Lisa’s Looking Foward To #21 – July 9th, 2019

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Back to joining up with the Waiting on Wednesday Posts, and the Can’t
Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  This week there are five on my list.

From my ARC list for July 9th:

I loved A Prom to Remember by this author, so I’m signed up to read and review this for a tour next week.  Look for my review to be posted a week from this Friday.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A teen girl starting at a new school is torn between long-held loyalties and a bright new love.

is really looking forward to college. She is ready to take charge of
her destiny and embrace some new experiences! Finding a hot guy to make
out with at her first ever college party seems like a great start . . .
until her best friend informs her that mystery guy is actually Carter
Schmitt, Paisley’s sworn enemy who basically ruined their lives in
middle school.

So much for new people and exciting new
experiences. Oh well. Paisley will just pretend he doesn’t exist. Of
course that would be easier if Carter, AKA her super-hot-sworn-enemy,
hadn’t ended up in three of her classes AND the same work study. Is it
too late to rethink this college thing?

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

This one sounds pretty unique!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Perfect for fans of
Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and A. S. King’s
Still Life with Tornado, this story of parallel time lines cleverly
explores how our choices can change and shape us–as well as the ways in
which choices don’t change the core of our being at all.

Chris Schweitzer takes a hit of whippets and passes out face first on
the cement, his nose isn’t the only thing that changes forever. Instead
of staying home with his friends for the last summer after high school,
he’s shipped off to live with his famous physicist but royal jerk of a
father to prove he can “play by the rules” before Dad will pay for

Or . . . not.

In an alternate time line, Chris’s
parents remain blissfully ignorant about the accident, and life at home
goes back to normal–until it doesn’t. A new spark between his two best
(straight) friends quickly turns Chris into a (gay) third wheel, and
even worse, the truth about the whippets incident starts to unravel. As
his summer explodes into a million messy pieces, Chris wonders how else
things might have gone. Is it possible to be jealous of another version
of yourself in an alternate reality that doesn’t even exist?

musings on fate, religion, parallel universes, and the best way to eat a
cinnamon roll, Me Myself & Him examines how what we consider to be
true is really just one part of the much (much) bigger picture.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

I won an ARC of this from Bookish First and hope to read and possibly get my review up this coming Sunday.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

It’s been eighteen
months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since
the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to
infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut
off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their
island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence,
where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the
cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it
means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the
fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story,
to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

Sounds like a really good story!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A dark, romantic YA
suspense novel with an SF edge and plenty of drama, layering the secrets
we keep and how appearances can deceive, from the New York Times
bestselling author.

In this tiny, terrifying town, the lost are
never found. When Araceli Flores Harper is sent to live with her
great-aunt Ottilie in her ramshackle Victorian home, the plan is simple.
She’ll buckle down and get ready for college. Life won’t be exciting,
but she’ll cope, right?

Wrong. From the start, things are very,
very wrong. Her great-aunt still leaves food for the husband who went
missing twenty years ago, and local businesses are plastered with
MISSING posters. There are unexplained lights in the woods and a
mysterious lab just beyond the city limits that the locals don’t talk
about. Ever. When she starts receiving mysterious letters that seem to
be coming from the past, she suspects someone of pranking her or trying
to drive her out of her mind. To solve these riddles and bring the lost
home again, Araceli must delve into a truly diabolical conspiracy, but
some secrets fight to stay buried…

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

This one sounds like a good romance.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

The only child of a
single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a
bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat
named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than
reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the
father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable
sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all
live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll
have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t
enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and
deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a
terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t
convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a
brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice
cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:
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.

26 Responses to “Lisa’s Looking Foward To #21 – July 9th, 2019”

  1. Literary Feline

    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is high on my list to read. I love the sound of it. I haven't heard of the others you mentioned, but I don't think I'll be able to resist them either! Especially Heartwood Box.

  2. Samantha@WLABB

    I LOVED Nina Hill. I inhaled that book. It was so fun and quirky and I adored it. I won the Sandy Hall book last night on Twitter, so fingers crossed we both like it. I think Hall is funny, so I am looking forward to it.

  3. Tammy Sparks

    I can't wait to read your review of Wilder Girls, I really want to read it. And I have a copy of Heartwood Box, I hope to get to it this month:-)

    • Lisa Mandina

      Not sure how my review of it is going to turn out. Right now I feel like it isn't blowing me away. Hopefully you'll really enjoy it! Thanks for visiting!

  4. Lindy Gomez

    I need to check out Me, Myself & Him because I love stories about parallel universes! It's interesting how each little decision we make shapes our lives, and then seeing how different choices would have lead to a different life. I love Ann Aguirre, and didn't know about Heartwood Box, so thanks for sharing! Great picks Lisa!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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