Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love Me

Posted July 31, 2021 by Bonnie in Book Reviews, Rapid Fire Reviews / 2 Comments

Sometimes review writing is hard. Sometimes you don’t have a lot to say. Sometimes you’re just lazy as fuck. These are Rapid Fire Reviews.

Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love MeProject Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Published by Ballantine Books on May 4, 2021
Pages: 476
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: The MartianArtemis

Thoughts: I don’t give out five stars too often, but this one was one spectacular book. I was a bit apprehensive at first: the plot centers around an astronaut that wakes up alone on a spaceship with no memory of where he is, or even who he is. Rather than being provided a backstory, we’d suddenly get these bursts of memory, but they were written kind of sloppily I felt. He’d be doing something on the spaceship, have some memory, and realize oh! That’s because I was a science teacher, or whatever. It was really off-putting and happened frequently in the first several hundred pages. The rest of the book was so amazing that I was able to overlook the issues I had with that.

Verdict: The major aspect of this book is actually a huge spoiler and it is 100% better to experience it firsthand, so, I’m going to do my part and not even try to allude to it. Well worth a read.

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five-stars

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.

Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love MeThe Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on May 18, 2021
Pages: 368
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: My Favorite Half-Night StandJosh and Hazel’s Guide to Not DatingLove and Other WordsThe UnhoneymoonersTwice in a Blue Moon

Thoughts: I’m always on board for new CL, and I was completely in love with this plot when I read the blurb. Not only do we have some fun science shit, but we’ve got an enemies-to-lovers thing going on (which I l-o-v-e). Unfortunately, there’s usually a lot more sizzle between a pair when they realize that they don’t actually hate one another as much as they thought. The sizzle fizzled instead, and we were left with a whole lot of talk of soulmates but not much showing.

Verdict: Being able to find your soulmate through a scientific experiment is quite an intriguing concept: too bad the soulmates in this story have practically no chemistry.

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three-half-stars

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.

Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love MeThe Halloween Moon by Joseph Fink
Published by Quill Tree Books on July 20, 2021
Pages: 288
Genres: Horror
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Thoughts: The Halloween Queen has frozen time in Esther’s small town and it’s up to her and a few friends to break the curse. The premise of this was really creepy and perfect for Goosebumps fans, young and old alike, but Fink tried to do a little too much within these pages. I appreciated the thought he put into the diversity of the characters and the progress of Esther’s coming-of-age story, however, it definitely detracted from reaching peak horror. ​Being chased through town by a guy throwing razor blade-filled apples was quite creepy but there was so much other stuff going on it was hard to determine whether or not there was actually any threat.

Verdict: I’m not actually sure if this would have just been better suited to the targeted age group, but either way, it was still a thrilling little Halloween in July sort of tale.

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three-stars

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.

Rapid Fire Reviews | Hail Mary, The Soulmate Equation, The Halloween Tree, You Love MeYou Love Me (You, #3) by Caroline Kepnes
Published by Random House on April 6, 2021
Pages: 385
Genres: Thriller
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Hidden Bodies

Thoughts: Joe and his stalker romantic tendencies are still going strong. He’s moved to a new town, has a new job at the library, and has a new woman to become weirdly obsessed over for no particular reason. Honestly, despite the occasional curve balls that kept this installment slightly interesting, You Love Me just felt like a recycled version of what’s been told twice before now. The only difference was the excessive use of “lemonhead” and “Murakami”. 🤢

Verdict: I believe this is one of the rare cases where the show is actually better than the book so I’ll be sticking with that from this point on.

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two-stars

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

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

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. JamesThe Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James
Published by Berkley on March 15, 2022
Pages: 352
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: An Inquiry Into Love and Death, The Broken Girls

A true crime blogger gets more than she bargained for while interviewing the woman acquitted of two cold case slayings in this chilling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel.

In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect--a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017. Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases--a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea's surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth's mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she's not looking, and she could swear she's seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn't right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?

About Simone St. James

Simone St. James is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel, The Broken Girls and The Haunting of Maddy Clare, which won two RITA awards from Romance Writers of America and an Arthur Ellis Award from Crime Writers of Canada. She wrote her first ghost story, about a haunted library, when she was in high school, and spent twenty years behind the scenes in the television business before leaving to write full-time. She lives outside Toronto, Canada with her husband and a spoiled cat.

I’ve read a lot of books by Simone St. James at this point but her most recent string of modern paranormal thrillers (The Broken Girls, The Sun Down Motel) have been some of my favorites. This one sounds spectacular and I can’t wait for it!

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

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

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Week of July 26th, 2021

A Void of Magic (Kennedy Rain #1) by Sandy Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Brimfire Press

A Good Day for Chardonnay (Sunshine Vicram #2) by Darynda Jones [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Ballgowns & Butterflies (A Stitch in Time #1.5) by Kelley Armstrong [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 25th 2021

Godspeed by Nickolas Butler [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Just One Look by Lindsay Cameron [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Ballantine Book

Not a Happy Family by Shari Lapena [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Pamela Dorman Books

Island of Thieves (Van Shaw #6) by Glen Erik Hamilton [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by William Morrow

Rovers by Richard Lange [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Mulholland Books

Fierce Little Thing by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Flatiron Books

The Perfect Ruin by Shanora Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Dafina

The Runaway Heiress by Meg Tilly [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Berkley Books

How to Find Your Way in the Dark (Sheldon Horowitz #1) by Derek B. Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Three Words for Goodbye by Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by William Morrow

Radar Girls by Sara Ackerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by MIRA

What’s Left Unsaid by Emily Bleeker [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Lake Union Publishing

Summer Fun by Jeanne Thornton [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Soho Press

We Want What We Want by Alix Ohlin [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Second Season by Emily Adrian [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Blackstone Publishing

The Man Ban by Nicola Marsh [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Berkley Books

Heartbreak for Hire by Sonia Hartl [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Gallery Books

It’s Raining Men by Julie Hammerle [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Entangled: Amara

Devil in Disguise (The Ravenels #7) by Lisa Kleypas [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 27th 2021 by Avon

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander #9) by Diana Gabaldon

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

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander #9) by Diana GabaldonGo Tell the Bees That I Am Gone (Outlander, #9) by Diana Gabaldon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 23, 2021
Pages: 912
Genres: Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel, Written in My Own Heart's Blood

The past may seem the safest place to be . . . but it is the most dangerous time to be alive. . . .

Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall were torn apart by the Jacobite Rising in 1743, and it took them twenty years to find each other again. Now the American Revolution threatens to do the same.

It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter, Brianna, her husband, Roger, and their children on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible.

Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings run hot enough to boil Hell’s tea-kettle. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

Brianna and Roger have their own worry: that the dangers that provoked their escape from the twentieth century might catch up to them. Sometimes they question whether risking the perils of the 1700s—among them disease, starvation, and an impending war—was indeed the safer choice for their family.
Not so far away, young William Ransom is still coming to terms with the discovery of his true father’s identity—and thus his own—and Lord John Grey has reconciliations to make, and dangers to meet . . . on his son’s behalf, and his own.

Meanwhile, the Revolutionary War creeps ever closer to Fraser’s Ridge. And with the family finally together, Jamie and Claire have more at stake than ever before.

About Diana Gabaldon

Diana J. Gabaldon is an American author, known for the Outlander series of novels. Her books merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. A television adaptation of the Outlander novels premiered on Starz in 2014.

Honestly, I didn’t love the last installment. It took me ages to get through, but get through it I did. The show has been successful at regenerating my interest in this story, however, it’ll be curious to see how closely the show follows the book.

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of July 19th, 2021

Posted July 19, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 0 Comments

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Week of July 19th, 2021

The Book of Accidents by Chuck Wendig [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Del Rey

Last Guard (Psy-Changeling Trinity #5) by Nalini Singh [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Berkley

She Who Became the Sun (The Radiant Emperor #1) by Shelley Parker-Chan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Tor Books

The Follower by Nicholas Bowling [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Titan Books

The Past Is Red by Catherynne M. Valente [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Tordotcom

Notes from the Burning Age by Claire North [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Orbit

The Second Blind Son (The Chronicles of Saylok) by Amy Harmon [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by 47North

Nightbitch by Rachel Yoder [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Doubleday Books

The Retreat by Elisabeth de Mariaffi [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Mulholland Books

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove by Heather Webber [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Forge

A Radical Act of Free Magic (The Shadow Histories #2) by H.G. Parry [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Redhook

Come With Me by Ronald Malfi [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Titan Books

Savage Bounty (Savage Rebellion #2) by Matt Wallace [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Gallery / Saga Press

For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Berkley

Golden Boy: A Murder Among the Manhattan Elite by John Glatt [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Closing Costs by Bracken MacLeod [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

False Witness by Karin Slaughter [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by William Morrow

Red Traitor by Owen Matthews [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Doubleday Books

The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Atria Books

The Good Lie by A.R. Torre [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Thomas & Mercer

The Man with the Silver Saab (Detective Varg #3) by Alexander McCall Smith [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Pantheon Books

The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives by Kristin Miller [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Ballantine Books

A Woman of Intelligence by Karin Tanabe [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

When We Meet Again by Caroline Beecham [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

When We Were Young by Richard Roper [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Bachelor by Andrew Palmer [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Hogarth Press

Hot Under His Collar (The Nolans) by Andie J. Christopher [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Berkley Books

Isn’t It Bromantic? (Bromance Book Club #4) by Lyssa Kay Adams [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 20th 2021 by Berkley Books

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Audiobook Review | The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2) by Margaret Atwood

Posted July 18, 2021 by Bonnie in Audiobooks, Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Audiobook Review | The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2) by Margaret AtwoodThe Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Narrator: Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Mae Whitman, Derek Jacobi, Tantoo Cardinal
Series: The Handmaid's Tale #2
Published by Random House Audio Publishing Group on September 10, 2019
Length: 13 hours and 18 minutes
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, MaddAddam

two-stars

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets.

As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

I didn’t read The Handmaid’s Tale until 2014. Suffice it to say, I was a little late to the party. It was an incredibly visceral possibility of a potential future that only shows just how fragile women’s rights can be. But even after reading it and then seeing the show and how they expanded on the source material, I never felt that the book really needed a sequel.

When The Testaments was first released, I found myself caught up in the excitement of it, despite my reservations. I remember only getting a few chapters in, if that, before deciding I just wasn’t interested in this story. I blame my renewed addiction to the show for stirring up my curiosity once again and the reason I actually finished it this time.

Prior to reading, I had seen a lot of reviews refer to the writing style as being very much like a young adult novel. I didn’t think that this was at all possible… it’s an Atwood, after all. The Testaments is told from three different points of view: Aunt Lydia’s sections were unexpectedly enlightening and the most interesting of the trio. The other two were told from the points of view of two teenage girls, one living in Gilead and the other in Canada, and these were the sections possessing the young adult style writing style. Now, that’s not to say that these girls didn’t require a childish tone, it did fit. My issue was with the Canadian girl especially and her continued focus on this guy she had a crush on while in the midst of death and other atrocities that was the most ridiculous pill to swallow.

“I was getting more childish by the minute. He brought it out in me.”

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For fans of the show, hearing Aunt Lydia’s passages read in the voice of Ann Dowd was a real treat. As I said, Aunt Lydia’s sections were surprisingly the most interesting and gave readers a vastly different perspective compared to Offred/June’s in the original novel. It also answered a lot of questions that you may have had,  but again, I’m not sure it was vital that we were given these answers. The Handmaid’s Tale held more sway over readers by leaving some aspects shrouded in mystery, forcing us to formulate our own answers. I’m not sure why Atwood decided that she would finally reveal all after thirty-four years, but some things are simply better left unsaid.

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10 Years

Posted July 15, 2021 by Bonnie in Announcements / 6 Comments

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I gotta say, this is a pretty crazy post to be writing. July 15, 2011, was the day I finally decided to create my own blog. To say that I’m still doing it ten years later is pretty nuts and I’m not sure I expected this hobby to go as long as it has. I could bore you all with my stats throughout the years or a nice bullet-point list of all the things I’ve learned, but I think the most important thing here is that even though I’m not the same blogger I was when I began, I still enjoy doing it to this day.

I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to post more and interact more but at the end of the day, blogging/reviewing was never a job for me. It was a hobby and I realized I needed to stop treating it as such. I post when inspiration strikes and if that doesn’t happen for weeks on end, it is what it is. Things in life, including blogging, can be a lot more fun if there isn’t quite so much stress put on it. I enjoy having a platform where I can shout from the rooftops about amazing books and that also allows me to connect with so many wonderful people. I’ve enjoyed it so much for the last ten years and I look forward to an endless amount of book discussions to come.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins

Posted July 14, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Reckless Girls by Rachel HawkinsReckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 4, 2022
Pages: 320
Genres: Mystery
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Hex Hall, Demonglass, Spell Bound

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wife Upstairs comes a deliciously wicked gothic suspense, set on an isolated Pacific island with a dark history, for fans of Lucy Foley and Ruth Ware.

When Lux McAllister and her boyfriend, Nico, are hired to sail two women to a remote island in the South Pacific, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Stuck in a dead-end job in Hawaii, and longing to travel the world after a family tragedy, Lux is eager to climb on board The Susannah and set out on an adventure. She’s also quick to bond with their passengers, college best friends Brittany and Amma. The two women say they want to travel off the beaten path. But like Lux, they may have other reasons to be seeking an escape.

Shimmering on the horizon after days at sea, Meroe Island is every bit the paradise the foursome expects, despite a mysterious history of shipwrecks, cannibalism, and even rumors of murder. But what they don’t expect is to discover another boat already anchored off Meroe’s sandy beaches. The owners of the Azure Sky, Jake and Eliza, are a true golden couple: gorgeous, laidback, and if their sleek catamaran and well-stocked bar are any indication, rich. Now a party of six, the new friends settle in to experience life on an exotic island, and the serenity of being completely off the grid. Lux hasn’t felt like she truly belonged anywhere in years, yet here on Meroe, with these fellow free spirits, she finally has a sense of peace.

But with the arrival of a skeevy stranger sailing alone in pursuit of a darker kind of good time, the balance of the group is disrupted. Soon, cracks begin to emerge: it seems that Brittany and Amma haven’t been completely honest with Lux about their pasts––and perhaps not even with each other. And though Jake and Eliza seem like the perfect pair, the rocky history of their relationship begins to resurface, and their reasons for sailing to Meroe might not be as innocent as they first appeared.
When it becomes clear that the group is even more cut off from civilization than they initially thought, it starts to feel like the island itself is closing in on them. And when one person goes missing, and another turns up dead, Lux begins to wonder if any of them are going to make it off the island alive.

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.

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of July 12th, 2021

Posted July 12, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 0 Comments

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Week of July 12th, 2021

The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Berkley

A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) by Becky Chambers [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Tor.com

Appleseed by Matt Bell [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Custom House

Relentless (Rogue Team International #2) by Jonathan Maberry [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by St. Martin’s Griffin

The Shadow by James Patterson, Brian Sitts [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Grand Central Publishing

The Justice in Revenge (The Fall of the Gods #2) by Ryan Van Loan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Tor Books

The Freedom Race (The Dreambird Chronicles #1) by Lucinda Roy [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Tor Books

The Startup Wife by Tahmima Anam [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Scribner

A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Little, Brown and Company

We Were Never Here by Andrea Bartz [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Ballantine Books

Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Simon & Schuster

The Cellist (Gabriel Allon #21) by Daniel Silva [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Harper

The Heathens (Quinn Colson #11) by Ace Atkins [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Look What You Made Me Do by Elaine Murphy [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Grand Central Publishing

Ascension (Elliot Kane #2) by Oliver Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Therapist by B.A. Paris [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

The Stone Girl by Dirk Wittenborn [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by W. W. Norton Company

The Comfort of Monsters by Willa C. Richards [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Harper

M, King’s Bodyguard by Niall Leonard [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Pantheon

The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer by Dean Jobb [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Algonquin Books

The Icepick Surgeon: Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science by Sam Kean [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Little, Brown and Company

Rachel to the Rescue by Elinor Lipman [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Mariner Books

Yoga Pant Nation (Class Mom #3) by Laurie Gelman [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Henry Holt & Company

The Rehearsals by Annette Christie [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Little, Brown and Company

While We Were Dating (The Wedding Date #6) by Jasmine Guillory [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Berkley Books

It Happened One Summer (It Happened One Summer #1) by Tessa Bailey [Purchase]
Expected publication: July 13th 2021 by Avon

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | She Kills Me: The True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women by Jennifer Wright

Posted July 7, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 1 Comment

Can’t Wait Wednesday | She Kills Me: The True Stories of History’s Deadliest Women by Jennifer WrightShe Kills Me: The True Stories of History's Deadliest Women by Jennifer Wright
Published by Abrams Image on September 28, 2021
Pages: 176
Genres: True Crime
Format: Hardcover
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A powerful collection of stories about women who murdered—for revenge, for love, and even for pleasure—rife with historical details that will have any true crime junkie on the edge of their seat

In every tragic story, men are expected to be the killers. There are countless studies and works of art made about male violence. However, when women are featured in stories about murder, they are rarely portrayed as predators. They’re the prey. This common dynamic is one of the reasons that women are so enthralled by female murderers. They do the things that women aren’t supposed to do and live the lives that women aren’t supposed to want: lives that are impulsive and angry and messy and inconvenient. Maybe we feel bad about loving them, but we eat it up just the same. Residing squarely in the middle of a Venn diagram of feminism and true crime, She Kills Me tells the story of 40 women who murdered out of necessity, fear, revenge, and even for pleasure.

About Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright is an author and political editor-at-large for Harper's Bazaar.

Her pop history books include 'It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Break-Ups in History,' the Audible bestseller 'Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and The Heroes That Fought Them,' and 'We Came First: Romantic Advice From Women Who Have Been There.'

Jennifer is also a frequent speaking guest and panel moderator for schools, museums, and networking events -- speaking on the subjects of how societies, past and present, address women's issues, reproductive rights, love, and of course, plagues.

Her work can be seen in places like The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Observer, Time Out New York, and some other publications that don't have "New York" in the title.

I absolutely loved Wright’s dark sense of humor in Get Well Soon: History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them and It Ended Badly: Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History so I’m excited to see what she does with this topic next.

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