Lisa’s Looking Forward To #59 – April 28th, 2020

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Once again I’ll be joining up with the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  Just like the middle of the month, the end of the month also seems like less new books as well. As far as I know these are still scheduled to come out next week, even though I know that some publishing may be getting rescheduled. Anyway, here we go!

From my ARC list for April 28th, 2020:

Books that are about social media are always top of my TBR list!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Pretty Little Liars meets Burn for Burn in this thrilling debut from Wattpad star Ann Valett.

Chloe Whittaker is out for revenge.

Last year her best friend Monica’s life was unceremoniously ruined by the most popular students at their high school, so this year Chloe plans to take each and every one of them down. She’s traded in her jeans and T-shirts for the latest designer clothes, erased anything on social media that would tie her to Monica (and blow her cover), and carefully figured out how she will befriend the members of the clique, find out their deepest and darkest secrets, and reveal them to the world.

Chloe has the perfect plan . . . but there’s one thing she didn’t prepare for. And that’s falling for someone she’s determined to destroy. The closer she gets to uncovering the secrets the in-crowd is determined to cover up, the more she realizes that she is going to have to choose between betraying her oldest friend or the boy who’s captured her heart.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I love the Brooklyn Brujas series by this author, so was really excited and was lucky to get an ARC from someone on Twitter who was very kind and generous to send it on when they finished. Unfortunately, I am just having a lot of trouble getting into any fantasy type of books right now, so I may end up not finishing it.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything. 

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

The books that it is compared to sound like ones I read, and ones that make me cry.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

For fans of Girl in Pieces, All the Bright Places, and Girl, Interrupted comes a haunting and breathtaking YA contemporary debut novel that packs a powerful message: hope can be found in the darkness.

Seventeen-year-old Ellie had no hope left. Yet the day after she dies by suicide, she finds herself in the midst of an out-of-body experience. She is a spectator, swaying between past and present, retracing the events that unfolded prior to her death.

But there are gaps in her memory, fractured pieces Ellie is desperate to re-assemble. There’s her mother, a songbird who wanted to break free from her oppressive cage. The boy made of brushstrokes and goofy smiles who brought color into a gray world. Her brooding father, with his sad puppy eyes and clenched fists. Told in epistolary-like style, this deeply moving novel sensitively examines the beautiful and terrible moments that make up a life and the possibilities that live in even the darkest of places. Perfect for fans of the critically-acclaimed SpeakI’ll Give You the Sun, and If I Stay.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I have enjoyed the show Black Mirror, so that intrigued me about this one. Now, Goodreads is saying that this may not actually be published till July 7th now, so you may still be waiting on it.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

From Morris finalist Len Vlahos comes a contemporary sci-fi story about a boy who might not be human—for fans of Westworld and Black Mirror.

Quinn thinks he’s a normal boy with an average life. That is, until he finds a trail of clues the father he barely knew left behind.
After Quinn unravels his father’s puzzles, he “wakes up” … and realizes his world was nothing more than a virtual construct. In reality, he’s the first fully-aware A.I. in the world, part of an experiment run by a team of scientists—including the man he thought was his father.
As the scientists continue to study him, Quinn’s new existence becomes a waking nightmare. Determined to control his own destiny, he finds allies in other teens—including crush Shea—and plots his escape. But what does true freedom look like when you’re not human?

Acclaimed Morris Award finalist Len Vlahos pens a high-stakes contemporary-rooted sci-fi that asks big questions about humanity. 

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:

Only four this week. Are any of these on your TBR, or have you already read them? If so, which do you recommend? Leave me a link to your post in your comment and I’ll be sure to return the visit!

20 Responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #59 – April 28th, 2020”

    • Lisa Mandina

      A few less than the last couple weeks, but always some good ones! Thanks for stopping by!

  1. Sam@wlabb

    A Breath Too Late was heartbreaking, but also hopeful. If you read it, be sure to have some tissues handy. I did, surprisingly, love it though.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I tried starting Incendiary, but am having trouble with anything besides contemporary these days it seems. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Literary Feline

    All of these sound good, but Incendiary is the one I am most looking forward to. I hope you get a chance to read all of these and enjoy them! Stay safe and well.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Hope you’re able to get your hands on it soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. sjhigbee

    I love the sound of Hard Wired and Incendiary – particularly Hard Wired… Thank you for sharing and I hope that you get a chance to dive into these reads and enjoy them:)

  4. Rachelle

    Incendiary is on my list too! I don’t know when I’ll get to it, but it does sound good. Hope you enjoy!

    Thanks for visiting Shell’s Stories!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I hope to try it again later, we’ll see. Thanks for returning the visit!

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