Friday, December 6, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - Marisol from Harper Collins Canada

Today I have Marisol from Harper Collins Canada stopping by to take part in my 2019 Most Anticipated Event. Marisol shares the books coming from Harper Collins next year that she thinks should be on your radar! There are some incredible titles on this list so be prepared to add a bunch to your own 'to be read' lists. A huge thank you to Marisol for taking the time to write this post. You can talk about all of these books with the Harper Collins Canada team on Twitter at @hccfrenzy!

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen – January 7, 2020
Who doesn’t love books that take us to new places? Loveboat, Taipei follows Chinese-American girl Ever Wong who is sent from Ohio to Taiwan to learn Mandarin for the summer. Expecting a strict, educational program, Ever is pleasantly surprised when she finds Loveboat in its place: an unchaperoned free-for-all where the fun (and romance) never stops. A charming #ownvoices novel that’s Sarah Dessen meets Crazy Rich Asians, this book is incredibly honest in its portrayal of family, friends, and teenage rebellion – and I am HERE FOR IT!

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera – January 14, 2020
I absolutely adored They Both Die at the End, so I was super excited when I found out that Adam had a new novel coming! This one is a gritty, fast-paced fantasy (yes, Adam is writing fantasy now and it’s amazing!) about a magical turf war generations in the making. I love that Adam is committed to writing LatinX and queer characters, and I cannot wait to see how he integrates them in what is sure to be one of this year’s biggest books!

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles – January 21, 2020
No one is pure, and life is definitely not simple! I love this book for the questions it raises about masculinity, and what it means to be a “real” man. Incredibly nuanced in the way it approaches teen relationships, the diversity of this book made me an instant fan, but it was the story itself that won me over completely!

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha – January 28, 2020
Anyone who says they don’t like graphic novels NEEDS TO READ THIS BOOK! In this graphic memoir, Robin Ha revisits what it was like moving from Seoul to Alabama as a teen. Unable to speak English and suffering from extreme culture shock, Robin struggled to fit in. Heartbreaking and honest, the story is made all the more poignant by Robin’s stunning illustrations and speaks to art’s capacity for bridging cultural divides – and even saving lives.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed – February 4, 2020
Both Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed?! Sign me UP! I love the premise of this novel: two teens become unexpectedly involved in their town’s politics, only to become entangled in the cross-cultural romance of the century. This definitely sounds like something that would happen to me. I can’t wait to get my hands on this romcom!

Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold – February 25, 2020
A darkly feminist retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, I am OBSESSED with this book and can’t wait for it to hit shelves. I love adaptations of fairy tales and folklore, and this one really brings the drama. If you loved Elana’s last book, Damsel, do not miss Red Hood!

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel – February 26, 2020
The cover alone on this is so stunning I had to pick it up! Taking place in New York, British Columbia, and at sea, this beautifully written novel is about money, ghosts, morality, and a Ponzi scheme. The interweaving storylines and alternating points of view bring readers on a journey that haunts long after the book is finished. Add this one to your TBR immediately!

The Fire Never Goes Out by Novelle Stevenson – March 3, 2020
I’m a huge fan of both memoirs and comics, so this one is right up my alley! The Fire Never Goes Out is an illustrated memoir by the creator of Nimona and Lumberjanes that spans eight years of Noelle’s life, following her creative journey, coming out, and mental health struggles. Witty and full of wisdom, I literally have a space saved on my shelf for the finished book. I can’t wait to see Noelle’s incredible illustrations on paper!

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – March 10, 2020
I was instantly hooked on this one! Exploring the psychological trauma of a relationship between a teenage girl and her magnetic and manipulative teacher, this  is propulsive, explosive, and thought-provoking, particularly in the age of #MeToo. Lots to dig into with a book club!

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi – March 31, 2020
If you haven’t gotten into the Shatter Me series yet, there’s still time before the final installment, Imagine Me, hits shelves this March! I love a good dystopian, and Imagine Me is no exception! Following Juliette Ferrars (now Ella) who is fueled by rage, justice, and love, the final book in the series may just bring down the Reestablishment – permanently!

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno – April 7, 2020
Smart and funny and heart wrenching, this novel has everything I want! Following one girl’s crusade to expose sexism at her school after a run-in with a predatory teacher, this #MeToo story is incredibly timely and manages to explore its more serious topics with grace, humour, and a healthy dose of feminism. The perfect book for starting an important discussion, Rules for Being a Girl is SO good – a must-read for today’s young women!

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo – May 5, 2020
The moment I found out Elizabeth Acevedo had a new book coming out, it was on my TBR! This is such a beautiful and bittersweet novel, it completely blew me away and I can’t wait for more people to pick it up! Clap When You Land follows two sisters, one in New York and the other, in the Dominican Republic, who must deal with the devastating loss of their father in a plane crash. But there’s an unexpected twist: neither of them knew the other one existed.

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass – May 5, 2020
Royalty, castles, and a mysterious stranger? Count me in! If the incredible cover for this book hasn’t already drawn you in, the world of courtly romance and intrigue that Hollis Brite inhabits definitely will! But with so much at stake and her marriage to the king on the line, Hollis begins to wonder, is there more to life outside the palace walls?

Parachutes by Kelly Yang – May 26, 2020
There is so much to love about this book, including that it gave me major Gossip Girl vibes! The title refers to parachute kids: wealthy Asian teenagers, whose parents send them to study in the US and stay with typical American families. Although Claire and her American host sister Dani feel like they couldn’t be more different, they come to discover they have more in common than anyone would’ve guessed. Touching on serious issues ranging from racism and assault to love and family, this book packs a punch!

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith – May 26, 2020
This book is so incredible and I’m positive there’s nothing else out there like it! Written by a transgender author, this teen love story follows a transgender boy and cisgender girl and draws from the author’s own personal experiences. While there are more and more books featuring transgender characters, very few are actually written by transgender authors. Tobly’s characters feel wholly authentic, and it is literally impossible not to fall in love with them!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown – June 2, 2020
Calling all fans of Children of Blood and Bone! Fantasies inspired by different cultures are among my absolute favourites, and A Song of Wraith and Ruin is no exception! This is an immersive fantasy based on West African folklore. If you love highly developed worlds and mythology, you NEED to add this book to your TBR! 

You Say it First by Katie Cotugno – June 16, 2020
Who knew I was such a romantic? You Say It First is about two teens from different sides of the political spectrum who fall in love after a voter registration call turns into a long-distance romance. I can’t wait for more people to read this book! It’s so cute, and the relationship between the characters feels so real. Although they come from completely different backgrounds, the candid conversations between them really highlight how sometimes all it takes is one special person to change us forever.

Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy – July 7, 2020
Julie Murphy is back with the first in a two-book series that tells the origin story of Faith, the first plus-sized superhero! I am so excited to see a book like this on the market. It has all Julie’s hallmarks (body positivity, complex relationships, a queer love story) and a TON of fast-paced, awesome action. I fell in love with this one the moment I saw the cover!

The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull – July 21, 2020
If you’re a fan of Netflix’s The Crown, this book is definitely for you! By now, chances are you’re familiar with Wallis Simpson, Prince Edward’s love interest and arguably one of the most notorious women in Britain’s history. This book goes back even further in their story and introduces the first American woman Edward loved: Thelma Furness, sister to the first Gloria Vanderbilt. Steeped in royalty, riches, and drama, this book totally raises the bar for historical fiction and definitely helped me get over my post-Crown malaise!

What books from this list are you most excited to read next year? Let me know in the comments.

Come back next week for more books on my 2020 most anticipated list.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - The Falling In Love Montage

The next book on my 2020 most anticipated list is all about rom-coms ... well parts of them.

The book features dates that are inspired by the montages of couples falling in love that are in romantic comedies and it sound absolutely adorable and fun.

I am excited to feature The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth as part of this feature! 

The Goodreads synopsis for this novel sets up what sounds like one of the must read contemporaries releasing in 2020. 
Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a care home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day turn out to have inherited. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.

But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms.

Unbothered by Saoirse’s no-relationships rulebook, Ruby proposes a loophole: They don’t need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up—and a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters actually fall in love… for real.
Saoirse and Ruby are, of course, totally going to fall in love. I am excited to see what rom-coms will be featured, and the angst that will, inevitably, come from this sure to fail plan of not falling in love.

Ciara graciously took some time to answer my questions about her book, and made me want to watch a whole bunch of my favorite romantic comedies in the process.

1. What gif best describes The Falling In Love Montage?

2. If someone were to make a signature ice cream in honour of your book, what might be included?

The Falling in Love Montage is set by the beach so it would have to be a 99

3. Your book revolves around dates that are inspired by classic rom-com movie montages. Can you tease one of the movies included?

So many movies are included but the first one, the one that inspires the whole Montage plan is Four Weddings and a Funeral.

4. Name a song you listened to for inspiration while writing this novel?

I didn't listen to music but I did sometimes listen to beachy wave sounds while I was writing to get in me in the seaside mood!

5. If you could travel to anywhere, in any time period, when and where would you want travel?

I always want to know exactly what happens. I sometimes even look up the plot to a movie I'm watching to see what happens ahead of time. So I'd want to travel to 2060 or something like that so I could ask future Ciara to tell me how everything worked out.

6. What 2020 release are you most anticipating?

There are so many I am excited for and I would love to list them all but another Irish rom-com coming in 2020 is The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar and I can't wait to read it.

7 If not too spoilery, can you share the first line of The Falling In Love Montage.

I don’t believe in love at first sight or soul mates of any of that guff you see in the movies.

This sounds like a very cute, but also potentially emotional, read that will be exactly what young adult contemporary fans are looking for in the summer.

The Falling in Love Montage releases June 9, 2020 but you can pre-order it right now from any retailer so that it is delivered in time for your summer reading.

You can find out more about Ciara by following her on Twitter. You can also find out more about her books on the publisher website

Do you enjoy young adult contemporary novels? What about watching romantic comedies? Let me know in the comments.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to for the next book on my 2020 most anticipated list. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - In Five Years

The next book on my 2020 most anticipated list deals with one of the main questions people inevitably get asked at point in their life - where do you see yourself in five years?

What if you had a plan for what your life would look like in five years only to be shown a glimpse of a future that looks entirely different than what you anticipated?

What if you woke up five years into the future in a different apartment than the one you currently live in and engaged to a different man than the one you are currently set to marry? That is what happens to the heroine of Rebecca Serle's In Five Years! 

The Goodreads synopsis for this novel is perfection for those who love their contemporary fiction to have a bit of magic to them (in other words ... anyone who loved The Dinner List).
Perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day—a striking, powerful, and moving love story following an ambitious lawyer who experiences an astonishing vision that could change her life forever.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.
I am looking forward to Dannie's meet cute with the man from her vision. I also expect to feel conflicted between the two men who will be in her life. Rebecca can write a good triangle of sorts, and I am curious to see how this different dynamic plays out.

Rebecca has kindly taken the time to answer a few questions about the book, her inspiration, and provide the perfect drink to pair with the book.

1. Describe In Five Years using only five words or less.

Friendship. Heartbreak. New York. Love.

2. If someone were to make a signature drink for your book what would be included?

A glass of chilled Dom. Maybe the 2008?

3. Your last book tackled the question 'Which five poeple living or dead,  would you invite to have dinner' and this one tackles the "Where do you see yourself in five years" question. Both of these questions are ones that everyone gets asked at some point in their life. What about these questions do you feel make them such great jumping off points for a novel?

They are both questions we’ve all been asked at various points in our lives, and they’re both questions that I think our answers to CHANGE over the course of our lives- that’s interesting to me. I love taking an idea that seems obvious and turning it over and sort of laying it on its side and finding the trap door, so to speak. The way in. My first novel was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet— from Rosaline’s point of view. I’m always looking at the ways something known can become interesting, unexpected, personal.

4.  What differences did you discover in your process when writing adult novels versus YA novels?

My process is identical. I’m just at a different stage of my life now, so writing for adults seems natural. I was twenty-four when I sold my first book, I’m a decade older, now- life changes! And what I want to talk about and grapple with has changed.

5. Is there anything in particular that inspired In Five Years (ie: a song, movie, TV show)? Something you referred to for inspiration while writing?

This is kind of crazy but eight years ago I saw a psychic medium who told me very specific things about my life and future. All of it happened, and one thing in particular manifested right before I started writing. I think the thing that propelled me to the conceit was: “you can see what’s coming but you can’t see what it will mean.”

6. What 2020 book are you most anticipating?

It’s early yet- I’m not sure! I read a ton so there are a bunch of authors I’m hoping will give me new work in the next few years- Emma Straub, Adelle Waldman, Stéphanie Danler, to name a few! And Rachel Cusk. Obsessed with her. She’s a revelation.

7. If not too spoilery, what is the opening sentence of In Five Years


That first sentence is such a tease. I love that it is going to be set in New York! I officially want to get my hands on this even more than I did before.

In Five Years releases March 3, 2020 but you can pre-order it right now from any retailer (and it will be the best belated holiday gift to yourself).

You can find out more about Rebecca by following her on Twitter, and by visiting her her website. You can also find out more about her books on the publisher website

Let me know what you think of In Five Years in the comments. Is the 'where do you see yourself in five years' question one that you have been asked? Have found that your answer changed as you changed as Rebecca mentioned above? Excited to hear what you all think.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to for the next book on my 2020 most anticipated list. 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue

The next book in my 2020 Most Anticipated event is one that doesn't have a lot revealed about it, but what has been revealed has basically made me want it immediately.

It has a deal with the devil, sounds pretty romantic, and is written by one of my favourite authors. It is, naturally, The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue by V. E. Schwab.

The Goodreads page doesn't have much of a synopsis yet because this book is not going to be out until sometime in late 2020. Victoria has, however, teased it a bit on her Instagram. Here is how she described it on there:
ADDIE is about a young French woman who is terrified of being buried in the same place she was born. She tries to make a deal with the devil—for freedom, for time, for eternal life—but the devil refuses, because he doesn’t get her soul until the deal is done, and if she lives forever, he’ll never get his reward. In a moment of reckless desperation, she says he can have her soul when she doesn’t want to live anymore. Sensing an opportunity, the devil agrees. He grants her the ability to live forever...and curses her to be forgotten by everyone she meets. ADDIE is about how you matter in a world where you can’t leave a mark, and follows their relationship over 300 years, and what happens when she meets a boy in 2014 NYC who somehow remembers her name.

I’ve been working on this book for 8 YEARS, and these days I’m pitching it as Interview with a Vampire meets Rebecca, and I couldn’t be more excited for you to finally read it next Fall :)
I am all sorts of intrigued by this one boy who can remember her name. That, to me, just seems really romantic, but Victoria has also teased that there may be a romance of sorts between the devil and Addie. I am also here for the Interview with a Vampire comparison.

My top three reasons for wanting to read The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue:

1. The author! V. E. Schwab's books are always incredible and I especially love the idea of her writing this particular story. It seems to fit her style perfectly.

2. The deal with the devil element. I have yet to experience this done really well in book format and I am pretty confident this is going to be the one to do it.

3. The characters! Addie already fascinates me. She is going to have this perspective that seems very unique to me. She'll almost have a very vampire like perspective but she, obviously, won't be drinking blood or biting people. Adding to this the aspect of everyone forgetting her and it must be a very lonely existence. There is also the character of the devil and I can only imagine how fascinating and compelling he will be. 

The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue releases autumn 2020 and is therefore not up for preorder just yet.  Please do follow Victoria on Twitter so that you find out more details about the book as they become available, and add it to your Goodreads to be read list as well so you won't forget to preorder when it does become available.

Do you need this book as much as I do? Is it also on your 2020 most anticipated list? Let me know in the comments.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to for the next book on my 2020 most anticipated list. 

Monday, December 2, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - The Princess Will Save You

The next book on my 2020 most anticipated list turns the damsel in distress trope on its head in a really fun sounding way. It also happens to be inspired by a cult classic movie.

I am, of course, referring to The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning! It takes its inspiration from The Princess Bride except the princess is going to save her stable boy!

The Goodreads synopsis for this novel is pretty much made to make fans of The Princess Bride want to get their hands on this immediately.

When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped.

But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice.

And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom.

The acclaimed author of Sea Witch turns the classic damsel-in-distress tale on its head with this story of adventure, identity, and love.
I am entirely here for the princess saving her true love this time. It's something I want more of in novels and I am so glad Sarah Henning is giving us this story.

Sarah has very kindly agreed to answer some questions for me, and shares a little bit more about her book, and designs some pretty yummy sounding ice cream as well.

1. What gif do you think describes The Princess Will Save You?

A Princess Bride gif, of course!

2. If someone were to make a signature ice cream in honour of your book, what might be included?

Lemon cake is a nostalgic item for both my main character, Princess Amarande, and her best friend/true love, Luca. So maybe a vanilla ice cream with veins of lemon curd and swirls of buttercream-type frosting. Okay, now I’m hungry!

3. The Princess Will Save You has been compared to a gender swapped The Princess Bride. What about that classic story inspired you to write this novel?

That is exactly what it is! Honestly, I love, love, love The Princess Bride, but I was always frustrated that headstrong Buttercup didn’t actually do much to change her own fate. And the one time she does, she takes a dagger before the wedding and would’ve ended herself if not for Westley intervening. During that scene, I always wished that Buttercup would take that dagger and go get revenge on Humperdink. She obviously never does, so I decided I’d write the type of character who would. Amarande will do anything to get Luca back when he’s stolen away as blackmail for her to marry another, including hunting down the culprits, saving him (duh), and getting her final revenge. Of course, nothing goes as she planned.

4. Name a song you listed to for inspiration while writing this novel?

“That One Moment” by OK GO speaks to me so much when I think of this book.

The video is here:

5. What 2020 release are you most anticipating?

There are soooo many! But I think two that I’m most excited for are debuts by longtime local writer friends of mine. By The Book by Amanda Sellet and Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer. I’m soooo thrilled readers will be able to check out these super talented writers in 2020!

6. If not too spoilery, can you share the first line of The Princess Will Save You

The whisper and clang of steel rang out over the foothills of Ardenia, a princess and a pauper meeting swords.

I can only hope the novel will have its own version of the iconic 'as you wish' line. I am also excited to see how Sarah makes this story her own. 

The Princess Will Save You releases July 7, 2020 but you can pre-order it right now from any retailer (and will be a perfect summer read).

You can find out more about Sarah by following her on Twitter, and by visiting her her website. You can also find out more about her books on the publisher website

Do you love fantasy books? What about The Princess Bride? Let me know in the comments.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to for the next book on my 2020 most anticipated list. 

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Monthly TBR and Wrap Up

Happy December! It's officially the holiday season and it is time, once again, to check in with my monthly reading. November was a pretty good month, reading wise, for me. I managed to get in more books than I usually do and that surprised me. November is always busy for me. All of my nieces have birthdays in November, and I was especially busy at work. I am excited that I managed to get so much done though.

To wrap up November....

The books that were on my list are:

Into The Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo (goodreads)
Epoch by Jewel E Ann (goodreads)
Cursed by Thomas Wheeler/ Frank Miller (goodreads)
Disgraceland by Jake Brennan (goodreads)
Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (goodreads

Plus I had some ebooks on my list:

Interference by Harlow Cole (goodreads)

I managed to read five books this month which is more than I have been averaging this year. I am still not sure I am going to make my Goodreads goal but I am happy to be reading more. I read some things from my list and other things that caught my attention (or were for book club) this month.

Here is what I actually managed to read in November:

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell (goodreads
Disgraceland by Jake Brennan (goodreads)
Epoch by Jewel E Ann (goodreads)
City Of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (goodreads)
Pretty Reckless by L.J. Shen (goodreads)

Now moving on to what I hope to read in December:

Twice In A Blue Moon by Christina Lauren (goodreads)
Hunting Prince Dracula is Kerri Maniscalco (goodreads)
A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (goodreads)
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell (goodreads)

I also some ebooks on my list. I am hoping to get to lots of these.

Interference by Harlow Cole (goodreads)
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord (goodreads)
Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J Christopher (goodreads)
Infinity Son by Adam Silvera (goodreads)
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (goodreads)
Chosen by Kiersten White (goodreads)

What books are you reading this month? Have you read any of the ones on my list? If so, let me know what you think in the comments.

Friday, November 29, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - Of Curses and Kisses

The next book in my 2020 Most Anticipated event is a fairytale retelling (which should surprise nobody). It also happens to be one of my favourite fairytales.

It is, of course, a Beauty and the Beast retelling! Sandhya Menon's Of Curses and Kisses offers up a modern twist on the classic tale.

The Goodreads synopsis is more than enough to make you want to read this. It teases a version of the classic tale that balances just enough from the original with the new.
From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite international boarding school, that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can't shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending. 
I am intrigued by that rose-shaped ruby pendant and how it is going to play into the Beauty and the Beast tale.

My top three reasons for wanting to read Of Curses and Kisses;

1. It is a fairytale retelling. I adore them and especially love ones based off of Beauty and the Beast. 

2. Sandhya writes incredible romances and I cannot wait to see what she does with that element of Beauty and the Beast. I predict it'll be pretty romantic.

3. The modern take on the story and the fact that it is set at a boarding school has me very intrigued. It is also the start of a series of books that are based around this boarding school They are each going to be a different fairytale retelling with the setting being the backdrop for all of them. I can only hope that the characters will appear as background characters in the other books.

Of Curses and Kisses releases February 18, 2020 but you can pre-order it right now from any retailer (and it'll make a perfect Valentine's Day gift).

You can find out more about Sandhya by following her on Twitter, and by visiting her her website. You can also find out more about her books on the publisher website.

Do you love fairytale retellings? Which are your favourite to have retold? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Be sure to stop by Monday to for the next book on my 2020 most anticipated list. 

Thursday, November 28, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - Kelly from Kellyvision

Today's post is a little different. I thought it might be fun to share the titles that other people are excited for and this is the first of that kind of post. My friend Kelly, who blogs over at Kellyvision, has kindly put together a list of some of the books she is looking forward to in 2020.

I'm really excited for 2020. I'll be turning 40, there's a new Halloween movie coming and hopefully we'll be getting a new president.

But except for those three things, I'm most excited for the books.

Six books I've preordered:

The Mountains Sing by Que Mai Phan Nguyen. A friend told me about this one and it sounds amazing. It's a sweeping family saga set against the backdrop of the Vietnam war and it's from the perspective of the Vietnamese. I'm going to very strongly pitch it to my book club.

Tornado Brain by Cat Patrick. I love her books so much and I feel like I've been waiting forever for a new one. This is a middlegrade and it feels very different from her earlier books. I'm really excited to see where it goes.

If it Bleeds by Stephen King. He's my literal favorite author. I'm not huge on novella collections but I do love his.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen. I've loved their first two collaborations. I'm trying to go into this one as blind as possible, but I'm really, REALLY excited. It's out a month before my birthday, but don't bother getting it for me; I am not waiting.

Seven Clues to Home by Gae Polisner & Nora Raleigh Baskin. I don't know what this is about, but I am all in for everything Gae does. Nora is a new author to me, but I think we're already going to be great friends.

The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson. Amazon doesn't even have a plot description for this but Shaun David Hutchinson wrote it, so I'm in.

Five series installments I'm desperate for (without explanation, because it's obvious):

Ten Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland

The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Four backlist books I'm determined to read:

Butterfly Yellow by Thanhha Lai

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray (I haven't read this and book four is coming out soon!)

Three releases you need to read:

The Mall by Megan McCafferty. Her books are always fun but this one is a complete delight.

Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner. All of her books are great; this is her best one to date.

The Assignment by Liza Wiemer. Absolutely captivating. Go into this one knowing as little as possible.

Two titles I'm stepping out of my comfort zone for:

The Unwilling by Kelly Braffett. I don't read a lot of fantasy but Kelly Braffett is amazing and this is her first book in ages. She's earned my trust.

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon. I don't love fairy tale retellings as a rule, but...Sandhya Menon.

The author I'm binging in 2020:

Nic Stone. I saw her speak with Laurie Halse Anderson a few weeks ago, and I'm very excited. Dear Martin, Odd One Out and Jackpot are out now, but we have some great books ahead, too: her middlegrade debut (Clean Getaway) and a Black Panther novel centered around Shuri! There's also going to be a Dear Martin sequel, but I think that's next year. Either way, I'm really excited to read everything she's written up to this point and then everything from here on out.

A huge thank you to Kelly for participating in this. There are so many amazing sounding books on her list as well.

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for another title that I am eagerly anticipating!

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - Loveboat, Taipei

The next book on my 2020 most anticipated list is, for various reasons, associated with tea for me.

One reason is that the publisher recently had a splashy advance reader copy giveaway at an event and those early reader copies came with a bubble tea (which is incredibly fun) but also because of all the gossip and drama I am sure are within these pages.

I am excited to feature Abigail Hing Wen's Loveboat, Taipei which sounds like a young adult contemporary fans must read for winter 2020.

The Goodreads synopsis for this novel sets up a dreamy sounding premise filled with an incredible setting, lots of romance, and a fantastic coming of age story.
For fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land

When eighteen-year-old Ever Wong’s parents send her from Ohio to Taiwan to study Mandarin for the summer, she finds herself thrust among the very over-achieving kids her parents have always wanted her to be, including Rick Woo, the Yale-bound prodigy profiled in the Chinese newspapers since they were nine—and her parents’ yardstick for her never-measuring-up life.

Unbeknownst to her parents, however, the program is actually an infamous teen meet-market nicknamed Loveboat, where the kids are more into clubbing than calligraphy and drinking snake-blood sake than touring sacred shrines.

Free for the first time, Ever sets out to break all her parents’ uber-strict rules—but how far can she go before she breaks her own heart?
Does this not sound amazing? That comparison is enough to make me want to read it all on its own. I am,  however, also looking forward to the Ever and Rick romance!

Abigail has has kindly taken some time to dish on her novel, and some of the inspirations behind it (and crafted a delicious sounding ice cream).

1. What gif best describes Loveboat, Taipei?

The amazing HarperCollins cover reveal!

2. If someone were to make a signature ice cream in honour of your book, what might be included?

Ooo, I like this one! Definitely red beans and fresh coconut. Maybe boba or a milk tea flavor.

3. Your book revolves around a summer program that the protagonist gets sent to.  Did you do any specific research for this part of the novel? If so, what was the most surprising thing you discovered?

I attended the actual program myself as a teenager. I also interviewed a number of alum and visited Taiwan to refresh my memory. The most surprising thing? Running into unexpected alum! Alum include Eddie Huang, author of Fresh Off the Boat, U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu and even colleagues at work and friends I didn’t realize had attended.

4. Name a song you listed to for inspiration while writing this novel 

Rewrite the Stars, from The Greatest Showman. I love that impossible romance!

5. If you could travel to anywhere, in any time period, when and where would you want travel?

 2100. I work in artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, and I believe it’s going to have an enormous impact on the future. I’d love to see where technology has taken us.

6. What 2020 release are you most anticipating?

There are so many amazing debuts coming out. I want to put in a special shoutout to the #roaring20sdebuts. I'd especially love to highlight my fellow VCFA alum,  Nora Carpenter, whose debut novel The Edge of Anything comes out March 24, 2020, and Kate Pentacost, whose Elysium Girls comes out April 14. We all served as Grad Assistants together at VCFA this past summer!

In the non-book world, I would add Westworld Season 3. I loved Season 1, wasn’t as big a fan of Season 2, but it ended on an incredible plot twist and cliffhanger and I’m excited to see what happens next!

7. If not too spoilery, can you share the first line of Loveboat, Taipei.

“The envelope drops through our mail slot like a love letter."

I have a feeling this is going to be a super cute read! The fact that this is based off of a real program that the author took part in has me even more intrigued to read this. This also seems to be the start of a series which is always exciting.

Loveboat, Taipei releases January 7, 2020 but you can pre-order it right now from any retailer (and it will be a great purchase for those holiday gift cards).

You can find out more about Abigail by following her on Twitter, and by visiting her her website. You can also find out more about her books on the publisher website. You can also visit the official website of the series to learn more.

Do you enjoy young adult contemporary novels? Let me know in the comments.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to for the next book on my 2020 most anticipated list. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - Where Dreams Descend

The next book in my 2020 Most Anticipated event is being teased as Moulin Rouge meets Phantom Of The Opera. That description basically makes me want to have this book in my hands immediately.

The book, of course, is Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles and it comes with a stunning cover, and an intriguing synopsis.

The Goodreads synopsis teases a competition of sorts, and only touches on some of the characters we will meet in this magical sounding world.
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
I love that this one is emphasized as being romantic. I am expecting something tragic and epic with the Moulin Rouge and Phantom of the Opera comparisons.

My top three reasons for wanting to read Where Dreams Descend:

1. Did you miss the Moulin Rouge meets Phantom of the Opera comparison? That alone is enough for me to desperately want to get my hands on it.

2., The potential for a lush, magical world. We get teases of a city covered in ice, and the promise of magic. This world could be a mix of destruction and beauty and I am excited to see what Janella does with this setting.

3. The potential for heartbreak. We all know that both Moulin Rouge and Phantom of the Opera do not have feel good endings, so I am preparing myself to cry my way through some of the book. There can be beauty in sadness and I think that is what we might get here.

Where Dreams Descend releases June 2, 2020 but you can pre-order it right now from any retailer (or snag it with those holiday gift cards).

You can find out more about Janella by following her on Twitter, and by visiting her her website. You can also find out more about her books on the publisher website.

Does the idea of a Moulin Rouge meets Phantom of the Opera style book excite you as much as it does me? Do you love books that involve some magic? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to for the next book on my 2020 most anticipated list. 

Monday, November 25, 2019

2020 Most Anticipated - Seasons of the Storm

It is one again the most wonderful time of the year! It's time for me to kick off my annual most anticipated event. Each year I spotlight the books that I am eager to get my hands on in the upcoming year in hopes it'll put them on your radar as well.

This year I am starting with a book that has forbidden romance, the seasons as actual characters, and probably at a lot of action and angst.

Elle Cosimano's Seasons of the Storm promises all of this and more and it is wrapped up in a very pretty package. The cover is STUNNING.

The Goodreads synopsis for this novel makes it seem like it is going to be the best mix of fantasy elements and romance.
One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.

Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter—an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.

Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other against all odds. To be together, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s been forcing them apart. But their creator won’t let them go without a fight.
This sounds amazing. It also has one of my favourite tropes, star-crossed lovers, going for it. I am curious to see what makes Jack have to make a life defining choice and am already eager to see how he and Fleur meet.

Elle has  very kindly, agreed to take part in my event this year! She's shared a few details about the book, and some of her inspirations while writing it.

1. What gif do you think describes Seasons of the Storm?

But seriously, I also have a really fun Pinterest inspiration board for the book here:

2. If someone were to make a signature ice cream in honour of your book, what might be included?

My Summer’s favorite: boardwalk soft serve with jimmies on a cone

3. The seasons obviously play a big role in this novel. What inspired you to create this mythology that revolved around the seasons and which season is your favourite?

A few years ago, I was challenged by a group of friends to write a flash fiction piece inspired by this gif.

A lot of people liked it, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the characters. I started messing around with a possible full length story idea, and it sort of took on a life of its own.

I love all four of my Seasons, but if I had to choose the one I felt most deeply connected to, it would probably be Jack Sommers (Winter). His magic was so much fun to write, maybe because I live in a tropical climate year-round and there are elements of winter I miss. Or maybe because I see so much of my own teen self in him.

4. Name a song you listed to for inspiration while writing this novel (if you didn't listen to music let me know and I can quickly send another question)

I listened to the same playlist almost exclusively for the two years I spent drafting and revising this book. It’s long and eclectic, the songs representing the different time periods my characters grew up in, and many of them reflecting the seasons and themes in the story. I had songs that put my in the headspace for specific scenes, and you can probably figure them out as you read. You can listen to the whole thing here:

But if I was going to pick one song that helped inspire the book, I’d have to go with The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Something Just Like This”.

5. If you could travel to anywhere, in any time period, when and where would you want travel?

Time travel isn’t really an element in my story, so I haven’t really thought about it. But this book took me back to my own youth in the 80s, and it was so much fun to reconnect with the music and remember a time before internet and social media and cell phones, when the most fun you could have with your friends was taking off on an epic road trip, discovering yourselves and each other off the grid.

6. What 2020 release are you most anticipating?

SO. MANY! There’s been an embarrassment of riches in the YA fantasy market and I’ve been devouring so many amazing, captivating series. I’ve got alerts set for new releases from Holly Black, Sarah Maas, SabaaTahir, Renee Ahdieh, Leigh Bardugo, Taherah Mafi, and so many others. I love getting lost in their worlds.

7. If not too spoilery, can you share the first line of Seasons Of The Storm

 There’s something inherently wrong with a home that’s easy to get into and hard to break out of.

The Pinterest board for this is so pretty! I recommend checking it out. You get a sense of some pretty epic battles, lots of swoon worthy romance, and some teases of what the 'seasons' powers might be/how they might manifest themselves.

Seasons of the Storm releases June 23, 2020 but you can pre-order it right now from any retailer (and use up some of those holiday gift cards).

You can find out more about Elle by following her on Twitter, and by visiting her her website. You can also find out more about her books on the publisher website.

Do you love fantasy novels as much as I do? What about forbidden romances? Let me know in the comments.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to for the next book on my 2020 most anticipated list. 

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Weekly Obsessions

The awesome Kelly at KellyVision started posting a weekly post highlighting whatever she happened to be obsessed with that week. I LOVE this idea, so much in fact that I will be doing it myself every Saturday.


Cover of Something To Talk About by Meryl Wilsner (goodreads)

This book has been on my radar since the deal announcement and I am so excited that it has a cover!

Such a bright, fun cover, too! I love how eye catching it is and how it is very on trend with the rest of the rom-com book covers out there. I cannot wait to read this one!

The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackenzi Lee (goodreads)

I am obsessed with the fact that this book will exist and the cover!

It matches the others in this series perfectly and I am so excited that we are going to get another book about a Montague sibling!


Riley Keough To Star In Daisy Jones and The Six

As per The Hollywood Reporter, Riley Keough has snagged the role of Daisy in the upcoming television adaptation of Daisy Jones and the Six. It's set to be a series available through Amazon. I loved the book and am thrilled with this casting news. They've chosen a great actress to play the part and I think she is going to be a perfect Daisy. Now we just have to wait and see who they cast as Billy.

What are you obsessed with this week? Let me know in the comments.

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