Lisa’s Looking Foward To #17 – June 11th, 2019

Posted June 5, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in / 28 Comments

Back to joining up with the Waiting on Wednesday Posts, and the Can’t
Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  Once again there are a lot of books on the list for next Tuesday, not as many as last week, but still, so sit back and get ready to scroll!

From my ARC list for June 11th:

Gotta love the cover, and it’s a topic that I often read.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Izzy O’Neill is an
aspiring comic, an impoverished orphan, and a Slut Extraordinaire. Or at
least, that’s what the malicious website flying round the school says.
Izzy can try all she wants to laugh it off – after all, her sex life,
her terms – but when pictures emerge of her doing the dirty with a
politician’s son, her life suddenly becomes the centre of a national
scandal. Izzy’s never been ashamed of herself before, and she’s not
going to start now. But keeping her head up will take everything she

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

There seem to be a lot of Joan of Arc retellings or stories out there this year.  But if you have followed me for a while, you know I like that kind of stuff.  Also, it’s done in verse, so that sounds unique as well.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

The Language of Fire
is a lyrical, dark, and moving look at the life of Joan of Arc, who as a
teen girl in the fifteenth century commanded an army and helped crown a
king of France.

This extraordinary verse novel from
award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill dares to imagine how an ordinary
girl became a great leader, and ultimately saved a nation.

was an illiterate peasant, never quite at home among her siblings and
peers. Until one day, she hears a voice call to her, telling her she is
destined for important things. She begins to understand that she has
been called by God, chosen for a higher purpose—to save France.

sheer determination and incredible courage, Jehanne becomes the
unlikeliest of heroes. She runs away from home, dresses in men’s
clothes, and convinces an army that she will lead France to victory.

a girl in a man’s world, at a time when women truly had no power,
Jehanne faced constant threats and violence from the men around her.
Despite the impossible odds, Jehanne became a fearless warrior who has
inspired generations.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Roth was probably my first JLA book boyfriend, and this series is in that world.  Also, JLA, that should be enough said.  I’m currently reading an e-galley, review should be this weekend.  I just wish I had a physical copy of the ARC.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Trinity Marrow may be going blind, but she can see and communicate with
ghosts and spirits. Her unique gift is part of a secret so dangerous
that she’s been in hiding for years in an isolated compound fiercely
guarded by Wardens—gargoyle shape-shifters who protect humankind from
demons. If the demons discover the truth about Trinity, they’ll devour
her, flesh and bone, to enhance their own powers.

When Wardens
from another clan arrive with disturbing reports that something out
there is killing both demons and Wardens, Trinity’s safe world implodes.
Not the least because one of the outsiders is the most annoying and
fascinating person she’s ever met. Zayne has secrets of his own that
will upend her world yet again—but working together becomes imperative
once demons breach the compound and Trinity’s secret comes to light. To
save her family and maybe the world, she’ll have to put her trust in
Zayne. But all bets are off as a supernatural war is unleashed…

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.  

As the blurb says, this is a perfect book for the time we are living in.  I can see it as one many of my students would connect with and enjoy.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

This stunning YA debut is a timely and heartfelt speculative narrative about healing, faith, and freedom.

Marisol has always dreamed of being American, learning what Americans
and the US are like from television and Mrs. Rosen, an elderly expat who
had employed Marisol’s mother as a maid. When she pictured an American
life for herself, she dreamed of a life like Aimee and Amber’s, the
title characters of her favorite American TV show. She never pictured
fleeing her home in El Salvador under threat of death and stealing
across the US border as “an illegal”, but after her brother is murdered
and her younger sister, Gabi’s, life is also placed in equal jeopardy,
she has no choice, especially because she knows everything is her fault.
If she had never fallen for the charms of a beautiful girl named
Liliana, Pablo might still be alive, her mother wouldn’t be in hiding
and she and Gabi wouldn’t have been caught crossing the border.

they have been caught and their asylum request will most certainly be
denied. With truly no options remaining, Marisol jumps at an unusual
opportunity to stay in the United States. She’s asked to become a grief
keeper, taking the grief of another into her own body to save a life.
It’s a risky, experimental study, but if it means Marisol can keep her
sister safe, she will risk anything. She just never imagined one of the
risks would be falling in love, a love that may even be powerful enough
to finally help her face her own crushing grief.

The Grief Keeper
is a tender tale that explores the heartbreak and consequences of when
both love and human beings are branded illegal.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Adorable cover!  Also sounds like a perfectly fun romance read.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A brand new romantic comedy from New York Times bestseller Tessa Bailey!

Castle’s family runs the best home renovation business in town, but she
picked balloons instead of blueprints and they haven’t taken her
seriously since. Frankly, she’s over it. Georgie loves planning
children’s birthday parties and making people laugh, just not at her own
expense. She’s determined to fix herself up into a Woman of the
World… whatever that means.

Phase one: new framework for her business (a website from this decade, perhaps?)

Phase two: a gut-reno on her wardrobe (fyi, leggings are pants.)

Phase three: updates to her exterior (do people still wax?)

Phase four: put herself on the market (and stop crushing on Travis Ford!)

her best life means facing the truth: Georgie hasn’t been on a date
since, well, ever. Nobody’s asking the town clown out for a night of hot
sex, that’s for sure. Maybe if people think she’s having a steamy love
affair, they’ll acknowledge she’s not just the “little sister” who
paints faces for a living. And who better to help demolish that image
than the resident sports star and tabloid favorite?

Travis Ford
was major league baseball’s hottest rookie when an injury ended his
career. Now he’s flipping houses to keep busy and trying to forget his
glory days. But he can’t even cross the street without someone recapping
his greatest hits. Or making a joke about his… bat. And then there’s
Georgie, his best friend’s sister, who is not a kid anymore. When she
proposes a wild scheme—that they pretend to date, to shock her family
and help him land a new job—he agrees. What’s the harm? It’s not like
it’s real. But the girl Travis used to tease is now a funny,
full-of-life woman and there’s nothing fake about how much he wants

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

This is a cool cover, sounds like it could be a good contemporary.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Honest and
full of heart, this clever contemporary romance debut deftly combines
utterly relatable family drama with all the sweetness and uncertainy
that comes with falling in love.

Rule #1: Don’t get attached.

lives by strict rules to survive her mother’s love life: Always keep
your eyes on the horizon and never get close to anyone connected to
Mom’s boyfriends.

But after they move in with Kevin, the latest
of her mom’s “soul mates,” the rules become increasingly difficult to
follow. Kevin’s daughter, Cammie, keeps acting like Amber’s friend, even
though she’s definitely not. And Jordan—star basketball player, hottest
boy in school, and Cammie’s best friend—keeps showing up at the most
inconvenient moments.

Amber has reasons for every one of her
rules, and following them is the only way to protect her heart when her
mom inevitably moves on. But as she spends more time with Kevin, his
daughter, and especially Jordan, she starts to wonder if the rules might
be worth breaking this time.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Rules We’re Meant to Break is a charming, heartachingly real story of family and young love by debut author Natalie Williamson.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Another adult romance that just sounds so good!  Now, personally, I never found Tom Hanks attractive, but I get the whole rom-com thing and why he is the one named in the title. 

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Can a romcom-obssessed
romantic finally experience the meet-cute she always dreamed of or will
reality never compare to fiction, in this charming debut adult novel
from Kerry Winfrey.

Annie is twenty-seven years old, single, and
obsessed with romantic comedies (she and her mother watched them
religiously, before her mom died). Her dating life is limited by the
expectations she’s formed from these movies. She is not as open to new
experiences as she might be, because she’s waiting for her Tom
Hanks–i.e., a guy she’ll find in the perfect, meet-cute romantic comedy
way. When Annie does finally meet her perfect match, it’s not quite in
the way she expected, and she’s forced to reckon with the walls she’s
built around herself over the years.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:
Only one that I actually have this week already. Two adult romances that sound good too.   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, and this week I added some 2019 ARCs that can be one of your two choices.

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28 responses to “Lisa’s Looking Foward To #17 – June 11th, 2019

  1. I really want to read the Tom Hanks book. I grew up watching his rom-coms and I think this sounds like such a fun spin. Some great books here this week!

  2. I am reading both Tom Hanks and Fix Her Up this week. Reviews are all over the place for Tom Hanks, but I am hoping it works for me, as I have enjoyed Winfrey's humor in her past YA books. I really enjoyed Rules We're Meant to Break. Lots of sweet and heartwarming moments, and the dog lives!!!

  3. So many awesome WOW picks Lisa! I enjoyed Storm and Fury. JLA is an auto-buy author for me! Fix Her Up looks good, and I enjoy Tessa Bailey. Rules We're Meant to Break sounds like a book that I'd really enjoy. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  4. I love the cover on the exact opposite of okay. So colorful and beautiful. Fix her up looks like a fun book to read too 🙂

  5. OOOHHH you have some good ones!! I've very excited about the next JLA book. I enjoyed the first series so I'm excited for the spin-off. Thank you for sharing!! I sadly am trying to not look at too many of the upcoming books since I'm not supposed to be buying books this year.

    Sharrice @Reese's Reviews

  6. Thanks for popping to my blog last week, I apologise to coming by late! I found your comment in pending! For some reason it happens with blogspot users – sorry!

    Storm and Fury looks and sounds good to me! I am pinning that so I don't forget 🙂 xx

  7. The Exact Opposite of Okay sounds so intriguing to me! I really want to try it. And I'm gonna go check out your review for Storm and Fury. I also the sound of Waiting for Tom Hanks. Great collection of books to look forward to :3

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