Lisa’s Looking Foward To #16 – June 4th, 2019

May 29, 2019 Uncategorized 12

Back to joining up with the Waiting on Wednesday Posts, and the Can’t
Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  Now, there are a LOT of books on my list for next Tuesday, so sit back and get ready to scroll!

From my ARC list for June 4th:

Love the cover and the blurb below!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Perfect for fans of
Jenny Han and Sarah Mlynowski, this heartfelt and humorous contemporary
take on Sense and Sensibility follows two sisters—complete opposites—who
discover the secrets they’ve been keeping make them more alike than
they’d realized.

For two sisters as different as Plum and
Ginny, getting on each other’s nerves is par for the course. But when
the family’s finances hit a snag, sending chaos through the house in a
way only characters from a Jane Austen novel could understand, the two
drift apart like they never have before. Plum, a self-described social
outcast, strikes up a secret friendship with the class jock, while
Ginny’s usual high-strung nature escalates to pure hysterics.

But
this has always been the sisters’ dynamic. So why does everything feel
different this year? Maybe because Ginny is going to leave for college
soon. Maybe because Plum finally has something that she doesn’t have to
share with her self-involved older sister. Or maybe because the girls
are forced to examine who they really are instead of who their late
father said they were. And who each girl discovers—beneath the years of
missing their dad—could either bring them closer together…or drive them
further apart.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE




Sounds like a great #ownvoices type of story.


Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Katsuyamas never
quit—but seventeen-year-old CJ doesn’t even know where to start. She’s
never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition, and she’s perfectly happy
just helping her aunt, Hannah, at their family’s flower shop.

She
doesn’t buy into Hannah’s romantic ideas about flowers and their hidden
meanings, but when it comes to arranging the perfect bouquet, CJ
discovers a knack she never knew she had. A skill she might even be
proud of.

Then her mom decides to sell the shop—to the family who
swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were
sent to internment camps during WWII. Soon a rift threatens to splinter
CJ’s family, friends, and their entire Northern California community;
and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.



So, I really enjoyed the first two in the series.  I guess they did not make an ARC for the third, so I didn’t get one.  Plus as I’ve mentioned before, my Disney contact has moved to another publisher, and so I no longer have anyone to contact there anyway.  I don’t know that I like this cover as much as I did the first two:  Royal Bastards and City of Bastards.


Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A year has passed since
the fall of Lightspire. The Inquisitor Miles Hampstedt has usurped the
throne and rules Noveris with a blood-soaked iron fist. Tilla and her
friends have become hardened rebels in the Unbroken, a band of guerilla
fighters hiding out in the fringes of the Kingdom. Tilla is plagued with
doubt and regret; Lyriana struggles with the burdens of being a
fugitive Queen; Zell atones for his guilt by killing for the cause. And
even as they all fight, they know their cause is doomed, that with very
passing day Miles’ power grows, his army of Bloodmages spreading to
cover the continent.

Then a raid on an outpost produces two
unexpected prisoners: Lord Elric Kent himself, now a prisoner obsessed
with revenge, and Syan See, a strange girl from the Red Wastes. Tilla
struggles with the emotional weight of confronting her father, but it’s
Syan that offers the true revelation. She demonstrates a new incredible
kind of magic, and speaks of a secret civilization hidden in isolation
in the mysterious Wastes. With Miles’ forces closing in, Tilla and her
friends (alongside a hostage Lord Kent) set out to make contact with
Syan’s people, to make an pact that could turn the war. The journey will
test their character, forge unlikely alliances, reveal the horrifying
true nature of magic, and set in motion a battle that will determine the
fate of Noveris itself.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.  

Love that cover!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:


Critically-acclaimed
author Leah Thomas blends a small-town setting with the secrets of a
long-ago crime, in a compelling novel about breaking free from the past.

In
Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence’s name is inseparable from the brutal
murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to
town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym . . . or face the
lingering anger of Samsboro’s citizens, who refuse to forget the crime.

Gus
Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. A Samsboro
native, he’s either known as the “disabled kid” because of his cerebral
palsy, or as the kid whose dad was murdered. Gus just wants to be known
as himself.

When Gus meets Kalyn, her frankness is refreshing,
and they form a deep friendship. Until their families’ pasts emerge. And
when the accepted version of the truth is questioned, Kalyn and Gus are
caught in the center of a national uproar. Can they break free from a
legacy of inherited lies and chart their own paths forward?

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Love the cover, love the blurb!  I’ve been seeing this around the blogosphere a lot lately, wishing I’d had time to get to it.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Selah has waited her
whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader
of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner
who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally
come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her
closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable
solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of
potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she
shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the
fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne,
Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s
schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her
voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

I have an ARC of this one, will be reading or am reading it as this is posted.  Will post a review probably right before pub date.
Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Five friends cursed. Five deadly fates. Five nights of retribución.

If
Lupe Dávila and Javier Utierre can survive each other’s company,
together they can solve a series of grisly murders sweeping though
Puerto Rico. But the clues lead them out of the real world and into the
realm of myths and legends. And if they want to catch the killer,
they’ll have to step into the shadows to see what’s lurking
there—murderer, or monster?

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

I won an ARC of this from Bookish First, and by the time this post actually goes live, I will have read it.  My review will be sometime over the next few days!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

From Danielle Vega,
YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark
family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that
evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Hendricks
Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her.
With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her
parents moved her to has much to offer her in terms of excitement. She
plans on laying low, but when she’s suddenly welcomed into the popular
crowd at school, things don’t go as expected.

Hendricks learns
from her new friends that the fixer-upper her parents are so excited
about is notorious in town. Local legend says it’s haunted. Hendricks
doesn’t believe it. Until she’s forced to. Blood-curdling screams erupt
from the basement, her little brother wakes up covered in scratches, and
something, or someone pushes her dad down the stairs. With help from
the mysterious boy next door, Hendricks makes it her mission to take
down the ghosts . . . if they don’t take her first.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Sounds like a cute romance kind of story.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Modern love plus online anonymity is a recipe for romantic disaster in this lighthearted new romance from the author of The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love.

How bad can one little virtual lie be?

NYU
freshman Mariam Vakilian hasn’t dated anyone in five months, not since
her high school sweetheart Caleb broke up with her. So, when she decides
to take advantage of an expiring coupon and try out a new virtual
reality dating service, it’s sort of a big deal.

It’s an even
bigger deal when it chooses as one of her three matches none other than
Caleb himself. That has to be a sign, right?

Except that her other match, Jeremy, just happens to be her new best friend IRL.

Mariam’s
heart is telling her one thing, but the app is telling her another. So,
which should she trust? Is all fair in modern love?

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

So the former science teacher in me just loves the cover. And it sounds like a fun read!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A fun, witty, light-hearted romantic comedy―The Rosie Project, for teens

Seventeen-year-old
Amalia Yaabez and Ezra Holtz couldn’t be more different. They’ve known
(and avoided) each other their whole lives; she unable to stand his
buttoned-up, arrogant, perfect disposition, and he unwilling to deal
with her slacker, rule-breaking way of moving through the world.

When
they are unhappily paired on an AP Psychology project, they come across
an old psychological study that posits that anyone can fall in love
with anyone, if you put them through the right scientific, psychological
steps. They decide to put that theory to the test for their project,
matching couples from different walks of high school life to see if
science really can create love.

As they go through the whirlwind
of the experiment, Ezra and Amalia realize that maybe it’s not just the
couples they matched who are falling for each other . . .

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.  

Beautiful cover, and I like the library aspect of it.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

All sorcerers are evil.
Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a
foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up
among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves
and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into
grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden,
charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act
of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s
desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn
from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but
her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious
demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old
conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the
world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows
stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been
taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about
herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future
she could never have imagined.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I’ve got an e-galley of this one to read, and it sounds really good!  I should be posting my review of it on it’s release date.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

High school finally
behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first
she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins
spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates
that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets
are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner,
which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss
advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie
dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t
make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking
competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so
Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come
out on top?

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

Final Thoughts:
 Several that I have copies of to read ahead.  One that I wish I did.  I left off one that has been a big controversial title and that the publication was cancelled on, although I heard it is now back on.  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. The US only giveaway is open till Friday at midnight.

12 Responses to “Lisa’s Looking Foward To #16 – June 4th, 2019”

  1. Reese's Reviews

    I have Royal Bastards on my Kindle, but I've yet to read it. The rest of the books listed seem very fun. I'm trying to be good this year and not buy willy nilly nor add a bunch of books to my tbr pile. Hope you get to read all of these.

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

    • Lisa Mandina

      I don't actually have these, they're just on my Goodreads TBR. If I don't get to them, it's okay. With moving this month, I can't be buying a bunch either! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Samantha@WLABB

    Ordinary Girls was so good! I 5-starred it. I enjoyed every second of that book. I was so excited to get approved for Tash's new book, just to find out that it was a PDF. I don't know if I have the mental capacity to kill myself reading a PDF.

  3. Olivia's Catastrophe

    I am SO excited for Sorcery of Thorns because I adored An Enchantment of Ravens when it came out. And I also really liked Let's Talk About Love so I am looking forward to this next Claire Kann book 😀

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