Friday, July 30, 2021
Romance Quick Reviews
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Can't-Wait Wednesday: A Spindle Splintered
USA Today bestselling author Alix E. Harrow's A Spindle Splintered brings her patented charm to a new version of a classic story.
"A vivid, subversive and feminist reimagining of Sleeping Beauty, where implacable destiny is no match for courage, sisterhood, stubbornness and a good working knowledge of fairy tales." ―Katherine Arden
It's Zinnia Gray's twenty-first birthday, which is extra-special because it's the last birthday she'll ever have. When she was young, an industrial accident left Zinnia with a rare condition. Not much is known about her illness, just that no one has lived past twenty-one.
Her best friend Charm is intent on making Zinnia's last birthday special with a full sleeping beauty experience, complete with a tower and a spinning wheel. But when Zinnia pricks her finger, something strange and unexpected happens, and she finds herself falling through worlds, with another sleeping beauty, just as desperate to escape her fate. - from Goodreads
I love a good retelling, and this sounds like a fun one!
Friday, July 23, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Can't-Wait Wednesday: What Once Was Mine
The 12th installment in the New York Times best-selling series asks: What if Rapunzel's mother drank a potion from the wrong flower?
Desperate to save the life of their queen and her unborn child, the good people of Corona search for the all-healing Sundrop flower to cure her—but mistakenly acquire the shimmering Moondrop flower instead. Nonetheless it heals the queen, and she delivers a healthy baby girl with hair as silver and gray as the moon. With it comes dangerous magical powers: the power to hurt, not heal. For her safety and the safety of the kingdom, Rapunzel is locked in a tower and put under the care of powerful goodwife, Mother Gothel.
For eighteen years Rapunzel stays locked away, knowing she must protect others from her magical hair. But when she leaves the only home she's ever known, wanting only to see the floating lights that appear on her birthday, she gets caught up in an adventure across the kingdom with two thieves—a young woman named Gina, and Flynn Rider, a rogue on the run. Before she can reach her happy ending, Rapunzel learns that there may be more to her story, and her magical tresses, than she ever knew. - from Goodreads
I have been loving the Twisted Tales series, and now it's Rapunzel's turn!
Monday, July 19, 2021
Mid-Year Check-In: 2021 Resolutions
- Bring back my Try It series. I actually did one of these back in February, where I tried out the genre Nordic Noir (and really enjoyed it!). I have at least one more on my list that I want to try this year, too.
- Read one book from my shelf of unread physical books per month. Pass so far! There was even a month where I read three books from that shelf. Unfortunately, I keep borrowing books from my sister, so it looks like I'm not making a lot of progress!
- Keep growing my Instagram account. My Instagram account has grown at least 20% since the beginning of the year! I'm enjoying participating in photo challenges and sharing what I'm reading on a more current basis than my monthly recaps here allow.
- Host a giveaway. Pass! I hosted a giveaway for my 5th blogoversary in April. Thank you to everyone who participated!
- Attend at least 2 bookish events. I attended a virtual book event hosted by the Morristown Festival of Books with VE Schwab back in February, which was really fun, but I've been slacking ever since. I feel like I don't keep up enough with finding virtual events. I'm really hoping, though, to attend an in-person event later this year.
- Do more to promote books/authors I love. This was kind of an amorphous goal, but basically what it boiled down to was that I wanted to be more involved in the bookish community. I've participated in a couple blog tours this year, and I've also signed up to be a part of the blogging communities for Smartypants Romance and author Staci Hart. Staci Hart is an author I love, so it's been fun helping promote her 2021 releases. My sister introduced me to Smartypants Romance and through them I've found some amazing new authors and books.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Fiction/Nonfiction Mini-Reviews: The Mr. Darcy Edition
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Can't-Wait Wednesday: Velvet Was The Night
From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a “delicious, twisted treat for lovers of noir” about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome enforcer, and the mystery of a missing woman they’re both desperate to find.
1970s, Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger.
Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.
Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric criminal who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock ’n’ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he comes to observe Maite from a distance—and grows more and more obsessed with this woman who shares his love of music and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.
Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the truth behind Leonora’s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies all aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets—at gunpoint.
Velvet Was the Night is an edgy, simmering historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes. - from Goodreads
I'm really interested by the noir feeling of this book!
Monday, July 12, 2021
Guest Blogger: Musings on Preorders
As I have gotten back into reading the last few years and started following many authors on social media, I have learned how important preorders are to those authors. When a reader preorders an author’s next release, it helps them earn spots on bestseller lists, allows their publisher to extrapolate early demand, and assists book stores in properly stocking their shelves. Showing early excitement and enthusiasm is one of the best things we can do for the authors we enjoy.
I have a number of auto-buy authors and I always eagerly anticipate their latest release. Sometimes I will even preorder it a number of months in advance. However, I typically don’t actually end up reading it anywhere near release day. Even though it’s something I have been looking forward to, I feel like putting off reading it right away helps me savor it just a little bit more.
I recently noticed that my book hauls for 2021 have contained a number of preordered books and I decided to designate the month of June to finally catch up on those titles. I am glad I did because there were so many good reads!
We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This – Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Soulmate Equation – Christina Lauren
The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba – Chanel Cleeton
Take Me Home Tonight – Morgan Matson
To Love and To Loathe – Martha Waters
Life’s Too Short – Abby Jimenez
Friday, July 9, 2021
Quick Reviews: The Camille Pagán Edition
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Can't-Wait Wednesday: My Cone and Only
Wyatt King isn’t looking for love…because he’s already found it.
Too bad she’s off-limits. He’s not going to be the jerk who messes around with his best friend’s little sister, so he keeps his feelings bottled up and settles for acting as her protector instead.
Andie Lockhart’s dreamed of kissing Wyatt for as long as she’s known what kissing is. But since he’s dated nearly every woman in town but her, she’s long since accepted he’ll never see her as anything more than his best friend’s tomboy little sister.
When a real estate developer threatens the beloved old house Andie inherited from her grandmother, her white knight Wyatt swoops in with his handyman skills to save the day. But the more time they spend working on the house together, the harder it becomes to ignore their irresistible attraction.
Until the night an accidental kiss blows the lid off those feelings they’ve both kept buried.
After that, things between them get a lot hotter—and a lot more complicated. Forbidden love, broken promises, family secrets, and jealousy all threaten to tear them apart. If he intends to hold on to the woman he loves, Wyatt will have to put everything on the line. - from Goodreads
I love a good romance for summer!