Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer.   This book went on my TBR before I even read the synopsis because I loved Kemmerer’s More Than We Can Tell so much.  But then I realized it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it fully cemented its status as a must-read book for me.  I have a long while to wait before this book comes out, but I think this will be one that’s worth the wait!

 

A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer

Publication Date:   January 29, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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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. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books People Keep Telling Me to Read…But I Still Haven’t (Yet!)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is a FREEBIE, so I thought it would be fun to share some books that everyone keeps telling me to read because they know I’d love them, but somehow I just haven’t quite gotten myself to read them yet.  I swear that I will get to them all eventually because these books are all recommended by trusted blogger friends, but it’s just taking me longer than I thought it would to actually get around to them. Some of them I really have no excuse though because I’ve even read other books by the authors and loved them, Laini Taylor and V.E. Schwab, for example,  so I don’t even know what I’m waiting for.

So many books, so little time!

 

Top 10 Books People Keep Telling Me to Read…But I Still Haven’t (Yet!)

 

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 1. LETTERS TO THE LOST by Brigid Kemmerer

 

 

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2. THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater

 

 

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3. IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware

 

 

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4. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor

 

 

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5. THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas

 

 

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6. ALEX, APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett

 

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7. VICIOUS by V. E. Schwab

 

 

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8. RED WINTER by Annette Marie

 

 

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9. A MAN CALLED OVE by Fredrik Backman

 

 

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10. REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

 

 

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Question:  What books are people telling you that you need to read?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on AFTERMATH by Kelley Armstrong

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is AFTERMATH by Kelley Armstrong.   This book grabbed my attention right away, both because I read some stellar advance reviews for it and because its topic is so relevant and timely.

 

AFTERMATH by Kelley Armstrong

Publication Date:   May 22, 2018

 

 

From Goodreads:

Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there’s no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn’t a victim; he was a shooter.

Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don’t heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend–Skye.

Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can’t resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.

 

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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. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books I Loved But Will Never Re-Read

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Top 10 Books I Loved But Will Never Re-Read.  This topic was challenging for me because, with rare exception like the Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird, and a few childhood favorites, I’ve never been that much of a re-reader anyway.  That’s not to say I would never consider re-reading. It’s just usually not something I’m in the mood for.  That said, if I was a big re-reader, the 10 books before are ones I would never consider re-visiting even though I loved them the first time around. 

Why?  Well, I probably took the easy way out with this topic because as you’ll notice, all of the books I’ve chosen are of the mystery, thriller, psychological thriller variety.  For me, these kinds of books are all about that journey of sifting through all of the clues, coming up with possible theories as to what might have happened, etc.  Once I’ve done that and made it through all of the twists and turns to what I hope is a thrilling conclusion, I just can’t imagine going back and reading them again.  It’s not a mystery or a thriller to me anymore if I already know the answers.  So yeah, I adored these books when I first read them but have no plans to revisit any of them.  

 

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Top 10 Books I Loved But Will Never Re-Read

 

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch

UNSUB by Meg Gardiner

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Patricia Highsmith

ONE OF US IS LYING by Karen McManus

IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote

THE DA VINCI CODE by Dan Brown

THE SURGEON by Tess Gerritsen

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

 

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Question:  What are some of your favorite books that you’ll never consider re-reading?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on WHAT IF IT’S US by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera.   I actually just heard about this book for the first time yesterday and got so excited about it that I bumped the book I had originally planned to spotlight today.  It sounds like it’s going to be a super-cute read.  Plus, it’s set in New York, which is always a bonus for me, and Becky Albertalli is an auto-buy author for me.  I’ve actually not read a book from Adam Silvera but I have They All Die at the End on my Kindle so hopefully I’ll at least get that one read before this comes out since I always hear such wonderful things about his books.

 

WHAT IF IT’S US by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Publication Date:   October 9, 2018

 

From Goodreads:

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?  Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.  Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?  What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?  But what if it is…

 

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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. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Characters I Hate in Books That I Love

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Characters I liked That Were In Non-Favorite/Disliked Books.  I completely blanked out when it came to books that I didn’t like so I decided to flip the topic and do Top 10 Characters I Hate in Books I Love.

 

Top 10 Characters I Hate in Books That I Love

 

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 1. DOLORES UMBRIDGE from HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

 

What a horrible, horrible woman.  I loathed her just as much as I loathed Lord Voldemort, especially after the awful things she did to Harry when he had detention.

 

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2. MISS TRUNCHBULL from MATILDA

 

This lady could be Umbridge’s evil sister.  She’s just plain evil, clearly hates children, and has no business being the headmistress of a school.

 

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3. PRINCESS SOPHIA from THE BELLES

 

I just finished this book last week and couldn’t get over how awful Princess Sophia was.  She’s cruel and sadistic, using the Belle’s powers to make those she doesn’t like ugly and deformed.  When she forced a Belle to transform a woman’s nose into a pig snout, I was beyond done with Sophia.

 

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4. JOFFREY BARATHEON from A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series

 

Is there anymore of an ass in literature than Joffrey?  He’s’ nasty, spoiled rotten, and I’m pretty sure he never had a single redeeming moment throughout the entire series.  When he finally got what was coming to him, I could have danced for joy.

 

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5. GEORGE WICKHAM from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

 

Wickham almost had me fooled in the beginning of this novel since he was just so much nicer and more charming than Darcy.  Funny how things quickly changed though and Darcy became my favorite, while I thought of Wickham as little more than a rogue.

 

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6. DRACO MALFOY from the HARRY POTTER series

 

I guess I probably had a few moments in this series where I didn’t want to throttle Draco, but those moments were few and far between.  For the most part, Draco was an arrogant little jerk and I cheered when Hermione punched him in the face in one of the books.

 

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7. THE WHITE WITCH from THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE

 

What a cold and calculating woman!  I mean, seriously, what kind of person uses their power to stop Christmas from coming?  She’s like a more attractive version of The Grinch.

 

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8. PRESIDENT SNOW & PRESIDENT COIN in THE HUNGER GAMES series

 

Yep, a two-fer here. I totally hated both of these characters, Snow for perpetuating the Hunger Games so that he could stay in power and Coin because she tricked me into thinking she was the good guy and I don’t like to be tricked.  They’re both just rotten leaders who sees the citizens as expendable as long as it furthers their agenda.

 

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9. AMY DUNNE from GONE GIRL

 

Amy Dunne was so unlikable and manipulative that even though I enjoyed Gone Girl, I got to the point where I just didn’t care what happened to her.  It was just disturbing to follow her. I think she was an actual psychopath.

 

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10. JOHN WILLOUGHBY from SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

 

In many ways, John Willoughby reminds me of Henry Wickham from Pride and Prejudice.  When we first meet him, he is charming and very handsome, sure to win all the ladies’ hearts and the reader’s.  And then we find out he’s a philandering pig; the charming good guy routine is just an act.

 

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Question:  Who are some characters you hate in books that you otherwise love?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on LITTLE BIG LOVE by Katy Regan

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is LIttle Big Love by Katy Regan and I have to admit that the main reason I’m excited about it is the comparison in the blurb to About a Boy and Parenthood, which are two of my favorites. Parenthood is one of those shows that gave me all the feels and that I could only watch with a box of tissues nearby because I knew I’d sob at some point during almost every episode.  I’m really hoping that this book packs a similar emotional punch and by the description, it sounds entirely possible.

 

 

LITTLE BIG LOVE by Katy Regan

Publication Date:   June 5, 2018

 

From Goodreads:

About a Boy meets Parenthood in this smart, big-hearted love story about a family for whom everything changed one night, a decade ago, and the young boy who unites them all.

Ten-year-old Zac Hutchinson collects facts: octopuses have three hearts, Usain Bolt is the fastest man on earth. But no one will tell him the one thing he wants to know most: who his father is and where he went.

When Zac’s mother, Juliet, inadvertently admits that his dad is the only man she’s ever loved, Zac decides he is going to find him and deliver his mom the happily ever after she deserves.

But Liam Jones left for a reason, and as Zac searches for clues of his father, Juliet begins to rebuild what shattered on the day that was at once the happiest and most heartbreaking of her life.

Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.

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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. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – MY TOP 10 FAVORITE READS SET OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.

 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Top Ten Books That Take Place In Another Country.  I live in the U.S. and I love to read books that are set in other countries.  Not only is a great way to learn about other cultures, etc, but It also helps to somewhat satisfy my wanderlust because reading these books is like traveling without a passport.  That said, here are some of my favorite reads that have non-U.S. settings.

 

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MY TOP 10 FAVORITE READS SET OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.

 

1. ON THE JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta  (Set in AUSTRALIA)

 

 

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2. WARCROSS by Marie Lu (Set primarily in TOKYO, JAPAN)

 

 

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3.  HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi (Set primarily in AFRICA)

 

 

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4. MY LADY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (Set in ENGLAND)

 

 

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5.  ANGELS & DEMONS by Dan Brown (Set in ROME, ITALY, VATICAN CITY, & SWITZERLAND)

 

 

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6. HARRY POTTER SERIES by J. K. Rowling (SET IN LONDON/HOGWARTS)

 

 

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7. A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING by Ruth Ozeki (Set in TOKYO, JAPAN & BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA)

 

 

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8. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak (Set in GERMANY)

 

 

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9. THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini (Set primarily in AFGHANISTAN)

 

 

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10. ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy (Set primarily in RUSSIA)

 


 

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Question:  What are some of your favorite reads set outside of the U.S.?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – Spotlight on THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY

 

“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 for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll just be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by Ruth Ware.  From what I’ve seen from a few early reviews, this is a suspenseful thriller that is full of twists and turns and juicy family secrets all wrapped up in a creepy Gothic setting. I’ve also seen several people mention that it’s their favorite Ruth Ware book since In a Dark, Dark Wood.  I actually still haven’t gotten around to reading any of Ware’s books yet, but the premise of this one really intrigues me.

 

THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY by Ruth Ware

Publication Date:   May 29, 2018

 

From Goodreads:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, The Woman in Cabin 10, and The Lying Game comes Ruth Ware’s highly anticipated fourth novel.

On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money.

Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the center of it.

Full of spellbinding menace and told in Ruth Ware’s signature suspenseful style, this is an unputdownable thriller from the Agatha Christie of our time.

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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. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Books I Plan to Read This Spring

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Top Ten Books on My Spring TBR.  As usual, it’s practically impossible to narrow down my list of books I want to read to just ten, but here’s my tentative Spring TBR list.  It’s a mix of ARCs and 2018 releases that have already come out, and since I’m such a mood reader, it’s also a hodge podge of genres as well – some fantasy, some historical fiction, some science fiction, a couple of retellings, thrillers, contemporaries, etc.  I’m really excited about these ten so I hope to be able to read all of these before the end of Spring.

 

Top 10 Books I Plan to Read This Spring

 

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 1. GIRL MADE OF STARS by Ashley Herring Blake

Goodreads Synopsis: “I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.   (Read more…)

 

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2. FROM TWINKLE WITH LOVE by Sandhya Menon

Goodreads Synopsis: Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.  (Read more…)

 

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3. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn

Goodreads Synopsis:  Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.   (Read more…)

 

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4. SONG OF BLOOD AND STONE by L. Penelope

Goodreads Synopsis:  A treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive–an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and it’s people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda’s Earthsong to do it. They escape their ruthless captors and together they embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.  (Read more…)

 

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5. SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young

Goodreads Synopsis: OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE.

Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.   (Read more…)

 

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6. I STOP SOMEWHERE by T.E. Carter

Goodsreads Synopsis:  Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place. (Read more…)

 

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7. BRIGHTLY BURNING by Alexa Donne

Goodreads Synopsis:  Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet. (Read more…)

 

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8. LEGENDARY by Stephanie Garber

Goodreads Synopsis:  Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval

A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister’s. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…the games have only just begun. (Read more…)

 

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9. CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi

Goodreads Synopsis:  Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.  (Read more…)

 

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10. TWENTY-ONE DAYS by Anne Perry

Goodreads Synopsis:  In this first book in a new series, Thomas Pitt’s son Daniel races to save his client from execution, setting him against London’s Special Police Branch.

It’s 1910, and Daniel Pitt is a reluctant lawyer who would prefer to follow in the footsteps of his detective father. When the biographer Russell Graves, who Daniel is helping defend, is sentenced to execution for the murder of his wife, Daniel’s Pitt-family investigative instincts kick in, and he sets out to find the real killer. With only twenty-one days before Graves is to be executed, Daniel learns that Graves is writing a biography of Victor Narraway, the former head of Special Branch and a close friend of the Pitts. And the stories don’t shed a positive light. Is it possible someone is framing Graves to keep him from writing the biography–maybe even someone Daniel knows in Special Branch?

The only answer, it seems, lies in the dead woman’s corpse. And so, with the help of some eccentric new acquaintances who don’t mind bending the rules, Daniel delves into an underground world of dead bodies and double lives, unearthing scores of lies and conspiracies. As he struggles to balance his duty to the law with his duty to his family, the equal forces of justice and loyalty pull this lawyer-turned-detective in more directions than he imagined possible. And amidst it all, his client’s twenty-one days are ticking away. (Read more…)

 

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Question:  What books are you planning to read this Spring?