Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday: Pumpkin & Meet Cute Diary

(Dumplin' #3)
by Julie Murphy

Expected publication: May 25th 2021
by Balzer + Bray

Waylon Russell Brewer is a fat, openly gay boy stuck in the small West Texas town of Clover City. His plan is to bide his time until he can graduate, move to Austin with his twin sister, Clementine, and finally go Full Waylon, so that he can live his Julie-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music-Andrews truth.

So when Clementine deviates from their master plan right after Waylon gets dumped, he throws caution to the wind and creates an audition tape for his favorite TV drag show, Fiercest of Them All. What he doesn’t count on is the tape accidentally getting shared with the entire school. . . . As a result, Waylon is nominated for prom queen as a joke. Clem’s girlfriend, Hannah Perez, also receives a joke nomination for prom king.

Waylon and Hannah decide there’s only one thing to do: run—and leave high school with a bang. A very glittery bang. Along the way, Waylon discovers that there is a lot more to running for prom court than campaign posters and plastic crowns, especially when he has to spend so much time with the very cute and infuriating prom king nominee Tucker Watson.

Waylon will need to learn that the best plan for tomorrow is living for today . . . especially with the help of some fellow queens. . . .

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Meet Cute Diary
by Emery Lee

Expected publication: May 4th 2021
by Quill Tree Books

Felix Ever After meets Becky Albertalli in this swoon-worthy, heartfelt rom-com about how a transgender teen’s first love challenges his ideas about perfect relationships.

Noah Ramirez thinks he’s an expert on romance. He has to be for his popular blog, the Meet Cute Diary, a collection of trans happily ever afters. There’s just one problem—all the stories are fake. What started as the fantasies of a trans boy afraid to step out of the closet has grown into a beacon of hope for trans readers across the globe.

When a troll exposes the blog as fiction, Noah’s world unravels. The only way to save the Diary is to convince everyone that the stories are true, but he doesn’t have any proof. Then Drew walks into Noah’s life, and the pieces fall into place: Drew is willing to fake-date Noah to save the Diary. But when Noah’s feelings grow beyond their staged romance, he realizes that dating in real life isn’t quite the same as finding love on the page.

In this charming novel by Emery Lee, Noah will have to choose between following his own rules for love or discovering that the most romantic endings are the ones that go off script.

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Do both of these books sound SO good, or what?
I am very excited to check them both out.

AND they are both PINK! I definitely need more pink books in my collection.

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Monday, March 29, 2021

My Thoughts: A Lady's Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett

A Lady's Formula for Love
(The Secret Scientists of London #1)
by Elizabeth Everett

Publication Date: February 9th 2021
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 322
ISBN: 9780593200629
Genre: Adult Fiction / Historical Romance
Source: Netgalley Review Copy / Own

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What is a Victorian lady's formula for love? Mix one brilliant noblewoman and her enigmatic protection officer. Add in a measure of danger and attraction. Heat over the warmth of humor and friendship, and the result is more than simple chemistry—it's elemental.

Lady Violet Hughes is keeping secrets. First, she founded a clandestine sanctuary for England's most brilliant female scientists. Second, she is using her genius on a confidential mission for the Crown. But the biggest secret of all? Her feelings for protection officer Arthur Kneland.

Solitary and reserved, Arthur learned the hard way to put duty first. But the more time he spends in the company of Violet and the eccentric club members, the more his best intentions go up in flames. Literally.

When a shadowy threat infiltrates Violet's laboratories, endangering her life and her work, scientist and bodyguard will find all their theories put to the test—and learn that the most important discoveries are those of the heart. (Goodreads)

This year I am on a mission to find, (and devour), more historical fiction books, (including the swoony romantic kinds). When I discovered A Lady’s Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett, I knew I would have to check it out! This is the very first book in the brand new series The Secret Scientists of London series, and it was absolutely fantastic! I very much enjoyed reading this book.

One of the things that I loved most about this book was ALL of the wonderful characters. I loved the main character in the story, Lady Violet, the most. Why? Because she’s brilliant AND a scientist, and I wanted nothing more than to visit her secret society to geek out with her and her fellow scientists. There’s also Arthur Kneland, the brooding, sexy Scottish bodyguard, who had me swooning right along with Lady Violet. (Seriously, that accent, though.) I love a man that will let a woman shine, and Arthur was fantastic at letting Violet shine.

There were a lot of really fascinating secondary characters in the story as well and I want to know them all so much more! I am super curious to know if any of them will be getting the next book in the series, or if we will at least see them again in the next book. I know I would happy with either because they are all so fascinating.

The storyline for this book was really interesting as well, especially with Lady Violet working on a mission for the Crown. (How awesome is that for that period in time?!) I also love that all the women were scientists, and getting to read about their inventions was both fascinating, and, at times, hilarious. (The hair lacquer!) This book also talks about women’s rights and suffrage, and I definitely need more books like it in my collection.

Overall; I very much enjoyed A Lady’s Formula for Love, and I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the sequel, which is currently untitled, but due to release sometime in 2022. I will most definitely be keeping my eye out for it, and for more books by Elizabeth Everett in the future.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

14 (more) Books on my Spring TBR

Happy Sunday, Bookworms!

Spring has officially arrived and it has brought with it allergies, lots of rain and stormy weather, and, of course, awesome books. :)

I shared a few books on my Top Ten Tuesday post a few weeks back about some of the books I had hoped to read this spring, but there are SO many awesome books coming out this season, and I still have so many to share!

Here are a few more I am hoping to read:

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Stepsisters by Susan Mallery

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

A Chorus Rises by Bethany C. Morrow
Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi

The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary
Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall

We Can't Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

Under the Southern Sky by Kristy Woodson Harvey
The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak

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So many great books! And so many beautiful covers! I am so excited to read all of these!

Are there any books that you're looking forward to reading this spring??

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday: The Soulmate Equation & People We Meet on Vacation

The Soulmate Equation
by Christina Lauren

Expected publication: May 18th 2021
by Gallery Books

Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents--who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno--Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father's never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn't "father material" before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard...and lonely.

But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that's predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands. At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly's founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can't wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we'll pay you. Jess--who is barely making ends meet--is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the "Diamond" pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist--and the science behind a soulmate--than she thought.

Funny, warm, and full of heart, The Soulmate Equation proves that the delicate balance between fate and choice can never be calculated.

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People We Meet on Vacation
by Emily Henry

Expected publication: May 11th 2021
by Berkley Books

With one week to win back the best friend she might just be in love with, a travel writer plans the trip of a lifetime in this sparkling new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read.

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She's a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart--she's in New York City, and he's in their small hometown--but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together.

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven't spoken since.

Poppy has everything she should want, but she's stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together--lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees.

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

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Ohhhhhh! I am SO excited for both of these books!
I am a huge fan of Christina Lauren, and I will always read whatever they release!
I'm also really excited to check out this newest by Emily Henry as well ...
Both books sound so good! They are going to make for some perfect summer reading!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Monday, March 22, 2021

My Thoughts: Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Act Your Age, Eve Brown
(The Brown Sisters #3)
by Talia Hibbert

Publication Date: March 9th 2021
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062941275
Genre: Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Source: Own / Netgalley Review Copy

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In Act Your Age, Eve Brown the flightiest Brown sister crashes into the life of an uptight B&B owner and has him falling hard—literally.

Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It's time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she's not entirely sure how…

Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.

Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior. (Add to Goodreads)

Act Your Age, Eve Brown is the third, and final, book in The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert. It’s also one of my most anticipated reads for early 2021, and I’m so thrilled to have finally read it! Though reading this book was a little bittersweet, as I was excited to read Eve’s story, but I also didn’t want the series to come to an end. This series has quickly become one of my favorites, and I’m so thrilled to have added a favorite new author to my growing list!

As I mentioned above, Act Your Age, Eve Brown is the third book in this wonderful series and is about the youngest Brown sister, Eve. We got to know Eve a little bit in Chloe and Dani’s books, and I definitely wanted to know more about this youngest sister. Eve is a bit all over the place when we first meet her in the story… giving up on yet another career that she had just started, and pushing her parents to give her an ultimatum; find a job and stick with it for a year, or be cut off from her trust fund. When she goes out on a drive to figure out what to do, she stumbles upon a charming bed and breakfast, run by a somewhat grumpy owner, Jacob, and hilarity ensues.

Eve and Jacob were SO CUTE together! Despite their rocky first meeting, I just knew that they were going to be a great couple. And they were! I enjoyed watching their relationship grow throughout the book so much, especially as Jacob learned to trust Eve, which was not an easy thing for him to do. I also enjoyed watching Eve become more responsible and find the job that she loved. The storyline for this book was super cute as well. And I love that the story is told from alternate viewpoints, so we got to see things from both Eve and Jacob’s perspectives. (I am a huge fan of this, and definitely need more books to be written this way.)

I also really, really enjoyed getting to see the characters from the previous books as well. It’s always so nice to get to catch up with them, even if just for a little bit. There were also some interesting new characters as well, and I have my fingers crossed that maybe a few of them will get their own series in the future!

Overall; Act Your Age, Eve Brown was the perfect ending to this wonderful series! I am so sad to see the series ending, but am already planning to re-read it soon, and will definitely be checking out more of Talia’s books ASAP! (And if she just happened to want to write a series about two awesome twins and their brother, I would totally be on board to read it!)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday: Witches Steeped in Gold & Realm Breaker

Witches Steeped in Gold
(Witches Steeped in Gold #1)
by Ciannon Smart

Expected Publication: April 20th 2021
by HarperTeen

Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom - and vengeance.

Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But power is intoxicating, revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain - except the lengths they will go to win this game.

This Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut about two enemy witches who must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a common enemy has the twisted cat-and-mouse of Killing Eve with the richly imagined fantasy world of Furyborn and Ember in the Ashes.

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Realm Breaker
(Realm Breaker #1)
by Victoria Aveyard

Expected Publication: May 4th 2021
by HarperTeen

A strange darkness grows in Allward.

Even Corayne an-Amarat can feel it, tucked away in her small town at the edge of the sea.

She soon discovers the truth: She is the last of an ancient lineage—and the last hope to save the world from destruction. But she won’t be alone. Even as darkness falls, she is joined by a band of unlikely companions:

A squire, forced to choose between home and honor.
An immortal, avenging a broken promise.
An assassin, exiled and bloodthirsty.
An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight.
A forger with a secret past.
A bounty hunter with a score to settle.

Together they stand against a vicious opponent, invincible and determined to burn all kingdoms to ash, and an army unlike anything the realm has ever witnessed.

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Do these two upcoming fantasy novels sound fantastic, or what??
I definitely need to read more fantasy books, 
and these sound like the perfect ones to add to my list.

Add them to your TBR today!

**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.**

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2021 TBR

March 16: Books On My Spring 2021 TBR

Happy Tuesday, Bookworms!

Spring is right around the corner, and it's bringing with it SO many awesome new books!
Here are a few upcoming new releases that I am hoping to read this spring.

(And I couldn't narrow it down to just 10. So here's 14! Haha)

Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
Aru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi

The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
Pumpkin by Julie Murphy

Second First Impressions by Sally Thorne
Sunkissed by Kasie West

Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur
One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry
Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

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So many awesome upcoming releases! 
And this isn't even half of the ones I'm excited for. 
It should be a fantastic spring full amazing reads. :)