Can’t Wait Wednesday – SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT by Sara B. Larson

 

“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 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 SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT by Sara B. Larson. I’m a sucker for a story about sisterly love and I also like that this book sounds like it may have a bit of a Strange the Dreamer vibe.

 

SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT by Sara B. Larson

Publication Date:  November 5, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

From the acclaimed author of DEFY, Sara B. Larson, SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT is a timeless and fantastical tale of sisterly love and powerful magic

“The night my sister was born, the stars died and were reborn in her eyes…”.

Zuhra and Inara have grown up in the Citadel of the Paladins, an abandoned fortress where legendary, magical warriors once lived before disappearing from the world―including their Paladin father the night Inara was born.

On that same night, a massive, magical hedge grew and imprisoned them within the citadel. Inara inherited their father’s Paladin power; her eyes glow blue and she is able to make plants grow at unbelievable rates, but she has been trapped in her own mind because of a “roar” that drowns everything else out―leaving Zuhra virtually alone with their emotionally broken human mother.

For fifteen years they have lived, trapped in the citadel, with little contact from the outside world…until the day a stranger passes through the hedge, and everything changes.

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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: 10 of My Favorite Bookish Tropes

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 Favorite Tropes. Now there are plenty of tropes that I wish would just disappear – instalove, love triangles, and damsels in distress would feature prominently on that list.  That said, however, it was still pretty easy to come up with 10 bookish tropes that I love seeing in the books I read. I’ve shared them below, along with a couple of my favorite books from each.

 

10 of My Favorite Bookish Tropes

 

1. FRIENDS TO LOVERS – Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating (Christina Lauren), Starry Eyes (Jenn Bennett)

 

2. ENEMIES TO LOVERS – Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), The Unhoneymooners (Christina Lauren)

 

3. STAR-CROSSED LOVERS – Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare), Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)

 

4. SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE – Say You Still Love Me (K. A. Tucker), One Summer in Paris (Sarah Morgan)

 

5. MAN IN DISTRESS WHO IS SAVED BY THE DAMSEL – The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)

 

6. MONSTERS WHO AREN’T MONSTERS AFTER ALL – This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab), Beasts of the Frozen Sun (Jill Criswell)

 

7. BOOKS SET IN SCHOOLS OR ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES – Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling), Nevernight (Jay Kristoff), Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

 

8. TOURNAMENTS OR OTHER FORMS OF COMPETITION – Harry Potter series (J.K. Rowling), Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

 

9. ANTI HEROES – Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo), Vicious (Victoria Schwab)

 

10. GIRLS WHO ARE INTO STEM – When Dimple Met Rishi (Sandhya Menon), Zenn Diagram (Wendy Brant)

 

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Who are some of your favorite bookish tropes?  Do we share any favorites?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – MEG & JO by Virginia Kantra

 

“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 at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is MEG & JO by Virginia Kantra.  Little Women is one of my favorite books because of its focus on family and sisterhood, so I couldn’t possibly resist this contemporary retelling.  I love that it focuses on Meg and Jo and I was very intrigued by the idea of Jo living in New York City working as a prep cook and secret food blogger because her career in journalism took a wrong turn.

 

MEG & JO by Virginia Kantra

Publication Date:  December 3, 2019

 

 

From Goodreads:

The timeless classic Little Women inspired this heartwarming modern tale of four sisters from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.

The March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth—have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and secret food blogger.

Meg appears to have the life she always planned—the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you’ve ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

When their mother’s illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they’ll rediscover what really matters.

One thing’s for sure—they’ll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams.

 

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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 – Book Characters I’d Love to Have in My Circle of Friends

 

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 Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With.  When I think of my real life friends and the qualities I love about each of them, a few common denominators carry across all of them. I love their humor and specifically their ability to bring some levity to a stressful situation, I love their loyalty and that I can always count on them for whatever I need, whether it’s a sound word of advice, a shoulder to cry on, a stiff drink, whatever.  They just have my back no matter what.  I also think my friends are very interesting and I love the unique perspective they can bring to any conversation.  And of course, we share many similar interests.

The list of fictional characters I’ve come up with embody many of these same traits so I think they would make great additions to my circle of friends.

 

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Book Characters I’d Love to Have in My Circle of Friends

 

1. HERMIONE GRANGER and FRED & GEORGE WEASLEY from the Harry Potter series.

Hermione for her wisdom and general badassery; the Weasley twins for their wicked sense of humor.

 

 

2. PERCY, MONTY, & FELICITY from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue

Similar to above, Felicity for her wisdom and because she’s a woman ahead of her time;

Monty & Percy because they’re hilarious and hold the promise of great adventures.

 

 

3. HAZEL from Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Hazel for her whimsical sense of humor. There would never be a dull moment with Hazel as your friend.

 

 

4. SAMWISE from Lord of the Rings

Could there possibly be a more loyal friend than Samwise?

 

 

5. BRIENNE OF TARTH from the A Song of Ice and Fire series

Although I’d put Brienne of Tarth as a close second to Samwise in the loyalty department.

 

 

6. TYRION LANNISTER from the A Song of Ice and Fire series

Tyrion is such a wonderful mix of wit, humor, drunken fun, but at the same time,

he is also someone you would want in your corner when it comes down to it.

 

 

7. CHARLOTTE GORMAN from The Accidental Beauty Queen

No social circle of mine would be complete without a few socially awkward book nerds. Enter Charlotte Gorman.

 

 

8. NINA HILL from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

And Nina Hill for the same reason. Us book nerds have to stick together. 

 

 

9. CASSIE HANWELL from Things You Save in a Fire

I actually just finished this book over the weekend and found myself wishing I was friends with Cassie.

I admired her strength and tenacity, and the fact that she’s a female firefighter just made her really someone I’d like to have in my corner.

 

 

10. JUNE AND NORA from Red, White & Royal Blue

Although technically only secondary characters in this book, June and Nora were just all kinds of awesome

and I’d love to have them on my squad.  They’re fun, loyal, and very creative. 

 

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Who are some book characters you’d like to have in your circle of friends?

Can’t Wait Wednesday – BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain

 

“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 at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain.  Last year I read and fell in love with The Dream Daughter, which was my first Diane Chamberlain book.  Ever since then I’ve been wanting to read more from her and have ordered several titles from her backlist.  As soon as I saw she has a new book coming out in January, I knew I wanted to read it as well. They mystery angle sounds very compelling and I love the dual timeline as well as the small town North Carolina setting.

 

BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain

Publication Date:  January 14, 2020

 

 

From Goodreads:

North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher’s life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women’s Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn’t expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.

What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?

 

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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. 🙂

Can’t Wait Wednesday – ALL THESE MONSTERS by Amy Tintera

 

“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 at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is ALL THESE MONSTERS by Amy Tintera.  This will be the first book in a new science-fiction duology, and even though it doesn’t come out for almost a year, it sounds so amazing that I just couldn’t wait to share it.

 

ALL THESE MONSTERS by Amy Tintera

Publication Date:  July 7, 2020

 

 

From www.amytintera.com

 

Seventeen-year-old Clara is ready to fight back. Fight back against her abusive father, fight back against the only life she’s ever known, and most of all, fight back against the scrabs, the earth-dwelling monsters that the world’s governments are trying to keep from rampaging cities and towns. So when an opportunity arises for Clara to join an international fight squad, she jumps at the chance.

When Clara starts training with her teammates, however, she learns what fighting scrabs really means: sore muscles, exhaustion, and worst of all, death. They’re  unpredictable, violent, and terrifying. But as Clara gains confidence in her battle skills, she starts to realize scrabs might not be the biggest threat. The true monsters are the ones you least expect.

 

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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. 🙂

Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black

 

“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 at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black.  I know I’m probably the last person on the planet to get to it, but I just finally read the second book in The Folk of the Air series and after that ending, I really need to get the series finale in my hands.

 

THE QUEEN OF NOTHING by Holly Black

Publication Date:  November 19, 2019

 

From Goodreads:

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.

 

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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. 🙂

Can’t Wait Wednesday – LIFE AND LIMB by Jennifer Roberson

 

“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 at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is LIFE AND LIMB by Jennifer Roberson.  I have been in such a rut with my fantasy reading for months now. Everything I read just feels like more of the same old, same old.  This book, however, caught my eye because it just sounds so different from any other fantasy series I’ve read.  It has bikers, cowboys, gods and goddesses, demons, the minotaur, and more. You name it, it’s in there!

 

LIFE AND LIMB by Jennifer Roberson

Publication Date:  November 5, 2019

 

From Netgalley

A biker and a cowboy must stop the apocalypse in the first book of the Blood and Bone modern western fantasy series.

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. —Baudelaire

He is, after all, the master of lies.  But is it lies when a man comes calling and says the End of Days is nearing?  That you must do everything within your power to stop it? Even when you have no powers. You are, after all, just a human.

Or do you have no powers? Are you just a human? And what the hell are you supposed to do about preventing hell-on-earth when you’re fresh out of prison, a biker ex-con who can’t even vote?

But the man who bears the message, the mission, is not a stranger shouting on a street corner while hoisting a sign promising death and damnation. He is someone you’ve known since boyhood, someone you trust implicitly. Someone who has never, ever lied to you. He’s Grandaddy.

But who is he really? And who are you? Are you truly a weapon meant to be wielded against the devil’s return? Against the End Times. The End of Days. Apocalypse and Armageddon.

Demons, Grandaddy says, are now loosed upon the earth in the first spasms of a most unholy war. Demons inhabit and make real the beasts and characters of fiction, folklore, fairytales. Gods and goddesses walk the earth. The minotaur. Murderers. A horseman without his head. Myth becomes reality. Legends—and lies—are truths.

And maybe the man you’ve always trusted isn’t entirely human.

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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. 🙂

Can’t Wait Wednesday – ALL THE BAD APPLES by Moira Fowley-Doyle

 

“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 at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is ALL THE BAD APPLES by Moira Fowley-Doyle.  I love to read books that feature topics that are very timely, and the fact that this topic is also controversial leads me to believe this is going to be a powerful story.  I’ve not read anything by this author before either so I’m looking forward to giving her book a try.

 

ALL THE BAD APPLES by Moira Fowley-Doyle

Publication Date:  August 27, 2019

 

 

From Netgalley

Unflinching and gorgeously written, this feminist novel is important, timely, and a compulsive read. From the highly acclaimed author of the beloved The Accident Season comes an epic breakout novel examining the very topical and controversial issue of women’s sexual and reproductive rights, which has never been higher on the public’s radar. 

When Deena’s wild older sister Mandy goes missing, presumed dead, Deena refuses to believe it’s true. Especially when letters start arriving–letters from Mandy–which proclaim that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions but a curse, handed down to women from generation to generation. Mandy’s gone to find the root of the curse before it’s too late for Deena. But is the curse even real? And is Mandy still alive? Deena’s desperate, cross-country search for her beloved sister–guided only by the notes that mysteriously appear at each destination, leading her to former Magdalene laundry sites and more–is a love letter to women and a heartbreaking cathartic journey.

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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 Socially Awkward Book Characters

 

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 Character Freebie (any topic you want that deals with book characters!).  I decided to focus on some of my favorite characters in literature, my socially awkward little cinnamon rolls.  Every time I come across a character who is super awkward around others, I feel a sense of kinship with them.  I love these characters because they reinforce to me that I’m not alone in my awkwardness.

 

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My Top Ten Favorite Socially Awkward Book Characters

 

1, NINA HILL from The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

Nina is my new favorite socially awkward character.  She’s an introvert who prefers the company of books and her cat Phil over people and I fell in love with her when I read this book recently.

I actually have a giveaway running for this book if you’re interested in meeting Nina. Check it out HERE.

 

2, NEVILLE LONGBOTTOM from the Harry Potter series

Neville, especially in the early books in the series, is just the sweetest, most awkward little bean.

I always wanted to wrap him in bubble wrap to protect him from bullies like Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle.

 

3, OVE from A Man Called Ove

Ove has no idea whatsoever how to relate to people.  He’s just so grumpy and awkward that it’s actually endearing.

 

4, KHAI DIEP from The Bride Test

Khai Diep is adorable but his autism makes it so hard for him to process emotions

and to relate to other people, especially women.  Thank goodness he has Esme to show him the way.

 

5, CHARLOTTE GORMAN from The Accidental Beauty Queen

Charlotte is another bookish girl after my own heart.  She may be the accidental beauty queen,

but she is also the queen of awkward encounters, especially when it comes to members of the opposite sex.

 

6. CATH AVERY from Fangirl

Fanfiction and online life is so much easier than dealing with real people,

or that’s what Cath Avery thinks anyway and I kind of have to agree with her.

 

7. LARA JEAN from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Lara Jean’s anxious, especially around boys she likes

and most especially when embarrassing things happen to her. So very relatable.

 

8. BIRDIE LINDBERG from Serious Moonlight

Raised somewhat isolated and homeschooled, Birdie has not been well educated in the fine arts of how to interact with people.

She gets bonus points for being the one who wants to expand her own horizons and learn how to better relate to people by getting her first job.

 

9. RISHI PATEL from When Dimple Met Rishi

Rishi is a hopeless romantic and just so ridiculously adorable in his awkwardness.  He’s another sweet boy that I just wanted to wrap

in bubble wrap to protect him from the wrath of Dimple.  He was just so clueless about her that I seriously thought she was going to hurt him, lol.

 

10. SIMON SPIERS from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Okay, so maybe Simon isn’t as awkward as some of the other picks on my list,

but he definitely has some awkward moments as he and Blue are getting to know each other.

 

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Who are some of your favorite socially awkward characters?