Something To Look Forward To | Week of May 31st, 2021

Posted May 31, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 2 Comments

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Week of May 31st, 2021

The Ninth Metal (The Comet Cycle #1) by Benjamin Percy [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Library of the Dead (Edinburgh Nights #1) by T.L. Huchu [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Tor Books

Girl One by Sara Flannery Murphy [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by MCD

The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Tor.com

Adrift by W. Michael Gear [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Daw Books

The Shape of Darkness by Laura Purcell [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Penguin Books

Breakaway (Expeditionary Force #12) by Craig Alanson [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021

Ten Low by Stark Holborn [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Titan Books

Hollow by Brian Catling [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Vintage

Beneath Devil’s Bridge by Loreth Anne White [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Montlake

The Wedding Night by Harriet Walker [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Ballantine Books

Lesson in Red by Maria Hummel [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Counterpoint

The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Atria Books

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Ballantine Books

An Unlikely Spy by Rebecca Starford [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Ecco

Palace of the Drowned by Christine Mangan [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Flatiron Books

Our Woman in Moscow by Beatriz Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by William Morrow

Ridgeline by Michael Punke [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Henry Holt & Company

The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Little, Brown and Company

Painting the Light by Sally Cabot Gunning [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by William Morrow

Double Blind by Edward St. Aubyn [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Bewilderness by Karen Tucker [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Catapult

The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Harper

The Lockhart Women by Mary Camarillo [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by She Writes Press

With Teeth by Kristen Arnett [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Riverhead

A Lowcountry Bride (Brides of Lowcountry #1) by Preslaysa Williams [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Avon

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Anne of Manhattan by Brina Starler [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks

The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary [Purchase]
Expected publication: June 1st 2021 by Berkley

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne (The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, #1) by Jonathan Stroud

Posted May 26, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne (The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, #1) by Jonathan StroudThe Outlaws Scarlett and Browne by Jonathan Stroud
Series: The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne #1
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 5, 2021
Pages: 432
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Screaming Staircase, The Whispering Skull, The Hollow Boy

Action! Humor! Fantasy! This new series opener is a tour de force from international bestseller Jonathan Stroud.

Scarlett McCain is an outlaw, a bank robber and a sharp shooter--a girl of formidable skills. Fueled by a tragic injustice in her past, she travels the broken kingdoms of England alone, carrying out daring heists in the surviving towns and fending off monstrous beasts in the wilds outside their fortified walls. Her life is dangerous, free, and simple--until she finds a wrecked bus on a lonely road. Albert Browne, the sole survivor of the accident, is a seemingly innocent and harmless youth. Against her better judgement, Scarlett agrees to escort him to safety.

This is a mistake. They are soon pursued by men with dogs and guns and explosives. Scarlett is used to running from the law, but these trackers are the most skilled she's ever encountered--and they don't seem to be after her. Just who is this Albert Browne Scarlett must uncover his shocking secrets if either of them are going to survive.

About Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

Jonathan grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. He worked with different types of books there and this soon led to the writing of his own books. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.

Jonathan is the author of the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy as well as Lockwood & Co. from Disney-Hyperion.

New Stroud has me so excited! His Lockwood & Co. series still remains one of my all-time favorites.

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of May 24th, 2021

Posted May 24, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 1 Comment

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Week of May 24th, 2021

The Blacktongue Thief (Blacktongue #1) by Christopher Buehlman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Tor Books

The Apocalypse Seven by Gene Doucette [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing

Reset by Sarina Dahlan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Blackstone Publishing

How to Mars by David Ebenbach [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Tachyon Publications

The Promised Queen (Forgotten Empires #3) by Jeffe Kennedy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Honeycomb by Joanne M. Harris [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Gallery / Saga Press

The Damnation Game by Clive Barker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Berkley Books

Version Zero by David Yoon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

The Lights of Prague by Nicole Jarvis [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Titan Books

Hard Reboot by Django Wexler [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Tordotcom

Scorpion by Christian Cantrell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Random House

The Unforgiven (Krewe of Hunters #33) by Heather Graham [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by MIRA

The Prodigal Daughter (Linda Wallheim Mystery #5) by Mette Ivie Harrison [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Soho Crime

City on the Edge by David Swinson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Mulholland Books

The Paladin: A Spy Novel by David Ignatius [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by W. W. Norton Company

The Executive Order by David Fisher [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Impostor Syndrome by Kathy Wang [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Custom House

The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Minotaur

Legacy by Nora Roberts [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by MIRA Books

A Peculiar Combination (Electra McDonnell #1) by Ashley Weaver [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Minotaur Books

The Cave Dwellers by Christina McDowell [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Gallery/Scout Press

Love and Fury: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft by Samantha Silva [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Flatiron Books

The Lost Boys of Montauk: The True Story of the Wind Blown, Four Men Who Vanished at Sea, and the Survivors They Left Behind by Amanda M. Fairbanks [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Gallery Books

Revival Season by Monica West [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Simon & Schuster

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Knopf Publishing Group

Day for Night by Jean McNeil [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by ECW Press

The Guncle by Steven Rowley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Burn It All Down by Nicolas DiDomizio [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Little, Brown and Company

The Rooftop Party (Dana Barry #2) by Ellen Meister [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Mira Books

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Berkley

How to Find a Princess (Runaway Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Avon

Dream Spinner (Dream Team #3) by Kristen Ashley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Forever

The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Mira Books

Cheat Day by Liv Stratman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Scribner

Wild Love (Forever Adirondacks #1) by Lauren Accardo [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Berkley Books

Talk Bookish to Me by Kate Bromley [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Graydon House

Playing the Palace by Paul Rudnick [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Berkley Books

Hang the Moon (Written in the Stars #2) by Alexandria Bellefleur [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Avon

Heart and Seoul (Seoul Series #1) by Jen Frederick [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Berkley Books

The Southern Side of Paradise (Peachtree Bluff #3) by Kristy Woodson Harvey [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Pocket Books

Beth and Amy by Virginia Kantra [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 25th 2021 by Berkley Books

The Mix-Up by Elizabeth Neep [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 27th 2021 by Bookouture

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens

Posted May 19, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 3 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie CousensJust Haven't Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on November 9, 2021
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: This Time Next Year

From the New York Times bestselling author of This Time Next Year comes a heartwarming and hilarious tale that asks: What if you pick up the wrong suitcase in an airport, only to fall head over heels for its unseen owner?

Laura's business trip to the Channel Islands isn't exactly off to a great start. After unceremoniously dumping everything in her bag in front of the most attractive man she's ever seen in real life, she arrives at her hotel only to realize she's grabbed the wrong suitcase from the airport. Her only consolation? The irresistibly appealing contents of the case: a copy of her favorite book; piano music; and a rugged, heavy knit fisherman sweater only a Ryan Gosling lookalike could pull off. The owner of this suitcase is Laura's dream man--she's sure of it. Now, all she has to do is find him.

The mix-up seems written in the stars. After all, what are the odds that she'd find The One on the same remote island where her mom and dad had first fallen in love, especially as she sets out to write an article about their epic romance? Commissioning surly cab driver Ted to ferry her around seems like her best bet in both tracking down the mystery suitcase owner and retracing her parents' footsteps. And if beneath Ted's gruffness lies a wit that makes their cab rides strangely entertaining, so much the better. But as Laura's long-lost luggage soulmate proves difficult to find--and as she realizes that the love story she's held on a pedestal all her life might not have been that perfect--she'll have to rethink her whole outlook on love to discover what she really wants.

About Sophie Cousens

Sophie Cousens writes romantic comedies. Before becoming a full time writer, she worked as a TV producer in London for more than twelve years, working on shows such as The Graham Norton Show, Russell Howard's Good News and Big Brother.

She now lives on the island of Jersey in the UK, and balances her writing career with taking care of two small children. Sophie yearns for a time when she can add a miniature dachshund to her brood, and wishes for the ability to read books faster than she keeps buying them.

I thoroughly enjoyed Cousens’ This Time Next Year and this one sounds all sorts of cute.

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Release Day Feature | The Hunting Wives by May Cobb

Posted May 18, 2021 by Bonnie in 2021, Adult, Book Reviews, Release Day Feature / 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.

Release Day Feature | The Hunting Wives by May CobbThe Hunting Wives by May Cobb
Published by Berkley on May 18, 2021
Pages: 368
Genres: Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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The Hunting Wives share more than target practice, martinis, and bad behavior in this novel of obsession, seduction, and murder.

Sophie O’Neill left behind an envy-inspiring career and the stressful, competitive life of big-city Chicago to settle down with her husband and young son in a small Texas town. It seems like the perfect life with a beautiful home in an idyllic rural community. But Sophie soon realizes that life is now too quiet, and she’s feeling bored and restless.

Then she meets Margot Banks, an alluring socialite who is part of an elite clique secretly known as the Hunting Wives. Sophie finds herself completely drawn to Margot and swept into her mysterious world of late-night target practice and dangerous partying. As Sophie’s curiosity gives way to full-blown obsession, she slips farther away from the safety of her family and deeper into this nest of vipers.

When the body of a teenage girl is discovered in the woods where the Hunting Wives meet, Sophie finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation and her life spiraling out of control.

About May Cobb

May Cobb earned her MA in literature from San Francisco State University, and her essays and interviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the Rumpus, Edible Austin, and Austin Monthly. Her previous novel is The Hunting Wives. A Texas native, she lives in Austin, Texas, with her family.

“…the pool was the first place I saw her. A week later, she was dead.”

Tired of the hustle and bustle of Chicago life, Sophie and her husband move their young son to the town of Mapleton, Texas in the hopes of creating a simpler life. Sophie becomes a stay-at-home mom, hoping to be the kind of mom that she never had, to her son and she spends her free time writing blog posts and sharing snippets of her life on Instagram. This quiet life that she thought she wanted begins to take on a dull sheen but then Sophie becomes engrossed in a local socialite named Margot Banks who invites her to become a part of The Hunting Wives.

“It wasn’t envy, though; I didn’t want to be her. It was so much more than that. I wanted to be near her. For her to notice me, too. The idea of it took my breath away. It became powerful and even consuming.”

I was drawn to the very Desperate Housewives meets Real Housewives sound this book had and I got to say, it pretty much fits the bill. The Hunting Wives consists of Callie, Jill, Tina, and of course Margot, their de facto leader. None of these women are exactly likable but they’re certainly interesting. They love drinking, shooting guns, and men… and not necessarily in that order. When Sophie is invited to Margot’s lake house to have some drinks and shoot some skeet, she’s intrigued by these wild women that don’t seem to have a care in the world but doing what they want to do. After the past months where she only had herself for company, being around these women makes Sophie realize just how stifled she really was. Each new night she spends with them, the wilder they get, but when a local teenager turns up murdered, the excitement comes to a dead stop.

The Hunting Wives starts out as a tale of suburban ennui but shifts gears into a murder mystery without missing a beat. It was undeniably one wild ride.

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Something To Look Forward To | Week of May 17th, 2021

Posted May 17, 2021 by Bonnie in Something To Look Forward To / 1 Comment

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Week of May 17th, 2021

Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Harper Voyager

The Quiet Boy by Ben H. Winters [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Mulholland Books

The Broken God (The Black Iron Legacy #3) by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Orbit

Mister Impossible (Dreamer Trilogy #2) by Maggie Stiefvater [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Scholastic Press

The Betrayals by Bridget Collins [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by William Morrow

The Album of Dr. Moreau by Daryl Gregory [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Tordotcom

Goblin: A Novel in Six Novellas by Josh Malerman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Del Rey Books

Dark One (Dark One #1) by Brandon Sanderson [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Vault Comics

The Hunting Wives by May Cobb [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Berkley

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Park Row

Madam by Phoebe Wynne [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by St. Martin’s Press

Phase Six by Jim Shepard [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Knopf Publishing Group

Little Bones by N.V. Peacock [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Avon

The Russian Key by Jeri Laber [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Arcade

The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Riverhead Books

The Vanishing Point by Elizabeth Brundage [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Little, Brown and Company

The Stars We Share by Rafe Posey [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Pamela Dorman Books

Light Perpetual: A Novel by Francis Spufford [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Scribner

China: The Novel by Edward Rutherfurd [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Doubleday Books

Tante Eva by Paula Bomer [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Soho Press

Before the Crown by Flora Harding [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by One More Chapter

Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Tin House Books

The Atmospherians by Alex McElroy [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Atria Books

Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by McClelland & Stewart

Yes, Daddy by Jonathan Parks-Ramage [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Highway Blue by Ailsa McFarlane [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Hogarth Press

Dead Souls by Sam Riviere [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Catapult

The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Dutton

Freedom by Sebastian Junger [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Simon Schuster

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Gallery Books

Happy Endings by Thien-Kim Lam [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Avon

The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Berkley Books

Where the Grass Is Green and the Girls Are Pretty by Lauren Weisberger [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Random House

Cow Girl by Kirsty Eyre [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by HarperCollins

How to Save a Life by Eva Carter [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Ballantine

The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake (Winner Bakes All #1) by Alexis Hall [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Forever

Friends from Home by Lauryn Chamberlain [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Dutton Books

The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by HQN

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Berkley Books

The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman [Purchase]
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Graydon House

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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 / 5 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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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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