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Friday Finds: April Edition

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by A Daily Rhythm, where we showcase the books we recently found and added to our TBR. This doesn’t necessarily mean books that you’ve purchased, but rather books that you have recently discovered or that you recently added to you “to-read” list on Goodreads that you would like to read sometime in the future!

Here are my finds for the month of April 2016!


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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Author: E.K. Johnston | Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers | Genre: YA, Contemporary | Release Date: March 15th 2016 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 248 | ISBN: 9781101994580

Hermione Winters has been a flyer. She’s been captain of her cheerleading team. The envied girlfriend and the undisputed queen of her school. Now it’s her last year and those days and those labels are fading fast. In a few months she’ll be a different person. She thinks she’s ready for whatever comes next. But then someone puts something in her drink at a party, and in an instant she finds herself wearing new labels, ones she never imagined: Victim. Survivor. That raped girl. Even though this was never the future she imagined, one essential thing remains unchanged: Hermione can still call herself Polly Olivier’s best friend, and that may be the truest label of all.


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Stranger, Father, Beloved

Author: Taylor Larsen | Publisher: Gallery Books | Genre: Fiction, Contemporary | Release Date: July 12th 2016 | Format: ARC | Pages: 272 | ISBN: 9781501124761

When Michael sees his wife Nancy chatting with a stranger at a party, his intuition tells him that he’s watching her with the man she should have married. He quickly begins a campaign to replace himself within his own family with this other man—who, to him, is worthier, better, and kinder—all so his faithful wife Nancy, his beautiful teenage daughter Ryan, and his young son Max can live the lives they deserve. While Michael pursues this man’s friendship, Ryan goes through a period of sexual awakening and rebellion and distances herself from her family, and the quiet, weak Nancy becomes increasingly befuddled and frustrated by the behaviors of her husband and daughter. As tension and uncertainty build in their home, the James family slowly unravels.


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Jughead, Volume 1

Author: Chip Zdarsky | Illustrator: Erica Henderson | Publisher: Archie Comics | Genre: Sequential Art, Comics | Release Date: July 26th 2016 | Format: Paperback | Pages: 168 | ISBN: 9781627388931

Riverdale High provides a quality education and quality hot lunches, but when one of those is tampered with, JUGHEAD JONES swears vengeance! Well, I mean, he doesn’t “swear.” This is still Archie Comics after all.


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Foxlowe

Author: Eleanor Wasserberg | Publisher: Fourth Estate | Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism | Release Date: June 2nd 2016 | Format: ARC | Page Count: 240 | ISBN: 9780008164089

A chilling, compulsive debut about group mentality, superstition and betrayal – and a utopian commune gone badly wrong. We were the Family, and Foxlowe was our home. There was me – my name is Green – and my little sister, Blue. There was October, who we called Toby, and Ellensia, Dylan, Liberty, Pet and Egg. There was Richard, of course, who was one of the Founders. And there was Freya. We were the Family, but we weren’t just an ordinary family. We were a new, better kind of family. We didn’t need to go to school, because we had a new, better kind of education. We shared everything. We were close to the ancient way of living and the ancient landscape. We knew the moors, and the standing stones. We celebrated the solstice in the correct way, with honey and fruit and garlands of fresh flowers. We knew the Bad and we knew how to keep it away. And we had Foxlowe, our home. Where we were free. There really was no reason for anyone to want to leave.


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All The Missing Girls

Author: Meghan Miranda | Publisher: Simon & Schuster | Genre: Thriller, Mystery | Release Date:  June 28th 2016 | Format: ARC | Page Count: 384

Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse. It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.


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Every Hidden Thing

Author: Kenneth Oppel | Publisher: HarperCollins Canada | Genre: YA, Historical Fiction | Release Date: September 20th 2016 | Format: Hardcover | Pages: 368 | ISBN: 9781443410298

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out. But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood. As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?


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Conviction

Author: Kelly Loy Gilbert | Publisher: Disney-Hyperion | Genre: YA, Contemporary | Release Date: May 19th 2015 | Format: Hardcover | Pages: 352

Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared. But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host, has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son’s hands; Braden is the key witness in the upcoming trial. Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four-mile-per-hour pitch al- ready has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden’s saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch. Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction.


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Relativity

Author: Antonia Hayes | Publisher: Gallery Books | Genre: Fiction, Contemporary | Release Date: May 3rd 2016 (first published June 24th 2015) | Format: ARC | Page Count: 368 | ISBN: 9781501105074

Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open. Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness. Told from the alternating points of view of Ethan and each of his parents, Relativity is a poetic and soul-searing exploration of unbreakable bonds, irreversible acts, the limits of science, and the magnitude of love.


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Ex Machina, Book 1

Author: Brian K. Vaughan | Illustrator: Tony Harris | Publisher: Vertigo | Genre: Sequential Art, Science Fiction | Release Date: January 21st 2015 (first published June 25th 2008) | Format: Paperback | Pages: 272 | ISBN: 9781401244989

Set in our modern-day world, EX MACHINA tells the story of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who becomes America’s first living, breathing super-hero after a strange accident gives him the power to communicate with machines. Eventually Mitchell tires of risking his life merely to maintain the status quo, retires from masked crime fighting and runs for mayor of New York City, winning by a landslide after the events of 9/11.


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Deadly Class, Volume 4: Die For Me

Author: Rick Remender | Illustrator: Wes Craig | Publisher: Image Comics | Genre: Sequential Art, Dark | Release Date: July 26th 2016| Format: Paperback | Pages: 128 | ISBN: 9781632157188

It’s 1988 and Marcus Lopez’s first year at Kings Dominion, the elite academy where damaged teenagers are forged into the world’s deadliest assassins, is coming to a close, and the final exam is murder…literally. What few friends, what little love Marcus managed to scrape together become his greatest weakness, as the school descends into chaos. Pass or Fail, no one survives the Freshman Finals without getting blood on their hands.


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The Magician King (The Magicians #2)

Author: Lev Grossman| Publisher: Penguin Books | Genre: Fiction, Fantasy| Release Date: August 9th 2011 | Format: Paperback| Pages: 418

This description was a little spoilery, so I’m leaving it out in case you plan on reading The Magicians!


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Hot Dudes Reading

Author: Creators of @HotDudesReading | Publisher: Atria Books | Genre: Non-fiction, Humour | Release Date: April 26th 2016 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 208

Humans of New York meets Porn for Women in this collection of candid photos, clever captions, and hilarious hashtags about one of the most important subjects of our time: hot dudes reading. Based on the viral Instagram account of the same name, Hot Dudes Reading takes its readers on a ride through all five boroughs of New York City, with each section covering a different subway line. Using their expert photography skills (covert iPhone shots) and journalistic ethics (#NoKindles), the authors capture the most beautiful bibliophiles in all of New York—and take a few detours to interview some of the most popular hot dudes from the early days of the Instagram account. Fun, irreverent, and wittily-observed, this book is tailor-made for book lovers in search of their own happy endings—and those who just want to get lost between the covers for a while.


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Paper Girls, Volume 1

Author: Brian K. Vaughan | Illustrator: Cliff Chiang & Matthew Wilson | Publisher: Image Comics | Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction | Release Date: April 5th 2016 | Format: Paperback | Page Count: 144 | ISBN: 9781632156747

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

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