Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Family Plot by Megan Collins

Posted May 12, 2021 by Bonnie in Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Family Plot by Megan CollinsThe Family Plot by Megan Collins
Published by Atria Books on August 17, 2021
Pages: 320
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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When a family obsessed with true crime gathers to bury their patriarch, horrifying secrets are exposed upon the discovery of another body in his grave in this chilling novel from the author of Behind the Red Door and The Winter Sister.

At twenty-six, Dahlia Lighthouse has a lot to learn when it comes to the real world. Raised in a secluded island mansion deep in the woods and kept isolated by her true crime-obsessed parents, she has spent the last several years living on her own, but unable to move beyond her past—especially the disappearance of her twin brother Andy when they were sixteen.

With her father’s death, Dahlia returns to the house she has avoided for years. But as the rest of the Lighthouse family arrives for the memorial, a gruesome discovery is made: buried in the reserved plot is another body—Andy’s, his skull split open with an ax.

Each member of the family handles the revelation in unusual ways. Her brother Charlie pours his energy into creating a family memorial museum, highlighting their research into the lives of famous murder victims; her sister Tate forges ahead with her popular dioramas portraying crime scenes; and their mother affects a cheerfully domestic façade, becoming unrecognizable as the woman who performed murder reenactments for her children. As Dahlia grapples with her own grief and horror, she realizes that her eccentric family, and the mansion itself, may hold the answers to what happened to her twin.

About Megan Collins

Megan Collins is the author of BEHIND THE RED DOOR and THE WINTER SISTER. She has taught creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Central Connecticut State University, and she is the managing editor of 3Elements Review. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Off the Coast, Spillway, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Rattle. She lives in Connecticut.

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of May 10th, 2021

Posted May 10, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 2 Comments

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Week of May 10th, 2021

Angel of the Overpass (Ghost Roads #3) by Seanan McGuire [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by DAW

Black Water Sister by Zen Cho [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Ace Books

A Master of Djinn (Fatma el-Sha’arawi #1) by P. Djèlí Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Tordotcom

We Are Satellites by Sarah Pinsker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Berkley Books

Son of the Storm (The Nameless Republic #1) by Suyi Davies Okungbowa [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Orbit

The House of Always (A Chorus of Dragons #4) by Jenn Lyons [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Tor Books

The Rock Eaters: Stories by Brenda Peynado [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Penguin Books

Within Without (John Nyquist #4) by Jeff Noon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Angry Robot

The Anatomy of Desire by L.R. Dorn [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by William Morrow

The Final Twist (Colter Shaw #3) by Jeffery Deaver [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Celadon Books

The Devil May Dance by Jake Tapper [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Little, Brown and Company

Girl in the Walls by A.J. Gnuse [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Ecco

The Cuts that Cure by Arthur Herbert [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by White Bird Publishing

Hush Little Baby: A Novel by R.H. Herron [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Dutton Books

The Dancing Girls (Detective Jo Fournier #1) by M.M. Chouinard [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Grand Central Publishing

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Custom House

A Theater for Dreamers by Polly Samson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Algonquin Books

V for Victory: A Novel by Lissa Evans [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Harper

Katharine Parr, the Sixth Wife (Six Tudor Queens #6) by Alison Weir [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Ballantine Books

The Mothers: A Novel by Genevieve Gannon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks

How Lucky by Will Leitch [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Harper

A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Berkley Books

Imagine Summer by Shelley Noble [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks

A Summer to Remember by Erika Montgomery [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Atria Books

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Berkley Books

Yearbook by Seth Rogen [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry by Jason Schreier [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 11th 2021 by Grand Central Publishing

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Ex Hex: A Novel (Ex Hex #1) by Erin Sterling

Posted May 5, 2021 by Bonnie in Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Ex Hex: A Novel (Ex Hex #1) by Erin SterlingThe Ex Hex: A Novel by Erin Sterling, Rachel Hawkins
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on October 5, 2021
Pages: 320
Genres: Romance, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: Hex Hall, Demonglass, Spell Bound

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hawkins, writing as Erin Sterling, casts a spell with a spine-tingling romance full of wishes, witches, and hexes gone wrong.

Nine years ago, Vivienne Jones nursed her broken heart like any young witch would: vodka, weepy music, bubble baths…and a curse on the horrible boyfriend. Sure, Vivi knows she shouldn’t use her magic this way, but with only an “orchard hayride” scented candle on hand, she isn’t worried it will cause him anything more than a bad hair day or two.

That is until Rhys Penhallow, descendent of the town’s ancestors, breaker of hearts, and annoyingly just as gorgeous as he always was, returns to Graves Glen, Georgia. What should be a quick trip to recharge the town’s ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival turns disastrously wrong. With one calamity after another striking Rhys, Vivi realizes her silly little Ex Hex may not have been so harmless after all.

Suddenly, Graves Glen is under attack from murderous wind-up toys, a pissed off ghost, and a talking cat with some interesting things to say. Vivi and Rhys have to ignore their off the charts chemistry to work together to save the town and find a way to break the break-up curse before it’s too late.

About Rachel Hawkins

Rachel Hawkins is the author of Rebel Belle and theNew York Times bestselling series Hex Hall. Born in Virginia and raised in Alabama, Rachel taught high school English for three years before becoming a full-time writer.

Eeeee! New *secret* Rachel Hawkins!!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Ten Mini (Review) Reads + A Ton of DNFs

Posted May 4, 2021 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized / 4 Comments

Of This River by Noah Davis | Published August 1st 2020 by Wheelbarrow Books
four-stars

Of This River is an impressive debut collection of poetry with a distinct Appalachian theme. Noah Davis is one to watch.

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens | Published December 1st 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
four-stars

An adorable story of missed chances that is full of convenient coincidences but will still manage to melt even the hardest of hearts.

Highway Blue by Ailsa McFarlane | Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Hogarth Press
two-stars

This book lacked a pulse. The plot seemed to meander despite the intriguing blurb, the characters were one-dimensional, and the ending only gave the guise of a resolution.

Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella | Published October 27th 2020 by Dial Press
dnf

I think I quit this book faster than the main character’s date did after she started talking about butternut squash soup having a soul on their first date.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother) by David Levithan | Published February 2nd 2021 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
dnf

While I’m clearly not the targeted reader for this novel, I love the occasional Middle Grade and I’m always up for anything by Levithan. This story felt like an ode to The Chronicles of Narnia but one that never really went anywhere and I just wanted more from this fun concept of a story.

Broken (In the Best Possible Way) by Jenny Lawson | Published April 6th 2021 by Henry Holt and Co.
dnf

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened remains one of my favorite books of all time, however, Broken was a massive disappointment. I’m not sure if Lawson’s sense of humor changed (or mine) but I found her antics to be far more preposterous than entertaining.

Astrid Sees All by Natalie Standiford | Published April 6th 2021 by Atria Books
dnf

This was recommended for fans of Fleabag and this couldn’t be further off base. I personally loved Fleabag because of the realness and how darkly comedic it is and honestly, this book didn’t possess a single funny bone in its pages. It was dreary and pretentious and none of the characters left any semblance of an impression on me.

The Ghost Variations: One Hundred Stories by Kevin Brockmeier | Published March 9th 2021 by Pantheon Books
dnf

I’ve developed a taste for short stories only recently, but flash fiction is something different entirely. There simply wasn’t enough substance in any of these snippets to keep me invested.

 

Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy | Published August 4th 2020 by Flatiron Books
two-stars

Migrations is definitely your standard literary fare full of fanciful descriptions and an oftentimes hard-to-follow storyline that likes to bounce between the present day and flashbacks. I don’t think I was in the right mood to try this one (or if I honestly even possess a mood that is “right” for reading literary fiction.)

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper | Published November 10th 2020 by Grand Central Publishing
two-stars

I got major I’ll Be Gone in the Dark vibes from this true crime tale, but I’m not sure I mean that as a compliment. There’s an exceptional amount of information regarding the investigation within these pages, however, once I discovered that this case was actually solved in 2018 it made me wonder why the story seemed to have been written as if this wasn’t knowledge the author possessed. I’m unclear when the author started writing this story, but I felt like at the very least an addendum could have been added prior to publication.

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of May 3rd, 2021

Posted May 3, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To, Uncategorized / 4 Comments

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Week of May 3rd, 2021

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Ballantine Books

Bottle Demon (Eric Carter #6) by Stephen Blackmoore [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Daw Books

Shadowed Steel (Heirs of Chicagoland #3) by Chloe Neill [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Berkley Books

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Gallery / Saga Press

The Dragon of Jin-Sayeng (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #3) by K.S. Villoso [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Orbit

The Shadow of the Gods (The Bloodsworn Saga #1) by John Gwynne [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Orbit

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by MCD

Stolen Earth by J.T. Nicholas [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Titan Books

The Shadow in the Glass by J.J.A. Harwood [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by HarperVoyager

Immunity Index by Sue Burke [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Tor Books

Elsa Bloodstone: Bequest (Marvel Aconyte Novels) by Cath Lauria [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Aconyte

The Last Thing He Told Me: A Novel by Laura Dave [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Simon Schuster

Arsenic and Adobo (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #1) by Mia P. Manansala [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Berkley Books

Six Weeks to Live by Catherine McKenzie [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Atria Books

Dead of Winter (August Snow #3) by Stephen Mack Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Soho Crime

Seven Demons by Aidan Truhen [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

Find You First by Linwood Barclay [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by William Morrow

21st Birthday (Women’s Murder Club #21) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 3rd 2021 by Little, Brown and Company

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Flatiron Books

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Doubleday Books

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba (The Cuba Saga #4) by Chanel Cleeton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Berkley

The Lady Has a Past (Burning Cove #5) by Amanda Quick [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Berkley

The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Sourcebooks Landmark

The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Park Row

The Radio Operator by Ulla Lenze [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by HarperVia

The Secret Talker by Geling Yan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by HarperVia

The Glorious Guinness Girls by Emily Hourican [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Grand Central Publishing

A Lonely Man by Chris Power [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Mysteries by Marisa Silver [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Olympus, Texas by Stacey Swann [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Doubleday Books

Things We Lost to the Water by Eric Nguyen [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Knopf Publishing Group

Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by Xio Axelrod [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Before I Saw You by Emily Houghton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Gallery Books

The Siren by Katherine St. John [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Grand Central Publishing

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Ballantine Books

It Had to Be You by Georgia Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Leda and the Swan by Anna Caritj [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Riverhead Books

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by Julian Sancton [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Crown

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Bright Midnight by Karina Halle

Posted April 28, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Bright Midnight by Karina HalleBright Midnight: A Second-Chance Romance by Karina Halle
on May 6, 2021
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Come Alive, Shooting Scars, Bold Tricks

After years of bartending her way across Europe, Shay Lavji has seen almost everything Europe has to offer, but there’s one country she hasn’t crossed off her bucket list yet: Norway. It’s not that she doesn’t want to visit the land of the midnight sun—far from it; she’s obsessed with the culture and is dying to see the majestic fjords for herself.

What she’s not dying to do is run into her Norwegian ex-boyfriend, Anders Johansson, who broke her heart in America eight years ago before returning to his ancestral home. The last time she saw Anders, he was a cocky, rebellious, and tortured teenager who couldn’t stop himself from pushing all of her buttons—both good and bad. But Shay isn’t going to let Anders stand in the way of her wanderlust, and besides, it’s a big country, right?

She doesn’t count on Anders seeking her out the moment he learns she’s on his home turf. When Shay sees him again, she’s shocked at his transformation into a bearded, tattooed farmer and fisherman who values family over everything else. Is it possible that time has tamed this former bad boy? Shay wants to believe that everything can be new and bright again under the summer sun, but she knows, when it comes to Anders, the darkness is never too far behind.

About Karina Halle

Karina Halle is a screenwriter, a former music & travel journalist, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as sixty other wild and romantic reads.

She, her musician husband, and their adopted pit bull, Bruce, live in a rainforest on an island off the coast of British Columbia, where they operate Raven Ridge, a B&B that’s perfect for writers’ retreats and romantic getaways.

In the winter, you can often find them in California or on their beloved island of Kauai, soaking up as much sun (and getting as much inspiration) as possible. For more information, visit www.authorkarinahalle.com/books.

Halle is represented by Root Literary and is both self-published, and published by Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin, and Montlake. Her books have been published in numerous languages around the world.

Awww… I remember hearing about this when I first became a Karina fan YEARS ago. It’s so awesome to finally see it being released in the wild!

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Release Day Feature | Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto

Posted April 27, 2021 by Bonnie in 2021, Adult, Book Reviews, Release Day Feature / 1 Comment

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.

Release Day Feature | Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. SutantoDial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Published by Berkley on April 27, 2021
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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four-stars

A hilariously quirky novel that is equal parts murder mystery, rom-com, and a celebration of mothers and daughters as well as a deep dive into Chinese-Indonesian culture, by debut author Jesse Q. Sutanto.

1 (accidental) murder
2 thousand wedding guests
3 (maybe) cursed generations
4 meddling Asian aunties to the rescue!

When Meddelin Chan ends up accidentally killing her blind date, her meddlesome mother calls for her even more meddlesome aunties to help get rid of the body. Unfortunately, a dead body proves to be a lot more challenging to dispose of than one might anticipate, especially when it is accidentally shipped in a cake cooler to the over-the-top billionaire wedding Meddy, her Ma, and aunties are working, at an island resort on the California coastline. It’s the biggest job yet for their family wedding business—“Don’t leave your big day to chance, leave it to the Chans!”—and nothing, not even an unsavory corpse, will get in the way of her auntie’s perfect buttercream cake flowers.

But things go from inconvenient to downright torturous when Meddy’s great college love—and biggest heartbreak—makes a surprise appearance amid the wedding chaos. Is it possible to escape murder charges, charm her ex back into her life, and pull off a stunning wedding all in one weekend?

About Jesse Q. Sutanto

Jesse Q Sutanto grew up shuttling back and forth between Jakarta and Singapore and sees both cities as her homes. She has a Masters degree from Oxford University, though she has yet to figure out a way of saying that without sounding obnoxious. She is currently living back in Jakarta on the same street as her parents and about seven hundred meddlesome aunties. When she's not tearing out her hair over her latest WIP, she spends her time baking and playing FPS games. Oh, and also being a mom to her two kids.

“It’s going to be a crazy weekend, isn’t it?”
You have no idea, I want to say.

Meddelin Chan is terrible at dating but when her mother tells her she’s found her the perfect date (and that she has been posing as Meddelin on a dating site to get to know him for her) she realizes that it’s probably too late to establish boundaries. When the date goes riding off the rails (and straight into a tree) Meddelin finds herself alone with her now dead date and the fear that no one will believe her that it was self-defense, so she decides that shoving him in the trunk and calling her family for help in getting rid of his body is the best decision. Naturally.

The body gets accidentally included in the supplies for the wedding that Meddy and her family are working on the next day, on an exclusive island with no possible transport to get back to the mainland. And as if there wasn’t enough on her plate, Meddy runs into her first love who she never quite fell out of love with. The story is interspersed with snippets from the past when Meddy and her ex were together and explains how the duo found themselves crossing paths yet again.

The cringe-worthy yet hilarious moments were aplenty and the story keeps you constantly on the edge of your seat, convinced that the family has finally backed themselves into a corner that they can’t escape from. It’s a roller coaster ride full of accidents and misunderstandings, drama and levity, and while it requires some suspension of disbelief (how they weren’t caught is beyond me) the hijinks were hilarious and had me genuinely laughing out loud. I thought while reading this story that it would make an amazing movie so I’m delighted to hear that this is actually happening!!

‘Trust Ma to take pride in my etiquette when I’ve just shown her my date, whom I’ve killed, in the trunk of my car.’

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of April 26th, 2021

Posted April 26, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 0 Comments

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Week of April 26th, 2021

Fugitive Telemetry (The Murderbot Diaries #6) by Martha Wells [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Tor.com

Robot Artists and Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza Stories by Bruce Sterling [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Tachyon

Eye of the Sh*t Storm (The Frost Files #3) by Jackson Ford [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Orbit

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Tor Books

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Other Side of the Door by Nicci French [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Others by Sarah Blau [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Mulholland Books

Bone Rattle (Arliss Cutter #3) by Marc Cameron [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

Two for the Money (Nolan #1-2) by Max Allan Collin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Hard Case Crime

Murder on Wall Street (Gaslight Mystery #24) by Victoria Thompson [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Berkley

Letters Across the Sea by Genevieve Graham [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Simon Schuster

Revelations by Mary Sharratt [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Sooley by John Grisham [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Doubleday Books

Reluctantly Home by Imogen Clark [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 29th 2021 by Lake Union Publishing

The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Dutton Books

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Berkley

Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by William Morrow

Anchored Hearts (Keys to Love #2) by Priscilla Oliveras [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Zebra

Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank by Elin Hilderbrand [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by William Morrow

How to Train Your Earl (First Comes Love #3) by Amelia Grey [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

A Wicked Bargain for the Duke (Hazards of Dukes #3) by Megan Frampton [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Avon

Authentic: A Memoir by the Founder of Vans by Paul Van Doren [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Vertel Publishing

The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale [Purchase]
Expected publication: April 27th 2021 by Penguin Press

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Revelator by Daryl Gregory

Posted April 21, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Revelator by Daryl GregoryRevelator by Daryl Gregory
Published by Knopf Publishing Group on August 31, 2021
Pages: 352
Genres: Horror
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Raising Stony Mayhall

From the acclaimed author of Spoonbenders comes the gripping tale of a family's mysterious religion, and the daughter who turns her back on their god.

In 1933, nine-year-old Stella is left in the care of her grandmother, Motty, in the backwoods of Tennessee. These remote hills of the Smoky Mountains are home to dangerous secrets, and soon after she arrives, Stella wanders into a dark cavern where she encounters the family's personal god, an entity known as the Ghostdaddy.

Years later, after a tragic incident that caused her to flee, Stella--now a professional bootlegger--returns for Motty's funeral, and to check on the mysterious ten-year-old girl named Sunny that Motty adopted. Sunny appears innocent enough, but she is more powerful than Stella could imagine--and she's a direct link to Stella's buried past and her family's destructive faith.

Haunting and wholly engrossing, summoning mesmerizing voices and giving shape to the dark, Revelator is a southern gothic tale for the ages.

About Daryl Gregory

Award-winning author of Revelator, The Album of Dr. Moreau, Spoonbenders, We Are All Completely Fine, and others. Some of his short fiction has been collected in Unpossible and Other Stories.

He's won the World Fantasy Award, as well as the Shirley Jackson, Crawford, Asimov Readers, and Geffen awards, and his work has been short-listed for many other awards, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Sturgeon awards . His books have been translated in over a dozen languages, and have been named to best-of-the-year lists from NPR Books, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal.

He is also the writer of Flatline an interactive fiction game from 3 Minute Games, and comics such as Planet of the Apes.

He's a frequent teacher of writing and is a regular instructor at the Viable Paradise Writing Workshop.

That summary sounds TRIPPY but I am here for it.

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Release Day Feature | The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert

Posted April 20, 2021 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Early Review, Release Day Feature / 3 Comments

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Release Day Feature | The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. ReichertThe Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert
Published by Berkley on April 20, 2021
Pages: 336
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Ghosties
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, The Simplicity of Cider

three-stars

Jobless and forced home to Wisconsin, journalist Sabrina Monroe can tolerate reunions with frenemies and kisses from old boyfriends, but not the literal ghosts that greet her in this heartwarming tale of the power of love and connection from acclaimed author Amy E. Reichert.

For Sabrina Monroe, moving back home to the Wisconsin Dells–the self-described Waterpark Capital of the World–means returning to the Monroe family curse: the women in her family can see spirits who come to them for help with unfinished business. But Sabrina’s always redirected the needy spirits to her mom, who’s much better suited for the job. The one exception has always been Molly, a bubbly rom-com loving ghost, who stuck by Sabrina’s side all through her lonely childhood.

Her personal life starts looking up when Ray, the new local restaurateur, invites Sabrina to his supper club, where he flirts with her over his famous Brandy Old-Fashioneds. He’s charming and handsome, but Sabrina tells herself she doesn’t have time for romance–she needs to focus on finding a job. Except the longer she’s in the Dells, the harder it is to resist her feelings for Ray. Who can turn down a cute guy with a fondness for rescue dogs and an obsession with perfecting his fried cheese curds recipe?

When the Dells starts to feel like home for the first time and with Ray in her corner, Sabrina begins to realize that she can make a difference and help others wherever she is.

About Amy E. Reichert

Amy Reichert earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.

“Two days, twenty-three hours, and thirty-two minutes. Almost three full days since Sabrina Monroe had last spoken to someone who wasn’t a relative.”

Introvert extraordinaire, Sabrina’s goal in life is simple: avoid human interaction as much as possible. Her evasion tactics have succeeded up until the point when she finds herself in the middle of a fight at the water park covered in strawberry margarita slush. It’s there that she meets a human named Ray that she actually wants to speak to, but her severe anxiety and her insistence that her stay in Wisconsin is only temporary keep her from thinking that there could actually be something between them. Sabrina’s need to leave Wisconsin and to get back to her real-life centers around her inability to be a part of what makes the females in her family special: they can see spirits. And Ray has moved back to Wisconsin to uncover a long-buried family secret and Sabrina and her abilities may be able to finally bring them to light.

Even though that seems like enough plot for an entire novel, there were (too?) many other facets to this story. Ray has his own complete backstory surrounding the aforementioned family secret, Sabrina has a bully from her school days that still terrorizes her and is the root cause of her debilitating anxiety, and Molly, one of the spirits that Sabrina sees which has become something of a best friend to her, has her own backstory as well. As a result, the plot felt a little busy at times and turned this potentially light-hearted and quirky tale into something unexpectedly heavy. One of my favorite aspects of Reichert’s novels is her delicious depictions of the most mouth-watering sounding foods. Cheese curds took center stage in Kindred Spirits.

‘In a line, he had the curds, flour, and a beer batter – a simple mixture of Spotted Cow beer, flour, salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne – each in its own tray.”

Reichert posted a cheese curd recipe inspired by the delicious ones mentioned in the novel and if you’re the drinking type, there’s a recipe for a Wisconsin-Style Brandy Old-Fashioned. Both recipes sound to die for.

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