Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Waiting to Read Wednesday: The Fifth Season, Milady, We Went To the Woods, & Iron Will



The Old(er) 
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!


The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) by N.K. Jemisin (2015)
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries. But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes -- those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon -- are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: This series comes highly recommended and I have had this and a couple of the author's earlier books on my TBR shelf for awhile. 


Have you read this one? If not, does it sound like something you would read?

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The New
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.


Milady by Laura L. Sullivan
Release Date: July 2, 2019
She was the greatest nemesis of d'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers--but Milady de Winter was so much more than just a villain in their swashbuckling adventures.

I've gone by many names though you know me as Milady de Winter: Villainess, seductress, a secondary player in The Three Musketeers story.

But we all know history was written by men, and they so often get things wrong.

So before you cast judgment, let me tell you of how a girl from the countryside became the most feared woman in all of Europe. A target for antipathy, a name whispered in fear or loathing.

I don't need you to like me. I just need to be free.

It's finally time I tell my own story. The truth isn't tidy or convenient, but it's certainly more interesting.  [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I suppose I should get around to reading The Three Musketeers first, but I have to say this is much more appealing! 


We Went to the Woods by Caite Dolan-Leache
Release Date: July 2, 2019
They went off the grid. Their secrets didn't. For readers of The Secret History and The Immortalists comes a novel about the allure--and dangers--of disconnecting.

Certain that society is on the verge of economic and environmental collapse, five disillusioned twenty-somethings make a bold decision: They gather in upstate New York to transform an abandoned farm, once the site of a turn-of-the-century socialist commune, into an idyllic self-sustaining compound called the Homestead.

Louisa spearheads the project, as her wealthy family owns the plot of land. Beau is the second to commit; as mysterious and sexy as he is charismatic, he torments Louisa with his nightly disappearances and his other relationships. Chloe, a dreamy musician, is naturally able to attract anyone to her--which inevitably results in conflict. Jack, the most sensible and cerebral of the group, is the only one with any practical farm experience. Mack, the last to join, believes it's her calling to write their story--but she is not the most objective narrator, and inevitably complicates their increasingly tangled narrative. Initially exhilarated by restoring the rustic dwellings, planting a garden, and learning the secrets of fermentation, the group is soon divided by slights, intense romantic and sexual relationships, jealousies, and suspicions. And as winter settles in, their experiment begins to feel not only misguided, but deeply isolating and dangerous.

Caite Dolan-Leach spins a poignant and deeply human tale with sharp insights into our modern anxieties, our collective failures, and the timeless desire to withdraw from the world. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: This is a bit different than my usual reads, but something about it calls to me. 


Iron Will by B.J. Daniels
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Are a dead woman’s secrets

enough to kill for…?

Hank Savage has always believed his old girlfriend was murdered. Now he’s come home to Cardwell Ranch and, with the help of PI Frankie Brewster, is determined to find the killer. Trying to keep their feelings at bay, Hank and Frankie quickly learn that every lead reveals a life steeped in secrets—and danger. And that someone from Hank’s past will do anything to keep the truth from being revealed. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: This sounds like it will be a fun romantic suspense novel. I like that the P.I. in this one is a woman. 


Do any of these sound like something you would like to read? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading? 


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Saturday, June 08, 2019

And the June TBR List Winner Is . . .

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Sunday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 




This weekend we celebrated my husband's birthday and were kept busy with rehearsals. My plan to spend some time on Friday blogging did not come to fruition, unfortunately. I did want to take time out to announce this month's TBR List Poll winner, however. The winner won by a landslide with its competition, Discount Armageddon and Middlegame, getting only one vote each.


The winner is:


Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire
October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas...
The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening-s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer. [Goodreads Summary]

I have already started Rosemary and Rue and am enjoying it quite a bit. Good choice, everyone!


Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!


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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Waiting to Read Wednesday: Kill Without Mercy, Kingdom of Exiles, Dear Wife, & A Family of Strangers



The Old(er) 
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!


Kill Without Mercy (ARES Security, #1) by Alexandra Ivy (2015)
From the hellhole of a Taliban prison to sweet freedom, five brave military heroes have made it home—and they’re ready to take on the civilian missions no one else can. Individually they’re intimidating. Together they’re invincible. They’re the men of ARES Security.
Rafe Vargas is only in Newton, Iowa, to clear out his late grandfather’s small house. As the covert ops specialist for ARES Security, he's eager to get back to his new life in Texas. But when he crosses paths with Annie White, a haunted beauty with skeletons in her closet, he can't just walk away—not when she’s clearly in danger…

There’s a mysterious serial killer on the loose with a link to Annie’s dark past. And the closer he gets, the deeper Rafe’s instinct to protect kicks in. But even with his considerable skill, Annie’s courage, and his ARES buddies behind him, the slaying won’t stop. Now it’s only a matter of time before Annie’s next—unless they can unravel a history of deadly lies that won’t be buried. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: Sometimes this is just the kind of book I crave. Total escape and fast-paced.  I remember when I added this one to my TBR pile. I couldn't wait to dive in. I am not sure why I have not yet.


Have you read this one? If not, does it sound like something you would read?

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The New
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.



Kingdom of Exiles (The Beast Charmer #1) by Maxym M. Martineau
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed in this epic, gripping fantasy romance from debut author Maxym M. Martineau.

Exiled beast charmer Leena Edenfrell is in deep trouble. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts on the black market—an offense punishable by death—and now there's a price on her head. With the realm's most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes him an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life.

If only it were that simple. Unbeknownst to Leena, the undying ones are bound by magic to complete their contracts, and Noc cannot risk his brotherhood of assassins...not even to save the woman he can no longer live without. 
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I know I am supposed to take comparisons with a grain of salt, but "Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed" isn't something I can take lightly. It sounds like Noc is in an impossible situation and I can only hope he and Leena can find him a way out--so that Leena stays alive!


Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
Release Date: June 25, 2019
From the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she'll go to escape the person she once loved.

Beth Murphy is on the run...

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning--one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing...

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she's taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine's carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that's certain is that someone is lying and the truth won't stay buried for long. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: This sounds so exciting and extra twisty! 


A Family of Strangers by Emilie Richards
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Could a lifetime of memories…be a lifetime of lies?

All her life Ryan Gracey watched her perfect older sister from afar. Knowing she could never top Wendy’s achievements, she didn’t even try. Instead Ryan forged her own path while her family barely seemed to notice.

Now Wendy shares two little girls with her perfect husband while Ryan mourns the man she lost after a nearly fatal mistake in judgment. The sisters’ choices have taken them in different directions, which is why Ryan is stunned when Wendy calls, begging for her help. There’s been a murder—and Wendy believes she’ll be wrongfully accused.

While Wendy lays low, Ryan moves back to their hometown to care for the nieces she hardly knows. The sleuthing skills she’s refined as a true-crime podcaster quickly rise to the surface as she digs for answers with the help of an unexpected ally. Yet the trail of clues Wendy’s left behind lead to nothing but questions. Blood may be thicker than water, but what does Ryan owe a sister who, with every revelation, becomes more and more a stranger?

Is Wendy, who always seemed so perfect, just a perfect liar—or worse? [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: Sisters and murder and a mystery to solve . . . I think I will really like this one.


Do any of these sound like something you would like to read? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading? 


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Saturday, June 01, 2019

Weekend Mews: Where Did May Go?! (And my June TBR List Poll--Come Vote For My Next Read!)

I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking The Sunday Salon hosted by the amazing Deb Nance of Readerbuzz where participants discuss what they are reading and other bookish topics. In addition, I am linking to Stacking the Shelves hosted by the great Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently. I am linking up to Kathryn of The Book Date, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? where readers share what they have been reading throughout the week.


Work has taken a lot out of me as of late. I was recently asked if I want to formally step into my boss's shoes while she is in her temporary assignment with another part of the agency. Right now I am just acting as her in-charge (there are two of us since we are a 24/7 operation) while still doing my regular duties, which is a lot in and of itself. Despite the pressure from my own manager and another colleague that I would be great in the role, I ultimately said no. It was not a decision I made lightly. While I do not regret my decision, it comes with some guilt of letting my colleagues down and opening the door for more uncertainty within my office. I will not go into my reasons here--they are multifold--but I do feel I made the right decision for me at this time.

Between work and Mouse's school and extracurricular activities, May was, as expected, a busy month. The director/choreographer of the summer musical Mouse is in stepped down rather suddenly and everyone at the dance studio has been scrambling to fill in and hold things together. The show will go on, as they say. This month's rehearsal schedule is much more intense as we get closer to the show date. The Girl Scout season is wrapping up for the season. We are attending a troop barbecue this weekend. Early in May, Mouse attended her first overnight Girl Scout event, and had a lot of fun.

My mom was able to spend a week with us this past month (her first big trip since her surgery) and attended Mouse's school play, in which Mouse was a butterfly. All the kids did a great job, as did the teachers. May also brought us the last day of school and the first day of summer break. How is that possible?!

My reading and blogging have been far from consistent recently. I am behind in my review writing and posting, and have fallen way behind in responding to comments and visiting all your blogs. I am so grateful to all of you who have stuck with me even so. This summer I have decided to do something a little bit different. My Waiting to Read posts are scheduled out already, and so I will continue to publish those as they come up. My weekend post will be my main post, however, in which I share mini reviews and/or talk about what I am reading. My plans for a regular Poetry Corner and Short Story day, are being shelved for the time being. Right now I just want to focus on what I can manage more easily. And who knows, maybe I can work those topics into my weekend posts still! An idea is forming already . . .


We watched the 20th annual West Coast Thunder parade on Memorial Day as 5,000+ motorcycles drove through the city, including our neighborhood, in honor of those who lost their lives in service to the country.


May brought us much rain, but that did not stop my mom and Mouse from having a little fun in between the rain drops.


Mouse's Girl Scout Troop had their very own charity run for a local homeless shelter in May. The girls did an amazing job, earning over $1,200. 



A friend and I attended Paint and Seed night Friday night, and this is my masterpiece (it's okay to laugh--I am not a gifted finger painter).  It was a lot of fun, and I came home with not only my painting, but a Panda Plant as well!


"Please play with me."


Nap time

New to My Shelves: 

Nothing new in May.

What I Am Reading: I just finished reading Juliae Kagawa's The Shadow of the Fox, my May TBR List winner. It was a good choice, and I enjoyed reading it. I am leaning towards picking up Melonie Johnson's Smitten by the Brit next.

What I Am Listening To: I am actually listening to an audiobook! It's been so long since my last one. I needed a break from the constant chatter in my head one day and started up Warcross by Marie Lu. I do not get a chance to listen to it often, but when I do, I am really enjoying it! I still remember when it was all the rage and everyone was talking about it.

What I Am Watching: I have recently watched far too much Haunted House and Wakfu. I am less a fan of the latter, but really enjoy Haunted House, which is a Korean cartoon series about a girl and her friends who live in a haunted apartment building. They catch ghosts. I believe Wakfu is French. Both are on Netflix. I have not been watching too much grown up television, I am afraid. And I probably won't be for the next three months. I am hoping to catch Aladdin in the theater sometime soon.


This Past May In Reading Mews:

Tell me what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your May? Do you have anything planned for this month?


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Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.

Do you read books over 400 pages? (submitted by Elizabeth @Silver's Reviews)

Yes, I do! Though I know the size of a book can sometimes be intimidating, depending on the book. A four hundred page book isn't one that will give me pause. Six hundred or more might if it's a classic or a book I know will be a slower read. But, again, it depends on the book. If the book sweeps me off my feet, I am not likely to notice the size of it as I read. And really, isn't that the  true sign of a good book, when we get so lost in the pages that we do not notice time passing or how much farther we have to go until the end? And frankly, sometimes the shortest of stories can seem forever long if I am not enjoying them.

Ultimately, I try not to let size dictate whether I will read a book or not. Some of my all time favorite books fall in the chunkster category: The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, and Victor Hugo's Les MisĂ©rables, for example. Unfortunately, it is easier as a book blogger to be drawn to shorter book because of the time constraints (whether self-imposed or otherwise) in reading and reviewing a book.

What about you? Do you find yourself avoiding books over a certain page count?

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Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Saturday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow (unfortunately, not likely in the same month, but eventually--that's all I can promise). 




A recent Waiting to Read post reminded me how much I want to read more by Seanan McGuire. It just so happens I have these three books sitting on my kindle waiting their turn. Which one should I pick up first?


Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire
October "Toby" Daye, a changeling who is half human and half fae, has been an outsider from birth. After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the Faerie world, retreating to a "normal" life. Unfortunately for her, the Faerie world has other ideas...

The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening-s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby must resume her former position as knight errant and renew old alliances. As she steps back into fae society, dealing with a cast of characters not entirely good or evil, she realizes that more than her own life will be forfeited if she cannot find Evening's killer. [Goodreads Summary]



Discount Armageddon (Incryptid, #1) by Seanan McGuire
Cryptid, noun: Any creature whose existence has not yet been proven by science. See also "Monster."

Crytozoologist, noun: Any person who thinks hunting for cryptids is a good idea. See also "idiot."

Ghoulies. Ghosties. Long-legged beasties. Things that go bump in the night...

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity—and humanity from them.

Enter Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan while she pursues her career in professional ballroom dance. Sounds pretty simple, right?

It would be, if it weren't for the talking mice, the telepathic mathematicians, the asbestos supermodels, and the trained monster-hunter sent by the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George. When a Price girl meets a Covenant boy, high stakes, high heels, and a lot of collateral damage are almost guaranteed.

To complicate matters further, local cryptids are disappearing, strange lizard-men are appearing in the sewers, and someone's spreading rumors about a dragon sleeping underneath the city...
 [Goodreads Summary]

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own.
  
Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained. [Goodreads Summary]



Thank you for voting! I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy Reading!


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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Waiting to Read Wednesday: Dear Martin/The Girl In Red/One Night at the Lake/The Orphan's Song



The Old(er) 
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!


Dear Martin by Nic Stone (2017)
Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I first heard about this book around the time I read Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give, and knew I had to read this one as well. I haven't yet gotten to it despite having added it to my TBR shelf, but it remains a book I hope to read. 

Have you read this one? If not, is this something you would like?

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The New
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.


The Girl in Red by Christina Henry
Release Date: June 18, 2019
From the national bestselling author of Alice comes a postapocalyptic take on the perennial classic "Little Red Riding Hood"...about a woman who isn't as defenseless as she seems.

It's not safe for anyone alone in the woods. There are predators that come out at night: critters and coyotes, snakes and wolves. But the woman in the red jacket has no choice. Not since the Crisis came, decimated the population, and sent those who survived fleeing into quarantine camps that serve as breeding grounds for death, destruction, and disease. She is just a woman trying not to get killed in a world that doesn't look anything like the one she grew up in, the one that was perfectly sane and normal and boring until three months ago.

There are worse threats in the woods than the things that stalk their prey at night. Sometimes, there are men. Men with dark desires, weak wills, and evil intents. Men in uniform with classified information, deadly secrets, and unforgiving orders. And sometimes, just sometimes, there's something worse than all of the horrible people and vicious beasts combined.

Red doesn't like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn't about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods... [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read it: "Little Red Riding Hood" with a big twist . . . I like it! 


One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase
Release Date: June 18, 2019
A tragedy on a hot summer night at a lake house forever alters the lives of two best friends—and the man they both love. But the truth isn’t as simple as it appears in this intricate novel of love, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness in the tradition of Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s Bittersweet.

Leah Tessaro has been waiting for this moment for a long time: Her boyfriend, Ollie, is taking her to his family’s home on Seneca Lake for a week of lazy summer bliss, boating, and barbeque. The couple has been together for four years, and Leah is convinced that Ollie is finally going to pop the question. And Leah can’t wait to share the joyous news with her best friend, June Kang, who is joining them on their getaway, and whose presence will make everything feel more real.

Seven years later, the moment June has been dreading has finally arrived: Her fiancĂ©, Ollie, is taking her to his family’s lake house. But this is not an ordinary visit to an ordinary place; it is a house haunted by June’s long-buried memories of her lost friend, Leah—and the connection that appears to remain between Leah and the man for whom June’s love is as deep as her sense of foreboding.

Alternating between the two women’s vibrant voices, One Night at the Lake is a gripping novel that explores a complex tangle of friendship, loyalty, and betrayal, all driving toward one question: What exactly happened to Leah on that hot summer night? [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: One Night at the Lake has all the ear markings of an emotional and suspenseful book. 


The Orphan's Song by Lauren Kate
Release Date: June 25, 2019
The historical adult debut novel by # 1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate, The Orphan's Song is a sweeping love story about family and music--and the secrets each hold--that follows the intertwined fates of two Venetian orphans.

A song brought them together. A secret will tear them apart.

Venice, 1736. When fate brings Violetta and Mino together on the roof of the Hospital of the Incurables, they form a connection that will change their lives forever. Both are orphans at the Incurables, dreaming of escape. But when the resident Maestro notices Violetta's voice, she is selected for the Incurables' world famous coro, and must sign an oath never to sing beyond its church doors.

After a declaration of love ends in heartbreak, Mino flees the Incurables in search of his family. Known as the "city of masks," Venice is full of secrets, and Mino is certain one will lead to his long-lost mother. Without him, the walls close in on Violetta and she begins a dangerous and forbidden nightlife, hoping her voice can secure her freedom. But neither finds what they are looking for, until a haunting memory Violetta has suppressed since childhood leads them to a shocking confrontation.

Vibrant with the glamour and beauty of Venice at its zenith, The Orphan's Song takes us on a breathtaking journey of passion, heartbreak, and betrayal before it crescendos to an unforgettable ending, a celebration of the enduring nature and transformative power of love. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: Such an interesting time period and an intriguing story! 


Do any of these interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to? 


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