Lisa’s Looking Forward To #47 – February 4th, 2020

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Once again I’ll be joining up with the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  There are a lot of books to share this week.

From my ARC list for February 4th, 2020:

So this one is by an author I like. I didn’t get an ARC of this, but I didn’t know for sure if I’d be able to fit it in. I hope to some day get to read it!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he’s the Guild’s most dangerous member and the Queen’s one and only assassin. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they’ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen’s Secret series.

Sound good?  Add to Goodreads HERE.

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this at the AASL conference back in November. I have it penciled into my calendar to read and review later this week, but I also have like three blog tours booked back to back this week, so that may not happen.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.

But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

A debut YA crime thriller as addictive as Serial and as page-turning as One of Us Is Lying.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Of course I love the cover of this and it sounds good. But I was very careful about asking for an advanced copy since I only gave her other book Mask of Shadows 3 stars.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I mean, that cover is beautiful. And it sounds a bit unique compared to what is out there these days.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin? 

But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love Elliot returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one that got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now, he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets. 

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Throwing an adult romance novel in here, one that sounds good! I haven’t read this author yet I don’t think but need to!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

“I bet you a kiss you can’t resist me.”

Game on
.

Rena Jackson is ready. She’s worked her tail off to open up her own hair salon, and she’s almost ready to quit her job at the dive bar. Rena’s also a diehard romantic, and she’s had her eye on bar regular Axel Heller for a while. He’s got that tall-dark-and-handsome thing going big time. Problem is, he’s got that buttoned-up Germanic ice man thing going as well. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Rena’s about ready to give up on Axel and find her own Mr. Right.

At six foot six, Axel knows he intimidates most people. He’s been crushing on the gorgeous waitress for months. But the muscled mechanic is no romantic, and his heart is buried so deep, he has no idea how to show Rena what he feels. He knows he’s way out of his depth and she’s slipping away. So, he makes one crazy, desperate play…

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

So I’ve been very interested in this one, but again, didn’t have an advanced copy to read, and didn’t really have time to fit it in either. But I’ll definitely be getting it for school!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny, and memorable story about the power of love and resistance. 

YES
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at allto almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

The cover is amazing just at first glance, but if you take a closer look there are so many different things on it that it makes me want to read it before even looking at the synopsis.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Another adult contemporary romance this week that sounds like one I need to check out.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Critically acclaimed author Mia Sosa delivers a sassy, steamy enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about a woman whose new job requires her to work side-by-side with the best man who ruined her wedding: her ex-fiancé’s infuriating, irritating, annoyingly handsome brother. Perfect for fans of Jasmine Guillory, Helen Hoang, and Sally Thorne!

A wedding planner left at the altar. Yeah, the irony isn’t lost on Carolina Santos, either. But despite that embarrassing blip from her past, Lina’s managed to make other people’s dreams come true as a top-tier wedding coordinator in DC. After impressing an influential guest, she’s offered an opportunity that could change her life. There’s just one hitch… she has to collaborate with the best (make that worst) man from her own failed nuptials. 

Tired of living in his older brother’s shadow, marketing expert Max Hartley is determined to make his mark with a coveted hotel client looking to expand its brand. Then he learns he’ll be working with his brother’s whip-smart, stunning—absolutely off-limits—ex-fiancée. And she loathes him. 

If they can survive the next few weeks and nail their presentation without killing each other, they’ll both come out ahead. Except Max has been public enemy number one ever since he encouraged his brother to jilt the bride, and Lina’s ready to dish out a little payback of her own. 

But even the best laid plans can go awry, and soon Lina and Max discover animosity may not be the only emotion creating sparks between them. Still, this star-crossed couple can never be more than temporary playmates because Lina isn’t interested in falling in love and Max refuses to play runner-up to his brother ever again…

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I’ve become a huge fan of Pintip Dunn from the two books I’ve read so far, and joined up for the tour on this one, and then was lucky enough to get a box with an ARC and other swag for it. I’ll be posting a review for this one on February 8th.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

What I know: a boy in my school will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus. 

What I don’t know: who he is. 

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved… 

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:

2020 is not slowing down with lots of good books. Are any of these on your TBR?

28 Responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #47 – February 4th, 2020”

    • Lisa Mandina

      I actually started reading it last night, and it’s not too bad so far! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Same! I’ve been hearing good stuff from other bloggers. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I haven’t actually read her books yet, but loved the movie based on Simon vs. the Homosapiens. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I should be starting Malice this weekend myself I think. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    OOh nice! Been seeing quite a few of these around the blogosphere lately! I loved All the Stars and Teeth! I hope you will enjoy all of these as you get to read them!

    Thanks for visiting my WoW!

    • Lisa Mandina

      It will definitely be a good read for Valentine’s Day. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I think most people have said they liked it, but yeah, we’ll probably get lots of reviews in the next week I’d think. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Sam@wlabb

    I am reading Good Girl’s Guide as we speak, and I am really liking the format. I thought Sosa’s book was lots of fun. It was definitely a rom-com, and her family was a wonderful addition to the story.

    • Lisa Mandina

      It was okay, but I just wasn’t feeling it, although the format was really neat! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I really need to actually read her books. I loved the movie, Love Simon, so yeah.

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