Lisa’s Looking Forward To #67 – June 30th, 2020

June 24, 2020 LLFT 10

Once again I’ll be joining up with the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.  The end of next week will be the 4th of July or Independence Day in America. So I had a little fun with my button for my Wednesday post and got my little dachshund decorated in the spirit of the holiday. Any way, not a ton to share this week, as is usual for the last week of the month.

From my ARC list for June 30th, 2020:

This one sounded really good, but I didn’t get a copy of the advanced reader’s version, so it’s one I’ll order for my students to read and slip in reading it myself when it’s not checked out.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

When Andra wakes up, she’s drowning.

Not only that, but she’s in a hot, dirty cave, it’s the year 3102, and everyone keeps calling her Goddess. When Andra went into a cryonic sleep for a trip across the galaxy, she expected to wake up in a hundred years, not a thousand. Worst of all, the rest of the colonists–including her family and friends–are dead. They died centuries ago, and for some reason, their descendants think Andra’s a deity. She knows she’s nothing special, but she’ll play along if it means she can figure out why she was left in stasis and how to get back to Earth.

Zhade, the exiled bastard prince of Eerensed, has other plans. Four years ago, the sleeping Goddess’s glass coffin disappeared from the palace, and Zhade devoted himself to finding it. Now he’s hoping the Goddess will be the key to taking his rightful place on the throne–if he can get her to play her part, that is. Because if his people realize she doesn’t actually have the power to save their dying planet, they’ll kill her. 

With a vicious monarch on the throne and a city tearing apart at the seams, Zhade and Andra might never be able to unlock the mystery of her fate, let alone find a way to unseat the king, especially since Zhade hasn’t exactly been forthcoming with Andra. And a thousand years from home, is there any way of knowing that Earth is better than the planet she’s woken to?

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

As I mentioned yesterday in my Top Ten Tuesday post, the Flowers in the Attic Series is one that I used to read over and over, I think I need to catch up on this prequel trilogy.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Continuing the events from Beneath the Attic and Out of the Attic, the prequel trilogy to the Dollanganger series comes to a riveting end with The Shadows of Foxworth, a passionate novel about Corrine Foxworth’s intense desire to flee her overbearing life trapped in the Foxworth estate.

Two generations before Corinne Foxworth locked her children in an attic, the life of her grandmother, a gorgeous young girl named Corrine Dixon changed forever. At age sixteen, she discovered she was pregnant by the wealthy and handsome Garland Foxworth. Now, trapped in the labyrinthine Foxworth estate, young Corrine is overwhelmed with her stifled life and domineering husband. When an artist is hired to paint her portrait, she immediately falls in love and is convinced to abandon this dark world forever, unaware that her decision could have far-reaching consequences that linger for generations…

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Sounds like a fun chick-lit rom-com type of story. And I love the cover!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

From the internationally bestselling author of The Windfall . . . . What could go wrong at a lavish Indian wedding with your best friend and your entire family? 

Tina Das wants to belong, but she just isn’t sure where. India or America? Brooklyn or Bombay? Manhattan or Delhi? Or start from scratch in London–she still has fond memories of her one-night stand with Rocco Gallagher, the handsome Australian, as they traipsed through Covent Garden and Seven Dials, but he never called back so maybe it’s time to let that dream go, and focus on finding the next big story for her streaming network instead.

She’s hoping she’ll find it at her cousin’s lavish, weeklong Delhi wedding, and has taken her best friend Marianne Laing along for the ride to Delhi’s poshest country club, Colebrookes. Marianne has always had international tastes, in life and in love, yet can’t help but think of sweet, steady, khaki-clad Tom back home in New York.

Also in attendance are Tina’s divorced parents: her mother, Radha, who’s bringing her American “boyfriend,” David, to the wedding, and her father, Neel, who’s using the visit to India to explore the idea of dating again, only to discover it and he have both changed completely in the decades he’s been away.

Infused with warmth, charm, and wicked humor, Destination Wedding grapples with the challenges of work, love, and finding the people who make a place feel like home.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

This was another fun chick-lit rom-com that I saw and wanted to read. I like the social media aspect of it. Didn’t get my hands on it in time to read before now, so it’ll just be on my TBR list for now!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

You can’t put a filter on reality.

Bree Bozeman isn’t exactly pursuing the life of her dreams. Then again, she isn’t too sure what those dreams are. After dropping out of college, she’s living a pretty chill life in the surf community of Pacific Beach, San Diego…if “chill” means delivering food as a GrubGetter, and if it means “uneventful”.

But when Bree starts a new Instagram account — @breebythesea — one of her posts gets a signal boost from none other than wildly popular self-help guru Demi DiPalma, owner of a lifestyle brand empire. Suddenly, Bree just might be a rising star in the world of Instagram influencing. Is this the direction her life has been lacking? It’s not a career choice she’d ever seriously considered, but maybe it’s a sign from the universe. After all, Demi’s the real deal… right?

Everything is lining up for Bree: life goals, career, and even a blossoming romance with the chiseled guy next door, surf star Trey Cantu. But things are about to go sideways fast, and even the perfect filter’s not gonna fix it. Instagram might be free, but when your life looks flawless on camera, what’s the cost?

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Another beautiful cover, and the story seems to have a bit of a nerdy aspect to it, with an old flame as the possibly love interest, which is so my type of story.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

In life, as in gaming, there’s a way around every obstacle . . .

To pitch her new role-playing game at a European conference, developer Sierra Reid needs to overcome her terror of public speaking. What better practice than competing in a local bar’s diary slam, regaling an audience with old journal entries about her completely humiliating college crush on gorgeous Tristan Spencer?

Until the moderator says, “Next up, Tristan Spencer . . .”

Sierra is mortified, but Tristan is flattered. Caught up in memories of her decade-old obsession as they reconnect, Sierra tries to dismiss her growing qualms about him. But it’s not so easy to ignore her deepening friendship with Alfie, the cute, supportive bar owner. She and Alfie were college classmates too, and little by little, Sierra is starting to wonder if she’s been focusing her moves on the wrong target all along, misreading every player’s motivations.

Maybe the only winning strategy is to start playing by her heart . . .

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:

Only 5 to share 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!

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. I also have two other giveaways going in my support of the Black Lives Matter movement, one for a choice of a book by a Black YA author, and one for a choice of a book by a Black adult romance author. All of these giveaways are going until the end of the month!

10 Responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #67 – June 30th, 2020”

  1. Literary Feline

    I really like the sound of Crushing It and look forward to reading it. Goddess in the Machine caught my attention last week when someone mentioned it. It sounds so good, doesn’t it? I hadn’t heard of Destination Wedding before, but am definitely interested in that one too. I hope you enjoy whichever of these you read–hopefully all of them! 🙂

    • Lisa Mandina

      Yeah, especially since you know they weren’t even possibly written by the original author. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lisa Mandina

      I think that’s one a lot of people are adding! Thanks for stopping by!

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