Saturday, June 03, 2017

Fresh Batch (June 4th – 10th)

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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:

Song of the Current
Sarah Tolcser
Series: Song of the Current #1
Publication date: June 6th 2017
by Bloomsbury Childrens Books

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Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sarah Tolcser comes an immersive and romantic fantasy set along the waterways of a magical world with a headstrong heroine determined to make her mark.

Other releases this week:
* In no particular order *

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone [Purchase]
Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren [Purchase]
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley [Purchase]
The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green [Purchase]

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1) by A.V. Geiger [Purchase]
Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy [Purchase]
Dividing Eden (Dividing Eden #1) by Joelle Charbonneau [Purchase]
The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson [Purchase]

Dramatically Ever After (Ever After #2) by Isabel Bandeira [Purchase]
Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes & Joel Silverman [Purchase]
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee [Purchase]
The Evaporation of Sofi Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #1) by Mary Weber [Purchase]

Perfect Ten by L. Philips [Purchase]
Internet Famous by Danika Stone [Purchase]
The Possible by Tara Altebrando [Purchase]
The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano [Purchase]

Breaking (Burning) by Danielle Rollins [Purchase]
What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard [Purchase]
Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill [Purchase]
Once and for All by Sarah Dessen [Purchase]

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn [Purchase]
This Impossible Light by Lily Myers [Purchase]
Boy by Blake Nelson [Purchase]
Romeo, Juliet, and Jim by Larry Schwarz & Iva-Marie Palmer [Purchase]

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan [Purchase]
Wildman by J.C. Geiger [Purchase]
And Then There Were Four by Nancy Werlin [Purchase]
Welcome to the Slipstream by Natalka Burian [Purchase]

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson [Purchase]
All the Stars Left Behind by Ashley Graham [Purchase]

What’s on your wishlist this week?

Find previous Fresh Batch posts here!


Author Interview: Sandhya Menon

Author Interview: Sandhya Menon

Posted by on 06/02/2017 • 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 an interview I did with Sandhya Menon! So PLEASE GIVE HER a virtual round of applause.

1. If Dimple and Rishi’s romance could be set to only one bollywood song, which one would it be?

Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai from Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, definitely. 🙂

2. What is one book you think the world would just not be the same without?

Ahhh, really, just one?! Hmm…I guess I’d pick The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

3. If Dimple and Rishi were a food pairing, what would they be? (I AM JUST CURIOUS, OKAY)

Haha, this is an amazing question! I’d say…sea salt and…

Blog Tour: Lemons by Melissa Savage

Blog Tour: Lemons by Melissa Savage

Posted by on 06/01/2017 • 1 Comment

Lemons is an unaccepted gem of a novel. It sounds all cutesy because on the surface it is about two kids searching for Bigfoot but really it is a novel about grief and family. Lemons is about redefining family, dealing with loss and also friendship (because the best ship is a friendship.)

Here are 5 reasons to read Lemons

1. Bigfoot. Whether or not you believe in Bigfoot, it is an interesting conspiracy theory and I love all the fun Melissa Savage clearly had with it. She has done her research and it shows in her writing.

2. Lem. I LOVE LEM and I love how complex her character is. I love that she isn’t just the ‘odd ball’ or a typical, displaced child trope. Lem manages to ‘fit’ in (and not in…

Fresh Batch (May 28th – June 3rd)

Fresh Batch (May 28th – June 3rd)

Posted by on 05/27/2017 • 2 Comments

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

Flavor of the week:

Dark Breaks the Dawn Sara B. Larson Publication date: May 30th 2017by Scholastic Press

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On her eighteenth birthday, Princess Evelayn of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, can finally access the full range of her magical powers. The light looks brighter, the air is sharper, and the energy she can draw when fighting feels almost limitless.

But while her mother, the queen, remains busy at the war front, in the Dark Kingdom of Dorjhalon, the corrupt king is plotting. King Bain wants control of both kingdoms, and his plan will fling Evelayn onto the throne much sooner than she expected.

In order to…

Non-Fic Recommendation Based on YA Fiction Favs

Non-Fic Recommendation Based on YA Fiction Favs

Posted by on 05/24/2017 • 3 Comments

I read mostly fiction but the ‘older’ I grow the more I find my reading tastes shifting. Over the past year, I’ve gone from never reading non fiction books to actually, actively seeking them out. I am still primarily a YA reader though so today, I decided to combine these two vastly different areas of the market and do a little recommendation post based on fav YA books!

If you like: Read:

Fresh Batch (May 21st – 27th)

Fresh Batch (May 21st – 27th)

Posted by on 05/20/2017 • 1 Comment

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

Flavor of the week:

In a Perfect World Trish Doller Publication date: May 23rd 2017by Simon Pulse

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Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall.

But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, Caroline’s plans are upended. Caroline is now expected to spend her summer and her senior year in a foreign country, away from her friends, her home, and everything she’s ever known.


Giveaway: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Giveaway: Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Posted by on 05/19/2017 • 23 Comments

Hi everyone! Today we are partnering with Paula Stokes to giveaway a copy GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE to one lucky winner! GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE was one of my favorite books of 2016 and honestly such an important book. It does such a great job talking about mental health issues and also has an incredibly swoony romance.


About the Book

Paula: Hi everyone! Girl Against the Universe releases in paperback on June 6, 2017 and I’m so excited about that I decided to do an entire blog tour of giveaways to celebrate! In the story, main character Maguire creates her own list of seven challenges to help her overcome her fears. This week I have seven challenges for you, and seven chances to win a shiny GATU paperback 😀 These…

Explores the bizarre & complex social environment of high school: Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson

Explores the bizarre & complex social environment of high school: Say No to the Bro by Kat Helgeson

Posted by on 05/18/2017 • 3 Comments

Doesn’t this book have the best title ever? If a title alone had the capacity to sell a book to anyone, it was be the title to this book. I was certainly sold before I even saw the cover or read the blurb for the book because who can resist a book titled Say No to the Bro?

Does the book actually live up to its amazing title? I don’t really know how to answer that question and should probably not start all my paragraphs in this review with a question because I am told that is bad writing. Say No to the Bro was not at all what I expected and I don’t know if I mean that in a good or bad way. It is somewhere in the middle to be…