The Ex Talk | Arc Review

Hey friends! Christie and I are seemingly cruising through January while keeping up with our arcs as well as reading books on our shelves, so that is quite exciting! With January slowly coming to an end, we have just a couple more arcs to wrap up the month. Today, we are both super excited to bring you the review for the Ex- Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon! Also, HAPPY PUB DAY!!

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SYNOPSIS:

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers. 

So this has been a highly anticipated read for both of us. Ever since Thi read Today, Tonight, Tomorrow she has been praising Rachel Lynn Solomon. Add that to the fact that this book is an enemies to lovers romance and we are sold.

And with all the anticipation we had for this book, it did not disappoint. Between the blooming romance, the unforgettable and diverse supporting cast, and tackling issues on grieving, as well as, sexism in the workplace, there is a little bit of everything packed into this book.

Lets start off with the romance. Shay and Dominic were a couple we found ourselves rooting for. Their relationship seemed to progress at a realistic pace and was easy to fall in love with. Between their radio banter and steamy scenes, it was easy to see these two together. Shay’s character development throughout the story was just so genuinely nice to read about. As she came to terms with changes in her life, both personally and professionally. She was highly relatable and someone we could see ourselves being friends with. We also liked that the characters had flaws and weren’t perfect. They made mistakes and had emotions that just made them easy to relate with.

Now on to the supporting cast *swoon* one thing you know we love in a book is diversity and representation and this book has all of it! This book doesn’t shy away from any kind of relationship. There are representations for interracial and various LGBTQIA+ relationships. It really made our hearts so happy to see so much inclusion. Not to mention the fact that the supporting cast are just wonderful in their own rights. Shay’s mom, for one has got to be one of our favorites!

Lastly, as ya’ll are probably already aware, we are always looking for something more in a rom com than just romance. And this book tackles two important themes and does them both really well. This book delves into grieving and how losing a parent can sometimes alter how you view life. It is a tough subject to broach at times, but this one was done flawlessly. The other issue this book takes on is sexism in the workplace and don’t get us started on how angry some parts made us with Shay’s boss. It is a common problem in professional settings across the world and this story shows that issue and makes you want to scream at the injustice of it all.

All in all this book is truly a masterpiece of a romance novel. It is a book that will stay with us for a while and likely one we will reread again and again. It is also an ownvoice novel, so needlessly to say, we highly recommend you pick this one up TODAY and let us know what you think as well! Seriously, sprint to the bookstore!

Book Details:
Title: The Ex- Talk
Author: Rachel Lynn Solomon
Publication Date: January 26, 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Thank you again to Berkley Publishing, Netgalley, and Rachel Lynn Solomon
for giving us a chance to read this beautiful book in exchange for our review.
And always to you all for stopping by our blog. We appreciate you!

WWW Wednesday

January 20, 2021

Can you believe that we are getting to the end of January already?! Where has the time gone? I want to welcome everyone back for another installment of WWW Wednesday. So far I have kept up with this weekly meme, so here’s to hoping that continues!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I am almost done with House of Dragons and I have got to say I am really enjoying it. I wasn’t really sure what to expect coming in, but it has held my attention and I absolutely love getting such an in-depth look at all these unique characters. I cannot wait for my book club meeting on Friday to discuss!

Technically speaking I have started The Ex Talk, but I am really on like page 3 so I cannot provide much insight just yet. However, I am still really stoked to get into this one and hope it lives up to the hype!

Recently Finished

This week I finished two books!! Woot Woot 🙂

I absolutely adored Much Ado About You. This was a lovely rom com, that just makes me want to pack up and move to England to run a bookstore. Check out my full, non spoiler review here.

I also finished up Everywhere You Don’t Belong for a blog tour with Thi. This was a great coming of age story set in South Shore Chicago, with a bunch of diverse characters. It tackled many issues on race, family, friendship, and love. Check out our full, non spoiler review here.

What’s Next?

Love is a Revolution the last book on my planned TBR for the month of January. It is also the last arc that I have to read for a little while and maybe I can start tackling books that I physically own. And lastly, it is the last buddy read I have with Thi for the month!

Have you read any of these books on my list? What are you currently reading or planning to read? Lets have a chat down in the comments!

As always, thank you so much for supporting our blog. We appreciate all the love and support!

Everywhere You Don’t Belong | Blog Tour

Happy Monday lovelies! We would like to welcome you all to our stop on the Everywhere You Don’t Belong paperback release blog tour. We would also like to give a big shout out and thank you to Algonquin YA for providing us with our copies in exchange for an honest review!

Synopsis:

In this alternately witty and heartbreaking debut novel, Gabriel Bump gives us an unforgettable protagonist, Claude McKay Love. Claude isn’t dangerous or brilliant—he’s an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures as he steers his way past the signposts of youth: childhood friendships, basketball tryouts, first love, first heartbreak, picking a college, moving away from home. 
 
Claude just wants a place where he can fit. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights–era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change; yet when riots consume his neighborhood, he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago for another place, to go to college, to find a new identity, to leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. But as he discovers, he cannot; there is no safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America. 
 
Percolating with fierceness and originality, attuned to the ironies inherent in our twenty-first-century landscape, Everywhere You Don’t Belong marks the arrival of a brilliant young talent.

This book is a coming of age story set in South Shore Chicago. And the thing that drew us into wanting to read this book was the fact that it tackled important issues on racial injustices with a slew of diverse characters.

Claude McKay Love was abandoned by his parents at the age of five and spent the rest of his childhood being raised by his activist grandmother, who we were quite fond of, and her friend Paul.

Throughout this book we are on a journey with Claude as he tries to find his footing in this world. While he navigates through high school and on to college and gains an understanding of what it means to be black in America.

While this book is short (under 300 pages) and reads fairly quickly, we felt it was a bit disjointed. There are some parts where we couldn’t figure out the point of it being mentioned. Some characters were introduced, never to be brought up again. So we both wished that was all tied together in a more cohesive manner.

With that being said, this book does not shy away from tackling the issues of race, identity, family, friendship, and love. It is definitely a book that we would recommend to those looking for a good YA coming of age book.

Book Details:
Title:
Everywhere You Don’t Belong
Author: Gabriel Bump
Publication Date: Paperback release January 12, 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Coming of Age

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Thank you again to Algonquin YA for providing us copies for review! And as always, thank you all for stopping by our blog and supporting us!

Much Ado About You | Arc Review

Well I might have overdone it with my Netgalley requesting. I seem to have lost all self control and received way too many books. However, I have somehow found a way to tackle my Netgalley shelf and get a lot of arcs read this month ahead of publication!

So without further ado ;), I bring you my review of Much Ado About You by Samantha Young.

Synopsis:

At thirty-three-years old Evangeline Starling’s life in Chicago is missing that special something. And when she’s passed over for promotion at work, Evie realizes she needs to make a change. Some time away to regain perspective might be just the thing. In a burst of impulsivity, she plans a holiday in a quaint English village. The holiday package comes with a temporary position at Much Ado About Books, the bookstore located beneath her rental apartment. There’s no better dream vacation for the bookish Evie, a life-long Shakespeare lover.

Not only is Evie swept up in running the delightful store as soon as she arrives, she’s drawn into the lives, loves and drama of the friendly villagers. Including Roane Robson, the charismatic and sexy farmer who tempts Evie every day with his friendly flirtations. Evie is determined to keep him at bay because a holiday romance can only end in heartbreak, right? But Evie can’t deny their connection and longs to trust in her handsome farmer that their whirlwind romance could turn in to the forever kind of love.

First and foremost I would like to thank Netgalley and Berkley Publishing for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

As ya’ll can probably tell from what I have read so far this month, I have been on a rom com kick. I tend to find rom coms the easiest to read on my kindle, so that is generally what I request the most of from Netgalley.

So, when I saw this book show up I knew I had to request it. And I am so glad that I did! This was such a fun read that I finished in just two sittings.

As you know, both Thi and I are always looking for a book that provides more than just a romance, and this book was no exception. I thought it brought up important issues of addiction and what it can do to family relationships.

Now on to the romance. I absolutely adored Evie and Roane, and their relationship was a pleasure to watch unfold over time. I really enjoy books that don’t have insta love and found this one to feel very realistic. It felt genuine and easy to root for.

Lastly, the setting of this book on the English countryside was something I never knew I needed. This story makes me want to pack up and move to a small English town and run a bookstore. Maybe in another life 😉

All in all this was a fun, quick, and enjoyable read. So be sure to check it out and head to your local bookstore on February 2nd to pick up your copy, you won’t regret it!

Book Details:
Title: Much Ado About You
Author: Samantha Young
Publication Date: February 2, 2021
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What are you currently reading? Does this sound like a book you would want to read? Let’s have a chat down below!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by our blog! We appreciate all of your support!

WWW Wednesday

January 13, 2021

Welp, at least it looks like I am starting this year off right. I have been able to do two of these WWW Wednesday posts in a row! How long can I keep the streak alive? 😛

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

I am currently working on finishing up my eArc of Much Ado About You. I am really enjoying it so far and I am loving all the rom coms I am fitting into my reading this month! Keep a look out for a full review soon.

I have not made it very far into Everywhere You Don’t Belong. Thi and I are reading this for a blog tour, so we should have our thoughts up real soon about this one!

Recently Finished

After I got over the initial thought of this being a fantasy book based off the cover, I really got into this book. This was a really great YA mystery that also left me with a lot of questions at the end. Luckily book two comes out later this year and I am hoping it will have all the answers. I would definitely recommend!

What’s Next?

Thi and I have these last two books to wrap up our buddy reading for the month. We didn’t realize how many arcs we had to accomplish this month, but I think we have done well so far.

The Ex Talk is one of our highly anticipated arc reads for this month. Thi read Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon and absolutely loved it. So we knew we really wanted to check out her next book ASAP. You can check out Thi’s full review of Today Tonight Tomorrow here.

I was hoping to have already started House of Dragons last week, but I took a few days off from reading and never got around to it. I have been really looking forward to starting this one, so hopefully I can tackle it and have it done by the time my local book club meets to discuss.

Have you read any of these books on my list? What are you currently reading or planning to read? Lets have a chat down in the comments!

As always, thank you so much for supporting our blog. We appreciate all the love and support!

Shipped | Arc Review

Welcome back! Christie and I are on a mission to keep up with our arcs and so far, so good! We are always thrilled when we get approved for the same arcs, because it gives us a chance to buddy read and to discuss the book with each other and then provide a joint review instead of individual ones (perks of having a co-blogger)!

Today, we are excited to share our review of Shipped by Angie Hockman with you all!

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SYNOPSIS

Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it.

The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of her existence, is also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend.

Their boss tasks each of them with drafting a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos—best proposal wins the promotion. There’s just one catch: they have to go on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands…together. But when the two meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard.

With her career dreams in her sights and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?

This book was so fun! We loved the cruise setting and learning about the Galapagos Islands. One of the things that stood out in this book is Angie’s advocacy for our ecosystem. It is very apparent that she cares about creating a more sustainable environment.

We are both fans of a good enemies-to-lovers troupe, and felt this one was done well. Henley and Graham’s relationship is genuine. Graham is kind, thoughtful, and isn’t afraid to speak up when something is not fair. Henley is confident, caring, and driven. Together, they are wonderful!

We are suckers for lovable side characters, so this book was like a dream come true in that department. We always want to see more of them, and with the small and random encounters we had, we are happy people. Although, it wouldn’t hurt if we saw them in future books either. 😜

One thing that we really look for in a rom com is something that is more than just a romance story. This book provided just what we were looking for, between character growth, both main and supporting characters, and shedding light on domestic abuse and gender inequality in the work force. These issues are always important and when done appropriately can really add so much more to a story.

Overall, we definitely highly recommend Shipped. You get to watch the romance unfold, partake in lip syncing battles, go on hikes and see wildlife, learn about the Galapagos Islands, and meet a wonderful supporting cast. That being said, if you are looking for a witty, fun, feel-good rom com, definitely be on the lookout for Shipped when it hits the shelves on January 19th, 2021.

Book Details:
Title:
Shipped
Author:
Angie Hockman
Publication Date:
January 19, 2021
Genre:
Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What are some romance books that you are looking forward to reading this year? Let’s have a chat down below!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by our blog! We appreciate all of your support!

WWW Wednesday

January 6, 2021

Happy New Year everyone! I am so excited to bring the first WWW Wednesday of the year.

I have made a goal to post more regularly on the blog and I am going to do my very best to succeed! So without further ado, lets get into it!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

The Facebook group that I help admin selected The Inheritance Games as our monthly discussion pick. I am a little over halfway and I am really enjoying this one so far. Originally I thought this book was a fantasy, maybe because of the cover, but this is more of a YA mystery.

Recently Finished

Both of these books were arc buddy reads that Thi and I read together.

Love, Almost was a pretty quick read that deals with love, grief, and family. We did not do a full review for this book, but you can see both of our thoughts on our IG, here and here.

My most recent finished read was Shipped. Thi and I will be working on a review to post on the blog shortly. Just know that I would recommend this for a quick and fun rom com!

What’s Next?

Thi and I are apparently doing a lot of buddy reads together this month, and I am here for it!

First up, we are reading Everywhere You Don’t Belong for a blog tour on January 18th.

Then it just so happens that my local book club picked House of Dragons and Thi also wanted to read it, so she will just become an honorary member of my book club!

Have you read any of these books on my list? What are you currently reading or planning to read? Lets have a chat down in the comments!

As always, thank you so much for supporting our blog. We appreciate all the love and support!

You Have A Match | Arc Review

Happy 2021! How are we all doing? Any grand goals or plans this year? I personally am cautiously optimistic about reading books I currently own and getting my arc reviews out before the due date!

That being said, I am excited to announce that I finished my first arc of the year, so yay for that! With further ado, I present to you my review for You Have A Match by Emma Lord.

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SYNOPSIS

From the beloved author of Tweet Cute comes Emma Lord’s You Have a Match, a YA novel of family, friendship, romance and sisterhood…

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones.

Book Details:

Title: You Have a Match
Author: Emma Lord
Release Date: January 12, 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What book are you guys starting this year off with? Leave a comment and chat with us! As always, we appreciate you guys for following and supporting our blog. We can’t wait to see what 2021 will bring!

January’s Most Anticipated Reads

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!!

Welcome to the first installment of our monthly most anticipated reads! We just wanted to share with y’all what books we are looking forward to. We would love to know what books you are most looking forward to as well. So at the end of the post, lets have a chat in the comments down below!

January 5th:

Title: Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Greek Mythology

Synopsis:

Every seven years, the Agon begins. As punishment for a past rebellion, nine Greek gods are forced to walk the earth as mortals, hunted by the descendants of ancient bloodlines, all eager to kill a god and seize their divine power and immortality. Long ago, Lore Perseous fled that brutal world in the wake of her family’s sadistic murder by a rival line, turning her back on the hunt’s promises of eternal glory. For years she’s pushed away any thought of revenge against the man–now a god–responsible for their deaths.

Yet as the next hunt dawns over New York City, two participants seek out her help: Castor, a childhood friend of Lore believed long dead, and a gravely wounded Athena, among the last of the original gods.

The goddess offers an alliance against their mutual enemy and, at last, a way for Lore to leave the Agon behind forever. But Lore’s decision to bind her fate to Athena’s and rejoin the hunt will come at a deadly cost–and still may not be enough to stop the rise of a new god with the power to bring humanity to its knees.

Title: One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:

The Hate U Give meets Get Out in this honest and powerful exploration of prejudice in the stunning novel from sister-writer duo Maika and Maritza Moulite, authors of Dear Haiti, Love Alaine.

ISN’T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH?

When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic.

One of the good ones.

Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there’s a twist to Kezi’s story that no one could’ve ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.

Title: Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Jane the Virgin meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this charming debut romantic comedy filled with Black Girl Magic. Perfect for fans of Mary H. K. Choi and Nicola Yoon, with crossover appeal for readers of Jasmine Guillory and Talia Hibbert romances.

Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She’s rarely seen herself reflected in the pages of the romance novels she loves. The only place she’s a true leading lady is in her own writing—in the swoony love stories she shares only with Caroline, her best friend and #1 devoted reader.

When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she’s excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first workshop, the words are just…gone. Fortunately, Caroline has a solution: Tessa just needs to find some inspiration in a real-life love story of her own. And she’s ready with a list of romance novel-inspired steps to a happily ever after. Nico, the brooding artist who looks like he walked out of one of Tessa’s stories, is cast as the perfect Prince Charming.

But as Tessa checks off each item off Caroline’s list, she gets further and further away from herself. She risks losing everything she cares about—including the surprising bond she develops with sweet Sam, who lives across the street. She’s well on her way to having her own real-life love story, but is it the one she wants, after all? 

Title: Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT

Synopsis:

Who’s ready to sparkle??

Project Runway goes to Comic Con in an epic queer love story about creativity, passion, and finding the courage to be your most authentic self.

Raffy has a passion for bedazzling. Not just bedazzling, but sewing, stitching, draping, pattern making–for creation. He’s always chosen his art over everything–and everyone–else and is determined to make his mark at this year’s biggest cosplay competition. If he can wow there, it could lead to sponsorship, then art school, and finally earning real respect for his work. There’s only one small problem… Raffy’s ex-boyfriend, Luca, is his main competition.

Raffy tried to make it work with Luca. They almost made the perfect team last year after serendipitously meeting in the rhinestone aisle at the local craft store–or at least Raffy thought they did. But Luca’s insecurities and Raffy’s insistence on crafting perfection caused their relationship to crash and burn. Now, Raffy is after the perfect comeback, one that Luca can’t ruin.

But when Raffy is forced to partner with Luca on his most ambitious build yet, he’ll have to juggle unresolved feelings for the boy who broke his heart, and his own intense self-doubt, to get everything he’s ever wanted: choosing his art, his way.

January 7th

Title: Love, Almost by Hayley Doyle
Genre: Romance, Woman Fiction

Synopsis:

Chloe is deliriously in love for the very first time. But when Jack, her boyfriend of five months, is killed in a tragic accident, she is left reeling. Their relationship was amazing – but it never really had the chance to get started. Grieving but determined, Chloe decides to live life for the both of them and makes her way through the list of things they’d planned to do together – this time on her own. 

January 12th

Title: You Have a Match by Emma Lord
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

When Abby signs up for a DNA service, it’s mainly to give her friend and secret love interest, Leo, a nudge. After all, she knows who she is already: Avid photographer. Injury-prone tree climber. Best friend to Leo and Connie…although ever since the B.E.I. (Big Embarrassing Incident) with Leo, things have been awkward on that front.

But she didn’t know she’s a younger sister.

When the DNA service reveals Abby has a secret sister, shimmery-haired Instagram star Savannah Tully, it’s hard to believe they’re from the same planet, never mind the same parents—especially considering Savannah, queen of green smoothies, is only a year and a half older than Abby herself.

The logical course of action? Meet up at summer camp (obviously) and figure out why Abby’s parents gave Savvy up for adoption. But there are complications: Savvy is a rigid rule-follower and total narc. Leo is the camp’s co-chef, putting Abby’s growing feelings for him on blast. And her parents have a secret that threatens to unravel everything.

But part of life is showing up, leaning in, and learning to fit all your awkward pieces together. Because sometimes, the hardest things can also be the best ones. 

Title: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:

If there’s one thing seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family. As the son of a former gang legend, Mav does that the only way he knows how: dealing for the King Lords. With this money he can help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison.

Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend and a cousin who always has his back, Mav’s got everything under control.

Until, that is, Maverick finds out he’s a father.

Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe Mav can prove he’s different.

When King Lord blood runs through your veins, though, you can’t just walk away. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man.

January 19th

Title: Shipped by Angie Hockman
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:

Between taking night classes for her MBA and her demanding day job at a cruise line, marketing manager Henley Evans barely has time for herself, let alone family, friends, or dating. But when she’s shortlisted for the promotion of her dreams, all her sacrifices finally seem worth it.

The only problem? Graeme Crawford-Collins, the remote social media manager and the bane of her existence, is also up for the position. Although they’ve never met in person, their epic email battles are the stuff of office legend.

Their boss tasks each of them with drafting a proposal on how to boost bookings in the Galápagos—best proposal wins the promotion. There’s just one catch: they have to go on a company cruise to the Galápagos Islands…together. But when the two meet on the ship, Henley is shocked to discover that the real Graeme is nothing like she imagined. As they explore the Islands together, she soon finds the line between loathing and liking thinner than a postcard.

With her career dreams in her sights and a growing attraction to the competition, Henley begins questioning her life choices. Because what’s the point of working all the time if you never actually live?

Title: Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis:

A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet
And miles of untamed wilderness…
What could possibly go wrong?

Former Hollywood darling River Lane’s acting career is tanking fast. Determined to start fresh behind the camera, she agrees to film a documentary about the picturesque small town of Moose Springs, Alaska. The assignment should have been easy, but the quirky locals want nothing to do with River. Well, too bad: River’s going to make this film and prove herself, no matter what it takes.

Or what (literal) mountain she has to climb.

Easton Lockett may be a gentle giant, but he knows a thing or two about survival. If he can keep everyone in line, he should be able to get River and her crew up and down Mount Veil in one piece. Turns out that’s a big if. The wildlife’s wilder than usual, the camera crew’s determined to wander off a cliff, and the gorgeous actress is fearless. Falling for River only makes Easton’s job tougher, but there’s only so long he can hold out against her brilliant smile. When bad weather strikes, putting everyone at risk, it’ll take all of Easton’s skill to get them back home safely…and convince River she should stay in his arms for good.

Title: If I Tell You the Truth by Jasmin Kaur
Genre: Poetry, Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Told in prose, poetry, and illustration, this heartrending story weaves Kiran’s and Sahaara’s timelines together, showing a teenage Kiran and, later, her high school–aged daughter, Sahaara.

Kiran is a young Punjabi Sikh woman who becomes pregnant after being sexually assaulted by her fiancé’s brother. When her fiancé and family don’t believe her, she flees her home in India to Canada, where she plans to raise the child as a single mother. For Kiran, living undocumented means constant anxiety over finances, work, safety, and whether she’ll be deported back to the dangers that await her in Punjab.

Eighteen years later, Kiran’s daughter, Sahaara, is desperate to help her mother, who has been arrested and is facing deportation. In the aftermath, Kiran reveals the truth about Sahaara’s conception. Horrified, Sahaara encourages Kiran to speak out against the man who raped her—who’s now a popular political figure in Punjab. Sahaara must find the best way to support her mother while also dealing with the revelation about her parents.

Title: Last Night at the Telegraph Club
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, LGBTQ, Romance

Synopsis:

Acclaimed author of Ash Malinda Lo returns with her most personal and ambitious novel yet, a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare.

“That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to be shown the sun: “Have you ever heard of such a thing?”

Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.

America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.

January 26th

Title: The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction, LGBT

Synopsis:

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon’s sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can’t imagine working anywhere else. But lately it’s been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who’s fresh off a journalism master’s program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it’s this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it’s not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

Title: Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

In this riveting, keenly emotional debut fantasy, a Black teen from Houston has her world upended when she learns about her godly ancestry–and with evil sinking its claws into humans and gods alike, she’ll have to unearth the magic of her true identity to save both her worlds.

Perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, and The Hunger Games.

“Make a way out of no way” is just the way of life for Rue. But when her mother is shot dead on her doorstep, life for her and her younger sister changes forever. Rue’s taken from her neighborhood by the father she never knew, forced to leave her little sister behind, and whisked away to Ghizon—a hidden island of magic wielders.

Rue is the only half-god, half-human there, where leaders protect their magical powers at all costs and thrive on human suffering. Miserable and desperate to see her sister on the anniversary of their mother’s death, Rue breaks Ghizon’s sacred Do Not Leave Law and returns to Houston, only to discover that Black kids are being forced into crime and violence. And her sister, Tasha, is in danger of falling sway to the very forces that claimed their mother’s life.

Worse still, evidence mounts that the evil plaguing East Row is the same one that lurks in Ghizon—an evil that will stop at nothing until it has stolen everything from her and everyone she loves. Rue must embrace her true identity and wield the full magnitude of her ancestors’ power to save her neighborhood before the gods burn it to the ground.

Title: A Vow So Bold and Deadly by Brigid Kemmerer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Synopsis:

Face your fears, fight the battle.
Emberfall is crumbling fast, torn between those who believe Rhen is the rightful prince and those who are eager to begin a new era under Grey, the true heir. Grey has agreed to wait two months before attacking Emberfall, and in that time, Rhen has turned away from everyone—even Harper, as she desperately tries to help him find a path to peace.

Fight the battle, save the kingdom.
Meanwhile, Lia Mara struggles to rule Syhl Shallow with a gentler hand than her mother. But after enjoying decades of peace once magic was driven out of their lands, some of her subjects are angry Lia Mara has an enchanted prince and magical scraver by her side. As Grey’s deadline draws nearer, Lia Mara questions if she can be the queen her country needs.

As two kingdoms come closer to conflict, loyalties are tested, love is threatened, and an old enemy resurfaces who could destroy them all, in this stunning conclusion to bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer’s Cursebreaker series.

So there you have it, some of our most anticipated reads for the month of January 2021. What books are on your list? Lets chat down below!

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WWW Wednesday

December 16, 2020

Is Christmas really next week?!? Where has the month gone? I have been having an excellent reading month and feel like I have finally gotten into a groove.

So for today, I bring you another edition of WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. If you want to join in on the fun, be sure to tag the original post in the link above. Or feel free to answer the questions in the comment section below! And please feel free to leave your link in the comments as well.

What are the three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

As you can see I am still working my way through The Invisible Life of Addie Larue. I am savoring this book in a slow read because I really do not want this book to ever end. It is truly a beautiful book!

I am just about done with King of the Rising, which is the final book in the Islands of Blood and Storm Duology. It is my local book club pick and I am really happy we chose this series to read. I would definitely recommend.

Oh my, where do I begin with Kingdom of Ash. I am so damn excited to see how this series wraps up, but if I am being honest I am sad to see it come to an end. If you have not read the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, do yourself a favor and give it a try!

Recently Finished

Speaking of the Throne of Glass series, I recently finished Tower of Dawn, which is book 6 in the series. While this particular book was not my favorite in the series, it was still really great. Maas’ writing is phenomenal and I still enjoyed this continuation of the series.

I absolutely adored The Tourist Attraction, but I really think I enjoyed Mistletoe and Mr. Right just a tad bit more. The Alaska setting is fantastic and I thought Lana and Rick’s story was beyond adorable!

If you are looking for a Hallmark movie in book form, look no further, Jingle Wars is the book for you. However, for people who do not like steamy romance, be warned this is definitely a steamy read!

What better way to bring in holidays than with two Christmas themed books! I cannot wait to read The Twelve Dates of Christmas and I’ll Be Home for Christmas in front of my Christmas tree with a cup of marshmallow loaded hot chocolate!

Have you read any of these books on my list? What are you currently reading or planning to read? Lets have a chat down in the comments!

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