purchase]
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman [Purchase]
The Blue Moon Narthex (Karmanic Sovereign Legion #1) by N.J. Donner [Purchase]

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella [Purchase]
The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen [Purchase]
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom [Purchase]
Denton Little’s Still Not Dead (Denton Little #2) by Lance Rubin [Purchase]

The Turn (The Hollows 0.1) by Kim Harrison [Purchase]
Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher [Purchase]
A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan #2) by Kelley Armstrong [Purchase]
Traveler (Traveler #1) by L.E. DeLano [Purchase]

Last Stand (The Black Mage #4) by Rachel E. Carter [Purchase]
The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak [Purchase]
Disruptor (Seeker #3) by Arwen Elys Dayton [Purchase]
Echoes in Death (In Death #44) by J.D. Robb [Purchase]

The Cruelty (The Cruelty #1) by Scott Bergstrom [Purchase]
At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson [Purchase]
Trapped In Silver (Eldryn Chronicles #1) by Emily Sowden [Purchase]
Returned (Forbidden #3) by Kimberley Griffiths Little [Purchase]

King’s Cage (Red Queen #3) by Victoria Aveyard [Purchase]
Wanted (Spelled #2) by Betsy Schow [Purchase]
Crazy Messy Beautiful by Carrie Arcos [Purchase]
Midnight Chat by Jo Ramsey [Purchase]

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones [Purchase]
Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadows #2) by Sophie Jordan [Purchase]
Something Like Voodoo by Rebecca Hamilton [Purchase]
Bluff by Julie Dill [Purchase]

Nowhere Near You (Because You’ll Never Meet Me #2) by Leah Thomas [Purchase]
Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake [Purchase]
Jonah (The Styclar Saga #3) by Nikki Kelly [Purchase]
Romeo and What’s Her Name by Shani Petroff [Purchase]

The Lost Girl of Astor Street by Stephanie Morrill [Purchase]
The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene [Purchase]
We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan [Purchase]

Anything on your wishlist this week?

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Playlist for The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman + Giveaway

Playlist for The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman + Giveaway

Posted by on 02/02/2017 • 6 Comments

Hello and welcome to Xpresso Reads’ tour stop for The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman AKA the book I created my goodreads OTP OF PAIN shelf for. I thoroughly enjoyed The Dark Days Club last year but fell head over heels for The Dark Days Pact. In this book, Goodman really upped the stakes and basically put me through hell :’) It was great. Basically, you need this series on your TBR and to help you do that, I put together a playlist that ~I~ think describes the book/series.


Feat angsty music + some songs that might not be the best fit BUT SINCE I AM MAKING THE PLAYLIST, you’re stuck with them 😉 Also making playlists is H.A.R.D. If you click on the little thing on…

A Book With the Potential to Completely Fuck You Over: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

A Book With the Potential to Completely Fuck You Over: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Posted by on 02/01/2017 • 11 Comments

Holy shit. THIS BOOK GUYS. Allegedly was one of my most anticipated books, but my co-worker who read it before I had a lot of FEELS (not good or bad, just FEELS), so I was a little nervous when I dove in. I had no idea the book would grip me and NOT LET ME GO. I read the 373 page book in a little over 2.5 hours. I GOBBLED IT, all while growing more and more anxious as I could feel something B.I.G. coming.

This book treads all the fine lines ever. There is no easy black and white in this book and it goes to lengths to make sure YOU KNOW THAT TOO. Justice, family, life cannot be put into little boxes and Jackson really explores what is right…

Intro to The Infinite Variants of YA + List of Diverse Fic Books that Came Out in Jan 2017

Intro to The Infinite Variants of YA + List of Diverse Fic Books that Came Out in Jan 2017

Posted by on 01/30/2017 • 5 Comments

These past couple of months have been stressful and heartbreaking. My friend Nick (Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist) have been working on a project for a while as a way of combatting the awfulness of the world through books. I know it won’t make a major difference but what we want to do through this project is boost diverse books and diverse voices. We want to promote not just upcoming diverse books, but also backlist diverse books (because they shouldn’t be forgotten about once they are out.) Our goal is that over the course of the year, we get you guys excited about the many diverse books coming out, the ones that are already out and help support the wonderful authors writing these books. We plan on spotlighting diverse authors once a…

Fresh Batch (January 29th – February 4th)

Fresh Batch (January 29th – February 4th)

Posted by on 01/28/2017 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

By Your Side Kasie West Publication date: January 31st 2017by Harper Teen

Goodreads Purchase

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between…

A Well Written, Character Driven Novel: Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine

A Well Written, Character Driven Novel: Fire Color One by Jenny Valentine

Posted by on 01/27/2017 • 3 Comments

Fire Color One is usually not the kind of novel I would find myself enjoying but I was thoroughly swept away by it. I love character development but I don’t really tend to enjoy books that are solely character driven. Fire Color One is primarily character driven. There is definitely a plot but it revolves around character revelations. Not around actual happenings. Yet it somehow managed to sweep me away till I had somehow run out of pages to read (*shakes fist at book for not being longer*)

This is a novel about grief, about relationships and a little bit about some revenge (and I am totes petty so I am all about the revenge life.) I think part of the magic of this book comes from how well the relationships…

5 Books + Documentaries ‘About’ Climate Change

5 Books + Documentaries ‘About’ Climate Change

Posted by on 01/26/2017 • 4 Comments

BOOKS TO READ 1. The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd

I read this series back when I was a little bb8 but it was SO good and interesting. It imagines a futuristic (or maybe not so futuristic) world where carbon needs to be rationed because of the extreme effects of climate change. Written in a diary format and has a diverse cast (if I remember correctly.)

2. Firestorm by David Klass

Another futuristic world where a chosen one has to travel through time to save the world from the dire consequences of climate change. I read it ages ago but remember devouring this trilogy and loving it.

3. Not A Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Set in a world where water is incredibly limited. The MCs family fights…

7 Bookish Stores to Spend All Your Money At

7 Bookish Stores to Spend All Your Money At

Posted by on 01/24/2017 • 4 Comments

*This bookish list was sponsored by Uber Prints*

A major part of being a bookworm is owning a LOT of bookish merchandise. Be it candles, book markers, prints and all that jazz. This list will feature some of my fav places to window shop, shop and drool at goodies over. List is in NO PARTICULAR ORDER.

1. Frostbeard Candles

At this point, Frostbeard is probably the ultimate place to buy candles from and has been around since before I was born (JK), but I thought I’d feature it anyway BECAUSE THEIR CANDLES make my heart beat faster.

2. Novelly Yours Candles

Brittany, the shop owner, is also a book blogger which means she knows exactly what it is that we want book nerds want. Her candles…