Lisa’s Looking Forward To #64 – June 9th, 2020

Posted June 3, 2020 by Lisa Mandina in LLFT / 22 Comments

Once again I’ll be joining up with the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  There are a lot in my list again this week, so let’s get to it!

From my ARC list for June 9th, 2020:

Who hasn’t wished for a clone of themselves to do the things they don’t want to do, or to be able to get everything they need to do done much quicker? This one sounds interesting!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

An overachiever enrolls in an experimental clone study to prove that two (of her own) heads are better than one in this fast-paced, near-future adventure that’s Black Mirror meets Becky Albertalli.

There aren’t enough hours in the day for Lucille–perfectionist, overachiever–to do everything she has to do, and there certainly aren’t enough hours to hang out with friends, fall in love, get in trouble–all the teenage things she knows she should want to be doing instead of preparing for a flawless future. So when she sees an ad for Life2: Do more. Be more, she’s intrigued.

The company is looking for beta testers to enroll in an experimental clone program, and in the aftermath of a series of disappointments, Lucille is feeling reckless enough to jump in. At first, it’s perfect: her clone, Lucy, is exactly what she needed to make her life manageable and have time for a social life. But it doesn’t take long for Lucy to become more Lucy and less Lucille, and Lucille is forced to stop looking at Lucy as a reflection and start seeing her as a window–a glimpse at someone else living her own life, but better. Lucy does what she really wants to, not what she thinks she should want to, and Lucille is left wondering how much she was even a part of the perfect life she’d constructed for herself. Lucille wanted Lucy to help her relationships with everyone else, but how can she do that without first rectifying her relationship with herself?

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

So this sounds good because it is compared to The Handmaid’s Tale, which I love the show, but then they bring in Wilder Girls, which for me had so much promise but then the end or lack of any answers, ruined it for me. Don’t know, still think this might be good, I do really like books about cults like this.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Wilder Girls in this unique, voice-driven novel from Kelly McWilliams.
Agnes loves her home of Red Creek–its quiet, sunny mornings, its dusty roads, and its God. There, she cares tirelessly for her younger siblings and follows the town’s strict laws. What she doesn’t know is that Red Creek is a cult, controlled by a madman who calls himself a prophet.
Then Agnes meets Danny, an Outsider boy, and begins to question what is and isn’t a sin. Her younger brother, Ezekiel, will die without the insulin she barters for once a month, even though medicine is considered outlawed. Is she a sinner for saving him? Is her sister, Beth, a sinner for dreaming of the world beyond Red Creek?

As the Prophet grows more dangerous, Agnes realizes she must escape with Ezekiel and leave everyone else, including Beth, behind. But it isn’t safe Outside, either: A viral pandemic is burning through the population at a terrifying rate. As Agnes ventures forth, a mysterious connection grows between her and the Virus. But in a world where faith, miracles, and cruelty have long been indistinguishable, will Agnes be able to choose between saving her family and saving the world?

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Sounds like it could be a good emotional story!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

“Tamani masterfully bounces and slams two hearts up and down a shrouded court of first love and revelations. A hard-to-put-down backboard-breaker.”—Rita Williams-Garcia, National Book Award Finalist and New York Times–bestselling author

From the moment Carli and Rex first locked eyes on a Texas high school basketball court, they both knew it was destiny. But can you truly love someone else if you don’t love yourself? Acclaimed author Liara Tamani’s luminous second novel explores love, family, heartbreak, betrayal, and the power of healing, in gorgeous prose that will appeal to readers of Nicola Yoon and Jacqueline Woodson.

A glance was all it took. That kind of connection, the immediate and raw understanding of another person, just doesn’t come along very often. And as rising stars on their Texas high schools’ respective basketball teams, destined for bright futures in college and beyond, it seems like a match made in heaven. But Carli and Rex have secrets. As do their families.

Liara Tamani, the author of the acclaimed Calling My Name, follows two Black teenagers as they discover how first love, heartbreak, betrayal, and family can shape you—for better or for worse. A novel full of pain, joy, healing, and hope for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, Jacqueline Woodson, and Jenny Han.

“A beautifully poignant love letter: to a first love, to basketball, and to that enigmatic bunch we think we know best, only to discover we don’t know at all—family. Tamani’s latest is a bright shining star.”—David Arnold, New York Times–bestselling author of Mosquitoland

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Love that cover, and it sounds like it could be a really cute and funny romance.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A high stakes wager pits an aspiring entrepreneur against a ruthless CEO in this sexy romantic comedy.

After her life falls apart, recruitment consultant Layla Patel returns home to her family in San Francisco. But in the eyes of her father, who runs a Michelin starred restaurant, she can do no wrong. He would do anything to see her smile again. With the best intentions in mind, he offers her the office upstairs to start her new business and creates a profile on an online dating site to find her a man. She doesn’t know he’s arranged a series of blind dates until the first one comes knocking on her door…

As CEO of a corporate downsizing company Sam Mehta is more used to conflict than calm. In search of a quiet new office, he finds the perfect space above a cozy Indian restaurant that smells like home. But when communication goes awry, he’s forced to share his space with the owner’s beautiful yet infuriating daughter Layla, her crazy family, and a parade of hopeful suitors, all of whom threaten to disrupt his carefully ordered life.

As they face off in close quarters, the sarcasm and sparks fly. But when the battle for the office becomes a battle of the heart, Sam and Layla have to decide if this is love or just a game.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I always love retellings, and this Robin Hood retelling sounds good!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

You have the blood of kings and rebels within you, love. Let it rise to meet the call. 

Isabelle of Kirklees has only ever known a quiet life inside the sheltered walls of the convent, where she lives with her mother, Marien. But after she is arrested by royal soldiers for defending innocent villagers, Isabelle becomes the target of the Wolf, King John’s ruthless right hand. Desperate to keep her daughter safe, Marien helps Isabelle escape and sends her on a mission to find the one person who can help: Isabelle’s father, Robin Hood.

As Isabelle races to stay out of the Wolf’s clutches and find the father she’s never known, she is thrust into a world of thieves and mercenaries, handsome young outlaws, new enemies with old grudges, and a king who wants her entire family dead. As she joins forces with Robin and his Merry Men in a final battle against the Wolf, will Isabelle find the strength to defy the crown and save the lives of everyone she holds dear?

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

This was my May Book of the Month pick, and so it is sitting on my TBR shelf, along with every other book I’ve gotten since I joined that club back in December. I need to read it, it sounded really cute. It is why I rejoined after canceling the membership in March.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon launches a new series about three young women who become friends when the live Tweeting of a disastrous date leads them to discover they’ve all been duped by the same man.

Samiah Brooks never thought she would be “that” girl. But a live tweet of a horrific date just revealed the painful truth: she’s been catfished by a three-timing jerk of a boyfriend. Suddenly Samiah-along with his two other “girlfriends,” London and Taylor-have gone viral online. Now the three new besties are making a pact to spend the next six months investing in themselves. No men, no dating, and no worrying about their relationship status . . .

For once Samiah is putting herself first, and that includes finally developing the app she’s always dreamed of creating. Which is the exact moment she meets the deliciously sexy, honey-eyed Daniel Collins at work. What are the chances? When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as a coincidence. But is Daniel really boyfriend material or is he maybe just a little too good to be true?

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I should be starting my e-galley of this one today! And posting my review on Saturday or Sunday. I love, love, LOVE JLA’s books, and this series is yet another winner for me! If only I could have the physical ARC for it, but I didn’t for the first one either, so I will have to buy a finished copy to match that one. 🙂

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Dangerous secrets and forbidden desires lead to shocking consequences… Don’t miss book two of the fantastical Harbinger trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

“Jennifer L. Armentrout’s intoxicating new fantasy is her best yet!” —
 New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter on Storm and Fury 

A half human, half angel and her bonded gargoyle protector must work with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:

So I had 7 to share this week, originally I had 11, but 4 of those had date changes, some to July, and some later this fall. 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!

And while you’re here, if you have time, stop by my May Wrap-Up post and enter my giveaway for either a book from my giveaway stack if you’re in the US, or a book from The Book Depository for my international followers. Hurry, it closes this Sunday night!

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22 responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #64 – June 9th, 2020

  1. Several of these are on my radar too. The Marriage , Hood, and Game and Agnes at the End of the World. I’ve been hearing about Hood for months now–I thought it was already out. Haha. I hope you have a great rest of the week and enjoy your reading!

    • Lisa Mandina

      yeah,I thought it was too, but it still says on Goodreads for next week, so I left it! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Well, I probably won’t get to most of them very soon, but we’ll see! Glad to hear those two are good so far anyway based on what you’ve read. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. The Marriage Game was so much fun. I loved it! The Boyfriend Project was great too. I enjoyed All the Things We Never Knew as well, and thought the author’s writing was beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you think of these

  3. Lisa you got some good ones this month. June seems to be the month of some really good book releases. I’m hoping to get some actual books read outside of my reviewer copies. We shall see.

    I hope you get to read all of these and enjoy them!

    • Lisa Mandina

      So many good ones coming out this summer! Yeah, hope I get to a lot of them! Thanks for visiting!

  4. I have heard some good things about the boyfriend project lately! And I have seen reviews of both the marriage game and all the things we never knew on Sam’s blog and know that I want to read them both ^.^ Anything to do with basketball always gets to me!

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    • Lisa Mandina

      I’ve got to find time to read books I have on my TBR pile! I need to quit signing up for so many blog tours. I haven’t read a ton of basketball stories, but I seem to find a lot of hockey romances. And I was never into hockey that much. At least until the Pucked series by Helena Hunting, and then finally attending an actual hockey game? Is it a game or a match?

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