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Life’s Too Short – Barbed Wire Heart, Unbury Carol, Future Home of the Living God

April 6, 2018 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Life's Too Short, Read in 2018 2 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.

Life’s Too Short – Barbed Wire Heart, Unbury Carol, Future Home of the Living GodBarbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe
Published by Grand Central Publishing on March 6th 2018
Pages: 416
Genres: Southern Gothic/Country Noir
Format: eARC
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Never cut the drugs--leave them pure.Guns are meant to be shot--keep them loaded.Family is everything--betray them and die.

Harley McKenna is the only child of North County's biggest criminal. Duke McKenna's run more guns, cooked more meth, and killed more men than anyone around. Harley's been working for him since she was sixteen--collecting debts, sweet-talking her way out of trouble, and dreading the day he'd deem her ready to rule the rural drug empire he's built.

Her time's run out. The Springfields, her family's biggest rivals, are moving in. Years ago, they were responsible for her mother's death, and now they're coming for Duke's only weak spot: his daughter.

With a bloody turf war threatening to consume North County, Harley is forced to confront the truth: that her father's violent world will destroy her. Duke's raised her to be deadly--he never counted on her being disloyal. But if Harley wants to survive and protect the people she loves, she's got to take out Duke's operation and the Springfields.

Blowing up meth labs is dangerous business, and getting caught will be the end of her, but Harley has one advantage: She is her father's daughter. And McKennas always win.

DNF @ 16%

Southern Gothic is my jam and Barbed Wire Heart sounded right up my alley. Of course, when you compare anything to Winter’s Bone I’m even more on board. Harley McKenna’s character did in fact, read a lot like Ree Dolly with her badass nature and overall inability to sit on the sidelines letting someone else handle business. It’s an admirable quality and I’m quite fond of this characteristic in female characters. For some reason though, something about the characters, the atmosphere, and the story itself just never rang true for me. It felt like a combination of a lack of authenticity and simply trying too hard to fit in all the guns, the drugs, the bad men, and excessive violence that are characters in and of themselves in novels of this ilk. Whatever it was that ultimately turned me off from this story, I wish it wasn’t the case because I had high hopes for this one.

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

Life’s Too Short – Barbed Wire Heart, Unbury Carol, Future Home of the Living GodUnbury Carol by Josh Malerman
Published by Del Rey on April 10, 2018
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, Western
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Bird Box, Black Mad Wheel

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Carol Evers is a woman with a dark secret. She has died many times . . . but her many deaths are not final: They are comas, a waking slumber indistinguishable from death, each lasting days.

Only two people know of Carol’s eerie condition. One is her husband, Dwight, who married Carol for her fortune, and—when she lapses into another coma—plots to seize it by proclaiming her dead and quickly burying her . . . alive. The other is her lost love, the infamous outlaw James Moxie. When word of Carol’s dreadful fate reaches him, Moxie rides the Trail again to save his beloved from an early, unnatural grave.

And all the while, awake and aware, Carol fights to free herself from the crippling darkness that binds her—summoning her own fierce will to survive. As the players in this drama of life and death fight to decide her fate, Carol must in the end battle to save herself.

DNF @ 15%

As you might have guessed from the title, Carol is dead. Or at least she dies a lot but she comes back, for some mysterious reason. When Carol was still alive and kicking, she married this pretty horrible dude named Dwight (horrible dude, horrible name… it fits) who only pretended to like her for her money, but now that she’s died again, he intends to keep it that way. Except for her ex, the outlaw James Moxie is coming to save her from a forever death. Yeah, outlaw. This is some bizarre blend of fantasy and the Wild West and there were absolutely no ‘horror’ bits about it. Except having to read characters constantly repeat the phrase “Hell’s heaven” ad nauseam was plenty horrific enough.

Honestly, this just sounds like a bad Lifetime movie, but Bird Box remains one of my all-time favorite horror novels and I keep trying his stories even though nothing has managed to come close.

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

Life’s Too Short – Barbed Wire Heart, Unbury Carol, Future Home of the Living GodFuture Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Published by Harper on November 14, 2017
Pages: 288
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
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Also by this author: The Round House

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The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Twenty-six-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant.

Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby’s origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity.

There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe.

A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

DNF @ 20% (+ scan reading)

The concept of evolution reversing itself is a potentially fascinating story, but Erdrich didn’t exactly tackle the details of this idea. It’s merely a stated occurrence and the story instead focuses on women being rounded up for breeding stock because there are so few “original” babies being born. Which… just sounds a lot like The Handmaid’s Tale to me. Whether or not it’s the renewed interest in The Handmaid’s Tale what with the new show, but there have been a ridiculous amount of dystopian tales surrounding the degradation of women as of late. This is all well and good, I’m always on board for a good dystopian story, but with Future Home of the Living God, Erdrich’s attempts to hop on the bandwagon of dystopian lit results in nothing more than a lesser, imitative version.

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Monthly Rundown: March 2018

April 5, 2018 Bonnie Monthly Rundown 4 Comments

Books Read = 9

Sure did. NINE?! The hell did I even do last month? Well, I worked my ass off and was so tired that I was going home and relaxing, not having the brain power to do anything but. I did manage to post a single review this month so I guess the month wasn’t a complete loss.

Posted Reviews

Audiobook Review – Red Sparrow (Red Sparrow Trilogy #1) by Jason Matthews

Unreviewed Reads

Best of the Month: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan ★★★★
I took a very long break from reading any Riordan for no particular reason but The Hidden Oracle was so very enjoyable. I immediately read the second installment and I’m already dying for the third. Ties into the original Percy series nicely.

Least Favorite: You & Me & Why We Are in Love by Aurelia Alcaïs ★
This bizarre poetry collection was so, so bad. “Pamela has found a very young lover. He could be her son. She doesn’t love him – she adores him.” I mean… seriously?

Biggest Surprise: Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld ★★★★
I’ve had this one for ages but I had to read the original P&P first… I finally got around to that last year. And this one was all sorts of fun and loved seeing how the classic was translated into a modern tale.

Biggest Disappointment: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli ★★★
Now hear me out: I enjoyed this, I did, but it didn’t resonate with me as it did with most other readers. (My bestie loved it.) This isn’t super my genre though so I was taking a chance on it as it was. I loved the movie though for what it’s worth.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

April 4, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Social Creature by Tara Isabella BurtonSocial Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
Published by Doubleday on June 5th 2018
Pages: 288
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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For readers of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt, a dark, propulsive and addictive debut thriller, splashed with all the glitz and glitter of New York City.

They go through both bottles of champagne right there on the High Line, with nothing but the stars over them... They drink and Lavinia tells Louise about all the places they will go together, when they finish their stories, when they are both great writers-to Paris and to Rome and to Trieste...

Lavinia will never go. She is going to die soon.

Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new.

About Tara Isabella Burton

Tara Isabella Burton has followed a female hermit into the remote Caucasus, gotten love amulets from Turkish Islamic shamans, and held signs with the street preachers of Las Vegas.

Her work on religion, culture, and place can be found at National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, The Economist's 1843, Aeon, The BBC, The Atlantic, The American Interest, Salon, The New Statesman, The Telegraph, and more. Her fiction has appeared at The New Yorker's Daily Shouts, Great Jones Street, Tor.com, PANK, Shimmer, and other places. She has received The Spectator's 2012 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize and a 2016 Lowell Thomas Award.

Her first novel, Social Creature, is forthcoming from Doubleday (US) and Bloomsbury/Raven (UK) in June 2018, and will be translated into nine more languages, including Italian, French, and Russian. She is also working on a non-fiction book about new religious and "replacement religion" movements, Strange Rites: Cults and Subcultures After the Death of God, to be published by Public Affairs in 2019.

Tara recently completed a doctorate in theology as a Clarendon Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford. She is currently a staff writer on the religion beat at Vox.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 2nd, 2018

April 2, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 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 April 2nd, 2018

Stormcaster (Shattered Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by HarperTeen

Future Lost (Future Shock #3) by Elizabeth Briggs [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Albert Whitman Company

Defy the Worlds (Constellation #2) by Claudia Gray [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Simon Pulse

The Oracle Queen (Three Dark Crowns 0.1) by Kendare Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by HarperTeen

The New World (Timebomb Trilogy #3) by Scott K. Andrews [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Hodder

Autonomous by Andy Marino [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Balzer + Bray

Zombie Abbey by Lauren Baratz-Logsted [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Entangled: Teen

Spark (The Skin Books #2) by Alice Broadway [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 5th 2018 by Scholastic Fiction

As She Fades by Abbi Glines [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Infamous (Beautiful Idols #3) by Alyson Noel [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Window by Amelia Brunskill [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Delacorte

Antipodes by Michele Bacon [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Sky Pony Press

Loser’s Bracket by Chris Crutcher [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Greenwillow Books

Hiding by Henry Turner [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Clarion Books

American by Day by Derek B. Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Cold Hard Truth by Anne Greenwood Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Albert Whitman Company

Into the Nightfell Wood (Untitled #2) by Kristin Bailey [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books

The Stone Girl’s Story by Sarah Beth Durst [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Clarion Books

Seeker of the Crown (Prisoner of Ice and Snow #2) by Ruth Lauren [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Never That Far by Carol Lynch Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Shadow Mountain

Scourged (The Iron Druid Chronicles #9) by Kevin Hearne [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Del Rey

Grey Sister (Book of the Ancestor #2) by Mark Lawrence [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Ace

The Barrow Will Send What it May (Danielle Cain #2) by Margaret Killjoy [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Tor.com Publishing

The Night Dahlia (Nightwise #2) by R.S. Belcher [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Tom Doherty Associates

The Body Library (John Nyquist #2) by Jeff Noon [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Angry Robot

The Dark Angel: The Complete Tales of Jules de Grandin, Volume Three by Seabury Quinn [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Night Shade Books

The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky #1) by Leo Carew [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Orbit

School for Psychics ( School for Psychics #1) by K.C. Archer [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Simon Schuster

Wonderblood by Julia Whicker [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Sisters Mederos by Patrice Sarath [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Angry Robot

Greeks Bearing Gifts (Bernie Gunther #13) by Philip Kerr [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Marian Wood Books/Putnam

All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by William Morrow

I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Simon Schuster

What She Doesn’t Know by Andrew E. Kaufman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

A Necessary Evil: A Novel (Sam Wyndham #2) by Abir Mukherjee [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Pegasus Crime

Hold Back the Dark (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit #18) by Kay Hooper [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books

The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Gallery Books

The Way I Die: A Novel by Derek Haas [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Pegasus Books

The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

Too Close to Breathe (Frankie Sheehan #1) by Olivia Kiernan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Dutton

Hard Aground (Lewis Cole #11) by Brendan DuBois [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Pegasus Books

Queen Anne’s Lace (China Bayles #26) by Susan Wittig Albert [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books

The Knowledge (Richard Jury #24) by Martha Grimes [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Atlantic Monthly Press

Fiction Can Be Murder (Mystery Writer’s Mystery #1) by Becky Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 8th 2018 by Midnight Ink

Varina: A Novel by Charles Frazier [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Ecco

Why Kill the Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr #13) by C.S. Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Berkley

This Scorched Earth by W. Michael Gear [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Forge

America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Viking

Swimming Between Worlds by Elaine Neil Orr [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books

Paris by the Book by Liam Callanan [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Dutton

How to Be Safe by Tom McAllister [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Liveright

How You Ruined My Life by Jeff Strand [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Graydon House

The Waters & The Wild: A Novel by DeSales Harrison [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Random House

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Riverhead Books

The Very Marrow of Our Bones by Christine Higdon [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by ECW Press

Sodom Road Exit by Amber Dawn [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Arsenal Pulp Press

Bluff by Michael Kardos [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Grove Atlantic / Mysterious Press

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books

The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Gallery Books

Look Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane Crosley [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by MCD

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 3rd 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 26th, 2018

March 26, 2018 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 March 26th, 2018

Lost Crow Conspiracy (Blood Rose Rebellion #2) by Rosalyn Eves [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Invasion (The Call #2) by Peadar Ó Guilín [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by David Fickling Books

I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Way the Light Bends by Cordelia Jensen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Philomel Books

Live in Infamy by Caroline Tung Richmond [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Scholastic

The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Feiwel & Friends

Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Flux

The Continent (The Continent #1) by Keira Drake [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

Reflection (Twisted Tales #4) by Elizabeth Lim [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Disney Press

And She Was by Jessica Verdi [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Scholastic

The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, Michelle Schusterman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Point

Frat Girl by Kiley Roache [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Harlequin Teen

In Her Skin by Kim Savage [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by FSG

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press

Out of the Wild Night by Blue Balliett [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press

Ice Wolves (Elementals #1) by Amie Kaufman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by HarperCollins

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press

The Devil You Know (Felix Castor #1) by Mike Carey [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Orbit

The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Tor Books

Void Black Shadow (The Voidwitch Saga #2) by Corey J. White [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Tor.com

The Other Mother by Carol Goodman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Glimpse by Jonathan Maberry [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Tangerine: A Novel by Christine Mangan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Ecco

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers #1) by Lee Goldberg [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

Be a Good Girl by Tess Diamond [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Avon

The Disappeared (Joe Pickett #18) by C.J. Box [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Jackrabbit Smile (Hap and Leonard #13) by Joe R. Lansdale [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Mulholland Books

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Doubleday Books

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Gallery Books

The Balcony by Jane Delury [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

Murder at Half Moon Gate (A Wrexford & Sloane Mystery #2) by Andrea Penrose [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

To Die but Once (Maisie Dobbs #14) by Jacqueline Winspear [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Harper

Herding Cats (Sarah’s Scribbles #3) by Sarah Andersen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing

What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Sociable by Rebecca Harrington [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Doubleday Books

Hurts to Love You (Forbidden Hearts #3) by Alisha Rai [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Avon

Shape of My Heart (Heartthrob #3) by Luann McLane [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 26th 2018 by Pocket Star

Counting on a Countess (The London Underground #2) by Eva Leigh [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Avon

The Secret of Flirting (Sinful Suitors #5) by Sabrina Jeffries [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Pocket Books

What a Difference a Duke Makes (School for Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Avon

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine by Alan Lightman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Pantheon Books

My Dead Parents: A Memoir by Anya Yurchyshyn [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History by Steven J. Zipperstein [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Liveright

Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom, Jr. [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 27th 2018 by Feiwel Friends

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Waiting on Wednesday – Transcription: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

March 21, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – Transcription: A Novel by Kate AtkinsonTranscription: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
Published by Little Brown and Company on September 25th 2018
Pages: 352
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Life After Life

A thrilling new novel from the bestselling author of Life After Life

In 1940, eighteen-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathizers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past forever. Ten years later, now a radio producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realize that there is no action without consequence. Transcription is a work of rare depth and texture, a bravura modern novel of extraordinary power, wit and empathy. It is a triumphant work of fiction from one of the best writers of our time.

About Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and she has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever since.

She is the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Case Histories, and One Good Turn.

Case Histories introduced her readers to Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, and won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and the Prix Westminster.

When Will There Be Good News? was voted Richard & Judy Book Best Read of the Year. After Case Histories and One Good Turn, it was her third novel to feature the former private detective Jackson Brodie, who makes a welcome return in Started Early, Took My Dog.

I adored Life After Life but it’s crazy to think that came out 5 years ago already. Transcription sounds like a fantastic trip back to the time period, just maybe minus the whole time traveling bit.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR

March 20, 2018 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 12 Comments

Spring is never a reliable season where I live. I’ll most definitely get more snow and Spring won’t actually show up until about May where it’ll last about a week and then *bam* your ass is melting because Summer is here. It is what it is. These are the top ten books I plan to read this “Spring”.

My top 5 Spring releases I’m anticipating:

Only Human (Themis Files #3) by Sylvain Neuvel | Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Del Rey Books
The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan | Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas | Expected publication: May 1st 2018 by Bloomsbury YA
The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz | Expected publication: June 5th 2018 by Harper
We Are Where the Nightmares Go and Other Stories by C. Robert Cargill | Expected publication: June 12th 2018 by Harper Voyager

Random others I’d like to make time for:

High Voltage (Fever #10) by Karen Marie Moning
Still Me (Me Before You #3) by Jojo Moyes
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black
Ashes of Honor (October Daye #6) by Seanan McGuire
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of March 19th, 2018

March 19, 2018 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 2 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 March 19th, 2018

Tiger’s Dream (The Tiger Saga #5) by Colleen Houck [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Sourcebooks Fire

Orphan, Monster, Spy by Matt Killeen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Miles Away from You by A.B. Rutledge [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by HarperTeen

Finding Felicity by Stacey Kade [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Covert Game (GhostWalkers #14) by Christine Feehan [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Berkley Books

Torn (The Unraveled Kingdom #1) by Rowenna Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Orbit

A Veil of Spears (The Song of the Shattered Sands #3) by Bradley P. Beaulieu [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Daw Books

Stone Mad (Karen Memory #2) by Elizabeth Bear [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Tor.com

Let’s No One Get Hurt by Jon Pineda [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Berkley

Such Dark Things by Courtney Evan Tate [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Mira Books

The Past Is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson [Purchase]
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The Punishment She Deserves (Inspector Lynley #20) by Elizabeth George [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Viking

Accidental Heroes by Danielle Steel [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Delacorte Press

Duel to the Death (Ali Reynolds #13) by J.A. Jance [Purchase]
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Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by William Morrow

Death Comes in Through the Kitchen by Teresa Dovalpage [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Soho Press

The Bishop’s Pawn (Cotton Malone #13) by Steve Berry [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Minotaur Books

Aetherial Worlds: Stories by Tatyana Tolstaya [Purchase]
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American Histories: Stories by John Edgar Wideman [Purchase]
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Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Random House

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman [Purchase]
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The Baby Plan: A Novel by Kate Rorick [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks

Hot Mess by Emily Belden [Purchase]
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The Italian Party by Christina Lynch [Purchase]
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Every Note Played by Lisa Genova [Purchase]
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The Gunners: A Novel by Rebecca Kauffman [Purchase]
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The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Viking

The Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti [Purchase]
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Just the Funny Parts: My 30 Years on the Hollywood Jungle Gym by Nell Scovell [Purchase]
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Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

New World, Inc.: How England’s Merchant Adventurers Created America by John Butman & Simon Targett [Purchase]
Expected publication: March 20th 2018 by Little, Brown and Company

The Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underworld by T. J. English [Purchase]
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The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun [Purchase]
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Waiting on Wednesday – The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan

March 14, 2018 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick RiordanThe Burning Maze by Rick Riordan
on May 1st 2018
Pages: 448
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Son of Neptune

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager named Lester Papadopoulos. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Lester must restore five Oracles that have gone dark. But he has to achieve this impossible task without having any godly powers and while being duty-bound to a confounding young daughter of Demeter named Meg. Thanks a lot, Dad.

With the help of some demigod friends, Lester managed to survive his first two trials, one at Camp Half-Blood, and one in Indianapolis, where Meg received the Dark Prophecy. The words she uttered while seated on the Throne of Memory revealed that an evil triumvirate of Roman emperors plans to attack Camp Jupiter. While Leo flies ahead on Festus to warn the Roman camp, Lester and Meg must go through the Labyrinth to find the third emperor—and an Oracle who speaks in word puzzles—somewhere in the American Southwest. There is one glimmer of hope in the gloom-filled prophecy: The cloven guide alone the way does know. They will have a satyr companion, and Meg knows just who to call upon. . . .

About Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, the Kane Chronicles, the Magnus Chase series and the Trials of Apollo. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. While teaching in San Antonio, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today, eighty-six million copies of his books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 37 countries.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.

I’ve only just started reading The Dark Prophecy but I already know I’m going to need this one like air.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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