Can’t Wait Wednesday – CHECK & MATE by Ali Hazelwood
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about. It is a meme that I have loved participating in since I first started blogging, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.
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My selection for this week is CHECK & MATE by Ali Hazelwood. I’ll admit that I haven’t been having much luck with YA reads lately, but I can’t help but be excited to know that Ali Hazelwood is making her YA debut this year. I think if anyone can write a YA book that I’ll fall in love with, it’s her and this one sounds so good!
CHECK & MATE by Ali Hazelwood
Publication Date: November 7, 2023
by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
In this clever and swoonworthy YA debut from the New York Times bestselling author of The Love Hypothesis, life’s moving pieces bring rival chess players together in a match for the heart.
Mallory Greenleaf is done with chess. Every move counts nowadays; after the sport led to the destruction of her family four years earlier, Mallory’s focus is on her mom, her sisters, and the dead-end job that keeps the lights on. That is, until she begrudgingly agrees to play in one last charity tournament and inadvertently wipes the board with notorious “Kingkiller” Nolan Sawyer: current world champion and reigning Bad Boy of chess.
Nolan’s loss to an unknown rook-ie shocks everyone. What’s even more confusing? His desire to cross pawns again. What kind of gambit is Nolan playing? The smart move would be to walk away. Resign. Game over. But Mallory’s victory opens the door to sorely needed cash-prizes and despite everything, she can’t help feeling drawn to the enigmatic strategist….
As she rockets up the ranks, Mallory struggles to keep her family safely separated from the game that wrecked it in the first place. And as her love for the sport she so desperately wanted to hate begins to rekindle, Mallory quickly realizes that the games aren’t only on the board, the spotlight is brighter than she imagined, and the competition can be fierce (-ly attractive. And intelligent…and infuriating…)
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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your CWW selection for this week. 🙂
This sounds like fun! I’d read it.
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I think so too. 🙂
I hope this YA works for you, especially since it’s Ali Hazelwood. And a story revolving around competitive chess sounds like fun😁
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Yeah, the chess element really appeals to me. Definitely not something I read about very often.
My sister just told me about this one – it sounds cute!
I think so too and I’m excited to see how Hazelwood does with YA.
I didn’t know she has a YA debut coming up. I’m looking forward to Between Us by Mhairi McFarlane.
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That one sounds so good!
That’s also one I want to read Suzanne!
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Hopefully we’ll both love it! 🙂
I’m looking forward to this one, too!
Rachel recently posted…Review: In Isabeau’s Eyes by Lora Leigh
I hope it’s a great read for us both! 🙂
I am curious to see how Hazelwood writes YA. There are some NA/Adult authors and their YA books read the same as their NA/Adult offerings, just with featuring teens. Color me curious
I’ve never really mastered chess but this still sounds like such a fun read! thank you for sharing! 🙂
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I’m so curious about this one too!