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Fast Forward Friday: Darling Rose Gold

Unlike Throwback Thursday, I’m using Fridays to look ahead to books publishing soon that I’m excited for! Darling Rose Gold is one that I’ve had on my list for a while, and have definitely entered (and not won) many giveaways for.
Expected Release Date: March 17, 2020

Why wait on this one?

  • The premise is fascinating to start – the daughter believed she had a series of crippling health problems for the majority of her life, until it’s revealed that her mother was faking it all (somehow?). The book takes place in the After period, and looks like it’ll be focusing around revenge plots and scheming.
  • The cover intrigues me. You don’t have to judge a book by the cover, but the cover can give you clues. The way Rose Gold is written to look like it’s straining against skin or wallpaper to push to the front is just disturbing enough to intrigue me. I’ll try to overlook the butterfly.
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Just Published: Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call!

Reminder that Master of Sorrows by Justin Travis Call (⭐⭐⭐⭐) released today (well, in the US at least). Check out the review here or swing to Barnes & Noble to grab a copy!

Recommended: Sure
For a super fast-paced story with lots of high intensity fighting, for an interesting world of gods and magic, be ready for some “lore” moments where you read sections from the gospel to understand everything

Among the Academy’s warrior-thieves, Annev de Breth is an outlier. Unlike his classmates who were stolen as infants from the capital city, Annev was born in the small village of Chaenbalu, was believed to be executed, and then unknowingly raised by his parents’ killers. Seventeen years later, Annev struggles with the burdens of a forbidden magic, a forgotten heritage, and a secret deformity. When he is subsequently caught between the warring ideologies of his priestly mentor and the Academy’s masters, he must choose between forfeiting his promising future at the Academy or betraying his closest friends. Each decision leads to a deeper dilemma, until Annev finds himself pressed into a quest he does not wish to fulfill. Will he finally embrace the doctrine of his tutors, murder a stranger, and abandon his mentor? Or will he accept the more difficult truth of who he is . . . and the darker truth of what he may become . . . 

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Fast Forward Friday: Crystal Caged

In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I’m using this as a chance to look forward to upcoming releases that I’ve been excited about! Today’s book is a special love of mine, because I stumbled on this author’s main series as a total fluke from a free book on Amazon. WOW did that ever work out well!!
Expected Release: March 14, 2020

Why wait on this one?

  • IT’S ELISE KOVA. Do I really need more reasons?
  • I loved the original “Air Awakens” series, and it totally blew me away. To my chagrin, I totally missed that there was this new series out, and I’m really excited to get to go back to that world for some new stories!
  • This is the final book in the series, which immediately says to me “You can binge read the whole thing and not have to wait!!!” And what is better than being able to do that, honestly?
  • I’m pretty much always down for some high-octane adventure fantasy magic. And judging by the cover (yes, I know…) it looks like this can deliver that in spades!!
Posted in Release Day!

Just Published: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin!

Reminder that Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin (🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟) released today! Check out the review here, and grab a copy from Barnes & Noble if you’re interested!

Recommended: YES
For those who are not faint of heart, for an incredible parallel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth that still retains it’s own integrity, for darkness and viciousness in many forms, for complexities of vengeance and fate and evil

Forgive the hideous cover. The inside is much better than this makes it look.

Elle Khanjara loses her untouchable power status as an LA girl the night the golden boys of St. Andrews choose Elle as their next target. She crashed the wrong party, trusted the wrong boy, drank the wrong drink, but they picked the wrong girl. Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.

Posted in Release Day!

Just Published: The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes!

Reminder that The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes (⭐⭐⭐⭐) released today! Check out the full review here, or pick up a copy of your own at Barnes and Noble!

Recommended: Yes!
For a fantastic Mayan-esque fantasy, for a ripe and unique world of belief and gods, for anyone who wants to imagine more about the world in the movie The Road to El Dorado

The emperor is dead, and before the crown Prince Ahkin can take his father’s place, he must choose an empress. While bearing the burden of raising the sun every day and attempting to prevent another apocalypse, he must now find a wife among the noble houses that each wield their own kind of magic. Mayana, meanwhile, is sure she won’t be picked by the emperor, dooming her to be sacrificed in a blessing to the marriage. She can’t stand the sacrifices, but in a world where that belief is embedded in every daily action, she struggles to hide her thoughts on the matter. That’s easier said than done when she’s in a selection for future empress, however…

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Fast Forward Friday: Undercover Bromance

Expected Publish Date: March 10, 2020
In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I’m using Fast-Forward Friday to drool over books that I’m waiting on to come out! This one, Undercover Bromance, is a sequel to a romance book I really enjoyed and read as a buddy read with a friend.

Why wait on this one?

Book cover on book cover
  • I read the first book as a buddy read with a friend, and will probably do the same with this one! I’m working on making my reading more social, so this will help to have someone to chat about it with as we go. 😄
  • It’s a character I want to know more about. In the first book he was a notorious playboy, so I think I’ll love the cheesy drama of a “taming the bad boy’s heart” angle.
  • Since it’s a sequel, I already know that I enjoy the author’s writing style. And sometimes, it really is as simple as that!
  • I’m really curious about the book on the cover called “The Protector” and can’t wait to see how it works in the story! 😀

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Fast Forward Friday: The Opposite of Fate

Expected Publish Date: February 18, 2020
In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I’m using Fast-Forward Friday to drool over books that I’m waiting on to come out! This one sounds like it will end up being a pretty difficult and heavy read, but I’m looking forward to The Opposite of Fate by Alison McGhee.

Why wait on this one?

Frankly this one is a fairly straightforward reason: the subject matter. The contention of a girl who gets raped, falls into a coma, and is impregnated is a heavy discussion. I imagine there will be a lot of discussion around this book, likely mirroring the two opposing sides within it. How do you make a choice for someone so intimate and personal and difficult even in the best circumstances?

I am largely looking forward to the discussion around this book, and I very much hope that it will remain respectful and intelligent while discussing the ethics and morality at its core.

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Just Published: Snug – A Collection of Comics about Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd

Reminder that Snug: A Collection of Comics about Dating Your Best Friend by Catana Chetwynd (⭐⭐⭐⭐) released today! Check out the full review here or grab a copy of your own at Barnes & Noble!

Recommended: Yes!
For fans of her comic series, for anyone who’s been in a relationship (though maybe more of the younger generation for some), for a heartwarming read that will make you smile and happily sigh

Why bother getting out of bed when you could stay bundled up with that special someone and a book of cozy, cute comics. From the author of the bestselling Little Moments of Love comes Snug, a collection of comics that perfectly captures the honest, playful, and relatable snapshots of romantic life. Chetwynd’s second book has the same charming and inviting style as her first and includes 50 percent new, never-before-shared comics. Snug is a celebration of the quirks and peculiarities of every one of us—and the magic that happens when we find our matching puzzle piece.

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Fast Forward Friday: Yes No Maybe So

Expected Publish Date: February 4, 2020
In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I’m using Fast-Forward Friday to drool over books that I’m waiting on to come out! I was actually pretty resistant to even looking at what this one was about for a while, but I’ve since come around to the idea of Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed. Why the change? Wellllll….

Why wait on this one?

  • I don’t think I’ve ever read a young adult story focused around political canvassing. It’s a truly unique subject matter, and if they can do it well, it will be one of a kind! Plus, what a reflection of how involved young adults are in politics in the past years.
  • I always love a main character with a lifestyle different from mine, and since Maya is Muslim, I know I’ll learn a few things.
  • I’m judging it by the cover (and title), but hear me out: I’m judging the cleverness in them as a sign of the authors’ careful attention to language and details. Did you see that the cover looks to tell the whole story? The name working on the relationship and canvassing level? The more I think about it, the more I love it.

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Fast Forward Friday: American Dirt

In contrast to Throwback Thursday, I’m using Fast-Forward Friday to drool over books that I’m waiting on to come out! In this one, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, I’m not alone in my drooling. Just look at the sheer number of bookstagrams about this – and it’s not even published yet!!!

Why wait on this one?

  • It’s set in Mexico City, and I am always more interested in books set in places I’ve never been. Or, really, books set anywhere I don’t know well, even if it’s still within the United States.
  • The story sounds intense, and moving, and like it will be the kind of writing that takes my breath away. I fully expect to have moments of heavy emotion and points where I have to take a break.
  • The guaranteed internal conflict of morality and desire. This promises exploration of the depths of people, where the redeeming aspects of a person clash with their worst actions, and make it hard to pass judgment on good and evil.


Lydia Quixano Perez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with four books he would like to buy–two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.