Saturday, March 04, 2017

Fresh Batch (March 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:

You’re Welcome, Universe
Whitney Gardner
Publication date: March 7th 2017
by Knopf

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A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




Etched in Bone (The Others #5) by Anne Bishop [Purchase]
Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton [Purchase]
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz [Purchase]
The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) by Samantha Shannon [Purchase]


The Deep End (Honey #1) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis [Purchase]
The Pants Project by Cat Clarke [Purchase]
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel [Purchase]


The Great Pursuit (Eurona Duology #2) by Wendy Higgins [Purchase]
Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah’s Scribbles) by Sarah Andersen [Purchase]
Silence Fallen (Mercy Thompson #10) by Patricia Briggs [Purchase]
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse [Purchase]


Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon [Purchase]
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner [Purchase]
Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam [Purchase]
Alone (The Generations Trilogy #3) by Scott Sigler [Purchase]


The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend [Purchase]
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco [Purchase]
Masquerade (Micah Grey #3) by Laura Lam [Purchase]
Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me. by Lily Collins [Purchase]


The Most Dangerous Thing by Leanne Lieberman [Purchase]
Silent by David Mellon [Purchase]
Piper Perish by Kayla Cagan [Purchase]
Proof of Lies (Anastasia Phoenix #1) by Diana Rodriguez Wallach [Purchase]


The Maddie Diaries: A Memoir by Maddie Ziegler [Purchase]
For Love and Honor (An Uncertain Choice #3) by Jody Hedlund [Purchase]
The Stone House (A Class Novel) by A.K. Benedict/Patrick Ness [Purchase]
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales & Sophie Houser [Purchase]


Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin [Purchase]
Finding Jade by Mary Jennifer Payne [Purchase]
Ultimatum by K.M. Walton [Purchase]
Driven by M.B. Mulhall [Purchase]


Confessions of a High School Disaster: Chloe Snow’s Diary by Emma Chastain [Purchase]
The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie [Purchase]
The House of Mountfathom by Nigel McDowell [Purchase]


Anything on your wishlist this week?

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Diverse Books Out February 2017

Diverse Books Out February 2017

Posted by on 03/02/2017 • 6 Comments

Hello and welcome to the February round up of diverse releases! Let me know if any of these have bad rep or if there are any books that I missed. We want this list to be as complete and accurate as possible while also making sure it doesn’t feature any books with bad rep. We will also be pointing out the books we know for sure are #ownvoices.

 

1. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstorm

Release Date: February 7th

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Interracial romance + deals with mental health.

 

2. Wintersong by S.Jae Jones

Release Date: Feb 7th

Goodreads | Buy

Korean-American author

 

3. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Release Date: Feb 7th

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Filipino-American author + not-white main characters as cannon

READ THIS BOOK!!!: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

READ THIS BOOK!!!: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Posted by on 02/28/2017 • 5 Comments

I don’t know how to start this review, guysssssss. Empress of a Thousand Skies WAS AMAZING. LIKE I ACTUALLY CANNOT even formulate words even though its been almost a week since I read it. ITS GOT EVERYTHING. People on the run, royalty, secrets, betrayal and hints of romances. YES, MULTIPLE ROMANCES I THINK. I could be wrong.

Did you really like Illuminae? Read this fucking book and love it even more. Seriously. ITS THAT GOOD.

Reasons to Read Empress of a Thousand Skies

1. The world building. I love the complexity of the world. I love that the racial struggles IRL are addressed through racial struggles within the novel and I love the commentary that is made through these struggles. Empress of a Thousand Skies is and tries to reflect on our society…

Fresh Batch (February 26th-March 4th)

Fresh Batch (February 26th-March 4th)

Posted by on 02/25/2017 • 4 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

The Hate U Give Angie Thomas Publication date: February 28th 2017by Balzer + Bray

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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at…

Destined to Become a Classic: The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron

Destined to Become a Classic: The Castle in the Mist by Amy Ephron

Posted by on 02/24/2017 • 1 Comment

The Castle in the Mist is destined to become a classic. No question about it. It draws a lot of classic children’s literature tropes but somehow managed to create an entirely different narrative about families and the magic of nature. My literary analysis senses are tingling and I must stop myself from word-vomiting a bunch of off-topic stuff but seriously, THIS IS A BOOK I COULD write a 10 page paper about and have a lot of fun doing.

My biggest problem with the book doesn’t lie in the actual writing but in the fact that so many books like The Castle in the Mist exist yet all of them seem to feature only white children? Do not white children not deserve to be featured in gothic-y stories that are magical, mystical…

Reminicient of Breakfast Club: Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Reminicient of Breakfast Club: Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Posted by on 02/22/2017 • 3 Comments

My feelings about this novel as about as complex as they get. Optimists Die First does some really great things but also needs a whole lot of work. Keep in mind that this is all based on an ARC version of the book as opposed to the finished copy and ARCs and finished copies can be worlds apart.

For starters, this book is about as cute as it sounds and looks. It is short and sweet and all about friendships and journeys. As one character in the book says, Optimists Die First is a ‘twisted version of the breakfast club.’

There is a complex portrayal of MH without any real labels and that was great. Petula has to go to mandatory art therapy and kind of really hates it. She doesn’t like any…

Giveaway: Frostblood by Elly Blake

Giveaway: Frostblood by Elly Blake

Posted by on 02/20/2017 • 14 Comments

Today we are partnering with the lovely people over at Little, Brown to bring you a fabulous giveaway for FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake. It has a cover that is hella gorgeous and a blurb that got me glued. I am so excited to dive into this book and hope you guys are too! 🙂

About the Book

About the Author

Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a degree in English literature, she held a series of seemingly random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, and reporter for a local business magazine before finally landing on her current job as a library assistant. She lives in Southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids, and a Siberian Husky mix that definitely shows frostblood tendencies.

Offical…

Fresh Batch (February 19th-25th)

Fresh Batch (February 19th-25th)

Posted by on 02/18/2017 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Long May She Reign Rhiannon Thomas Publication date: February 21st 2017by HarperTeen

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have…