Lisa’s Looking Foward To #8 – March 19th, 2019

Posted March 13, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in / 8 Comments

This is going to be the first week I do this on a Wednesday, and hopefully join in with the Waiting on Wednesday Posts, and the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  There are quite a few books coming out next week that I’ve got listed in my planner. So here we go!

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this one, so keep your eyes open for my review later this week!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
The Girls of
Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their
report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl
boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from “Growing
a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden” to “Art Appreciation” and “Interior
Design.” The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is
the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current
events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance.
Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence
may not be quite as it appears.

As Mena and her friends begin to
uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they
really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly
capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest
thorns.

This one is getting a lot of good reviews I hear.  I also really enjoyed the other book I read by this author, Love, Hate, and Other Filters.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Rebellions are built on hope.

Set
in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla
Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim
American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also
trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an
unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom,
leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his
guards.

Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today.

I’ve already read this one and really enjoyed it.  You can check out my review HERE.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Every year for the past
fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious
letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed
scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University. Every year, the poorer
residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier
look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens
it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are
created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of
Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged
into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing
more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall
prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a
cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the
future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship
competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don
disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the
scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t
know her place. And not everyone survives the maze. 

Cool cover, synopsis sounds good.  Maybe I’ll get to read it some day!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Seductive. Cruel. Bored
Be wary of…

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful,
unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until
they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid
emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will
stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then
entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies’
otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk
everything in order to reclaim their freedom. 

Sounds like a unique type of story.  Again, maybe I’ll get the chance some day!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Told through the lens
of a guy in love with the cosmos (and maybe two girls), The Universal
Laws of Marco explores the complicated histories that bring us together
and tear us apart.

In the summer before eighth grade, Marco Suarez kissed his best friend Sally Blake. This was his first spark.

And
since then, whenever he’s thought about that moment, he’s traveled
through a wormhole—of sorts—to relive those brief seconds when time sped
up (or, rather, his view of time distorted) and he kissed her.

And
then, at the end of that year, she disappeared, leaving in that way
that people sometimes leave—alive and well and somewhere out there but
gone, nonetheless. She never even said why.

And now in their
senior year, Sally unexpectedly returns and Marco is shaken. Still, he
holds tightly to his carefully choreographed life. A life that is full
of reasons why first sparks don’t matter:

Reason 1: He has a girlfriend. Her name is Erika Richards.
Reason 2: He’s leaving on a full scholarship to college.
Reason 3: He’s busy with his friends and making money to help support his family.

But
as Marco navigates the final days of high school, he learns that
leaving home is never easy and a first spark is hard to ignore. 

I wish I’d had time to join in to a blog tour I think I saw for this one.  I just don’t have time to add it into my TBR in time.  But it does sound like a good science fiction story.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
In an all-too-plausible
future where corporate conglomerates have left the world’s governments
in shambles, anyone with means has left the polluted Earth for the
promise of a better life on a SpaceTech owned colony among the stars.

Maité
Martinez is the daughter of an Earther Latina and a powerful Aunare
man, an alien race that SpaceTech sees as a threat to their dominion.
When tensions turn violent, Maité finds herself trapped on Earth and
forced into hiding.

For over ten years, Maité has stayed hidden, but every minute Maité stays on Earth is one closer to getting caught.

She’s
lived on the streets. Gone hungry. And found a way to fight through it
all. But one night, while waitressing in a greasy diner, a customer gets
handsy with her. She reacts without thinking.

Covered in blood, Maité runs, but it’s not long before SpaceTech finds her…

Arrested
and forced into dangerous work detail on a volcano planet, Maité waits
for SpaceTech to make their move against the Aunare. She knows that if
she can’t somehow find a way to stop them, there will be an interstellar
war big enough to end all life in the universe.

There’s only one question: Can Maité prevent the total annihilation of humanity without getting herself killed in the process?

Final Thoughts:
Quite a few books come out next week.  A couple I liked, a few I wish I could read soon!  How about you?  Have you read any of these yet?  Are they on your TBR?  And hey, while you’re here, you should go try to win some of my ARCs from Clearing My Shelf HERE.     

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8 responses to “Lisa’s Looking Foward To #8 – March 19th, 2019

  1. Oh my god all these books look so good! So many books, so little time. I had no idea these were coming out next week, thank you for featuring them! In the future, could you add a link to Goodreads?

    My WoW

  2. Internment and Off Planet both look really good to me! To The Best of Boys is one I have been seeing all over the book blogger community lately 😀 I can't wait to read your review of the Suzanne Young book because that intrigues me too.

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