Lisa’s Looking Forward To #29 – September 10th, 2019

September 4, 2019 LLFT 32

Back to joining up with the Waiting on Wednesday Posts, and the Can’t
Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  There are a ton of books out next week that I’m excited for!

From my ARC list for September 10th, 2019:

Now this one was actually published a few years ago I think, but is getting a wide-release or bigger release, actually on the 6th, not the 10th.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Ebba has never even seen the sun but now must reunite four sacred amulets to save the earth from destruction.

On
the brink of execution, 16 year old Ebba den Eeden is unexpectedly
elevated from the bunker deep in Africa’s Table Mountain where she has
lived all her life, believing–as do all the other teenagers who toil
daily to make their food and power the bunker–that the world “Above” is
uninhabitable due to a nuclear holocaust. Instead, she is heiress to a
massive fortune—one that everyone wants to control. While dealing with
the machinations of the High Priest, his handsome son Hal, and the rules
and regulations of a society and religion she doesn’t understand, she
must also try and save her three friends, still stuck in the bunker and
facing execution any day.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE
 

Now this is another book that was actually already published, this one in 2018, but guess it’s maybe getting a pick up?

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

At a time of
national upheaval in Zimbabwe, an unlikely friendship illuminates the
power of hope and the possibility to heal–in the face of tragedies
beyond any teen’s control.

For fifteen-year-old Shamiso,
struggling with grief and bewilderment following her father’s death,
hope is nothing but a leap into darkness.

For Tanyaradzwa, whose life has been turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis, hope is the only reason to keep fighting.

As
the two of them form an unlikely friendship, Shamiso begins to confront
her terrible fear of loss. In getting close to another person,
particularly someone who’s ill, isn’t she just opening herself up to
more pain? And underpinning it all – what did happen to her father, the
night of that strange and implausible car crash?

Rutendo Tavengerwei’s extraordinary debut takes an honest look at hope, and the grit and courage it can take to hang on to it.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Not the hugest fan of the cover, but the story sounds unique enough.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Pet is here to hunt a monster.
Are you brave enough to look?

There
are no more monsters anymore, or so the children in the city of Lucille
are taught. With doting parents and a best friend named Redemption, Jam
has grown up with this lesson all her life. But when she meets Pet, a
creature made of horns and colours and claws, who emerges from one of
her mother’s paintings and a drop of Jam’s blood, she must reconsider
what she’s been told. Pet has come to hunt a monster, and the shadow of
something grim lurks in Redemption’s house. Jam must fight not only to
protect her best friend, but also to uncover the truth, and the answer
to the question-How do you save the world from monsters if no one will
admit they exist?

In their riveting and timely young adult debut,
acclaimed novelist Akwaeke Emezi asks difficult questions about what
choices a young person can make when the adults around them are in
denial.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

I want to see the musical this is based on, but until I can get the opportunity, the book might be good as well!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

 


An honest, laugh-out-loud, feel-good novel inspired by the hit Broadway musical

The Prom

–a

New York Times

Critic’s Pick!

Seventeen-year-old Emma Nolan wants only one thing before
she graduates: to dance with her girlfriend at the senior prom. But in
her small town of Edgewater, Indiana, that’s like asking for the moon.

Alyssa
Greene is her high school’s “it” girl: popular, head of the student
council, and daughter of the PTA president. She also has a secret. She’s
been dating Emma for the last year and a half.

When word gets
out that Emma plans to bring a girl as her date, it stirs a
community-wide uproar that spirals out of control. Now, the PTA, led by
Alyssa’s mother, is threatening to cancel the prom altogether.

Enter
Barry Glickman and Dee Dee Allen, two Broadway has-beens who see Emma’s
story as the perfect opportunity to restore their place in the
limelight. But when they arrive in Indiana to fight on Emma’s behalf,
their good intentions go quickly south.

Between Emma facing the
fray head-on, Alyssa wavering about coming out, and Barry and Dee Dee
basking in all the attention, it’s the perfect prom storm. Only when
this unlikely group comes together do they realize that love is always
worth fighting for.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

Sounds like a good #ownvoices story. And what a great cover!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

High school senior
Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find
themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and
their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when
it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank
falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo
Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll
pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks
it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating
maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or
himself–at all.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

That cover, right?  It sounds like a good new fantasy, and I always love when there can be some history in a fantasy!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Dark, gripping,
and utterly unique, this atmospheric historical fantasy from critically
acclaimed author Laura E. Weymouth is perfect for fans of The Hazel Wood and Caraval.

Violet
Sterling has spent the last seven years in exile, longing to return to
Burleigh House. One of the six great houses of England, Burleigh’s magic
kept both the countryside and Violet happy.

That is, until her father’s treason destroyed everything.

Now
she’s been given a chance to return home. But Burleigh isn’t what she
remembered. Wild with grief, Burleigh’s very soul is crying out in pain.
As its tormented magic ravages the countryside, Vi must decide how far
she’s willing to go to save her house—before her house destroys
everything she’s ever known.

A house left unchecked will lead to ruin.

But I will not let it ruin me.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE 

Now I think this is another one that came out last year, but it sounds good, and is being rereleased.  And of course the title gets me singing that song that makes me of course think of the movie The Breakfast Club.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to rise again…

The hilarious new heartbreaker from Mhairi McFarlane!

If
there’s one thing worse than being fired from the grottiest restaurant
in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with
someone else.

Reeling from the indignity of a double dumping on
the same day, Georgina snatches at the next job that she’s offered –
barmaid in a newly opened pub, which just so happens to run by the boy
she fell in love with at school: Lucas McCarthy. And whereas Georgina
(voted Most Likely to Succeed in her school yearbook) has done nothing
but dead-end jobs in the last twelve years, Lucas has not only grown
into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual
grown-up with a business and a dog along the way.

Meeting Lucas
again not only throws Georgina’s rackety present into sharp relief, but
also brings a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only
she knows the truth about what happened on the last day of school, and
why she’s allowed it to chase her all these years…

 Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

If you know me, you know I love a good circus type of story.  And when I was a little girl and used to go to the circus with my family, I always wanted to be a trapeze artist.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

How do you trust the ground when all you’ve known is flight?

In
this breathtaking debut, Leigh Ansell has created a compelling,
heartbreaking, and truly engaging story about a young girl used to
flying high only to be faced with living life with her two feet firmly
on the ground . . .

Seventeen-year-old Corey Ryder can’t
remember a time when she wasn’t gliding through the air of Cirque
Mystique’s big top. As a trapeze artist in a traveling circus, Corey
wakes up every day in a different place, buzzing for the moment she can
suspend gravity during the night’s performance.

When the circus
pulls into small-town Sherwood, California, everything seems
normal—aside from meeting the exceptionally cute Luke Everett at a local
diner. But that night, in the midst of the performance, tragedy strikes
and flames overtake the tent. While Corey narrowly escapes, in the
ashes of the circus pitch lies the only home she’s ever known.

Repeatedly
thrown out of her comfort zone, Corey must learn how to push toward her
future without forgetting her past, what it means to be a daughter to a
mother she’s never known, and how to navigate the confusing magic of
first love, even as she performs the high-wire act of being true to who
you really are.

 Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

  

Final Thoughts:
Not as many as the first week of September, but still a lot!  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, there are even some 2019 ARCs that can be one of your two choices. 

AND!  You can help me celebrate my 10th blogoversary too!  Yep, you read that right, Lisa Loves Literature has been alive and kicking for 10 years now!  Go HERE and enter for more prizes! 

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32 Responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #29 – September 10th, 2019”

  1. Barb

    Way too many good books coming out in the next few months. I'm super excited for Pet. Hope you find some new faves here.

  2. Danielle H.

    I read and loved Frankly in Love, from the humor to the clash of cultures. The characters are so well done too and one secondary character I'm hoping will have his own book someday because I just want to hug him still.

  3. Samantha@WLABB

    I read Trapeze, and I liked it, but I think I might have liked it more had the ending been stronger for me. I am reading Don't You Forget About Me as we speak, and I am enjoying it. I really want the part with the guy for her past to get going already though. I can't wait to read Frankly in Love. It's one of my most anticipated books, so obviously, I didn't get a review copy. I think the library will have it though.

  4. Greg

    Congrats on 10 years!! Awesome! And Don't You Forget About Me totally makes me think of that song too. 🙂

    Thousand steps sounds quite interesting.

  5. Verushka

    oooh, I am liking this list — a whole heap I don't know, so I am looking forward to your reviews! The Prom in particular sounds so good

  6. Literary Feline

    So many great sounding books! A Treason of Thorns is one I am especially looking forward to. I hadn't heard of many of the others you mention, but I will have to check them out. Especially Trapeze and Pet. I hope you enjoy all of these if you read them! Have a wonderful weekend, Lisa.

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