Lisa’s Looking Forward To #33 – October 8th, 2019

Posted October 2, 2019 by Lisa Mandina in LLFT / 16 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 ton of books out next week that I’m excited for, although a few less than last week.

From my ARC list for October 8th, 2019:

I’ve got this ARC sitting on my shelf. Hoped to have it read before now, but not yet.  Maybe in time for next week?  If I put it ahead of books that have now been published?

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

New York Times
bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and
romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide
in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the
dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides
her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in
Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six
other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from
the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She
soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour
des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic
Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the
convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her
attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the
shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are
discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New
Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one
Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the
young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go
unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers
something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures
of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected
simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a
thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on
her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

Sounds like a kick-ass female protagonist story!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Jessie Archer is a
member of the Athena Protocol, an elite organization of female spies who
enact vigilante justice around the world.

Athena operatives are
never supposed to shoot to kill—so when Jessie can’t stop herself from
pulling the trigger, she gets kicked out of the organization, right
before a huge mission to take down a human trafficker in Belgrade.

needs to right her wrong and prove herself, so she starts her own
investigation into the trafficking. But going rogue means she has no one
to watch her back as she delves into the horrors she uncovers.
Meanwhile, her former teammates have been ordered to bring her down.
Jessie must face danger from all sides if she’s to complete her
mission—and survive.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

I love that cover, and it sounds really like a cute story.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

In this
poignant, funny, and romantic novel, four nights of epic partying will
see two teens through their highest highs and lowest lows over the
course of one unforgettable year. Perfect for fans of Gayle Forman and
Mary H.K. Choi!

Tucker knows that some
relationships take work. With his best friend, Bobby, and his mom,
everything is simple, steady. His dad, on the other hand, seems to only
show up when he wants to bring Tucker down. Then there’s Erika Green,
who comes back into his life, stirring up old feelings. A small part of
him knows he shouldn’t get too attached during senior year. But a bigger
part doesn’t want her to disappear again.

from before the video loved to shock people. Now, she just wants to
hole up in her quiet college life and leave the past where it belongs—in
a dumpster fire. But then she reconnects with Tucker Campanelli. Erika
can’t explain what it is about him. There’s just this undeniable
connection between them, and she really doesn’t want to lose that
feeling. Not yet.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

Haven’t read this author, but this sounds like it could be good!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:


Jennifer Donaldson is back with another twisted thriller perfect for fans of One of Us Is Lying and Gone Girl.

Zahra Gaines is missing.

three long years away, Ruthie Hayden arrives in her hometown of
Anchorage, Alaska to this devastating news. Zahra was Ruthie’s best
friend–the only person who ever really understood her–and she vows to
do whatever it takes to find her.

Zahra vanished from a party
just days before Ruthie’s return, but the more people she talks to, the
more she realizes that the Zahra she knew disappeared long before that
fateful night. Gone is the whimsical, artistic girl who loved books and
knew Ruthie’s every secret. In her place is an athlete, a partier, a
girl with secrets of her own. Darker still are the rumors that something
happened to Zahra while Ruthie was gone, something that changed her

As Ruthie desperately tries to piece together the
truth, she falls deeper and deeper into her friend’s new world, circling
closer to a dangerous revelation about what Zahra experienced in the
days before her disappearance–one that might be better off buried.

her stunning follow-up to Lies You Never Told Me, Jennifer Donaldson
once again delivers a propulsive thriller with a masterful twist,
skillfully creating a world where nothing is quite as it seems.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

How is already time for this one and I haven’t read it yet!  I do have an ARC, and actually I’ll read this before I get to The Beautiful

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with The Burning Shadow, the steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.

Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the
world of the Lux―only to discover that she was already far more
involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the
Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s
memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something
happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell
her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is―and who she was.
But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the
center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful,
extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie
falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or
to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while,
a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the
government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that
changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at
its breaking point.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

I loved the movie Clue, so I’m always interested in things that might be like that.  Like this. Quick update, I got the ARC of this yesterday in the mail, only I’m so backed up with review books I know I won’t be able to get to it before pub date.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A murderer could be around every corner in this thrilling YA trilogy based on the board game CLUE!

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school
nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students—including Beth
“Peacock” Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam “Mustard” Maestor,
Finn Plum, and Scarlet Mistry—are left stranded on campus with their
headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory and it’s
very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who
are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has
a motive for murder. Fans of the CLUE board game and cult classic film
will delight in Diana Peterfreund’s modern reimagining of the brand, its
characters, and the dark, magnificent old mansion with secrets hidden
within its walls.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE 

I always enjoy a historical fiction book that is from different times than all the usual stories, and this sounds like it for sure. 

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Orpha is imprisoned for crimes she did not commit,
and harboring a terrible secret about her abuser, but an unusual
invitation from Charles Dickens to live in a home for fallen women
offers hope.

From the infamous Tothill prison, Orpha is haunted by
recurring flashbacks of sexual abuse, neglect, exploitation, and the
horrors of a Victorian workhouse, but she refuses to be crushed. Her
heartbreaking yet inspiring story tells of the resilience and courage
needed to make a new life for herself against all odds with the support
of the amazing women of Urania cottage and the help of famous author
Charles Dickens.

Fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Fever 1793, Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, and Katherine Paterson’s Lyddie
will enjoy this riveting historical fiction title. Schwartz’s powerful
prose speaks to the terrible things Orpha has endured yet celebrates the
emotional and intellectual powers of young women.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Again, you know I love a retelling. Although I do still need to see the first Malificent movie.  But Holly Black is a great author, so that grabs me right there!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

From New York Times
bestselling author Holly Black comes a captivating original novel set
between Disney’s Maleficent and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, in which
newly-queened Aurora struggles to be the best leader to both the humans
and Fair Folk under her reign; her beau, Prince Phillip, longs to get to
know Aurora and her kingdom better; and Maleficent has trouble letting
go of the past.

 Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.


Final Thoughts:
I’ve got two of these as ARCs this week, and still a bit behind as I mentioned.  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. 

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16 responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #33 – October 8th, 2019

  1. I'm curious about the CLUE trilogy and of course everyone seems to be reading The Beautiful. I would like to read the Armentrout series but think I need to read the original series first. I read the first one so long ago I've forgotten almost everything. And for some reason Among the Fallen is sounding like something I'd like to read, even though I normally wouldn't gravitate toward it. Great books this week. Hope you find time for all of them soon!

  2. I want to scream about Our Year in Love and Parties, because I loved it so much. I started it, and could not stop. I do wish the ending had been more definitive, but I so enjoyed every second of the book.

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