Lisa’s Looking Forward To #10 – April 2nd, 2019

Posted March 27, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in / 14 Comments

Third week I’m posting this on a Wednesday, and
last week I did 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!

This one I was really excited for, and so disappointed to not ever get a physical ARC, but I did get the e-galley to read, so will post a review tomorrow actually! This was promoted as a type of Joan of Arc retelling, which is what grabbed me with my love of retellings.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths
entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints,
where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and
light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Between that amazing cover and the awesome synopsis below, how could I not want to read this one?

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.

the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds
herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but
she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered
founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every
doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.

Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the
Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin
fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep
this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was
promised and the town he swore to protect.

Ever since Harper
Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray
for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin
Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper
seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her
destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.

The Gray is
growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet
accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with
the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’
abilities—before the Gray devours them all. 

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

So, I love when we expand on stories of any characters, and of course I loved Aquaman, although that may have been because of Jason Momoa as opposed to the actual story itself.  And I do love the author as well.  I did get an ARC of this, but I guess it is more of a graphic novel than just a story, so I probably won’t end up reading it.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
From Danielle Paige, the New York Times best-selling author of Stealing Snow,
comes a Mera and Aquaman origin story that explores Mera’s first steps
on land as well as her first steps as a hero or a villain, forcing her
to choose to follow her heart or her mission to kill.

Mera is
teenage royalty, heir to the throne of Xebel, the other not-so-lost
colony under the sea. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown,
that of Atlantis. When the inhabitants of Xebel plot to overthrow their
homeland of Atlantis, Mera is sent to kill the heir to the throne,
Arthur Curry. As the unrest between their colonies grows, Mera and
Arthur unexpectedly fall in love…will Arthur Curry be the king at
Mera’s side in Atlantis, or will he die under her blade?

by Danielle Paige is an astonishing story that explores themes of duty,
love, heroism and freedom, all through the eyes of readers’ favorite
undersea royalty.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Not exactly sure why I added this one. Although it does sound humorous, and being on a college campus in the 90s is when I was there, so probably I thought I’d relate in some way.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
It’s the nineties, and
Tosh Livingston, straight-A student and superstar athlete, is living the
dream—he’s made it out of upstate New York and into the incoming
freshman class at Harvard University. But after an accident blows up his
basketball-playing hopes, he discovers a new purpose in life—to win the
frenzied competition for a spot on the staff of the Harvard Harpoon, the school’s legendary humor magazine.

with Lao, his pot-smoking roommate from China, their friend Meera, a
passive-aggressive science major from India, and Zippa, a Jamaican
student-activist with a flair for cartooning, Tosh finds that becoming a
member of the Harpoon is weirder and more dangerous than anyone
could have imagined. Success requires pushing themselves to their limits
and unearthing long-buried secrets that will rock their school and
change all of their lives forever.

With its whip-smart humor and fast-paced narrative, Around Harvard Square will appeal to readers of all ages interested in exploring the complicated roles that race and class play in higher education.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

This one just sounded really unique, and another cool cover!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
Katina King is the
reigning teen jujitsu champion of Northern California, but she’s having
trouble fighting off the secrets in her past.

Robin Thornton was
adopted from an orphanage in Kolkata, India and is reluctant to take on
his future. Since he knows nothing about his past, how is he supposed to
figure out what comes next?

Robin and Kat meet in the most
unlikely of places — a summer service trip to India to work with
survivors of human trafficking. As bonds blossom between the
travel-mates, Robin and Kat discover the healing superpowers of

At turns heart-wrenching, beautiful, and buoyant,
Mitali Perkins’ new novel explores the ripple effects of violence —
across borders and generations — and how small acts of heroism can break
the cycle.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

So, I loved Geekerella, you can read my review of that one HERE.  And I really want to read this one as well!  I mean if I had it in my hands, it would be the perfect read before Comicon this coming Saturday.  And I might be getting it through a trade, fingers crossed. 

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:
The Prince and the
Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming
young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling
author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on
an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from
being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem
is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing
more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this
year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess
together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the
Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must
trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than
done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new
romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As
these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue
themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to
live happily ever after.  

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:
a few books come out next week. I think as we get closer to summer, this is probably going to be the way.   Only got to read one, 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 Cleaning Up My TBR Post HERE.

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