Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 26th, 2019

February 25, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of February 26th, 2019

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Feiwel & Friends

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

The Dysasters by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Wednesday Books

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press

The Stars Below (Vega Jane #4) by David Baldacci [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press

The Deceiver’s Heart (The Traitor’s Game #2) by Jennifer A. Nielsen [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press

An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Page Street Kids

We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1) by Tehlor Kay Mejia [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Crown Books for Young Readers

Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Point

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Arthur A. Levine Books

That’s Not What I Heard by Stephanie Kate Strohm [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press

On Thin Ice (Juniper Falls #3) by Julie Cross [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Entangled: Teen

Hold Still by Nina LaCour [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Penguin Books

Pretend She’s Here by Luanne Rice [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press

Sorry Not Sorry by Jaime Reed [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Point

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2) by Sayantani DasGupta [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Orbit

Phoenix Falling (Wildlands #5) by Laura Bickle [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Harper Voyager

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Circle of the Moon (Soulwood #4) by Faith Hunter [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Ace Books

No Way (Frank Kitteridge #2) by S. J. Morden [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Orbit

The Blackest Heart (Five Warrior Angels #2) by Brian Lee Durfee [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Saga Press

In the Land of the Everliving (Eirlandia #2) by Stephen R. Lawhead [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Tor Books

The Praxis (Dread Empire’s Fall #1) by Walter Jon Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Miss Violet and the Great War (Strangely Beautiful #4) by Leanna Renee Hieber [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Tor Books

Everything About You by Heather Child [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 28th 2019 by Orbit

The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Simon Schuster

The Border: A Novel (Power of the Dog #3) by Don Winslow [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by William Morrow

Dead of Winter (Mattie Winston Mysteries #10) by Annelise Ryan [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Mira Books

Hunting Game (Embla Nyström Investigation #1) by Helene Tursten [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Soho Crime

The Lost Night: A Novel by Andrea Bartz [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Crown

The Huntress by Kate Quinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Graydon House

American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt by Karen Harper [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by William Morrow

Forever My Hero (Blessings, Georgia #7) by Sharon Sala [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Unforgettable You (Silver Springs #5) by Brenda Novak [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Mira Books

California Girls by Susan Mallery [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Mira Books

The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Entangled: Amara

Otherwise Engaged: A Novel by Lindsey J. Palmer [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Skyhorse

An Unconditional Freedom (The Loyal League #3) by Alyssa Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Kensington

The Scoundrel in Her Bed (Sins for All Seasons #3) by Lorraine Heath [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Avon

It’s Getting Scot in Here (Wild Wicked Highlanders #1) by Suzanne Enoch [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Lady Derring Takes a Lover (The Palace of Rogues #1) by Julie Anne Long [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Avon

Best Laid Plans by Lauren Blakely [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 27th 2019 by Lauren Blakely Books

Vacuum in the Dark: A Novel by Jen Beagin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Scribner

Dead Men’s Trousers (Mark Renton #5) by Irvine Welsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Melville House Publishing

Mother Country by Irina Reyn [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books

The Body Myth by Rheea Mukherjee [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by The Unnamed Press

Binstead’s Safari by Rachel Ingalls [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by New Directions

The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug: A Memoir by Steffanie Strathdee & Thomas Patterson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Hachette Books

A Year in Paris: Season by Season in the City of Light by John Baxter [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Harper Perennial

Magic Is Dead: My Journey into the World’s Most Secretive Society of Magicians by Ian Frisch [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Dey Street Books

That Time I Loved You: Stories by Carrianne Leung [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Liveright

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 26th 2019 by Doubleday Books

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Showcase Sunday | February 23, 2019

February 24, 2019 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 4 Comments

Last Week’s… Posts

Last Week’s… Book Mail

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this one so waking up to an approval for this was the best news.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Last Week’s… Obsession

I moved to a new state a few months ago so my bestie thought that on top of our buddy reading we should do some buddy watching. Our first buddy binge was the new Sabrina and I must say, it was quite entertaining and not what I was expecting. I didn’t much care for the graphic novel actually so I was glad to see that they didn’t follow (the first volume at least) completely.

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Book Review | In ‘Golden State’, Anything but the Truth is Illegal

February 22, 2019 Bonnie 2019, Audiobooks, Book Reviews 10 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review | In ‘Golden State’, Anything but the Truth is IllegalGolden State by Ben H. Winters
Narrator: Kiff VandenHeuvel
Published by Mulholland Books on January 22, 2019
Length: 10 hours and 26 minutes
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Audiobook
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Countdown City, World of Trouble

three-stars

A shocking vision of our future that is one part Minority Report and one part Chinatown.

Lazlo Ratesic is 54, a 19-year veteran of the Speculative Service, from a family of law enforcement and in a strange alternate society that values law and truth above all else. This is how Laz must, by law, introduce himself, lest he fail to disclose his true purpose or nature, and by doing so, be guilty of a lie.

Laz is a resident of The Golden State, a nation resembling California, where like-minded Americans retreated after the erosion of truth and the spread of lies made public life, and governance, increasingly impossible. There, surrounded by the high walls of compulsory truth-telling, knowingly contradicting the truth--the Objectively So--is the greatest possible crime. Stopping those crimes, punishing them, is Laz's job. In its service, he is one of the few individuals permitted to harbor untruths--to "speculate" on what might have happened in the commission of a crime.

But the Golden State is far less a paradise than its name might suggest. To monitor, verify, and enforce the Objectively So requires a veritable panopticon of surveillance, recording, and record-keeping. And when those in control of the truth twist it for nefarious means, the Speculators may be the only ones with the power to fight back.

‘Each is an interesting fact, and each fact, each piece of truth, is valuable and precious in and of itself, every fact beloved in our good and golden world […]’

Golden State is set in a dystopian, and sovereign, California where cops possess the ability to detect lies and emitting falsehoods will earn you years in prison. Video cameras capture everything and it is all stored in the permanent record as a part of what is “Objectively So,” people greet one another with undeniable statements to vocalize their commitment to the truth, and at the end of each day, citizens are required to itemize their day in a journal (making sure to include any applicable receipts or documentation available). Laszlo Ratesic is a speculator in the Speculative Service and his job is to seek out lies which appear to him as a slight ripple; a dissonance in the air. His current case is investigating the irregularities surrounding the death of a construction worker that fell off a roof. Despite the seeming straightforwardness of the case, Laszlo’s investigation will lead him to the center of a grand conspiracy seeking to undermine the fundamentals of the Golden State.

‘[…] the preservation of reality’s integrity is the paramount duty of the good citizenry and of this government alike. Imagine what kind of mad society would be organized otherwise.’

Golden State reads like a blend of 1984Fahrenheit 451, and Minority Report but really played well on what Winters is becoming known for: well-written speculative futures + noir style mysteries that easily play on fears of possible futures to come. This plot is most definitely a play on the current administration’s continued insistence regarding “Fake News” and “alternative facts” and brings to life a world where the truth is absolute. Winters intent is obviously to show just how dangerous this concept is but for me, the plot got a little messy, the end goal really missed the mark, and the whole story strayed instead into predictable territory. What could have been a fascinating inside look at a corrupt government instead transformed into your standard corruption thriller.

‘…he has made his monstrous point about the rings of truth, about context and omission: he has illustrated that no matter how much we know, there are parts of the story that are missing.
There are elements unknown and unknowable, whether we know it or not.’

Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1) by Margaret Atwood [Purchase|Review]
The Last One by Alexandra Oliva [Purchase|Review]
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker [Purchase|Review]

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Waiting on Wednesday – Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

February 20, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth ReichlSave Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
Published by Random House on April 2, 2019
Pages: 288
Genres: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Format: Hardcover
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Trailblazing food writer and beloved restaurant critic Ruth Reichl took the risk (and the job) of a lifetime when she entered the glamorous, high-stakes world of magazine publishing. Now, for the first time, she chronicles her groundbreaking tenure as editor in chief of Gourmet, during which she spearheaded a revolution in the way we think about food.

When Condé Nast offered Ruth Reichl the top position at America's oldest epicurean magazine, she declined. She was a writer, not a manager, and had no inclination to be anyone's boss. And yet . . . Reichl had been reading Gourmet since she was eight; it had inspired her career. How could she say no?

This is the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. It is the story of the moment restaurants became an important part of popular culture, a time when the rise of the farm-to-table movement changed, forever, the way we eat. Readers will meet legendary chefs like David Chang and Eric Ripert, idiosyncratic writers like David Foster Wallace, and a colorful group of editors and art directors who, under Reichl's leadership, transformed stately Gourmet into a cutting-edge publication. This was the golden age of print media--the last spendthrift gasp before the Internet turned the magazine world upside down.

Complete with recipes, Save Me the Plums is a personal journey of a woman coming to terms with being in charge and making a mark, following a passion and holding on to her dreams--even when she ends up in a place she never expected to be.

About Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl is an American food writer, the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine and culinary editor for the Modern Library.

Born to parents Ernst and Miriam (née Brudno), she was raised in New York City and spent time at a boarding school in Montreal. She attended the University of Michigan, where she met her first husband, the artist Douglas Hollis. She graduated in 1970 with a M.A. in art history.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Underrated on my TBR

February 19, 2019 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 30 Comments

Today’s topic was essentially Underrated Gems and I’ve done almost too many of those that I seem to have run out.

Underrated Gems
Underrated Gems Pt. 2
Underrated Gems Pt. 3
Underrated Gems Pt. 4

Instead, I’m focusing on a handful of underrated books on my TBR that I’m hoping end up being an as of yet undiscovered gem.

The House of War and Witness by Mike Carey, Linda Carey, Louise Carey | 147 ratings
A Tree Born Crooked by Steph Post | 172 ratings
Zazen by Vanessa Veselka | 236 ratings
In the Valley of the Sun by Andy Davidson | 308 ratings
Love and Other Wounds: Stories by Jordan Harper | 362 ratings

Bluegrass: A True Story of Murder in Kentucky by William Van Meter | 370 ratings
The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley: A Novel by Jeremy Massey | 1,099 ratings
Donnybrook by Frank Bill | 1,249 ratings
Six Stories (Six Stories #1) by Matt Wesolowski | 1,791 ratings
Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti | 1,831 ratings

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 19th, 2019

February 18, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 3 Comments

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of February 19th, 2019

Tarot by Marissa Kennerson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Razorbill

Mist, Metal, and Ash (Ink, Iron, and Glass #2) by Gwendolyn Clare [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Imprint

Honor Bound (The Honors #2) by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Afterward by E.K. Johnston [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Dutton Books for Young Readers

A Soldier and a Liar by Caitlin Lochner [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Swoon Reads

The Great Unknowable End by Kathryn Ormsbee [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Simon & Schuster books for Young Readers

Immoral Code by Lillian Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Simon Pulse

The Art of Losing by Lizzy Mason [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Soho Teen

Snowhook by Jo Storm [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Dundurn

The Owls Have Come to Take Us Away by Ronald L. Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Clarion Books

The Rising: The Newsflesh Trilogy by Mira Grant [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Orbit

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Tor.com

The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan by Caitlin R Kiernan [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 18th 2019 by Tachyon Publications

Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by Ken Liu [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Tor Books

Gates of Stone by Angus Macallan [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Ace Books

Where Oblivion Lives (Los Nefilim #4) by T. Frohock [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Harper Voyager

Fleet of Knives (Embers of War #2) by Gareth L. Powell [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Titan Books

Firstborn (The House War #7) by Michelle West [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Daw Books

Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Grand Central Publishing

The Next to Die: A Novel by Sophie Hannah [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by William Morrow

Never Tell (Detective D.D. Warren #10) by Lisa Gardner [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Dutton Books

American Heroin (Lola Vasquez #2) by Melissa Scrivner Love [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Court of Lies by Gerry Spence [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Forge

The Vanishing Man (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #12) by Charles Finch [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Minotaur Books

The Chef by James Patterson & Max DiLallo [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 18th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

Who Killed the Fonz? by James Boice [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Simon Schuster

Run Cold (An Edna Ferber Mystery #10) by Ed Ifkovic [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 20th 2019 by Poisoned Pen Press

Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Riverhead Books

Cherokee America by Margaret Verble [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Daughter of Moloka’i (Moloka’i #2) by Alan Brennert [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington’s First Love by Mary Calvi [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

The Familiars by Stacey Halls [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Mira Books

The Object of Your Affections by Falguni Kothari [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Graydon House

The Moon Sister: A Novel (The Seven Sisters #5) by Lucinda Riley [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Atria Books

Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Avon

The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Berkley

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Berkley

The Study of Animal Languages by Lindsay Stern [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Viking

A Weekend in New York by Benjamin Markovits [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Faber & Faber

Aerialists: Stories by Mark Mayer [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by Bloomsbury Publishing

The Polar Bear Expedition: The Heroes of America’s Forgotten Invasion of Russia by James Carl Nelson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 19th 2019 by William Morrow

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Showcase Sunday (193)

February 17, 2019 Bonnie Sunday Book Haul 2 Comments

Last Week’s… Posts

Last Week’s… Book Mail

I haven’t got any new books in WEEKS. I know, I know, who the fuck abducted my ass.

Last Week’s… Obsession

This show was superb. Natasha Lyonne was amazing and as my bestie so perfectly puts it, it’s like a dark version of The Good Place. There are only 8 episodes and they’re all less than 30 minutes long. I watched the entire season in a single day and if you know anything about me, I simply don’t binge watch things. But I binged the shit out of this. Seriously, stop whatever other crap you’re watching and start this immediately.

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Book Review | The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

February 14, 2019 Bonnie 2019, Adult, Book Reviews 12 Comments

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review | The Dreamers by Karen Thompson WalkerThe Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
Published by Random House on January 15, 2019
Pages: 320
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Age of Miracles


four-stars




In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry her away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Then a second girl falls asleep, and then another, and panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. As the number of cases multiplies, classes are canceled, and stores begin to run out of supplies. A quarantine is established. The National Guard is summoned.

Mei, an outsider in the cliquish hierarchy of dorm life, finds herself thrust together with an eccentric, idealistic classmate. Two visiting professors try to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. A father succumbs to the illness, leaving his daughters to fend for themselves. And at the hospital, a new life grows within a college girl, unbeknownst to her—even as she sleeps. A psychiatrist, summoned from Los Angeles, attempts to make sense of the illness as it spreads through the town. Those infected are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, more than has ever been recorded. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

‘…so much of this life will remain always beyond her understanding, as obscure as the landscapes of someone else’s dreams.’

In Southern California, a small town becomes the epicenter of a strange contagion that causes people to sleep indefinitely. Some won’t ever open their eyes again. There’s confusion and hysteria regarding how it’s spread, how to contain it, and meanwhile, more and more people fall victim to the seemingly unavoidable illness. But while it appears that these individuals are sleeping peacefully, inside, their minds are more active than any recorded human brain in history. But what exactly do they dream of, in this inescapable slumber? While they sleep, the waking ones are left to care for their bodies to ensure that one day it will be possible for them to wake again. As the day’s pass and questions remain unanswered, the dreamers begin to outnumber the ones that remain awake.

Karen Thompson Walker once again brings us a dystopian tale that is unsettling in its plausibility. The Dreamers shows us a glimpse at a multitude of individuals within this town without becoming overwhelming: the student that regrets leaving for college and hopes for a day when she’s able to go home, the parents with a newborn who fear falling victim and leaving their baby alone, the young girls that have always fended for themselves fine but now have no other choice when their father falls asleep. The focus on a variety of individuals manages to show the differences in how they react to the unknown by the different facets of their fear and builds on that frenzy of inner turmoil, not knowing what actions to take to avoid becoming the next victim. It’s when the reader is given a glimpse into the mind of a dreamer that you begin to wonder if these individuals are in fact “victims”.

I was a huge fan of Walker’s debut, The Age of Miracles, and I was thrilled to see her focus on another dystopian centered story. The Dreamers, however, takes a different route focusing on the philosophical aspects of the contagion rather the scientific reasoning behind it. This difference in focus, and Walker’s enchanting writing style, inevitably gives the story a dreamlike feel that pairs well with the feeling of disconnect these characters exude, quarantined within a town and simply waiting for the day that they too fall asleep and never wake. The Dreamers doesn’t necessarily end in ambiguity but it certainly lacks concrete answers that would normally be expected in novels of this ilk but are exactly what you’d expect in an actual dream. This story still manages to be incredibly satisfying as long as you’re willing to lose yourself in its slow, hypnotic rhythm.

The Fever by Megan Abbott [Purchase|Review]
Lock In (Lock In #1) by John Scalzi [Purchase]
Blindness by José Saramago [Purchase|Review]

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha Rai

February 13, 2019 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) by Alisha RaiThe Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Series: Modern Love #1
Published by Avon on July 2, 2019
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
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Alisha Rai returns with the first book in her sizzling new Modern Love series, in which two rival dating app creators find themselves at odds in the boardroom but in sync in the bedroom.

Rhiannon Hunter may have revolutionized romance in the digital world, but in real life she only swipes right on her career—and the occasional hookup. The cynical dating app creator controls her love life with a few key rules:

- Nude pics are by invitation only

- If someone stands you up, block them with extreme prejudice

- Protect your heart

Only there aren't any rules to govern her attraction to her newest match, former pro-football player Samson Lima. The sexy and seemingly sweet hunk woos her one magical night... and disappears.

Rhi thought she'd buried her hurt over Samson ghosting her, until he suddenly surfaces months later, still big, still beautiful—and in league with a business rival. He says he won't fumble their second chance, but she's wary. A temporary physical partnership is one thing, but a merger of hearts? Surely that’s too high a risk…

About Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai writes award-winning emotionally complex contemporary romance novels and is frequently sought as a speaker on a range of topics covering romance and media.

She is the first author to have an indie-published book appear on Washington Post’s annual Best Books list. Her books have also been named Best Books of the Year by NPR, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, Kirkus, Bustle, and Cosmopolitan Magazine and her novels have won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for erotic and contemporary romance. When she’s not writing, Alisha is traveling and tweeting.

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of February 12th, 2019

February 11, 2019 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 1 Comment

Here’s what’s releasing this week: a blend of YA, Adult, and the occasional Middle Grade. Something for everyone to look forward to! All book purchase links go to their respective Amazon page.
Help support this blog and use the purchase links to get your copy!

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Week of February 12th, 2019

The Sisterhood by A.J. Grainger [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Triumphant (The Valiant #3) by Lesley Livingston [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Razorbill

Spectacle by Jodie Lynn Zdrok [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Tor Teen

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands #3) by Susan Dennard [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Tor Teen

The Blood Spell (Ravenspire #4) by C.J. Redwine [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Balzer + Bray

Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Simon Pulse

The Beast’s Heart by Leife Shallcross [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Berkley

Awake in the World by Jason Gurley [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Roaring Brook Press

The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by HarperTeen

The Truth and Lies of Ella Black by Emily Barr [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Philomel Books

What Every Girl Should Know by J. Albert Mann [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Eventown by Corey Ann Haydu [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Walden Pond Press

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Dial Books

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Tor Books

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Viking

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Tor.com

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Crooked Lane Books

The Revenant Express (Newbury and Hobbes #5) by George Mann [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Tor Books

Terminal Uprising (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse #2) by Jim C. Hines [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by DAW Books

The Hunting Party: A Novel by Lucy Foley [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by William Morrow

The Secretary by Renée Knight [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Harper

A Deadly Divide (Rachel Getty & Esa Khattak #5) by Ausma Zehanat Khan [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Minotaur Books

The Good Lie (Peter Rena #2) by Tom Rosenstiel [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Ecco

Careless Love: A DCI Banks Novel (Inspector Banks #25) by Peter Robinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by William Morrow

Say You’re Sorry (Sacramento, #1) by Karen Rose [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Berkley Books

Trigger by David Swinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Mulholland Books

The Cassandra by Sharma Shields [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Henry Holt & Company

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Flatiron Books

The Heavens by Sandra Newman [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Grove Press

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Random House

Leading Men by Christopher Castellani [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Viking

The Chef’s Secret: A Novel by Crystal King [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Touchstone

The Sisters Hemingway: A Novel by Annie England Noblin [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Knopf Publishing Group

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Ballantine Books

Northern Lights by Raymond Strom [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Simon Schuster

Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Farrar Straus and Giroux

Rutting Season: Stories by Mandeliene Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Scribner

Honey in the Carcase: Stories by Josip Novakovich [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Dzanc Books

Territory of Light by Yūko Tsushima [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham [Purchase]
Expected publication: February 12th 2019 by Simon Schuster

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