Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fresh Batch (April 23rd – 29th)

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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:

North of Happy
Adi Alsaid
Publication date: April 25th 2017
by Harlequin Teen

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New from critically acclaimed author of LET’S GET LOST and NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES. In the wake of his brother’s untimely death, a teen chef runs away from home to find his true path in life.

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take over their parents’ businesses. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby.

When his older brother, Felix–who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel–is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother’s voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father’s plan for him. Worrying about his mental health, but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the US and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss’s daughter–a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what’s most important to him and where his true path really lies.


Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *




The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares [Purchase]
Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampires #13) by Chloe Neill [Purchase]
The Watcher by Ross Armstrong [Purchase]
The Wingsnatchers (Carmer and Grit #1) by Sarah Jean Horwitz [Purchase]


Legion (Talon #4) by Julie Kagawa [Purchase]
The Rise of the Dawnstar (The Avalonia Chronicles #2) by Farah Oomerbhoy [Purchase]
Looking for Group by Rory Harrison [Purchase]
Maud: A Novel Inspired by the Life of L.M. Montgomery by Melanie J. Fishbane [Purchase]


The Remnant (Ark #2) by Laura Liddell Nolen [Purchase]
This Is Really Happening by Erin Chack [Purchase]
Lucky Girl by Amanda Maciel [Purchase]
Donut Go Breaking My Heart (Wish #5) by Suzanne Nelson [Purchase]


Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson [Purchase]


Anything on your radar this week?

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The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Erin Gough Has to Choose Between Being Lost at Sea or in the Woods

The Infinite Variants of YA: The One Where Erin Gough Has to Choose Between Being Lost at Sea or in the Woods

Posted by on 04/20/2017 • 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 am sharing a fun interview with the delightful Erin Gough! RAISE A GLASS TO (freeedoooommm) to ERIN GOUGH!

1. If you could be any color in the world, what color would you be? 

Green. It’s the colour of nature, not to mention the Wicked Witch of the West. Kermit is green, too, and that frog can dance.

2. Who does Delilah consider to be a person who has everything put together?

Rosa Barea, definitely. From a distance, Rosa seems smart, talented and sure of herself. Of course, when Del gets to know her better, she realises that she’s not as together as she seems.

3. What song would Delilah think…

Giveaway: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Giveaway: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Posted by on 04/19/2017 • 15 Comments

Today we are partnering with the lovely people over at Little, Brown to bring you a fabulous giveaway for Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. Alert: THIS BOOK IS SET IN SPACE. <– important fact because all books set in space are always on my tbr since I’ve kind of been obsessed with space since I was a bb8 and wanted to do that astronaut as a career thing (now I am a lit major so that didn’t technically work out.)

About the Book About the Author

Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author of the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a…

Read these diverse books if you like The Fault in Our Stars (or just want to read A+ diverse books)

Read these diverse books if you like The Fault in Our Stars (or just want to read A+ diverse books)

Posted by on 04/17/2017 • 3 Comments

About 5 years ago, The Fault in Our Stars made a HUGE splash in the YA reading community. Lots of people fell head over heels for it and some of us weren’t impressed at all. Regardless,The Fault in Our Stars went on to be adapted into a movie and was set as the standard to which all other YA books would be compared to. SO. Books. If you loved The Fault in Our Stars, you should read and support these wonderful, diverse books and find a new fav! Or if you just want good diverse books to read, DO THAT TOO.

1. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly

Written by a POC author. Features wittiest banter, discussions of mental illness, etc.

2. Like No Other by Una LaMarche

Star-crossed lovers….

Fresh Batch (April 16th – 22nd)

Fresh Batch (April 16th – 22nd)

Posted by on 04/15/2017 • 0 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Missing Kelley Armstrong Publication date: April 18th 2017by Crown Books for Young Readers

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The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too….

Learn How to Read a Book in 6 Quick Steps

Learn How to Read a Book in 6 Quick Steps

Posted by on 04/11/2017 • 6 Comments

Always wanted to read a book but the idea of touching one makes you want to cry? It’s okay! I GOT YOUR BACK. I will teach you how to read a book in 6 quick steps.

1. Break into your roommate’s room and look around for a book.

If you don’t have a roommate or your roommate isn’t a reader, move into a place with a roommate who reads.

2. Grab a book at random. Since you’re not much of a reader, you probably don’t have a preference.

The next step will be key to deciding whether or not you and the book are MEANT TO BE.

3. Sniff it.

This is perhaps the most important step in the process because it will help you determine whether or not the book…

Fresh Batch (April 9th – 15th)

Fresh Batch (April 9th – 15th)

Posted by on 04/08/2017 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

The Upside of Unrequited Becky Albertalli Publication date: April 11th 2017by Balzer & Bray

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Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win…

Different in a Good Way: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Different in a Good Way: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

Posted by on 04/07/2017 • 2 Comments

Motorbike clubs is always a good way to get a person’s attention but I honestly did not expect what I got from Done Dirt Cheap. I assumed there would be an element of fluff to the book but instead, what I got was a complex, thoughtfully crafted novel with words that just jumped off the page. There are some books you finish that will oddly make you feel nostalgic for something you don’t even quite remember and Done Dirt Cheap was that book for me. In some ways it was reminiscent of the contemporary YA novels I grew up on.

I think part of the nostalgia for me came from the focus on female friendships in this book. Like both the main characters have their love interests and those relationships are important (and…