Lisa’s Looking Forward To #45 – January 21st, 2020

January 15, 2020 LLFT 12

Back to joining up with the Waiting on Wednesday Posts, and the Can’t
Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  Five books to share this week.

From my ARC list for January 21st, 2020:

I’ve heard such good things about this and my friend who works for Macmillan right now just sent me an ARC!  Hope to get to it soon.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A fresh,
irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we
take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the
opposite place you expected.

Meet Pepper, swim team
captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family
may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ―
mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life
while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack,
class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying
to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in
his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his
future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his
grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to
take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and
cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral
Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out
with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each
other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them??
― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals
can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward,
all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE

Sounds pretty original!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:


An Indie Next List Pick!

his first contemporary teen novel, critically acclaimed author and
two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of
societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the
complexity of what it means to be a “real man.”

Del has
had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their
junior year, she’s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an
opportunity at their church, Del’s right behind her. Though he quickly
realizes he’s inadvertently signed up for a Purity Pledge.

dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesn’t
believe any girl is worth the long game. But Del’s not about to lose his
dream girl, and that’s where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put
in the good word. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the
Pledgers’ questions…about sex ed.

With other boys circling Kiera
like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans,
he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want?
He can’t think about that too much, though, because once he gets the
girl, it’ll all sort itself out. Right?

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE. 

I’ve got an ARC of this that I got from the publisher at AASL, hope I get a chance to get to it soon!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

For readers of Robin Benway’s Far From the Tree, a powerful and heartwarming look at a teen girl about to age out of the foster care system.

Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if she’s learned one thing, it is to Pack. Light.
Carry only what fits in a suitcase.
Toothbrush? Yes.
Socks? Yes.
Emotional attachment to friends? foster families? a boyfriend? Nope!
There’s no room for any additional baggage.
has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year
before she’s free. One year to avoid anything–or anyone–that could get
in her way.

Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean.

And everything changes.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Still need to read the first one in this series, but now there’s another one out to maybe push me to get to it!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

In this utterly
gripping thriller, Sarah, the fearless heroine of Orphan Monster Spy,
hunts a rogue German doctor in West Africa who might be a serial

Still hiding in plain sight as “Ursula Haller,” the
Shirley Temple of Nazi high society, Sarah Goldstein gathers information
for Captain Floyd at parties, and when he learns of a German doctor who
went rogue in West Africa, she wants to help him hunt the doctor down.
Rumors say the doctor has discovered a tool of germ warfare known as
“the Bleeding” that could wipe out whole nations. The journey begins as a
thrilling adventure for Sarah but as they get closer to the doctor, and
see more effects of “the Bleeding” in the communities they pass
through, their trip turns from caper to nightmare. A biracial
German/Senegalese girl who travels with them, a black French priest with
a foul mouth, and the doctor’s glamorous daughter round out the cast of
this unbearably high-stakes thriller that pushes Sarah to face the
worst humanity is capable of–and challenges her to find reasons to keep

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Sounds kind of unique.  Love the cover as well!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Two teens, one stuck
atoning for her sins and one destined for heaven, fall in love in
purgatory in this darkly hilarious and heartfelt rom-com, perfect for
fans of The Good Place.

Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight
to hell. At least, that’s what she thinks. On her last day on Earth, she
ruined the life of the person she loves most–her little sister, Emmy.
So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an
airplane headed for a mysterious destination, she’s confused, to say the
least. Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: not
only is she in purgatory, but she has been chosen to join the Memory
Experience team. If she wants another shot at heaven, she’ll have to use
her master manipulation skills to help 5,000 souls suss out what’s
keeping them from moving on.

There’s just one slight problem.
Bea’s first assigned soul is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and
the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates. But as
much as Bea would love to see Caleb suffer for dooming her to a
seemingly endless future of listening to other people’s problems, she
can’t help but notice that he’s kind of cute, and sort of sweet, and
that maybe, despite her best efforts, she’s totally falling for him. And
to make matters worse, he’s definitely falling for her. Now, determined
to make the most of her time in purgatory, Bea must decide what is
truly worth dying for–romance or revenge.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:
Definitely more good books coming out this year.  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.

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12 Responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #45 – January 21st, 2020”

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yes, this book was soooooo cute! I don’t know about Bloglovin. I’m not a huge fan of Bloglovin’ these days, I’ve heard that they often will try to take content to say it is theirs originally? Wasn’t sure how many people used it either. But maybe!

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