Lisa’s Looking Forward To #105 – April 20th, 2021

Posted April 14, 2021 by Lisa Mandina in LLFT / 14 Comments

Lisa’s Looking Forward To #105 – April 20th, 2021

Seems like quite a few coming out this third week of the month. Once again I’ll be joining up with the Can’t Wait Wednesday posts hosted by Wishful Endings.

I still haven’t read anything by Erin Bowman even though I have several of her books on my TBR. This one sounds good and has some good reviews.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Delta of Dead River sets out to rescue her family from a ruthless dictator rising to power in the Wastes and discovers a secret that will reshape her world in this postapocalyptic Western mashup for fans of Mad Max and Gunslinger Girl.

Delta of Dead River has always been told to hide her back, where a map is branded on her skin to a rumored paradise called the Verdant. In a wasteland plagued by dust squalls, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares, many would kill for it—even if no one can read it. So when raiders sent by a man known as the General attack her village, Delta suspects he is searching for her. 

Delta sets out to rescue her family but quickly learns that in the Wastes no one can be trusted—perhaps not even her childhood friend, Asher, who has been missing for nearly a decade. If Delta can trust Asher, she just might decode the map and trade evidence of the Verdant to the General for her family. What Delta doesn’t count on is what waits at the Verdant: a long-forgotten secret that will shake the foundation of her entire world.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

This one sounds like a bunch of good stories as well.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

A lyrical and heartfelt collection by an award-winning writer that connects the lives of young people from small towns in Alaska and the American west. Each story is unique, yet universal.

In this book, the impact of wildfire, a wayward priest, or a mysterious disappearance ricochet across communities, threading through stories. Here, ordinary actions such as ice skating or going to church reveal hidden truths. One choice threatens a lifelong friendship. Siblings save each other. Rescue and second chances are possible, and so is revenge.

On the surface, it seems that nothing ever happens in these towns. But Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock shows that underneath that surface, teenagers’ lives blaze with fury, with secrets, and with love so strong it burns a path to the future.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I adore the cover of this one, and it sounds like a cute and sweet romance!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

An academic enemies-to-lovers YA with all the nerdy drama, high school antics, and heartpounding romance of the Netflix original series Never Have I Ever

Since high school began, Alison Sanger and Ethan Molloy have competed on almost everything. AP classes, the school paper, community service, it never ends. If Alison could avoid Ethan until graduation, she would. Except, naturally, for two over-achieving seniors with their sights on valedictorian and Harvard, they share all the same classes and extracurriculars. So when their school’s principal assigns them the task of co-planning a previous class’s ten-year reunion, with the promise of a recommendation for Harvard if they do, Ethan and Alison are willing to endure one more activity together if it means beating the other out of the lead. 

But with all this extra time spent in each other’s company, their rivalry begins to feel closer to friendship. And as tension between them builds, Alison fights the growing realization that the only thing she wants more than winning…is Ethan.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Between that awesome cover and the great reviews I’ve been reading, I’m really excited for this one!

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom – and vengeance. 

Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power. 

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But power is intoxicating, revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths they will go to win this game.

This Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut about two enemy witches who must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a common enemy has the twisted cat-and-mouse of Killing Eve with the richly imagined fantasy world of Furyborn and Ember in the Ashes.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

So I like the cover of this one, but that’s because I want to get out my colored pencils and gel pens and color it in. lol. But it does sound like a good story as well.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

After her father vanishes while investigating the disappearance of 13 young women, a teen returns to her secretive hometown to pick up the trail in this second YA historical mystery from the author of The Silence of Bones.

Hwani’s family has never been the same since she and her younger sister went missing and were later found unconscious in the forest, near a gruesome crime scene. The only thing they remember: Their captor wore a painted-white mask.

To escape the haunting memories of this incident, the family flees their hometown. Years later, Detective Min—Hwani’s father—learns that thirteen girls have recently disappeared under similar circumstances, and so he returns to their hometown to investigate… only to vanish as well.

Determined to find her father and solve the case that tore their family apart, Hwani returns home to pick up the trail. As she digs into the secrets of the small village—and reconnects with her now estranged sister—Hwani comes to realize that the answer lies within her own buried memories of what happened in the forest all those years ago.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

I’ll be reading this one for a blog tour and posting my review on the day it comes out. I love this author, and have loved the other books in this series that I’ve read.

Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

There’s a crush, and then there are the type of feelings that Croft Cruisie evokes from a person.

He’s everything that any straight woman would want: tall, handsome, charismatic, muscular, and sweet.

At least, Carmichael thought he was sweet, until he brings another woman to the gym she owns with her brother, on the night that’s to be their first date, and lets her know in a quick and painful, non-verbal way that her feelings are not reciprocated.

Fast forward six months, and she’s still trying to move on from the rejection.

It doesn’t help that the jerk moves in next door to her, and that she has to see him workout shirtless every single day.
How can a woman get over a silly crush when that silly crush won’t so much as give her room to breathe?


Croft doesn’t know what happened.

One day he was supposed to go on a date with the girl that wouldn’t leave his thoughts for even a second, and the next she’s avoiding him like the plague.

No matter how hard he tries—and admittedly, it isn’t all that hard due to the biggest case of his career taking over his life—he can’t get her to tell him what he did wrong. She refuses to give him a second chance.

At least, not until he’s nearly killed in front of the courthouse, that is.

The moment he sees his chance, he pounces. Or, more literally, he limps.

But the limping is what draws Carmichael in. The Southern charm that was instilled in him since birth will be what gets her to stay.

That’s his plan, anyway.

Funny thing about plans… they never seem to work out how you expect them to.

Sound good? Add to Goodreads HERE.

Final thoughts:

Six this week, so twice as many as I had last week. Have you read any of these yet? What new books are you eagerly awaiting this week?

And while you’re here, make sure to go enter into my monthly giveaway HERE. Not only do I have that giveaway going on, but thanks to an awesome box an author sent me, I’ve decided to do a giveaway of her books HERE. And the more entries on that one, the more books I’ll give away!

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14 responses to “Lisa’s Looking Forward To #105 – April 20th, 2021

    • Lisa Mandina

      I will probably buy it for the school library where I work, and then check it out when I get time. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. I am so jelly you have a copy of What’s Not to Love. I adore that duo’s books, but I never get approved. My library gets them though. It will be read. I loved Hitchcock’s new book. I was surprised, because it’s an anthology, but the combination of her amazing writing/storytelling and the way she connected the stories had me riveted. Hope they are all great for you

    • Lisa Mandina

      I don’t actually have a copy of that one, just wish that I did! Glad to hear that it is a good author duo. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. The Forest of Stolen Girls sounds really good. It’s a new one to me but definitely one I will have to look for when it comes out. Witches Steeped in Gold is high on my wish list. I really want to read that one too. Oo! And Dustborn sounds like something I would enjoy too! So many great books coming out! I hope you enjoy whichever of these you read, Lisa! Have a great day.

  3. Everyone Dies in a Small Town sounds like something I would have said in my teenage years. It does sound good though and although it drove me crazy in my youth, I do love small town charm now that I am older. I NEED Witches Steeped in Gold and I love the cover of Dustborn.

    • Lisa Mandina

      I do love that title! I think maybe it is a song lyric? I don’t know. Just sounds like it would be one. Thanks for stopping by!

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