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Waiting On Wednesday – September 15, 2021

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Happy Wednesday!

This Wednesday I’m anticipating the release of You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao.

I’m not sure which If I Stay book this one is being compared to but I’ve watched Your Name, which destroyed my heart with how good it was. You’ve Reached Sam reminds me of those same overwhelming feelings of joy and pain and romance, but distinct in  a way that interests me. I think this will be a good, if not heartbreaking, story, so I’d like to give this one a try.

You’ve Reached Sam is set to be published November 9, 2021.

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ABOUT: If I Stay meets Your Name in this heartfelt novel about love, loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

Seventeen-year-old Julie has her future all planned out—move out of her small town with her boyfriend Sam, attend college in the city, spend a summer in Japan. But then Sam dies. And everything changes.

Heartbroken, Julie skips his funeral, throws out his things, and tries everything to forget him and the tragic way he died. But a message Sam left behind in her yearbook forces back memories. Desperate to hear his voice one more time, Julie calls Sam’s cellphone just to listen to his voicemail.

And Sam picks up the phone.

In a miraculous turn of events, Julie’s been given a second chance at goodbye. The connection is temporary. But hearing Sam’s voice makes her fall for him all over again, and with each call it becomes harder to let him go. However, keeping her otherworldly calls with Sam a secret isn’t easy, especially when Julie witnesses the suffering Sam’s family is going through. Unable to stand by the sidelines and watch their shared loved ones in pain, Julie is torn between spilling the truth about her calls with Sam and risking their connection and losing him forever.


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Waiting On Wednesday – September 8, 2021

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Happy Wednesday!

I hope everyone’s week has been going well. I’m back with another anticipated release to spotlight. This Wednesday’s pick is Well Matched by Jen DeLuca.

A few things I like about this story already are that it’s a contemporary romance, fake dating, friends to lover tropes, and the Renaissance Faire. And the cover art is so cute!

Well Matched is set to be published October 19, 2021.

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ABOUT: An accidentally in-love rom-com filled with Renaissance Faire flower crowns, kilts, corsets, and sword fights.

Single mother April Parker has lived in Willow Creek for twelve years with a wall around her heart. On the verge of being an empty nester, she’s decided to move on from her quaint little town, and asks her friend Mitch for his help with some home improvement projects to get her house ready to sell.

Mitch Malone is known for being the life of every party, but mostly for the attire he wears to the local Renaissance Faire–a kilt (and not much else) that shows off his muscled form to perfection. While he agrees to help April, he needs a favor too: she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend at an upcoming family dinner, so that he can avoid the lectures about settling down and having a more “serious” career than high school coach and gym teacher. April reluctantly agrees, but when dinner turns into a weekend trip, it becomes hard to tell what’s real and what’s been just for show. But when the weekend ends, so must their fake relationship.

As summer begins, Faire returns to Willow Creek, and April volunteers for the first time. When Mitch’s family shows up unexpectedly, April pretends to be Mitch’s girlfriend again…something that doesn’t feel so fake anymore. Despite their obvious connection, April insists they’ve just been putting on an act. But when there’s the chance for something real, she has to decide whether to change her plans–and open her heart–for the kilt-wearing hunk who might just be the love of her life.


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Waiting On Wednesday – August 25, 2021

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Happy Wednesday!

Today, I’m spotlighting a 2022 book release and debut author, Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier.

I already feel connected to the story and the main character, so this is a must-read, anticipated book for me.

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Just Right Jillian is set to be published February 2, 2022.

ABOUT: Fifth-grader Jillian will do just about anything to blend in, including staying quiet even when she has the right answer. After she loses a classroom competition because she won’t speak up, she sets her mind on winning her school’s biggest competition. But breaking out of her shell is easier said than done, and Jillian has only a month to keep her promise to her grandmother and prove to herself that she can speak up and show everyone her true self.

A warm and relatable middle-grade debut novel about family, friendship, and finding the confidence to break free from the crowd and be who you truly are.


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Waiting On Wednesday – August 4, 2021

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Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

I need more Narwhal and Jelly in my life! I can’t wait to be reunited with them in Narwhal’s School of Awesome by Ben Clanton.

Look how awesome the cover is for book 6! This is definitely my favorite of the series. As always, the premise is super cute and I’m eager to read what awesome knowledge Narwhal has to share with the world. He is such an adorable character and incredibly sweet. Jelly is very pragmatic and a good friend, and I love him to bits. I’m sure they both will make great teachers!

Narwhal’s School of Awesome is set to be published September 7, 2021.

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ABOUT: Narwhal and Jelly become the coolest teachers in the world wide waters in the hilarious sixth book of this blockbuster graphic novel series!

Dive into four new stories about Narwhal and Jelly becoming substitute teachers! The two best friends come across an enthusiastic school of fish one morning. Unfortunately, Mr. Blowfish, their teacher, has come down with a cold, and class will have to be cancelled . . . until Professor Knowell (Narwhal) and Super Teacher (Jelly) volunteer to help out! The first subject is Wafflematics, in which Narwhal and Jelly calculate the number of waffles needed to feed the class. That’s what we’re chalking about! Next up is a super-fun science scavenger hunt, followed by a game of Tag! You’re Awesome! at recess. Narwhal’s teaching methods may be unconventional, but with Jelly’s help, the two teach (and learn) with their trademark positivity and humor. Before they know it, the day is over . . . but what grade will Narwhal receive from Jelly?


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Waiting On Wednesday – July 14, 2021

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Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

This week I am waiting on the release of A Swift and Savage Tide by Chloe Neill.

I did enjoy book 1 – it was nearly a 5 star read! But to be honest, despite how highly action-packed the story was there weren’t any real challenges, failures, or setbacks for the main characters. So while I’m looking forward to reading A Swift and Savage Tide – one of my most anticipated 2021 sequels – I do have some minor apprehension.

I love Kit and that she’s a young, female Captain of her own ship in service to an equally strong Queendom in a male dominated world. Kit and Rian are so cute together. The slow burn of their romance is building exquisitely.

A Swift and Savage Tide is set to be released November 30, 2021.

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ABOUT: Captain Kit Brightling is Aligned to the magic of the sea, which makes her an invaluable asset to the Saxon Isles and its monarch, Queen Charlotte. The Isles and its allies will need every advantage they can get: Gerard Rousseau, the former Gallic emperor and scourge of the Continent, has escaped his island prison to renew his quest for control of the Continent.

Gerard has no qualms about using dangerous magic to support his ambitions, so Kit and the crew of her ship, the Diana, are the natural choice to find him—and help stop him. Sparks fly when Kit’s path unexpectedly crosses with that of the dashing and handsome Rian Grant, Viscount Queenscliffe, who’s working undercover on the Continent in his own efforts to stop Gerard. But he’s not the only person Kit is surprised to see. An old enemy has arisen, and the power he’ll wield on Gerard’s behalf is beautiful and terrible. Sparks will fly and sails will flutter as Kit and crew are cast onto the seas of adventure to fight for queen and country.


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Waiting On Wednesday – June 23, 2021

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Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

I am on the edge of my seat for the release of The Righteous by Renée Ahdieh.

The previous book was really good but ended with a huge cliffhanger due to something I nearly forgot about. It was a game-changer for some characters, so I’m very curious of what the fallout will be in book 3.

The fact that The Righteous will be from Pippa and Arjun’s POVs also has me curious and thrilled because we are going to get to learn more about these two interesting characters.

I am so hooked on this series! Also the cover is gorgeous!

The Righteous is set to be released November 9, 2021.

ABOUT: Pippa Montrose is tired of losing everything she loves. When her best friend Celine disappears under mysterious circumstances, Pippa resolves to find her, even if the journey takes her into the dangerous world of the fae, where she might find more than she bargained for in the charismatic Arjun Desai.


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Waiting On Wednesday – May 12, 2021

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Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

An upcoming release I am looking forward to is The [Un]Popular Vote by Jasper Sanchez.

This story has 5-star-read-new-favorite-book potential. I love the premise and am already rooting for Mark, our trans main character. I’m anticipating an emotional rollarcoaster of feelings. Also, the cover is simple but so colorful and wonderful – I love it!

The [Un]Popular Vote will be published June 1, 2021.

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ABOUT: Vaseline on the teeth makes a smile shine. It’s a cheap stunt, but Mark Adams knows it’s optics that can win or ruin an election.

Everything Mark learned about politics, he learned from his father, the congressman who still pretends he has a daughter and not a son. To protect his father’s image, Mark promises to keep his past hidden and pretend to be the cis guy everyone assumes he is. But when he sees a manipulatively charming candidate for student body president inflame dangerous rhetoric, Mark decides to risk the low profile he assured his father and insert himself as a political challenger.

One big problem? No one really knows Mark. He didn’t grow up in this town, and he has few friends; plus, the ones he does have aren’t exactly with the in-crowd. Still, thanks to countless seasons of Scandal and The West Wing, these nerds know where to start: from campaign stops to voter polling to a fashion makeover. Soon Mark feels emboldened to get in front of and engage with voters—and even start a new romance. But with an investigative journalist digging into his past, a father trying to silence him, and a bully front-runner who stands in his way, Mark will have to decide which matters most: perception or truth, when both are just as dangerous.


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Waiting On Wednesday – April 28, 2021

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Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

I am supremely happy for Terri Libenson‘s next book, Truly Tyler, starring Tyler from the Emmie & Friends series!

Libenson’s books are a joy to read. She has such a unique, artistic way of telling the story. With each book I feel we get real, likable characters with realistic problems. Her graphic novels are always filled with humor and delightful illustrations.

I love that Tyler is getting his own book. It’s a great change of pace and I definitely will be reading this one asap.

Truly Tyler hits shelves on May 4, 2021.

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ABOUT: A story about being your truest self—and trusting your truest friends—from bestselling author Terri Libenson. Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Shannon Hale.

Cliques. Crushes. Comics. Middle school.

Ever since Tyler started getting into art and hanging out with Emmie, his friends and teammates have been giving him a hard time. He wonders why can’t he nerd out on drawing and play ball?

Emmie is psyched that she gets to work on a comics project with her crush, Tyler. But she gets the feeling that his friends don’t think she’s cool enough. Maybe it’s time for a total reinvention.


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Waiting On Wednesday – April 21, 2021

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Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

A highly anticipated book I want to spotlight this week is Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard.

The only book by Victoria Aveyard that I’ve read is Red Queen and never finished the series. But I really enjoyed Red Queen and loved how masterfully Aveyard told the story, constructed the world, and crafted her characters. Maybe I’ll have better luck finishing this upcoming series because it sounds like a fantastic read!

I like stories of the ordinary discovering they’re extraordinary and double like that we get a contrasting group of secondary characters to aid the MC. The whole premise is enticing. The cover is stunning in gold. And I’m very intrigued by the hand gripping the sword by the blade. Realm Breaker was an instant-add to my wish list.

This YA fantasy is set to be released May 4, 2021.

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ABOUT: 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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Waiting On Wednesday – 3/24/21

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Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

This is a bittersweet Waiting On Wednesday as the book I am looking forward to reading is the final of its series: An Incurable Case of Love by Maki Enjōji (Volume 7).

This cute manga series has been addicting though not without its ups and downs. I love the gruff Dr. Tendo and hard-working Nanase (aka Valiant One). Their growing relationship has been a rocky one, but I have high hopes for this final volume. The two have undeniable chemistry. Just look at them on the adorable cover – it makes my heart so happy!

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Volume 7 is set to be released on April 6, 2021.

ABOUT: Nurse Nanase has striven to once again meet the prince of her dreams, so how is it he’s become such an aggravating doctor?!

After witnessing a handsome and charming young doctor saving a stranger’s life five years ago, Nanase Sakura trained to become a nurse. But when she meets the doctor again and they start working together, she finds Kairi Tendo to be nothing like the man she imagined him to be!

 

Interested in learning more? You can read my review of Volume 1 here.


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