Lisa’s Looking Forward To #100 – March 16th, 2021 with a GIVEAWAY!!!

Posted March 10, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in giveaway, LLFT / 62 Comments

Lisa’s Looking Forward To #100 – March 16th, 2021 with a GIVEAWAY!!!

So I’ve made it to 100 posts with my own personal blog spin on this meme. And I think that calls for a giveaway, how about you? I think what I’ll use for a prize is for you to pick one book from your own wishlist, needs to be published by the end of March when this giveaway will end. It can be up to $20 and if you’re US I’ll ship from Amazon, if you are international, I will ship The Book Depository. Just fill out the Rafflecopter at the end of this post!

Once again I’ll be joining up with the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings. Not quite as many books this week as last week.

Sounds like a good curse type of fantasy. And the cover is kind of cool too, and it supposed to have some illustrations inside that sound neat.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Best-selling author David Elliott examines the timeless themes of balance, transformation, and restoration in this evocative tale about a girl who will stop at nothing to reverse a curse that turned her seven brothers into ravens. 

And these are the sons
Of good Jack and good Jane
The eldest is Jack
And the next one is Jack
And the third one’s called Jack
And the fourth’s known as Jack
And the fifth says he’s Jack
And they call the sixth Jack
But the seventh’s not Jack
The seventh is Robyn
And this is his story

When Robyn and his brothers are turned into ravens through the work of an unlucky curse, a sister is their only hope to become human again. Though she’s never met her brothers, April will stop at nothing to restore their humanity. But what about Robyn, who always felt a greater affinity to the air than to the earth-bound lives of his family?

David Elliott’s latest novel in verse explores the unintended consequences of our actions, no matter our intentions, and is filled with powerful messages teased from a Grimms’ fairy tale. Stunning black-and-white illustrations throughout by Rovina Cai. 

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

This one compares itself to books by other authors I’ve liked, so I’ll probably want to try it too.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

This whip-smart rom-com explores the risks and rewards of letting love in, for fans of Jennifer E. Smith, Julie Buxbaum, and Sandhya Menon.

How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways…

Aubrey Cash learned the hard way not to rely on love. After all, Webster Casey, the new boy next door she’d been falling for all summer, stood her up at homecoming in front of everyone with no explanation. Proving her theory that love never lasts seems easy when she’s faced with parents whose marriage is falling apart and a best friend who thinks every boy she dates is “the one.” But when sparks fly with a boy who turns out to be Webster’s cousin, and then Webster himself becomes her lab partner for the rest of senior year, Aubrey finds her theory—and her commitment to stay single—put to the test.

As she navigates the breakdown of her family, the consequences her cynicism has on her relationship with her best friend, and her own confusing but undeniable feelings for Webster, Aubrey has to ask herself: What really happened the night Webster stood her up? And if there are five ways to fall out of love…could there perhaps be even more ways to fall back in?

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

If you know me, you know I love a good retelling, often times it is when I have not read a story that I like them best. Then it makes me want to go back and read the original. This sounds like a really great little collection of stories.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Fifteen acclaimed YA writers put their modern spin on William Shakespeare’s celebrated classics!

West Side Story. 10 Things I Hate About You. Kiss Me, Kate. Contemporary audiences have always craved reimaginings of Shakespeare’s most beloved works. Now, some of today’s best writers for teens take on the Bard in these 15 whip-smart and original retellings!

Contributors include Dahlia Adler (reimagining The Merchant of Venice), Kayla Ancrum (The Taming of the Shrew), Lily Anderson (All’s Well That Ends Well), Patrice Caldwell (Hamlet), Melissa Bashardoust (A Winter’s Tale), Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (Much Ado About Nothing), Brittany Cavallaro (Sonnet 147), Joy McCullough (King Lear), Anna-Marie McLemore (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Samantha Mabry (Macbeth), Tochi Onyebuchi (Coriolanus), Mark Oshiro (Twelfth Night), Lindsay Smith (Julius Caesar), Kiersten White (Romeo and Juliet), and Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka (The Tempest).

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

This is an author that I really want to read! And I did actually get it for my Book of the Month club choice last month, a little earlier than the scheduled publishing date. But I have yet to fit it into my reading schedule.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Daisy Patel is a software engineer who understands lists and logic better than bosses and boyfriends. With her life all planned out, and no interest in love, the one thing she can’t give her family is the marriage they expect. Left with few options, she asks her childhood crush to be her decoy fiance.

Liam Murphy is a venture capitalist with something to prove. When he learns that his inheritance is contingent on being married, he realizes his best friend’s little sister has the perfect solution to his problem. A marriage of convenience will get Daisy’s matchmaking relatives off her back and fulfill the terms of his late grandfather’s will. If only he hadn’t broken her tender teenage heart nine years ago…

Sparks fly when Daisy and Liam go on a series of dates to legitimize their fake relationship. Too late, they realize that very little is convenient about their arrangement. History and chemistry aren’t about to follow the rules of this engagement.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I’ve been seeing this one around on some blogs and it sounds like a good spooky kind of story!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Kara Thomas meets Twin Peaks in this supernatural thriller about one girl’s hunt for the truth about her mother’s disappearance.

Sophia’s first memory is of drowning. She remembers the darkness of the water and the briny taste as it fills her throat. She remembers the cold shock of going under. She remembers her mother pulling her to safety before disappearing forever. But Sophia has never been in the ocean. And her mother died years ago in a hospital. Or so she has been told her whole life.

A series of clues have led Sophia to the island of Bitter Rock, Alaska, where she talked her way into a summer internship at the Landon Avian Research Center, the same center her mother worked at right before she died. There, she meets the disarmingly clever Liam, whose own mother runs the LARC, as well as Abby, who’s following a mystery of her own: a series of unexplained disappearances. People have been vanishing from Bitter Rock for decades, leaving only their ghostly echoes behind. When it looks like their two mysteries might be one and the same, Sophia vows to dig up the truth, no matter how many lies she has to tell along the way. Even if it leads her to a truth she may not want to face.

Our Last Echoes is an eerie collection of found documents and written confessionals, in the style of Rules for Vanishing, with supernatural twists that keep you questioning what is true and what is an illusion.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I actually won a copy of this from the publisher and hope to read it and post a review in the next week or two when I can fit it in with my other books I need to read.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A harrowing yet hopeful account of a teen living with Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder . . . and contemplating his own mortality.

Ten: three little letters, one ordinary number. No big deal, right? But for Troy Hayes, a 16-year-old suffering from Tourette Syndrome and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the number ten dictates his life, forcing him to do everything by its exacting rhythm. Finally, fed up with the daily humiliation, loneliness, and physical pain he endures, Troy writes a list of ten things to do by the tenth anniversary of his diagnosis—culminating in suicide on the actual day. But the process of working his way through the list changes Troy’s life: he becomes friends with Khory, a smart, beautiful classmate who has her own troubled history. Khory unwittingly helps Troy cross off items on his list, moving him ever closer to his grand finale, even as she shows him that life may have more possibilities than he imagined. This is a dark, intense story, but it’s also realistic, hopeful, and deeply authentic.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

So unfortunately I didn’t see any kind of blog tour for this one, like I was lucky enough to read the first two in the series. But I am very excited for this final book, it takes place on a reality tv show, and I seem to love books about that type of situation. I love how the author has two separate covers though. One with a sexy real couple, and one in the new illustrated style that I’m actually a fan of. You can read my reviews of the first two in the series here: Big Pickle and Hot Pickle.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

First, she tampered with my pickle.
Then, she got us both kicked off a cooking show.
Now, we’re fake engaged.
Sit back, friends, this is one crazy tale of treachery and pickle juice.


All right. Here’s how it went.
My pickle went viral. Millions saw it. Thousands ate it.

Hold up, pervs. Let me backtrack.

I invented a very spicy pickle made with ghost peppers. One bite and you’ll swear someone stuffed a hot coal in your mouth. It’s extremely popular in pranks.

I’m in the middle of filming with a prominent cooking show when in walks Little Miss Perfect Pants from a rival deli to insist she has improvements for my pickle.

It all goes downhill from there.

Read the reviews and weep, Anthony Pickle.

I got the best of you on reality TV.
You got me back with a very public kiss.

After your new deli poached on my territory, I swore to hate you. But every time those smoky eyes meet mine, I melt a little.

Cheesy, right?

By the time you kiss me, I already know I’m in deep.
But then you propose?
How am I supposed to keep faking it when every swoon is real?
Spicy Pickle is a romantic comedy about a culinary feud, potent pickle juice, and the most not-fake fake love story in the history of reality TV.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final Thoughts:

Seven this week, a little more than half of last 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!

Also, while you’re here, make sure to go enter my monthly giveaway HERE!


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62 responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #100 – March 16th, 2021 with a GIVEAWAY!!!

  1. Kate Sarsfield

    I enjoy Susie Steiner’s crime novels so her latest, ‘Remain Silent’ (2020), is one I’d love!

  2. I am awaiting my hold for The Dating Plan. I loved the last book and am looking forward to more laughs with this bunch. I read Five Ways to Fall Out of Love last week. I think it suffers from being poorly marketed. It’s not a rom-com, but it’s a good coming of age story with some romance in there. I think you will enjoy it more, if you manage your expectations.

    • Lisa Mandina

      Good to know. I do always hate if I go into something thinking it is a romance and then it isn’t. I think I DNFed The Yes Factor because it wasn’t a romance like I was thinking it would be.

  3. Tammy V

    I’m trying to get the two most recent from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. Been having to limit my physical book buying due to places to put them all. Dresden Files is a series I’ve been collecting for years and one of the few I would reread.

  4. The Seventh Raven sounds really good! I have The Dating Plan on my TBR pile and am looking forward to reading that one. Five Ways to Fall Out of Love sounds like one I would like as well. So much book goodness! I hope you enjoy these when you read them, Lisa. Have a great day!

    • Lisa Mandina

      Oooh, good choice! I finished that one back in December and it was so nice getting back into the Twilight world.

  5. _Sandra_

    I would love a copy of either Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo or We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal.

    Thank you for the chance!! 🙂

    • Lisa Mandina

      I still need to read the rest of the Shadow and Bone series I think by Bardugo. I’m excited for the tv series though. Thanks for visiting!

  6. Sherry

    I’m not sure I’m so behind on my Christine Feehan and Jayne Ann Krentz books. So probably one of them.

  7. Reese

    Congrats on 100 posts! Our Last Echoes sounds very interesting; the Twin peaks mention caught my eye, and that first sentence of the blurb (“Sophia’s first memory is of drowning.”) is very very good, I’m intrigued.

  8. John Smith

    “What book might you choose?” Maybe a graphic novel!

    Congratulations on “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #100”!

  9. Megan S.

    I think I might pick King of Scars if I was lucky enough to win. Thank you for the giveaway Lisa 🙂

  10. Linda

    Congratulations! I might get something beautifully illustrated like Great Rivers of the World by Volker Mehnert and Martin Haake.

  11. Cali W.

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am not sure what book to choose from my wishlist; there are just so many!

  12. Candice

    I have read Five Ways to Fall Out of Love and I was a bit disappointed. While this book is compared to the books of Jennifer E Smith and Sandhya Menon, this book is not anywhere near as great as the books by those authors. The characters were unlikable and the story was more teen drama than rom-com. As for the giveaway, a 2021 release on my wishlist is Everything That Burns.

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